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Reggie Watts in 2010 @ Comix (more by David Andrako)
Reggie Watts

today in NYC
* JP Schlegelmilch @ Barbes
* Nellie McKay @ Feinstein's
* Michael Morley @ The Stone
* Mike Birbiglia @ Barrow St Theatre
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Jolie Holland, Grey Gersten @ Zebulon
* LCD Soundsystem, Shit Robot @ Terminal 5
* Warpaint, PVT, Family Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Diamond Rings, PS I Love You @ Mercury Lounge
* Cesspool, Wojcik, Shannon & Sasha @ Bruar Falls
* The Mountain Goats, Megafaun @ Bowery Ballroom
* Funeral Party, Twitch The Ripper @ Mercury Lounge
* Cults, Magic Kids, Superhumanoids @ Knitting Factory
* Jessica Lea Mayfield, Daniel Martin Moore @ Glasslands
* The Mountain Goats, Suzanne Vega @ The Greene Space
* John Zorn, Mike Patton, Marc Ribot & many others @ NYC Opera
* Civil Twilight, A Silent Film, The Rassle @ Highline Ballroom
* Hunter Valentine, Sick of Sarah, The Clicks @ Bowery Electric
* The Sweet Divines, Nicole Atkins, Tami Lynn @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Kultur Shock, Slavic Soul Party, Bad Buka @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Reggie Watts, Mark Normand @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (early & late)
* Brick+Mortar, Lady Rizo, Love Automatic, Estee Maria @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Honey And The Greek, My Dear Disco, Gentlemen Hall, Jenatari, Cheer @ Pianos
* Perfect Prescription Party w/ Heaven, Revival Times, Minerva Lions, DJ David Watts @ Shea Stadium
* Screaming Females, Doodle Drag Art Collective, Black Wine, Brick Mower @ Maxwell's
* Alpha & Omega, Powertrip, Expire, Take Offense, Left Alive, Cut Your Teeth @ The Acheron
* The Big Terrific Comedy Show feat. Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman & Jenny Slate @ Cameo Gallery

Unlike the past two nights, Reggie Watts will most likely not be making an appearance with LCD Soundsystem at Terminal 5 tonight. He will instead be taking on two shows in a row at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Reggie's "Live at Third Man" record is out on Third Man Records now.

Third Man Records was representing with their mobile record store at SXSW earlier this month, surprise short performance by Jack White (and Seasick Steve) outside the truck included. Videos from that below...

What else?

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photos by Dana (Distortion) Yavin

Wanda Jackson

"On Tuesday, Third Man and Nonesuch Records will release "The Party Ain't Over," Ms. Jackson's first studio album in eight years and the first produced by a paragon of contemporary rock: Jack White. The collaboration, with Mr. White playing guitar, is largely retro, a collection of covers recorded live with a 12-piece band. But everyone involved hopes it will introduce Ms. Jackson to a new audience, affording her a level of attention that's closer to her more famous contemporaries like Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, all of whom she performed with. "She's influential to every modern female singer, whether they know about her or not," Mr. White said. "She broke down those walls in the beginning, when it was the hardest to do."" [NY Times]
Wanda Jackson's album, as the big NY Times feature points out, is out today (Tuesday). Thursday night Wanda, Jack, and the "Third Man House Band" played Letterman. One night later was the big (small) show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Pictures from that show are in this post.

Since then, Jack and Wanda went on to play two shows at the El Rey in LA...

"He led an 11-piece band of youngish talents, including drummer Joey Waronker, bassist Olivia Jean and pedal steel player Rich Gilbert, through rollicking versions of Jackson's old hits and new tunes. The septuagenarian singer held forth center stage, relishing her comeback with a charming mix of feisty come-on and self-confessed senior moments.

A true raconteur, Jackson amused the crowd with tales of Presley and White, the charismatic, genius sex symbols who book-end her career. "He's a velvet-covered brick," she said of White. "He's going to get his way, but he does it so sweetly." Before playing the classic lament "Busted," she pointed out that she'd seen Elvis play in Vegas, then fluttered a piece of paper: "If the King of Rock can have notes, so can the Queen."" [LA Times]

They will appear on fellow Third Man Records recording artist Conan O'Brien's show tonight.

Wanda, possibly without Jack and the Third Man band, hits the road again in February. Tickets are still on sale for her show at Bowery Ballroom.

More pictures & some videos from MHOW are below...

Continue reading "Wanda Jackson album out today, plays Conan tonight, played MHOW w/ Jack White on Friday (pics & video)"

Wanda Jack

Tickets are still available for Wanda Jackson's February 24th show at Bowery Ballroom, though I bet they wouldn't be if Jack White was playing the show like he will be on Friday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and like he did last night on Letterman. Video of the TV appearance, below...

