New Jack White video: Connected By Love

Video: Jack White – “Connected By Love”

Jack White – Connected By Love

From Boarding House Reach, due March 23 on Third Man Records. Single out now.

One of my favorite heckles happened during a performance in Milwaukee. Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls was playing a loud, sweaty show shortly after the 9/11 attacks and paused to deliver a monologue on how we’re all brothers and sisters who should try to find what we have in common with each other instead of trying to tear each other down. As he paused to lift his saggy snap-brim hat and wipe his sweaty brow, someone in the crowd yelled out, “Play ‘Trash,’ hippy!”

It was the perfect heckle. It not only reminded us who it was preaching these platitudes with some good old-fashoioned Midwestern comeuppance, but it broke the self-aware tension that suffocated us all in those early post-9/11 days. It was a bit of obnoxious normalcy.

And so I am tempted to yell at Jack White today with the release of his new single and video, “Connected By Love,” but I just can’t. On the surface, it’s another hippy dippy tagline. But the video and the song are sincere, and in this suffocating era of post-truth Trump-ism, a little sincerity is a breath of fresh air. It’s also a good jam.

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Audio: Jack White – “Respect Commander”

Jack White – Respect Commander (Audio)

From Boarding House Reach, due March 23 on Third Man Records. Single out now.

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