Jack White shares new album details

JACK WHITE SET TO RELEASE
BOARDING HOUSE REACH

 

ON MARCH 23
VIA THIRD MAN RECORDS/COLUMBIA RECORDS

GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING ICON’S VISIONARY THIRD SOLO ALBUM 

FEATURING NEW SINGLE “CONNECTED BY LOVE
 
LIMITED EDITION VINYL LP AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AS PART OF
THIRD MAN RECORDS 
VAULT PACKAGE #35
SUBSCRIPTIONS OPEN NOW THROUGH JANUARY 31
BOARDING HOUSE REACH Standard Cover
BOARDING HOUSE REACH Limited Edition Vault LP Cover
Jack White has announced the release of his eagerly anticipated new album, BOARDING HOUSE REACH (Third Man/Columbia). The 12-time GRAMMY® Award-winner’s third solo LP and first all-new album in nearly four years, BOARDING HOUSE REACH will arrive everywhere on Friday, March 23.
BOARDING HOUSE REACH sees Jack White expanding his musical palate with perhaps his most ambitious work thus far, a collection of songs that are simultaneously timeless and modern. Written and conceived while holed up in a spartan apartment with literally no outside world distractions, White exclusively used the same kind of gear he had when he was 15 years old (a quarter-inch four-track tape recorder, a simple mixer, and the most basic of instrumentation). The album explores a remarkable range of sonic terrain — crunching rock ‘n’ roll, electro and hard funk, proto punk, hip hop, gospel blues, and even country — all remapped and born anew to fit White’s matchless vision and sense of restless experimentation. BOARDING HOUSE REACH is a testament to the breadth of Jack White’s creative power and his bold artistic ambition.
BOARDING HOUSE REACH features White on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars and drums, organ, and synthesizers. He’s backed by a remarkable new lineup of musicians that includes: drummer Louis Cato (Beyoncé, Q-Tip, John Legend, Mariah Carey), bassists Charlotte Kemp Muhl (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) and NeonPhoenix (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z), synthesizer players DJ Harrison and Anthony “Brew” Brewster (Fishbone, The Untouchables), keyboardists Neal Evans (Soulive, Talib Kweli, John Scofield) and Quincy McCrary (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Pitbull), percussionists Bobby Allende (David Byrne, Marc Anthony) and Justin Porée (Ozomatli), and backing vocalists Esther Rose and Ann & Regina McCrary of Nashville’s beloved gospel trio, The McCrary Sisters, as well as longtime collaborators like drummers Daru Jones (Nas, Talib Kweli) and Carla Azar (Autolux, Depeche Mode, Doyle Bramhall II). Singer-songwriter C.W. Stoneking also appears, contributing a stirring spoken word performance to the album’s “Abulia and Akrasia.”
BOARDING HOUSE REACH was produced by Jack White III and recorded at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, Sear Sound in New York, NY, and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA; the album was mixed by Bill Skibbe, Joshua V. Smith, and White at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN.
BOARDING HOUSE REACH is heralded by the rapidly acclaimed new single, “Connected By Love”, b/w “Respect Commander,” which is available now digitally worldwide and as a physical 7-inch vinyl single pressed at Third Man Pressing in Detroit, MI. In addition, a limited edition tri-color 7-inch single will be on sale for one day only, Saturday, January 13th, exclusively at Third Man Records brick & mortar stores in Nashville and Detroit.
“Connected By Love” is accompanied by a brand-new music video from director Pasqual Gutierrez – watch it now HERE. The single was greeted with rapturous global applause upon its arrival on Wednesday, with Billboard declaring the song “a classic White confessional blues burner,” and Entertainment Weekly calling it “a searing, organ-lined plea to a former flame.” NPR‘s Bob Boilen wrote, “it’s a blend of old guitar blues that is simultaneously on the edge of rock’s horizon.” “The four-year wait is over,” says Rolling Stone Jack is back with the “blistering first single” from BOARDING HOUSE REACH.
Additionally, White & Third Man Records have revealed a special BOARDING HOUSE REACH-themed Vault Package #35 which will be the ONLY limited edition of the new album, with subscriptions open today through January 31. The new package is highlighted by a limited edition, colored vinyl version of BOARDING HOUSE REACH that will be the only vinyl variation of the LP to be made available. Pressed at Third Man Pressing in the Cass Corridor of Detroit, the 180-gram, blue and black swirl vinyl edition features exclusive Vault-only cover art which dramatically depicts White’s stylized face and is printed on arresting holographic foil paper in the classic Stoughton tip-on style. The LP is further accompanied by a unique-to-this-package 12″ x 24″ insert featuring the complete album lyrics.
The BOARDING HOUSE REACH Vault package also includes a two-song demo 7-inch single, offering up embryonic versions of “Connected By Love” and the album track, “Why Walk a Dog?” The former take – billed here under its original title, “Infected By Love” – was recorded entirely by White in the aforementioned Nashville apartment. White found keyboard tones on this recording that the world’s most seasoned session musicians could not recreate in the studio and thus, some of those tones were sourced from this simple demo to be utilized on the final album version. Meanwhile, “Why Walk a Dog?” was recorded, like much of the BOARDING HOUSE REACH demos, alone at his private songwriting refuge. With its expressive synth and drum machine cadence, the track is overtly hypnotic even in this early state. Indeed, the “Connected By Love” and “Why Walk a Dog?” single provides a fascinating insight into White’s process, revealing the creative progression of his songs from inception to completion.
In addition to the recorded material, Vault Package #35 comes with three separate and exclusive photographs shot during BOARDING HOUSE REACH recording sessions. Taken by noted photographer — and White’s longtime friend — David Swanson at Sear Sound in New York and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, these large-format, high quality glossy reproductions are exclusive to the Vault. The photographs will be coupled with three foil-stamped poetry broadsides, printed on silky metallic papers (black, white, and blue) containing White’s poems from the new album tracks, “Abulia and Akrasia,” “Ezmerelda Steals the Show,” and “Get in the Mind Shaft.”
BOARDING HOUSE REACH Vault Package #35 will also include, for the third year running, a custom 2018 Third Man Records challenge coin, complete with album-specific artwork. The substantial and stylish coin doubles as a 45 adaptor and grants its holder 10% off purchases in both Third Man Records storefronts. Past Third Man Challenge coins will no longer be valid at Third Man storefronts once Vault Package #35 ships.
Third Man Vault subscriptions are open now through January 31. All BOARDING HOUSE REACH Vault packages will ship to arrive on and as close to the album’s official March 23 street date. Learn more about this package, additional Vault benefits and subscribe now at Third Man Records HERE.
White will celebrate BOARDING HOUSE REACH with a number of just-announced headline festival performances, including Atlanta, GA’s Shaky Knees Music Festival (May 4-6), Boston Calling (May 25-27), and the Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York (June 1-3). Additional dates will be unveiled soon and every online ticket purchased for North American headline shows will include a physical copy of BOARDING HOUSE REACH on CD with the option to upgrade to the standard black vinyl single LP. For updates and tickets, please visit jackwhiteiii.com/tour-dates.
BOARDING HOUSE REACH TRACK LIST
1. Connected By Love
2. Why Walk A Dog?
3. Corporation
4. Abulia and Akrasia
5. Hypermisophoniac
6. Ice Station Zebra
7. Over and Over and Over
8. Everything You’ve Ever Learned
9. Respect Commander
10. Ezmerelda Steals The Show
11. Get In The Mind Shaft
12. What’s Done Is Done
13. Humoresque

