Jack White - Blunderbuss

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I like the first song, "missing pieces," with it's great rhodes piano. I also like "blunderbuss," and the last song, "take me with you..." I also like the first two singles. I don't really hate anything on here.
I think I just had out of this world expectations.

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 15:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

Discovering that it was Meg who terminated the White Stripes, while Jack would have gone on indefinitely, has totally changed my reading of the lyrics. Like his divorce is a red herring and the subject of a song like Missing Pieces is actually Meg. Maybe this is the common reading but I listened to a review copy a lot before I found out how the split went down.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

Quite like it so far.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

sounds like a series of sketches, interspersed with back of fag packet moments.

For bodies we are ready to build pyramids (whatever), Thursday, 26 April 2012 14:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

I wasnt such a big fan of the 2nd Raconteurs album, though it had its moments, but I'm probably the only person who has a soft spot for the 2nd Dead Weather album

when will Jesus bring the composition chops? (loves laboured breathing), Thursday, 26 April 2012 14:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

xp to Vegemite Grrrl

when will Jesus bring the composition chops? (loves laboured breathing), Thursday, 26 April 2012 14:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

INSIDE LOOK: Jack White & Gary Oldman - Amex UNSTAGED

A live + Digital Music Experience April 27 9pm EST

http://www.youtube.com/user/JackWhiteVevo/unstaged

nicky lo-fi, Friday, 27 April 2012 16:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

Discovering that it was Meg who terminated the White Stripes, while Jack would have gone on indefinitely, has totally changed my reading of the lyrics

she quit in the middle of a tour iirc?

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 27 April 2012 16:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

like, it doesn't get more obvious than that

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 27 April 2012 16:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ha, well I can't have been following it too closely then.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Friday, 27 April 2012 17:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

huh yeah i didn't know meg quit

l0u1s j0rdan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 27 April 2012 17:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

iirc it was around the same time that a rumored sex tape of Meg was circulating (it was, not surprisingly, fake)

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 27 April 2012 17:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Now I know why you were following Meg's activities so closely.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Saturday, 28 April 2012 08:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think there was some common agreement about the split.

Didn't the White stripes reconvene and carry on after Meg's break?

Mark G, Saturday, 28 April 2012 11:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

I suppose being an obsessive blues fan means rewriting the influences into nuevo misogynist bilge.

cuz "Sixteen Saltines" is crap.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 28 April 2012 12:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

the whole show is up, and it's not bad. it starts about 10 minutes in.

http://www.youtube.com/user/JackWhiteVevo/unstaged

the setlist:

with the girls backing

Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
Missing Pieces
Freedom At 21
Love Interruption
Hotel Yorba
Two Against One
Top Yourself
I'm Slowly Turning Into You
Blue Blood Blues
Take Me With You When You Go

with the boys backing

Sixteen Saltines
I Cut Like A Buffalo
Weep Themselves To Sleep
Trash Tongue Talker
You Know That I Know
We're Going To Be Friends
Hypocritical Kiss
Hello Operator
Carolina Drama
Seven Nation Army

favorite misogynist moment is in "Top Yoursef," where he growls:

"How you gonna rock yourself to sleep, when I give up that midnight creep, girl...
Yeah how you gonna get that deep, when your daddy ain't around to give it to you..."

nicky lo-fi, Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Finally picked this up - it's a lot better than I expected. Really love the middle group of songs, Love Interruption, Blunderbuss, Weep Themselves to Sleep ...the piano and slightly, I dunno, honky-tonk/country-fied approach really suits him.

I feel like he's still got a lot of artifice in his songwriting that he needs to get rid of. He feels too self conscious still or soemthing, like he's trying to prove something with his songs. I think if that ever goes away and he writes from the heart he'll be incredible.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 8 May 2012 21:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

I like the artifice, at this stage in the game a rich white guy playing blues-rock is about as artificial as you can get so he might as well play around with it.

This is a pretty good album, better than the Dead Weather at least, I agree that middle section is the strongest, although I need to give it time to sink in a bit more.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 07:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

i think Get Behind Me Satan was pretty from the heart tbh. in fact i think most of jack's stuff is from the heart. its just that jack's got a weird heart.

It was you. Miming to Tenacious D. (stevie), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 07:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

I don't like thinking about artifice vs "from the heart" as a binary anyway but I think it's especially unhelpful with this record. The whole album is clearly about the emotions following a split with his bandmate and/or his wife, only dressed up in fantastical narratives.

