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Aquamarine posted 20th May 2010 10:34:41 AM. Managed to get registered though I had to have several tries at the code letters, maybe that was just me and this tiny notebook. Anyway, here's my first comment!
ryanachronism posted 19th May 2010 09:09:06 AM. Just picked it up yesterday... not sure what to think of it yet. 'I'm Mad' sounds like something my band wrote when we were 19. Some of the songs are very developed, such as Gasoline, Die By The Drop, Blue Blood Blues and No Horse, while others seem under-developed like The Difference Between Us, I'm Mad and I Can't Hear You.
Horehound felt more diverse, and while they seem to have found 'their sound' on this album, I'm not sure if this sound is more constrictive than liberating.
cheriebobbins posted 18th May 2010 05:25:45 AM. oops! sorry, Ill try again...
I love this album all the way through, it has been on high rotation since it arrived, but even before that i had it streaming on NPR for a week, and before that Im ashamed to admit i watched waaay too much of the screaming live vinyl. It's hard to choose favorites, but "Blue blood blues" and "The invisible man" are top of my list today, my 3 year old loves "im mad"
HARDCOPY PHOTO BOOK AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
This came down yesterday from the official White Stripes newsletter:
"The 208 page hard cover photography book The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights, consisting of nearly 300 photos taken by Autumn de Wilde with a foreword by Jim Jarmusch, that documents Jack and Megs 2007 Canadian tour is now available as a stand alone item to purchase via the webstore HERE. If you have yet to pick up a copy of the film or soundtrack be sure to throw that in your cart as well."
NEWS ON THE DEAD WEATHER'S UPCOMING ALBUM "SEA OF COWARDS"
The Dead Weather, in conjunction with MySpace Music, are providing music fans with the next level of exclusive album access. On Monday, May 3rd, Myspace will be live streaming The Dead Weather performing their latest release, Sea of Cowards in its entirety. The band will perform the album front to back in the live room at the Third Man Records building in downtown Nashville, the same space in which they played their very first show in March 2009. This exclusive live performance will begin streaming at 3pm PST/6pm EST on MySpace Music as well as the band's Myspace page.
Prior to Monday's live performance streaming with MySpace, analog is going digital for the first time! Fans can tune into "Screaming Vinyl Live", a 24 hour listening party for Sea of Cowards. Embeddable Ustream players located on both Third Man Records and The Dead Weather websites will be playing the new album on vinyl via a live camera and audio stream, kicking off on Friday April 30th at 10am PST/1pm EST from locations in both Nashville and Los Angeles and will feature surprise guest DJs.
Lastly, want to win a pair of VIP tickets and roundtrip airfare to see The Dead Weather perform at Bonnaroo? Enter "The Dead Weather Flies You to Bonnaroo" contest HERE and you could be on your way. You'll also get a free download of a brand new song, "Hustle and Cuss" just for entering.
Don't forget to pre-order your copy of Sea of Cowards HERE.
INTERVIEW WITH LITTLE JACK LAWRENCE OF THE DEAD WEATHER
Little Jack Lawrence was recently interviewed by stltoday.com where he discusses what the next Dead Weather album sounds like, his thoughts on Jack White the Drummer and whether or not the new material will be played live before the albums release:
"Was the Dead Weather formed with the intention of it being a real band, or did you think of it as a side project?
We weren’t in it to start a new band. We were on tour with the Raconteurs, and the Kills were on tour with us. Jack had just finished his studio and wanted to do something, so he grabbed Alison and brought her back here. We were just going to make a 45, but we kept going and all of a sudden had an album. So we said, “Well, we should name this band and do we want to tour?” Everyone was really excited about it, so we just kind of went with it. It was kind of a happy accident.
Jack moves pretty nimbly from one thing to the next. It seems like he operates on the theory that, if it happens, if it happens. In this case, if it didn’t at least you got a record out of it.
Yeah. You just let the music take you where it feels right. I think that’s the way we’ve been doing it. We just inspired each other to keep going. It’s a great band to be in. We’re all loving it."
"You mention the power you feel in The Dead Weather's music, at what point does this become your main gig or how do you compartmentalize your time between different bands?
