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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.


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.
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.”

Jack White performs Beatles song at White House for Paul McCartney, Obama: Watch it here

jack-whiteImage Credit: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage.comStanding in front of the leader of the free world and perhaps the greatest living pop icon in the world, performing one of said icon’s own songs? NBD, dudes.

It’s been a long road for Mr. Jack White from Hotel Yorba to the White House, but the White Stripes frontman/Raconteur/Dead Weather-er/hair artiste keeps his wits about him—while seeming appropriately subdued—in a performance of the 1968 Lennon/MccCartney ballad “Mother Nature’s Son,” from the upcoming Paul McCartney Gershwin Prize special, set to air on PBS July 28.

The show will feature Paul himself, as well as Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock and … the Jonas Brothers. (Malia and Sasha, your vote has been counted).

See White’s solo acoustic performance—to a head-nodding, toe-tapping ‘Bama and Macca—below:


Coachella 2010 Saturday: Muse and the Dead Weather rock very differently, plus MGMT, Dirty Projectors, and more

Muse-CoachellaImage Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesSeveral ardent fans have already pre-emptively chastised me for underrating Coachella 2010′s night two headliners. As one commenter on yesterday’s Jay-Z post put it, “Muse will be by far the best act all weekend, learn about something before you talk about it.” Well, I’ve just come home from seeing Muse perform, and I can say I’ve learned that the British rockers might very well be the biggest, loudest, showiest act all weekend. But the best? That’s another question. Read why after the jump — plus my full report on seven other notable acts from Saturday afternoon and evening.


Jack White produces model wife's first album: Watch the new video here

Jack White can’t marry a lady, it seems, without making sweet music with her, too—literally. While the White Stripes frontman’s longtime gig with ex-wife Meg has been usurped lately by some 987 additional side projects, he recently somehow found time to produce the full-length solo debut of his current wife, British-born supermodel Karen Elson, at his own Third Man Studios in Nashville. The fruits of their spousely labor, The Ghost Who Walks, are due this summer.

Elson is not entirely new to music, having previously performed with the star-studded art-cabaret collective Citizens Band and dueted on Serge Gainsbourg’s delicious sonic-soft-porn coo “Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus” with Cat Power. And now Ghost‘s title track, a dusky, acoustic murder ballad, has its own video. Is it just us, or does this crew perambulate with spirits a lot?

What do you think? Are you eager to hear the rest come summer? And does Jack White have Matrix-like abilities to bend space and time? Maybe he just sleeps when he blinks.

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mtvU Woodie Awards: College students vote their favorite artists (Kings of Leon! Matt and Kim!) of 2009

The 2009 mtvU Woodie Awards penetrate dorm-room televisions this Friday night. Now, mtvU is a campus-only cable network, so this awards show is targeted to those seeking higher education: i.e., it is something kids watch before leaving their rooms, finding a party and making some questionable decisions.

So if you wanna know what your missing,  here it is: Woodies are golden logs given to musicians based upon student votes from across the country. According to MTV, the Woodies give us the pulse of the trend-setting campus crowd. Some of the featured artists at the ’09 Woodies are indeed of the up-and-coming variety—Passion Pit, Never Shout Never—and some were alt-music standbys present, like Death Cab for Cutie, Jack White and Clipse. But there was one thing I know for certain: You should question the indie cred of any show that provides two separate bottles of hair product on every sink in the bathroom.

All questions of “alternative-ness” aside, however, the performances were top notch. The show’s fantastic kickoff featured moving cameras following the Brooklyn duo Matt and Kim as they biked through the heart of Manhattan (in real time) and into the Roseland Ballroom, where they hopped off their bikes and jumped right into singing their college-radio hit “Lessons Learned” as audiences cheered along.

You might remember that song from its infamous music video—the indie twosome walk through Times Square shedding layers of clothing until they are completely nekkid in front of droves of gawking tourists. But in case you forgot:


Jack White to produce Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson's next album

At long last it looks like rock’s first lady, Wanda Jackson, is finally getting her due. Yes, it helps that the 72-year-old was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but the news that Jack White will be producing her next album makes an authentic comeback seem imminent.

When White produced Loretta Lynn’s 2004 album Van Lear Rose, the country singer went from “forgotten superstar” status to ubiquitous year-end list-topper. His indie cred brought her talent back into public consciousness, not to mention widespread acclaim: Van Lear Rose is still tied for the highest-rated album on

For those who are kinda fonda Wanda, it’s a thrill that the first woman to holler her way into rock history may get the long-overdue popular reappraisal she deserves. Her ’50s singles never took off like those of her one-time boyfriend Elvis, but gutsy stompers like “Fujiyama Mama,” “Let’s Have a Party” and “Hard Headed Woman” (below) sound raw even today:

And don’t worry that her age will drag this upcoming album down—I saw her live a few years back, and she was still playing guitar and boppin’ the blues like a teenager. It will be fascinating to see how she and White mesh together, and it’s great to think that if all goes well creatively, Jackson could finally garner the mainstream acclaim that has so often eluded her.

Do you think the White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather frontman can pull a Rick Rubin a la Johnny Cash and bring Jackson back to the top of her game? And what other sadly neglected rock n’ roll originals would you love to hear given a fresh start in the studio?

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The Dead Weather, 'Cut Like a Buffalo': a Jack White do-over

Not only can’t Jack White decide which band he wants to be in, he also has a rough time figuring out which music video to use for the Dead Weather’s latest single.

He directed two versions of his garage-blues band’s “Cut Like a Buffalo” and liked them both so much he can’t stand the thought of one of them wasting away in the vaults. The original (admittedly better) version came out a few weeks ago, and now this one (bits of which are shown in the original) is available for your pleasure/judgment:

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Want in on Jack White's subscription service, the Vault? Join the club

 Jack-white_lBecause clearly he is not busy enough, Raconteur/ White Stripe/Dead Weather-er Jack White has launched an online subscription service for his own Third Man Records, offering fans access to pre-sale tickets, podcasts, video streams, special merch, exclusive vinyl, contests, and other insidery bits.

The service, dubbed the Vault, isn't free, alas. For $7 a month (with a three-month minimum) you get many of the basics listed above; the $20 "Platinum Membership" will get you "exclusive subscription-service-only releases" (could be a White Stripes one-off, could be something from Kentucky goth-teen kook and recent Third Man signing Mildred and the Mice), including one 12" LP, one 7", and a free t-shirt.

So basically, it sounds kind of like the claw-machine game at your local bowling alley — sometimes you get a magical treasure and brag to all your friends, sometimes you get a sad mangled stuffed dragon thing that you just let the dog chew on.

But you tell us, readers — does the Vault (see the full terms here) sound like one mystery door you'd like to open? Are you a fan of similar services out there, like the famous Sub Pop Singles Club, which relaunched for one brief glorious moment last year?

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