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Albert Hammond, Jr. Writes: Russ & Daughters is a NYC “Must See”

January 26th, 2009 · 12:29 pm - Jen Snow

The recently published Indie Travel Guide — a German-language intro to “Amerika & Mehr” (America & More) — asked various indie rock stars to detail their favorite restaurants, bars, shops, clubs, museums, and activities in their home cities, or cities they spend time in, throughout the world.

Albert Hammond, Jr. (guitarist for The Strokes, solo songwriter, Russ & Daughters regular, fiance of the lovely Agyness Deyn) writes these kind words:

“New York city: my home. Everyone at some point finds a place where they feel at home. I found the city and the city found me. I live in New York and most of my friends are here, and everything important to me is here.

Russ and Daughters has been around for 100 years.  Great smoked salmon and extremely tasty bagels, filled to the max with cream cheese — an absolute must-see.  A really pretty store, family owned for generations. The great-grandchildren of the original owner are now at the steering wheel.”

The book has entries from 80+ musicians, including Fleet Foxes’ Casey Wescott (Seattle), The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle (Durham), Sondre Lerche (Bergen),  and contributions from members of Sonic Youth (New York), Broken Social Scene (Montreal), Serena Maneesh (Oslo), Joan as Police Woman (Brooklyn), The Gossip (Portland),  Nada Surf (New York), Dresden Dolls (Boston), Pipettes (Brighton and Cardiff), Rogue Wave (San Francisco and Oakland), and more.

This edition of Indie Travel Guide is entirely in German, except for a very curious preface by Adam Green, which is printed in German and then, when translated on the back of the same page,  includes the sentence, “I will tell you about my city in this guide, and many other musicians from around the world will tell you about theirs as well … musician from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Japan and South Africa dancing together in united freedom!”

Pitchfork had the scoop on the guide a few months ago.

- Jen Snow

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