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Stream both sides of Jack White’s ‘Love Interruption’ 7-inch

Former White Stripes frontman Jack White is scheduled to release his solo debut, Blunderbuss, on April 24th. But in the meantime, we have the pretty cool “Love Interruption” seven-inch to keep us company. Late last month we heard the very cool A-side…

“Love Interruption” by Jack White

Now we have the decent B-side, “Machine Gun Silhouette”…

Both songs sound like rootsy road blues to us, which is kind of cool. But We’re dialing back our expectations for Blunderbuss at the moment.


White Denim drops live LP via Jack White’s Third Man Records

In a brilliant move to redeem themselves after the whole Insane Clown Posse disaster, Jack White’s Third Man Records is releasing a live album by one of the very coolest rock bands on the face of the Earth right now, White Denim. The coolest part? The session was only recorded to live tape, and then pressed directly to acetate, so there are no digital masters. This means no iTunes download, free MP3 (that’s kind of a bummer) or Soundclouding of this one. And no CDs. That’s keeping it real.

By the way, have you grabbed “Drug” from White Denim’s 2011 LP, D? It’s one of our favorite rock songs of the year. Download it free.

And here’s the White Denim Live at Third Man 12″ track list…

01 It’s Him
02 Burnished
03 At the Farm
04 Say What You Want
05 Street Joy
06 Anvil Everything

01 Drug
02 Bess St.
03 Shake Shake Shake
04 River to Consider
05 Is and Is and Is

(via Gorilla vs. Bear)



Jack White shows signs of weakness on latest project

A Jack White-produced single by Detroit wacky-crazy rap group Insane Clown Posse, “Leck Mich Im Arsch”, is due out on (White’s) Third Man Records soon. The song is a sort of Mozart cover and one of our favorite new rock bands, Jeff the Brotherhood, are the backing band.

Wow. Let’s see, we have Jack White, Insane Clown Posse and Jeff the Brotherhood working on a Mozart cover. Sounds like a disaster.

And you know what? This is typically the part in a Jack White story where we say, “it’s not that bad.” But actually, it totally sucks.

Jack White is human!

To end on a positive note, we’re proud of White for pushing the boundaries (about as far as he possibly can) here. Listen…

Insane Clown Posse – Leck Mich Im Arsch by Third Man Records


Stream the new Jack White and Black Milk, “Brain”

When we first heard Jack White’s Third Man Records was working with Black Milk on a new recording project, we were a little skeptical. What does Jack White know about hip-hop?  Well, as it turns out, he knows a lot of somthin’. The first single from Black Milk and Third Man Records, “Brain”, is totally hot.

Check it out below. A live band supports Black Milk’s flow with gravely keys, squalling horns and crunchy guitars. “Brain” is available now from Third Man Records on 7-inch, and a full album is rumored to be in the works.

UPDATE: The original stream was pulled, but we tracked this down at YouTube:


Raconteurs reunite for first show since 2009

Alt-rock supergroup The Raconteurs are coming together to co-headline the MI Fest in Brooklyn, Michigan. (NME) Cheryl Crowe is sharing headlining duties.

The Raconteurs formed in 2005 around Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes. Also in the group are (pretty damn good) songwriter Brendan Benson and the Greenhornes rhythm section (Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler).

So far the MI Fest is the only date the Raconteurs have scheduled, and Brendan Benson says “I don’t know when the next time we’ll all be available to make a record, or even talk about it, will be.” But we find it hard to believe this is just a one-off shot. Stay tuned.


Rapper Black Milk, rocker Jack White collaborate

Former White Stripes frontman, and current CEO of Third Man Records, Jack White, will produce a live album and 7″ single for detroit rapper Black Milk. What does Jack White know about hip-hop? We’re not sure, but if you remember the Black Keys’ Blakroc project, you know these two-piece garage rock white boys can do a pretty good job when it comes to working on the hip-hop.


