Entries tagged with: Jack White
"Country for people who don't like country" is having a moment. Country artists like Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, ex-Drive By Trucker Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton are putting out interesting, critically-acclaimed records that are being talked about and listened to by country fans, indie rock and music snob crowds alike. Alt-country has long been a thing, a sort of country-leaning indie rock thing, but this new crop of country artists accepted by alternative people more closely resembles mainstream country. It's mainstream country without being too typical, or too produced. We're huge fans of the four artists mentioned in this paragraph.
The latest country music artist being thrown in this group is more confusing though. We have no hate for Ashley Monroe. She's okay, but her new album The Blade just sounds like another mainstream country album to our ears. Pitchfork, who hasn't mentioned Ashley since she contributed to a Raconteurs song in 2008, suddenly reviewed the album and gave it a good score. Stephen M. Deusner who wrote the review is a longtime Ashley fan ("In 2013, she released what amounts to a comeback, Like a Rose, one of the best country albums of this decade."), but Pitchfork never reviewed any of her previous releases. That includes the records she put out as part of the Pistol Annies, a group she's in with country star Miranda Lambert (who is in the middle of a divorce with The Voice judge Blake Shelton who is also a fan of Ashley's new album). AV Club also gave The Blade a great review, NPR debuted the stream, and fellow 'indie blog' Stereogum even proclaimed: "It doesn't matter when or how you jump on the Ashley Monroe bandwagon, but you need to make that leap."
We tried, but I think we're mostly going to sit this one out, even if Jack White is still a fan and she likes weed. That said, we did think we should at least point out that Ashley just announced a headlining show at NYC's premiere indie rock venue, Bowery Ballroom. It happens on October 27. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon today (7/29). General sale begins Friday.
Ashley, who also sings on a TRAIN song, also happens to be in NYC tonight (7/29) to join Fiona Apple and Watkins Family Hour at City Winery as part of their three nights at the venue (sold out). You can also see Ashley play her own set much sooner when she opens for... RASCAL FLATTS (when are they getting their Pitchfork review?) in Atlantic City on 8/20.
Ashley was on Fallon this week too. Watch that performance with all tour dates below...
Jack White and Alison Mosshart's The Dead Weather have been teasing fans with singles over the last couple years and have finally announced a new album. It's titled Dodge and Burn and will be out in September through White's Third Man Records. Made over the last year when White and Mosshart had free time (with Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence rounding out the group), the new LP will feature both sides of both 2013's "Rough Detective" / "Open Up (That's Enough)" and 2014's "It's Just Too Bad" / "Buzzkill(er)", plus eight new songs. There's a deluxe "platinum edition" of the album coming out exclusively through Third Man's Vault subscription series.
The Dead Weather say they have no plans to tour the new album. You can stream those four previously released songs below...
photos courtesy Jack White
Jack White @ Coachella 4/11/2015
White is one of indie music's most revered figures, a musician who would certainly go into a Coachella hall of fame inaugural class alongside the likes of Beck, Radiohead and Daft Punk. As a result, he could have walked out on Saturday night, waved to the crowd and taken his victory lap. Instead he did just the opposite, attacking the audience with drums that sounded like an explosion on songs like opening 10-minute version of the White Stripes' "Icky Thump." Perhaps the Weeknd closing out the main stage instead of the rocker gave White a chip on his shoulder, or maybe he just connects best with the Indio desert; whatever the reason, White was fired up on Saturday night compared to his many other festival gigs over the past two years. - [Billboard]Jack White has been a tireless performer for the last 15 years or so, but has decided he needs a break. After his performance this weekend at Coachella, he'll be playing acoustic shows in the five states in which he has yet to perform. The shows' states and cities won't be announced till the day of the performance, though it's speculated that he'll be playing Alaska, Idaho, the Dakotas and Wyoming. Jack will be performing as part of a quartet featuring Fats Kaplin, Lillie Mae Rische and Dominic Davis and the shows will be totally acoustic, with the only amplification being ribbon microphones. These are the first totally acoustic shows White has ever done.
Jack's final electric set for a while will be Saturday (4/18) at Coachella. His fiery Weekend 1 set (see review above) featured songs from throughout his career and didn't shy away from White Stripes favorites like "Hotel Yorba" and "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground." You can watch video of "That Black Bat Licorice," and check out the setlist and a few more pics from that show below.
