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Circus Devils

My Mind Has Seen The White Trick

    Founded by Robert Pollard, completed by the Tobias brothers Todd and Tim, Ohio’s Circus Devils have been lurking under the radar since 2001. They’re back with two new albums for 2013, both released on the same day!

    On When Machines Attack, the trio delivers a collection of eighteen sonic postcards from a probable future forecasting civilization’s approaching doom and the opportunities to cash in. The cast of improbable characters on display includes the “Controller” who introduces the album, along with Johnny Dart, Bad Earthman, Doberman Wasp, The Brain of the Iron Fist, and more. A satisfyingly unsettling listen from top to bottom (or perhaps unsettlingly satisfying?), it’s perfect for late-night car trips—driving alone, of course. Keep watching the skies!

    Circus Devils continue to stretch their musical muscles on My Mind Has Seen the White Trick, a set of thematically unrelated pieces that at times ventures into jazzier territory. The terrain remains darkly mysterious, as always, with multiple layers to explore and reward the listener on repeated plays. Unlike the trio’s albums of the past, the music was written to match the vocal melodies, instead of the other way around. It may be the birth of a new Circus Devils.

    • Long-running Robert Pollard sideproject sees him backed by GBV alumni Todd and Tim Tobias.

    • Tenth and eleventh albums to date, and their first in two years.

    Jack White

    Ice Station Zebra

      The third single from Jack White’s critically-acclaimed third solo album “Boarding House Reach.” Featuring artwork that connects with previous singles’ artwork by The Third Man, Rob Jones & Nat Strimpopulos.

      Jack White

      Over And Over And Over / Everything You've Ever Learned

        The second single off of Jack White’s acclaimed, challenging and diverse third solo recording Boarding House Reach. This 7” features the anthemic Over and Over and Over on the a-side with buzzy, spoken-word track Everything You’ve Ever Learned on the b-side.

        Boarding House Reach sees Jack White expanding his musical palate with perhaps his most ambitious work thus far, a collection of songs that are simultaneously timeless and modern. Written and conceived while holed up in a Spartan apartment with literally no outside world distractions, White exclusively used the same kind of gear he had when he was 15 years old (a quarter-inch four-track tape recorder, a simple mixer, and the most basic of instrumentation). The album explores a remarkable range of sonic terrain - crunching rock 'n' roll, electro and hard funk, proto punk, hip hop, gospel blues, and even country - all remapped and born anew to fit White's matchless vision and sense of restless experimentation. Boarding House Reach is a testament to the breadth of Jack White's creative power and his bold artistic ambition.

        Boarding House Reach was produced by Jack White III and recorded at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, Sear Sound in New York, NY, and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA; the album was mixed by Bill Skibbe, Joshua V. Smith, and White at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN.


        Barry says: Existential questions, grooving rock and/or roll riffage, White's unmistakable vocals, and an impeccable attention to detail. Thoroughly brilliant, and completely essential. Get this up your ears.

        Jack White

        Connected By Love / Respect Commander

          The first single from the forthcoming Jack White 2018 full-length album on Columbia/XL. 

          Jack Rose

          Red Horse, White Mule

            Part of a collaboration with Jack Rose’s estate and Three Lobed Records to restore all of his LPs to print, VHF presents new vinyl editions of the celebrated guitarist’s first three solo albums, newly cut by John Golden Mastering from the original source material. Originally issued on LP by Eclipse Records between 2002-04, these releases chart an eclectic, more experimental approach left behind as his technique and compositions became more refined and deliberate on later works like Kensington Blues. Rose’s 2002 solo debut Red Horse, White Mule was a bit of an outlier in the underground gestalt at the time, coming just before the wave of releases from the new generation of Takoma- / Fahey-inspired players. Strictly a solo affair, Red Horse balances the epic, side-long raga of “Red Horse” against a second side of shorter pieces, including the ragged slide style of “The Colonel’s Blues.” The compositions and performances incorporate the new and the classic with a rough-hewn charm.

            “Rose’s personalized and disparate criteria awaken feelings of both rapture and tragedy on the scale of that which must have been felt by the newly-wed anthropologist who drove Kiowa Indian guests out of his Oklahoma residence with Victrola discs of Amelita Galli-Curci in order to go to bed with his bride or the child who, on hearing Bugs Bunny sing Queen Liluokalani’s dirge “Aloha Oe,” quarantined himself in the clothes hamper until such time that the United States withdraws from Hawai’i.” - Kisan Nagai, blues scholar, on Red Horse, White Mule.

            Jack White announces the release of Lazaretto, the follow up to his debut album, 'Blunderbuss'. The new album is highlighted by the lead single and title track, "Lazaretto."

            NB: The vinyl edition is the "ULTRA LP" version:
            *180 gram vinyl
            *2 vinyl-only hidden tracks hidden beneath the center labels
            *1 hidden track plays at 78 RPM, one plays at 45 RPM, making this a 3-speed record
            *Side A plays from the inside out
            *Dual-groove technology: plays an electric or acoustic intro for “Just One Drink” depending on where needle is dropped. The grooves meet for the body of the song.
            *Matte finish on Side B, giving the appearance of an un-played 78 RPM record
            *Both sides end with locked grooves
            *Vinyl pressed in seldom-used flat-edged format
            *Dead wax area on Side A contains a hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, the first of its kind on a vinyl record
            *Absolutely zero compression used during recording, mixing and mastering
            *Different running order from the CD/digital version
            *LP utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD and digital version.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Andy says: Jack keeps it real, bringing back all the romance and wonder of beautiful vinyl with his enchanting "ultra" LP. The music ain't bad either!

            The long awaited new album from Mr Jack White.

            Produced by White and recorded at his own Third Man Studio in Nashville, 'Blunderbuss' has been described by White as "an album I couldn't have released until now. I've put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas."


            LP Info: LP pressed on heavyweight 180gm vinyl and features download code and poster.

            Jack White

            Fly Farm Blues

            "Fly Farm Blues" is a song written on the spot by Jack White at the request of film director Davis Guggenheim while filming the impressive new guitar documentary 'It Might Get Loud'. The film features in-depth looks at Mr. White, The Edge, and Jimmy Page's relationships with the six-stringed instrument. Jack recorded the song immediately to two-track, all while being filmed for the documentary in the attic of the Fly Farm. Some astute viewers may recognize this attic room as the same used by Jim Jarmusch in his video for the Raconteurs' "Steady As She Goes".


            Ltd 7" Info: "Fly Farm Blues" is released on a special limited one-sided 7" by Third Man Records.

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