Former White Stripes mastermind Jack White inspires a lot of mixed reactions. Love him or hate him – it’s usually one or the other, with few music fans abstaining. We think that means he’s doing something right. As he branched out of the White Stripes, White took on some challenges as an artist and businessman. Starting The Raconteurs with Brendan Benson was a bit of a surprise, sharing the spotlight with a co-frontman and making slightly more accessible pop music. As a producer, he brought focus on some interesting music, with The Black Belles and The Greenhornes, among others, and helped create a fresh new work from country legend Loretta Lynn with her Van Lear Rose album. His work as head of Third Man Records has also brought us some interesting projects, including a studio, record store on wheels, a legacy label that re-releases rare albums, a “novelties lounge,” which includes a recording booth, and, most recently, the world’s fastest-released record. NME tells it:
At 10am on Saturday (April 19), the singer took to the stage in the Blue Room of his studio to record a limited edition direct-to-acetate single. The room is the only live venue in the world where artists can record live shows straight to vinyl. The masters were then rushed over to United Record Pressing plant in Nashville, which began pressing the 45s before they were delivered back to hundreds of fans queuing outside Third Man, some of whom had queued all night to be there.
…Some 3 hours, 55 minutes and 21 seconds later, White returned in a black car flanked by the two men on motorbikes dressed as police officers to sell the first copy of the 7″ on the specially constructed stall outside the Third Man shop.
Come on, that’s pretty cool.
Started as a way to bring attention to the world of indie record stores, which we highly encourage all of you to frequent, Record Store Day has quickly become a quasi-holiday for the music industry. Once (sometimes twice) a year we all come together, regardless of genre preference, to spend ludicrous amounts of money celebrating the artform we all love so dearly. This year’s release list is one of the best in recent memory, and you can get peak at what is in store by clicking below. (more…)
Jack White was recently named the ambassador of Record Store Day 2013. What that means exactly has yet to be revealed, but to celebrate White released a letterhttp://www.recordstoreday.com/NewsItem/3405 to fans and music lovers worldwide that is stirring quite the debate. You can read White’s message below:
Years ago someone told me that 1,200 high school kids were given a survey. A question was posed to them: Have you ever been to a stand-alone record shop? The number of kids that answered “yes” was… zero.
Zero? How could that be possible? Then I got realistic and thought to myself, “Can you blame them?” How can record shops (or any shop for that matter) compete with Netflix, TiVo, video games that take months to complete, cable, texting, the Internet, etc. etc? Getting out of your chair at home to experience something in the real world has started to become a rare occurrence, and to a lot of people, an unnecessary one. Why go to a bookstore and get a real book? You can just download it. Why talk to other human beings, discuss different authors, writing styles and influences? Just click your mouse. Well here’s what they’ll someday learn if they have a soul; there’s no romance in a mouse click. There’s no beauty in sitting for hours playing video games (anyone proud of that stop reading now and post your opinion in the nearest forum). The screen of an iPhone is convenient, but it’s no comparison to a 70mm showing of a film in a gorgeous theater. The Internet is two-dimensional¦helpful and entertaining, but no replacement for face-to-face interaction with a human being. But we all know all of that, right? Well, do we? Maybe we know all that, but so what?
Let’s wake each other up.
The world hasn’t stopped moving. Out there, people are still talking to each other face-to-face, exchanging ideas and turning each other on. Art houses are showing films, people are drinking coffee and telling tall tales, women and men are confusing each other and record stores are selling discs full of soul that you haven’t felt yet. So why do we choose to hide in our caves and settle for replication? We know better. We should at least. We need to re-educate ourselves about human interaction and the difference between downloading a track on a computer and talking to other people in person and getting turned onto music that you can hold in your hands and share with others. The size, shape, smell, texture and sound of a vinyl record; how do you explain to that teenager who doesn’t know that it’s a more beautiful musical experience than a mouse click? You get up off your ass, you grab them by the arm and you take them there. You put the record in their hands. You make them drop the needle on the platter. Then they’ll know.
Let’s wake each other up.
As Record Store Day Ambassador of 2013 I’m proud to help in any way I can to invigorate whoever will listen with the idea that there is beauty and romance in the act of visiting a record shop and getting turned on to something new that could change the way they look at the world, other people, art, and ultimately, themselves.
