The Wrap-Up: This Week in Music + 12 Cuts
The Wrap-Up brings you the 5 largest music news stories of the week as well as information about new album and music video releases. This week: a bar confrontation, Twitter beef, Emmy victories, a reunion, and more new tracks.
HEADLINES OF THE WEEK
1. Jack White and the Black Keys tensions rise and fall
In an ideal world, our favorite BRU artists would all get along perfectly (and maybe even play one big show together in Providence). Unfortunately, Jack White and the Black Keys, two of our favorite bluesy rockers, have had beef since January 2010. It all started when White told Rolling Stone, “I’m a lot more to do with Jay-Z than the Black Keys.” Over the last few years, White and the Black Keys have taken jabs at each other in various interviews, but tensions escalated to a new level early this week. The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney went to Twitter (seemingly the main way for celebrities to handle beef nowadays) to talk about a sour encounter with White at the New York City bar Cabin Down Below.
I’ve never met Jack White. Until last night. He came into a bar in Nyc I go to a lot with a few friends and tried to fight me. I don’t fight and don’t get fighting but he was mad!!! He is why I play music. The bully assholes who made me feel like nothing. Music was a private non competitive thing. Not sure what he’s unhappy with cuz I just liked Zeppelin a lot and wanted to play guitar. Cut my pinky off and ended up being a drummer. Not the best drummer but a passionate one. But any way Jack White. A 40 year old bully tried to fight the 35 year old nerd. It might get loud but it might also get really really sad and pathetic. Jack White is basically Bill Corgan’s dumb ass zero t-shirt in human form.
Most of the tweets have been deleted since their release on Monday, but White denied that their encounter reached the point of a fight, telling Entertainment Weekly, “Nobody tried to fight you, Patrick. Nobody touched you or ‘bullied’ you. You were asked a question you couldn’t answer so you walked away. So quit whining to the Internet and speak face to face like a human being. End of story.”
However, things seemed to take a positive turn when Carney, in a tweet that has been deleted, stated, “Talked to jack for an hour he’s cool. All good.” White then confirmed that the feeling is mutual in a tweet through his record label, Third Man Records.
“From one musician to another, you have my respect Patrick Carney.” -Jack White
— Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) September 14, 2015
So it looks like we may be closer to that ideal world (at least for now).
2. Foo Fighters take home Emmy awards
The Foo Fighters have crossed over into TV domination with two wins at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday night. The Creative Arts Emmys focuses on technical excellence and the Foo Fighters’ docuseries Sonic Highways gathered 4 nominations: Best Information Series Or Special, Outstanding Directing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. The Seattle episode beat Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck to win the awards for Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming. So feel free to have a toast for the Foos this weekend!
3. Arcade Fire will release two new songs in an upcoming 7″
September is a good month for Arcade Fire fans: their documentary, the Reflektor Tapes, will hit theaters on Sept. 23 and a limited edition 7″ with two new songs comes out on Sept 25. Arcade Fire have performed the two new songs, “Get Right” and “Crucified Again,” on tour before, but now we can finally get studio versions for ourselves. And if you haven’t made the investment in a record player yet, you can just display the 7″ on your wall (it will make you look cooler) and just use the download card that comes with it.
4. The Dead Weather return to the stage for the first time in 5 years
This week’s Smash or Trash champions The Dead Weather last performed live in August 2010 on the Late Show With David Letterman. They reunited for new host Stephen Colbert on Monday to play their single “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” from Dodge and Burn, which comes out on Sept. 25. Luckily, White’s feud with the Black Keys didn’t impact his performance with the supergroup. Featuring some badass headbanging from vocalist Alison Mosshart and trippy in-camera effects, the performance is definitely worth a watch.
5. New Order give us “Plastic”
New Order have finally released the studio version of “Plastic,” which they debuted at a tour stop in Chicago. The fast-paced track is supplemented by vocals from English synthpop artist La Roux and shows that the 35-year-old band is far from over. “Plastic” and “Restless,” which was been featured on Smash or Trash, will appear on New Order’s upcoming album Music Complete, out Sept. 25.
And here are your 12 CUTS ABOVE THE REST!