Monday, January 30, 2012

New Jack White Song! Solo Album to Come!

Jack White, the Detroit/Nashville genius behind The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather has done some solo stuff, like that song with Alicia Keys in the James Bond movie that was on TV last night.

Now he's (finally) doing a solo album and here is the first song "Love Interruption":

Download an MP3 of "Love Interruption" here....

The B-side "Machine Gun Silhouette" will be released next week, with the album coming out in April.

A solo US tour, with extensive dates in the Pacific NW, is sure to follow soon....

from (UK):

January 30, 2012 20:06

    Jack White: 'I didn't think about recording under my own name for a long time'

    The former White Stripes man talks to Zane Lowe about debut solo album 'Blunderbuss'
    Jack White: 'I didn't think about recording under my own name for a long time'
    Photo: Press
    Jack White has spoken publicly about the release of his debut solo album, 'Blunderbuss', which will hit the shelves on April 23.

    The ex-White Stripes man will release the 7" single 'Love Interruption' on February 7, and has spoken to Zane Lowe on his BBC Radio 1 show about his first ever solo releases. Speaking on air this evening (January 30), White said:
    I didn't really even think of recording under my own name for a long time, I thought 'I've got the rest of my life to do that'

    He added that he only got around to recording his own material in his studio in Nashville because an unnamed artist failed to show up for their session. White explained: "A few months ago, we had a session booked and someone didn't show up, so I said, 'I guess we'll do some of my songs'... It kickstarted the whole process."

    Jack White explained that most of the songs on the album were written recently, after that first 'accidental' session. He said of his solo songs: "I only had a couple at first… when you're in The Dead Weather, all four of us wrote songs together in the same room, so I would never write songs on my own for that band."

    He also explained that when he was in The White Stripes he always felt like he and drummer Meg White were "covering" Jack White songs, adding that he can never think of a song as his own when performing it, and even now he feels like he is playing cover versions of his own material.

    Produced by White at his own Third Man Studio in Nashville, 'Love Interrpution' comes backed with non-album B-side 'Machine Gun Silhouette' – which is available for pre-order from and

    The unveiling of the material comes almost a year to the day (February 2, 2011) thatThe White Stripes announced announced they had split up. A statement released by the duo claimed that artistic differences, health issues or a "lack of wanting to continue" were not the reasons for the split.

    In the 12 months since the end of the band, White has kept himself busy with collaborations and production work at his Third Man Records label, working withInsane Clown PosseTom Jones, US comic Stephen Colbert and rappers Black Milk.

    To learn more about Jack White's career, head to, where you can purchase a special NME iPad app detailing the celebrated singer/guitarist/producer's past 15 years in rock'n'roll.

    A one-off NME Icons special issue magazine dedicated to White is also available from all good retailers. For all the details on that and how to purchase the magazine, visit

    Review - Jack White's 'Love Interruption'

    Jack White's career in photos

    The White Stripes - their career in photos


    Jack White Announces Solo Album

    Listen to first single "Love Interruption" now

    Jenn Pelly
     on January 30, 2012 at 11:48 a.m.

    Jack White Announces Solo Album
    With the White Stripes officially in the rearview, it's time for Jack White's solo LP. The record is called Blunderbuss and it's out April 24 via Third Man/Columbia, according to his snazzy new website. Listen to low-key first single "Love Interruption" above.
    In a press release, White said Blunderbuss is "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."
    The single will be available to purchase digitally tonight. On February 7, Third Man issues it as a 7" backed by non-album cut "Machine Gun Silhouette".
    from (UK):

    January 31, 2012 13:11

      Jack White's collaborator on 'Love Connection' revealed as Ruby Amanfu

      Nashville singer says she's 'lucky' to have hooked up with ex-White Stripes man
      Jack White's collaborator on 'Love Connection' revealed as Ruby Amanfu
      Photo: Press
      The mystery singer who duets with Jack White on his new single 'Love Interruption' has been revealed as Ruby Amanfu.

      The former White Stripes man unveiled the track online yesterday (January 30) ahead of its release as a seven-inch single next Tuesday (February 7), with his debut solo album 'Blunderbuss' set to follow on April 23.

