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based on the gospel vibe and organ riff, i was hoping for a funk/soul blowout at the end. no such luck.

his hands are a dirty fountain through which lives spurt (contenderizer), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

first single has came out today:

good luck Peeta Mellark (Bee OK), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

i love it, it's pretty damn good.

good luck Peeta Mellark (Bee OK), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's actually the second single, "Love Interruption" was the first one.

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Third Man is doing some interesting shit imo

(recently, they released a 3RPM record....3!)

Johnny Fever, Monday, 2 April 2012 14:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

ben! one of the dirtbombs' drummers!

Nascar Pony (stevie), Monday, 2 April 2012 20:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

i heard a song and it sounded a lot like the white stripes

the penultimate prophets (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 2 April 2012 20:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

given how much i loved the white stripes between their early singles and elephant, i'm kind of stunned at how little the subsequent j white stuff has interested me. i mean, i dig "steady as she goes" and half-like that album he produced for loretta lynn, but that's about it.

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Monday, 2 April 2012 20:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

this new stuff is dull as dirt

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Monday, 2 April 2012 20:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

A friend's band did that same thing at a recent 7" release party, of course they only tied one to a balloon and it released to the air over South Minneapolis. Never heard if it was discovered or not.

I have no memory of what the new songs he played on SNL sounded like even though I watched both.

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 2 April 2012 21:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love plenty of stuff from ever White Stripes album, Icky Thump possibly being my 2nd favorite behind DeStijl, bt the new singles just haven't clicked. For music he claims he couldn't imagine releasing under anything other than his own name, they seem pretty superfluous.

da croupier, Monday, 2 April 2012 21:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was hoping I might sit up and take notice with this new stuff but it just sounds kinda samey.

Icky Thump was pretty good, I still think "You Don't Know What Love Is" might be one of the best songs he's written. I really liked what he did with the Raconteurs on their second album too.

I was hoping for more, but maybe he just doesn't have it in him? It's kind of a bummer.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 2 April 2012 21:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

He always goes on and on about the simplicity of early blues, and in "It Might Get Loud" he plays that Son House track that's just a capella and claims it's his favorite song ever. Then he goes off and NEVER makes the quiet rustic soulful record you expect him to. Maybe he's just saving all that shit for when he's 70?

Johnny Fever, Monday, 2 April 2012 21:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I definitely don't feel like he's yet making the music that's truly *in* him.

He needs to like, lose all his money and get dumped by his wife or something...

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 2 April 2012 21:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I definitely don't feel like he's yet making the music that's truly *in* him.

Maybe? Jack White has already struck me as a bit of a phony anyway. I mean, I like a lot of his stuff and I think what they're doing at Third Man is really cool for the most part (Black Belles are/were terrible, though). But he seems really calculating almost all the time and never direct about anything.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 2 April 2012 21:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

already=always

Johnny Fever, Monday, 2 April 2012 21:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

didn't he already get dumped by his wife? and with things like the balloon stunt, he'll probably be broke soon.
i can't quite figure out why everything this dude does inspires an eye-roll from me.

tylerw, Monday, 2 April 2012 21:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

1000 flexis tied to 1000 balloons shouldn't break him, I wouldn't think. Total cost of operation is probably about $500.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 2 April 2012 21:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

there's something about him that keeps me at least coming back out of curiosity. After he hooked me in with De Stijl I could never justify completely dismissing him. There's *something* there. It's just not there all the time, lol

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 2 April 2012 21:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

i really don't think he's a phony, not at all

Nascar Pony (stevie), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

i don't either. i think he's rather reticent and that he hides behind mannerisms, but that doesn't make one fake, i don't think.

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

he is 'authenticity'/analog-loving rockism personified and his music is appropriately boring most of the time, some good stuff in there once in a while tho

sleepingbag, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 19:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

worth reading

markers, Friday, 6 April 2012 21:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

imo

markers, Friday, 6 April 2012 21:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

there are some hilarious bits in that, but ugh @ every sentence of this:

It’s easy to overlook amid the stylistic trappings, but White is a virtuoso — possibly the greatest guitarist of his generation. His best songs, like “Seven Nation Army,” are firmly rooted in the American folk vernacular, yet catchy and durable enough to be chanted in sports arenas worldwide. That he does it with such self-imposed constraints — for instance, his favorite guitar in the White Stripes was made of plastic and came from Montgomery Ward — makes it all the more impressive.

40oz of tears (Jordan), Friday, 6 April 2012 22:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

the line about why aren't kids building model steamboats made me lol

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 6 April 2012 23:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

His best songs, like “Seven Nation Army,” are firmly rooted in the American folk vernacular, yet catchy and durable enough to be chanted in sports arenas worldwide.

