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Courtney Barnett has a new single coming out as part of Third Man Record's "Blue" series. Produced by Jack White, the a-side is ""Boxing Day Blues Revisited," a sequel of sorts to "Boxing Day Blues" on Courtney's recent album. The b-side is a cover of "Shivers," by The Boys Next Door (who would become The Birthday Party). You may remember this song, written by Rowland S. Howard, was also covered by Divine Fits. You can stream "Shivers" below.
by Andrew Sacher
A couple years back, Wolf Eyes declared that noise music is over and they're now what they call a "trip metal" band. That's about as perfect a description as any for their new single "T.O.D.D." off their upcoming album I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces, that Jack White's label Third Man Records will release on October 30. It's not exactly metal, but it's definitely heavy and definitely trippy. It's got a thing or two in common with the heavy psych/prog bands of the late '60s/early '70s -- if Blue Cheer got as fully blown out as say, Gong, it might've sounded a little something like this. Listen below.
Wolf Eyes don't have a tour announced at the moment but they do have one show scheduled for November 7 at Trans-Pecos in Ridgewood, NY. Tickets are on sale now.
'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...
Parquet Courts will release Live at Third Man Records on March 3. That's the cover art above. Their Third Man set, which happened in June 2014, was recorded direct-to-acetate and you can stream samples of "Sunbathing Animal" and "Vienna II" from it below.
Meanwhile, Parquet Courts' February 9 show at Palisades with Eaters and Future Punx is now sold out, but they've just added another Palisades show the next day (2/10) with Laced and Digital Prisoners of War. Tickets for that second Palisades show go on sale Tuesday (1/27) at noon. Updated dates are listed, along with live album tracklist, song streams and a flyer for the 2/10 Palisades show, below....
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
On April 19th, Record Store Day, Third Man Records will present Jack White recording the World's Fastest Released Record, studio-to-store, in the history of mankind.Also at the Third Man store on RSD, Whirwind Heat will play their first show since 2006, and of course there will be tons of records and RSD exclusives on sale. Tickets for Vault members are available here, and more info on the event here. Flyer below.
You heard correctly. First thing in the morning, Jack White will take the stage in Third Man's blue room and record direct-to-acetate what will serve as the limited edition version of his next single, a live rendition of the title track from his upcoming LP Lazaretto. The masters will be rushed over to United Record Pressing who will immediately begin pressing 45s. The sleeves will be printed from pictures taken at the show. The finished records will be whisked back to Third Man to sell to awaiting fans. All in the same day. All in a matter of mere hours. As long as there are fans in line waiting to buy the single, United will continue to press and deliver them to Third Man to sell. Even if it takes all day.
In related news, Third Man Records artist Pokey LaFarge has announced he'll be going on a tour this year. While many artists may look the part of an old timey folk musician, Pokey sounds it, with unpolished acoustic instrumentation that sounds decades-old and is far from trendy. On his relationship to Jack White, STL Today writes:
His connection with White has been fruitful. They met after White sought out LaFarge after hearing his music on an AM radio station in Nashville three years ago. He says White is attracted to "rough around the edges vocals and performances, stuff that's really vibrant, and roots-based music. He thought I was fitting for his label."You can listen to tracks from his last self-titled album, which came out in 2013 via TMR, here and watch the video for its opening song, "Central Time," below.
Pokey's tour hits NYC on July 9 at Bowery Ballroom with Sturgill Simpson. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/4) at noon.
All of his dates are listed, with the song streams and Jack White flyer, below...
Neil @ Carnegie Hall recently (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It was widely reported last week that Neil and Jack were getting together, but Neil Young just posted the following to his Facebook. "False Rumours: Neil Young and Jack White are not doing a record of duets as has been erroneously posted on various outlets. We are certain those rumours have no basis in truth." Well, that's too bad!
HOWEVER, Jack White's label Third Man Records reports today that,
Third Man Records unearths NEIL YOUNG's A LETTER HOMEThat's kind of vague, but Rolling Stone seems to confirm that "Neil Young's Low-Tech New Album 'A Letter Home' [is] Due in March"! Neil told Rolling Stone, "it's one of the lowest-tech experiences I've ever had."