      At first the identity of the female vocal that accompanies White on the record was unknown, but Amanfu has now taken to Twitter to inform fans that it belongs to her.

      When asked to verify by a follower that it was her who had collaborated with White on the track, she replied:
      Confirmed. I am the lucky one ?

      Amanfu, who also confirmed her involvement with White's new project on her officialFacebook page, released her solo debut LP 'So Now The Whole World Knows' in 1998 and the follow-up, 'Smoke & Honey' in 2003.

      In 2008, meanwhile, she teamed up with singer Sam Brooker to release their first self-titled EP under their Sam And Ruby moniker, and later went on to put out their debut full-length album 'The Here And The Now' the following year. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to hear some of Ruby Amanfu's previous songs.

      Meanwhile, this week's new issue of NME comes with a Jack White poster special. The magazine is UK newsstands and available digitally from tomorrow (February 1).

      Bonnie "Prince" Billy - "Quail and Dumplings"

      Wednesday, January 25, 2012

      Recently Added

      Well for Song Of The Moment, it's a toss up between the Richard Hawley/The Death Ramps (Arctic Monkeys) collaboration "You and I" and Russia's all-female political punk powerhouse Pussy Riot's "Putin Has Pissed Himself".

      I guess Pussy Riot wins by default, having been detained by the cops in Moscow (which can be a one-way trip, by the way...) for performing said song in St. Basil's Square.... uh, Putin isn't known to have a sense of humor about these things, sending political enemies to Siberia or worse (didn't they fatally poison one Putin critic in exile in merry olde England with radioactive material a few years back? Some people just don't get it when a man of destiny is in charge.... so what if he killed people left and right in the Caucasus and divided formerly state oil assets among his buddies while censoring and killing journalists and.....)

      But... a flurry of activity for the Arctic Monkeys. First we hear they will be opening up for The Black Keys on a major US arena tour (their first) and playing Coachella. Then we get covers of "Strange" (Patsy Cline) and "Katy on a Mission" (Katy B - who? some British pop tart, i dunno... for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge), then the Black Treacle single with "You and I" (a really cool song) as a B-Side.... While fooling around online, I also found "Only You Know" (a Dion cover) and "Only Ones You Know" with Richard Hawley.

      And then there's new Skrillex, an EP called Bangarang. He does a song with the remaining Doors that's pretty cool.

      I liked the new Maccabees album, so I downloaded their other releases too.

      Been hearing so much about the reunion of Refused (the 90s Swedish political punks) at Coachella and other dates with fellow Swedes, The Hives, so I downloaded a bunch of their stuff.... Come to think of it, this is a good chance to have a little private mini-Hives revival about now...

      K'naan has a new EP out.

      Leonard Cohen has a new album.

      Craig Finn of The Hold Steady has a new solo album.

      Had to hear the remix of Lana del Rey's Born to Die by PDP13 (Damon Albarn).

      The new Guided By Voices album is good.

      An audio sample of Newt Gingrich's ex-wife talking about his open marriage proposal is destined to be hilarious for years to come.

      A 1968 demo of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'" (Harry Nielson's version for "Midnight Cowboy" won an Oscar) was cool to hear.

      The soundtrack for "Colors" featuring Ice-T is still cool 20-some years later...

      The Beach Boys first two albums, just because....

      DJ Zebra Mash's mash up of Marvin Gaye and The Pixies "Get It On My Mind"

      Outernational feat Tom Morello on two songs including Woody Guthrie's "Deportees"

      "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett feat The Foo Fighters...

      .... and a "new" song by The Doors, "She Smells So Good"

      (I have a feeling that before this and the Skrillex song came out, The Doors hadn't been mentioned on a blog for months....)

      Arctic Monkeys - Katy B - Katy On A Mission (Cover) - BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge 2012

      Monday, January 23, 2012

      "You & I" - new Arctic Monkeys B-Side

      Download "You & I" Here....

      Sheffield scenester Richard Hawley, best known for his association with Jarvis Cocker and Pulp as well as a long solo career, is featured on this new B-Side, backed by The Death Ramps (AKA The Arctic Monkeys), from the new Arctic Monkeys single Black Treacle.

