playable etched B-side
“Sixteen Saltines” is the second single from Jack White’s new solo record, Blunderbuss. Third Man Records released the single on two different formats – 7″ and 12″. Both spin at 45RPM and both feature the accompanying B-Side, a cover of U2’s “Love Is Blindness”, originally found on an Achtung Baby tribute CD that was included in the December 2011 issue of Q Magazine.
Here’s a fun piece of memorabilia from AMC’s Season 5 premier of Mad Men – a limited 7″ single with music featured on the show. The A-side has actress Megan Draper’s (actress Jessica Paré) rendition of a 1960’s french song “Zou Bisou, Bisou”. On the reverse is the Mad Men theme song, the instrumental version of “A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2. The 7″ single comes housed in a very nice, thick gatefold cover. Pressing info has yet to be disclosed from the single’s distributor, Insound. I was very glad to see a little shock of black smoke pressed into my copy – just like the copy of Little Hell by City and Colour that I recently received.
I wish more TV shows or movies would embrace these sorts of releases – though it does go with the canon set forth by Mad Men. You can still purchase copies of the 7″ from Insound on red vinyl and black vinyl.
The new Horrible Crowes 7″, from Side One Dummy Records, showed up just a little while ago. “Ladykiller” is the second single released off of The Horrible Crowes’ awesome 2011 album, Elsie. On the B-side is a cover of INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart” from a Sirius/XM radio session, which according to the liner notes was apparently recorded in the future (see below). While some criticized Brian Fallon (also of The Gaslight Anthem) of mediocrity, I really find myself enjoying the more mellow songs and harmonies on Elsie. The line separating his Gaslight Anthem and Horrible Crowes work is a bit blurry, especially on tracks like “Behold The Hurricane” and “Ladykiller”, which predominantly feature his raspy Bruce Springsteen meets Tom Waits vocals.
When this single first went up for pre-order, Side One Dummy mistakenly billed the B-Side as the ever-popular cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” that The Horrible Crowes had been playing at shows. I’m still holding out hope that this gets pressed at some point in the future. No regrets, just love.
A-side matrix etching: BAREFOOTIN
B-side matrix etching: YOU AIN’T LEAVIN THE STAGE
Just received the debut 7″ in Third Man Records’ new Live 7″ series, from the so-hot-right-now Alabama Shakes. The two songs featured on the single are from the band’s debut album, Boys & Girls, which hasn’t even been released yet – due out April 10th. “Be Mine” on the A-side and “You Ain’t Alone” on the reverse, both recorded at Third Man Records during Soundland Festival 2011. You can’t turn anywhere in the music world right now without hearing them mentioned. The band plays an incredibly catchy mix of southern rock and soul fronted by singer Brittany Howard and her incredibly powerful and raspy soul/pop vocals. Give them a listed on their Facebook page and pick up the 7″ from Third Man Records. Consider throwing the awesome new Jack White single, Love Interruption, in with your order.