An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever. -- Homer Grosvenor
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by PSquared
So how does a music recording label from Wisconsin who -- paraphrasing the words of renowned musicologist Greil Marcus -- used materials from dirt and recorded what they thought was dirt, end up with one of the great catalogs in the history of the American songbook. Well that was the subject of the discussion last night (11/19) at the NY Public Library's Live from NYPL series. Held in the beautiful 5th Ave Saloman Room, it was in honor of the release of the massive gorgeous box set The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932. Jointly put out by Jack White's Third Man Records and Revenant Records which was founded by the late great guitar player John Fahey and Dean Blackwood. This is actually the first in a 2 volume set. The 2nd volume will be released this time next year. Along with Jack White and Dean Blackwood, the panel included Dean's brother Scott Blackwood, Princeton professor and writer Daphne Brooks (who moderated the panel) and rounded out with the aforementioned Greil Marcus.
Before the evening began, attendees were able to view the set which was on display as well as see actual original Paramount 78s. Extremely collectible and rare, the ones on display have also been preserved in beautiful form which is some feat as most existing ones are beat to hell and of course most of the recordings were only ever available in limited quantities. As one story goes, when Paramount Records went out of business, employees were able to take whatever remaining supply was available in lieu of pay. Some used them to cover holes in walls while some employees just flew them off the roof of the buildings into the river.
The discussion was set up in 2 parts. For the first one, Daphne Brooks discussed the history of the label with both White and Dean Blackwood. They traded off stories about this company whose main objective was to sell record players and had decided to boost those sales by recording any type of black "race records" they could. There was no quality control either in who was recorded or how they were recorded. It was cheap (75 cents for each C.O.D.) and quick and when it began, very inauspicious. In the 1920s though, with the great migration and under the guidance of a persuasive "A & R man" named Mayo "Ink " Williams, the label was recording out of Chicago and finding itself with some remarkable talent. From there they would go on to amass this singular historical archive. The discussion was interspersed with selections from the label chosen by each speaker. There was everything from Jelly Roll Morton's New Orleans stomp and spooky gospel (chosen by Jack White) to underrated blues singer Ethel Waters who Daphne Brooks asked the audience to make sure to not sleep on.
After an hour of this, they invited Scott Blackwood and Greil Marcus onstage for the throwdown. The part where each panelist picked songs that they thought were unbeatable from the rest. This was the best part of the evening with each choosing some fascinating numbers. One of the Blackwoods chose an incredible song, "My Man Rocks Me", by washboard player Jimmy O'Bryant and his famous original band containing some syncopated beats that would make a few of today's producers salivate. Jack White picked a song he said he wished he would have wrote called "Mamas Angel Child" by an artist named Sweet Papa Stovepipe. That song and the b side were his only known recordings. But the moment for me was when Greil Marcus chose his pick. Original Stack O'Lee Blues was recorded in 1927 by Papa Harvey Hull and Long 'Cleve' Reed also known as the Down Home Boys, Not the first version (that would be Ma Rainey in 1917) of Stack O'Lee or Stagger Lee which has been recorded by countless artists over the years but one of the most beautiful I've ever heard.
Marcus, a master storyteller, enlivened the audience with the story of how this recording came to be. It was actually recorded by Mayo Williams who had formed a separate company called Black Patti which was at some point absorbed by Paramount. Black Patti was named after a soprano star in the 1920s. Apparently at that time in Chicago, Black Patti was so influential that any song given a seal of approval was bought up by the public without even first being heard. An irony that could not possibly be lost on the person (Jack White) sitting next to Marcus whose got much the same sway in music today. Oh and I've read that apparently the owner of the only known copy of this specific record in existence today has turned down offers of up to $20,000 for it. I only wish they had given more time to Greil Marcus to spin some more tales.
At that point, Daphne Brooks thanked the audience, a Third Man staffer, in the standard bowler hat and getup, whisked Jack White out of the building and a very entertaining evening came to an end. As people exited the room they were given one last parting gift which was a special limited edition (200 copies maybe?) Third Man replica of a Paramount '78. It features 2 gospel blues shouters so loved by Jack White, the A-Side being "You Better Run" by Sister Ernia Mae Cunningham and the B-Side "The New Birth" by Rev. H.C. Greenwood.
Pictures of the evening are in this post. More below...