Continue reading "Wanda Jackson & Jack White played Letterman (video)"

Jack White

Wanda Jackson, who will be flanked by the Third Man House Band featuring Jack White, will play sold out shows in Brooklyn and LA next week. If you didn't get your ticket for Ms Jackson, then you're in luck. "The Queen of Rock" will return to NYC one month later to play Bowery Ballroom on February 24, but note: the Third Man House Band is not billed as her band on the the Manhattan show. Tickets go on sale at noon.

We also have a pair of tickets to giveaway to the sold out Brooklyn show that Jack White is playing. Details below.

Wanda Jackson also has a pair of TV appearances lined up in the coming weeks; look for her on David Letterman on January 20th and Conan on January 25th. Jack White and the Third Man House Band will be playing at both of those.

Wanda is prepping to release her new Jack-White-produced-LP The Party Ain't Over via Third Man/Nonesuch Records on January 25th. The LP features Mr. White as well as his wife (Karen Elson), in addition to bandmates Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather/Raconteurs, also The Greenhornes) & Patrick Keeler (Raconteurs also The Greeenhornes), and other greats like Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket). The LP features eleven covers from the past century, and you can check out the tracklisting below.

The Greenhornes are going on tour soon too. They play The Bell House on April 8th (tickets) and Maxwell's on April 9th (tickets).

The above picture is taken from a video where "label head Jack White, takes an on-camera minute to explain some of its latest creations. From the The Greeting Card Gatefold™ limited edition release of upcoming Wanda Jackson LP "The Party Aint Over" to the The Third Man Monkey Band™ - only at the store front in Nashville, TN. This fantastically old-time machine plays clips of exclusive, unreleased music from Third Man Records." That video, Wanda's full tour schedule and her tracklisting is below...

Continue reading "Wanda Jackson adds more dates including Bowery (on sale) ++ win tickets to the sold out Jack White show"

Wanda Jackson

Wanda Jackson and the Third Man House Band (featuring Jack White) will play two shows in January. In addition to the previously mentioned 1/21 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn (on sale at noon), they'll appear at the El Rey Theatre in LA on 1/23 (on sale at 10am PST).

Wanda Jackson

"Today we're making available for Pre-sale the fantastic, Jack White produced, Wanda Jackson LP "The Party Ain't Over".

This record will ship in time to be received on the release date of January 25th. Housed in a gatefold sleeve and pressed on 180grm vinyl this is already a very special release by a real legend of rock and roll and country music. But to make things just a little more special we're offering a free screen print from Nashville legends, Hatch Show Print with the first 1000 Pre-orders we receive. This will be a different poster then the one being offered with the Nonesuch CD. Lastly, there will be 100 fuchsia colored (!!) vinyl LPs inserted into random Pre-orders. See? We told you the party ain't over!" - Third Man Records

Wanda Jackson's last two Brooklyn shows took place at Knitting Factory. The next one will take place at a slightly larger, but still intimate, venue which is good because more people will want to crowd in to catch her with "the Third Man house band featuring Jack White on guitar." Tickets for the January 21st Music Hall of Williamsburg show go on Third Man Vault Presale Wednesday at 11am, and then general sale Friday at noon.

A video of Wanda performing at the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions below...

Continue reading "Jack White performing w/ Wanda Jackson in Brooklyn (he also produced her new record - pre-order it now) "

by BBG

Broken Bells (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Broken Bells who recently lauched a 3D interactive video for "October", kick off a string of dates tonight (12/1) at Irving Plaza. The NYC show is part of the 101.9 RXP "Yule Rock Holiday Concert Series". The band will hit select cities from coast-to-coast, eventually landing in LA by the middle of the month. Updated tour dates are below.

And Broken Bells member Danger Mouse just wouldn't be himself if he didn't have his hand in another 10000 projects. His latest is "Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi present: ROME":

Brian Burton [Danger Mouse] and Daniele Luppi met in Los Angeles in 2004... Luppi, a composer from Italy, was receiving acclaim for his album An Italian Story, which revisited the cinematic sounds of his childhood. (He has also written music for the screen - Sex and the City, Nine - and later worked with Burton on arrangements for Gnarls Barkley, Dark Night of the Soul and Broken Bells.)

United by their shared passion for classic Italian film music, ...[and] after an intense songwriting period - writing separately at first, and then together as the songs evolved - they travelled to Rome in October 2006. Luppi made some calls and they assembled the original musicians from films such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West - including the legendary Marc 4 backing band and Alessandro Alessandroni's 'I Cantori Moderni' choir. Most of the musicians were in their seventies and hadn't worked together for several decades.

