Monday, March 17, 2008

Whoa, New Raconteurs album next week!

Hey, Happy St. Patrick's Day, which has absolutely no relevance to me except for wearing green to avoid getting punched by strangers (Secret Fear #27).

Wasn't going to post today, but just read this on the AV Club newswire:
Out of the blue, The Raconteurs second album titled Consolers Of The Lonely will be released NEXT TUESDAY.

"The album was mastered and completed in the first week of March. It was then taken immediately to a vinyl pressing plant. Then to a CD pressing plant. Then preparations to sell it digitally began. March 25th became the soonest date to have it available in EVERY FORMAT AT ONCE. The band have done no interviews or advertisements for this record before this announcement. The purpose: to get the album to the fans as soon as possible and as we promised. We wanted to get this record to fans, the press, radio, etc., all at the EXACT SAME TIME so that no one has an upper hand on anyone else regarding it’s availability, reception or perception."

Awesome, awesome news, as if there weren't enough March releases to keep on top of lately. Also in the press release, they say there will be no bonus tracks on different releases. Ha, take that, iTunes exclusive tracks you can't get even if you already own the actual album. Maybe they learned with the whole White Stripes Conquest 10 formats/versions debacle that it's not very nice to milk your loyal fans.

WHOA, SUPER EDIT (3/18/08): I just found out they're kicking off their tour here in Vancouver April 20th at the Commodore Ballroom!!!

The Raconteurs - Teenage Kicks [originally by The Undertones]
It's fitting that Jack White & Co. covered this song for last year's BBC 40th anniversary cover album. Teenage Kicks was John Peel's all-time favourite song and he, of course, was an early champion of The White Stripes as they were starting off.

Corinne Bailey Rae - Steady, As She Goes [originally by The Raconteurs]
This Corinne Bailey Rae cover is definitely worth revisiting. From the same BBC album, representing the year 2006.

The Raconteurs - Yellow Sun/I've Got a Feeling (live)
They do a bit of a tease of The Beatles' I've Got a Feeling in this live version of Yellow Sun, a Raconteurs song which bears some vague similarities to the original in the first place.

The Raconteurs - The Bane Rendition
One of my favourite Raconteurs tracks is actually an instrumental B-side to Steady, As She Goes.


Kurtis said...

Awesome! More bands should give us nice surprises like this! Sometimes I get tired of the marketing.

Fongolia said...

Booya! I just read their tour is kicking off in VANCOUVER! The rock gods are smiling upon me! April 20th Commodore Ballroom. I'm there.

hdvns said...

Thanks for "The Bane Rendition". Been looking along time for that one. Looking forward to the new album too!
Cheers from C at uL...

Ray said...

Here are another couple sweet covers for you, both live in '06.

Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)

Bang Bang (Cher)

Fongolia said...

Hey thanks, Ray! I have covers of both of those but from different shows. I think they played them a bunch of times on that whole tour. I wonder if we'll hear some covers on the upcoming one? I already got my tickets for Vancouver, the tour kick-off!