Something Else! sneak peek: Jack White, "Machine Gun Silhouette" (2012)

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Check out the newly released B-side to Jack White’s “Love Interruption” single, the decidedly more upbeat “Machine Gun Silhouette.”

Both songs, available today through White’s own Nashville-based Third Man Records, are set for inclusion in the former White Stripes frontman’s forthcoming solo project Blunderbuss.

Though White has been active in recording since the announcement of the White Stripes’ breakup last year, this is his debut solo record. He has described it 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.”

Here’s a look back at our recent thoughts on the White Stripes. Click through the headlines for complete reviews …

ON SECOND THOUGHT: THE WHITE STRIPES – ELEPHANT (2003): There was a knowing swagger informing every track, every lick. The White Stripes played a blend of garage-derived blues-rock that was well-tread by the early Led Zeppelin, but has rarely been successfully resurrected since. The key was that the Stripes weren’t simply in this to make a buck or to gain fame. Jack White sang with a weight fitting of the blues, but never gave in to the unfortunate tendency most rock groups have when approaching the blues — that the blues is primarily sad. The blues is anything but sad, and is in fact a celebration of sorts — a celebration grown from the fertile soil of pain.

BREAKING NEWS! THE WHITE STRIPES BREAKUP IS ‘OFFICIAL’: We here at Something Else! were sad to see the report of the official breakup of The White Stripes. However, there are many, many websites out there that appear to be swallowing Meg & Jack’s word on the subject. This isn’t surprising, since the true reason for their breakup has been kept under wraps for several years. What follows is a long-lost “review” of the White Stripes album Icky Thump, a rumpled copy of which was found abandoned in the desk drawer in a room at the Motel 6 in Yarmouth, Maine. It has been determined that the material was produced on a Hermes 3000 manual typerwriter. The author has never been determined.

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