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:
Continue reading “The 10 Best Jack White Songs”
In honor of the Divine Fits album dropping next week we decided to craft a list of the top 10 supergroups to form throughout the years. What makes a supergroup is a little hard to define, so we decided to create just a few quick guidelines when discussing various groups eligibility for the list. First, the group must consist of 3+ members, and those members must have had a previous notable project prior to the formation of the group. This eliminates The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye) and other notable duo collaborations. In addition, the supergroup must have released a studio album, and not just performed together live and/or released solely live recordings. We also eliminated outfits that might be termed more of a “collective” with a lot of rotating members (i.e. Broken Social Scene, New Pornographers), which made it ambiguous to determine the mindset of actually forming a cohesive group. That is pretty much it.
With those guidelines, the stable of supergroups was a little thinner than we thought going into making this list. Not many of the groups have even released more than one successful album. Supergroups often burn hot but also burn very quickly. Another issue we noticed is that when bringing together several ultra-influential members from disparate groups it appears difficult to gain a cohesive focus on the project at hand. Often, the members seem either too overbearing when all combined, or sometimes too passive. Either way, all the groups below have had some measure of success when combining their collective powers. Enjoy, and as always let us know what we overlooked, missed, or overstepped our bounds.
Continue reading “Top Ten Thursday: Super Supergroups”
Top Ten Thursday: Jack White Out
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:
Continue reading “Top Ten Thursday: Jack White Out”
As a head of three major rock outfits (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather) and a long-time favorite all three of LxL’s constituents, Jack White (and his debut solo album Blunderbuss) is a natural to get our three-way review royale treatment. As arguably the most hyped release of 2012, the amount of discussion and hype surrounding an album such as this often gets so bloated that the album itself turns out to be a bit of a disappointment, and I will say that upon first listen I thought that may have been the case. But Blunderbuss is not the sort of album that hits you over the head the first time you hear it (even if “Sixteen Saltines” does), but slowly crawls its way into your head and heart.
Continue reading “Jack White Review Royale: Total Blunderbliss”
A week ago yeserday, I went into work thinking it was going to be a normal day. It was for a company that I have done a lot of freelance work for, and it seemed like the run-of-the-mill, somewhat-routine pre-production day that they had called me in for. They were doing a shoot for Motorola, and they needed some hands preparing for it. Well sometime shortly after lunch that day, I was informed that I had just been hired on to travel with them to finish out the shoot and that I’d be leaving the next day. So I hurried home, packed a bag, and was off the next day. First stop was San Francisco, then to (Hot)lanta, then to Phoenix, then back to LA. Due to the short notice of the scheduling, we had to produce each shoot the day before it took place. This led to extremely long work days, very little sleep, lots of moving around, heavy stress, and tons of music. Overall, it was one of the better weeks of my life, especially in terms of work and/or my “professional” career. In some ways however, it was all I could do to just maintain my sanity. This is how it went down from my playlists perspective:
Continue reading “LxListening: One Helluva Week”
We here at LxL all have a special affinity for Jack White. Let’s be honest, if you like music, you probably do too. He wears so many different hats that it would be hard not to please someone, somewhere down the line. Whether it is the grungy blues of what was The White Stripes, the poppy guitar-driven melodies of The Raconteurs, the hard-hitting force of The Dead Weather, or playing along for country legend Wanda Jackson, almost everyone can connect with Jack somewhere along the lines.
Continue reading “Excited About Jack: A Pre-Review”