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Amazon Original Playlist: Indie for the Holidays

 

Beginning today, one of the most popular Amazon Original holiday playlists will premiere brand new tracks to help listeners get into the festive spirit. From artists including Best Coast, Albert Hammond Jr., Matt Costa, and Jessica Lea Mayfield, “Indie for the Holidays” offers an incredible range of artists covering holiday classics and contributing new original songs. All songs are available exclusively for streaming today on Amazon Music through Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music.

On the list is Best Coast covering The Beach Boys’ “Little Saint Nick.” “Being from California and being heavily influenced by The Beach Boys we felt like we had to cover this one!,” said Best Coast’s Bethany Consentino. “Also always fun for me to cover a song with a wall of harmonies and background vocals because it’s my favorite part of recording vocals.”

The popular “Indie for the Holidays” playlist adds 18 new songs this holiday season, including tracks from some of the genre’s most acclaimed stars. Kevin Morby wraps up a banner year that saw the release of his widely lauded breakthrough City Music, by contributing a moody, crooning take on “Blue Christmas.” Charly Bliss, whose debut album Guppy has likewise seen widespread praise in 2017, offer a driving and delightful version of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” DJ Camilo Lara’s Mexican Institute of Sound and indie rock mainstays Best Coast, Eisley, Albert Hammond Jr, and Dean & Britta also join the playlist for the first time this year.

Additionally, Matt Costa recorded his own track, “Anything Helps,” for individuals who are less fortunate around the holidays. Costa says, “I recently saw a friend who fell to a dark place and was too embarrassed to ask for help. People joined funds together to get him back on his feet and into a warm bed with shelter. ‘Anything Helps’ is dedicated to those who have donated time and money to help people in a crisis. It tears me up to see people suffer. But it is encouraging to see extra strong people lift the burden of others. I put heavy consideration into the title so the song did not have a negative feeling, but would inspire people to look at these problems and think of positive ways to help.”

Stream the album below:

Amazon Original Holiday Playlist – Indie for the Holidays

New tracks on “Indie for the Holidays” include:
1.   “Blue Christmas,” Kevin Morby
2.   “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Charly Bliss
3.   “Coventry Carol,” Lemon Twigs
4.   “Little Saint Nick,” Best Coast
5.   “Oh Winter,” Eisley
6.   “(There Won’t Be) One More Christmas,” Coco Hames
7.   “Merry Christmas Baby,” Blond Ambition
8.   “Brighid’s Flame,” Jeff The Brotherhood
9.   “Anything Helps,” Matt Costa
10.  “Christmas with Bandini,” Korey Dane
11.  “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Great Grandpa
12.  “The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot,” Albert Hammond, Jr.
13.  “Little Altar Boy,” Dean & Britta (with Sonic Boom)
14.  “When The Snowflakes Fall,” Freedom Fry
15.  “To Heck With Ole Santa Claus,” Jessica Lea Mayfield
16.  “Feliz Navidad,” SUSTO
17.  “Christmas in Latinoamerica,” Mexican Institute of Sound
18.  “Wonderful Christmastime,” Slow Dancer
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Albert Hammond Jr. – New Song + Tour Dates

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Listen: Albert Hammond Jr. – “Born Slippy”

Today, Albert Hammond Jr. is pleased to share plans to release his third solo album, and first in five years, entitled Momentary Masters. The album’s name derives from a phrase in astronomer Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space – a notion that underscores the truism that every triumph is fleeting.

“I feel like the best songs I’ve written, as soon as I was done, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I did it!’ But in that split second that it comes, that feeling goes,” Hammond Jr. explains. “It’s the same thing when you find complete happiness, you find this complete low. I feel like that’s what being creative is: It’s you bouncing with emotion and what you capture in those bounces. Accept where you are and use it.” And Albert has done just that. In a recent interview with Paper Mag, Hammond Jr. discusses his new domesticity and it’s influence on his third record. “He’s cleaned up, gotten hitched, and moved from the city to upstate New York, but hasn’t lost the ability to create soaring rock riffs and catchy hooks.”

Due to drop on July 31st in the US via Vagrant/BMG, Momentary Masters serves as a follow up to 2006’s Yours To Keep and 2008’s ¿Cómo Te Llama?  “We’re huge fans of Albert Hammond Jr.’s and are excited to be working with him on his best effort yet,” says Jon Cohen EVP of Recorded Music for Vagrant/BMG.

Recorded in Hammond Jr.’s home in upstate New York in a converted barn he calls One Way Studios, Albert created Momentary Masters alongside guitarist Hammarsing Kharhmar (Mon Khmer), guitarist Mikey Hart (Bleachers), bassist Jordan Brooks, and drummer Jeremy Gustin (Delicate Steve, Marc Ribot). The sessions were extremely relaxed which encouraged space for creativity and collaboration. The result offers a new kind of dynamism: you can hear it in “Power Hungry,” with its Morricone-esque grooves and a Mellotron manipulated to sound like violins; or in the aggressive stomp and anxiety-inducing guitars of “Caught By My Shadow.” Even on “Side Boob” – titled so because, hey, why not celebrate a good thing? – there’s a jittery energy that leaves the listener excited.

Momentary Masters is a record that reflects on missed opportunities, choices made, wasted time, and paths not chosen. He calls it “a love letter to my past self.” The music might be largely buoyant-spry, breezy guitar lines locking together and dancing apart – but melancholy frequently seeps into even the sunniest of toplines. It’s a record of acceptance, too. Tucked in the songs is an exploration of the reconciliation of two halves: the best self that you present to others, and the self that slips through and lies exposed when your guard drops.

Albert Hammond Jr. will be on tour in North America from the beginning of September until the beginning of November. All dates (except fests) are on pre-sale beginning today directly via Albert’s website.  A full list can be found below.

Momentary Masters Track List

1. Born Slippy

2. Power Hungry

3. Caught By My Shadow

4. Coming To Getcha

5. Losing Touch

6. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

7. Razors Edge

8. Touche’

9. Drunched In Crumbs

10. Side Boob

Albert Hammond Jr. On Tour

May 27 Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound

September 09 Pittsburgh, PA @Brillobox

September 10 Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop

September 12 St. Louis, MO @ Loufest

September 13 Lawrence, KS @The Bottleneck

September 15 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

September 16 Detroit, MI @ Shelter

September 17 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House

September 19 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa

September 20 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair

September 21 New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom

September 26-27 Washington DC @ Landmark Festival

September 29 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl Restaurant & Lounge

September 30 Nashville, TN @ Exit In

October 02 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks

October 02-04 Austin, TX @ ACL Festival

October 05 Houston, TX @ HOB Bronze Peacock

October 06 Dallas, TX @ HOB Cambridge Room

October 07 Norman, OK @ Opolis

October 08 Little Rock, AK @ Juantias

October 9-11 Austin, TX @ ACL Festival

October 12 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom

October 13 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory – Constellation Room

October 14 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

October 16  San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

October 25 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

October 26 Vancouver, BC @ Venue

October 27 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

October 29 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

October 30 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen

October 31 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake

November 02 Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

November 03 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

November 04 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon

November 06 Columbus, OH @ The Basement

November 07 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church

 

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