Two thousand eleven has officially switched from happening to happened. In the music world, there was some good stuff in 2011, some bad and a whole lot of "meh." Because reminiscing is only acceptable this time of year (and all of my album picks have already been covered by two or 20 sites from around the Internet), these are the events from '11 that will be remembered months from now.
Last week, the Black Keys released their seventh album, El Camino, to wide-spread acclaim and enthusiastic fan reception. I'm sure four car commercials were spawned based just on the first single, “Lonely Boy.” Invariably, the band is compared to that other bombastic two-piece who made rawk with blues infusions back in the 2000s. You know the one; they helped bring back rock and roll. That other one with a color in their name and only two people in the band.
First Jack White does the covering, and now he's the one being covered. Indie rock band Bright Eyes are now streaming their cover of the White Stripes' "We're Going to be Friends," which you can check out below.
Jack White and the Insane Clown Posse. They could release ten full-length albums together, tour relentlessly, start an annual music festival that bears both of their names and we probably still wouldn't get used to seeing those two names juxtaposed.
When you think of Detroit, the first thing that comes to mind is probably cars -- you know, with the whole "Motor City" nickname and city's legacy regarding American automobiles. Yet, to go along with all those cars, the city has a lot of garages, garages where a lot of people might keep a guitar or two handy. How else can one explain the Motor City's incredible number of garage rock bands?
Thirteen contemporary artists, including Jack White and Bob Dylan, were tasked with taking unfinished lyrics and ideas written by the late Hank Williams and turning them into full-fledged songs. The collection, titled The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, will be released on October 3.
Two previously unreleased White Stripes cover songs are now streaming online. Both cover songs, Otis Redding's soul classic "I've Been Loving You Too Long" and Love's psychedelic garage nugget "Signed D.C.," can be streamed below.