Rock Turtleneck is gearing up for the release of Jack White III's first solo album Blunderbuss, which comes out next Tuesday, April 24.
To get yourself in the mood, start by reading this fine profile in the New York Times Magazine from a couple weeks ago, which aptly proclaims "Jack White is the coolest, weirdest, savviest rock star of our time." The piece gives a true sense of the man behind the music and is filled with many interesting facts including:
- Jack is the youngest of ten children, and as he says in the White Stripes' best song "Ball and Biscuit," "it's a fact that I'm the seventh son."
- He has taken up welding, on the recommendation of Bob Dylan, who suggested it while the two were sitting on the porch of White's Nashville estate.
- When pre-fame Jack owned an upholstery company in Detroit, the slogan was "Your furniture's not dead." The slogan of his all-vinyl record label Third Man is "Your turntable's not dead." Both companies also have a yellow-and-black color scheme.
- The color scheme of The White Stripes was famously red, white and black, but for Blunderbuss, it's blue and black.
A few weeks back, Rock Turtleneck previewed the first song from Bluderbuss, "Love Interruption," a dry-rubbed slice of Memphis soul.
The follow-up is "Sixteen Saltines," a monolithic slab of riff-rock that masters like White, Jimmy Page, Kurt Cobain or Keith Richards churn out effortlessly yet elude mortal mankind.
I'm not sure what the theme of the "Sixteen Saltines" video is, beyond "disturbing, perhaps even trauma-inducing imagery." But hey, sometimes that's enough.
Pre-order Jack White's Blunderbuss on iTunes here