'Magna Carta Holy Grail' 7" set
Jack White is almost as known as a vinyl fan as he is for being a musician and chunky guac lover. His label Third Man puts out lots of limited edition vinyl, be it the fastest-released record ever made, a giant Paramount Records box set, or their "Live at Third Man" series. So it's a bit surprising to learn that The White Stripes' 2005 album, Get Behind Me Satan, never got a proper vinyl release in the US, only coming out as a limited-edition gatefold set that regularly fetches for $400 used. Third Man is finally rectifying this, and the album will be getting a repress this spring. Your first chance to get it will be on -- wait for it -- Record Store Day, as a colored vinyl double disc set. The RSD version does come with an exclusive "3D lenticular cover gatefold jacket."
In other news, Third Man will be releasing Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail as a 7" inch box set in a very elaborate package:
Playing on the theme of redacted government documents and expanding it into a full, clothbound binder with the entirety of the Magna Carta...Holy Grail album spread across eight 7" 45rpm records, this piece conceived by Grammy-nominated designer Brian Roettinger is cryptographically breathtaking. It is limited to 1000 numbered sets (though not all will be released and sold on Friday) and released in conjunction with Roc Nation.You can get a look at the Magna Carter Holy Grail set via an "unboxing" video below. The Jay Z package is a special release to celebrate the exansion of Third Man's store in Nashville which has it's unveiling on Friday (3/20).
Meanwhile, Third Man's little yellow Rolling Record Store is in Austin this week for SXSW, roving around to different shows and day parties. Its schedules stops are in a flyer below...
would you call that shade of green "avocado"?
Jack White was one of the many, many famous folk who appeared on last night's Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special. He didn't perform a song, but looking very smart in a tux and slicked-up hair, Jack did introduce Paul Simon's musical performance.
Earlier Sunday, he vented some steam about the whole "guacamolegate" thing via a letter on the Third Man website. It seemed to stem from a story NPR did over the weekend where they tested Jack's recipe with a chef (a London-based Peruvian chef, which was an odd choice?) who called it more of a salad than a traditional guac. Jack says not only is it not "his" recipe, he's never eaten it:
first off, this is none of your business, but i have no specific demands in my dressing room. i know i could ask for lots of things but i actually don't ask for ANYTHING. i take with me what i need, and that ain't much. anything on the rider is for the band and the crew. this "guacamole recipe" is my hilarious tour managers inside joke with the local promoters, it's his recipe, not mine. it's just something to break up the boredom, seeing who can make it best. though i wouldn't know because i've never had it. i can't even make kool aid let alone cook any real food enough to have a "recipe." sorry, i don't have that talent.He gets a bunch of other stuff off his chest, too, and you can read the whole thing below.
Idk who st Vincent is— KATY PERRY HAIR NEWS (@Holyiiswhoiis) February 8, 2015
St. Vincent won "Best Alternative Music Album" at the Grammys tonight (before the telecast)! Past winners of that award include U2, REM, Tom Waits, Beck, Nirvana, Radiohead, Beastie Boys, Coldplay, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Bon Iver, Gotye, and Vampire Weekend. This year she beat Alt-J, Cage The Elephant, Jack White and Arcade Fire who have lost in this category three times (but have won in other categories).
Beck, no longer "alternative", won "Best Rock Album", but lost "Best Rock Song" to Paramore (who also beat Jack White). Jack White however did win "Best Rock Performance", beating Ryan Adams, The Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, and... Beck.
UPDATE: Beck also won Album of the Year!
photo: Jack White in Austin - 1/24/15 (more by Tim Griffin)
Statement from Jack, about GuacamoleGate, in full below:
by Bill Pearis
photo: Jack White in Austin - 1/24/15 (more by Tim Griffin)
Rock star tour riders has been the stuff of legend since at least the days when Van Halen used to request bowls of M&Ms with all the brown ones removed. Jack White's tour hit The University of Oklahoma on Monday (2/2, just a few days after his MSG show) and student newspaper The OU Daily requested a copy of the rider as well as the concert contract (a matter of public record since OU is a state institution) and printed them both before the show.
The newspaper's angle was the cost of the show ($80,000) but, of course, the rider is always interesting, including a very detailed recipe for gaucamole. (Pretty classic recipe, though the "use the avocado pits to keep it from turning brown" it calls for has been widely disproven as myth.) Jack also doesn't want any bananas in the dressing room, and his non-vegan post-show routine is a medium-cooked strip steak. You can see the whole thing for yourself here.
UPDATE: Jack White's management has issued a statement (says to enjoy the guac!)
Needless to say, Jack was none too pleased about this and commented on it during the show ("Just because you can type it on your computer doesn't make it right") but the editors maintain they did nothing unethical. White's booking agency though, William Morris Endeavor, has reportedly blacklisted the University of Oklahoma from booking any of their artists which includes Tom Petty, 2 Chainz, Goo Goo Dolls, James Blake and many, many more.
words by Jeremy Nifras, photos by David James Swanson
Detroit-raised, Nashville-based guitarist, music enthusiast, vinyl fanatic and baseball star Jack White took the stage at MSG last night (1/30) for his first time headlining as a solo artist (The White Stripes headlined in 2007). He and his band did not disappoint the sold-out crowd, and he brought out a few surprises along the way.