Get wolves (DL), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 13:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

he's a fraud cuz that one song sounds like the beginning of 'heart shaped box'

Poliopolice, Wednesday, 9 May 2012 19:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

i think that binary is unhelpful with jack in general because he is a uniquely self-aware artist who nevertheless writes from a very wounded and self-involved perspective. every time i've interviewed him i've marveled at how he seems, simultaneously, unaffected and yet playing me as an interviewer. he is sharp as heck. i don't think this album is as 'plainly' about the split from karen/meg as you suggest, but i also think that's a prime motivator. the thing with jack white is, you never quite know when he's cluing you into how john gillis really feels. that's part of his magic, why he's more interesting than, say, the potatoes in the black keys.

It was you. Miming to Tenacious D. (stevie), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 20:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

"Jack White... not... a... sexist. Got it."

Mordy, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 21:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

This was a better response to the Jessica Misener article imo

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/apr/27/jack-white-problem-women-laura-barton

Get wolves (DL), Thursday, 31 May 2012 08:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

certainly not since Dylan has an artist played with our perceptions the way that White does

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

Not to mention that White, né Gillis, did something the overwhelming majority of men are too threatened by women to do: he took his wife’s surname.

Where did he take it?

Mark G, Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

xp Yes well I'm not cosigning every line but I like the gist. I thought Misener's argument relied on cherrypicking, misreading and faulty information.

Get wolves (DL), Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think the article is fine, just pondering JWhite's 'use' of his wife's surname: Where did that happen?

Mark G, Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

Um, all the time? He calls himself Jack White, after Meg White. Or are you thinking of Karen Elson?

Get wolves (DL), Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Well, yeah I was.

Mark G, Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

OK, being 'pka' is not the same as actually taking yr wife's surname in marriage.

Mark G, Thursday, 31 May 2012 09:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Somehow I missed that they'd even divorced, but this is a pretty gross development. Stop being a creep, Jack White!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 2 August 2013 01:55 (8 months ago) Permalink

White wanted Elson to contact their kids’ private school in an effort to get their kids out of a class in which another entertainer’s child was present. White said that he feels that entertainer 'ripped off' his music, the order said.

Any guesses as to who that might be?

Position Position, Friday, 2 August 2013 01:56 (8 months ago) Permalink

Dan Auerbach, I bet.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 2 August 2013 01:57 (8 months ago) Permalink

xpost You don't remember their weird "divorce party?"

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 2 August 2013 02:22 (8 months ago) Permalink

I didn't even know who Karen Elson was until he released her album (and then immediately ceased paying further attention).

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 2 August 2013 02:23 (8 months ago) Permalink

The leaked emails are gruesomely fascinating. He really hates the Black Keys.

http://www.tmz.com/2013/08/02/jack-white-wife-karen-elson-black-keys-singer-dan-auerbach-divorce-restraining-order-email/

Deafening silence (DL), Friday, 2 August 2013 17:35 (8 months ago) Permalink

can you blame him

tylerw, Friday, 2 August 2013 17:36 (8 months ago) Permalink

Two balding men fighting over a limited edition BluesHammer comb.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 2 August 2013 17:43 (8 months ago) Permalink

funny that jack white is enough of a celeb to be covered in TMZ. i guess he did date renee zelweggz about 20 years ago.

tylerw, Friday, 2 August 2013 17:50 (8 months ago) Permalink

The only good thing that could come of this is a a fight between Jack White and the BK's combative drummer, who seems a good match for him.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 2 August 2013 18:13 (8 months ago) Permalink

there's only one way to settle this

tylerw, Friday, 2 August 2013 18:15 (8 months ago) Permalink

Don't blame the guy for hating Black Keys

waterface, Friday, 2 August 2013 18:16 (8 months ago) Permalink

I'm too in love with the image of Jack White shooting surly glances at Dan Auerblech as they sit next to each other in those tiny little grade school desk/chair combos on parent-teacher night.

The Butthurt Locker (cryptosicko), Friday, 2 August 2013 18:16 (8 months ago) Permalink

Those emails don't seem that bad either

waterface, Friday, 2 August 2013 18:18 (8 months ago) Permalink

I'm too in love with the image of Jack White shooting surly glances at Dan Auerblech as they sit next to each other in those tiny little grade school desk/chair combos on parent-teacher night.

brio, Friday, 2 August 2013 18:19 (8 months ago) Permalink

Man, White is such a passive aggressive dick in those emails. "Karen, this would be so much better if you didn't get lawyers involved and just did what I said. Don't be stupid. Plenty of people deal with divorce and child custody and visitation rights without a lawyer getting involved. Really, when it comes to divorce and kids, handshake deals and verbal agreements seems the obvious way to go."

To his credit, at least he's not complaining about money.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 2 August 2013 18:20 (8 months ago) Permalink


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