Paramount Records was founded on a modest proposition: produce records as cheaply as possible, recording whatever talent was available. Over its lifetime, the label would become a "race records" powerhouse, its sound and fortunes directly linked to the Great Migration.The sounds of legendary label Paramount (which grew out of a furniture company) are being archived in The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932, a two volume set being co-released by Jack White's Third Man Records and John Fahey's Revenant Records. Volume 1, which is out now, is a whopper of a package, containing:
By the time Paramount ceased operations in 1932, it had compiled a dizzying array of performers still unrivaled to this day, spanning early jazz titans (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller), blues masters (Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Skip James), American divas (Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters), gospel (Norfolk Jubilee Quartette), vaudeville (Papa Charlie Jackson), and the indefinable "other" (Geeshie Wiley, Elvie Thomas). Paramount would also directly influence the style of Robert Crumb and countless other 20th century artists and illustrators, through a series of hand-drawn ads promoting its releases in the pages of the Chicago Defender.
800 newly-remastered digital tracks, representing 172 artistsAt $400, this is for serious collectors but if it's out of your budget range, Third Man is also giving one away. You can check out a video "unboxing" of the set below.
* 200+ fully-restored original 1920s ads and images
* 6x 180g vinyl LPs pressed on burled chestnut colored vinyl w/ hand-engraved, blind-embossed gold-leaf labels, housed in a laser-etched white birch LP folio
* 250 page deluxe large-format clothbound hardcover art book
* 360 page encyclopedia-style softcover field guide containing artist portraits and full Paramount discography
* Handcrafted quarter-sawn oak cabinet with lush sage velvet upholstery and custom-forged metal hardware
* First-of-its-kind music and image player app, allowing user mgmt of all tracks and ads, housed on custom-designed USB drive
Jack White will be in NYC to talk about Paramount and the new box set for an event at New York Public Library 5th Ave's Salomon Room on November 19. The program will feature a discussion with White, Revenant's Dean Blackwood, and Princeton professor and author Daphne A. Brooks, and close examinations of recordings from Paramount's catalogue by acclaimed music journalist Greil Marcus and author Scott Blackwood. Tickets go on sale today (11/4) at noon, and all attendees will get a free 78 RPM record specially pressed for the event and be entered into a raffle for the box set.
Video "unboxing" below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Queens of the Stone Age at Made In America - 9/1/13
Queens of The Stone Age just played the Jay Z-curated Made In America festival in Philly on Sunday (9/1), and like some of the other big names on that festival, they're coming to NYC later this year for a show at the Jay Z-affiliated Barclays Center (12/14). Since we last spoke, it's been announced that The Kills will be opening that show, making for an excellent double bill. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (9/5) at 10 AM.
Like we just said, QOTSA played the second day of Made In America over the weekend. For their 13-song set, they played mainly off of 2002's Songs for the Deaf and this year's ...Like Clockwork, in addition to a few others. Their full setlist and pictures from their set at the festival are in this post. Stay tuned for more day 2 coverage, and check out pictures of day 1 (part 1) and day 1 (part 2).
Meanwhile, both Queens of the Stone Age and The Kills have members in Jack White's supergroup, The Dead Weather (Dean Fertita and Alison Mosshart, respectively). Jack's label, Third Man Records, tweeted last week (8/29) that The Dead Weather were "working on new songs in the studio yesterday... (and searching for bodies)." The TBA third album follows 2009's Horehound and 2010's Sea of Cowards.
More pictures of QOTSA at Made In America and their setlist, below...
Dan Auerbach, no longer the owner of Dylan's hair (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Black Keys singer/record producer Dan Auerbach had been going through a divorce with Stephanie Gonis, and TMZ reports that his wife has obtained a pretty interesting piece of their assets...
Here comes the story of Bob Dylan's hair ... which apparently belongs to the ex-wife of Black Keys singer Dan Auerbach. Seriously (according to court docs obtained by TMZ).Jack White's divorce has also taken a bad turn (though nothing to do with celebrity body parts), and in emails sent to ex-wife Karen Elson, he revealed some hard feelings about the other singer/guitarist-of-blues-rock-duo-whose-name-has-a-color-in-it (namely, their kids being enrolled in the same Nashville school):
We've learned ... Auerbach's extremely bitter divorce with Stephanie Gonis was finalized this week in Tennessee ... after the warring couple came to terms on splitting up their assets.
First, the money: She gets more than $5 million. Plus, she gets the couple's 2012 Toyota Highlander and one of the family homes.
