Neil Young and Jack White to perform together for The Tonight Show

Neil Young and Jack White

Neil Young and Jack White are set to perform together on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight.

The pair will chat to Fallon and perform a song from Young’s new covers album A Letter Home on Monday the 12th of May. Jimmy Page and comedian Louis CK will also be making appearances.

Young released A Letter Home on Jack White’s Third Man Records. It features covers of tracks Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Everly Brothers and more. Young recorded the album in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph vinyl recording booth at the Third Man shop in Nashville, Tennessee.

Young’s website describes the record as “…an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever”.

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Jack White reveals ‘Ultra’ vinyl edition of Lazaretto album

Jack White Lazaretto

Jack White has released details of a new ‘Ultra’ vinyl edition of his forthcoming studio album, Lazaretto.

The 180gm vinyl version of the album will feature two hidden tracks situated under the labels on the record, each playing at different speeds, making the album a three-speed affair.

The mix of the album will also be different to the CD and digital editions, and will feature a different running order.

Says White of the release: “While we were mixing the record I started to get ideas about the design of the LP and what we could do differently that hadn’t been done before.” He then demonstrates how Side A of the record plays from the inside out before a locked groove on the outside of the record continually plays.

White explains that his favourite feature of the album is on Side B, where depending on where the needle is dropped, listeners will hear either an acoustic or an electric introduction to the first song. “Both of those intros, acoustic and electric, all come together in the middle of the song and become one groove for the remainder of the song. This is something that’s never been done before,” he says.

In the dead wax of Side A is a hand-etched hologram of an angel by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science. “This is a really beautiful component to the Ultra LP,” says White.

You can watch the full video of White discussing the record with Ben Blackwell of Third Man Records below. Blackwell says of the album that it “has all kinds of tricks and chicanery hidden inside of it.”

Lazaretto is scheduled for release on the 9th of June.

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Jack White delivers ‘world’s fastest released record’

Jack White 2014 Blue RoomJack White made history during this year’s Record Store Day by making the world’s fastest released record.

At 10am on 19th April, White took to the stage in The Blue Room of his Third Man Records complex in Nashville. There he recorded a performance directly to acetate, before the recording was taken to the United Record Pressing Plant in Nashville to be made into a limited edition run of singles.

White stayed on stage after the initial recording, playing tracks from the White Strips back catalogue and new songs from his imminent new solo album, Lazaretto. He then left to go and oversee the pressing of the singles.

3 hours, 55 minutes and 21 seconds later, White returned to Third Man to sell the first copy of the 7″ single via a specially constructed stall outside the store.

“I woke up at about 4 in the morning last night, and I thought, ‘Wow. I think there’s about 12 or 13 things that could really go wrong tomorrow,’ he told a press conference. “I just thought how difficult it would be to explain to people if we didn’t pull it off, so thank God we did.”

“When you just go gangbusters and attack something, it just seems to work out. All the molecules line up or something,” he added.

The Blue Room is thought to be the only live venue in the world where artists can record their shows directly to vinyl acetate.

Jack White played:

‘Lazaretto’
‘The Power Of My Love’
‘Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground’
‘Freedom At 21’
‘Three Women’
‘Weep Themselves to Sleep’ and ‘Love Interruption’
‘Ball And Biscuit’
‘Just One Drink’
‘Hotel Yorba’
‘Would You Fight For My Love’

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Robert Plant, Pixies and Jack White for Glastonbury 2014

Robert Plant Glastonbury 2014
Robert Plant, Pixies, Jack White, Wilko Johnson and The Black Keys are amongst a list of 87 artists who have been confirmed for this year’s Glastonbury festival.

The event takes place between 27th and 29th June, with Arcade Fire confirmed as Friday night headliners, and Kasabian newly announced as Sunday night headliners.

Glastonbury 2014 is officially sold out, but a resale of tickets that have been cancelled or refunded will take place at the end of April. Ticket and coach packages will be up for grabs on 24th April from 7pm, and general admission tickets go on sale on 27th April at 9am. General admission tickets will cost £210 plus a £5 booking fee. In order to buy a resale ticket, prospective festival-goers must have registered with a photo at the Glastonbury See Tickets website by 5pm on 21st April.

The full list of artists that have been confirmed so far is:

Arcade Fire, Special Guests, Kasabian, Dolly Parton, Jack White, Elbow, The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Lily Allen, Lana Del Rey, Skrillex, Pixies, Massive Attack, Disclosure, Paolo Nutini, Manic Street Preachers, MIA, Rudimental, Bryan Ferry, Richie Hawtin, Ed Sheeran, De La Soul, Goldfrapp, London Grammar, MGMT, Jake Bugg, Jurassic 5, Dexys, Above & Beyond, The 1975, Bonobo, Kelis, Blondie, Warpaint, The Wailers, Wilko Johnson, James Blake, Gorgon City, Metronomy, Tinariwen, Chvrches, Little Dragon, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Kodaline, Interpol, Foster the People, Mogwai, Royal Blood, John Grant, Annie Mac, Lil Louis, Daptone Super Soul Revue, John Newman, Chromeo, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Midlake, Angel Haze, Four Tet, ESG, The Sun Ra Arkestra, François Kevorkian, Parquet Courts, Sam Smith, Crystal Fighters, Nitin Sawhney, DJ Pierre, Toumani & Sidiki Diabate, Chance the Rapper, MNEK, Temples, Phosphorescent, Connan Mockasin, Public Service Broadcasting, Courtney Barnett, Gorgon City, Wolf Alice, Radiophonic Workshop, Suzanne Vega, Tune-Yards, Eats Everything, Jamie xx, Ms Dynamite, Breach, Chlöe Howl, Jagwar Ma and Danny Brown.

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