Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gig Poster Thursday - The Black Keys - The Lawn at White River State Park, Indianapolis - 6.10.11

Artist: Chuck Sperry

The Black Keys hit meteoric fame after the release of 'El Camino' in 2012.  Prior to that release, they were starting to perform amphitheaters and outdoor venues after the release of 'Brothers' in 2011.  It was the very start of them changing from the secret band that you felt cool knowing about, to the blockbuster sold-out arena band we know today.  For me, the 'Brothers' tour was my first exposure to The Black Keys live.  A friend of mine started getting me into them after the 'Brothers' release and
I was instantly hooked.  My buddy visited me in Chicago the weekend of this show and we headed out to Indy to check them out.  What an experience it was getting to see them own the outdoor venue.  They were on the verge of busting out and we got to experience that.  Since this show, I've been an obsessive Black Keys fan.

Hip Trip - A Hipster Guide to Brooklyn, NYC

How to experience Brooklyn in 6 hours

One of the many perks of my job is I get to travel to some pretty cool places.  Most of them I travel to quite frequently, so I sometimes take it for granted.  However, every once in awhile I get to go to a place out of my ordinary footprint. 
I was scheduled to work in New Jersey this week, so I figured I'd take the opportunity to visit some cool places in NYC.  I have work related events during the middle of the week so I knew I wouldn't have much time to myself.  My wife and I came out to NYC a few years ago for a few days and did most of the touristy stuff one would do in the city.  While we were here we briefly went through Brooklyn and I have been yearning to visit again to get a full dose of the borough.  Brooklyn reminded me of the Wicker Park and Bucktown areas of Chicago which I loved while living there.  It has the same hipster, gritty feel.  Great coffee shops, dive bars, record stores, trendy restaurants and boutique shops that you can spend hours in.  My review of Brooklyn is by no means an expert travel review on where to go.  In fact, the places I went to could be considered crappy by people reading this.  I'm just going to give my feedback on some pretty cool places I visited while there.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jack White announces new album 'Lazaretto' and releases first track 'High Ball Stepper'

The highly anticipated "sophomore" solo album to be released June 10

Jack White announced today on his website, he will be releasing his second solo album on 6.10.14 through Third Man Records.  We have waited about two years since Jack released 2012's 'Blunderbuss' for a follow-up album.  Rumors have been buzzing since late last year that Jack has been in the studio and mentioned that he was ready with 20 new tracks since early 2013.  About two months ago it was also announced Jack produced an album of covers with Neil Young, with Young providing most of the vocals.
On his website, it was mentioned the first single and title track 'Lazaretto' will be released later this month.  Also being released through the website is a new 'Vault Package' in which limited edition vinyl, hard bound 'Lazaretto' book with lyrics and notes, post cards and more.  Leave it to Jack White to never leave a stone unturned.