I don’t know, I think that’s everybody’s worry as well, what I was saying before is that everyone’s always kind of concerned about that. I really don’t understand why that’s such a concern because actors seem to have that freedom, you know, they can make a film, then in the next six months they’re making another film, they’re playing a totally different role and nobody questions it. We’re so used to musicians doing one thing for the rest of their fucking life. I mean, okay you play the guitar, I fucking get it forty-five years later. You know what I mean? Sometimes I want to see people just try something else for a second, to see what else is going on, what else they can create, and put out there. It’s amazing how much we’ll put up with repetition and it’s nice to try to shatter that at times for your own self as an artist and to challenge yourself to do something else. I mean I haven’t played drums in a band since I was nineteen years old and to get on the stage and play drums again is an incredible challenge. I have to try to sing and play drums at the same time etcetera, etcetera. These are the things that are challenging me. The easy thing would be to go onstage and play all the White Stripes hit songs and call it a day and collect my money and go home and go on vacation. I mean, I almost feel like people almost want to reward you for taking the easier way out instead of the other way around and I think that shouldn’t be the case for artists.
So in that reaction against repetition and this might sound weird but the perception of Jack White as a person - what’s been the most liberating aspect of that?
It’s liberating to shatter your own iconic vision of yourself and to people in front of you and to start all over again. I mean I played in a club last night for two hundred people. I mean I was playing in front of 200 people when I was nineteen, you know I don’t need to do that. I don’t have to do it. I can play in a place of ten thousand people probably, I don’t know, I have no idea what goes into that but I just know that I feel like I’m still getting in a van and taking my amp out of the back and playing in front of a few people and that feels extremely good to me. You know if you’re a painter that uses a brush then all of a sudden you’re painting on a computer instead of a canvas; you’re still painting on a canvas. Likewise if you're creating music to share with other human beings it doesn’t matter what the arena of it is, you know."
THE DEAD WEATHER'S ALISON MOSSHART INTERVIEW
Here's an interview with the Dead Weather's Alison Mosshart from the Las Vegas Sun:
"Sea of Cowards, the second album for Dead Weather in only a year, drops May 11. Is it surprising to you the progress the band has made in so little time?
The bigger shock was at the beginning, when we were in the studio planning to do a seven-inch and suddenly we wrote five songs in 15 hours. It was, like, "What are we doing to do with all of this?" and then I had to leave. A few months later, Jack calls me up and says, "Come back. Let's finish these songs." Then, somehow we had a band name. None of these things were thought about. All of it felt like it was something that was happening to us. Everything was so natural, so magical. None of us had time to do any of this, but when something's working, you don't kill it for that. The whole thing has been a surprise, but such a great one."
"Following a rigorous tour of every province and territory of Canada in 2007, the White Stripes called the whole thing off—the American arena tour, the recording, the public appearances, everything. The reason? Drummer Meg White’s “acute anxiety.” It’s been nearly three years since we’ve heard from them, but Jack White and Meg are back in a new film, Under Great White Northern Lights, which serves as the prequel to the White Stripes’ breakdown.
“Randy Newman said short people got no reason to live… he must’ve never met a quiet person.” That’s an exasperated Jack in the movie speaking to the camera about Meg. She is, of course, the group’s big beat drummer with the famously shy and soft-spoken demeanor, and it’s not his only sharp remark directed at her. And yet, it’s not Jack’s short fuse (on unabashed display throughout), nor is it his dark humor that causes Meg to tear up in the film (she seems very accustomed to his edge and is able to laugh back). But during a backstage performance of “White Moon” with him on piano, she shows emotion, weeping openly. Coming on top of a couple of other choice moments in the film, her reaction becomes a great excuse to climb aboard the White train for another ride around the track."
"Well, White Stripes' guitarist/singer Jack White grew up just a few miles from the bridge that links Detroit, Mich. to Windsor, Ont. and admits his neighbors to the north always fascinated him.
"We lived right next to the bridge to Canada. It's amazing to go a quarter mile from your home to find such a different culture. It felt like going to England," White tells Spinner.
For fans not lucky enough to witness those unusual performances first hand -- which also included playing a daycare, public bus and fishing boat -- director Emmett Malloy's first feature, 'The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights,' documents the duo's off-stage antics and captures blistering performances throughout Canada on stripped-down stages swathed in the band's signature colours: black, white and red.
Coincidentally, the latter two hues are Canada's national colours and the band seized the opportunity to become a rock 'n' roll manifestation of the Canadian flag.
"We made sure to put maple leafs on everything," White tells Spinner."
There's a lot more to this article, which you can check out HERE.