VIDEO: White Stripes Perform on Conan O’Brien’s Last Late Night Show

As previously reported, the White Stripes appeared as the final musical guest on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The duo, who previously had not performed live together in years, deviated from their standard set up of guitar and drums and instead Jack and Meg whipped out a pair of guitars to perform a slow, sweet version of “We Are Going to Be Friends.”

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In introducing the band, Conan said he was “personally thrilled” that the group was performing for his last episode on Late Night.

Dressed in the standard color palate of red, white, and black, Jack and Meg stood side by side behind an old fashioned microphone. Jack, clothed in all black, took the lead by playing a white and red acoustic guitar and Meg, who wore a long white and red flower print prairie dress strummed along with an electric guitar using distortion.

As the Stripes sung out the last lines of the tune, “I can tell that we are going to be friends,” both Jack and Meg looked up and sang to one another. At the finish of the song, Conan came over to thank them, and while shaking hands with Jack, he leaned over and said that their performance “meant the world to me.”

Did you see the set? If so, what did you think of the WS reunion?

Missed the spot? Have no fear, the internets is here:

You can watch the entire episode on NBC.com.

CONFIRMED: White Stripes Play Once More for Conan’s Last Show in NYC

You’ve heard the rumors about the White Stripes possibly performing on Conan’s last show as host of Late Night on NBC. The rumors are true! The New York Times reports:

Jack White and Meg White, the rock duo better known as the White Stripes, will reunite to perform on the Feb. 20 broadcast of NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” the band’s publicist said in an e-mail message. The show is Mr. O’Brien’s final episode as host of “Late Night” before Jimmy Fallon, the “Saturday Night Live” star, takes over on March 2; Mr. O’Brien becomes host of NBC’s “Tonight” show on June 1.

Who else is excited?!?!

The last time the duo performed together was in 2007.

This, unlike Ryan’s announcement = GOOD BDAY NEWS.

Jack White and/or The White Stripes on Conan, Feb 20

According to the interwebs, Jack White and/or The White Stripes will be guests on the Late Night with Conan O’Brien show here in NYC. Waiting for confirmation from a more reliable source…

As you may recall, The White Stripes have had a long love affair with Conan, appearing on his show multiple times, and even featuring him in their video for “Denial Twist”:

Thanks to O. for the head’s up.

Meg White’s Drum Kit: $5,100 and Climbing

Just a reminder, Meg White‘s peppermint striped drum kit featured in “The Hardest Button to Button” is currently on auction on eBay as part of the fundraiser for Jim Shaw.

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The current bidding price is $5,100, but the reserve has not been met yet.

According to the latest update on the eBay auction:

“Meg White is offering a personal special gift surprise to the actual winner of the Drum Kit. Also she is stopping by with a signed letter of authenticity. once i receive the letter i will post it to this auction.”

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Meg and Jack White Auction Off Drum Kit for Jim Shaw

This just in, NME reports Jack and Meg White have donated the drum kit used in the White Stripes’ “The Hardest Button to Button” video (directed by Michel Gondry) in order to raise money for Detroit music scene legend Jim Shaw, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

The kit (seen below), which is only being auctioned on eBay in an online store set up in Jim Shaw’s name, will have a view at the silent auction art show at Cpop Gallery in Detroit, MI on Saturday, February 7th, 6-9PM.

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The Jim Shaw Fundraiser will culminate with a movie and music event at the Magic Stick at 8 PM. Bands playing include Meltdowns, Fondas, The Go, Pizazz, Gardens, Human Eye, Space heaters Druid Perfume, Smashed Windows, Greg Cartwright, Dial Tones, Tyvek, Dan Kroha. Tickets are a suggested minimum donation of $10.
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The Greatest Christmas Songs Ever

There are only about 2 and 1/2 weeks until. This makes me sad because there are only 2 and 1/2 more weeks for me to totally indulge in Christmas music. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I became totally obsessed with listening to Christmas music. This year I started listening to yuletide tunes well before Thanksgiving.

Here are the top ten Christmas tracks I’ve been spinning this year:

10. “Christmas Duel” by The Hives and Cyndi Lauper

The Most Attractive Man Alive (aka Pele from the Hives) and Cyndi Effing Lauper did a duet this year in which they list all the naughty, nasty things they’ve done over the last year: Example, sleeping with each other’s sister/brother, marrying drunk, hiring hit men, etc. Chalk another one up for the not safe for kids/family Christmas song play list.

9. “Christmas Song” by The Raveonettes

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Ray LaMontagne’s Got a Crush on Meg White

Reports Rolling Stone:

Singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne has written a sweet love song for the White Stripes’ drummer Meg White. The name of the song? “Meg White.”

The rumor is that Meg loves the song and will be meeting up with LaMontagne at his show in Michigan. Not sure yet if they’ll ride their bikes down to the sea and go down on each other.


Listen to the song right here
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What do you think? Sweet ode or annoying publicity stunt?

Thanks to W for the link.

“Another Way to Die” Music Video Revealed!

The Jack White and Alicia Keys duet is finally revealed in its full form (no thanks to Coca-Cola). The visuals are a little bit “7 Nation Army” + iPod commerical + Justin Timberlake’s “My Love” + Semiconductor‘s “Magnetic Movie”–but the one inescapable image that will forever sear your brain when watching this video is the sight of JACK WHITE PLAYING THE DRUMS.

My heart nearly stopped.

Jack White Unknowningly Gets Coca-Cola Ad Encore

You’ve probably heard about Jack White‘s version of “Another Way to Die” being used in a sad advert for Coke Zero. (Uh… I guess zero calories is supposed to be manly? And sexy? How else could James Bond keep the pounds off, eh?)

Now Jack is letting the world know he’s just a bit more than just disappointed that they’ve gone and used his song for the commercial with a public statement:

Jack White was commissioned by Sony Pictures to write a theme song for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, not for Coca-Cola. Any other use of the song is based on decisions made by others, not by Jack White. We are disappointed that you first heard the song in a co-promotion for Coke Zero, rather than in its entirety.

What do you think Jack objects to the most: 1. Not having full control over the release of his song 2. Not getting the joy of handcrafting another Coca-Cola jingle? As you probably remember, Jack wrote a widely debated tune for a Coca-Cola advert in 2006.

I can think we all agree Jack’s original work with Coca-Cola was visually and conceptually far superior than this tie-in schlock.

UPDATE: As someone mentioned in the comments, I’m sad to say that Nagi Noda, the Japanese director of the Coca-Cola ad, died on September 7th due to complications from an accident she was in earlier this year. The world has lost a truly talented and inspiring individual.