The night began with rap duo Run the Jewels, who brought loads of fun, energy and hype to kickstart the show. Atlanta-based Killer Mike and NYC native El-P blazed though tracks such as "Oh My Darling Don't Cry", "Banana Clipper" and "Get It". Perhaps the biggest highlight was surprise guest Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, who came on stage to perform his verse on the track "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)". Watch video of that below.
Shortly after, it was time for Jack White. Quickly bouncing and thrashing around the stage during older fan favorites such as "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground", "Steady as She Goes" and "Hotel Yorba", he instantly reminded us how rich his 15-plus year history has been. Seven White Stripes songs made it into the setlist, including show-closer "Seven Nation Army". They played three by The Raconteurs.
Jack also performed songs from his two solo records, such as the fiery instrumental "High Ball Stepper", as well as the tender "Blunderbuss". And much to our surprise, it turned out Run the Jewels weren't the only rappers on stage for the evening. Hip hop icon and A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip (who last played MSG during the 'Yeezus' tour, the greatest show Jack's ever seen in his life) appeared to drop a few lines during "That Black Bat Licorice", as well as perform the first verse from the Tribe classic "Excursions" from their second LP The Low End Theory. Video of that can be watched below too.
This concert was also streamed online live though Pandora. If you missed it, you can still listen to the loop through Monday (2/2). Starting Tuesday (2/3), the show will be available to stream by individual track.
Jack's tour continues in Ohio tonight. Remaining tour dates HERE. More pictures and the setlist from Jack's set, and the above-mentioned videos, below...
Jack White in Austin - 1/24/15 (more by Tim Griffin)
Jack White, who maybe you recognize from your baseball card collection, began his 2015 tour in Austin over the weekend with two sold-out shows at Austin Music Hall. We've got a full set of pictures (like the one above) of the first night over at BV Austin. Setlists from both nights below.
As discussed, that tour brings him to NYC this week for a show at Madison Square Garden on Friday (1/30) with Run the Jewels. That's now sold out. The Austin shows were with Chicano Batman, who are on most other US dates, and there's also a Nashville show with country legend Loretta Lynn and indie guitar great William Tyler. Jack also plays the South American Lollapaloozas and headlines both Saturdays of Coachella.
Updated dates are listed below...
Noted baseball fan Jack White is having a childhood dream fulfilled -- he's going to be on a 2015 Topps Baseball card. Seen above, the card is from when White threw out the first pitch at a Detroit Stars game last July. He looks like he's having a better time than at that Cubs game.
The card is part of the 2015 Topps Series 1 set but good luck finding one. As the Detroit Free Press notes, it's an "insert card" which is rarer than cards in the base set. Jack does like his limited runs. Jack will be in NYC next week for his show at Madison Square Garden on January 30 with Run the Jewels opening.
photo: Run the Jewels in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Run the Jewels may technically be opening for Jack White at the Saturdays of Coachella, but they'll also really be opening for him much sooner than that when his tour hits Madison Square Garden on January 30. If it seems weird that RTJ is opening for a rock band, it's worth considering that RTJ have Zack de la Rocha and Travis Barker on their newest record, and though Jack can seem like a rockist, he's openly a huge fan of Kanye, Jay Z and Daft Punk. In El-P's words, "When you get asked to open for jack white at MSG you say yes. its in the bible." Tickets are still available.
All dates for RTJ and Jack are listed below...
Coachella 2015 happens April 10-12 and April 17-19 this year in Indio, CA. The lineup was just announced and includes AC/DC, Jack White, Drake, Ride, Drive Like Jehu (!), St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Interpol, Steely Dan, Belle & Sebastian, Brand New, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Bad Religion, SBTRKT, FKA twigs, Father John Misty, The War on Drugs, Ryan Adams, Lykke Li, Caribou, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Swans, Todd Terje, Action Bronson, Sylvan Esso, Vic Mensa, Cloud Nothings, Ab-Soul, Run the Jewels, Toro y Moi, Parquet Courts, Antemasque, Perfume Genius, Jenny Lewis, Desaparecidos, Mac Demarco, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, OFF!, Touche Amore, Joyce Manor, Sturgill Simpson, The Cribs, Angel Olsen, Philip Selway, Sloan and many more. Tickets will be sale soon.
Larger poster HERE. Full lineup below...
