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From The Desk Of Albert Hammond Jr.: Focal Speakers

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just released his third album, Momentary Masters (Vagrant/BMG). Now sober, married and living in upstate New York, Hammond has made his finest solo effort to date. We asked him to guest edit magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new MAGNET Feedback feature with him.

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Hammond: I recently got a pair of Focal speakers. Well, let’s be honest, I borrowed them from my main man Gus Oberg. I can’t stop listening to music with them. I have them in my studio, and they only get better the more you listen. Don’t tell Gus I still have them. I don’t want to give them back.

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From The Desk Of Albert Hammond Jr.: Spas

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just released his third album, Momentary Masters (Vagrant/BMG). Now sober, married and living in upstate New York, Hammond has made his finest solo effort to date. We asked him to guest edit magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new MAGNET Feedback feature with him.

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Hammond: Sometimes you need to relax. I have this amazing masseuse who works at the Russian baths on 10th Street, and I like to go there and realign. Spend a few hours steaming and plunging in the cold pool. The two extremes are exhilarating. Also, 88 Fulton has a good Russian bath. It’s always a little dirty. Los Angeles has a beautiful one called Voda Spa, but I kind of like the grunginess. All cities should have one.

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From The Desk Of Albert Hammond Jr.: Scuba Diving

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just released his third album, Momentary Masters (Vagrant/BMG). Now sober, married and living in upstate New York, Hammond has made his finest solo effort to date. We asked him to guest edit magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new MAGNET Feedback feature with him.

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Hammond: Sometimes, I feel like I belong in the water. When I was a kid, I always wanted to get an emergency tank and sit under water in the pool. When I learned to scuba dive in Turks and Caicos, I fell in love with the underwater world. I’ve then since gone to Belize and dove the blue hole. I’ve also done night dives and have planned adventures to Routan (Anthony’s Key) and Grand Turks. I don’t know why, but I feel like James Bond in the gear. Like the scene from View To Kill where he’s scuba diving under the bad guy’s lair … or at least that’s what I remember.

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From The Desk Of Albert Hammond Jr.: Motorcycles

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just released his third album, Momentary Masters (Vagrant/BMG). Now sober, married and living in upstate New York, Hammond has made his finest solo effort to date. We asked him to guest edit magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new MAGNET Feedback feature with him.

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Hammond: I live upstate near Route 97, which is a most magnificent scenic route for motorcycles. Clearly, I’ve seen Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure too many times. I’ve made friends with my mechanic in Brooklyn, 95 Union Street. I wish I knew how to do all the things he does. It’s so wonderfully creative but also physical. Something about that kind of work that is most satisfying. (Bill and Ted.) My dream would be to start a motorcycle club where we leave at 5 a.m. and do rides around NYC. I’m trying to get Red Bull and Ducatti to sponsor me driving cross-country. There is something about motorcycles that intrigues and scares me at the same time and that combination seems to always grab my attention.

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From The Desk Of Albert Hammond Jr.: Exercising

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just released his third album, Momentary Masters (Vagrant/BMG). Now sober, married and living in upstate New York, Hammond has made his finest solo effort to date. We asked him to guest edit magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new MAGNET Feedback feature with him.

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Hammond: In Manhattan, I’ve been going to Complete Body Gym on 19th street. It’s this old-school bodybuilding gym in the basement. You wouldn’t believe the size of it from the tiny storefront. It feels quite private of a place for the size, and I like zoning out and working out. If I’m in L.A., I’ll go boxing with my wife at Wild Card. She went with my art director Lizzie Nanut for the first time. I moaned that I wasn’t invited and then went with her, and the rest is history. She has a big bruise on her knuckle. She’s been kicking ass. I like the intensity that boxing has. Also, learning a new rhythm is refreshing. You feel yourself getting smarter when you make your brain learn knew things. Very easy to stop learning when you get older.

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From The Desk Of The BoDeans: My First Gig With The BoDeans

I Can’t Stop is the latest release from the legendary BoDeans, who started making music together more than 30 years ago. The band will be touring throughout the rest of the year, but in the meantime, frontman Kurt Neumann, multi-instrumentalist Sam Hawksley and drummer Kenny Aronoff will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

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Hawksley: It’s a long way from Australia to Freedom, Wisc. I grew up in Australia listening to all sorts of music. Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix were my guitar heroes.I also loved songwriters; Jackson Browne and James Taylor were some of my favourites. I also loved the Band; a friend of mine turned me on to Robbie Robertson’s solo record. I always read the credits on record sleeves. That’s when I first heard about the BoDeans. There they were alongside U2, Daniel Lanois. Later on, my roommate had a bunch of BoDeans records. Then I heard “Closer To Free” on the radio and loved it. Fast forward almost 20 years; I met a fiddle player who was playing with the BoDeans and World Party. I said, “I love those bands. If they ever need a guitar player and singer … ” Two weeks later I was doing the gig. I had four days to learn the 90 minute set, plus extras. Guitar and harmonies. Kurt and I ran the set, just us in a hotel room for an hour. The next night: “Good evening, Freedom. We are the BoDeans”

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From The Desk Of The BoDeans: Smart People, Or Not Smart People

I Can’t Stop is the latest release from the legendary BoDeans, who started making music together more than 30 years ago. The band will be touring throughout the rest of the year, but in the meantime, frontman Kurt Neumann, multi-instrumentalist Sam Hawksley and drummer Kenny Aronoff will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

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Neumann: There’s a quote from Socrates I love. I’ve hung onto it since the first time I heard it, because it’s one of those things I’ve felt my whole life but didn’t have the wherewithal or street cred to say. Here it is: “Those who say, don’t know. Those who know, don’t say.”

