Psyche! Jack White & Jay-Z Further Their Distribution Partnership

Jack White has a custom vinyl pressing plant at Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennesee. Jay-Z is partnering with Jack White to distribute several special edition vinyls through that plant. The specific details of Magna Carta…Holy Grail on vinyl are not available yet.

Jay-Z promoting the trend for vinyl is a testimony to vinyl’s role in music sales. This is a major shot in the arm for the relevance of vinyl in music sales and distribution circles.

According to the News section on the Third Man Records Website:

Third Man has something very special planned for the vinyl edition which will be made available for purchase in the coming weeks. Additionally, we can confirm the song “Open Letter” will be featured as a vinyl exclusive.

Jay-Z tweeted this information yesterday about specialty vinyl editions directly during a Twitter Q&A session.

“Jack White, you know, aside from being a brilliant musician, he has this vinyl store so he makes these special edition vinyls, and we’re gonna put [‘Open Letter’] on the vinyl,” said Jay-Z.”

“It’s in a letter. . . you can play the letter. . . it’s amazing,” Jay-Z told Hot 97 yesterday. “You open the letter, and you can actually play the card.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/jay-z-and-jack-white-to-release-open-letter-as-a-playable-letter-20130710#ixzz2Yem0tN7v 

This is not the first collaboration on vinyl between Jay-Z and Jack White. The Great Gatsby soundtrack  (which Jay-Z produced) was manufactured and distributed by Third Man Records on gold and platinum vinyl in May.

When I can get to the Nashville Tennesee area I plan to visit Third Man Records. Now that’s what I call a pilgrimage 😉

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Music Journalism A-Z – Jenny Eliscu

Jenny Eliscu

I am taking a sharp 90 degree turn with the music journalism A-Z series. Today’s music blog post is about Jenny Eliscu. I want to recognize Jenny Eliscu’s integrated music journalism/broadcasting skills which she exercises with natural aplomb.

1) She is a contributing editor and music critic at Rolling Stone Magazine. Jenny had a recurring role in the MTV reality television show I’m From Rolling Stone. This limited run (10 episodes) highlighted six aspiring music journalists who were given summer internships in the hopes of earning a contributing editor place at Rolling Stone Magazine.

2) Jenny Eliscu authored and delivered an authoritative college music career guide. The information this RS publication has is highly valuable and complementary to Rolling Stone Magazine’s publishing mission. The guide is well-researched, highly factual and concise. It is an eight year old book that could stand a refresh due to the music industry changes as we move to cloud music (Beats, Spotify, etc.). Many academic music programs are attempting to keep pace with the speed of digital sound.

Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide

3) Jenny Eliscu also hosts a show on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 35: Sirius XMU, The Spectrum with Jenny Eliscu She’s been indulging her obsession with new music on-air at Sirius XM since 2006.

Find her on Twitter @jennylsq

Neil Young Joins Twitter, Premiere’s “Walk Like A Giant”, Truly Rust Never Sleeps

Neil Young launched his Official Twitter Account yesterday. It’s great to see Neil Young on Twitter and to know he will be interacting with us soon through the social networking medium. It is smart for him to set up a Twitter presence as this coincides with the release of his memoir, Waging Heavy Peace. I received my audio CD edition narrated by Keith Carradine yesterday too :). I am enchanted to no end with what Neil Young shares through the passages of the book. More to say about this in a future blog post…

Very cool to know Neil Young will be holding a Q&A session with us soon. I have my question ready for him now 😉

My anticipation is building for the Neil Young & Crazy Horse recording Psychedelic Pill.

Yesterday was also the Web première for “Walk Like A Giant”. It’s the first official video from Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Psyche!

Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band at the Apollo

Last night we listened to Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band performing Live at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. This was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. We listened to the live broadcast on Bruce Channel 20.

Sirius made the night engaging with a social media experience that encouraged people at the show to Twitter pic their phone camera and other pictures live to the Web. It was cool to get real time images of Bruce, the band and the crowd streaming on the Sirius home page. As each song got played you could see what the band was doing, where Bruce was going, sometimes standing on chairs in the audience, other times at the lip of the balcony, with his microphone in hand, facing the stage. He even climbed down the side of the wall by using the sky boxes ladder scheme. Not bad for a 62 year old guy. He keeps himself in great physical shape.

Otis Redding – 70 Years On

Cover of "The Very Best of Otis Redding"
Cover of The Very Best of Otis Redding

Otis Redding is back in the limelight, deservedly so, due to the overnight Internet success of the new music collaboration by Jay-Z and Kayne West, “Otis”. They sample Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness” which empowers them both underneath to rap with great aplomb.

Otis Redding

The renewed interest in Otis Redding, the King of Soul prompted me to purchase The Very Best of Otis Redding on Apple iTunes. I lacked an essential Otis Redding digital recording in my music collection. The soulful mastery Otis Redding possess’ is perfectly matched against the backdrop of the Memphis Stax/Volt sound.

I noticed that the city of Macon, Georgia will be honoring their former citizen Otis Redding with a three-day 70th Anniversary celebration September 9-11 of this year. September 9th will be Otis Redding Day. I’d like to attend this event, if possible…

My personal favorite live recording of Otis Redding’s is when he performed his stellar set at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. The electricity and energy of his performance for the love crowd brought down the house that night.