They booked time in Rome's cavernous Forum Studios - formerly Ortophonic Studios, founded, amongst others, by the great Ennio Morricone... Every effort was made to replicate the recording practices of the 1960s/70s golden age, recording live and straight to tape, with overdubs but no electronics, computers, 21st-century effects or studio trickery.

In addition, Jack White and Norah Jones each lend their voices to three tracks on the forthcoming LP, due in March 2011 via Capitol Records.

In other Jack White news, the White Stripes frontman/Third Man Records honcho is taking some fire for deciding to put up some limited edition Third Man material up for auction on ebay:

Paid subscribers of Third Man Records' The Vault were directed to an eBay page with open auctions for copies of the limited edition vinyl version of the self-titled White Stripes reissue. Within an hour, all 5 auctions were above $100 each, and a small shitstorm of comments began to erupt on The Vault, when, suddenly, Jack White joined the site's chatroom with a handbasket-gripping introduction of "See you in hell?" and explained, quite simply, why the hell there were people paying 500 bucks for a record you have to crack open to listen to: "Supply & demand.... nobody told them to buy it with a gun to their head."

...When a fan tried to argue that people with "more money than sense" were to blame, Jack retorted: "Or are they just paying what the going rate is?" White explained: "We sell a Wanda Jackson split record for 10 bucks, the eBay flipper turns around and sells it for 300. If 300 is what it's worth, then why doesn't Third Man Records sell it for 300? If we sell them for more, the artist gets more, the flipper gets nothing. We're not in the business of making flippers a living. We're in the business of giving fans what they want." - [Antiquiet]

Reggie Watts auction coming soon? And the attack on the eBay record microeconomy is on. All Broken Bells dates and a video is below.

Continue reading "Broken Bells kicking off tour (dates), Danger Mouse has a new project w/ Daniele Luppi, Norah Jones & Jack White (who will ebay records if he wants to)"

Reggie Watts @ BV-CMJ 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
reggie watts

Much like his friend Conan O'Brien did, NYC comedian/musician/mastermind Reggie Watts is heading down to Jack White's Third Man Records to perform and cut a live record. The December 2nd show will be "recorded live directly to analog reel to reel tape and available for purchase to all those in attendance. Only patrons of the event will have the opportunity to purchase a very limited edition Black and Blue split color vinyl of the show they just saw for a cool $20." Hopefully that also gets a wider release.

Catch Reggie in NYC on December 17th when he headlines the sizeable Highline Ballroom. Tickets cost $20, but I'd imagine if he is playing a headlining show at a venue that big for that much money, he has a lot in store.

Check out a video he made of himself talking to Jack White about the upcoming Nashville gig, below...

Continue reading "Reggie Watts playing Third Man Records & Highline Ballroom"

Conan & Jack White

Conan O'Brien (you know him from Twitter) returned to television (basic cable) last night (11/8) with his new, and simply titled show Conan (he joked they can't replace him now). Guests included Seth Rogen, Lea Michelle, and Conan's good friend Jack White, who not only was the last musical guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (as was Meg), but who has known Conan since 1999. Well, that's at least what Conan claimed on the show, but not surprisingly, he was at least partly joking. He told Rolling Stone the full story:

In Detroit, there's a place where you can get a bite to eat, and then go bowling, and there's a rock venue there too," Conan recalled. "When I was there -- I wanna say this is like 1999 -- I got a bite to eat with my crew, and then we decided to go bowling, and these kids started to come over and hang out with us. I don't even remember -- I just remember hanging out with all these really young, scruffy Detroit kids for a while, all of us talking and drinking beer.

"Flash forward to: the White Stripes are the big deal and they're on Saturday Night Live, and I really love them, so I went to watch them at rehearsal," he continued. "After they're done rehearsing, Jack and Meg walk down -- and they're coming right at me. And they said, 'Hey, it's good to see you again.'

"And I said, 'Again?' They said, 'Yeah, in Detroit you hung out with us for like three hours and had beers in a bowling alley and we just shot the shit and you were real nice.'"

Conan erupted into laughter. "And I'm like, 'I didn't know that was you guys!' "

Conan, who performed with Jack on last night's show (as you can see in the above picture), also showed off the recent records that Jack put for him after he performed and recorded at Jack's Third Man Records studio in Nashville over the summer (order them HERE). That performance took place on Conan's 2010 live tour which happened while he was away from television. That tour, complete with the same house band who are on the new tbs show, included a stop at Bonnaroo and two guest-filled nights at Radio City Music Hall in NYC (night one and night two).

Video from last night's show below...