An Intimate Acoustic Evening with Parachute | Mr. Smalls | 9.21.17

Abigail McNatt

Acoustic sets are honestly the greatest kinds of sets. Sure it is great to dance and scream along to your favorite songs, but there is something so raw and real about your favorite band performing their music stripped down and unplugged. That’s what Parachute’s current tour is all about.
On the first half of the tour, ending in Pittsburgh, they brought along Johnny Balik. Balik is from Toronto, Canada and his music is categorized as pop/R&B/soul. This was the first I had heard of him and damn am I glad I did. HIGHLY recommend checking him out. His voice is pure and raw and real and fantastic. He does what I like to call, sing-rap where he minorly sings a rap and it just flows so well. He played some originals as well as a cover or so, in his half hour set. The ladies loved him. Now, being that it was an acoustic show, there were chairs set up in aisles. So girls weren’t freaking out, especially being that he was playing acoustic as well. But they did woo and wow him throughout the set and created a long line afterwards when he stood by the merch table to meet fans. I was not a part of that group, but I certainly did enjoy his set, so much. He opened his mouth during the first song and I was like, “damn he is good.” It was his last stop on the tour and he definitely gave it his all, so bravo.
Half an hour after Balik’s set, Parachute came on. The setup was much different than their last tour when I saw them last year. They had a keyboard on stage right, a stool and mic in the middle, and a drum set stage left. Members Kit French (vocals, sax, and keyboard), Will Anderson (lead vocals, guitar, piano), and Johnny Stubblefield (drums) made their way to their spots on stage. It felt just as surreal to me as it did the first time I got to see and shoot them. I got so caught up in the show itself as well as taking photos that I forgot to write down the set list. They changed it from show to show too. During their set though they played music from all of their albums. They included a couple songs from their newly released album, “Wide Awake“, such as ‘Jennie’ and ‘Lonely With Me’. As per usual, Will likes to talk and being an acoustic show like this, there was plenty of time for that. Will talked about his wife, Courtney a bit and their different writing styles and being in Pittsburgh, he talked about his love and obsession with Heinz Ketchup and how he wrote them a letter and they sent him back a bunch of packets. Another story he likes to tell at shows is about the ever so popular, ‘Forever and Always‘. That song is so sad. So sad that it needs a disclaimer attached to it. But as he says every show, it’s not real. He made it up. He told the crowd about how an old man came up to him after their set one time and he said he was sorry, but Will didn’t have the heart to tell him it wasn’t real. After that little anecdote, they played the song and the crowd sang along. They played some oldies as well, such as ‘She Is Love‘ and ‘All That I Am‘. Parachute also inserted a cover of ‘Issues’ by Julia Michaels in there. One fan screamed she was so excited they started to play it. Normally, that wouldn’t phase anyone but again, it was an acoustic show. They played my favorite, ‘Kiss Me Slowly’ and I was just on Cloud 9. From their 2013 release “Overnight”, they played the likes of ‘Drive You Home’ and ‘Didn’t See It Coming’. They ended their set, ironically, with one of their longer songs, ‘Philadelphia’. Fans, like myself, were captivated by the band the entire night and didn’t want it to end. That is the kind of show they put on, acoustic or full set. Their music really makes you feel things you may or may not have felt before and it is an awesome thing to be able to sing along to them. I have been a fans of theirs for some time now and it only seems to get stronger the more music they release and the more shows I attend.
Their tour continues on the west coast so if you will be out there anytime soon, I suggest grabbing a ticket (they’re ridiculously cheap) and grab your friend or significant other, or even treat yourself to a show. You will be just as hypnotized as all of us were last night.
All photos ©2017 Abigail McNatt