      Hawley previously performed on the Monkeys' song Bad Woman.

      "The Death Ramps" also backed Monkey mate Miles Kane on the Monkeys' B-Side Little Illusion Machine (Wirral Riddler) that you can download here:

      Friday, January 20, 2012

      Pussy Riot: Russian all-girl punk band arrested for performing anti-government song

      Russian police detained a punk group called Pussy Riot on Friday after they performed a protest song criticising Vladimir Putin next to Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.

      3:12PM GMT 20 Jan 2012 The Telegraph (UK)

      Video courtesy of Pussy Riot / YouTube

      Eight members of an all-girl punk group called Pussy Riot wearing brightly coloured mini-dresses and balaclavas climbed over railings onto a stone platform next to the cathedral to sing a song called Putin Has Pissed Himself.

      Russian police stood by while the band performed the song before detaining all the members and taking them to the nearby Kitai-Gorod police station.

      Four members were later charged with the non-criminal public order offences and disobeying police, carrying a maximum punishment of 15 days behind bars, according to one band member who uses the nickname Garadzha Matveyeva.

      In December the band gave a roof-top concert next to the police cell where protest leader and blogger Alexei Navalny was serving a short sentence.

      They have also performed in the Moscow metro.

       oh man.... i think i found my new favorite group.....

      Pussy Riot in the Moscow Metro....

      Pussy Riot take over a bus.....

      "Attack at dawn? I would not mind..."





      a very rough translation of Pussy Riot lyrics....

      Go to the Kremlin - the rebellious colonies
      In the FSB (Federal Security Service) offices
      Windows explode
      Females for red walls
      Riot announces Abortion System!
      Attack at dawn? I would not mind...
      For our freedom and yours, a whip to punish
      Madonna in Glory learn how to fight
      Feminist Magdalene went to the demonstration

      Revolt in Russia - the charisma of protest
      Riot in Russia - Putin has pissed himself!
      Riot in Russia - We Exist!
      Riot in Russia – Riot! Riot!
      Come out to the street
      Live on the Red
      Show free
      civil anger
      (loss on the square)

      Dissatisfaction with the culture of male hysteria
      Wild leaderism eats brains
      Orthodox religion is a hard dick
      Patients were invited to conformity
      Fashion comes to censor dreams
      It's time to disrupt & clash
      A flock of females… sexist treatment
      Ask for forgiveness from a feminist wedge.

      Revolt in Russia - the charisma of protest
      Riot in Russia - Putin has pissed himself!
      Riot in Russia - We Exist!
      Riot in Russia – Riot! Riot!
      Come out to the street
      Live on the Red
      Show free
      Civil Anger…

      Текст новой песни группы Pussy Riot "ПУТИН ЗАССАЛ":
      К Кремлю идет восставшая колонна
      В ФСБшных кабинетах взрываются окна.
      Суки ссут за красными стенами
      Riot объявляют Аборт Системе!
      Атака на рассвете? Не стану возражать
      За нашу и вашу свободу хлыстом карать
      Мадонна во славе научит драться
      Феминистка Магдалина пошла на демонстрацию
      Бунт в России - харизма протеста
      Бунт в России - путин зассал
      Бунт в России - мы существуем
      Бунт в России - райот райот
      Выйди на улицу, 
      Живи на Красной
      Покажи свободу 
      Гражданской злости

      (проигрыш на квадрат)
      Недовольство культурой мужской истерии
      Дикий вождизм пожирает мозги
      Православная религия жесткого пениса
      Пациентам предлагается принять конформность 
      Режим идет к цензуре сновидения
      Пришло время подрывного столкновения
      Стая сук сексистского режима
      Просит прощения у феминисткого клина.
      Бунт в России - харизма протеста 
      Бунт в России - путин зассал
      Бунт в России - мы существуем
      Бунт в России - райот райот
      Выйди на улицу, 
      Живи на Красной
      Покажи свободу 
      Гражданской злости

      What a douche....

      Tuesday, January 17, 2012

      Girls Touring with Unknown Mortal Orchestra

      Exciting news that primo indie pop future legends Girls, led by the wonderful genius Christopher Owens, is touring with equally wonderful Kiwi guitar wizz Ruban Nielson and his Unknown Mortal Orchestra...

