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Kanye West & Big Sean @ Irving Plaza Tuesday (Joshua Laboy)
Kanye Sean

Maybe it was all the excitement of summer finally arriving, but for whatever reason, NYC shows have been pretty heavy on the special guests lately. Here's a few we know about.

Reggie Watts was the secret guest that joined Glenn Kotche and Buke & Gass during 'Wilco weekend' at NYU for the Jab Abumrad's Radiolab Concert on Saturday (6/18). Reggie was a secret because of the two Summerstage shows he's playing this week including the one in Red Hook Park TONIGHT (6/24).

Reptar was a secret guest at the Thee Oh Sees Brooklyn Bowl show on Saturday (Reptar played Governors Ball earlier that day). And as predicted, Thee Oh Sees themselves were the secret headliner at Death by Audio the previous night (6/17).

Reptar, who also opened for Art Brut at Music Hall last night, will open for Foster the People at Terminal 5 on September 27th. The only mystery here is how Foster the People are big enough to headline Terminal 5 already! Tickets are on sale.

Ted Leo showed up as a special guest at the Eleanor Friedberger show at Europa during Northside. Bradford Cox was in the Audience. Catch Ted again at the free South Street Seaport kickoff party for the 4Knots Festival that Eleanor plays at the South Street Seaport a week later. It was just announced that Eleanor will also open for Deerhunter at their Webster Hall shows in August. (Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox must have really liked her set) Tickets for both Deerhunter shows are still available.

As also recently mentioned both Clams Casino and Neon Indian (DJ) were added as last minute surprises guests to the Northside show at Cameo on Sunday (6/19). The show was one day after Neon Indian played Governors Ball. Monday night Cameo hosted semi-secret DJ sets by YACHT, The Miracles Club & Midnight Magic, all who played MHOW on Sunday.

Kanye West showed up at Big Sean's Irving Plaza show on Tuesday (6/21), the same night Big Sean appeared on the Bon Iver episode of Fallon. Despite two of Kanye's friends being on Fallon on the same night however, Kanye did not make an appearance on the show (not even backstage). Videos from Irving Plaza below.

Justin Vernon did not show up at the S. Carey/David Bazan show at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday (6/22), as we hoped he would. S. Carey is a member of Bon Iver's band and played with Justin the two days previous on both Fallon and Colbert.

Speaking of Fallon, Bob Mould (who DJs his Blowoff party at Highline Ballroom tonight) showed up and surprised people by playing a Sugar song backed by the Roots on the show. Mould recently performed live with the Foo Fighters during their set at Sasquatch. Video of that special guest appearance is below.

Lenny Kravtiz's daughter Zoë Kravitz and her band Elevator Fight played Southpaw with J*Davey on Tuesday (6/21). Lenny showed up to watch his daughter, but he wasn't the only crowd member blowing up Twitter. Drake was also in the audience to catch the show. FADER grabbed him outside the Park Slope venue for a quick video interview which you can watch below.

Flying Lotus & Just Blaze @ Music Hall (via the Comedian)

Flying Lotus headlined two Brainfeeder showcases (his label) this week. The first was at Bowery Ballroom on Monday (6/20) and the second at MHOW on Wednesday (6/22). Apparently trippy instrumentals aren't the only thing FlyLo digs when it comes to hip hop producers, because Just Blaze (Jay-Z, T.I.) showed up to play with him at the MHOW show. Flying Lotus also surprised NYC by playing a free late show at Le Poisson Rouge too.

Following in FlyLo's footsteps, Ivan & Alyosha gave NYC a gift in the form of a last-minute free late show at Mercury Lounge.

Crowded House frontman Neil Finn played with Eddie Vedder at Beacon Theatre on his tour with Glen Hansard.

And while opener Glen Hansard (Swell Season, the Frames) helped Vedder recreate "Sleepless Nights," the tender duet the pair shared on "Ukulele Songs," and the crowd found their voices and their feet for several of he night's tunes -- "Porch," "Unthought Known" -- the biggest roar erupted when Vedder invited Crowded House/Split Enz frontman Neil Finn to the stage for an impromptu collaboration Vedder jokingly called an "unrehearsed collision." With longtime friend Finn on organ, the twosome blended delicate harmonies on Hunters And Collectors' "Throw Your Arms Around Me." Finn took up a guitar and sat down next to Vedder to trade verses on Finn's Split Enz hit "I Got You," which found Finn playfully calling out chords to Vedder during the bridge. "It turns out we play that song differently," Vedder quipped, "But since he wrote it, he's right."