Continue reading "'Conan' debuted on tbs w/ old friend Jack White (videos) "

by BBG

The Secret Sisters perform with Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett and Jakob Dylan
The Secret Sisters

Jack White. T-Bone Burnett. Carl Broemmel of My Morning Jacket. These three stellar names all had their hand in recent/upcoming releases from The Secret Sisters, a pair of harmonizing not-secret Alabama sisters that dabble in classic-country inspired rock. The duo released their debut 45 on Third Man Records in August featuring a ripping cover of Johnny Cash's "Big River" (Jack White fan's take note, it rules), and are prepping their T-Bone Burnett-produced self-titled debut (featuring slide guitar from Carl Broemmel) for release on 10/12. Stream a few songs at their site, and more at their myspace. In preparation, the duo will play a solo show at Joe's Pub TONIGHT (9/16), tickets are still available.

It's the same place that Carl Broemel will bless on 10/20 on his night off from Terminal Five shows with My Morning Jacket.

Secret Sisters are also on board to play the Academy of Country Music Honors on 9/20 in Nashville, as well as NYC again one month later (10/20) as part of The Speaking Clock Revue, T-Bone Burnett's benefit show at Beacon Theater (with Jim James of MMJ). Tickets go on AMEX presale on Monday (9/20) and go on sale to the general public on 9/27 at noon.

photos by KILLDISCO DESIGN

"dead weather @ don hills an awesome, sweaty mess" - Stuart Willson

Dead Weather

The Dead Weather kicked off their set at the invite-only show at Don Hill's last night right around the same time they were appearing on Letterman, and one night after they headlined a public show in Prospect Park.

On Letterman they played "Blue Blood Blues" with most of the focus, vocals and camera work, on drummer (and vocalist) Jack White. TV viewers seeing the band for the first time may have thought Allison was just the band's tambourine player (and backup singer and keyboard and guitar player). At Don Hill's they played to a beyond packed and sweaty and smoking and wasted crowd. One friend who got in told me it was "scary and dangerous but pretty sweet".

The Don Hill's show was billed as "pre-renovation", but the club is not closing yet. There's a show there tonight, and another one on Friday that will feature a set by Standard Fare (who play Bruar Falls tonight). In fact, there's a bunch of stuff on the club's schedule for this whole month.

More pictures from the Don Hill's show & the Letterman video below...

Continue reading "the Dead Weather played Letterman (video) & a private show (pics) at Don Hill's (which isn't closing yet) "

photos by Jessica Amaya

"One more time, The Dead Weather stomped Brooklyn last night. Great show." -artgig

"Dead weather KILLED. Didnt celebrate bklyn so much as set it aflame." -rathermarvelous

"I bet you read Brooklyn Vegan too," says Jack White, "any other vegans in the crowd out there? come on stage and we'll kill a cow together" -ndersonTEA

"i saw you at the dead weather concert in prospect park...i was going to say hello to you but you had some guy totally jocking you the whole night. any wasys youre beautiful" -M4W

Dead Weather

"Not too many people would have the audacity to walk on stage, blow torch in hand, and proceed to light their front woman's cigarette. Then again, not everyone is Jack White. The Dead Weather was in full force from the moment they graced the stage. The all-black-everything entourage attacked the stage with pristine white guitars that were used as battle axes as they attacked the stage with their raw sound. Alison Mosshart prowled the stage taking complete command of each song as White's drumming thundered between wails on guitar and tight thumping bass. Song after song pummeled the crowd, showing that their strong suit really is in the live performance, as the set built to the electrifying "Will There Be Enough Water?" Once Mr. White strapped on his six string there was no turning back. He ripped through the track while sharing lead vocal duties and microphone battles with Mosshart. Despite being behind a kit instead of his usual lead, White still ran the show, top hat, feather, and all. His fills on the skins were pulsating all evening however, on both the occasions he took duty on guitar his true talent was unveiled. Few have been as productive as Jack White in this past decade and while I still believe that neither of his recent projects have matched the brilliance of the White Stripes, the Dead Weather truly earned much respect last night. "[omg nyc]
The Dead Weather headlined a Celebrate Brooklyn benefit (aka ticketed & paid) show at Prospect Park last night (August 3rd). Harlem opened (though we don't have pictures of them).

The Dead Weather are on Letterman tonight (and they play an invite-only show at Don Hill's). More pictures and the set list from the Brooklyn show (thanks for the shout out Jack), below...

Continue reading "the Dead Weather played Prospect Park (pics & setlist) "

by Andrew Frisicano

Conan O'Brien played Third Man Recs in Nashville (via)
Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien & Jack White (via Team Coco)
Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien and his band, on their way to Bonnaroo, rolled into Nashville on June 10th for a free show at Jack White's Third Man Records.

Conan blazed through a rocking setlist of stuff from our Legally Prohibited show - as well as a few other jams that we've never done! The energy in the room was incredible: The band lit by a dim red light, the hot Nashville air thick with excitement; the room packed to capacity - it was a scene the likes of which I've never experienced. I could totally see this show being something that happened outside under a tent in the South in the 50's. A very, very cool vibe.

