Jack White’s Detroit Matinee Show is Tomorrow! 5/24/12

Last Year I was lucky enough to photograph Jack White three times!

Voodoo Fest in New Orleans: http://www.noizenews.com/archives/3183

MI Fest: http://www.noizenews.com/archives/1665

Orlando Calling: http://www.noizenews.com/archives/4493

Also, I took some great pics of Jack’s “The Black Belles”: http://www.noizenews.com/archives/1751

 

Photo of drummer Daru Jones

Pastries (Luna Bakery, Southwest Detroit)Jack picked out for the fans who waited in line for tickets for tomorrow’s matinee show.

What do The Dirtbombs and Jack White have in Common? Ben Blackwell!

Ben Blackwell is the nephew of Jack White and one of two drummers for The Dirtbombs. He also is in charge of vinyl production for Third Man Records. Furthermore, Ben is as an accomplished writer and creator of Cass Records. Check out these two videos of Ben discussing some of the creative items Third Man Records is releasing for Record Store Day. The liquid record=WOW!

A few recent photo I took of Ben at the Metro Times Blowout during his performance with The Dirtbombs

D-PAN Creates a Unique Video for The White Stripe’s Song “We’re Going To Be Friends”

D-PAN, the Deaf Professional Arts Network created this video set to The White Stripe’s song “We’re Going To Be Friends.” I love the ‘lil boy in the glasses! Also, this is my favorite White Stripes song. Very heartwarming!

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White Stripes “We’re Going To Be Friends”
www.thirdmanrecords.com
Produced by D-PAN, the Deaf Professional Arts Network
American Sign Language Direction by Ronald Dans
Directed by Nicholas Hill of Lucky Airlines

A Closer Look at Jack White’s Third Man Records (Photos of Orlando Calling, Commentary, and Recommendations)

Jack White III grew up in Southwest Detroit as one of ten children. He flirted with the idea of life careers in priesthood and upholstery, but instead became the frontman for The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather. He has also created the most innovative record label that is doing great things for music.

Third Man Records was originally created in Detroit in 2001, but didn’t have a physical location until 2009 in Nashville, TN. The location offers a record store, a record label, photo studio, dark room. recording booth, production office, distribution center and a performance space. When talented artists are passing through Nashville, Jack White invites them to perform at Third Man Records.  7″ or 12″ records are then printed, pressed and then released in a matter of weeks. The result is that Third Man Records has an ever-growing collection of a diverse catalog of music from highly talented artists. Third Man Records also created the Rolling Record Store truck that offers unique and rare offerings to fans who are lucky enough to be in the same location as the touring truck.

Back when Jack White started his own upholstery business, the color scheme was black and yellow and was called “Third Man Upholstery.” Jack White has been said to have a preference for the number three. Today Third Man Records is also also marketed in black and yellow. In fact, Jack White’s distinct and artistic style are imprinted everywhere from the marketing of the business, the chosen artists, and the unique goodies offered such as stylized record cases. There is nothing like it anywhere! Jack White has impeccable taste and is an accomplished artist. For those that dig his style, we can’t wait to see which artists he will work with next. So Jack, if you should read this-Noize is hoping for: 1. Justin Townes Earle 2. Conor Oberst 3. Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra 4. ANR 5. Manu Chao

Some of our recommended purchases from www.thirdmanrecords.com are:

Third Man Records Portable Record Player

BLACK MILK Pak

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD Pak

THE RACONTEURS – Live in London (12″ VINYL)

Price: VAULT MEMBERS ONLY – NOT FOR SALE

BLUE SERIES “Singers and bands that are traveling through Nashville, are invited to stop by to record one or two songs at Third Man Studio to be produced by Jack White.  The songs are then, as soon as possible, made available on 7” vinyl and digitally on itunes. The cover photos are taken in third man’s “blue room” photo studio/live venue. “

Third Man Records LP Carrier Case

THE BLACK BELLES – SELF-TITLED (12″ Vinyl or CD)

PHOTOS OF JACK WHITE FROM THE RACONTEURS PERFORMANCE IN ORLANDO CALLING

Check out our photos from the MI FEST performance here: http://www.noizenews.com/archives/1665

Check out our photos from the VOODOO FEST performance in New Orleans here: http://www.noizenews.com/archives/3183

 

The Raconteurs at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans (Photos, Setlist & Concert Review)

Members: Jack White, Jack Lawrence,Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler

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Voodoo Fest was wise to have The Raconteurs close out the main stage, because their performance was the best of the weekend. During the show, Jack White remarked that he had been in Detroit the day before and that his hometown, New Orleans, and Memphis all had the same kind of vibe. After “Rich Kid Blues” Jack silenced the crowd with a dark, dirty, ever-so-slow guitar solo preceding “Blue Veins” that showed the mesmerized crowd that he was indeed a true original. During his solo, his head tilted slightly and a small smile crept across his face as if he was thinking to himself, “Yeah, this is exactly how I wanted this to sound.” It was a spectacular moment. Brendan Benson was another standout of the night because his voice sounded especially strong and earnest. Benson was dressed to the nines in colorful velvet. It’s always a treat to watch Brendan and Jack interact because their long-term friendship brings warmth to their stage show.

