Watch Rap City, the WHYY documentary on Philly’s hip-hop scene circa 1988. [link]
Jack White released his first solo record, Blunderbuss, earlier this year, and fans immediately latched on to the all-out rock tracks like “Love Interruption” and “I’m Shakin’”. In the new video for the latter single, White faces off against himself (and beatboxes) in a warehouse in the midst of rockin’ out compatriots. The color scheme might be the same as “Love Interruption” but the energy is definitely kicked up a notch.
More than half a century after she released her Top 40 single “Let’s Have A Party” in the late ’50s, Wanda Jackson is apparently still partying. Last month, the 73-year-old “Queen Of Rockabilly”—who was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009—released The Party Ain’t Over, a covers collection produced by The White Stripes’ Jack White. It’s an interesting pairing, to be sure—and one that has some people hootin’ and hollerin’ for Jack White’s head. For a good laugh, make sure to check out a couple of the indignant online reviews from longtime superfans who simply can’t believe that a hipster hotshot like White was even allowed in the same studio as Wanda Jackson. Who cares if it was actually White’s own studio in Nashville (or if it was his initiative that led to Jackson recording her first album in five years—and only her third album in the last 20 years)? How dare White add a raucous horn section to Wanda’s music? HOW DARE HE? Her vocals are, like, totally buried in the mix! It’s an outrage, I tell you! Wanda Jackson performs with The Lustre Kings and Delco Nightingale at 8 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the show are $30–$55.