Jack White’s New Band, The Dead Weather

deadweatherMusical virtuoso Jack White has a new band, The Dead Weather. It features Allison Mosshart from The Kills on vocals, Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence, dean Fertita from Queens of the Stone Age and White on drums. The upcoming album, to be released in June, is titled “Horehound” and was played to a select crowd at White’s Third Man Records. Continue reading “Jack White’s New Band, The Dead Weather”

Kutiman’s Amazing YouTube Musical Mashup

This is one incredible use of YouTube. Kutiman, an Israeli musician who started playing piano at age 6, then drums and guitar, has taken numerous clips from YouTube and mashed them all up to create an entire album of songs. Some of the clips aren’t even musical in nature. But added together, mixed and remixed, it turns into a symphony of sound and vision. Clicking on the “more info” link on his YouTube videos will show you all of the videos used to compose each song.

Kutiman becamed influenced by the likes of James Brown and Fela Kuti while listening to a college radio station at his convenience store job. He then traveled to Jamaica, eventually working with Stephen and Damien Marley to perfect his funk/afro beat sound.

Below is one of the songs and video. Also, check out Thru-You.com to see and hear the rest of the album, and Kutiman’s MySpace page to hear some of his other music.


Dan Auerbach Chicago Concert Review and Tour Dates

img00795(Video included) Dan Auerbach, front man for The Black Keys, is touring to promote his first solo album, Keep it Hid. On Friday, March 6 he made a stop at The Metro in Chicago to play in front of a sold-out crowd. Simply put, the show rocked. By far, it’s one of the best shows around of the early 2009 season.

He led off with “Trouble Weighs a Ton,” a slow, back-country sounding tune that immediately signals a sound departure from the heavy blues of The Black Keys. But from there, Auerbach led the crowd into the meat of Keep it Hid, playing the ska-inspired but blues-based “I Want Some More.” It’s heavy but clean, scratching the surface of what’s to follow. The set included the aptly-named “The Prowl” with its stalking rhythm, “Mean Monsoon” and its quirky beat, the heartfelt “Goin’ Home,” “My Last Mistake,” “Heartbroken, In Disrepair” and just about every other song from the new record. There’s a sound emerging from Keep it Hid that I haven’t heard before. It’s blues, it’s rock and there’s some reggae thrown into some of the underlying beats. It all comes together seamlessly, and it sounds very good.

Seeing Auerbach on stage with a full supporting band – Hacienda, including My Morning Jacket percussionist Patrick Hallahan – I can’t help but be reminded of Jack White’s transition from The White Stripes to The Raconteurs. It’s clear that while The Black Keys showcases Auerbach’s unique style, his solo effort is a glimpse of what he’s really capable of as a musician. He stays true to his blues roots and his style, but it’s a richer, more complex sound. He has said that The Black Keys aren’t going to quit making music, and that’s a good thing. That said, go out and see this show if at all possible. I’d see him again tomorrow if I could. I want some more.

Below is video from the show, of “Heartbroken, In Disrepair.” It’s a little shaky at times, because I was having trouble staying still. Click “HQ” for best quality. Enjoy. Upcoming tour dates are below the video. And you can visit Dan Auerbach’s MySpace page to hear the entire new album.


Nov 5 2009 8:00P Newport Music Hall Columbus, Ohio
Nov 6 2009 8:00P The Majestic Theatre Detroit, Michigan
Nov 7 2009 8:00P Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto
Nov 8 2009 8:00P Le National Montreal
Nov 9 2009 8:00P The Paradise Boston
Nov 11 2009 8:00P Webster Hall New York, New York
Nov 12 2009 8:00P Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 13 2009 8:00P Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 14 2009 8:00P Cat’s Cradle Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Nov 16 2009 8:00P The Orange Peel Asheville, North Carolina
Nov 17 2009 8:00P Variety Playhouse Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 18 2009 8:00P House of Blues New Orleans, Louisiana
Nov 20 2009 8:00P Minglewood Hall Memphis, Tennessee
Nov 21 2009 8:00P Cannery Ballroom Nashville, Tennessee
Dec 3 2009 8:00P Turner Hall Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Dec 4 2009 8:00P First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dec 5 2009 8:00P The Vic Theatre Chicago, Illinois
Dec 6 2009 8:00P The Bluebird Bloomington, Indiana
Dec 8 2009 8:00P Southgate House Newport, Kentucky
Dec 9 2009 8:00P House of Blues Cleveland, Ohio

Pitchfork Music Festival Lineups Announced

pitchfork09The Pitchfork Music Festival, to be held July 17-19 in Chicago’s Union Park, announced some of their lineups, and so far the list is looking good.

Friday, July 17 will feature Built to Spill, Chicagoans the Jesus Lizard, Yo La Tengo and Tortoise.

July 18 will included the National, Pharoahe Monch and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, while Sunday July 19 will see Grizzly Bear, the Walkmen and the Vivian Girls. Tickets go on sale March 13.

Pitchfork has grown in popularity, and the quality of bands in the past few years. 2008 saw Public Enemy, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and !!!, to name a few.

No word on ticket prices yet, but last year single-day passes were $30 with two- and three-day prices at $50, and $65, respectively. Below is the video for “Mistaken for Strangers,” by The National.


The Black Cab Sessions Rocks

The Black Cab Sessions is one of the coolest music websites I’ve ever seen. In its second year, renowned artists play a quick gig while riding around London in those famous bulbous black taxi cabs.

Perhaps because of the shape of the taxis, the sound is surprisingly good and the lineup is impressive – Bon Iver, Brian Williams, Ryan Adams, Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket, The Kooks and many others including, of course, Death Cab for Cutie. One of the remarkable things about this series is that the cab drivers are the real deal, not part of the production crew. The artists and film crew actually stand on the street with their instruments and flag a cab.

And it turns out the artists are enjoying themselves too. Apparently the site has come to the point where they are turning down artists these days. Another interesting note is the cost of “production” – about £15, or $30.

Sign up for their newsletter on the Black Cab Sessions website to get updates, London music news and alerts of new sessions.

Also, check out The Londonist for an interview with the website’s creators.

Below is a double session from The Kooks.