Saturday, December 27, 2014

Top 10 Albums of 2014

This was a hard list to write because I loved a lot of the music that came out this year so much. It's a shame the Grammy's aren't recognizing most of these amazing voices because of the bullshit that is the music industry. Either way, here's my top 10 (and some honorable mentions).


10. Foo Fighters Sonic Highways

The Foo Fighters went on a quest this year to travel across the United States to find and play in some of the most important recording studios in music history. The outcome of that is this album and an HBO series, both titled Sonic Highways (I haven't watched it yet but I intend to). It was an ambitious project that only Dave Grohl would actually try to attempt and succeed with it. I love Grohl's love for music history and want to share it with this generation of music fans. It's a very similar idea to his great documentary he directed in 2013, Sound City. Most of the songs sound a lot like their work on the incredible Wasting Light, especially their single from the album, “Something from Nothing”. But they did try to mask their style a little with the historical style of the musically significant city they were in. A decent album from a great band. They're #10 due to lack of creativity because honestly, this is just the same ol' Foo's but I love the same ol' Foo's just the same, so on my list it shall be.

9. Foster the People Supermodel

Again, I must defend Foster the People and their awesomeness! Supermodel was weird but they experimented and for a sophomore album, that's a ballsy thing to do. Plus, “Coming of Age” was a great first single for the album and just a very catchy song. I've already explained my love for this album on this blog, during NABLOPOMO so there's no need for that. Just listen to them and love them, damnit!

8. Alvvays Self Titled

Alvvays is a band from Canada that kind of snuck up on me towards the end of the year. As some people who read this blog know, I'm a librarian, and I saw this at the circulation desk a lot during October and November. I checked it out and the first thing I thought was, “oh god, another Best Coast surf pop band with ridiculously catchy songs – I'm hooked.” I'm such a sucker for these type of bands. “Archie, Marry Me” and “Party Police” are some key tracks. If you're like me and love these peppy, 1960's beach party bands, give this a listen.

7. Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire for No Witness

Here's another artist that snuck up on me towards the end of the year – damn! Angel Olsen sounds like Fiona Apple, The Dead Weather and Patti Smith mixed together...I love it. This is her second studio album and it's been getting rave reviews from pretty much every music media outlet...she'll be around for sure. Olsen is raw and visceral. It's also obvious she doesn't care what other people think and is just doing her thing – that's what makes this album important. Key tracks: EVERY SONG. Listen to it. 

6. Banks Goddess

Jillian Banks came out in 2014 with a fresh, new sound that showed us what R&B and dance music can sound like with passion and unapologetic honesty. Her raspy growl makes you feel every word she's singing and won't stop until you know how much she's hurting. Key tracks include “Waiting Game”, “Brain”, “This is What it Feels Like” and “Beggin' for Thread”. A great introduction to hopefully a long lasting career in music. 

5. Courtney Barnett The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas


I don't think I've mentioned Courtney Barnett at all on this blog. Barnett is one of the artists I fell in love with this year. She reminds me of early 90's rock – her guitar snarls from the amplifier almost like Kurt Cobain or Billy Corgan would prefer. Her lyrics are just rambles from what sounds like a journal, but it totally works. Some key tracks include “Out of the Woodwork”, “History Eraser”, “Anonymous Club”, “Avant Gardner” and “Lance Jr.”.

4. Sylvan Esso Self Titled

The type of music Sylan Esso creates could easily be very boring, lacking creativity and passion. Not Sylvan Esso though, they know how to do this type of music. Their self titled is full of bright and breezy melodies that will get you dancing. It's albums and bands like Sylvan Esso that should make dance and electropop groups want to be better. Some key tracks include, “Coffee”, “Wolf”, “H.S.K.T” and “Uncatena”. 

