August 5, 2007

Jack White will rock you as he upholsters; plus scads of White Stripes b-sides

Thanks to a fantastic UK pal who shall remain nameless, my Sunday of struggling with re-tiling my shower (seriously and hint: don’t try it) has been significantly brightened. Behold a bonanza of White Stripes b-sides AND three songs from Jack White’s stint in The Upholsterers (a circa 2000 project with Brian Muldoon).

I find the White Stripes fascinating and brutal and talented, with their minimalistic rawness and fierce bluesy rock always hitting the spot. As an aspiring female drummer myself, I like Meg’s work, as simple as it is. I remember reading someone’s celebrity playlist on iTunes a good two years ago and whoever it was said of the White Stripes single “Blue Orchid” that it made their balls tingle (sorry Mom). Although I have no firsthand experience with that particular sensation, I’ll agree that it sounds pretty apt for most of these songs as well. Get ready for . . . a sea of red and black.

The Big Three Killed My Baby
(1999, 7″)
Red Bowling Ball Ruth

White Stripes/Dirtbombs
(2000, 7″ Split)
Hand Springs

“The Upholsterers”
Makers of High Grade Suites
(2000, 7″)
Apple of My Eye
I Ain’t Superstitious

Party of Special Things To Do
(Sub Pop Singles Club, Dec 2000, 7″)
All Captain Beefheart covers
Party of Special Things To Do
Ashtray Heart
China Pig

Fell In Love With A Girl
(April 2002, CD Single)
Let’s Shake Hands
Lovesick (Dylan cover, live)
Lafayette Blues

Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground
(Aug 2002, CD Single)
Suzy Lee (live on BBC Radio 1)
Stop Breaking Down (live on BBC Radio 1, Robert Johnson cover)

I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
(Sept 2003, CD Single)
Who’s To Say (Dan Miller cover)
I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman (live on John Peel Show)

Seven Nation Army
(May 2005, CD Single)
Good To Me (Brendan Benson cover)
Black Jack Davey

Blue Orchid
(May 2005, CD Single)
You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket (live in Belfast)
Who’s A Big Baby?
Though I Hear You Calling, I Will Not Answer

My Doorbell
(Sept 2005, CD Single)
Screwdriver (live 6/1/05 in Manaus, Brazil)

The Denial Twist
(Nov 2005, CD Single)
Shelter of Your Arms
(Greenhornes cover)

Walking With A Ghost EP
(Dec 2005)
Walking With A Ghost
(Tegan & Sara cover)
The Denial Twist
(live on KCRW 8/15/05)
As Ugly As I Seem
(live on KCRW 8/15/05)
Same Boy You’ve Always Known (live)


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  • “Shelter of Your Arms” is a Greenhornes cover. Just wanted to give some lovin to the the great band that died so that the Raconteurs could live.

    Kel J — August 6, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

  • Kel J, you rock. Thanks for helping us remember that sacrifice.

    heather — August 6, 2007 @ 7:28 pm

  • Thanks Heather.

    (And Kel J – that’s a great title for a blogpost!)

    Ryan of the RSL blog — August 6, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

  • Hey Ryan, thanks! And Heather thanks for giving the Greenhornes some props. Wasn’t trying to be a smart ass or anything. The Greenhornes are just to cool not to be given credit.

    kel j — August 6, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

  • I first saw them live in 2001 and they just blew my mind. I took my Dad to see them at the end of July and he loved them. I think he loved Meg more, but such were our seats. Anyway, I snagged the .zip file and wanted to say thanks!

    Laura — August 7, 2007 @ 6:32 am

  • I’ll tile your shower for you. But it’s a long walk from California.

    I think if you like Rogue Wave you’d like Phoenix and the Turtle. They played together awhile ago at the Glass House I think.

    nick bahula is dead — August 7, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

  • Meanwhile on the other side of the world…

    Due to the international dateline and stuff I only just read this post. And, literally as I scrolled past the Shelter of Your Arms track I was listening to The Greenhornes version, which, I’m a trifle ashamed to say, I’ve only just discovered.
    And now, through the power of the internet, and of course, this dear little website, I get to hear a comparative version! Back-to-back! Hurrah!

    And then I learn, through your informed readers comments, they’re related to The Raconteurs. And while always a Brendon Benson fan, the other members, I’ve neglected. But now, I have reason to seek out more.

    About the only thing that could make life more complete might be a little monkey to pour me another glass of wine, but you know, mmmm.

    Mike 5 — August 8, 2007 @ 5:33 am

  • Mike 5. I love that last sentence. Best….ever. Thanks for making me laugh out loud. Glad you enjoyed the demos.

    heather — August 8, 2007 @ 5:41 am

  • Thank you so, much!!! This is absolutely amazing.

    Shelby — August 8, 2007 @ 5:44 pm

  • Sadly, I cannot get at any of the files. Have they expired?

    Chelseagirl — August 13, 2007 @ 8:07 am

  • Yeah, they all expired except the Upholsterers stuff.

    heather — August 13, 2007 @ 8:29 am

  • Oh no I need this zip file I must’ve just missed it! Could you temporarily repost or at least email me the file at ?! I’d gladly tile your shower!

    Josef — August 13, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

  • I think they’ve expired.

    Pleaseeeee repost them.

    Anonymous — August 13, 2007 @ 5:20 pm

  • can’t believe i’m late this time… please repost it. at least the zip file. pretty please.
    Jack White makes me buy vinyls again. and god, they smell sexy…

    ps. how’s your shower, Heather? last year i wanted to kill the guy who tiled my bathroom, so i know what you’ve been going through…

    karmela — August 16, 2007 @ 4:55 am

  • I would also like to beg for a repost. I have been stuck on dial up and finally back on high speed. This is the first site I pulled up in hopes to finally download the Stripes. Please…I beg of you!

    Anonymous — August 22, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

  • Anon, email me.

    heather — September 4, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

  • Hi, I came across your site looking for white stripes b-sides and I’m too little too late it seems. Now sadly, I’m hooked as it seems we listen to a lot of similar music. Especially enjoyed your reviews of the Wilco and Ryan Adams concerts, downloaded that early counting crows show, and always enjoy reading anyone’s impression of Elvis. So… Thanks!

    Adam — September 9, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

  • Heather

    The White Stripes are my favorites!!! I am so bummed they cancelled their tour…

    I would love to have these B sides. Is there anyway you can repost or send them to me??

    Many many thanks! It would be sooooooo appreciated.

    loretta — October 8, 2007 @ 10:28 pm

  • I would like to beg for the zip file as well. Thanks!

    egross — October 17, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

  • can you please repost these? ive been looking for the upholsterers songs for a long time now. thanks a lot!

    Anonymous — October 25, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

  • How can I download these?

    Anonymous — December 13, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

  • If you still have them, I’d love it if you could email a zip of these to

    Aluminum57 — December 13, 2007 @ 9:44 pm

  • me too…. please

    thanks a million

    Anonymous — February 10, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

  • Yeah, could you possibly upload these songs again?


    Anonymous — March 2, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

  • Heather, could you please post again or share on something like rapidshare? Love the White Stripes!

    jyanich — May 30, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

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