And the crowd - the crowd!! They were giving the energy right back to Conan a hundredfold! They danced their asses off, screamed their lungs out, clapped their hands off - in short, gave a lot of body parts to the floor of Third Man (the post show clean up was a little awkward) But the BEST part of the night was that the whole thing was being recorded on a reel to reel tape! Why reel to reel? Because tonight's performance is going to be pressed into a record that people at the show could buy! Say it with me, party people: HOLY CRAP. What that also meant for the show was that halfway through, Conan & the band had to stop for a few minutes so that the reel could be changed! SO COOL. It's just like Elvis or Buddy Holly or something!! In other words: It was Super Cool Old School. As old and as cool a school as they come, y'all. And just when I was sure that jack White couldn't get any cooler... He proves me wrong once again. ;)

Speaking of Jack, when Conan went off the setlist and starting playing a little "Creep" by Radiohead, Jack jumped onstage and put an old timey chiminysweepesque hat on his head! It was completely unplanned, and made us all crack up. Then, for the last song, Jack jumped up and joined Conan for a blow your brain out of your skull version of 20 Flight Rock...[Team Coco]

Part of the set list was Conan's cover of the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army."

Conan's tour, which stopped at Radio City for two nights, is at Bonnaroo this weekend and finishes on June 14th in Atlanta.

The full set list (which lists the last song as Ronnie Hawkins' "40 Days"), a video from the show (and more from the scene outside of it) are below...

Continue reading "Conan played Third Man Records (show recorded for a live LP)"

Paul McCartney in Mexico City
Paul McCartney

"Terrified Sir Paul McCartney had to be rescued by cops after a mob attacked his tour bus in a dodgy no-go part of Mexico City.

Youths forced his driver to stop then started jumping up and down on the roof as the Beatles legend, 67, cowered inside.

A source said: "At first his security team thought it was just swarms of fans but when people started scaling the bus, the situation changed in a flash." They called cops who raced to the rescue. "Paul and the team were shaken up," the source added.

It happened after his gig at the Foro Sol stadium on Saturday at 1am. His management team are now reviewing security.

Macca, who was unhurt, was in Washington last night for a White House concert." [mirror.co.uk (via)]

Paul played two shows while in Mexico City. Both setlists are below. The White House concert takes place Wednesday June 2nd, and will be aired on PBS later this summer...
The program, to be taped by WETA Washington, D.C., as part of the "In Performance at the White House" series, will air on PBS stations nationwide on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at 8 p.m. EDT (check local listings) as "Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House."

The concert will feature a tribute by major stars, many of whom will perform the songs that propelled McCartney to legendary status in music and humanitarianism around the world. The lineup of performers includes Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jonas Brothers, Dave Grohl, Jack White, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae and remarks by Jerry Seinfeld.

The Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was created by the Library of Congress to honor artists whose creative output transcends distinctions between musical styles and idioms, bringing diverse listeners together, and fostering mutual understanding and appreciation.

Paul's other upcoming dates include Salt Lake City and San Francisco. All dates below...

Continue reading "Paul McCartney's bus was "attacked" in Mexico (setlists), he's playing the White House w/ Jack White ++ other dates "

The Dead Weather @ Coachella (more by Rachel Carr)
The Dead Weather

The Dead Weather have a new album, Sea of Cowards, coming out May 11th on Third Man Records/Warner Bros. As a preview of the record, the band will play it straight through at the Third Man building in Nashville on Monday, May 3rd, at 6pm (today), a set that'll be streaming on Myspace. The record is also streaming at NPR.

The band just played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 2nd. Here's a review of their set:

White Stripes honcho Jack White led his latest alt-rock ensemble, the Dead Weather, in a compact but potent romp through moody and scarifying guitar-centric songs, mostly from the Horehound album. Alison Mosshart's vocals and flailing theatrics competed for attention with White's no-holds-barred guitar attacks and usually lost. Until the final song, that is: "Will There Be Enough Water?," delivered during a steady drizzle, found them both in peak form, playing with whisper-to-scream dynamics and flattening the audience. [USA Today]
...I wonder if the USA Today reviewer realizes that Jack White mainly plays drums in the band whose other upcoming shows include sets at Bonnaroo and Glastonbury. They'll also be playing a Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on August 3rd (details forthcoming, but it will cost money). Update: full tour announced. All dates below.

Jack White's wife Karen Elson has her own outside summer show coming up. She plays with Band of Horses and Grizzly Bear at Waterfront on June 20th. Tickets are on sale for that.

Also on the horizon for Jack White: a possible White Stripes "reunion". What he's said about that, all tour dates, album art, tracklist and the video for the album's first single are below...

