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Jack White announces solo album, debuts new song 'Love Interruption': Hear it here

We’ve seen Jack White do a lot of things. First came the White Stripes, of course, and then the seemingly endless list of side projects and collaborations, some (the Raconteurs, Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, the Dead Weather, John C. Reilly) better than others (okay, mostly just Insane Clown Posse). We’ve even seen the man take home an elephant head!

This spring, though, we’ll get see him do something new: go solo.

White announced today that he’ll be releasing his solo debut Blunderbuss on April 24 via Third Man Records, the label-record-store-recording-studio he runs out of Nashville.

“I’ve put off making records under my own name for a long time, but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name,” White says of the new album. “These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas.”

And if his album’s very, very good lead single is any indication, Blunderbuss will be worth the wait. Check out the short, strummy “Love Interruption” below:

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Jack White acquires a $12,500 elephant head, drives hard bargains on 'American Pickers': See the clip

Wonder what Jack White’s been up to lately?

As viewers of the History Channel’s American Pickers know, the ex-White Striper, vinyl revitalizer, and  Insane Clown Posse collaborator has been busy bartering for stuffed elephant heads.

The show recently went down to White’s Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville to unload the exotic animal segment, buy some of Jack’s vintage wares, and meet Tempest, the world’s oldest burlesque dancer.

“I really do love animals,” White — whose fourth White Stripes album, as many fans know, bears (ha!) the title Elephant – tells the cameras. “And I love the majesty of taxidermy.”

But does he love its majesty enough to fork over the $12,500 sticker price for a stuffed pachyderm, or will he be able to wheel and deal his way to a lower price? READ FULL STORY

Actor John C. Reilly sings! Hear his Jack White-produced single here -- EXCLUSIVE

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John C. Reilly, best known for his roles in movies ranging from Boogie Nights to Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, is not exactly a stranger to singing.

After all, the man did duet with Jack Black and Will Ferrell at the Academy Awards, earned his own Oscar nod for a bittersweet musical performance in Chicago, and of course, Walked Hard as the star of a fictional biopic on hard-livin’ country star Dewey Cox.

Now though, he’s going full-on legit with the release of two official singles via Third Man Records, the Nashville label headed by Jack White, who also produced both tracks.

The first, a cover of the Delmore Brothers “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar,” featuring Tom Brosseau, can be found streaming on Brosseau’s website, but you’ll only find his collaboration with Becky Stark (a.k.a. the songstress who fronts L.A. flashback-folk outfit Lavender Diamond, pictured with Reilly above) here.

Stream their version of Ray Price’s “I’ll Be There If You Ever Want,” below, and find this song and the pair’s take on the Dolly Parton/Porter Wagoner duet “I’m Making Plans,” simultaneously on iTunes and on vinyl (dude, what did you expect? It’s Jack “Señor Analog” White) on Nov. 29: READ FULL STORY

Who is the greatest guitarist of all time? Prepare to be unsurprised!

For decades, the question of who exactly is the greatest guitarist of all-time has occupied countless music fans — if not drummers, like myself, who are usually too exhausted from doing all the real work to debate such an inconsequential matter.

Regardless, Rolling Stone has just released a new list which ranks history’s top 100 fretmeisters and which was voted on by a veritable army of guitarists including Billy Corgan, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Ritchie Blackmore, Mick Mars, Robbie Robertson, Melissa Etheridge, and Kirk Hammett.

The list is packed with what can only be described as the usual, legendary, suspects. Jimi Hendrix tops the 100 and he is very much not the only featured musician currently jamming at the great gig in the sky.

Indeed, while such young-ish turks as Slash, Jack White, Derek Trucks, and Radiohead‘s Jonny Greeenwood are included, the entire top ten is made up of either the deceased or guitarists who, with the arguable exception of Jeff Beck, haven’t recorded anything of real note in a long time.

Take a look at the list yourself by clicking here and tell us what you think. Does the 100 merely reflect the electorate’s own often very “venerable” nature or is the golden age of the great, innovative, guitar hero now just a distant memory? And who is your pick for the best guitarist of all-time?

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Jack White, Depeche Mode, Patti Smith to cover U2's 'Achtung Baby'

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Et tu, Achtung?

These days, you can’t throw a John Fluevog boot without hitting a ’90s tribute album.

Spin recently got indie-rockers including Surfer Blood and Jeff the Brotherhood to make a pretty good one with Newermind, a Nirvana tribute released on the 20th anniversary of Nevermind. Stereogum.com has done the same for Radiohead’s OK Computer, Bjork’s Post, and R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People.

And today, Bono confirmed that Jack White, Patti Smith, Depeche Mode, Damien Rice and others will cover songs from U2′s Achtung Baby for an album commissioned by the U.K. rock magazine Q.

White, who played with U2′s the Edge in the documentary It Might Get Loud, has chosen “Love Is Blindness.” Smith’s claiming “Until the End of the World.” Depeche Mode will cover “So Cruel.” And Rice will play “One,” a song he once performed in a busking duet with Bono.

The rest of the lineup hasn’t been announced, nor has the release date. But maybe U2 should add Coldplay to that list? We all know how much Bono loves Chris Martin.

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Jack White, Insane Clown Posse, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart walk into a bar... No really, it's actually happening

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That sounds like the beginning to a filthy joke about powdered wigs and Faygo, but those three parties are actually getting together for what should be a wild collaboration.

