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

REVIEW and EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: FRZY -GOD KING SLAVE

Pittsburgh has become known as somewhat of a “farm league” city for future rap superstars.  Mac Miller and Whiz are just a few of the talents to come out of the Steel City.  The new release by Pittsburgh’s very own FRZY will not only put him in the same category of superstar but quite possibly take the next level of a megastar.  God King Slave is one of the most versatile records to be released in the genre in a very long time.  Now that FRZY is beyond the mixtape game and in the big leagues, he is coming out swinging.

Listening to God King Slave is analogous to entering an amusement park.  There are so many rides, such varying smells, a vast array of visual candy that the senses become bombarded to create memories that become attached to one’s soul.  FRZY takes you on so many twists, turns, and thrills that listening to all the variations and styles can leave one a bit disoriented, but in a good way, the kind you are willing to pay for.  Speaking with the artist reveals just where the influence comes from, simply FRZY’s personality.  The young man who gained notoriety by destroying all competition in local battles, only to crush it in New York City, went on to join huge tours such as Nelly’s Lunatics Tour and perform with artists from Rick Ross to Lil’ Wayne.  But there is more to him than just his rap game, FRZY is very well spoken and highly intelligent, something that comes out when he raps and speaks in front of large crowds.  He has gained a ton of marketing deals, including becoming the spokesperson for the Subway Melt.  Considering his quick wit, sincere charm, and undeniable charisma what Pittsburgh has had and now what the world will have is a mogul on their hands and in their ears.  He already has his own Pandora channel, Yahoo channel, and Vevo channel.  He’s done modeling, acting, and has shown he is a true songwriting talent, proving he is more than an MC.


God King Slave starts off with “Ruins” featuring Morgan Erina who is an alternative folk singer-songwriter.  The music is produced by actual musicians, not computer samples, and that alone makes all the tracks impressive, but Erina’s voice combined with the excellent instrumentation and FRZY’s flow makes for a captivating entry.  As much about his rise as his need to do more, FRZY is in a way presenting a warning to others that he is coming, this is his time. “I’m here for the glory Tho the battle is gory Just know that a high rise, gone come wit some stories,” is a gorgeous line summing up his honesty and his work ethic.  It is a fitting introduction to a 24 track “double album” that plays like a Sirens call, dangerous yet irresistible.

The thematics within God King Slave can be seen within the titles, though this is not a concept album.  But the biblical and societal metaphors abound throughout the piece.  For instance, “Baptize (featuring Jess Abran)”  which plays with the symbolism of water, “Cleanse me of my soul And let the water make me whole “Cause in the water I’m fine”.  “Crucifixtation”, “God Willing”, and “Judas” are just a few of the titles with the obvious reference, but it is the mixture of FRZY’s relationship with the words God, King, Slave that presents the tie in with all the beats.  The upbeat “Babylon” calls out his competition in a display of wordplay, “They be babbling on when they babble on They song come up short I tell em’ get along…Biblically This New Testament to me Make y’all niggas plea double jeopardy.”  The double entendres fit perfectly, not forced, even when FRZY is just spouting out bars.

Do not confuse the record as “preachy” with the thematic, though.  FRZY never goes that route, plus he has a lot more in mind such as “Live Dat” which is a sound profession of his passion for the desire to be at the top of the game, “I then been the same little nigga wit the nice flow Like they give a fuck A lot of big rappers out here I’m a out grow”, professing his bravado lyrically and backing it up.  “Oujia” is a furious flurry of wordsmithing that uses acronyms like Shakespearean sonnets and is unlike anything that the rap world has heard before.  FRZY’s ability to make associations, phrases, and bars is by far one of thee best.  It is performances like this song that highlight just some of his abilities that he has teased us with before, such as what he did on “WTF”.

GKS Promo 1Going deeper into God King Slave, FRZY has some super deep violin driving the song “Whips and Chainz” which makes this a highly unique chill hip hop production that employs metaphors that run deeper than the obvious basis of the “slave” theme.  Riffing on how we all have our whips and chains in life as well as the time-honored boasting aspect of the genre, FRZY manages to touch on some serious subjects while injecting humor, and highlighting his Pittsburgh ties, “I’m a Pittsburgh boy so don’t talk when the Bucs on I’m a Pittsburgh Boy only one to blow without chucks on My name got a ring now and I ain’t even put a tux on Calling me king is a nice fit that I ain’t never have to try on.” Other pieces like “Shame” build on his rep and “Bounce” plays with the genre’s way of showing male prowess.  FRZY also shows his ability to weave a tale lyrically on songs such as “Pretty Baby”, “Body smokin’
legs spreading like cancer Pay her enough no need to romance her But even with enough still J-Lo was a dancer.”