But who cares, because the real story here is BOB DYLAN'S HAIR.
According to the divorce docs, the couple owns an asset described as "Bob Dylan Hair."
It's unclear how the hair was obtained ... when it was obtained ... if the hair contains any product ... etc. -- but the point is, Dan agreed to part ways with it in the divorce.
My concern with Auerbach is because I don't want the kids involved in any of that crap ... That's a possible twelve f***ing years I'm going to have to be sitting in kids chairs next to that a**hole with other people trying to lump us in together.Meanwhile, Jack's label, Third Man Records, just released a live King Tuff album, and there's a live Melvins LP due out September 10. You can stream "Just Strut" from the King Tuff LP, below.
To take this all full circle, a recording recently surfaced of Jack White and Bob Dylan performing The White Stripes' "Ball and Biscuit" back in 2004. Listen below...
photo by Angelina Castillo
Nashville's Promised Land Sound caught the ear of Jack White who released a 7" of theirs on his Third Man Records. The trio are set to follow that up with their self-titled debut via Paradise of Bachelors on September 24. The 11-track release features "Fadin' Fast," which showcases the band's country-inflected rock steeped in the traditions of their hometown, Nashville. Intermingling and performing in various bands with members of PUJOL, JEFF The Brotherhood and Those Darlins since the ripe age of 16, you can check out how the band has grown up in the new track below.
Alabama Shakes on a boat in February (more by David Andrako)
Blues rockers Alabama Shakes just can't seem to stay off the road. They've already been announced for some festivals this year, like Delaware's Firefly Music Festival, and now they've announced an extensive tour surrounding those dates. That tour brings the band to the NYC area for a show on June 23 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon. All dates are listed below
Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard is teaming up with singer Ruby Amanfu for a collaborative single, which they will release this Tuesday (3/12) via Jack White's Third Man Records. The single features a cover of "I Wonder" by Rodriguez (who, thanks to the Searching for Sugarman documentary, is huge now) on the A-side, backed by a cover of "When My Man Comes Home" by Memphis Minnie. You can listen to the Rodriguez cover at Rolling Stone.
All Alabama Shakes dates are listed below...
As recently mentioned, Black Friday is also now Record Store Day so music nerds can have fun on the busiest shopping day of the year too. One place you might go, if you're in NYC, is Other Music who write:
For those of you who are spending your holiday in New York City, Other Music will be participating in Record Store Day's second annual Black to Black Friday (Friday, November 23), and this year there will be an even bigger variety of limited RSD-only pressings plus some great advance releases exclusive to independent shops. You can browse a list of all these special titles here on the RSD website, or download a PDF wish list here, and while we can't guarantee that every one of these releases will be available at Other Music, we do have a great assortment of RSD merchandise -- keep in mind, quantities are limited, first come first served, and one per customer, in-store purchases only. We will be closed for Thanksgiving but we'll be back open Friday, regular business hours 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and we hope to see you!Other Music is also offering free shipping on domestic orders through Monday on regular stuff. Matador Records is offering 15% off stuff with code "BLACKFRIDAY". Saddle Creek has free shipping for orders over $30 and 20% off your entire order using coupon code "blackfriday20".
Some of the RSD exclusives you'll find in record stores on Black Friday are reissues of three different White Stripes singles. One of the record stores guaranteed to be carrying those is Third Man Records in Nashville where they'll also be debuting an expansion...
Third Man Records is inviting you, your family (yes, even those creepy cousins from the kids table) and loved ones to join us the day following Thanksgiving, also known as BLACK FRIDAY, for the Grand Opening of The Third Man Records Novelty Lounge. We've expanded our record shop space and it's now equipped with a dazzling array of coin operated contraptions and attractions guaranteed to pop your peepers and flip your wig. Dig?More about the Novelty Lounge in the video below...
Hunx as Gayracula
All things considered, we hope you had a Happy Halloween. You already saw what John Vanderslice and Freelance Whales dressed up as, and Dum Dum Girls' nun costumes (Crocodiles in there too). We also already posted Deap Vally, Those Darlins & the Mountain Goats in Halloween attire, and you saw Vampire Weekend all decked out for Kimmel. Here's a whole bunch more. That's Hunx and a punx above. See the rest (sort of NSFW), below...