Decked out in a trio of long white lab coats, Finn (organ) and Hansard (guitar) returned with Vedder for the second encore, the rousing "Big Hard Sun" from "Into The Wild." [Billboard]

Neil Finn plays his own show at Bowery Ballroom on 6/26. You can win two tickets on our Facebook.

As you know, Stephen Colbert was the special guest with The Black Belles on his own show last night (6/23). He performed with the band and also recorded a single with them which is now on sale via Third Man Records. Jack White actually also appeared on the show this time for his third and final appearance during StePhest Colbchella '011 and then appeared with Colbert again today (6/24) at The Lot at the High Line. Jack and the Black Belles were also spotted last night (6/23) bowling at Brooklyn Bowl. According to Questlove (who was DJing the venue), he "has bowling game."

Tonight (6/24) is the another Doveman show at LPR. Lisa Hannigan (who played 3 sold out NYC-area shows this week) and Mike Doughty are billed as openers, but according to Doveman, some secret special guests will be showing up as well (as usual).

Last but not least, as hinted, and confirmed earlier today, Fucked Up are the special guest at 285 Kent Saturday (6/26) with JEFF the Brotherhood and Iceage. Tickets are on sale at Record Grouch. Iceage also played a secret show at 538 Johnson while they were in town for Northside.

Any special appearances we left out?

Videos below...

Continue reading "This Week in Special Guests (Kanye West, Reggie Watts, Reptar, Neil Finn, Drake, Just Blaze, Doveman & more)"

Stephen Colbert with The Black Belles
Black Belles

As you know, Third Man Records label boss Jack White made three special appearances on The Colbert Report this week, and Third Man recording artist The Black Belles were Thursday night's scheduled musical guest.

Ends up Stephen Colbert performed with the Black Belles who he recorded a single with. That single, titled ""CHARLENE II (I'M OVER YOU)", is already for sale in the Third Man Records Store and on iTunes, and according to a tweet by Stephen, will be for sale in NYC at 11am! More specifically, Stephen writes, "Please DO NOT see me & Jack White 6/24 @ The Lot at the High Line, W. 30th St & 10th Ave in NYC. Doors open at 11am. First come,first serve."

UPDATE: More info from Third Man Records:

The Rolling Record store is with Jack and the gang in New York and will be selling the Tri-Colors of the single Friday the 24th...And Stephen Colbert is gonna help us sell em. But that's not before him and The Belles rock their new jam LIVE for the masses.. Yeah. One gig world tour. Put that in the "Don't Miss" file.

It all goes down at High Line Park at 30th and 10th. The Rolling Record Store opens at 11 and the jams get kicked out soon after... So come see us for Colbert Red White and Blue Tri-Colors and other exclusive merch tomorrow. It's gonna be LEGEND.

UPDATE 2: Third Man Records tweeted "#Colbchella concludes today at High Line Park at 10th Ave & 30th St. @StephenAtHome, @ThirdManRRS, and J Dubs 11:30 to 3!"

Meanwhile watch the video clips with Jack from all three nights, and check out more pictures, and the event flyer, below...

Continue reading "Colbert made & performed a single w/ the Black Belles, selling it (with Jack White?) in Manhattan at 11am"

Mould

Thurston Moore and his band played "Circulation" off his recently released Demolished Thoughts on Fallon last night (6/22) and "Blood Never Lies" as a web exclusive. Questlove tweeted "damn...Thurston is channeling Sun Ra." Bob Mould of Husker Du/Sugar also performed on Fallon last night. With help from The Roots, he took on the Sugar song "If I Can't Change Your Mind."

Thurston also played a PS122 benefit last night. Three more similar benefits happen tonight, tomorrow and the next day.

Bob Mould reads from his new book and performs solo acoustic songs at 92YTRibeca tonight (6/23). Tickets are still available.