According to the greatest press release ever written by a human, band collector/empire runner Jack White will be producing a new version of a forgotten Mozart ditty called “Leck Mich Im Arsch” (which apparently translates to “Lick Me in the A–” — as Amadeus proved, Wolfie adored a good bawdy joke). To execute the song, White has called on fellow Detroit natives Insane Clown Posse to add new lyrics to the melody that will be played by Nashville garage-metallers JEFF the Brotherhood.

The track will be available on September 13 both digitally and as a seven inch single (it wouldn’t be a White production without some level of vinyl scarcity). The b-side will be a song called “Mountain Girl,” which is apparently an ICP rap about a shotgun wedding and meth addiction.

We haven’t heard the song yet (there is some sort of small preview here), but obviously it’s one of the most awesomely unusual tag-teams to come up in a while. UPDATE: OH WOW.

Then again, considering Alice Cooper is working with Ke$ha and Kid Rock has teamed up with just about everybody, maybe slightly crazy people from Detroit are destined to work in unusual pairings.

Readers, what do you think?

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Bob Dylan, Jack White, Norah Jones recording lost Hank Williams songs

Bob Dylan, Jack White, Norah Jones recording lost Hank Williams songs

You can’t stop Bob Dylan. The seemingly indestructible 70-year-old force still puts out albums (his last was 2009′s Together Through Life) and still tours constantly, despite the fact that he turned 70 this year.

For his next trick, Dylan is partnering with the Country Music Hall of Fame to release The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams on his own Egyptian Records.

The album will feature never-recorded lyrics written by country legend Williams set to new music care of the likes of Jack White, Norah Jones, Alan Jackson, Jakob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, and Dylan himself.

The album, which coincides with the closing of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s exhibit on the Williams family’s impact (it shuts down at the end of the year), will be available on October 4. READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert debuts 'Charlene II (I'm Over You),' drops single on iTunes

All this week, Stephen Colbert has been presenting music-themed editions of The Colbert Report in a series he dubbed “StePhest ColbChella,” featuring a number of great performances and a multi-part package about his visit to Jack White’s Third Man Studios in Nashville.

On Thursday night, the series concluded with Colbert’s performance of “Charlene II (I’m Over You),” the sequel to the stalkeriffic song the host first delivered in 2006. He was backed by the Black Belles, a mysteriously well-dressed goth garage group also signed to White’s record label.

In fact, Colbert is now an official member of the Third Man roster—”Charlene II (I’m Over You)” is currently available on iTunes and can also be purchased on vinyl. Check out Colbert’s live run through “Charlene II (I’m Over You)” after the jump.

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Jack White Q&A: He talks to EW about life after the White Stripes, becoming a mogul (or not), and more

With the White Stripes officially retired, Jack White could spend his days having cocktails on his tropical lanai if he wanted to. But he is, famously, not that kind of guy.

Instead, he’s running a musical empire in his adopted hometown of Nashville, keeping his hands in two well-established bands (Raconteurs and the Dead Weather), and taking his Rolling Record Store, which he debuted at this year’s SXSW, on the road — while also raising a family and proselytizing for vinyl nearly full-time. EW catches up with him below.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Now that the White Stripes are done, you actually seem more busy than before.
JACK WHITE:
Younger musicians might look at someone who’s quote-unquote “made it,” and think well, that’s it, they won the lottery now they can do whatever they want, and that means go to the Bahamas and just party all the time. But my opinion has always been if you call yourself an artist, you have a responsibility to that liberty that you’ve given yourself.  You don’t have a day job where you work 9 to 5 at a factory because you’re an artist? Well, okay, well then you better make some art. That doesn’t mean you can sit around all day and do nothing. That’s the way I treat myself, and those are the artists I respect who do that. And it doesn’t have anything to do with being a workaholic or anything like that; it’s about creating all the time, because that’s what you can’t help but do.

You have built up sort of a sovereign Third Man nation down in Nashville…
We have a live venue, which is the only live venue in the world where you can record on analog tape in front of an audience and it comes out on vinyl four weeks later. There’s gonna be a lot of special shows on Record Store Day I can’t tell you about yet — I did one with [rockabilly legend] Wanda Jackson. Everyone’s playing there, it’s great for up-and-coming punk bands and all that.

If you’re a producer and a label-runner, does that mean there will there be less music-making for you? READ FULL STORY

Conan O'Brien releasing two records. On vinyl. Featuring Frankenstein and rockabilly. Naturally.

Just as anticipation for his impending TBS talk show is beginning to ramp up, Conan O’Brien will release two records on independent label Third Man. And They Call Me Mad? will be released digitally and as a 7-inch vinyl record, the A side featuring O’Brien’s spoken word take on the story of Frankenstein, and the B side an interview with Third Man Records’ founder, Jack White. It’s available for pre-order at Third Man’s website, and will ship Aug. 24.

O’Brien recorded the album, Conan O’Brien Live at Third Man, with The Legally Prohibited Band on June 10, 2010, at Third Man Records in Nashville. Featuring rock and rockabilly, with White and 7 Nation Army playing on the song “20 Flight Rock,” the 12-inch vinyl is already available at the Third Man website.

Both recordings will reportedly be available on iTunes “early next week.”

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