Posts Tagged ‘Jack White’

A couple of weeks back I came across news of the long-awaited album from Spoon. Four years since the last release and a lot of rumours later, it’s come down to this – a tweet and a sound byte about 30 seconds long that reminds a bit of Pink Floyd, heavily distorted. No other news release – the band hasn’t yet talked about a release date – but I suppose this was enough to send music media into overdrive. Four years of anticipation does set very high expectations. Despite Spoon’s remarkable consistency of quality in the past, I hope the law of averages doesn’t catch up with them.

Another band that has abstained from producing a new album for four years is The Hold Steady. The fast was broken with “Teeth Dreams” coming out in the last week of March. A couple of listens later I’m still trying to come to grips with what has been done to Craig Finn’s distinct voice. I really don’t like the over-produced treatment it’s been given but I suspect I will grow to like the album…sort of.

Despite a reasonable quiet period – by his standards – Jack White has not made us wait quite as long. Two years after the enjoyable “Blunderbuss”, the man will be back with a new one “Lazaretto” on June 10. I just heard the first song from it, the instrumental “High Ball Stepper”, about an hour back. You can easily identify it as a Jack White song but the familiarity does not preclude it from offering a bit more of interest – note the quirky piano work for example. If it’s anything to go by, this should be another album to look forward to.

My expectations of “Turn Blue” by The Black Keys set to release on May 13 is not quite as high after hearing the first song out of it “Fever”. Perhaps I’m forestalling disappointment.

Pale skin, raccoon eyes – does Jack White ever sleep? One of rock’s hardest working musicians and most fascinating personalities (among other things, John Gillis did take Meg White’s – his ex-wife and the other half of the White Stripes – surname), the seemingly insatiable Jack White creates multiple projects as vehicles for his prodigious musical output. (more…)

There was a lot of noise last year around 11/11/11 to celebrate the mythical level 11 on the volume control made notorious/famous in this scene from Spinal Tap. I had for long wanted to write about my list of songs (or just some of them) that I love to turn the noise knob up on. Silly git that I’m, I didn’t want to get on to the 11/11/11 bandwagon. Now that sufficient time has been logged since that fateful day, I can play it up…finally. This set is by no means exhaustive. Consider it a themed post in my ‘Right Now’ series. (more…)