JUMBLE JUMBLE EP1 TONIGHT AT 10PM EST
Don't forget to join Twitch and I in the chat room on Real Punk Radio TONIGHT at 10PM EST for our debut episode. Would love to hear your thoughts on the show as it's happening! Let's blow this chat room up TONIGHT. See you in there!
I have been wanting to start a podcast for sometime but have never had the time. Well I have found the time, thanks to the help of my co-host Kevin aka Twitch from the Little Room. Our podcast as you can see from the title will be called Jumble Jumble and the show will be broadcast on the Real Punk Radio podcast network! The show will be on every Tuesday evening at 10PM, beginning this Tuesday, April 13th. Stop by on Tuesday and help us take over the chat room. I'll be hanging out in there as will Twitch while we listen to the show. If you are a fan of the White Stripes, you should like the playlist this week. The plan is each show will different, some will have themes, some the plan will be no plan. We hope you enjoy it!
"Jack White has spoken of his hatred for the internet, saying he thinks it's a "nuisance" and that it detracts from the "art of music".
Speaking as one of our 10 cover stars in a special edition of a revamped NME out this week (April 7), The White Stripes, Raconteurs and Dead Weather man said the web is music's main enemy right now.
"In my head I'm still living and working as if there is no internet, and treat it as a nuisance," White explained. "The internet is a beautiful tool for many, many things, but it is in direct opposition to the art of music being treated with respect."
White added that he does sometimes use the net himself, though he usually gets annoyed at how harsh other users are.
"Of course, after reading about three words of someone's comment at the bottom of an article I turn off," he said.
Elsewhere in the interview, White talks about President Obama, Oasis and also gives his opinion on what he thinks is the true underground music at the moment."
JACK WHITE SPONSORED BASEBALL FIELD VANDALIZED
Thieves stole sections of fence at a ballpark in Detroit that Jack White helped fund. The news article can be found here.
"DETROIT - The fence posts remain, but the fencing has disappeared around a large section of Clark Park in southwest Detroit.
Kids play baseball here and other sports, and the fences are to protect the players and fans.
"I was shocked. I couldn't believe that somebody would be so heartless to take the fence off a ball diamond... It goes around the whole area of the park," said Anthony Benavides, director of the Clark Park Coalition. "It's just unbelievable."
The thieves work at night, snipping the fence, rolling it up and hauling it away.
Jack White of The White Stripes donated the money for the baseball diamond just last year, but it's not ready for the coming season.
"They went ahead and took all the fencing around the backstop and the player benches. So, the kids can't play right now," Benavides said. "It's unsafe."
A coalition of volunteers works with the city to keep Clark Park a vibrant place for recreation and sports, work the fence thieves care nothing about.
"I walked around this little sports complex, and it brought tears to my eyes. We work so hard here all year long to upgrade all of our programs. We have soccer. We have just about everything," said Ziggy Gonzalez, vice president of the Clark Park Coalition.
Police patrols have increased as the fence thieves have hit several areas in the neighborhood.
"I just came from a practice at my school, which is Southwestern, and it's a similar situation. The whole backstop all the way down the railroad track... a block long, it's been removed," said Coach James Foote.
Getting a new fence from the cash strapped city will be tough. The people at Clark Park need help.
"Someone donating some fence. It's six foot high, chain link fence. I was looking at about 700 feet. We'll take any type of section, a hundred feet, two hundred feet," Benavides said."
"Jack White has been telling Xfm about how difficult it is for artists to choose the right single to release... and how the White Stripes classic 'Seven Nation Army' almost didn't make it onto Seven Inch Vinyl.
The star was talking to Steve Harris on the O2 Evening Show about the new Dead Weather album, 'Sea Of Cowards' and which would be the lead single.
"It's a compelling idea, thinking about singles," explained Jack. "Nobody knows. Record labels don't know, artists don't really know most of the time. I can think back to when 'Elephant' came out I wanted to put 'Seven Nation Army' out as a single. The label in England and the label in America both didn't want to.
"They wanted to put 'There's No Room For You Here'... Can you imagine not putting 'Seven Nation Army' out as a single?!"
However, with the release of The Dead Weather's latest single, 'Die By The Drop', it was the other way round. "People just flipped out when they heard it," says Jack. "I thought... really? I just don't know. The tables were turned, I thought I'll listen to you this time!""
The interview was recorded and you can listen to all three parts HERE.