Actually I think this sentence is fine, its the ones bookending it that are steaming piles of o_O

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Saturday, 7 April 2012 00:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh my fuckin' god @ that quote

call all destroyer, Saturday, 7 April 2012 00:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

jesus christ is this the new york times or guitar player

call all destroyer, Saturday, 7 April 2012 00:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

^haha otm.

Talented dude, sure, but what a pretentious twat in that interview. Too bad.

"i can't quite figure out why everything this dude does inspires an eye-roll from me." - tylerw

Dead on. My guess is because every gesture he makes at being 'authentic' and storying himself as 'Unique Artist' is marred by his (apparently very intentional) framing of himself as a macho guitar god. That, and he apparently buys way too into his own bullshit.

I thought the 90s finally lifted the veil on this kinda crap. 'Coolest'? 'Rock Star'? Jesus Christ.

answering_machine, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 03:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

I heard David Bowie once said that he didn't really love rock music, but it was an easy way to make money.
I don't know Jack White, but he seems sort of like a snake oil salesman to me.
Sure there's some talent, but there's a lot of marketing going on as well.
I have zero problem with this. Musicians should do everything they can to get their own.

nicky lo-fi, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 16:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

"possibly the greatest x" = code for "I don't know what I'm talking about but I'm gonna say it anyway"

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

also the writer makes it sound like playing on a *plastic guitar from montgomery ward* or w/e is the equivalent of having three fingers like Django

i don't believe in zimmerman (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 16:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

man, nicky i think you are WAY off, dude's a total obsessive music nerd IMO, like starting the white stripes in fucking detroit at that time is a truly stupid idea if you wanted to be famous, i mean fuck they were on sympathy for the record industry...there was like no reason to ever expect they'd graduate from like opening for The Makers or bands like that

plus he was doing music with some older dude and working at an apolstery shop and shit...

like he's definitely got a concocted image, but hell the band named an album De Stijl and had an official color scheme and shit (which is actually one of the really awesome things about the White Stripes)

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 16:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

are Airlines a bitch to play or something? i know they got a lot more valuable on the used market after Jack made them a thing

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

i can't imagine that they're particularly hard to play when set up properly. it was the 60s, not the stone age.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 16:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

I felt like I was reading something from an interior design magazine...I mean, I know it's kind of a unique design and all and he has always had a deliberate aesthetic (though the yellow/black fixation was kind of an interesting oddity)

He's kind of an interesting guy when he talks at lengt, I think.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 16:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

m@tt otm, i'm not much of a fan of White but the second-guessing itt about his entire existence is pretty over the top, he's really just a true blue '90s indie retro rock weirdo who grinded and lucked his way into superstardom

some dude, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

no doubt, a total obsessive music nerd, and a very hard working enthusiastic chap as well. playing with meg in dives and street festivals for two years before making the first album. Recording that classic debut in his father's living room over the course of a weekend, and then recording 2 more classics in the next 2 years...

that was all done by 2001.

nicky lo-fi, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

i guess in a way they were kinda one of the last gasps of 90s indie rock culture that broke, like i'm sure their original big rockstar fantasies would have been to be as big as, like, jon spencer blues explosion

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wonder what the White Stripes/Jack White legacy would be if he had stopped completely after the first 3 albums.

nicky lo-fi, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

just slightly better than every other garage band that peaked in 2001?

some dude, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

they'd probably reform to play Cavestomp

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

followed by a reunion tour with The Go and a repentant Mooney Suzuki, who disavow their Matrix collaboration

Mississippi Butt Hurt (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

good lord that is a period of my music fandom career that i do not miss

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

incidentally it didn't occur to me until the article noted his age that White is only 36 and that i am kind of jealous of how much he's accomplished.

some dude, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

;_; Mooney Suzuki

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 10 April 2012 17:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

how long before we find out hes been going around sleeping w whites exs for years

lag∞n, Saturday, 3 August 2013 17:09 (11 months ago) Permalink

it seems like the kind of thing you dont really want to get into explaining so youre all i just really dont want any association w that guy and then people are all jeez whats yr problem a lil uptight over there

lag∞n, Saturday, 3 August 2013 17:12 (11 months ago) Permalink

if jack white is not only being falsely maligned by his selfish ex but being stalked by a copycat currently outselling him, congrats jack white you're living in oliver stone's new rock biopic

da croupier, Saturday, 3 August 2013 17:15 (11 months ago) Permalink

you're not a violent paranoid if everyone's out to get you, i guess

da croupier, Saturday, 3 August 2013 17:15 (11 months ago) Permalink

"The truth is on your side, blunderbuss!"