Continue reading "The Dead Weather playing Prospect Park this summer & on MySpace today ++ full new album streaming now "

photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer

"Wow. The Sahara is past capacity at Coachella for Die Antwoord. No midget. Waiting for the trainwreck but people dig it." - The Scenestar

"Seeing a shirtless Danny DeVito run across the stage while Faith No More played pretty much made my #coachella weekend." - stovn

Die Antwoord, Faith No More
Coachella 2010 - Day 2
Coachella 2010 - Day 2

Flopping phalluses are in this year according to Major Lazer and Die Antwoord. Each presented the intersection of beats, party-hyping, gross humor, and dancing in your underwear. Day 2 of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival had an overall far-out theme. Some with sexually explicit lunacy, others with psychedelic music. South Africa's Die Antwoord introduced zef-rap to the festival, South Africa's version of white trash hip hop-a bold, fearless expression of crazy stick a finger up your bum entertainment.

Before arriving at these culminating moments, the day progressed through a series of psychedelic and/or raunchy expressions. John Waters kicked things off with thoughts on crawling through pig poo, taking poppers, the pleasures of sploshing, and strange things he wants to do before he dies. Gossip's Beth Ditto hoped he was watching her blazing disco soul performance but was afraid to look backstage and see him smiling and waving at her. Gossip put on a set that inspired revelations on reality in the most self-empowering ways.

John Waters & Beth Ditto @ Coachella (this pics via Jermey Scott)
Beth Ditto and John Waters

The day's best covers include Faith No More doing "Reunited" (they also covered Michael Jackson's "Ben"), Portugal, The Man's jamming Bowie's "Moonlight Daydream," and Girls' flawless "All I Have To Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers. The last was a most appropriate choice for the band with an Ariel Pink sensibility towards '50s ballads. MGMT brought the futuristic 1960s with songs from its new album. Many pointed out that the band didn't play "Kids", but that seems to miss the point that MGMT put on a pretty sophisticated, experimental live performance of the band's signature Indian headdress on Phil Spector Fraggle Rock sound.

The Raveonettes played as a duo and sans drum machine, adorably sharing a mic sometimes. The rest of the band remains trapped under lava in Iceland, figuratively speaking. Camera Obscura also shouted out bands stuck in the UK, dedicating "Let's Get Out Of This Country" to those who could not make it.

It seems almost every DJ this weekend has sampled Major Lazer's "Pon De Floor" except Flying Lotus, who took the stage all on his own (no Thom Yorke cameo included). After warming up the crowd with some first grade experimental hip hop, FlyLo brought out the big guns, sounds combined in layers and pitches that act like quaaludes on the light speed continuum. The Dirty Projectors girls evoked cool electronic birds and the Dezurik Sisters with their harmonizing powers. Beach House cooed the audience romantically as 50% of the band, Alex Scally, rubbed his slide up and down the frets.

Did that sound sexy? It's time to talk about sexy. The xx provided the mellow arousal Blonde Redhead and Portishead have given Coachella the last two years. People like The xx because they want sex that fits this soundtrack. They also want sex as excitingly goofy gross as Die Antwoord and to fall in love with a gal like Sia, all at the same time. Sia's beautiful voice closed the night in the Gobi tent, and though her accent rendered her side comments completely incomprehensible, everyone laughed and agreed with anything she said. On the other hand, as great and sexy as the Dead Weather sounded, I don't know if I want to bed someone who demands I treat her like my mother. Old Crow Medicine Show suggested letting a woman rule your mind leads to troubles during "Minglewood Blues." Instead, let her win your heart with country-fried dinner.

Faith No More's twelve-song set included a cameo by a semi-streaker who happened to be Coachella regular Danny Devito. You can see that happen in one of the videos below. Faith No More's whole setlist is down there too.

Porcupine Tree, Tokyo Police Club, Hot Chip, The Almighty Defenders, Les Claypool, Devo, and Muse were also on the bill Saturday. Our review, pictures and videos from Friday are HERE. Saturday continues below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2010 - Day Two in pics, video & review (Die Antwoord shots & Faith No More's setlist included)"

photos by Samantha Marble

Karen Elson

Karen Elson, wife of one Jack White, played her first New York show Monday night (March. 22) at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan, showcasing songs from her forthcoming album 'The Ghost That Walks'.

Oldham-born Elson played acoustic guitar and was backed by a five-piece band during her hour-long set. Prior rumours of an appearance by her husband were proved false, although White produced and plays drums on Elson's album, out on May 25.

