XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “High Ball Stepper” by Jack White

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Last week Jack White announced he was releasing a new album, Lazaretto, on June 10th. The first song from the record that he’s released is an instrumental, “High Ball Stepper,” a bluesy, psychedelic guitar jam. White will release the title song of the album on April 19th as part of Record Store Day. He’s billing it as “the world’s fastest released record in the history of mankind.” According to his web site:

At 10am in the morning, Jack will take the stage in Third Man’s blue room and record direct-to-acetate what will serve as the limited edition version of his next single, a live rendition of the title track from his upcoming LP Lazaretto. The masters will then be rushed over to United Record Pressing, who will immediately begin pressing 45s. The sleeves will be printed from pictures taken at the show. The finished records will be whisked back to Third Man to sell to awaiting fans.

Below, listen to “High Ball Stepper.”

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  • John Cecil Price

    I reallly do DIG this track! But dancey it is NOT! It’s a mid tempo, neo-psych, blues revival and a hardrock masterpiece that ya either rock forward and backward to either sitting or standing, etc. Better psych, rock, hard rock tunes that are totally 1000% dance frenzied tunes are Led Zeps version of We’re gonna groove; Lenny Kravitz are ya gonna go my way; moby grape, omaha; the mc5, kick out the jams which is possibly the best ever hard rock, dance meets psych blowout to ever be recorded. This is amazing music. But its not that danceable and lumbers in more on the thud, thump and heaviness of bein a trippy testes out rock tune.