The 10 Best Jack White Songs

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Editor’s note: This list was originally published in 2013, but with the release of the new Dead Weather record, we thought we would revisit one of our favorite lists and modern artists.

When Jack White releases something new, we are sure to break out all the bells and whistles to announce its arrival. Today, we update our best Jack White songs list with the new album and White’s last album in mind. While we certainly love a handful of songs on the new album (“High Ball Stepper”, “Temporary Ground”, “Entitlement”), the fact that we are still relatively new to these songs held them from back from making a stacked list.

So without further ado, the best of Jack White:
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Ty Segall Review: Twins

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Twins 

New album from Ty Segall Twins album cover

Three albums…in one year? Who is this guy? This, my friends, is the garage rock king, Ty Segall.

First came the psychedelic collaboration Hair with Tim Presley of White Fence. Then came the fuzzed out monster with Charlie Moonheart on Slaughterhouse. Now is the official release and new album from Ty Segall himself, Twins.

After listening to the new album, I had to ask myself, “How does he do it?” Not only is he one of the most prolific artists out there, but everything he puts out is just, well…awesome. It’s clear Ty Segall doesn’t sacrifice quality for quantity.

Twins bursts out of the speakers with more of an aggressive kick than it’s predecessor Goodbye Bread, and with much of the scary fuzz heard onSlaughterhouse. As always, its a hodgepodge of styles in three minute bursts, but the album somehow manages to sound like a cohesive unit. His signature mix of garage rock and psychedelia with monster guitars, catchy hooks, and manic tempos are all still there.

The album opens with the throwback sound of “Thank God For Sinners,” and rolls right into the onslaught of pure punk with “You’re The Doctor.” A few songs like “The Hill” and “Handglams” start out  slow, but end up in the same, manic state as the wilder numbers.

“Would You Be My Love” and “Love Fuzz” are both fun numbers that showcase Ty Segall’s mastery of catchy singalongs. He still has his psych roots with a great wah guitar riff on “Who Are You” and the Beatles-esqe “There Is No Tomorrow.”

If Goodbye Bread showed Ty Segall holding back the power of his music, Twins is certainly the opposite. Only the strummer “Gold On The Shore” tones the guitars back, where others like “They Told Me Too” are as loud and crazy as he can possibly get.

Ty Segall has been compared to the late Jay Reatard (RIP) for his prolific output and louder than life sound. Yet where Jay brought aggression, Ty brings enjoyment, and his music is like a wild hippie dance in the middle of a mosh pit. Always loud and proud, and with three albums this year alone, we can be thankful that there is no slowing the king down.

9/11

Can’t Miss: “Thank God For Sinners,” “Ghost,” “They Told Me Too,” “You’re The Doctor.”

Can’t Hit: None.

Dinosaur Jr. Review: I Bet On Sky

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Unlike their species namesake, Dinosaur Jr. survived their age (the garage rock/grunge era) and have even aged nobly with some of their best albums coming this past decade, over 20 years after their debut in 1985. While it definitely isn’t appropriate to compare this crunchy raw garage trio to a fine wine, the better comparison would be fellow nobly aged rock stars Neil Young and Tom Waits. The reason these artists’ music still works well years after they started is their music is raw, honest, and ugly (in a good way) as they sing about being tired and weary – all things people become more and more of as they age, making the music feel truer than ever. One look at J Mascis, the band’s guitarist, singer, and primary songwriter, and there is no doubt the dude fits all those descriptions.  The band’s latest, I Bet On Sky, is more invigorated muscular rock from Dinosaur Jr. that doesn’t quite reach the height of their last couple releases.
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JEFF The Brotherhood Review: Hypnotic Nights

JEFF The Brotherhood

Hypnotic Nights

Hypnotic Nights, new album from Jeff the Brotherhood

After my first listen to JEFF The Brotherhood’s new rocker, Hypnotic Nights, I suddenly had the urge to crack a beer. Or six.

With The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach in the production seat, brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall roll out their best album to date. Hypnotic Nights sees JEFF expanding their signature sound beyond straightforward garage rock and punk. Varied instrumentation, polished recording, catchy hooks, and killer energy make the brothers’ seventh album a must listen.
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Top Ten Thursday: Jack White Out

Top Ten Thursday: Jack White Out

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Continuing our week of unabashed love and adoration for Jack White, we thought what better than to bring an all-Jack list to the masses (or…our friends’ basements), and a day early at that. Our discussions were actually much longer and vicious than our usual list quarrels, really feeling the weight of making such a jam-packed list as this. We discussed a few songs off of Blunderbussmaking the list (primarily “Love Interruption”, “Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy” and “Trash Tongue Talker”) before finally settling on leaving them off, since they have only had a week to sink in, unlike these other songs, which we have loved and rocked out to for years. So without further ado, the best of Jack White:
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Top Ten Thursday: Dynamic Duos

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The week of Valentine’s Day, we did a breakup songs list and nothing else relating to love. This week, we have given off a couples barrage with reviews of Sleigh Bells and Tennis, two duos, and now this list. While most bands are five, the Beatles were the Fab Four, and three is a magic number, two can no doubt still kill it in rock & roll. Here is our top ten musical duos.

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LxListening: Scrappy Little Punk

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If you know me, I don’t exactly exude the punk rock. I hate complaining, and think most people who rebel do it for no good reason. But I believe there is a time for almost every music genre so sometimes I even my pooh bear self gets angsty from time to time. As of late, there has been a bunch of minimalist, noisy punk bands that I really enjoy, so here is a five song playlist to showcase some of my favorites.
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