Their LA show is "special" (it's at Icky Thump records, so yeah, I guess it is special), their New York is show "secret", and their album USB-drive is creepy/kind of awesome. I will admit that despite all this fanfare, I do like Icky Thump.
Recently I have been made aware that not everyone appreciates my poking fun at the White Stripes, so I'm going to explain my reasoning. Hands down, the White Stripes make great rock & roll. However, while nothing about their music is particularly revolutionary, everything about their presentation of themselves seems geared to make the pair look both eccentric and inevitably classic - the white, red, and black color scheme; the album titles; the press releases. Few bands could pull this off well (they do), just as few songwriters could pull off so many albums and hit singles with nothing but a guitarist/vocalist and drummer. The simplicity of their music and line-up stands to defy the label "pretentious" while everything about its presentation stands in contrast. My best reaction then is to catch them at their own joke and laugh about it while still fully enjoying their music.
The White Stripes - Stop Breaking Down (from their self-titled album)
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Tour dates from Pitchfork
Meanwhile, Saturna's album Some Delicious Enemy, which I wrote about briefly in April, was released on Tuesday.
Saturna - Just for Thrills
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