It was only Elson's fourth solo appearance, though Elson herself is far from inexperienced, having contributed vocals to Robert Plant's 'Dreamland' album in 2003 and duetted with Cat Power in 2006 on a cover of Serge Gainsbourg's 'I Love You (Me Neither)'. [Spinner]

One of Karen's first three solo performances took place at the Third Man Records pop up store (aka Franks Deli & Grocery) at SXSW in Austin on Saturday, March 20th. Samantha Marble got some pictures and reports:
The line to get into Karen Elson's last performance at SXSW was more than half way down the block only moments before the show was scheduled to take place. The show took place in a small, dimly lit room in the very back of Frank's Deli & Grocery. The setting was a perfect accompaniment to her enchanting voice and haunting lyrics. In between songs joked around with the crowd, explained what inspired her songs and raved about the musicians that accompanied her. The entire performance stood out as one of the loveliest shows I went to during SXSW.
More album info HERE. More pictures from the Texas show below...

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Karen Elson

Karen Elson's debut album, The Ghost Who Walks, comes out on Third Man/XL this summer.

While this album marks Karen's solo debut, she has spent 6 years as a founding member of New York City-based political cabaret The Citizens Band and has been involved in several musical projects over the past few years, including adding her vocals to tracks for Robert Plant and recording a duet with Cat Power for a Serge Gainsbourg tribute album ("Je Taime Moi Non Plus"). The Ghost Who Walks was recorded at Third Man Studios in Tennessee with [Elson's husband & record label head] Jack White as producer and features 12 songs - 11 original compositions by Karen and 1 cover of a song by her Citizens Band cohort Rachelle Garniez.
An acoustic live version of the record's first single, "The Ghost Who Walks," is posted below.

A full version of the song will be released on 7" on March 17th. One of the places you can get it is the Third Man Records pop-up store coming to SXSW/Austin, where she'll be playing. Third Man ran a pop-up store in New York City last July, where the Dead Weather played. Her schedule for the fest is below.

She'll also be at NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge on Monday, March 22nd. Tickets are on sale.

Third Man SXSW flyer, and Karen Elson cover art, live video and tour dates are below...

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photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Dead Weather
Dead Weather

Passion Pit and the Clipse -- featuring Cam'ron and Rick Ross -- have just been confirmed to perform at the sixth-annual Woodies, joining already-announced acts Death Cab for Cutie, the Dead Weather and Matt & Kim. Breakout Woodie nominees Passion Pit will be performing their breakout single "The Reeling," while the Clipse will take on a pair of tracks, teaming with Cam on "Popular Demand (Popeye's)" and Ross for "I'm Good." Genre-blurring DJ/producer Diplo, who lately has been spending time as one half of Major Lazer, has also been announced as the house DJ for the night.

But all the onstage action won't just be of the performance variety. On Monday (November 16), the Woodies also announced a slate of big-name presenters, including Pete Wentz, Zooey Deschanel, 3OH!3, Mary-Louise Parker, David Cross, Janelle Monáe, and Woodie of the Year nominee Asher Roth.

The 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards will take place this Wednesday [tonight] at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. The show will then premiere Friday, December 4, at 10 p.m. ET on mtvU, MTV, MTV2 and Palladia.

Tickets to the Woodie Awards were mainly given out to college students. Last night (11/17), The Dead Weather played a pre-Woody show with Violent Soho at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Less than a day earlier the news broke that Dead Weather drummer Jack White would be working with Wanda Jackson on her new album. More pictures and a video from the Brooklyn show, below...

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The Dead Weather @ Home Sweet Home in July (more by Ryan Muir)
Dead Weather

The Dead Weather will be performing at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (11/17) with an opening set by Ecstatic Peace-signed Australians Violent Soho. To go with that, some other Jack White news...

Jack White will be working with "Queen of Rockabilly" Wanda Jackson. The pairing sounds similar to what White did with Loretta Lynn for her 2004, Grammy-winning record Van Lear Rose, but Jackson says, "They had a super album, but he didn't have her do anything different, you know. She just did her little Loretta Lynn songs. But he told me he's gonna stretch me some, so we'll see." A 2009 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame nominee, Wanda recently performed at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans.

One album White will not be helping with is the new record from Slash. On the nature of that, Slash said, "I wanted to get Jack White to sing on something, but he didn't want to sing. He said 'I'll play drums, I'll play guitar, but I don't wanna sing.'" Slash did manage to get "Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Flea and three of former Guns N' Roses bandmates, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler and Duff McKagan" though.

Another project White has had a hand in putting out is composer John Boswell's remix of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" series called "A Glorious Dawn." The song puts a beat under Sagan's auto-tuned narration and features a guest spot from Stephen Hawking. The track, on YouTube since September (below), is out now through White's Third Man Records.

The Dead Weather also just put out a record of their own, an unannounced EP called Live from Third Man West, which features five songs and four videos from their performance at a promotional pop-up store in Los Angeles in August (similar to what they did in New York in July). You can get it through iTunes.