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 3 August 2013 17:16 (11 months ago) Permalink

"Only my hand hewn wooden albums. I trust NOTHING ELSE."

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 3 August 2013 17:16 (11 months ago) Permalink

"based on the gospel vibe and organ riff, i was hoping for a funk/soul blowout at the end. no such luck."

lol!

scott seward, Saturday, 3 August 2013 17:23 (11 months ago) Permalink

oh man, Auerbach is going through a divorce right now too. still copying Jack White's every move!

some dude, Saturday, 3 August 2013 17:24 (11 months ago) Permalink

aw, i couldn't find the snl chris evert/martina sketch. my fave.

scott seward, Saturday, 3 August 2013 17:37 (11 months ago) Permalink

lol just watched it, forgot it escalates to the point that when evert writes her autobiography martina decides to write a chris evert bio that outsells it

balls, Saturday, 3 August 2013 17:56 (11 months ago) Permalink

anyhow sorry guys black keys are fucking awful, can't figure out why you dudes love them so much

balls, Saturday, 3 August 2013 17:56 (11 months ago) Permalink

literally nobody on this thread has defended the Black Keys, so i assume you're joking?

some dude, Saturday, 3 August 2013 18:01 (11 months ago) Permalink

i don't care about them

markers, Saturday, 3 August 2013 18:09 (11 months ago) Permalink

i do like the white stripes

markers, Saturday, 3 August 2013 18:09 (11 months ago) Permalink

I went through much of the 00s not really knowing what to think of the Stripes, but the Black Keys kind of put it all in perspective.

The Butthurt Locker (cryptosicko), Saturday, 3 August 2013 18:10 (11 months ago) Permalink

the names of the bands even, its all right in front of yr noses

lag∞n, Saturday, 3 August 2013 18:11 (11 months ago) Permalink

They should form a two guitar, two drum supergroup called The Black and White Keys.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 3 August 2013 20:37 (11 months ago) Permalink

Also, they are both from the midwest. Think about it.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 3 August 2013 20:38 (11 months ago) Permalink

they both use guitars

Algerian Goalkeeper, Saturday, 3 August 2013 20:44 (11 months ago) Permalink

!

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 3 August 2013 20:51 (11 months ago) Permalink

Also, Jack White is white, while Dan Auerbach's last name soooorta rhymes with black, and he is in the Black Keys. But he is also white!!!

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 3 August 2013 20:52 (11 months ago) Permalink

i don't think i hate the black keys. i definitely hate jack white. the black keys are definitely easy to avoid. jack white less so if you go into record stores which i do.

scott seward, Saturday, 3 August 2013 20:58 (11 months ago) Permalink

is he in them often?

markers, Saturday, 3 August 2013 20:59 (11 months ago) Permalink

'haha you call the NM be srs bro' --jack white

lag∞n, Saturday, 3 August 2013 21:00 (11 months ago) Permalink

Jack White is this millennium's Brian Setzer. Dunno what that makes Auerbach...were there bands that had a beef against the Stray Cats?

Esperanto, why don't you come to your senses? (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 3 August 2013 21:45 (11 months ago) Permalink

no i meant they play his stuff in record stores because apparently the people who work in record stores want me to commit suicide.

scott seward, Saturday, 3 August 2013 22:03 (11 months ago) Permalink

the blasters probably said mean things about the stray cats. robert gordon probably sneered at them too. who knows.

scott seward, Saturday, 3 August 2013 22:04 (11 months ago) Permalink

I feel for any father in a divorce/custody case,

but I mostly only care about myself, so I wish he would put out another album.

nicky lo-fi, Saturday, 3 August 2013 22:55 (11 months ago) Permalink

"Then don't judge bro"

ha! what use do we have for the internet then?

nicky lo-fi, Saturday, 3 August 2013 23:05 (11 months ago) Permalink

i can understand why people wouldn't like the white stripes but for all their admitted influences they had a pretty unique aesthetic, and i'd say jack did a lot in pointing kids towards a bunch of old blues artists they wouldn't otherwise have discovered. the black keys meanwhile are the work of a dave matthews fan and sound like blues traveler, and when i saw them at sxsw they had a real live shoeshine boy working beside the stage while they played, so fuck them.