3. Jenny Lewis The Voyager

JLew had an amazing year, releasing her third solo album, The Voyager, produced by the exceptional Ryan Adams. I do miss Rilo Kiley but I'm glad Jenny Lewis is still making music because it's the closest we still have to the infamous indie foursome. You can tell, especially on this album, that Lewis had a strong influence in Rilo Kiley's sound and lyrics. “Slippery Slopes” sounds like it could be straight out of More Adventurous or The Execution of All Things. One thing I love about Jenny Lewis is her ability to write a song that sounds poppy and not serious and then out of nowhere, a serious thought will come through your speakers and you say to yourself, “well that got really deep really quick.” I loved that she worked with Ryan Adams on this album too because I feel both of them are a little like that. They're also very similar in their way of writing a song. They both discussed how they literally stayed at Pax AM (Adams Los Angeles studio,) for 48 hours straight just to get the guitar right for “She's Not Me” or the mood set for “You Can't Outrun 'Em”. When they write, they WRITE. They live and breathe these songs and it shows. Some key tracks include “Head Underwater”, “She's Not Me”, “Just One of the Guys” and “Late Bloomer”.

2. Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues

A very pivotal album in their career and in lead singer Laura Jane Grace's personal life, Transgender Dysphoria Blues really showed fans of Against Me! that they still had it. That indefinable thing that makes Against Me! great – their raw passion and unapologetic honesty that goes into their music and their lives. There's a reason why there's an exclamation point after their name. Energy is probably the first word I think of, when I think of Against Me!'s music. Let's rewind a little bit to 2010 when White Crosses came out. To be honest, Against Me! were having a rough couple years and now we know it's partially because of Laura Jane and her personal issues with her gender identity. White Crosses was okay but any Against Me! fan knew from listening, that their heart wasn't in it. There was just something about it. When a formerly identified Tom Gabel came out with the news that she would start transitioning from a male to a female, fans were supportive and curious to see how this change would effect Against Me! and their music. It turns out that luckily, they got better. A lot better. When Will Hermes reviewed this album for Rolling Stone, he said, “it takes balls to come out this way, in this genre”. Laura wouldn't have it any other way. Not to mention, I saw Against Me! play during their last tour when they came to the Capital Region and I didn't think it was possible that their live show could be more enjoyable but they sound better than ever. Key tracks include “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”, “True Trans Soul Rebel”, “FUCKMYLIFE666” and “Dead Friend”.

1. Ryan Adams Self Titled 
It's going to be very hard for me to write a coherent, cohesive sentence about Ryan Adams and this album. That's how much I love it. I can't even put into words how much I love this album and how proud I am of Ryan Adams this year. I've been following Ryan Adams for a long time. I really liked “New York, New York” when I heard it and years later when I was a senior in high school, I checked out Gold at the library I worked at. I fell in love and haven't looked back since. It's been a little rough for Adams and his music hasn't been consistent but I've loved him just the same. Then, he married Mandy Moore, discovered he had Meniere's Disease and got treatment for it and probably the most important part, he got clean. Adams struggled with drugs and alcohol pretty much his entire adult life and I'm so happy he has gotten it under control and is realizing now what he needs to do to make himself better. This album is the Ryan Adams fans knew was there, that's why we've stuck by him this entire time. This is going to sound weird but the music Adams creates now at his Pax AM studio is almost like a punk version of alternative country. There's distortion, the guitar is very rough and it's stripped down. Much like Laura Jane Grace, it's refreshing to see Adams doing what he wants to do finally, with no record label or person holding him back. The Ryan Adams we're seeing now is 100% him. Some of the songs on this album almost mirrors an early Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen – notably “Trouble”, “Stay With Me” and “I Just Might”. People have been comparing him to Bob Dylan and Graham Parsons for years and there's definitely still truth to that (seriously, no Graham Parsons, no Ryan Adams. Literally. I believe that.) but he's shying away from the country twang that he's become so known for from albums like Cold Roses and Jacksonville City Nights with the Cardinals and doing more of a mix that is uniquely Ryan. The entire album is great but key tracks include “Gimme Something Good,” “Trouble”, “Am I Safe”, “Stay With Me” and “Shadows”.

Honorable Mentions: 
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Hypnotic Eye
Hozier Self Titled
Bayside Cult
Interpol El Pintor
Ed Sheeran X

Friday, December 19, 2014

Wait a sec...

I haven't published a "best albums of the year" list since 2010?! 20-freakin-10?!?!

That's changing NOW.

EDIT: Okay, technically, it was 2011, I couldn't find it due to my end of the year tardiness.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My Recent Obsession with Tiny Desk Concert

A lot of bands I've been into recently have been performing Tiny Desk Concerts at NPR headquarters in D.C. I'm not entirely sure why but, it works and I love it.

