REVIEW/RECORD CRACK: Beck’s “I Just Started Hating Some People Today” (7 inch 45)

Photobucket It was sometimes hard to keep track of Beck when he was signed to DGC/Geffen, but now as an independent artist, he seems to be back to recording and releasing music at… maybe not furious, but at an unpredictable pace. He has released a new 45 on Third Man Records as part of their Blue Series. This one begins with the country blues of “I Just Started Hating Some People Today”, and while it may start out sounding perfect for The Grand Ole Opry, there’s a bit of funk in the drums that shows that this is a different song, equipped with the lyric:
I just started wanting to punch your face
you might want to wear a helmet, just in case
what was once your face is gonna be replaced
and I just started wanting to punch your face

It’s tender in a sarcastic way, at least Beck and Jack White, who joins Beck throughout the song, makes it feel that way. When the song is over, you can only hold your breath and wonder what Beck will do next, and he punks/fucks it up in a fashion that will make Beck fans pee pee in their pants. Others online have commented on why he always likes to ruin music this way. Screw them. Then Karen Elson gets sexy and evil at the end of the song.

The B-side also sounds like a country workhorse, but again, it’s Beck. It may bring to mind the rustic and raw vibe of the One Foot In The Grave album, or even Stereopathetic Soulmanure but with a bigger budget. If you’ve been a longtime fan of Beck as I have, this will please and surprise.

SOME STUFFS: Sasquatch 2012 music festival line-up announced

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When music festival line-ups are announced, even in early February, it makes enduring cold temperatures worth it. The annual Sasquatch Music Festival in The George at George (Washington, as in state) will be happening during the weekend of May 25-28, tickets go on sale next week Saturday, February 11th at 10am. Some of the artists scheduled to play there include The Roots, Shabazz Palaces, Grynch, The Physics, Beck, Bon Iver, Tune-Yards, Mogwai, Childish Gambino, St. Vincent, The Walkmen, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Mark Lanegan Band, Shabazz Palaces, Araabmuzik, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Howlin Rain, The Physics, and many more. The big headliner will be Jack Black, who recently announced the forthcoming release of his solo album.

For the complete line-up, along with ticket information, head over to SasquatchFestival.com.

RECORD CRACK: Black Milk to have record signing in Detroit

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The internet is buzzing about the new single by Black Milk and Jack White, almost as if having a collaborative single on Third Man Vault has given him a renewed appreciation. Fans will be able to see him in Detroit for a record signing event this Friday (July 15th) in Detroit at Peoples Records (3161 Woodward Ave.) between 1-2pm, as he will be signing copies of the “Brain”/”Royal Mega” 7″. To make things interesting, the pressing you’ll find at Peoples is the tri-color version (as shown above) is the only store you’ll be able to buy it at (standard black vinyl pressing can be purchased directly from BlackMilk.biz.

RECORD CRACK: Black Milk, meet Jack White

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If this isn’t one of the more scarier promo photos I’ve seen in awhile, I don’t know. This is rapper Black Milk, with the sometimes-dapper Jack White, one half of White Stripes and avid vinyl junkie. Together, the vinyl love embraces with a forthcoming collaborative 7″ 45 on White’s Third Man Records, “Brain” b/w “Royal Mega”. Those without turntables are able to buy it digitally but for everyone else, click here. You can listen to both tracks right now, streaming over at BlackMilk.biz.

RECORD CRACK: Third Man Records to begin “live show” vinyl series

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White Stripes‘ vocalist/guitarist Jack White has been very happy with running his own record label Third Man Records. The label recently released new 7″ 45’s by Wanda Jackson and The Black Belles (both of which I highly recommend), and fans are discovering more as the label expands its roster. All of the releases thus far have been recorded at White’s recording studio in Tennessee, but for a forthcoming series he will be documenting the live experience from different artists.

Everything will be performed live at the studio, and the sessions will be documented on video and later presented on the label’s website. The first session was done yesterday with The Dex Romweber Duo, and those who were in attendance had the option to buy a few songs from that show on exclusive dub plates/acetates. Those will then be pressed up formally and released through the website.

It’s a very punk rock idea, not unlike going to a show, talking with someone from the band and seeing someone silkscreen a T-shirt for you right there. The emphasis of these performances also includes being able to bring in audiences that are 21 and under, so they can have the live in-your-face experience that you can’t get from YouTube or television. The “live show” vinyl series also brings the old school vinyl asthetic to younger audiences who may only know about records second hand, and makes them become a part of the appreciation shared by those at Third Man.

No word on who else will take part in the series, but as soon as news comes in I’ll let you know.

(Mahalo nui to LP Revival for the tip on this story.)

SOME STUFFS: “It Might Get Loud” honors the power and volume of the guitar

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This movie is being described this way:

Rarely can a film penetrate the glamorous surface of rock legends. It Might Get Loud tells the personal stories, in their own words, of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos – The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes). It reveals how each developed his unique sound and style of playing favorite instruments, guitars both found and invented. Concentrating on the artist’s musical rebellion, traveling with him to influential locations, provoking rare discussion as to how and why he writes and plays, this film lets you witness intimate moments and hear new music from each artist. The movie revolves around a day when Jimmy Page, Jack White, and The Edge first met and sat down together to share their stories, teach and play.”

Directed by Davis Guggenheim,, It Might Be Loud will open in NY and LA on August 14th, and in other cities soonafter.