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You should be listening to The Raconteurs!

The Raconteurs are supplementary proof of Jack White’s (The White Stripes, Dead Weather) musical brilliance, greatness, importance, etc…Formed in Detroit, Michigan (picture my surprised face) and featuring members of assorted other bands such as Jack Lawrence (The Greenhornes, Blanche), Patrick Keeler (The Greenhornes), and Brendan Benson.  The group actually began as a duo (Jack and Brendan) recording one song and then morphed into a four piece band and an album worth of material.

Their debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers, was released in 2006 and was nominated for two Grammys: Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals for “Steady as She Goes”.  In 2008 they released their follow up Consolers of the Lonely.

Due in large part to Jack’s already impressive musical profile, they quickly hit the festival scene and played, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Austin City Limits Music Festival, and Lollapalooza.  They also opened for Bob Dylan on part of his U.S. tour. 

The Raconteurs Discography:

  • Broken Boy Soldiers
  • Consolers of the Lonely

Top 5 Songs by The Raconteurs:

  1. Steady As She Goes (Broken Boy Soldiers)
  2. Broken Boy Solider (Broken Boy Soldiers)
  3. Salute Your Solutions (Consolers of the Lonely)
  4. Many Shades of Black (Consolers of the Lonely)
  5. Hands (Broken Boy Soldiers)

I was fortunate enough to catch them in Austin in 2006 and thoroughly enjoyed the show.  I’ve seen them twice and also caught Jack White’s other love child The Dead Weather as well.  I’m beginning to think that Jack cannot focus on one thing for too long.  And for that, Jack, I thank you!

Check out The Raconteurs at www.theraconteurs.com

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Great music awaits!


You should be listening to The White Stripes!

The White Stripes is the formidable rock duo that hails from Detroit.  Anchored in Meg White’s skillful percussions and Jack White’s bluesy, rocking guitar and ever-changing, expressive vocals the White Stripe are everything that is right with the minimalist approach to music.  Formed in 1997 and claiming to be siblings, when in fact they were married, Jack and Meg White incorporated their musical interests of rock, folk, blues, and punk and added a red and white color scheme to their clothes and album art and the White Stripes were born.

The self titled debut album was released in 1999 on the heels of successful tours with Pavement and Sleater-Kinney.  Their sophomore album De Stijl was released in 2000 but it was the release of 2001 White Blood Cells that really established the White Stripes in the music world.  With the release of 2003’s Elephant came more critical acclaim as well as platinum sales.  Elephant spawned the awesomely bombastic single “Seven Nation Army”. 

In 2005 they released Get Behind Me Satan which had been written and recorded in two weeks.  Later that year, Jack White formed The Raconteurs, which would become one of his many side projects (check out The Dead Weather), with Brendan Benson, jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler.  Much of 2006 was spent touring in support of the band’s debut album Broken Boy Soldier.  I saw The Raconteurs at ACL in 2006 which furthered my musical appreciation of the greatness that is Jack White.

In 2007 The White Strips released yet another commercially and critically successful yet oddly titled album Icky Thump.  It won a Grammy and was recorded in three weeks.  Hey Mr. Rose, you might want to get with Jack if you ever decided to release another album in your or more importantly, my life time.  In late 2007 Meg White suffered severe anxiety attacks that caused the cancellation of 18 tour dates and have not performed live since, with the exception of the final episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien on Feb. 20th, 2009.

White Stripes Discography:

  • The White Strips
  • De Stijl
  • White Blood Cells
  • Elephant
  • Get Behind Me Satan
  • Icky Thump

Top 5 White Stripes Songs

  1. Seven Nation Army (Elephant)
  2. Fell In Love with a Girl (White Blood Cells)
  3. Blue Orchid (Get Behind Me Satan)
  4. We’re Going To Be Friends (White Blood Cells)
  5. You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Do As You’re Told)

With a sound that is deeply rooted in the blues and early punk, and stark, basic instrumentation, The White Stripes are a minimalistic group that has been a massive force with a low-fi sound.  Their music, both live and recorded, centers on the number three.  Whether it is vocals, percussion, and guitar, or piano, guitars, and vocals, three is their perfect number.

Check out The White Strips at www.whitestripes.net

The White Stripes’ music is available at iTunes, music stores, and www.whitestripes.net.

Great music awaits!


25 albums you should own!

Over time, there have many great musical artists and from each artist comes an assortment of songs that become an album. In theory the sum of an album should be equal or greater than its parts (songs).  If only this were true.  Today, with streaming audio, and the ability to buy/download single songs, the allure and importance of the album has waned.  Artists might release several EP’s before they release a full length album. 

Growing up, I had to roll the dice and hope that each album I saved for would be as good as the song I heard on the radio.  Sadly, that was not always the case.  Domo arigato Mr. Roboto!

However, some artists do indeed get it right and below is a list of 25 albums you might not know but you should own.  This collection does not include live albums or greatest hits. 

Also, I do not include any type of review for the below artists/albums.  This is in an effort to allow you to form you own opinion, keep the blog reading to an acceptable time, and selfishly save me time writing the blog itself. 

Twenty Five albums you should own! (In no particular order):

Artist Album
Alexi Murdoch Time Without Consequences
Animal Liberation Orchestra Fly Between Falls
Arcade Fire Funeral
Ben Harper Welcome to the Cruel World
The Black Keys Attack and Release
Citizen Cope   The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
Chris Whitley Living with the Law
The Dead Weather Horehound
Drive-By Truckers Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Jason Isbell Sirens of the Ditch
Jeffrey Foucault Stripping Cane
John Butler Trio Sunrise Over Sea
Joseph Arthur Come To Where I’m From
My Morning Jacket The Tennessee Fire
A Perfect Circle Mer De Noms
The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers
Slaid Cleaves Broke Down
Tom Petty She’s the One
The Tragically Hip Fully Completely
Joe Purdy Only Four Seasons
Son Volt Trace
Neko Case Middle Cyclone
Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days

 Great music awaits!