It's a series that started on the music program, All Songs Considered. ASC host Bob Boilen started recording concerts at the 9:30 club in Washington D.C. and started a podcast to broadcast the recordings, promoting it on All Songs Considered. I couldn't find a lot of information about the middle of this endeavor but my guess is, the podcast became really popular and BAM Tiny Desk Concert! Instead of just recording other shows in D.C., why not bring musicians to NPR to record a concert of their own? Makes sense to me.

Here's a list of all the Tiny Desk Concerts you can ogle at on YouTube. SO. MANY. My favorites have got to be Macklemore, Hozier, The Civil Wars, Frank Turner and of course, Valerie June, whose Tiny Desk Concert I've already posted on this blog.

Even if you don't know the artist being showcased, it's also a great way to expose yourself to new music. And not only that, you get to see how they perform live (maybe more important for a new artist than how they sound on the recording). They usually run about 12-15 minutes, so it's not a lot of time you have to invest, although you could easily blow 2 hours looking at these damn videos. The artists usually do acoustic, due to tiny desk constraints, so that's a really cool aspect of this too. Some artists that primarily use electronics in their sound (LIKE UM, T-PAIN? So awesome he did one of these,) might be more inclined not to use their normal equipment just because of the small space and at this point, it's kind of gotten a reputation for being an acoustic space.

Basically, it's awesome. Watch a couple and you'll be hooked, waiting for the next one.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Sylvan Esso

This band has proven to me that they're worth talking about. I've been hearing "Coffee" on the radio for a couple months now and really liked it. Until I watched Conan one night and they were on the show (click the link to watch). That's where Sylvan Esso ruined it for me a little bit. I thought to myself, "wow, they are trying way too hard" and it seemed very contrived. Fast forward to a couple weeks later, a lot of my friends are into them and talking about them. Posting YouTube videos of their songs on Facebook. Since I was intrigued by them from the start, I thought, "okay, I'll click play and see what else they have to offer" and right around then was when I forgave them for the Conan performance because I fucking love this band!

The duo consists of Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, both from other bands originally. Their debut self titled album came out in May 2014 and "Coffee" was on the Billboard top 40 charts for July and August, staying at #39 but still, it's a big accomplishment.

I'm not sure if this is just a side project for them, but I hope they continue working together to make music. They seem to blend electronic music with different instruments (cowbell, banjo,) and it turns out to be pretty interesting. They seem like they aren't afraid to take risks and I like that. They remind me of what Arcade Fire would be if they wrote songs like "Sprawl II" all the time - very intricate, detailed synth electronic music. Definitely worth a listen.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Yeah, about NaBloPoMo...and Banks

Why did November have to be National Blog Writing Month? NABLOPOMO. Trying to make it happen!

I moved this month and my boyfriend and I decided it would be a good idea to host Thanksgiving in our new place (it was,) so I was a little busy. Sorry I went MIA...during NABLOPOMO...OF ALL THE MONTHS!

I'm going to try picking up right where I left off, starting with discussing Banks! Jillian Rose if you nasty!

So this girl grew up in California and started writing songs when she was a teenager. She got attention while touring with The Weeknd and began recording her debut album, Goddess, shortly after, in 2013.



Surprisingly, she's gotten a lot of Aaliyah comparisons. I don't really see it. She does tend to mumble and run off with her words similarly to Aaliyah but otherwise, not seeing it. Banks is definitely rougher and more alternative than Aaliyah, less R&B and more electro-trip-hop. She did however, do an amazing cover of "Are You That Somebody?"

Overall, I like her and I think she's doing something very original. No one really sounds like her right now. However, I'm still not sure if she has staying power. Goddess is a great debut album, but I'll believe her songwriting ability withstanding the music business when I see it.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Swiftamine, I needs it.

A couple weeks ago, Saturday Night Live confirmed that I wasn't the only one who feels this way about Taylor Swift. There are many people out there who are like, "ugh, is this really Taylor Swift? Why is she so good?" The answer to that question usually is, I just don't know but that girl is a pop song writing factory and 1989 is no exception to this.


I first started really noticing her music when Speak Now came out. Before then, she was a little too Country for my taste. Speak Now was a pivotal album for her regarding her sound and her first huge commercial success. It sold 12 million copies worldwide and went seven times platinum. It's very rare these days for an artist to even go platinum, let alone seven times!