There shouldn't be a thread for Dennis Perrin tweets. (stevie), Sunday, 4 August 2013 08:17 (11 months ago) Permalink

I have almost zero use for The Black Keys, but I've been told by Nashville friends that Carney, the drummer, is a nice dude and Auerbach treats him like crap (he actually treats everyone like crap, but that includes Carney).

afaic Jack White and Dan Auerbach should just activate their Wonder Twin powers and form of a giant rectum.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 4 August 2013 08:23 (11 months ago) Permalink

Jack White = Dave Bartram
Dan Auerbach = Shakin' Stevens

Addison Doug (Matt #2), Sunday, 4 August 2013 08:45 (11 months ago) Permalink

Miriam Linna = that woman from Darts

Addison Doug (Matt #2), Sunday, 4 August 2013 08:45 (11 months ago) Permalink

those 3 comparisons make everything clear to me

phasmid beetle types (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 4 August 2013 09:36 (11 months ago) Permalink

the black keys meanwhile are the work of a dave matthews fan and sound like blues traveler, and when i saw them at sxsw they had a real live shoeshine boy working beside the stage while they played, so fuck them.

― There shouldn't be a thread for Dennis Perrin tweets. (stevie), Sunday, August 4, 2013 4:17 AM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

wait, seriously? what year was that, i gotta find that shit on youtube

some dude, Sunday, 4 August 2013 10:44 (11 months ago) Permalink

2004, I think? I walked out almost immediately.

There shouldn't be a thread for Dennis Perrin tweets. (stevie), Sunday, 4 August 2013 10:46 (11 months ago) Permalink

Am willing to assert that El Camino is a better record than White has made for years.

If you tolerate Bis, then Kenickie will be next (ithappens), Sunday, 4 August 2013 11:12 (11 months ago) Permalink

U R NUTS

all other cassettes are better off crushed (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 4 August 2013 11:29 (11 months ago) Permalink

I think we just need Greg Ginn involved somehow via his own lawsuits and any bands with Black in the name and the resultant paste will be a court-enforced supergroup of Ginn, Rollins, Morris, White and Auerbach that has tour calling themselves the Grey Bears.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 August 2013 13:07 (11 months ago) Permalink

haven't heard el camino, but despite my better judgment, i do quite like "lonely boy". every else about the black keys is a drag tho.

IIIrd Datekeeper (contenderizer), Sunday, 4 August 2013 13:16 (11 months ago) Permalink

everything else, that is

IIIrd Datekeeper (contenderizer), Sunday, 4 August 2013 13:17 (11 months ago) Permalink

If we're gonna take sides on which one of these guys is less of a tool, Auerbach's "dance for me, roots music legend, dance for me" Dr. John album was a lot better than White's Wanda Jackson album.

kaleb h. (Everything You Like Sucks), Sunday, 4 August 2013 15:58 (11 months ago) Permalink

i don't mind the first two black keys records, they are decent for fuzzy white-dude blues stuff. everything jack white has ever done kinda makes my skin crawl.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 4 August 2013 16:07 (11 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, don't listen to Black Keys, but i don't find them annoying, either. Jack White seems like he's trying to be annoying on purpose, which is even more annoying.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 August 2013 16:18 (11 months ago) Permalink

My dream project: Jack White producing and playing on an Alicia Keys album.

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 4 August 2013 17:55 (11 months ago) Permalink

That sounds OK, except for the Jack White part.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 4 August 2013 18:03 (11 months ago) Permalink

yeah i'll stand by the black keys for a couple albums, they kinda lost me around magic potion but rubber factory is pretty great, and the first one is too.

global tetrahedron, Sunday, 4 August 2013 18:22 (11 months ago) Permalink

There's some White Stripes stuff that I genuinely like, but I haven't bothered to check out White's side projects or solo stuff. He really does seem to be pretty humourless and dour - which seems at odds with all his theatrics, costumes, gimmicks, and publicity stunts. I kind of liked the White Stripes' having a concept and a self-conscious myth-making made-up backstory. I know that stuff isn't in fashion - but when the White Stripes first popped up, I thought it was cool to see someone pull together so fully-formed - like the Ramones or Devo or KISS or the NY Dolls. But those bands were funny - and a little creepy and nuts - and it worked for them (at least for awhile). I think Jack White tried to create his own private world like those bands, but it ended up too precious and pretentious and closed-off to be all that interesting. Also, not enough good rocking tunes.

brio, Sunday, 4 August 2013 18:56 (11 months ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

so no talk about the new album Lazaretto? i actually had no idea there was a new one until today. reading ILM too much, lol.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 04:13 (1 month ago) Permalink

He was just on the cover of Rolling Stone...

Damnit Janet Weiss & The Riot Grrriel (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 10 June 2014 05:05 (1 month ago) Permalink


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