To me, it speaks to true knowledge. An understanding of what is really happening here. I’ve always noticed in my life that the smartest people listen instead of just blathering on about “their” big opinions and ideas.

Recently I saw Alan Dershowitz talking about Ted Cruz. Apparently Ted was in Mr. Dershowitz’s class at Harvard. And he proclaimed that even though he didn’t agree with Ted’s tactics in congress, he was a “very” smart man. SMH.

And a few years back I ran into an old friend who used to work at Warner Bros. Records while we were signed there. And while explaining about a situation where an ex-manager was trying to take some of my copyright away from me through costly protracted and unsuccessful litigation, he proclaimed, “Of course he did. He’s a smart man.” SMH.

There have been many times in my life where I’ve been in similar situations. And every time, I just shake my head and wonder if I just have a different definition of what “smart” is. Because to me these people are not “smart” at all, or at least have displayed no evidence of being what I would call smart. Maybe what I call conniving or egomaniacal is the new smart. People lie, cheat, or steal their way to their own agenda and they are considered smart. Trade your integrity for many dollars…brilliant.

But Einstein, Plank, Rumi, Emerson, Thoreau and so forth didn’t seem to be wealthy, self-agenda-ized people. Just people who shut their mouths and paid attention. I’m sure the guys who thought up the idea of shorting the housing market back in 2007 while pushing mortgages on millions of people who could not afford them were considered smart by their buddies or co-workers. But not me.

Maybe we need a different word for these situations where some selfish, corrupt person achieves some success in popular culture. But not smart.

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From The Desk Of The BoDeans: Cheating

I Can’t Stop is the latest release from the legendary BoDeans, who started making music together more than 30 years ago. The band will be touring throughout the rest of the year, but in the meantime, frontman Kurt Neumann, multi-instrumentalist Sam Hawksley and drummer Kenny Aronoff will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

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Neumann: I recently saw a survey, regarding the whole “deflate-gate” situation, where 69 percent of the respondents said they thought that Tom Brady cheated. However, 61 percent said they still thought he was a “good” role model. And we’ve all heard about the biggest companies being exempt from paying taxes: GE, NFL, as well as religious organizations and non-profits. While everyday Americans are put to the wall for every frickin’ penny. We suggest that “insider trading” is wrong. But if you’re on Wall Street, a financial investment corporation or a top executive in a company, you know that it’s a part of everyday life to have, and act on the “insider” information available. Politicians in the House and Senate have great, affordable insurance and benefits and self-imposed pay raises while denying everyday Americans, and more importantly the veterans who have sacrificed for and served this country, the same. And even in my industry, artists are able to manipulate charts and radio to command the most attention for their projects. So isn’t it time we stop telling our kids that “cheaters never prosper”? Because, as far as I can see, cheaters really prosper. Like “it’s just business.” It really is the American way. The human way. We should stop sending our kids mixed messages. Maybe better to say cheaters might not live happy lives. But in this world, this day and age, they definitely prosper. We should be honest about it. Wait … honest about cheating? Ah … I get it. Never mind.

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From The Desk Of The BoDeans: The Ladies In The BoDeans’ Life

I Can’t Stop is the latest release from the legendary BoDeans, who started making music together more than 30 years ago. The band will be touring throughout the rest of the year, but in the meantime, frontman Kurt Neumann, multi-instrumentalist Sam Hawksley and drummer Kenny Aronoff will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

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Hawksley: The BoDeans on the road is strictly a boys-only affair.  Which is funny, because Kurt lives in a house with his wife and five daughters. I Can’t Stop features three female singers on background vocals—Australian born, London-based soulful powerhouse Nina Ferro on “Love Somebody,” Nashville-based, honey-voiced singer/songwriter Sutton Sorensen on “What I Believe In” and Kurt’s daughter Sophia Neumann on “Something We Found.” I’d co-written and produced an album for Nina Ferro when she came to Nashville a year earlier. She was back in Nashville, writing new songs and just happened to be around when we were tracking “Love Somebody.” I thought she’d be perfect to add some soul to the track, and she did. Sutton Sorensen was working on some demos of her songs at my studio. “What I Believe In” had lots of my vocals on it, and I thought it sounded too one-dimensional. Sutton’s voice blended great with mine and gave it life. Sophia had sang on a song of her sisters in Kurt’s studio not too long before the making of I Can’t Stop. Kurt realized how angelic and airy her voice was in that moment, and their voices just blended together wonderfully on the “oh ohs” in “Something We Found.” The female vocals add a new color to the sound of the album. Now I have to figure out how I’m going to sing their parts …

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From The Desk Of The BoDeans: Sherman The Cat

I Can’t Stop is the latest release from the legendary BoDeans, who started making music together more than 30 years ago. The band will be touring throughout the rest of the year, but in the meantime, frontman Kurt Neumann, multi-instrumentalist Sam Hawksley and drummer Kenny Aronoff will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

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Neumann: Sherman is orange. Orange cat. One amongst five feral cats that showed up at our door after their dad died. Sherman is really the friendliest, most domesticated of the bunch. Recently, he’s been attacked and ostracized by one of the other cats, especially the cat called DC. DC is by far the greediest, most mean-spirited of the bunch. He looks the most like his dad. But he is nothing like his dad. Now Sherman stays away most days. But once a week or so, I see him standing at the edge of our yard. I pour some food out for him and stand there while he eats so no other cats will fuck with him. They say the meek shall inherit the earth. But for now, it will just get you some fucking fangs in your fucking neck.

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