With 24 tracks FRZY provides a history lesson in the various rap styles, showing he has studied, practiced, and mastered all of them.  For this writer, who typically is not a rap listener or consumer, FRZY has provided an art piece and a megalith of a debut that keeps rapt attention, feet moving head bobbing, and easy justification to lay that card down and purchase the goods.  When the album hits shelves and the net at the end of September, FRZY will be finalizing some big appearances including late night TV and prime time daytime.  It’s time to watch the man who has been turning heads become the king of the kingdom.

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Spencer Ludwig Releases “Diggy” + Appears in Fall TV Spot

SPENCER LUDWIG’S NEW SINGLE “DIGGY” OUT NOW
TRACK IS FEATURED IN NEW FALL STYLE TV SPOT
September 19, 2016 – (Burbank, CA) – Singer, songwriter, and trumpet virtuoso Spencer Ludwig has released his new single “Diggy” via Warner Bros. Records. The track was produced by fellow Warner Bros. Records artist RedOne (Nicki Minaj, Usher).
“Diggy” is featured in Target‘s new fall style TV spot, which premiered on September 14th.
WATCH HERE:
Ludwig performed at the Target + IMG New York Fashion Week Kick-Off Event held at The Park at Moynihan Station on September 6th. The party was attended by Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Nina Agdal, and Chanel Iman, who was photographed with Ludwig on the red carpet.
Courtesy of BFA
Courtesy of Annie Aberle
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ludwig picked up the trumpet at age 17 and immediately began making his mark on the city’s indie, EDM, and pop worlds. While still an undergraduate studying music at the California Institute of the Arts, he was hired to be the featured trumpeter in the indie-pop group Capital Cities in 2011. During his time with Capital Cities he played on their platinum debut album In a Tidal Wave of Mystery and opened for Katy Perry on her Prismatic World Tour. Ludwig’s musical agility allows him to captivate audiences with a four-piece band or as a DJ, where his unique sets include live trumpet and other instruments, as well as his original style remixes, which he has dubbed “Trumpet Edits.” Listen here: www.soundcloud.com/spencerludwig.
For more, visit: www.spencerludwig.com.

The Paramedic Debut Album “Smoke & Mirrors” Out Now

The Paramedic are excited to release their Bullet Tooth debut “Smoke & Mirrors” TODAY! The metalcore album is lighting the internet on fire with polarizing talk from fans and is currently sitting at #8 on the iTunes Metal Chart. Intensity, emotion and raw power are three ways to describe Dayton, OH’s The Paramedic. But to pigeon hole the band with just three words would simply be an injustice to this group. Formed in late 2010 by friends Jake Nolan (Guitar), Travis Adkins (Bass), Tony Hovater (Drums), Sean Salasny (Guitar) and Mike Luciano (Lead Vocals); The Paramedic is poised to spearhead the next generation of dynamic metalcore bands, thanks in part to Luciano’s diverse R&B background. The band delivers a unique mix blending the insanity of Asking Alexandria, the electro-sensibilities of Attack Attack, and the soulfulness of Jonny Craig.

Living the dream is a philosophy that Mike Luciano and the guys thrive to live out on a daily basis and will have nothing stand in their way. Against his parents’ wishes, Luciano dropped out of college to pursue his dream of making it in the world of music. This intense internal struggle has made Luciano’s lyrics a personal one-of-a-kind statement that range from raising awareness towards rape to standing up for what you believe in. Judging by the nearly 300,000 views of their cover of Lil’ Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot” on YouTube and their 50,000 fans on Facebook, all of the hard work and life altering decisions have been worth it.

In early 2012, the bands’ dream finally came together when New Jersey based record label, Bullet Tooth, signed The Paramedic to a deal. Joining other acts such as Affiance, Serianna, Death Ray Vision and more, the band is sure to reach new audiences that they only ever dreamed about. “It’s been our dream to not only be signed to a label, but also to a label that we know and trust and with Bullet Tooth, we know we are getting just that” said vocalist Mike Luciano.

The band is preparing for bigger tour dates (to be announced soon!) and Luciano goes on to say “We could have never done this without the help of a reputable label and now that we have the backing of an amazing label, we plan on making nothing but the best for our fans. We cannot wait to see what the future holds”.

For More Info:
http://www.Facebook.com/TheParamedicBand
http://www.Twitter.com/ParamedicRock
http://www.Youtube.com/ParamedicRock