Tuesday, January 22, 2019

@ZackTeibloom When you love an artist from their early days, you have expectations for them. You watch their career and feel emotionally invested in the direction it takes. This can be an incredibly disappointing pursuit. Ultimately you have no control over what they do, and nine times out of 10, they’ll disappoint you. They could have a sophomore slump, change the direction of their sound, sell out, go soft, break up or die young. It’s incredibly rare that they don’t let you down in a major way, but you can’t help rooting for their career to go the way you envision, ideally growing with each album and constantly re-inventing themselves in a way that still suits your interests. In my life, I’ve loved a lot of bands, but Weezer, Beck and Jack White stand out as ones I loved from the very beginning, and following them has been three different rides.

Weezer has had far more misses than hits in the last decade, (Hurley, anyone?) They had to resort to playing their first two albums, Blue Album and Pinkerton, live 15 years after they came out to connect with their original fans. I don’t even bother listening to their new stuff anymore. I don’t know anyone who does. I loved seeing them live last summer, but only because they were almost exclusively playing old stuff. They’re way too young for that to be OK, but that’s their reality. It’s been a joy to watch Beck’s “Mutations” from Odelay to Sea Change to Midnite Vultures to Guero and The Information, but it’s been a hollow few years. He hasn’t put out an album in going on four years, and his “Record Club” was a far better idea than it was executed. I still have hope for a lot more greatness in Beck’s future. With Jack White, the ups and downs have been unlike any artist I’ve ever followed. I’ll detail it in painstaking detail in the next couple paragraphs, but it was absolutely killing me to see him spending so much time producing or playing drums or buying an elephant’s head on American Pickers, when I just wanted to scream “pick up a guitar and sing to me!” but on Friday night, he showed us the next phase of his career and became everything I always dreamed he would be. And then some.  Read the rest of this entry »

rocknjocks@ZackTeibloom There are few times I wish I was still in Chicago. This last week is one of them. The weather was gorgeous, the hardest rocking supergroups in the world were in town and Conan came to Chicago with two  more legends. Thankfully, Brett was there to cover it all for us. Without further ado, the first of many posts for the newest member of Festival Crashers’ beta class.

@snoogans913 I knew going into this past week that it was going to be one to remember, but I still couldn’t fathom just how epic it ended up being. The week kicked off with a bang with the start of the conference finals between the Hawks and Sharks on Sunday, and as I gathered around my TV with my friends and Buffalo Joes in tow, I was already elated. I wait the entire year for playoff hockey, and here I was, in good company, watching my Hawks tear shit up on visiting ice. As you should know by now, the Hawks got the W that day, and the next game was set for Tuesday. I had a panic attack when I realized that was the very night that I’d be in the presence of rock G-ds at the Them Crooked Vultures show. So when Tuesday finally rolled around, I donned my Blackhawks skull cup and headed out to the Aragon. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dead Weather @ la Cigale, Paris, 29/06/2009@ZackTeibloom Never underestimate my Jack White obsession. Why would you? We ran a contest to see how much I’d end up seeing of The Dead Weather show despite the intriguing Van Morrison conflict. Van was scheduled to start at 3:35. Jack, I mean The Dead Weather, at 3:45. Two stages on the complete opposite side of the festival with a swarming crowd. And it had just started to rain.

Either way, I was wearing White Stripes hunting tartan socks*. I was going to catch some Jack. It was just a matter of how much. My biggest fear was Van running late, but he was off and running by 3:32. Well, off and something. I knew I’d be able to tell after a few songs whether we were in store for a classic set or a nostalgia one. By the time “Brown Eyed Girl” was over, I knew. Read the rest of this entry »

jackalisondw@ZackTeibloom It’s getting discouraging. I know I should just accept that Jack White plays drums and is a back-up singer in the band he’s most committed to. Nope. It doesn’t feel right. I was hopeful the new album would feature Jack coming out from behind the kit and picking up the guitar at least a couple more times. Nope. He’s relegated to one song wailing away on the guitar and it’s by far their best.