Let’s wake each other up.
After reading this message this morning, the OurStage staff had a lengthy discussion regarding what exactly White intended with his words. After hours of debate, Account Manager Martin Stubbs stepped forward with the idea to respond to Mr. White, and now we have his response for you to enjoy. Please read Martin’s thoughts below and feel free to comment with your own thoughts and insight.
Jack, let me begin this by saying first and foremost that I’m a big fan, and I completely understand a lot of what you’re going for here. I’m an independent songwriter and guitarist who understands the many hardships facing music in modern times, and I love record store day and what it means for music. That said, I’m extremely opposed to the condescending and misinformed nature of this piece, and I think we need to keep a couple things in mind¦ (more…)
Americana alt-rock band The Gaslight Anthem have premiered a new video for their song “Here Comes My Man” from their latest album, Handwritten, released this past summer by Mercury Recordings. The video stars actress Elisha Cuthbert (The Girl Next Door) daydreaming about finally meeting a man who will treat her right, matching the theme of the song. While she’s off on imaginary dates, the band is playing back at a barn show rigged up with dim lights. Slow-mo shots and good vibes abound. Check it out below:
If you like The Gaslight Anthem, then you might also like OurStage’s own Bradley Wik.
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While Black Friday fanatics will be lining up at the doors of Kohl’s, Sears and various malls at unseemly hours on Friday, Nov. 23, to score the latest in electronics and appliances, music fanatics will be lining up in hopes to snag limited edition vinyl, box sets, CDs, and DVDs.
So get your travel mugs ready, and clear your early morning schedule, because this year is boasting some fantastic releases. Among them are a 7 of The Rolling Stones’ first EP, Nirvana‘s 20th anniversary edition of Incesticide 45RPM edition and releases by Coheed and Cambria, The Gaslight Anthem, and My Morning Jacket.
You can find the full list of releases here.
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It’s April, and that means that the special day for baskets filled with tasty treats and surprises is just around the corner. Sorry Easter Bunny, you’re much beloved, but I’m talking about Record Store Day, the once-a-year event that has fans of music on vinyl hopping excitedly to their favorite independent record store.
Now in its fifth year and celebrated at over 700 outlets, Record Store Day 2011 will have fans clamoring over limited edition collectibles like a Built to Spill 7 picture-disc, a red vinyl split 7 single from the Ramones and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, colored vinyl albums from Deerhoof (green), Architecture in Helsinki (pink) and Joan of Arc (blue), five albums from The Flaming Lips that have been out of print on vinyl for a decade and a numbered picture-disc version of Dio‘s 2002 album Killing the Dragon.
Lots of classic rock acts that were around when vinyl was in its heyday thirty-five years ago will be represented; releases from Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones and Queen will be in the bins right next to goodies from contemporary bands like The Dodos, Opeth, Peter, Bjorn & John and Matt & Kim. Even good old Ozzy is involved; Osbourne not only has a collectible single coming out for Record Store Day; he’s the event’s official ambassador.
The hope is of course that all the day’s hoopla, which will include live in-store performances at many outlets, will reintroduce the joy of shopping in a brick-and-mortar record store to old-schoolers who may not have purchased any music for awhile as well as to those who mostly acquire music digitally. Sales of titles on vinyl have been increasing despite declining sales for other configurations, and as Michael Kurtz, president of the Music Monitor Network points out, there’s plenty of business out there to be had.
The Music Monitor Network, with stores in the US and Canada, is the largest of the indie record store coalitions, Kurtz says. Those stores have about $100 million in annual sales. And while shrewd marketing helps indie stores stay alive and even thrive, further conversation with Record Store Day co-founder Kurtz reveals that it’s really passion, a love of music, that makes the whole thing happen.
Ask Kurtz about the music and he’ll rattle-off a long list of Record Store Day titles he wants to swoop on. I’m most excited about the REM three-singles set with the unreleased B-sides, the translucent Daft Punk 10 EP, the Regina Spektor live EP, the Foo Fighters covers album and the album from a new band called Manhattan Murder Mystery. And I’m especially thrilled to hear that the db’s went into the studio to record new songs for their Record Store Day release. They were a favorite of mine in college and I still love their music so I want to hear this one. Record Store Day is Saturday, April 16th.
For a list of participating stores visit www.recordstoreday.com