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New Raconteurs video: Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)

Video: The Raconteurs – “Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)”

The Raconteurs – “Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)” [Official Music Video]

Directed by Ben Chappell. From Help Us Stranger, out now on Third Man.

Brendan Benson writes his own “Tuesday’s Gone” while he and his fellow Raconteurs visit the House On The Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin, which looks a lot cooler than Uranus, Missouri. Last spring we took a family road trip on what’s left of Route 66 from Chicago to the Grand Canyon and I had purchased a little guidebook to make sure we didn’t miss out on any of the cool stuff along the way. One of the spots was a place called Uranus, which had a fudge shop, and since one of my travel companions was a 12 year old boy, I figured we had to stop at least to get a “I love Uranus” t-shirt. They claimed, after all, that the best fudge comes from Uranus.

Guess what: Uranus stinks.

As soon as we got out of the car we were hit by a dank cloud of cigarette smoke. It was so disappointing. I went in thinking that there had been a town in Missouri that was called Uranus and some hilarious person decided to open a fudge shop there. Nope. There is no town named Uranus. The closest town is St. Robert. It’s just a tourist attraction that a former strip club operator started in 2002. That’s way less funny than doing it in a historical place with an unfortunate name. And it certainly doesn’t belong in a “things to do along Route 66” book. It was just gross. The idea that somebody developed a whole fake town just so his employees would have to greet their customers with “Thanks for picking Uranus!” is a little creepy.

I enjoy scatological humor as much as the next guy, even if the next guy is 12, but Uranus is a poorly executed shithole. Maybe that’s part of the joke. If so, that’s some next level meta action.

The House On The Rock, on the other hand, looks amazing.

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New Raconteurs video: Help Me Stranger

Video: The Raconteurs – “Help Me Stranger”

The Raconteurs - "Help Me Stranger" (Official Music Video)

Directed by Yasuhiko Shimizu. From Help Us Stranger, out June 21 on Third Man.

A funky little groove with Jack and Brendan singing harmonies throughout, “Help Me Stranger” is gonna be lit live. Shades of all the genres that made Detroit a hothouse for any variety musical pollinators in the late 60s and early 70s.

The video is more of the symbolism of life in a broken land we’ve seen of late. Whether it’s Jack holden a baby in what appears to be an abandoned Asian city or images of that baby then smoldering in Jack’s arms, things are not well.

We might as well dance.

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New Raconteurs videos

Video: The Raconteurs – “Now That You’re Gone”

The Raconteurs - "Now That You're Gone" (Official Video)

Directed by Dikayl Rimmasch. Single out now on Third Man.

I am a big fan of Jack White’s, more so his approach to the music business even than much of the music he makes. He’s an aesthete, which makes for great branding, but sometimes needs to be challenged by other influences. My favorite examples of his work are when he partners with somebody else. Someone like Loretta Lynn. Or Brendan Benson.

The Racanonteurs are by far my favorite Jack White joint, mainly because he has a foil in the pop sensibilities of Brendan Benson and the backing of one of my favorite rhythm sections in Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler of The Greenhornes (my second favorite Third Man Records act).  

But Jack’s been a busy boy and it’s been more than a decade since we last heard from The Raconteurs. They’re back now, with Benson confirming some tour dates via Twitter, and a couple of killer new videos.

“Sunday Driver” is a great example of the successful smashing of sounds that make The Raconteurs so good. The intro sounds like a Greenhornes’ jammer with a garage-psyche break under Benson’s melody. Success in a most unlikely way!

“Now That You’re Gone” is my favorite of the two though. A simmering break up songs accompanied by a super hot video of lust and destruction. Oh yes.

A new album is due later this year and I cannot fucking wait.

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WSJ profiles Third Man Records

The Wall Street Journal looks at Jack White, the businessman. Included online is this little video wherein the DirtbombsBen Blackwell leads us on a tour of the vinyl pressing plant:

Pretty cool to see the records getting stamped, but how long has Blackwell been such a long-haired bearded hippy who can’t tie a tie? You’d think Jack would insist on his spokespeople looking sharp! GLONO interviewed Ben back in 2002 when he was still punk.

In other Third Man news, tomorrow (July 21) is the last day to sign up for the Platinum Service area of The Vault where for $20 a month you get a 180-gram vinyl mono mix of Icky Thump, a Dead Weather 7-inch, and a t-shirt. After tomorrow, membership will be closed until October.

MP3: The Raconteurs – “Hold Up” (live in Los Angeles, May 18, 2008)

New Band: Jack White + Kills = Dead Weather

The Dead Weather

Jack White‘s got another new band. Rolling Stone attended an invite-only preview in Nashville and has the full report:

The new band takes White from the front of the stage back behind the drum kit, while the Kills’ Alison Mosshart mostly handles singing duties. The two are joined by White’s fellow Raconteur Jack Lawrence on bass and former touring Raconteur/Queen of the Stone Age Dean Fertita on guitar. […]

The tracks — a sludgy, bluesy blend of psych-rock guitar, alternately stark and explosive rhythms and Mosshart’s sultry-to-siren vocal — take relatively logical leaps from the members’ other bands, White’s groove-heavy drumming elevating the Dead Weather’s Stripes-esque blues-rock moods and Fertita and Mosshart pulling in atmosphere and disaffected cool, respectively.