      The bad news is they are not playing Portland (yet)...

      Girls are pleased to announce US tour dates this March with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Girls played a sold out show this past Saturday at Terminal 5 in New York City.
      Mar 01 Santa Cruz CA – Coconut Grove*
      Mar 02 San Diego CA – Birch North Park Theatre*
      Mar 03 Phoenix AZ – Crescent Ballroom
      Mar 05 Albuquerque NM – Launchpad*
      Mar 07 San Antonio TX – White Rabbit*
      Mar 08 Austin TX – La Zona Rosa*
      Mar 09 Dallas TX – Granada Theatre*
      Mar 12 New Orleans LA – One Eyed Jacks*
      Mar 13 Houston TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs *
      Mar 16 Englewood CO – Gothic Theatre*
      Mar 17 Salt Lake City UT – In The Venue*
      Mar 18 Reno NV – Cargo At CommRow*
      *With Unknown Mortal Orchestra

      Monday, January 16, 2012

      R.I.P. Jimmy Castor.....

      Cool Shows.... (Early 2012 Edition)

      February 10 "I Saw Them When" 94.7 Little Hurricane at Crystal Ballroom
      February 17 Bombay Bicycle Club (UK) at Doug Fir
      February 19 Bob Mould singing/reading at Doug Fir
      February 23 Craig Finn (The Hold Steady solo) at Doug Fir
      March 9 "New Multitudes": Songs of Woody Guthrie by Jay Farrar, Jim James., etc. at Crystal Ballroom
      March 11 Flogging Molly at Roseland
      March 22 Kaiser Chiefs (UK) at Wonder Ballroom
      April 10 Social Distortion at Roseland
      April 11 Kasabian (UK) at Wonder Ballroom
      April 17 Rise Against at SJSU (SJ)
      April 18 The Hives & Refused at Warfield (SF)
      May 4 Wild Flag at Crystal Ballroom (rescheduled from 4/27)
      May 7 Arctic Monkeys (UK) (with The Black Keys) at The Rose Garden
      May 25 Spiritualized (UK) at Wonder Ballroom
      May 25-28 Jack White and many others, Sasquatch Festival, The Gorge, WA.

      Friday, January 13, 2012

      Reid Paley download "Lazarus in Brooklyn"

      Wednesday, January 11, 2012

      Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman covers Woody Guthrie's "Deportees"

      The Sound Strike are progressive musicians who came together to fight racist anti-immigrant sentiment in the US, as exemplified by an Arizona law that racially profiled Latinos for police harassment, ID checks, and treats of arrest and deportation. Sound Strike has been supported by musicians such as Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), who called for a musician's boycott of Arizona and the group Outernational, whose album Todos Somos Ilegales (We Are All Illegals) is available for free download (you can donate whatever you'd like).

      Click here to read the Huffington Post article on Outernational

      I've always had a soft spot for Woody Guthrie's "Deportees" ever since hearing Bob Dylan do it on the "Hard Rain" TV special, which documented the Rolling Thunder Review.

      Tom Morello, The Nightwatchman, does a cool version of "Deportees" on the Outernational's album:

      album nam

      you can stream or download it here:

      The Maccabees - "Given To The Wild" (Short Film 8:20)

      "She Smells So Nice" - audio of "new" song by The Doors

      She Smells So Nice

      She Smells So Nice by The Doors Official

      Monday, January 9, 2012

      Coachella 2012 Announced!

      Spencer Tweedy "One Day" audio only

      Coachella 2012 Line Up To Be Announced This Week

      Coachella organizers tweeted on January 6 that the line up for the 2012 festival (to be held on consecutive weekends in April) would be announced "next week" (i.e. this week). Sure to be the premiere 2012 rock event for the West Coast, there are high hopes that this year's line up will feature some of the most popular acts of the moment, as well as some up and coming artists... of course there will be outstanding indie rock and 80s/90s nostalgia acts, but expect awesome hip hop and electronica to be on offer as well, on the various stages and in the various tents under the desert stars, next to the palm trees... and there might be as much going on in the camping as there is on site....