Also last night in late night television (that you can watch below), Colbert's musical week continued with Jack White and Talib Kweli. It was Jack's 2nd appearance (first night's video HERE). His third is tonight (6/23) when his Third Man-signed The Black Belles will also play the show.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Watch Bob Mould (who plays NYC tonight) play a Sugar song w/ the Roots ++++ Thurston Moore, Talib Kweli & Jack White (again) were on TV too (all the videos)"

Jack White

A musical week continues on Colbert. Watch a web-exclusive performance from Florence & Machine along with the first of three Jack White segments, and the Bon Iver performance from Fallon, all on or related to TV last night (6/21), below...

Continue reading "watch Bon Iver on Fallon, Jack White & Florence & the Machine on Colbert (videos)"

Colbert

The Colbert Report kicked off its "summer concert series" last night (6/20) with Bon Iver. Colbert interviewed Justin Vernon about disease-influenced recording, majoring in religious studies and women's studies, and more. Justin and his 9-piece band then took the stage to perform the recent single "Calgary," off the self-titled (which by the way, is an idea that Stephen Colbert finds incredibly egotistical) album that drops today via Jagjaguwar/4AD. Justin also performed a web exclusive of "Skinny Love" with his band providing harmonies and stomps/claps. The band that played with Justin was in factMatt McCaughan, Sean Carey, Mike Noyce, Rob Moose, CJ Camerieri, Reggie Pace, Mike Lewis, and Colin Stetson aka all the dudes who will also be out on tour as Bon Iver soon. You can watch all of it below.

The "concert series," or StePhest Colbchella '011, continues tonight (6/21) with Florence and the Machine. Talib Kweli plays Wednesday (6/22), and the Black Belles play Thursday (6/23). As Colbert pointed out, Jack White will also be there all week. The label clears that up a bit:

Here at Third Man HQ we imagine that people probably think of us as a bunch of record nerds sitting around discussing our favorite Dutch freakbeat albums and mono Texas psych pressings...Well, that's only partially true. We like all kinds of non-musically related stuff... Comedy, current events, television, records..damn, did it again.

ANYWAY, long story short, we'll be combining some of our favorite things this week when Third Man will be featured on Comedy Central's Colbert Report. That's right, two titans of comedy collide when Stephen Colbert meets Jack White here at Third Man Records in a series of segments to air this week starting on Tuesday the 21st. And what's more, our own rarely spotted creatures The Black Belles will perform live on The Colbert Report this Thursday the 23rd. We're so proud of our little garage rock goths.

So tune in this week, starting on Tuesday at 11:30 pm ET for a week of music, TMR and the Black Belles on The Colbert Report. Amazing... Stay tuned for more updates on this late breaking development.

As mentioned, Bon Iver plays Fallon again tonight (6/21). Colbert videos below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver kicked off a week of music & Jack White on the Colbert Report (videos & schedule)"

Through Low Light and Trees

British folk duo Smoke Fairies release their first full-length album in the US, Through Low Light and Trees, today, June 14. The album, released in the UK September 6, 2010 via V2/Cooperative Music, was produced by Head who is known for working with PJ Harvey and Black Francis. The new US version of the CD also comes with a disc of bonus tracks. Check out the video for "Strange Moon Rising" and more of their music below.

You may remember Smoke Fairies from their "Gastown/Riversong" 7" which came out all the way back in December 2009 on Jack White's Third Man label. He also produced the single and contributed drums and guitar along with Jack Lawrence. The duo more recently reminded the US of their existence when they released a double a-side single "Hotel Room/Strange Moon Rising" for Record Store Day through 453 Records

Smoke Fairies are heading out on a US tour in late July with Rasputina. The tour doesn't include any NYC dates but the duo do have two NYC dates scheduled as part of a short trip here this month. After visiting Toronto for NXNE and then Boston, they play Rockwood Music Hall on June 21. They play the Manhattan venue right before Lisa Hannigan plays a sold out show on the same stage (no advanced tickets for the Smoke Fairies set though). They also open for My Gold Mask the next night, June 22 at The Rock Shop. Tickets are on sale for the Brooklyn show

Rasputina play their own NYC-area show with The Wilderness of Manitoba at Mexicali Blues in Teaneck, NJ on July 17. Tickets are still available.