The Dead Weather kicked into gear right as The Muse ended a triumphant (but wanking) extravaganza of a show Andy is overrating to the point he thinks it’s better than Jay-Z. It’s almost as big a miscalculation as not having one of the best guitars in the world play more than one song on guitar. OK I’ll pretend to get over it long enough to tell you they did play a damn good blues-rock show that I was captivated for. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dead Weather 2010 Tour Dates Announced

Posted by teibs On February - 1 - 2010

tdwThird Man Vault posted details on The Dead Weather’s upcoming 11-date two week tour in late April, continuing into May. Pre-sale is currently only available for Third Man Vault members, which I’m happy to say I am. Here in Austin, we’ll be saying goodbye to April showers and bringing in May flowers with a month-ending show at Stubbs. Personally, I hope it pours that night. The Dead Weather will be coming back to Austin after their incredible ACL show last year with a new album to promote. No title or tracks have been leaked yet, but Vault members will soon be treated to vinyl pressings of tracks they’re working on. Full line-up of Dead Weather Spring tour dates after the jump. This is one show I’ll be buying a ticket for. See ya at Stubbs, Austin. See ya soon, Jack White.

Update: I bought two tickets this morning and they came out to about $33 each w/ shipping and fees. Read the rest of this entry »

The Jack White Interview

Posted by teibs On November - 11 - 2009

jackwhitemod@ZackTeibloom That Third Man Record club membership finally paid off. In a big way. Jack White jumped on the  video chat to hype the new singles from his label, Third Man Records. As he put it, “This is a paid commercial announcement from the president of  Third Man Records to his favorite people, on The Vault.” He even answered some questions and he picked three of mine. Yes, my hands are shaking.

Zack Teibloom: I heard you turned down Slash because he wanted you to sing. Who do you want to play with next? Read the rest of this entry »

The Dead Weather at ACL

Posted by teibs On October - 5 - 2009

jwacl@ZackTeibloom Jack White may have gotten his start on drums, and he’s no slouch at the kit, but an electric guitar needs to be in his hands at all times. The Dead Weather has capable guitar players that produce a rich, full sound with Dean Fertita on lead and Jack Lawrence on bass with Alison Mossheart even playing on a couple songs, but when JWIII picked up the axe for closer “Will There Be Enough Water*,” a strong rock band turned world class. My jaw dropped. Read the rest of this entry »

Jack White Day Winners

Posted by teibs On July - 16 - 2009

jw@ZackTeibloom Jack White day was glorious. You all sent some wonderful video and quotes and some of you Re-Tweeted some of my Jack White love fests. Now it’s time to crown the winners.

Best quote:

@hhhancock dominated this category. He wanted it bad. He sent along over a dozen quotes and videos along and kept me pretty busy Tuesday afternoon. All of these are his: Read the rest of this entry »

Jack White Day Contest

Posted by teibs On July - 14 - 2009


UPDATE: I’m making it easier to win the RT portion of the contest. Tweet any of following tweets: The one who gets RT’d the most wins.

1. “Jack White isn’t most guitarists.” http://bit.ly/bapjn #FCJW Please RT

2. “Don’t mess with The King. Just don’t do it.” http://bit.ly/AmjHf #FCJW Please RT

3. “Why did those girls yell at Beatles concerts? Then I did it for Jack White.” http://bit.ly/1HPAM #FCJW Please RT

Start tweeting! Read the rest of this entry »

Outside Lands Festival Line-up Announced

Posted by teibs On April - 13 - 2009

outsidelands@ZackTeibloom Outside Lands Festival announced their line-up with a cute little video today. Actually, the novelty wares off almost immediately as they incorporate the band names into a lame song, but the line-up has the opposite effect. It grows on you.

You may see the main three headliners and think Really? Again? Dave and The Beasties and Pearl Jam headlining another festival? There’s a reason they keep getting these gigs.  The Festival Crashers have seen all of them headline a festival and own it.

Dave Matthews was the undisputed king of Rothbury. The Beastie Boys were the face of Langerado. Pearl Jam closed Lollapalooza with authority two years ago and thrilled everyone at Bonnaroo last year with a three-hour set (except Kanye…) These headliners are top-notch. And Jack White will be there. Count me in… Read the rest of this entry »

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