FIRST U.S. SHOWING OF WHITE STRIPES DOCUMENTARY
The White Stripes will be showing off their documentary, "Under Great White Northern Lights" at this year's SXSW Festival down in Austin, Texas. The below article is taken from The Austin Chronicle:
"SXSW started as a music fest first, so it's kind of a no-brainer that SXSW Film would make room for movies about music. Hey, you know who makes music and is in a new movie? The White Stripes.
The feature-length documentary, called Under Great White Northern Lights, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival back in September, but the SXSW screening will be the first stateside showing for Emmett Malloy’s film. According to press materials, it’s a “visual and emotional feature length film documenting The White Stripes making their way through Canada and culminating with their 10th anniversary show in Nova Scotia.”
The press release goes on to say that “[t]he SXSW premiere will set the stage for the enigmatic duo’s first-ever official live album release on March 16, featuring 16 songs on both vinyl and CD, as well as the film.” We’re going to now kick open the door to Wild Speculation and Irresponsible Rumor-Mongering to wonder out loud if this means Jack and Meg will be making their way to Austin come March. "
I particularly like the last sentence. I know you do as well. Consider my fingers crossed.
Fake posters were making the rounds on the Internet claiming that the White Stripes will be one of the performing bands at this year's Coachella Festival. Well, unfortunately that is not the case. However, Jack's other band, the Dead Weather will be playing this year. See the links below for more information.
Click here to see the full lineup. Click here for ticket information.
ARTICLE ON UPCOMING THIRD MAN RELEASES
CMJ.com posted a new article talking about various Third Man Records releases, including the upcoming releases of Wanda Jackson and the Black Belles:
"Jack White named his Third Man label as a tribute to a one of his favorite noir films (a similarly titled Orson Welles thriller), but considering that White has three bands and a family yet still found the time to produce, record and release 21 vinyl singles since Third Man started at the beginning of 2009, it seems reasonable to suspect that the label title is also a hint at how many Jack Whites are needed to maintain such a workload. As White, himself, admits on a call to CMJ during a break from sessions for Dead Weather's second album, "I wish I could clone myself." But even without some technological twins, White seems to handling things just fine. In fact, he says his attempt to bring spontaneity back to the music industry is going even greater than he thought it would.
"Whenever we release something, we have people around the block. To buy vinyl! It’s a wonderful thing!" White says with infectious glee. "Whenever we hear about a band, if we heard they did a good show the night before, we'll get 'em in here to make a record." He says that Third Man is hoping to soon add a live venue, and all shows performed there will be recorded and eventually available for purchase, "so the whole thing will pay for itself."
WANDA JACKSON MATERIAL WILL BE OUT SOON
Looks like the first few Jack White produced records from Wanda Jackson will see the light of day soon, according to NewsOK.com:
"Wanda Jackson’s husband and manager, Wendell Goodman, confirmed Friday that the first two songs from Jackson’s recording sessions with the White Stripes’ Jack White are set to be released later this month. "I haven’t been told the exact date yet,” Goodman said from his south Oklahoma City office. He confirmed that the songs were covers of Amy Winehouse’s "You Know I’m No Good” and early British rock band Johnny Kidd and the Pirates’ "Shakin’ All Over.” Goodman also confirmed an Oklahoma Rock Newsblog report that the songs would be released on iTunes and on seven-inch vinyl.
The Oklahoman reported in November that alternative rock star White had invited Jackson to Nashville to record under his production guidance. White also produced country star Loretta Lynn’s Grammy-winning album, "Van Lear Rose,” in 2004.
Oklahoma’s "Queen of Rockabilly,” whose career began in the mid-1950s under the mentorship of Elvis Presley, has worked with such other new generation rockers as Dave Alvin, The Cramps, Rosie Flores, Lee Rocker, the Cadillac Angels and another Elvis — last name Costello."
"The Rolling Stone editors picked eight stars from Bruce and Beyonce to Radiohead and U2 who not only made the best music but also led the way as Artists of the Decade in our decade-end issue. Here's more of our conversation with Jack White.
RS: At the beginning of this decade, you had just released the second White Stripes album what were your goals and expectations for yourself as an artist at that point?
JW: A hundred years had passed since people could sort of determine the beginning of the blues, and there was an illusion in my head that a new blues was emerging in the scene that we were from that bands like the White Stripes and the Soledad Brothers and people like that that were bringing a new take on the blues. That was enough to compel me to keep going and going and going, but I had no illusions at all about the mainstream ever thinking it was interesting."
Jack provides some great insight into the future in this interview. Check the rest of the interview out here.
Welcome to 2010 everyone! Hope you all had a fun filled yet relaxed Holiday break. I know I did. But, I digress. Here's an article you can find at gear4music.com that has The Edge praising Jack's guitar skills and his influence on today's guitarists:
"Jack White's electric guitar playing has been singled out for praise by fellow guitarist The Edge. According to the U2 star, White is already proving to be a highly influential musician. Speaking to the Times, he said: "It's early days for Jack in a sense but you can already hear the multitude of Jack Whites out there." "That's an indicator to his influence."
The Edge recently worked with White on the documentary movie It Might Get Loud, which explores the history of the electric guitar. Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page also took part in the project and has been equally full of praise for White's guitar playing. He recently told BBC 6 Music that The White Stripes star is a hero for young guitarists and has a very easily identifiable sound."
"Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has paid tribute to Jack White, describing the musician as a “hero” to guitarists both old and young. Page appears alongside The White Stripes star in the forthcoming film documentary, It Might Get Loud.
Released in the UK next month, the film also features U2 guitarist The Edge. In an interview BBC 6 Music, Page said he had enjoyed sharing his experiences with both musicians. "I think Jack White is definitely a hero to a young generation of guitarists and an old generation of guitarists,” he said. "There’s no doubt about that as someone who has roots. “Not only that, Jack, every time that he has a new project, it’s always worth checking out because he won’t disappoint you." However, Page was less forthcoming when asked if he had plans to work with White in the future. "Not immediately that I know of. I think everyone’s really busy at this point in time, but it’s great that it manifests on this film,” he said.
It Might Get Loud will be screened in select cinemas from January 5."
FLY FARM BLUES IN CONTENTION FOR OSCAR NOMINATION
Fly Farm Blues, the song Jack wrote specifically for It Might Get Loud is one of 63 songs in contention for an Oscar nomination. The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. To see the complete listing of songs in the running, click here.