Stream tracks from the Danger Mouse, Jack White and Norah Jones project

As we announced back in February, Danger Mouse has been working on a project (code named “Rome”) based around the work of Ennio Morricone (the guy who wrote music for westerns like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). Among the collaborators on the project are Jack White and Norah Jones. Well, we’ve finally got some samples. And despite the fact that we’re (pretty big) Jack White fans, but don’t really care about Norah Jones, we must admit her song is the keeper here.

Both songs will appear on a single distributed by Jack White’s Third Man Records on Record Store Day (April 16). If you can’t get ahold of these songs then, you might get them on the Rome LP, which is set for release on May 17.

“Two Against One (f. Jack White)”

“Black (f. Norah Jones)”


Jack White collaborates with Jay-Z, Bob Dylan

In an interview with Pitchfork, Jack White confirms rumors that he recorded with Jay-Z and Bob Dylan (on separate occasions, we assume). (Pitchfork) That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that White isn’t sure if those recordings will ever see the light of day. “I can’t decide for those guys, that’s their world,” White said.

Apparently, there are a lot of these projects that we may never hear. According to White,

“You’ll go to someone’s studio and you’ll see on the wall a lot of projects that they’ve worked on with people that nobody knows about, and it’s like “Wow.”

What’s White up to now? Producing 45s for his record label, Third Man, mostly. Look out for the label’s mobile record store at music feasts and hot rod shows this summer.

Also, when asked if Meg White would be playing music again (remember, the White Stripes broke up earlier this year), Jack laughed, “I don’t know. I’ve never known.”


Week in Review: Odd Future, Justice, Lykke Li, Jack White and more!

It’s monday. And what’s the best way to start a new week? Look back at the coolest stuff that happened last week, of course…

Who can keep up with all the music news that matters in this crazy age of 24-hour news cycles, Perez Hilton and dwindling money for public broadcasting? We got your back.

  • It was a big week for rap collective Odd Future. After raising hell on the (suddenly very cool) Jimmy Fallon show a couple weeks back, Odd Future was all over the place. MTV released a (very funny) day-in-the-life segment on Odd Future, NPR begged their audience to listen to the group “even though it’s hard” and Kanye West called Odd Future frontman Tyler the Creator’s video for “Yonkers” the video of the year. All that and this group doesn’t even have a record out yet! Odd. It seems everybody (um, including this blog) wants you to know you heard it here first when these kids get big.
  • A batch of songs supposedly from the new Justice album, Visceral, hit YouTube last week. There’ pretty awesome, falling mostly in-line with the group’s previous arena-strength rave/dance pop material.
  • More material was released last week from Lykke Li’s new album, Wounded Rhymes (due tomorrow, March 1). We like it. We’re sure critics from NPR to Pitchfork are going to love it. This is going to be a big year for the Swedish singer/songwriter.
  • Downcast favorites Black Moth Super Rainbow announced a couple of shows, the re-issue of Dandelion Gum (on 12″ picture disc and cassette) AND launched a twitter feed last week. Also, we’re pretty sure they have a new album on the way.

Top-5 MP3s
Here are a few of our favorite free downloads from last week. Some rock. Some thump. Some are the perfect soundtrack for a lazy daydream. Tons more here!

Top-10 Tweets
It’s hilarious. It’s sad. It’s cool. It’s the best tweets from the Downcast’s twitter feed.


Preview the new Jack White, Danger Mouse project

A Danger Mouse / Jack White project has been rumored for a while, and we’ve finally got details, including a sample. (NME)

First of all, the project is called “Rome“, and it’s inspired by Ennio Morricone. Who the hell is that? Morricone is an Italian composer best known for writing the score for westerns like “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “A Fistful of Dollars”. Listening to the “Rome” preview (you need to go here to stream it), this influence really shines around the 1:45 mark.

The primary collaborators on Rome are Danger Mouse and Deniele Luppi (an Italian film composer, probably best known for the album An Italian Love Story). Jack White sings on three songs, Norah Jones sings on three others. The results are pretty good. In typical Danger Mouse fashion, it’s easy to listen to, but it won’t thrill anybody. Give it a listen. We think this is what the sound track would sound like if Quentin Tarantino wrote a cozy family-friendly, action/adventure buddy flick.