The Dead Weather play Wednesday too (November 18th) at the mtvU Woodie Awards at Roseland Ballroom, and travel to New Zealand, Australia and Japan in March, 2010.

Tour dates and "A Glorious Dawn" are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Death - Politicians In My Eyes (MP3)

Death of Detroit
Death

Forgotten except by the most fervent punk rock record collectors... Death would likely have remained lost in obscurity if not for the discovery last year of a 1974 demo tape in [bassist] Bobby [Hackney]'s attic. Released [in February] by Drag City Records as "... For the Whole World to See," Death's newly unearthed recordings reveal a remarkable missing link between the high-energy hard rock of Detroit bands like the Stooges and MC5 from the late 1960s and early '70s and the high-velocity assault of punk from its breakthrough years of 1976 and '77. Death's songs "Politicians in My Eyes," "Keep On Knocking" and "Freakin Out" are scorching blasts of feral ur-punk, making the brothers unwitting artistic kin to their punk-pioneer contemporaries the Ramones, in New York; Rocket From the Tombs, in Cleveland; and the Saints, in Brisbane, Australia. They also preceded Bad Brains, the most celebrated African-American punk band, by almost five years. [NYTimes]
Just a few months after Drag City breathed life into ...For The Whole World To See, Death (not to be confused with the legendary Floridian death metal band featuring the late Chuck Schuldiner) was resurrected. The Brothers Hackney have scheduled three US shows over the last weekend in September in their former hometown of Detroit (they reside in Bulington, VT), Chicago, and Cleveland. They're also now confirmed to play Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

No word on who will fill the shoes of guitarist David Hackney (he passed from lung cancer in 2000), though odds are one of the Hackney's sons in Rough Francis will probably be elected. Rough Francis, who routinely cover material by Death, will provide support on all dates (minus Fun Fun Fun). Earlier this year they appeared with members of Death at Joey Ramone's 58th birthday show on May 19th at Irving Plaza. Videos of their performance are posted below.

Death's back story is an interesting one:

In 1975 at Detroit's United Sound Studios with engineer Jim Vitti, they recorded seven songs written by David and Bobby. According to the Hackney family, Columbia Records president Clive Davis funded the recording sessions, but asked the band to change its name to something more commercially palatable than Death. When the Hackneys refused, Davis ceased his support. The following year they self-released 500 copies from the session on the 7" single "Politicians in My Eyes" b/w "Keep on Knocking," on their Tryangle label, which eventually became a collectors' item.
"Politicians In My Eyes", a song that Jack White of The White Stripes/Dead Weather/The Raconteurs described as "ahead of punk, and ahead of their time," is available for download above (and in one of the videos below). The videos and all tour dates are below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

The Dead Weather
The Dead Weather

People (including one very small child) waited in line over 12 hours outside "Third Man Records" aka the Envoy Gallery at 131 Chrystie Street on the LES in NYC for a chance to get in to see Jack White's new band The Dead Weather play a free show at noon today (7/16). Ends up, the band didn't play in the pop-up store, but right downstairs in the bar called Home Sweet Home (which not long ago hosted that Sonic Youth 'Eternal' party).

Inside the yellow store people can buy Dead Weather merchandise (including their album Horehound that was released this week) from the one and only Matt Pinfield and his WRXP co-host Leslie Fram. Downstairs, the band which features The Kills' Alison Mosshart on vocals played for about 30 minutes with one encore to the 175-or-so people that jammed into the hot and sweaty basement. Jack played drums and sang on one song, and in usual Jack White style, everyone associated with the band, even the roadies, were well dressed. Ryan said the band sounded great, and he couldn't think of a better place to catch the band than a dive bar like Home Sweet Home...

...which isn't saying much for the much, much larger venue the band is playing tonight (7/16) and tomorrow (7/17). The Screaming Females open both NYC shows at Terminal 5. More pictures from the Third Man Records in-store, below...

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People outside Envoy Gallery in 2007 (via)
Envoy Gallery

"101.9 RXP Presents two Sold-Out Dead Weather Shows (Jack White's new band) this Thursday and Friday at Terminal 5! BUT-Matt Pinfield & Leslie Fram announced a Free show with the band this Thursday at Noon! Jack White opens a Pop-Up store of his Third Man Records based in Nashville!

Located at 131 Chrystie Street from 10am-6pm this Thursday and Friday only. You can buy the Dead Weather CD and Vinyl there! The band will do a FREE SHOW there this Thursday at Noon!

First Come, First Serve - so get there Early! Matt Pinfield will work behind the "

131 Chrystie Street is Envoy Gallery who confirm on their blog that the space belongs to The Dead Weather on July 16th and 17th. I actually waited all day to do this post in the name of spacing out Dead Weather posts... for those who are sick of hearing about them.