Smoke Fairies contributed to MOJO Magazine's 'Harvest Revisited', a tribute to Neil Young's Harvest. Villagers, Phosphorescent, Sam Amidon and others appear on the compilation. Check out Smoke Fairies' take on "Alabama" below with more dates, videos, and other stuff.

Continue reading "Smoke Fairies released an LP in the USA, playing NXNE, NYC & shows w/ Rasputina (dates)"

photos by Dana (Distortion) Yavin

Karen -- Bonnaroo 2011
Bonnaroo

Jack -- Bonnaroo 2011
Bonnaroo

"Later at The Other Tent came a set from Nashville's most high-profile, willowy redhead supermodel-turned-songstress, Karen Elson. While orienting myself in the now-somewhat-spacious media area near the stage-right speaker stack, the crowd erupted in a brief fit. Why? What could it be? What did I miss? Oh, Elson's old man Jack White was visible side-stage for a fleeting moment. Between most of the attendees' visible Jack White boners and all the Third Man Records shirts present, I think it's safe to say a lot of TMR's built-in fan set was in attendance. And yes, Elson's band was made up of the expected cast of Third Man all-stars, among them Greenhornes/Raconteurs "Little" Jack Lawrence and the always-stellar Patrick Keeler. Elson's spooky, gauzy Americana tunes were strong and spacious enough to leave her players room to show off their chops, and her voice was stronger than I anticipated. Plus, "Stolen Roses" sounded like a bit of a nod to "Scarborough Fair."" [Nashville Scene]
That review, like the pictures in this post, refer to Karen Elson's Thursday night set at Bonnaroo 2011. One day later, aka today (6/10), Karen and Jack announced their divorce that they are celebrating in Nashville tonight. More pictures from her Bonnaroo set below...

Continue reading "Karen Elson (pre-divorce announcement) played Bonnaroo w/ a Third Man Band, Jack White was there (pics)"

Divorced

To whom it may concern:

karen elson and jack white announce today that they are getting divorced.

"we remain dear and trusted friends and co-parents to our wonderful children Scarlett and Henry Lee.
We feel so fortunate for the time we have shared and the time we will continue to spend both separately and together watching our children grow. In honor of that time shared, we are throwing a divorce party. an evening together in Nashville to re-affirm our friendship and celebrate the past and future with close friends and family."

with love
Karen Elson and Jack White
Hmmm. The party flyer (with the location smudged out) which came with the press release announcing their divorce is below.

Karen Elson just released a Lou Reed cover via iTunes and played Bonnaroo last night.

Continue reading "Jack White & Karen Elson announce divorce via press release, throwing party to celebrate"

Luppi

As previously talked about,

"The long-anticipated brainchild of producer-composer Danger Mouse and Italian composer Daniele Luppi, Rome benefits from a bit of context. More than five years in the making, the project assembles many of the surviving performers of classic '60s and '70s Ennio Morricone scores -- and, in half a dozen memorable cases, pairs them up with the vocals of Norah Jones or The White Stripes' Jack White."
[stream the whole new album @ NPR]
In related news, "Jack White has contributed to a new project spearheaded by Bob Dylan that pays tribute to Hank Williams."
"I did a project with Bob Dylan: he put together 20 or 25 people to finish writing Hank Williams songs that only had lyrics and didn't have music ... I had to write music for Hank Williams' lyrics," White said. "I looked through all the piles of lyrics, and one of 'em just kept speaking to me. Sometimes you think it's gonna be really hard to find my spot, and then it picks it for you. You don't even have to choose it; it just picks it for you."
In related to that news, Steve Earle's new album also pays tribute to Hank Williams. He played Leno last night, but that video is a pain to get to work, but you can watch one of him covering "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" recently in Seattle, below...

Continue reading "Danger Mouse+Daniele Luppi+Ennio Morricone+Jack White+Norah Jones = 'Rome' (listen) ++++ Jack White & Bob Dylan & Steve Earle pay tribute to Hank Williams too"

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?

Continue reading "What's going on Wednesday?"

White stripes

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...

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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...

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"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...

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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...

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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...

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