IF IT'S FREE IT'S FOR ME / JUMBLE, JUMBLE PODCAST
For those living near Ann Arbor, I have some news about a free screening of Under Great White Northern Lights:
"The White Stripes are coming to you in a film called “Under Great White Northern Lights,” which will show Jack and Meg White’s 10th anniversary concert tour all through Canada.
Go on- and back-stage with the duo and see what their music is all about. The program is on April 1 from 9 to 11 p.m., at the CC Little Building, Room 1528, 900 Geddes Ave. in Ann Arbor. With 93 minutes of rock and roll, you won’t get bored. It’s free admission, so anyone can come and enjoy the White Stripes.
All through the Yukon, watch Jack and Meg talk about their music and how they have enjoyed working with each other. See them play songs from their albums "Icky Thump," "White Blood Cells" and more."
Myself and Kevin AKA Twitch from the Little Room messageboard are recording a podcast! Jumble, Jumble episode 1 should be recorded this week for your listening pleasure. More information will be posted when it's hot and ready!
PITCHFORK REVIEWS UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Pitchfork.com has posted their review of the Under Great White Northern Lights box set. They have given it high marks, rating it 8.7 (out of 10):
"In the final scene of the White Stripes tour documentary Under Great White Northern Lights, Jack and Meg sit on a bench in front of 88 black-and-white keys. Jack starts to play the piano and sing his ballad "White Moon". Meg starts to cry. It's a heartbreaking, out-of-nowhere surge of intimacy that briefly lifts the curtain on one of the most fascinatingly private bands to ever reach arena-rock ubiquity. It's also one of those revealing moments that raises more questions than it answers. Are the tears a harbinger of the crippling anxiety that struck Meg soon after the film was shot in 2007, forcing the Stripes to cancel dates and enter a mysterious hiatus that continues to this day? Is Meg acknowledging a hidden truth behind her ex-husband/little brother/good friend's song? Maybe she just didn't get enough sleep the night before. We don't know.
It's this sense of unknowing that makes the White Stripes such a riveting live act. The exquisitely packaged Under Great White Northern Lights box set aims to summarize the duo in their most potent form-- onstage, with two spotlights beaming straight through them, using little more than eye contact and reflexes to figure out where to go next. And it's a wild success. In a 2002 Spin interview, Meg summed up her musical goals succinctly: "The point is being a live band." This comprehensively indulgent live set drives that point home with force."
THIRD MAN RECORDS FEATURED IN RECORD COLLECTOR MAGAZINE
The April issue of Record Collector Magazine has a great article on Third Man Records. This magazine is based in the UK. If you are able to locate the magazine on US news stands, tell us where you found it in this thread in the Little Room. Here's a preview of the article:
"In 2009’s It Might Get Loud documentary, Jack White explained his work ethos: “If it takes me three steps to get to the keyboard in a song, I’ll put it four steps away to make it more difficult for myself, so I have to run.”
Now look at the Third Man discography in this article. Note everything in it was released in 2009/10. It seems Jack has set the same hard work ethic for completists of his fledgling Nashville-based record label. The company slogan is “Your Turntable Is Not Dead” and, by putting out vinyl-only releases across a multitude of pressings, and most with limited quantities, Third Man has become something of a modern-day assault course for obsessives.
With The White Stripes on hiatus – though for how long no one can be sure – White has not only funded his label, but busied himself as a producer, label boss, A&R man, design consultant and session musician for Third Man. That aside, he’s also been in not one but two bands full time – The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, both of whom are expected to release albums in 2010. Plus there’s talk of a solo album."
JACK INTERVIEWED BY ANOTHER MAN MAGAZINE
Check out AnOthermag.com for editor Ben Cobb's thoughts on Jack, Third Man Records and some interesting pictures:
"Earlier this month we revealed the cover of AnOther Man Issue 10 featuring the forcible Jack White, now AnOther Man Editor Ben Cobb shares his thoughts about the man and the interview, and we preview a special set of photographs by Mark Segal – but you’ll have to wait for the full shoot in the magazine out Thursday, March 18.
Ben Cobb: I've been a fan of Jack White since I first heard White Blood Cells. You just knew straight away, listening to that album, that they were going to have a massive impact. The last time I saw him play live was with The Raconteurs at Glastonbury. As he says in the interview, on stage he is a man possessed. His live performances are visceral. He wrestles with his guitar like it’s a troublesome conjoined twin – you can tell that instrument is a part of his DNA, an extension of himself. It's amazing to watch: he's constantly swapping guitars, messing with effects pedals and weird contraptions for his voice. It all looks very complicated and difficult, but out of it comes this pure, simple noise."