Is Albert Hammond Jr. the Strokes guitarist who'll perform songs off his solo album, Yours to Keep, at Maxwell's on Saturday truly a creature of the East Village? When we talked to him, he was on his way to a rare business lunch at Second Avenue institution Frank. He clued us into some other neighborhood favorites when he recounted everything he ate during the past week.
Kanye West and John Legend have been running a close race for the title of most ubiquitous special musical guest on the invitation-only party scene. In fact, we've seen West out and about so many times this year that had his name been the only one on the bill for last night's Hennessy party at Capitale we might have (horrors!) forgone the free drinks.
Perhaps that's why some shrewd event planner also managed to book the Strokes. However much money you had to throw at them to show up, you genius Hennessy liquor barons, it was totally worth it. The Strokes backlash is well chronicled: Drew Barrymore, Julian's weight gain, sophomore slump, underappreciated third album, etc. But after last night, count us firmly in the Backlash-to-the-Backlash zone of the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations.