I know I’ve been lacking on updates since I wasn’t feeling so hot, so I’m hoping to get all this down really quickly–just the highlights. As far as I know, the only Jack White related things I’ve failed to write about so far is that The Raconteurs have a new Blair Witch-esque creepy video for “Steady as She Goes” (why ARE the cows running?) and the Jack White vs. Billy Childish war of words has gotten totally touchy.
It was reported last week that Steve Lowe of the Aquarium Gallery (who represent Childish) had created a mock boxing match poster cartoonishly depicting Jack and Billy getting ready to slug it out that the gallery began selling on auction site eBay. White’s lawyers put a prompt stop to the sale of the poster citing that the image was an intellectual copyright infringement due to the usage of Jack White’s likeness–which was taken directly from a White Stripes press photograph taken by Patrick Keeler…who happens to be in The Greenhornes, and on the payroll as drummer of The Raconteurs.
In any case, Lowe removed the auction only to set a new one up with a modified image of the poster (below). Now where a photo of Jack White’s face once was there is now a rudimentary artist’s rendering of the Striped One. So now if you win the auction of the new poster, you also get a version of the original. The current bid is at 50GBP and bidding ends on March 22nd.
The gallery is saying that half the money will go to Billy Childish, and the other half will be “converted into gold,” and stuck in a pot for Jack White to come and collect “whenever he’s next in London.”
Well! As it just so happens, Jack will be in London on March 23, playing the Astoria with The Raconteurs in their very first live tour. I’m sure some cheeky bugger from NME will try to ask him about this whole thing, so I doubt this is the last we’re hearing about this whole bizness.
But here’s some good news, you can check out the designs for the upcoming 4-city Raconteurs shows in the UK over at Animal Rummy. They very much follow the whole black and green, 80s/ Atari/ Video game vibe that can be found on the Raconteurs’ official Web site.
Also the Raconteurs will play August 4th at Lollapalooza in IL.
Photographer and video director (“Blue Orchid” by the White Stripes) Floria Sigismondi talks to Cool Hunting about her creative process. She has also worked with bands like Interpol and Sigur Ros.
WATCH: Flora Sigismondi interview
Check out the video for Jenny Lewis‘s song “Rise Up with Fists” that borrows the “Hee Haw” tv show format and features comedian Sarah Silverman as the hammy host.
WATCH: “Rise Up with Fists” by Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
(Source via Between Thought and Expression)
Related links: My Jenny Lewis photos from her show in NYC.
Check out the video for the oh-so-croon-y song “Minor Detail” off of Sondre Lerche‘s new album.
And another reminder, he’ll be playing a special benefit show for Housing Works on March 10th with Paul Brill. Tickets ($25) available now.
WATCH: “Minor Detail” by Sondre Lerche
I mean like now. Have you seen the ridiculous new Pepsi commercials featuring Jimmy Fallon and Parker Posey dancing around like a bunch of cracked-out monkeys in the West Village? Who the hell directed it? I can’t find any info.
Maybe it was that same directing team that ripped off the Postal Service video because when I saw the Pepsi bit I immediately thought of the “How They Get There” short directed by Spike Jonze–which is far more funnier and creative.
Also, can someone tell me why in the world Parker is dressed in my granny’s clothing?
Well, I’m sure his fans are psyched.
WATCH: “Spontaneous Combustion” Pepsi Ad featuring Jimmy Fallon and Parker Posey
WATCH: “How They Get There” by Spike Jonze
Ok, I’m being a little bit dramatic here, but you mark my words, this is only the begining. Pretty Girls Make Graves, Matador Records, and YouTube are having a contest. They want you (yes, you) to go out and make a video for the song “Nocturnal House” off their upcoming album Elan Vital and the winner gets 1k and a trip to NYC to see the band play.
Let your creativity run wild! As long as you are a US resident.
Where else could you see hundreds of kids joyously clapping their hands while singing “I need a gun to keep myself from harm” besides at last week’s 2006 Brit Awards?
Hopefully nowhere else, because that would just be creepy.
WATCH: “Dirty Harry” performed live by childen on behalf of Gorillaz
Also Madonna won the “Best International Female” even though no one is entirely sure if she’s still American and Coldplay insist they are going away for a “very long time.”
WATCH: Madonna and Coldplay accepting their individual awards.
Kelly Clarkson played the awards show as well doing her same old “barefoot and singing in the crowd” screamo version of “Since U Been Gone” that she already did for the MTV VMAs in 2005. Even down to her shouting “JUMP!” before the first instance of the chorus.
WATCH: “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson at the 2006 Brit Awards
WATCH: “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson at the 2005 Video Music Awards
And for good measure, the retardedly hilarious/mortifying “My Own” Kelly Clarkson:
WATCH: “My Own” Kelly Clarkson: Part 1, 2, 3
And of course the most unexpected speech of the evening, We Are Scientists lead singer, the super-cute Keith Murray accepts the Arctic Monkeys’ award for “Best British Breakthrough Act.” Hahah. Both the Monkeys and the Scientists were playing the NME Shockwaves Tour when the speech was recorded, and no one filming seemed to notice that Keith clearly has an American accent.
WATCH: Keith Murray accepting the Arctic Monkeys’ “Best British Breakthrough Act” Award.
(Source: Gorillaz link from MP)
The video for “Gold Lion” is now available on the official YYYs Web site as well as streaming from AOL Music.
It features Brian, Karen, and Nick playing and singing in a dusty and dirty desert wasteland where the only source of light comes from a fire being fueled by drumsticks and broken guitars. It’s creepy, ominous, and larger than life–a perfect match for this tremendous-sounding song. Also feature Karen wearing a gold lame dress. Hot!
(Source: Thanks to Henry for the link to AOL!)
The Strokes‘ new video for “Heart In a Cage” premieres tomorrow on Yahoo! Music. Or you could just watch it now. You know, whatever:
DOWNLOAD: “Heart In a Cage” video by The Strokes
(Thanks A.T. for the link!)
I have absolutely no idea what the premise of the Strokes’s “Heart In a Cage” video is, but all’s I know is that there’s a picture from the video shoot in which Julian Casablancas appears to be fully-dressed, but sopping wet. Awww yeah. See more here. Link from Tess.