"...And now, Jack White will be giving back to the city that's so warmly embraced his debut album, as his Third Man Records Rolling Record Store hits the Big Apple on Thursday the 26th to bestow upon the citizenry free tickets to Jack White's American Express Unstaged concert at Webster Hall on Friday April 27th.Tickets for the Webster Hall show went on sale and sold out quickly last week. Blunderbuss is out now.
An educational vinyl adventure center on wheels, Third Man Records' Rolling Record Store will be wheeling into locations all over the New York City area, then tweeting (@ThirdManRRS) each location along with instructions on how to claim a pair of free tickets to the show. There are only five pairs of tickets, one pair to be given away at each of five locations.
Jack's American Express Unstaged event, to be directed by Gary Oldman, will be previewed by one new video each day leading up to the actual performance on Friday. The first of these can be seen at youtube.com/jackwhitevevo...
Jack White @ SXSW 2012 (photo by manotaur)
"Exactly twelve hours later, my ears are still screaming, my head still pounding from Jack White's incinerating double-band set at the Third Man Records showcase at SXSW on Friday night. Running the track gamut through his various bands and projects after fantastic opening sets from White Rabbits, Reggie Watts, John Reilly and Karen Elson, White unleashed a nearly two-dozen song show at the Stage on Sixth - packed with new songs and old favorites - which concretely affirmed that the demise of The White Stripes is under no circumstance a signaled retreat from the days of Jack's blazing blues-rock lashings and furious guitar-solo spaz-outs." [antiquiet]Check out most of the setlist from Jack White's SXSW show, White Stripes songs included, below.
Like on SNL, he played first with a female band, and then with an all male one. As antiquiet points out, Bill Murray was among those rocking out in the audience. Many people were also listening from the street as you can see in the video below.
And... Jack White has announced a tour that will bring him to Roseland Ballroom in NYC for two shows in May...
On Wednesday, March 21st a limited amount of tickets for all dates will be available for pre-sale to Vault members starting at 9 am local time and if stock permits, pre-sale tickets for European dates only will then be available to the general public starting at 1 pm local time here. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, March 23rd at 9 am local time in Europe and 10 am PT/12 pm CT/1 pm ET for the US dates.All dates are listed below...
As mentioned, Jack White will release his first solo album, Blunderbuss, on April 24 via Third Man/Columbia. You've already heard the first single, "Love Interruption," which is out now digitally. You can watch the video for that track below. Its b-side, "Machine Gun Silhouette," allegedly surfaced on soundcloud earlier this month and has since been removed but you can try your luck with some of the streams on tumblr.
Jack White has a few tour dates coming up (none in NYC) but he will be here as the musical guest on SNL on March 3. That episode is being hosted by Lindsay Lohan. Sleigh Bells were the last SNL guest, and The Shins play the week after Jack White (with host Jonah Hill).
All Jack White dates (which do not include SXSW, though there is a rumor) and video below...
Let's be honest, some may claim The White Stripes were basically the Jack White show in disguise (despite shared song credits). With the band in the rearview, Jack White has made it official. He'll release a solo LP via Third Man Records/Columbia on April 24.
Produced by White and recorded at his own Third Man Studio in Nashville, Blunderbuss has been described by White as "an album I couldn't have released until now. I've put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas."But first comes a preview in the form of a 7" from the Raconteurs/Dead Weather member which is on sale digitally TONIGHT (1/30) at midnight EST (technically 1/31 unless you're out west). The actual record is out on 2/7. The song, "Love Interruption" 7" (which will be accompanied by a non-LP B-Side of "Machine Gun Silhouette"), can also be streamed NOW, below...
Jack White, who just put a new "vault package" up for sale, will release new 7"s by Tom Jones and Duane The Teenage Weirdo on his Third Man imprint this year. End-of-2011 releases included John C. Reily and Jerry Lee Lewis.
White will also appear on TV show American Pickers tonight (January 9th):
Jack White welcomes the crew from The History Channel's American Pickers for a rare visit to his Nashville-based Third Man Records this Monday, January 9th at 9 pm / 8pm Central (Check local listings).Set your DVRs. Watch the TV commercial, and a new video featuring Jack White from the Danger Mouse-Daniele Luppi album Rome, below.
Jack drives a hard bargain with the American Pickers guys, offering personal artifacts including the actual photo booth used in The Dead Weather "Hang You From The Heavens" video in exchange for one of the most "memorable" treasures ever to appear on the show.