Anyway, I wanted to talk more about 1989, her newest album that's without question, the most different from her catalog. It's funny, when she was going around saying to everyone she's a "pop" artist now, I thought to myself, "girl, you've been pop for a long time now!" but now I get what she meant. It's not that she's wasn't always pop (because she totally was, the only difference is that the production had a little more country twang to her songs and Speak Now and Red were just softer sounding than 1989,) it was that her sound was going to be more of what you would typically consider pop - basically using pro tools more and her acoustic guitar less. Ya know, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, that kind of stuff. More dancey. The difference is, they're dancey and Swift went more creativey and synthy. 1989 sounds like it could come straight out of the new wave era. Both songs she starts her album with, "Welcome to New York" and "Blank Space" are perfect examples:

Taylor Swift - Welcome To New York by musicandother2014


Taylor Swift - Blank Space by aBzzzMedia

Rob Sheffield wrote a review of 1989 for Rolling Stone. Read it here. I pretty much agree with all of it, as usual, because Rob Sheffield is amazing.

Basically, go Taylor Swift for trying something new. I wouldn't call this selling out, as I'm sure some people reading this or anything else about Swift, would think. She's stepping outside of the box creatively and that's something any music fan can appreciate, I think. That's the reason why I think people gravitate so much to Taylor Swift. She is who she is, regardless if you want to punch her in the face with her perfect blonde curls and floral sundresses. She's in the business for the right reasons, and doesn't mind dating a One Direction member here or there, either. That's why you need Swiftamine...things like 1989 show you she's really trying to do something she thinks is special. The fact that she does it her way and is involved in most of the control of her career is pretty admirable in this era of pop music...damnit.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A couple of pop songs released lately have actually been good (good = interesting, creative)

Hey! Here's proof pop music can sometimes be different from the status quo:



Clean Bandit are normally linked to instrumental fare. The British synthpop quartet teamed up with another British artist, Jess Glynne and basically, pop music bliss was born. I really enjoy it. Haven't checked out their other stuff but I intend to.



Tove Ebba Elsa Nilsson (Yes, her actual name is Tove!) is a Sweedish songstress who is one of those singers that's been writing music for other people for years (Icona Pop, Miley Cyrus,) - and now she's finally in the spotlight with her newest single, "Habits (Stay High)". My only complaint about this song is the title - I absolutely can't stand it when songs have parenthesis in the title. A song title shouldn't be that complicated, it's either one or the other! And not only are parenthesis in song titles stupid, but using it as a way to include a phrase that should PROBABLY just be the song title irks me. Let's just get rid of "Habits" and stick to "Stay High", shall we? Since Tove Lo says it about 45-50 times in the damn song. Just sayin'.



Not sure if this would be considered "pop" since the popularity isn't necessarily there yet (there's still A LOT of time though, I have a feeling about this one, it's going to be a Hozier's "Take Me to Church" or a Macklemore's "Thrift Shop". Maybe.) but I really dig this song by Broods, a brother-sister music duo from New Zealand. Definitely an artist to watch.

And that concludes not only my last blog post of the day, but also this rendition of "A couple of pop songs released lately have actually been good (good = interesting, creative)"

Karen O: Crush Songs

“One, two, three, four...” Karen O begins her debut solo album Crush Songs, an album that I'll admit is way more impressive the third or fourth time you listen to it. Karen Lee Orzolek has always been a tenacious, intense song writer – so it's a nice change to hear her debut, that has literally been in the making since 2006, being a soft, emotional love letter to all of her failed relationships. You can tell just by her solo work that her songwriting on her own is way more tame than her songwriting with Nick Zinner and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which shows her plasticity for songwriting. I've always loved Karen O but the fact that she is so versatile and not only that, but can still hit you deep whether she's signing “Do I really need another habit like you?” or “I got a man who makes me want to kill,” is something special. It's something not a lot of musicians these days have. To be able to write basically however you want at any given time. A lot of bands and artists have their formulas, not Karen O - something I've always admired about her and I'm glad she's showing it off more these days (i.e. Where the Wild Things Are and Her soundtracks as well).

