March 22, 2008

Steady as I go to see the Raconteurs

Jack White and Brendan Benson’s side project/other band The Raconteurs have announced a limited run of tour dates next month, including one in San Francisco on April 23, right before Coachella. Same night as the reunited Verve’s first U.S. show in ten years. King-Solomon-like choices must be made.

The new Raconteurs album Consolers of the Lonely was recorded earlier this month, and in a superhuman feat of record mixery and pressing, it will be released this Tuesday [on Third Man/XL/Warner Brothers]. In celebration of all the coming gratification, I’ve been listening to some scorchingly good live Raconteurs — let’s share.

October 15, 2006
Five On The Five
(on the new album)
Christian Life
(Louvin Brothers cover)
Bang Bang (Sonny Bono cover)
Store Bought Bones
Yellow Sun
Blue Veins Intro Jam
Blue Veins
Intimate Secretary
Steady As She Goes
Broken Boy Soldier

Headin’ For The Texas Border (Flamin’ Groovies cover, live in Brixton 2006)
Crazy (Gnarls Barkley cover, live at Lollapalooza 2006)
It Ain’t Easy (David Bowie cover, live at Lollapalooza 2006)
[Bowie mp3 fixed; if you snag the zip, get this single track too]


Birds of Avalon opening

Apr 20 – Commodore Ballroom/Vancouver, BC
Apr 21 – Neumo’s/Seattle, WA
Apr 22 – Wonder Ballroom/Portland, OR
Apr 23 – Bimbo’s 365/San Francisco
Apr 26 – The Joint/Las Vegas, NV
Apr 28 – The Fillmore/Denver, CO
Apr 29 – Uptown Theatre/Kansas City, MO
May 1 – House of Blues/Dallas, TX
May 2 – Stubbs BBQ/Austin, TX
May 3 – Stubbs BBQ/Austin, TX

UK/Europe dates to be announced in the near future.

PS – First comment on this pic is still making me laugh.


  • The Verve show would be great, but I’ve never heard a negative review of any Jack White performance. I’d go see the Raconteurs. Hopefully, they’ll play “Bang Bang” at that show.

    Ricker — March 22, 2008 @ 7:24 pm

  • wow, what great sound! thanks heather

    Anonymous — March 22, 2008 @ 7:51 pm

  • On May 4th they’ll be at Jazz Fest, can’t wait to see them there! Hopefully the Joan Jett hairstyle will grow out.

    aims — March 22, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

  • apparently it was released accidentally on iTunes this week, though right now I don’t see it on the iTunes webshop…

    Asian Kid A — March 23, 2008 @ 2:13 am

  • easy choice, heather.

    the verve, simply because it will be a “you had to be there” show and the raconteurs will more than likely stay together longer!

    ortholomeux. — March 23, 2008 @ 10:09 am

  • omgz, he totally does look like joan jett in that pic!

    c — March 23, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

  • I was checking to see if Web Sher left a comment on your post, like he did on mine.
    What do you think that’s about? I just posted an open letter, asking WS what the deal is, but it looks like the RIAA is going to start getting super aggressive with mp3 blogs.
    Are you worried? I’d appreciate it if you would have readers come to my post and comment–I really want to see what folks think about this, and I know WS is reading my blog regularly.
    Here’s the post:

    ekko — March 23, 2008 @ 6:24 pm

  • will be at the warfield myself. raconteurs will be back (but probably not at bimbos)…who knows when the verve will be. can’t believe that the verve gig still hasn’t sold out.

    Anonymous — March 23, 2008 @ 8:06 pm

  • The It Ain’t Easy mp3 is corrupted, fyi.

    Thanks for all the cool music.

    Anonymous — March 24, 2008 @ 6:02 pm

  • thank you Anon! The Bowie track is fixed now.

    heather — March 24, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

  • Trying to decide whether or not to see them at the Fillmore. I’ve got a gang of friends that want to go, but I’m a cheap bastard and not sure that I want to pay 45 bones…

    JJ — March 25, 2008 @ 9:12 am

  • Love the Gnarls Barkley cover, thanks!

    Dan — March 30, 2008 @ 7:22 pm

  • I wonder; are they on Myspace?

    jaded_conformist — March 31, 2008 @ 8:16 am

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