Special Edition Mini-Mag Featuring DJ Khaled Cover & Two Free Bonus CD Samplers Inside

XXL & RED Distribution is excited to announce the XXL Special Edition mini-mag available exclusively at Best Buy stores nationwide starting October 9. As part of Best Buy’s first partnership with XXL & RED Distribution, the $5.99 limited edition mini-mag will be positioned in the music section of all Best Buy locations.

The XXL mini-mag features DJ Khaled on the cover, and inside readers will find exclusive interviews from DJ Khaled, Eve, RZA, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, T.I., Joey Bada$$, and more. Each mini-mag comes with two free bonus CDs, including a times, rhymes & beats sampler with new music from Future, Method Man, Ryan Leslie, and Ca$h Out, and a Mizay Entertainment sampler featuring music from Waka Flocka Flame, OJ Da Juiceman, Tarvoria and Reema Major.

“XXL was more than happy to join forces with Sony RED and Best Buy for this project. It helps us reach a wider audience and showcase RED’s roster while also offering a special edition of the mag to our dedicated readers.” – Vanessa Satten, XXL Editor-in-Chief

“I am pleased and excited about the RED, XXL and Best Buy partnership on the XXL mini mag. I’m confident that the Best Buy customer will thoroughly enjoy the content as well as the 2 CDs included. Hopefully the fans will enjoy reading as much as I did about Eve getting back into the hip hop game, she has truly been missed.” – Sonya Askew, Senior Buyer, Anderson Merchandiser

Cricket is running a contest in conjunction with times, rhymes & beats. Contestants can enter to win 1 year of service to Cricket with Muve Music® included plus an Android Smart phone signed by RZA. Additional rules contest details can be found in the XXL mini-mag, and at Facebook.com/timesrhymesbeats.

Disc One Track Listing:
1. Eve “She Bad Bad”
2. Ryan Reslie “Beautiful Lie”
3. Future “Turn On The Lights”
4. The Revelations “I Forgot To Be Your Lover”
5. Ca$h Out “Big Booty”
6. Deon Young “Party Life”
7. King L “Val Venis”
8. Mad Child “Monster”
9. Method Man “Built For This”
10. Joey Bada$$ “Waves”
11. Casey Veggies “Toe Tag”
12. RZA “Just Blowin In The Wind”

Disc Two Track Listing:
1. Waka Flaka Flame Ft. Sony “24 hours”
2. Dbo Montana “Dbo Montana”
3. OJ DA Juiceman “Wea Ya Been”
4. Dirt Gang Ft. Waka Flocka “Rambo”
5. Young Joey Ft. Waka Flocka & Fred Da Godson “I Fuk Wit Em”
6. Reema Major “Major moves”
7. Tarvoria “Be Quiet”
8. Joses Moses “Ratchets Dirty”
9. Fetti Gang “Jaw”
10. Woo Da Kid “What’s Brackin”
11. One Thurd “Stop & Go”
12. Shuga Shane “Ring Bells”
13. Cartier Kitten “Bring It Back”
14. YG Hottie “West Hanin”
15. Cartier Kitten “Guala Guala”
16. Bo Deal “Wow”
17. Fetti Gang “Good Morning”
18. Bo Deal “Clap”
19. Joe Moses Ft. Ty S & DJ Mustard “Bitch”
20. OJ Da Juiceman Ft. Gunplay “I Sell”
21. Reema Major “I Am Legend”