I had the pleasure of seeing Ms. O in New York City when Crush Songs released. She did a mini-NYC and Los Angeles tour to promote the record. She's just as fierce as you would think, just as fearless and just as captivating in person as she is on her recordings. I'll end this blog post with some photos from that night:




I highly recommend Crush Songs. It might sound uninspiring the first listen but her vulnerability and rawness will keep you listening. It's a grower, not a shower.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Valerie June

Doing two blog posts today, since I missed yesterday!

So let's talk about Valerie June. OH MY GOD.

I just heard her on the radio last night and I'm impressed.



She's like June Carter Cash, Erykah Badu and Bob Dylan mixed. It's weird, man. But I love her so much. I've been immersed in her music all night and all morning, listening to her debut album Pushin Against a Stone that she worked on with none other than Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys. I am not surprised at all. Auerbach co-wrote some songs also produced this for her.

Originally a duo with her ex-husband (husband at the time,) Bella Sun, Valerie June is originally from Memphis, TN. (of course. Can she be any cooler?) Honestly, I feel like a duo wouldn't work for her - she's such a powerhouse, she needs to be a lone wolf, so in a way it was for the best that they broke up. In 2011, she raised funds through Kickstarter to record her first album in Memphis, earing $15,000 in 60 days! She is now signed to Sunday Best records, a British recording company that is founded and run by BBC Radio. I haven't found any information whatsoever as to how she got involved with a recording company from England. Like, how did that happen? Anyway, I'm ending this blog post with her Tiny Desk Concert for NPR's All Songs Considered.




Broken Bells & Foster the People

For NaBloPoMo, I thought I would update on what I've been listening to for the past year. I'm starting out with two bands that I really love, Broken Bells and Foster the People. They both came out with their sophomore albums - After the Disco and Supermodel, respectively.

After the Disco was recorded with the seventeen-piece Angel City String Orchestra from Australia and produced by Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse, who is half of Broken Bells with Shins lead singer, guitarist and all around creator James Mercer. It's definitely a great second effort, however it's kind of the same old thing. I wouldn't really expect anything else though, from a side project of two musicians who seem to have their input in a lot of different projects, or doing their own creative things most of the time. I think Broken Bells for Mercer and Burton is a way to work with this sound they've created and they don't have any intention of changing it. Their creativity for new sounds lie in different projects. Which is fine, to me. The sound they've created works! As long as it remains a side project, be the one trick pony that everyone loves! Although Mercer does seem to have a formula, that's for another blog post. Key tracks include: "Holding On for Life", "After the Disco" and "No Matter What You're Told".

Oh yeah, also check out the single of "Holding On For Life"  I got for Record Store Day this year:



Now on to my favorite of the two. Yes, I still like Foster the People and yes, I still think they are soooo underrated. And yes, I just wrote "soooo" in my blog post. While doing research for this blog post, I've found out that this is supposed to be a concept album - news to me. Although I would say the concept is still pretty light on the plot. Apparently, it's suppose to be an album about the "ugly side of capitalism" and the negative outcomes of popular culture as well as the "consumer ideology" our society has adapted. This is all Mark Foster's words, by the way, in the Paste article I've linked. The band definitely pushed themselves with this record and I like that. When a band tries to do something different, but still keep their roots, that's the best outcome. Especially for a sophomore record. I think FTP definitely did that with Supermodel. It's got a lot more going on than Torches - way more instrument work - a lot more strings and horns, it's not as "here's another pop song that only has three chords" - it's got DEPTH. Damn, I love Foster the People. I'm so bummed that "Pumped Up Kicks" song really gave them a bad wrap. Key tracks include: "Coming of Age" (obviously), "Nevermind" "Psuedoligia Fantastica" and "A Beginner's Guide to Destroying the Moon"

Also found this while I was researching Supermodel, check out this mural that was constructed and painted in Los Angeles in honor of the release.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

NaBloPoMo

I've always been an avid fan and participant of NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month - but did you guys know there's also NaBloPoMo happening in November? That stands for National Blog Posting Month. I've missed the first four days of November but, screw it, I'm up for the challenge! It will be a little hard for me to post every day in November since I'm also moving to a new apartment soon and working on the novel I'm writing for NaNoWriMo, but I think this could be a good way to get me back into a blog posting routine. Basically, there are two reasons why I haven't blogged as much this year. Let me share them with you:

1) I got a new computer and when I moved all my music from my old macbook, (rip, I miss it so much,) almost all of my music copied with a duplicate, leaving me to manually delete almost 20 gb of music. I got the laptop in February and would you believe I'm still working on deleting my music? With all of life's craziness, I just haven't gotten around to it as much as I'd like. Because of the duplicates, I can't sync my ipod and because I can't sync my ipod, no new music can be synced...which is the main focus of this blog. New music. And I can't listen to it as much as I'd like. You see where I'm going here? It's a cause and effect. Hopefully this will change soon and I'll be able to sync new music to my ipod - it's a work in progrss.