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
by Andrew Sacher
Back in 2010, Jack White "discovered" The Black Belles, signed them to his label Third Man, and some pretty high-profile appearances -- like one with Stephen Colbert -- followed. We haven't heard much from them since 2012, but earlier this year frontwoman Olivia Jean (also a backing musician for Jack, Wanda Jackson and Karen Elson) released her Jack White-produced solo debut, Bathtub Love Killings, on Third Man. As you may expect from a Black Belle, it's a blend of garage rock, rockabilly and girl-group harmonies, and there's at least a couple moments when Jack's fingerprints can clearly be heard. You can listen to the whole album (via Diffuser.fm) and watch the video for "Reminisce" below.
Olivia is continuing to support the album with a short tour that kicks off in Nashville on Friday (12/5) and comes to NYC on December 10 at Rough Trade with another Jack White-loved band, The Dough Rollers who put out an EP on Third Man this year. That show starts at 8 PM and is FREE, no wristband required.
All dates are listed, with the LP stream and video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Best Albums of 2014 lists keep coming, and now Rolling Stone's is out. It's hard to imagine anyone else picking the #1 and #2 they did, but that's Rolling Stone for you. It's also hard to imagine a list placing the new albums from Weezer and the Foo Fighters so high, but smacking buzz band Ought right in between them. And it seems random that YOB comes in at #50 when no other metal album makes the list, not even the critically acclaimed one by Pallbearer or any of the hugely acclaimed returns from veteran bands like At the Gates, Godflesh and Electric Wizard. Also, don't tell Jack White how much higher The Black Keys placed than him.
Check out their top 50 picks for yourself, below...
It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...
We're just over a month away from 2015 and those UK year-end lists keep pouring in. Now British music mag Uncut has posted their 75 Best Albums of 2014. Looks like their winner is becoming a popular choice for #1, and the rest of their top 10 is split between real-deal veterans (Leonard Cohen [falling just a tad from his 2012 #1 spot], Robert Plant) and rising newcomers (FKA twigs). Elsewhere the list has a lot of the indie-related albums that keep popping up, a good deal of folk/country, more veteran appearances, and a certain opinionated UK duo who have appeared on every UK list we've seen so far and make their US debut this week.
Check out the full list below...
We just posted Q Magazine's Best of 2014 albums list and now here's the same from sister publication MOJO. Not only do they share a publisher, but also more than half of same albums appear on both lists. The War on Drugs was #2 here, making war for Beck's Morning Phase in the top spot. Check out the whole list below.
While MOJO is seen as a safe haven for "heritage" acts, there are some records in their Top 10 that don't prominently feature acoustic guitars: coming in at #3 is Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit. You can catch the Mods' North American live debut this Saturday (11/29) at The Wick with The Gotobeds, The Rogers Sisters and "very special guests" who will be announced closer to the show. Tickets are still available.
MOJO's full Top 50 LPs of 2014 list below...
Rough Trade were the first out of the gate with year-end lists but now long-running UK monthly music mag Q has just published their end-of-the-year issue (with cover star Ed Sheeran) which includes their Top 50 LPs of 2014. The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream comes in at #1. Have you made your list yet? Check out the rest of Q's favorite albums of 2014 below...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
Allison Mosshart w/ The Kills last week (more by Ebru Yildiz)
Jack White and Allison Mosshart's band The Dead Weather have been in the process of releasing singles leading up to their TBA new album which is supposed to come out in 2015. The next one, "Buzzkill(er)" b/w "It's Just Too Bad" comes out next week (11/4) and it's blues rockin' a-side can be streamed below.
Yesterday we found out that the world lost another great musician. Ikey Owens was out on tour with Jack White in Mexico when he died, and it was Jack White's camp who announced the sad news. Today they followed it up with this statement:
The coroner has determined that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack the morning of October 14 at approximately 4 am. The only drugs found in his room were a small amount of marijuana.Rest in Peace Ikey.
Ikey, born Isaiah Randolph Owens, was a GRAMMY award-winning artist best known for his work with Jack White, the Mars Volta, De Facto and Free Moral Agents, among others. He was a beloved member of the music community as well as his hometown of Long Beach, CA.
Ten days ago a video was posted of Ikey talking about his gear before a Jack White show at Red Rocks. Watch that below...
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens w/ Jack White's band at GovBall 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, a member Jack White's band who was also in The Mars Volta (2001-2009), the Long Beach Dub All Stars, led his own band Free Moral Agents and contributed to records by Reel Big Fish, Sublime, Mastodon, Saul Williams, El-P, Crystal Antlers and more, passed away in Mexico while on tour with Jack White. Jack's label Third Man Records posted the following:
It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans.Rest in peace, Isaiah. Watch a live video of Jack White's band below...
Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White's backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents, and many other projects.
Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled.
We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.