Capping of a three-day guest run on the Colbert Report (see below), Jack White and Stephen Colbert teamed up once again on Friday to promote Stephen’s new single on Third Man Records, “Charlene II (I’m Over You)” with a special live appearance at the Lot at the Highline (30th Street and 10th Avenue).
Hitting the stage around 12:15pm — the set was extremely short, with Stephen and Jack singing the National Anthem together:
And then Stephen later hitting the stage with the Black Belles to do his soon to be number 1 hit single:
After they did their two songs, Stephen announced that he and Jack would be signing any albums folks bought from the Third Man Rolling Record Store “until as long as it takes — or until we decide to leave.” Hilarious. Was so lucky to be there. They definitely let the good times roll!
I’m sure some of you must’ve been wondering if I’d fallen off the face of the planet and totally forgotten about Jack White now that the White Stripes are dunzo.
No, of course not! But I have to say, with all his little side projects and record label business, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of today’s man in black.
So yes, I have heard the new Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi collaboration, Rome, which features the vocals of one Miss Norah Jones and one Mister Jack White. Yes, some of it does really sound very Broken Bells-ish, but it actually also reminds me a lot of the 1960’s retro sound of Air’s Moon Safari or their work on the Virgin Suicides soundtrack.
Jones singing contributions (as demonstrated on songs like “Black” and “Problem Queen”) are much more grounded than the ethereal vocals of Air’s work and even James Mercer’s work with Broken Bells. Her sounds definitely sound friendlier and more poppy when compared with the tunes where Jack lends his always compelling creepy, shaky, and slightly psychotic sounding voice. Songs sung by Jack, like “The Rose with the Broken Neck” are deliciously dark and sinister sounding.
I recently was reading an article written by my brilliant, beautiful friend Lizzy Goodman for NY Magazine in which three folks (including one Brian Battjer, of I Keep a Diary fame) gave their opinion about Rome, and I was nearly horrified that not one of them picked MY most favorite song off the album as their pick for top tune on the LP!!
Seriously people, Two Against One” (sung by Jack White) is CLEARLY the best song on the record. If you don’t instantly fall in love with this song upon hearing it, then I don’t think we can be friends:
The rushed tempo at the end of the chorus just kills me every time. And of course it’s so perfect that it’s two against one (2 +1 = 3 … Jack’s most favorite number, obvs). The jazzy drum tempo and the ghostly female background vocals just make this tune a freaking slam dunk IMHO.
If you didn’t catch it from last night, the video of White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather front man Jack White and ex-Tonight Show host/new basic cable network star Conan O’Brienperforming on Coco’s new eponymous show on TBS is now up.
The two performed a cover of “Twenty Flight Rock,” which was featured on the LP of “Live at Third Man,” which is issued by Jack’s record label, Third Man Records.
Both were sporting facial hair, which Jack accessorizing his all black ensemble with a little newsboy cap, and Conan had a personalized guitar strap on for their duet:
But the BEST part of the night was that the whole thing was being recorded on a reel to reel tape! Why reel to reel? Because tonight’s performance is going to be pressed into a record that people at the show could buy! Say it with me, party people: HOLY CRAP. What that also meant for the show was that halfway through, Conan & the band had to stop for a few minutes so that the reel could be changed! SO COOL.
In addition to the live LP, Third Man has also just announced that O’Brien recorded a spoken word Green Series 7” to be released by Third Man in the near future.
Shot of Conan onstage:
More bits about the show, there were commemorative t-shirts being sold with the Third Man Records logo men sporting swooshy red hairdos (natch) and “CONAN Third Man Records – June 10 2010” on the back.
The setlist included: “Blue Moon of Kentucky” by Bill Monroe and made popular by Elvis Presley/ “Rock This Town” by the Stray Cats/ “Polk Salad Annie” by Tony Joe White and made popular by Elvis Presley/ “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson/ “Monkey Business” by Skid Row (?) / “King Creole” by Elvis/ “Seven Nation Army” by White Stripes/ “The Weight” by The Band. ENCORE: “20 Flight Rock” by Eddie Cochran/ “40 Days” / “Creep” by Radiohead
Here’s a clip of Jack intro-ing Conan to the stage:
Mark your calendars, The Dead Weather unleash their newest album upon the world on May 11th. But you’ll be able to get a taste of the full album this coming Monday on a Myspace live stream. Begining at 3pm PST/6pm EST on the band’s Myspace page, Jack, Alison, Little Jack, and Dean will perform the album front to back in the live room at the Third Man Records building in downtown Nashville, the same space in which they played their very first show in March 2009 .