Music fans who haven’t visited www.thirdmanrecords.com (Jack’s label) need to head over there and check out the vast amount of musical projects Jack in involved with. The Third Man Records Store has an amazing selection of vinyl from the growing list of artists that Third Man Records is working with such as Black Milk, the Black Belles, and JEFF the Brotherhood.

SETLIST
Consoler of the Lonely
Hands
Level
Old Enough
Top Yourself
You Don’t Understand Me
Many Shades of Black
The Switch and the Spur
Together
Intimate Secretary
Broken Boy Soldier
Rich Kid Blues (Terry Reid cover)
Blue Veins
Encore
Salute Your Solution
Steady, As She Goes
Carolina Drama

PHOTOS
Stage Setup and Soundcheck

For the hardcore La Raconteurs fans: Here are some pictures from MI Fest on September 17th in Brooklyn, MI.

The Raconteurs @ MI Fest 9/17/2011 (Photos)

To put it simply, The Raconteurs shined on the night of the first MI Fest. What a lucky crowd of people we were that night to witness the re-awakening of a band of paramount importance. Enjoy the pictures!

Setlist

Consoler of the Lonely
Salute Your Solution
You Don’t Understand Me
Top Yourself
Old Enough
Level
Many Shades of Black
Intimate Secretary
The Switch and the Spur
Broken Boy Soldier
Blue Veins

Steady, As She Goes
Hands
Carolina Drama

Shooting Notes: (For the photography lovers!) I used a 24-70mm f/2.8. The challenging part of this shoot was that the stage was pretty high up so we were shooting at tricky angles. By “we” I mean I mean approximately 15-20 photogs and the VIP peeps (20) hanging out front and center. It was a crowded pit, but in a strange way it added to the exhilaration of the moment. It was a big performance and it seemed fitting to be surrounded by a lot of people. Although one of my favorite things to do when shooting a show is to block out the audience and pretend I’m at my own personal concert ha! This pit got a lil rough with all the photogs jockeying for their spots with big telephotos. It reminded me a little bit of gentle boxing out during basketball free throws. Again, I liked that element because it added some excitement to the challenge of getting the shot. The lighting was decent.

The Black Belles @ MI Fest (Photos & Review)

The Black Belles could be seen throughout the day checking out different performances at MI Fest. Meanwhile many festival attendees had the Black Belles slated as one of the top new groups that they wanted to see at the festival. Jack White discovered the group and is helping them to make their presence known with the release of an album in November. Smart move Jack! The girls impressed the crowd with their modern blend of grunge and soul. Photographing them was a blast with their striking good looks and strong stage presence. Check out the photos…
The Black Belles

Photos of the Moment: The Third Man Rolling Record Store!

It’s been a week since MI fest and I’m still reflecting on the great mix of music that I heard. The Third Man Records Rolling Record Store was another great part of the MI Fest experience. It’s hard to imagine that one little ‘ol truck can bring about such excitement but it was the first thing I looked for upon entering the MI Fest grounds. One of the cool things that Third Man Records is doing is inviting selected artists that are traveling through Nashville to stop at Third Man Studio and record a single which is then made available on 7″ vinyl. All of these singles and more were available for purchase at the truck. Sure, I could have ordered online from Third Man Records, but there was just something about standing in line with fellow music lovers in order to buy goods transported directly from Jack White’s own label and studio.
“TEA PARTY CRASHIN’
VINYL RECORD SMASHIN’
CHROME WHELL FLASHIN’
BRICK AND MORTAR ROLLIN’
NEEDLE THUMB SWOLLEN
ONLY RECORD SHOP ON WHEELS”
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Pujol @ MI Fest (Photos)

Puhol, another one to watch from Third Man Records, describes his music as “Southern Gothic Rock.” The label’s site has an amusing bio well worth sharing…

“Pujol was raised in Tullahoma, TN where he lived in a haunted house which sat one block away from the wrong side of the tracks.  He spent his formative years scribbling on walls, shredding behind closed doors, and riding around in cars with older kids.  He took his first communion at 13 and secretly drank his first beer shortly thereafter in St. Cecilia’s bathroom, emerging an identity-inclusive Peter Panentheist.

When asked at the tender age of 4 what he wanted to be when he grew up, he responded, “Naked.”  While Pujol has yet to achieve this particular goal he has made good on several other promises, becoming an accomplished musician, author, and songwriter.  He has even dabbled in theatre, playing The Robot in a high school production of The Canterbury Tales. He is also a prominent social critic, shreditorialist, unlicensed metaphysician, and polymathmagician. Some journalists have called Pujol the Philosopher King of the Nashville scene, and while he shies away from such lofty titles and burning windmills, he totally digs the literary allusion, as does his moms.”

Pujol’s performance at MI Fest showed that he has a style all of his own and that great things are in the works for this quirky virtuoso. Pujol