Jack White was not a happy camper this weekend, performing for a sold-out and perhaps dull crowd in New York City at the Radio City Music Hall. After bickering with a shirtless man in the front row and complaining that, “Jesus Christ, is this an NPR convention?” (because you know how those NPR conventions can get, with all their shirtless goers and such), the former White Stripes frontman cut his set short and jumped-show. The audience stuck around hoping for a second act or encore, but were disappointed when the lights were turned on and ushers were sent in to explain that, “The show is over, we don’t know why.” Woomp woomp.
To the streets they poured, swarming around the backstage door where — rowdy like a Jack White incited mob wont be — they chanted things like “f*** Jack White!” and “Jack White kills puppies” and began tweeting angrily with the hashtag #JackWhiteDebacle. Some, according to the New York Observer, even returned the t-shirts and posters they had bought at the show. Read more…
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Last week I saw Jack White perform live at Webster Hall (New York City), and throughout the concert one word came to mind (fittingly in all capital letters): FASCINATING.
In the age of social media and TMZ, where nothing is a secret anymore, how can one of today’s most respected/popular musicians—one who just scored a #1 album—manage to keep his mystique as alluring as a leprechaun riding bareback on a unicorn?
The Dos Equis man may claim to be the “most interesting person in the world,” but Jack White is currently the most fascinating man in music.
Here are 10 reasons why:
10. Divorce Party
When Jack White divorced his model/singer wife Karen Elson, not only did they do so amicably, but they threw a party to celebrate. Invitations were even made for the event billing it as a “humdinger.”
9. Ice, Ice Baby
While many musicians make public their sports allegiances, it’s not known if Jack White even likes sports. Nashville’s professional hockey team the Predators are currently still alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and now that he calls Nashville home, I wonder if Jack White ever goes to a game, wears a replica jersey, or checks the box-score in the morning paper? (I also wonder if he’s sad that his hometown Detroit Red Wings were knocked out by the Predators in the first round?)
As Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne tour kicks off this week, there’s really not all that much else to talk about. Between set lists, leather outfits, copious bling and “OMG WILL PREGONCÉ OR FRANK OCEAN OR BOTH MAKE AN APPEARANCE?”, it’s a truly immersive experience, permeating all facets of daily life and conversation. So while we wait very impatiently for our turn to Watch The Throne, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite collaboration albums of all-time.
This Saturday, April 16, Record Store Day celebrates four years of promoting brick and mortar, non-corporate-owned music sellers. Since 2008, an increasing number of artists on both independent and major labels have concocted exclusive releases and recordings and made them available for sale only through independent record stores on the third Saturday of April, as a means of helping them continue to survive in today’s complex retail landscape (dominated by big box stores and digital downloads). In conjunction, many shops host in-store performances or giveaways. There’s always a good reason to visit your favorite local independent record store, but Record Store Day’s exclusives and artist appearances provide a hefty additional incentive.
Record Store Day’s list of exclusive releases is exhaustive, but also a bit overwhelming, so here are some of your best bets (including a bunch from You Oughta Know artists):
Jack White is set to play Elvis in a new music-biopic spoof film called Walk Hard, the story of a singer (John C. Reilly) who overcomes the odds to become a legend. The film is the brainchild of Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin), so it’ll be funnier than Jack’s last two times out at the box office — Cold Mountain and Coffee & Cigarettes, two movies that aren’t very funny at all. He told Pitchfork that John C. Reilly called him up personally to ask him to be in the movie, which makes us wonder how John C. Reilly got Jack’s phone number, but whatever. In other White Stripes news, Stereogum found this great video of Jack and Meg on Pancake Mountain, a show where a goat interviews musicians. Enjoy. Goats make the best journalists.
– The White Stripes‘ Icky Thump arrives with a bang today as the candy-striped duo take over the venerable Tower Records space on L.A.’s Sunset Strip. The first 200 fans who buy the record there get access to an in-store performance. In related Stripes news, this is only the latest in their long string of weird moments.
- VH1 You Oughta Know artist Paolo Nutini and VH1 You Oughta Know artist Amy Winehouse have announced that they’re teaming up for a two-week North American tour in September. Keep in mind that tour dates are subject to Amy showing up at the gig, which is a 50-50 proposition at the best of times.
- Proving that he’s no slouch in the comeback department, Al Gore responded to Bob Geldof‘s complaints that Gore’s Live Earth event — a massive seven-continent concert taking place on July 7th — lacks specific goals. The former Vice President replied, "We will have very specific goals that will be very significant and hard-hitting." He then added a few more choice statements before finishing with "nana-nana boo-boo."
Celebrating the Canadian-colored rock duo’s appearance on the cover of their music issue, Nylon posted this rather cute and definitely entertaining workday distraction featuring the White Stripes on their website. Things to know before you watch: 1. Stay with it until the end or risk confusion; 2. the White Stripes and the Raconteurs were both recording in Nashville earlier this year; 3. the White Stripes do not, as a general rule, use bass. In other exciting White Stripes news, check here for stills from the as-yet-unreleased video for the first single off their new record, "Icky Thump."
If you can’t wait for the White Stripes, have already checked out the "Icky Thump" leak link Idolator posted here, and the earlier news about Jack recording with the Raconteurs in Nashville made you salivate, then just check out Mr. White’s Coke commerical below. Thanks to Fashionista for finding the link.
- We?ve told you about this already, but Rihanna?s new video premieres tomorrow! At 10 a.m.! She?s added 14 extra syllables to the word ?umbrella,? and boy, does it sound sweet-eet-eet-eet-eet-eet-eet!
- Former Phantom Planet drummer and acting whirlwind Jason Schwartzman has released a new solo record called Nighttiming. The first single, ?West Coast,? is beautiful. So is the video, which stars skate legend Mark Gonzales. Only problem is that the footage wasn?t exactly Schwartzman?s to use. Ooops.