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Brendan/Jack Songs that could have been Racs

11 February 2015 - 08:26 AM

In the years following Consolers of the Lonely, both Brendan and Jack have put out a few solo albums. After hearing them write together and develop a sound, I can't help but feel like some of their solo songs could have been done well as Raconteurs songs. Ones that jump out at me the most are


-Alone in my Home (JW)

-LIght of Day (BB)

-Swimming (BB)

-On and On and On (JW)


I do think its kind of funny that the sound of most Jack's Raconteurs essentially became the sound of his solo material. White Stripes always had a bit of country in them, but they had a vibe all their own because of the restrictions and rules. I remember people calling The Raconteurs "southern fried rock" or comparing it to a heavier Neil Young. I guess it was really just Jack being Jack more than being The Raconteurs (obviously this doesn't apply to every song, especially the ones BB mostly wrote). Songs like Top Yourself or Carolina Drama wouldn't feel out of place on his solo albums at all.


I even see a huge similarity in style, mood, tone, whatever you want to call it. That old fashioned, electricity just invented, ominous vibe seems to shadow over both this band and his solo work, only difference being it feels like The Raconteurs were dipped in copper and Jack White's solo show takes place on the set of Luigi's Mansion.





Album Artwork, and Why it Means So Much

22 November 2014 - 04:29 PM

I don't have to speak much about this topic's foundation. I think we can all agree that an album's artwork is a huge part of the music. The cover of Abbey Road is just as recognizable as any "classic" piece of art. 

I was thinking about how people don't seem to care what the front of a DVD case looks like. Film is just as much of an art as music, yet there's something different. We love album art, we display it, we want it in our hands. Most people I know, including those who still are ALL about tangible music, don't seem to feel the same with movies. I suppose you could argue any kind of media, like video games as well. 

Anyone have any insight on this? I find it quiet perplexing.


24 October 2013 - 10:01 PM

Interesting project



Great Bands with Bad Music: The Filtering Process

13 September 2013 - 07:16 AM

The majority of artists out there eventually hit a peak in their career. Sometimes it's right off the bat with their debut, many times it's a few albums in, and in some cases it's at the end of their careers. I've wandered through the "complete works" of just about every legendary music act their is, each time finding it to be quite a struggle at first to digest all the material. Where do you start? How are you going to find the golden tracks when there are 30 albums under an artist's belt?!


Not every great act has a flawless discography. Few in fact do, and those who do typically knew when it call it quits. Even great acts like The Rolling Stones have albums that absolutely pale in comparison to their peak years. I'm almost certain that if The Beatles had stayed together, they would be in the same boat (but who really knows..)

I started this topic because I just got a friend of mine into R.E.M. Not an easy task for a band that was around for so long and went through so many phases over the course of 15 albums. They started off as a quirky, somewhat dark alternative rock band in the 80's and evolved into a gigantic mainstream act in the early 90's. Both those periods are highly praised (though people will argue over whether the early stuff or the 90's stuff was their peak), and pretty much all the albums that followed through 2011 were patchy efforts. 


An easy band to do this with is Weezer. First two albums both classics, hands down. All their following releases were pretty average with a few standout tracks. There's a lot of fat to trim off the Weezer catalog, but the great stuff is REALLY great.


Everybody has a few bands that they know EVERYTHING about. I guess I started this thread to see what other people have to say about their favorite artists with patchy discographies. I think we could all learn a lot from each other this way as far as how to get into bands that perhaps we have been turned off by in the past due to some iffy material.

Macaulay Culkin & Adam Green art

28 September 2012 - 10:53 AM

Has anybody seen this? In these days where everyone seems concerned with Culkin's health, this popped up