2) I'm lazy. Not only that, working full time can be exhausting, especially when you're dealing with the public all day, every day, like I am. Whenever I get home from work, I just want to pet my cat, make dinner and watch Bob's Burgers...maybe have some social interaction occasionally. Again, hopefully this will change and I'll be able to get motivated. Hence NaBloPoMo...it all comes full circle!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Jenny Lewis song - "Just One of the Guys"

http://youtu.be/PuxU5an9-H8
Click that link for Jenny Lewis' new song, "Just One of the Guys". Off of her upcoming album The Voyager, releasing July 29. Lewis has worked with Ryan Adams and Beck on the album. She even recorded the album at Adams' PAX AM studio. Source.

Lewis' song "Completely Not Me" that appeared in Girls last season, will also be on the album.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Coming Soon!

An album review? Not sure what though. Maybe Black Keys. Maybe Lily Allen. Maybe St. Vincent? I saw her on SNL this weekend and I have to say, I'm intrigued. I wouldn't say I like her yet though.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Connor Oberst's Upside Down Mountain on NPR First Listen

Stream the album here.

Curious to hear what this sounds like - Oberst has been going in the alt-country direction lately (which I like!) and I hope he keeps up with the trend.

Oberst's album officially releases on May 20.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Black Keys on SNL, Blue Album turns 20

Even though Saturday Night Live is having some writing issues this year, let's face it, they still haven't lost their ability to book good bands for the show. Watch The Black Keys perform on SNL here, courtesy of Stereogum.

Also, Weezer's Blue Album turned 20 a couple of days ago!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pitchfork's Guide to Music Festivals

Check out this helpful guide to this Summer's music festivals!

It's a pretty well rounded list and some of them are even in Europe, if you're lucky enough to be traveling there! Moogfest and Boston Calling would be at the top of my list. Probably my favorite name? Sasquatch!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Brody Dalle, Diploid Love NPR First Listen

http://www.npr.org/2014/04/20/303393835/first-listen-brody-dalle-diploid-love

Check out Distillers front woman Brody Dalle's first solo album! Diploid Love releases next Tuesday. 

I didn't really think anything of this before listening but I really like it! I recommend giving it a try. 

The Black Keys "Fever"



The Black Keys are back and burning up with their newest single "Fever". This is their first single off of Turn Blue, which releases May 13, 2014.

What could the phrase Turn Blue mean to the Keys? Drummer Patrick Carney has a lot of ideas about that, according to a press release from NME.com regarding their upcoming appearance at the Glastonbury Festival: "A: Suffocation B: Sadness C: Numbness from extreme cold D: A Cleveland late night TV host from the 1960s named Ghoulardi E: All of the above."

What's the consensus on "Fever"? A mix, which is usually not the case for fans of the duo. Here's an article published in The Observer where "Fever" gets slammed pretty hard. Honestly, I don't necessarily agree with this point of view, but it seems to be a more common opinion with this single. I think it doesn't sound AS different as people are making it out to be. Yes, it's on the "safe" side, but it's not like they completely abandoned their sound.

Regardless of criticism, the song is doing well. This week is their first week at number one on the alternative Billboard chart, with knocking Coldplay out of the number one spot.

ALSO, here's something that's going on between Jack White and Dan Auerbach that I had no idea about: They're feuding. This makes me a sad panda. Auerbach and White are easily two of the most talented, histrionic rock musicians that are out right now and they also are the two that will probably be around for a while. If their going to be around for a while, the least they could do is to get over their ego's and support each other...because that's pretty much what this feud is about - ego. And both of them have a lot of that (even though I love them! Let's be real!).
Can't help but think this is also partially a publicity stunt devised by both parties. White's second solo album Lazaretto is due out June 10, 2014.