RNR News and Notes Archives for 2012-03

Jack White's Record Day Addition

White Stripes Special Edition Vinyl To Be Released

Jack White will release a one-off White Stripes vinyl disc for Record Store Day. The rare disc will feature re-issue of two singles by his former band, The White Stripes. His label Third Man Records will release a special edition red and black vinyl disc featuring 'Handsprings' and 'Red Death At 6:14' on April 21.

Arcade Fire also recently announced that they will be releasing remixes of their tracks 'Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)' and 'Ready To Start' to celebrate this year's annual event.

Last week, White played a series of songs by The White Stripes for his first solo debut gig at his label's birthday party. White also recently debuted his second solo single 'Sixteen Saltines' online (see below).His debut solo record 'Blunderbuss' is due out on April 24th.

Mumford and Sons at SXSW

SXSW Set Includes New Music

Mumford and Sons headed up the bill on the University of Texas' LBJ lawn Saturday night (March 17) as part of the final day of the music wing of SXSW festival in Austin.

The band played a number of songs which seem likely to make their second album, including live favorites 'Lover's Eyes' and 'Lover Of The Light'. Marcus Mumford introduced 'Ghosts That We Knew', a song they first debuted in November last year, as "one you definitely haven't heard before."

Mumford and Sons joined Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on the line-up after the second public screening of the film 'Big Easy Express', which documents the bands' joint 2011 Railroad Revival Tour of North America. The Emmett Malloy directed film received its worldwide premiere earlier on in the day at the Paramount Theatre, after which Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and members of Old Crow Medicine Show reunited to perform a short acoustic set.

Mick and Keith Make Up

Mick and Keith Make Up!

It was a feud that threatened to end a 50-year friendship… and break up the world’s greatest rock band, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards recently revealed they had kissed and made up in a heart-to-heart meeting in New York.

The riff began after Keith took a literal "low blow" at Mick, 68, in his tell-all 2010 autobiography, Life. The book included a claim that the superstar singer had a “tiny todger.” Since then Sir Elton John and Pete Townshend have stepped up and insisted he was well endowed down below.

Now the pair, who met at Dartford railway station in Kent as teenagers, have agreed life’s too short to let the rift continue. Mick said, “In the 80s, Keith and I were not communicating very well.

“I got very involved with the business side, mainly because I felt no one else was interested. But it’s plain now from the book that Keith felt excluded, which is a pity.’’

Keith, 68, added: “I know some parts of the book and some publicity really offended Mick and I regret that. Although we look like old codgers, we are still at bottom the boys on platform three at Dartford station.’’

Mick, “Er, actually, Keith, it was platform one.’’

Their reborn friendship could very well ensures a 50th anniversary tour. Bass player Bill Wyman, who quit in 1992, was involved in jamming sessions in London last December.

Lecturing Arcade Fire

Lecturing Arcade Fire


Arcade Fire will be guest lecturers at the University of Texas in Austin on March 19th. Band members Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Will Butler and Marika Anthony-Shaw will talk about the economic and humanitarian crisis in Haiti.  The band will also share their experiences as volunteers in Haiti and encourage students to get involved in ongoing relief efforts following the devastating earthquake there in 2010.
Arcade Fire have been outspoken in their support of Haiti, where singer and multi-instrumentalist Chassagne was born. They've raised well over $1 million for relief efforts over the past two years.
For more info on the cause and how you can get involved, check out

The Shins on SNL

The Shins on SNL

The Shins returned for their second appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend (March 10th). They played "Simple Song" and "It's Only Life," two tracks off their forthcoming fourth album Port of Morrow. The band heads to Austin next week for a March 15th SXSW show before hitting the road again for an extended tour including April 28th at Merriweather Post Pavilion when WRNR welcomes The Shins as headliners for the Sweetlife Food & Music Festival.


The Shins' new album comes out March 20th.