The album, Horehound, is due in June. You can stream a couple of songs—”Hang You from the Heavens” and “Are Friends Electric?”—from the band’s website. Jack White is starting a “vinyl record label” as well. More details at the Los Angeles Times. Could be interesting…

MP3: The Raconteurs – “Texas Border” (live in Glasgow, 10/14/2006)

Image courtesy of Third Man Records.

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Lollapalooza 2008: Don't Be Old, Be Fun

Lollapalooza 2008I had a bad attitude about Lollapalooza this year. I was not looking forward to it at all. I’ve covered Lollapalooza for Glorious Noise each year since the festival was resurrected in Chicago in 2005. Between Lolla and Forkfest, I was thinking I might just be festivaled out.

My wife’s advice as I left on Friday: “Don’t be old—be fun.”

Which sounds a lot harder than it actually turned out to be. Once I let go of some of my uptightness and decided to just roll with it, I ended up having a great weekend. Free your mind, and your ass will follow, right? Surprisingly, I think the lack of bands that I needed to see helped me relax and just enjoy myself.

Not to say that there weren’t a ton of great bands playing this year. There were, but I’ve seen most of them recently. At Lollapalooza two years ago. Or at Pitchfork last year. Or both.

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The Raconteurs Live

The Raconteurs have added a new live section to their web site with live photos, video, and audio from past tour dates.

Live MP3s:

The Raconteurs – “Teenage Kicks” (Undertones cover)

The Raconteurs – “Keep It Clean” (Charley Jordan cover)

They’re looking for contributions from fans, so if you’ve got anything you want to share, send it in…

The Raconteurs – Consolers of the Lonely

The Raconteurs - Consolers of the LonelyThe RaconteursConsolers Of The Lonely (Warner Brothers)

One week ago, the Raconteurs announced that they were rush releasing their new album in order to “get this record to fans, the press, radio, etc., all at the EXACT SAME TIME so that no one has an upper hand on anyone else regarding its availability, reception or perception.” Yesterday, in equally democratic fashion, Glorious Noise announced a contest wherein we would publish the first review submitted to us by you, our readers. Kiko Jones earned that honor. Post your own review the comments!

These guys are old school. Yeah, how to boil water and all that. But who puts a lead off title track on their album anymore? And a worthy one, too? This one prominently features the lead vocals of Brendan Benson in what seems like a deliberate attempt to once again assert the “we’re a band” concept and not the commonly held “Jack White and co.” perception. Wait—seems? Nah, Jack White chances nothing.

In any event, once revved up, Consolers of the Lonely rocks a bit harder than Broken Boy Soldiers (“Salute Your Solution”; “Hold Up”; “Five on the Five”; the title track) and has a more in-your-face mix than their debut. The band even dabbles in retro R&B balladry—”Many Shades of Black”, complete with the requisite horn section, in this case the legendary Memphis Horns—and pseudo-White Stripes territory on the bluesy, slide guitar-flavored “Top Yourself”—but there’s nothing here to win you over if you weren’t sucked in the first time around. Conversely, if you felt Broken Boy Soldiers answered the question, “what would the White Stripes sound like with a rhythm section carried by a real drummer?” then this record is for you.

Even though we are only a third of the way in, arguably the most anticipated rock record of 2008 is here and it’s pretty good. Which in this era of increasingly diminishing returns is about par for the course. However, don’t let that diminish your enjoyment of Consolers of the Lonely one bit. This ain’t no sophomore slump, not by a long shot.

Kiko Jones is a Glorious Noise reader (and contest winner!) who runs 5, THE music and pop-culture e-newsletter-turned-blog, baby.

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Review the Raconteurs – A GLONO Contest!

Tomorrow marks the release of The Raconteur’s second album, Consolers Of The Lonely. As previously noted here, the band rushed the release of this album so there are NO advance reviews!

“But how will we know if it’s good,” you ask?

You’ll have to rely on your friends. And we want in on that action.

Glorious Noise will post the first review submitted by you, the readers, on our homepage and it will stand forever as our official review of the album. Here’s your chance to be a star!

with your review after you’ve given the album a good listen.

Let’s see what you’re made of, hot shot.

Raconteurs Bypass Reviewers, File Sharers

The Raconteurs are pushing their second album, Consolers Of The Lonely, to retailers and digital partners just weeks after completing mixing. The band has announced that the album will be available on March 25 in CD, vinyl and download formats through retail partners on and offline, and as a 320kb fidelity download through the group’s website. A video is expected to debut next week, according to CMJ.

Tasty.

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