White Stripes First Ever Live Performance Vinyl to Be Released!!

File this under “amazing”:

Vault Package #13 also includes a red vinyl 7″ of the White Stripes first ever live performance recording from an open mic night at the Gold Dollar on July 14, 1997 and a tote bag featuring the iconic peppermint logo.

Relive the memories of Jack and Meg TOGETHER, with this clip from Under the Great White Northern Lights:

Jack White’s Third Man Records Release 1000 Rare Records Into the Wild

This is pretty damn awesome! In anticipation of the April 24 release of Jack White’s debut solo album Blunderbuss (Third Man Records/Columbia), on April 1st Third Man Records tied 1000 flex-disc records containing an unreleased Jack White album track “Freedom at 21” to blue helium balloons and launched them from TMR headquarters in Nashville, TN.

According to the press release, similar balloon launches show a recovery rate of approx. 10%, so probably less than 100 of the 1000 records will actually ever be discovered. But if you do discover one of these balloons, a custom postcard with instructions on how to submit photos, the discovery location, and date are included and will be tracked at http://thirdmanrecords.com/balloon.

Some early reportings in Alabama indicate the winds must’ve been blowing south.

And for those of you worried about these balloons being bad for the environment, the label was sure to use biodegradable latex balloons and all-natural twine in the process.

Happy hunting!

Fat Kid Singing Lady Gaga, Apple to Kill Ticketmaster, and More Things that Were Awesome Today

These things made me smile today:

1. Kid singing “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga

Everyone loves overweight white kids named Timmy wearing Mickey Mouse pajamas in his kitchen sharply snapping along the beat to an a capella version of “Bad Romance”. Oh and did I mention he’s singing into a ripened banana?

The best part? Around 3:10 when Timmy starts stomping in rhythm with the song as he chants “Walk, walk fashion baby/Work it/Move that bitch crazy.” You go girl-er-boyfriend!

SOURCE: Youtube via FREEwilliamsburg

2. Apple Aims to Dethrone Ticketmaster(bastard)

Apple applied for a patent to develop an electronic ticketing system connected to iTunes called “Concert Ticket +” SOURCE: Patently Apple
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Can Krissi Murison Save NME?

To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I looked for a print publication of NME in a magazine store (or the last time I stopped in a magazine shop), but after reading this Guardian interview with new editor Krissi Murison, I have to say I’m a bit intrigued.

Murison, a long-time NME staffer who worked her way up the ranks before leaving for a brief 7-month stint at music director at NYLON magazine in NYC, took the reigns of New Musical Express last June. Last week a new design and direction was revealed for the magazine — with a streamlined logo, a redesign and reorganization of the interior sections, and a more sophisticated, in-depth point-of-view.

Many detractors of the brand have complained that the magazine has increasingly become gossipy, laddish, and guilty of flip-flopping between lauding bands one week and then slamming them the next. Murison intends to bring NME back as a “heavyweight” in terms of reporting and information to its 18- to 24-year-old core readers.

The 28-year-old editor-in-chief has a long road ahead of her, with NME circulation down 24.3% year on year to 48,549 from the June – December time period from last year, and more more more eyeballs shifting from print to online.

What do you think of the revamp of NME? Can it stave off declines in its print numbers or is it a lost cause?

More on NME and Krissi Murison: Guardian style interview, Mediaweek, The Independent, Liverpool Echo

Third Man Records Comes to NYC!

Yet another exciting announcement coming from the Third Man Records camp! They will be taking over a storefront at 131 Chrystie Street (between Broome and Delancey) for a two-day pop-up shop!

The store will only be around on July 16th and 17th, open between 10 AM-6 PM. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up a copy of Horehound — the debut album of The Dead Weather, a member of the Third Man Record’s roster.

Who knows, maybe some of the Dead Weather will stop by to say hello.

So exciting! See y’all there!
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Jack White’s Third Man Records Launches “The Vault”

This just in: Jack White’s Third Man Records has announced their very own social network and subscription service. The basic jist is this- it’s called The Vault and it’s a two tiered subscription service: Premium service is $7 a month and the Platinum membership is $20 a month, both with a minimum of a 3 month signup. Members will have access to presales and exclusive content and merchandise for bands that are on the label (including The White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and The Raconteurs).

Explains Jack in a blog post, “The community we are building here will be like no other you’ve been a part of in regards to music. We hope to have a place where positivity and beauty in music and art can be shared together as a community. A place that has content that you can only see if you truly want to explore the deepest depths of the third man records vault.”

Platinum subscribers who sign up between July 3rd and July 21st will receive a double album of The White Stripes LP Icky Thump. This will be an exclusive never before heard MONO mix of the album on 180 Gram Vinyl, with customized artwork in a gatefold sleeve. In addition to that behemoth, you’ll also receive a 45 of The Dead Weather performing two covers, Pentagrams Forever My Queen and The Downliner Sect’s Outside. This 45 will come with special labels and sleeves that you will only get through the Vault. Last but not least, you’ll get a Third Man Records T-shirt, with a new design that AGAIN you can only get through The Vault service.

There’s a lot of info on the site, so check it out now.

Press release after the jump.
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Third Man Records Grand Store Opening

Jack White’s newest business venture, Third Man Records, will be celebrating Record Store Day this Saturday, April 18th.

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The store, located in Nashville, TN will be selling the Dead Weather’s 7-inch single of “Hang You From the Heavens” as well as “various Third Man-related vinyl and whatever else we find laying around.”

Cash only folks!
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Dear Grammys…

…don’t ever make me watch the Jonas Brothers perform with Stevie Wonder ever again. It’s just too painful.

…watching a uber pregnant M.I.A. perform alongside T.I., Jay-Z, and Lil’ Wayne, was awesome. She is possibly the coolest woman in music EVER.

…make all of Coldplay wear the same purple outfits that Will Champion was wearing.

…keep giving Jennifer Hudson awards for her amazing singing, but make it a stipulation that she’s not allowed to wear outfits that cover her face anymore. (Luckily her makeup was gorgeous.)

Katy Perry should not be allowed to perform anywhere, let alone as Chiquita Banana.

Alison Krauss and Robert Plant doing “Rich Woman” = fantastic. It kinda was like this:

…don’t ever allow Gwyneth Paltrow to present again dressed up as a gold disco ball. Especially when she’s wearing some throwaway shiny tights from some high school cheerleader conference. Especially when she’s salivating over Radiohead. (Are you trying to make her British-obsessed lady boner explode? Granted, it’s hard to say who was more excited, her or her Radiohead-worshiping husband.)

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Trendrr Analysis: Does Vampire Weekend Owe Success to Sweaters?

My friend Mark just started this awesome website called Trendrr.com, which allows you to track and graph all sorts of different data, then slice, dice, and compare your findings at will. Want to track record sales of “Consolers of the Lonely” against the frequency of “internet downloading” on Google News? Just punch in the appropriate keywords and start tracking.

Ever since joining the site I’ve spent hours creating, searching, and viewing my own and other people’s graphs. It sure does make for some fascinating findings. Take for example, my recent comparison of sweater sales on eBay vs blog posts about Vampire Weekend:

Not only is eternally preppy overwear on a greater upswing than Vampire Weekend, it seems like VW might even benefit from the increased awareness of knitted pull-overs in the form of more blog posts. Are the two really related? The world may never know, but it sure is fun finding what other keywords might be tangentially linked to the band.