Catch Third Man group The Black Belles on tour and in NYC in February.
I'd expect a press release like this on April 1st, but alas, it did in fact come today (August 31). Here it is, in its entirety...
In the grand tradition of peanut butter meeting Iggy's chest or Bing Crosby getting down with David Bowie, Third Man Records is ecstatic to present the latest in a long-line of unexpected musical pairings...Insane Clown Posse and Mozart.Weird but true. Video preview and full "song" stream below...
Back in '82, ahem, 1782, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote a piece that's been left out of the spotlight ever since. The title of the piece is "Leck Mich Im Arsch" or literally translated to English as "Lick me in the arse." Understandably this piece has figuratively been swept under the rug. So who better to give this piece it's due respect than the wildly successful, much misunderstood, and divisive Southwest Detroit rappers Insane Clown Posse?
With fellow Southwest Detroit-born Jack White at the production helm and musical backing by Nashville's very own Jeff the Brotherhood, this 2011 version of "Leck Mich Im Arsch" marries Mozart's melody (and lyrics sung in operatic German) with ICP's poignant lyrical addition in English and Jeff the B's monster-riffs, letting the whole thing tie together in the most beautiful of ways.
The b-side "Mountain Girl" finds Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope telling tall tales about a shotgun wedding, meth problems and moonshine...all pretty common-fare for a twangy country song birthed in Nashville.
The 7" single and iTunes digital download of "Leck Mich Im Arsch" will be available for sale on September 13th. One-hundred Tri-color versions of the single will be available from the Third Man Rolling Record Store at the MI Fest in Brooklyn, Michigan on September 17th and another 50 Tri-colors will be randomly inserted into mail orders dispatched by Third Man Records.
Smoke Fairies at iTunes Festival (via iTunes UK)
Smoke Fairies kick off a tour with Rasputina later this month. As mentioned, the tour does not include any NYC dates, but Smoke Fairies will return to NYC on August 22 at Rockwood Music Hall (one of the two NYC venues they played last time they were here).
Smoke Fairies recently played iTunes Festival in London with Seasick Steve. Seasick Steve records on Jack White's Third Man Records, the same label that released Smoke Fairies' "Gastown/Riversong" 7" in 2009. Jack played with Seasick Steve at the festival, along with his Dead Weather bandmate Alison Mosshart and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones. If you missed the show, you can watch the whole thing at iTunes along with performances by Beady Eye, Cat's Eyes, Paul Simon, Arctic Monkeys and others. The iTunes Fest presents a new show every day in July. Upcoming shows include Mogwai, Coldplay and Moby.
Jack also recently collaborated with underground hip hop mainstay Black Milk. You can read Black Milk's account of the experience at his blog and stream the songs. The 7" is available at Black Milk's webstore.
Updated Smoke Fairies dates and videos below...
photos by Ryan Muir
I think it went something like this:
- Jack White "discovers" the Black Belles, releases a 7" on his Third Man Records label in 2010.
- The White Stripes break up.
- Jack White gets a divorce.
- The Black Belles remain mysterious, but then suddenly show up as the musical guest on the Colbert Report Thursday night. This is of course the same week Colbert is airing three Jack White segments, so it's not that surprising that one of Jack's bands would play the final night.
- The Black Belles, introduced by Jack on the TV show, end up playing with Stephen Colbert as their frontman. (watch below)
- The song they play is the debut and announcement of a new Stephen Colbert and Black Belles single on Third Man Records. Like Conan O'Brien before him, Stephen Colbert is now officially part of the Third Man family.
- Jack and Stephen also announce that they will appear in NYC at The Lot at the High Line the very next day at 11am (aka earlier today, Friday, June 24, 2011). Their plan is to sell the record.
- But first Jack goes bowling.
- On Friday morning and afternoon, they sell that record out of the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store that made its debut at SXSW.
- Not surprisingly, large crowds gather at the High Line to get a record. Those in attendance witness Jack and Stephen sing the National Anthem followed by Stephen and The Black Belles performing their song.
- The event ends with an autograph signing
Stephen Colbert with The 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.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!"
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.
Meanwhile watch the video clips with Jack from all three nights, and check out more pictures, and the event flyer, below...
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.As mentioned, Bon Iver plays Fallon again tonight (6/21). Colbert videos below...
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.