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Rock duo THE WHITE STRIPES are to release their first Spanish-language single - a reworking of their song CONQUEST. Conquista will be issued in the U.S. on CD and seven-inch vinyl under the name Las Rayas Blancas - the Spanish translation of The White Stripes - on 19 February (08). The new Conquista release will feature a mariachi version of the song, Conquest (Versión Acústica De Mariachi), as a B-side. A statement reads: "Conquista is a blistering nouveau flamenco number that climaxes in a violent musical battle between Mexican trumpeter Regulo Aldama and Jack White in his fastest solo on record."

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I know, right? Who would have ever expected? I miss my Greenhornes. And Jack White is stealing them away to make more diluted pretentious power-pop. I mean, their album is FINISHED. But no. They aren't releasing it any time soon because the Racs have to release their album in May. It's not enough that we haven't had a GH or Brendan Benson release in THREE YEARS.

But yeah, it just doesn't do anything for me anymore. That's not to say I wouldn't go see them again. Uh, eye candy. Hello, Patrick Keeler.

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I have loved everything since Elephant. Icky Thump is great.

Get Behind Me, Satan is an all time great album. It's so, dare I say, Zeppelin-esque.

Raconteurs was solid, and can't wait for their new one.

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OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

The Raconteurs are happy to announce that in one week’s time their second album, entitled “Consolers Of The Lonely”, will be available EVERYWHERE Tuesday, March 25th.

“Album” meaning: full length vinyl, CD and digital formats; and “everywhere” meaning: local mom and pop Indie retailers, corporate superstores, supermarkets, iTunes, Amazon, the band’s own website and any other location that could get the record up and going this quickly (some places couldn’t move this fast, so they will join in as soon as they can).

It contains 14 new recordings and is being released globally on Third Man Records in conjunction with our marketing/distribution partners, XL Recordings and Warner Brothers Records.

The album was mastered and completed in the first week of March. It was then taken immediately to a vinyl pressing plant. Then to a CD pressing plant. Then preparations to sell it digitally began. March 25th became the soonest date to have it available in EVERY FORMAT AT ONCE. The band have done no interviews or advertisements for this record before this announcement.

The purpose: to get the album to the fans as soon as possible and as we promised. We wanted to get this record to fans, the press, radio, etc., all at the EXACT SAME TIME so that no one has an upper hand on anyone else regarding it’s availability, reception or perception.

With this release, The Raconteurs are forgoing the usual months of lead time for press and radio set up, as well as forgoing the all important “first week sales”. We wanted to explore the idea of releasing an album everywhere at once and THEN marketing and promoting it thereafter. The Raconteurs would rather this release not be defined by it’s first weeks sales, pre-release promotion, or by someone defining it FOR YOU before you get to hear it.

Another purpose was to also allow people to have their own choice as to exactly which format they would like to hear the album in IMMEDIATELY, rather than having to wait for their favorite format to become available. The band are also not releasing any version of this record that contains bonus tracks. Musically this album will be the same as the band created it no matter what format it is purchased in (The sound quality of each format however, is a different story. The Raconteurs recommend hearing it on vinyl, but the choice is of course up to the listener).

The band also prefer that fans buy the album as a whole instead of breaking up the tracks, but until iTunes and other digital services allows bands to release their albums with the option of NOT breaking it up, it will be sold in that fashion on those particular sites. On the band’s website however, the album will be sold in its entirety as an mp3 at 320kb bit rate. Also in Japan, fans will be able to download the record via their mobile phones, as that is how a majority of recorded music is consumed there.

The reason we are announcing this release one week ahead of time is because of retail pre-ordering and stocking, information about this album’s imminent release was bound to come to light and could be confusing to fans. Also in the event that the record leaks, we didn’t want this method of release to be seen as a REACTION to such a leak. It’s not. The actual worst thing about a leak is the usual poor sound quality, akin to watching a movie on a wristwatch instead of in a theater. Which for the album’s creators is a bit of a letdown, but again, it is completely up to the listener.

There will be a video up on the internet for the first single, “Salute Your Solution”, on the 25th as well, provided it gets edited in time. We just filmed it the other day!

We hope not to confuse anyone with too many options, or deny them the formats that they like best. The Raconteurs feel very strongly that music has worth and should be treated as such. Thank you to all those who respect music in this fashion, and thank you to our label partners for working with us to get this album to fans in as many formats as possible all at once.

Thank you, and we hope that you enjoy “Consolers Of The Lonely”.

Sincerely,

The Raconteurs

Album cover image available at TheRaconteurs.com

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OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

The Raconteurs are happy to announce that in one week’s time their second album, entitled “Consolers Of The Lonely”, will be available EVERYWHERE Tuesday, March 25th.

“Album” meaning: full length vinyl, CD and digital formats; and “everywhere” meaning: local mom and pop Indie retailers, corporate superstores, supermarkets, iTunes, Amazon, the band’s own website and any other location that could get the record up and going this quickly (some places couldn’t move this fast, so they will join in as soon as they can).

It contains 14 new recordings and is being released globally on Third Man Records in conjunction with our marketing/distribution partners, XL Recordings and Warner Brothers Records.

The album was mastered and completed in the first week of March. It was then taken immediately to a vinyl pressing plant. Then to a CD pressing plant. Then preparations to sell it digitally began. March 25th became the soonest date to have it available in EVERY FORMAT AT ONCE. The band have done no interviews or advertisements for this record before this announcement.

The purpose: to get the album to the fans as soon as possible and as we promised. We wanted to get this record to fans, the press, radio, etc., all at the EXACT SAME TIME so that no one has an upper hand on anyone else regarding it’s availability, reception or perception.

With this release, The Raconteurs are forgoing the usual months of lead time for press and radio set up, as well as forgoing the all important “first week sales”. We wanted to explore the idea of releasing an album everywhere at once and THEN marketing and promoting it thereafter. The Raconteurs would rather this release not be defined by it’s first weeks sales, pre-release promotion, or by someone defining it FOR YOU before you get to hear it.

Another purpose was to also allow people to have their own choice as to exactly which format they would like to hear the album in IMMEDIATELY, rather than having to wait for their favorite format to become available. The band are also not releasing any version of this record that contains bonus tracks. Musically this album will be the same as the band created it no matter what format it is purchased in (The sound quality of each format however, is a different story. The Raconteurs recommend hearing it on vinyl, but the choice is of course up to the listener).

The band also prefer that fans buy the album as a whole instead of breaking up the tracks, but until iTunes and other digital services allows bands to release their albums with the option of NOT breaking it up, it will be sold in that fashion on those particular sites. On the band’s website however, the album will be sold in its entirety as an mp3 at 320kb bit rate. Also in Japan, fans will be able to download the record via their mobile phones, as that is how a majority of recorded music is consumed there.

The reason we are announcing this release one week ahead of time is because of retail pre-ordering and stocking, information about this album’s imminent release was bound to come to light and could be confusing to fans. Also in the event that the record leaks, we didn’t want this method of release to be seen as a REACTION to such a leak. It’s not. The actual worst thing about a leak is the usual poor sound quality, akin to watching a movie on a wristwatch instead of in a theater. Which for the album’s creators is a bit of a letdown, but again, it is completely up to the listener.

There will be a video up on the internet for the first single, “Salute Your Solution”, on the 25th as well, provided it gets edited in time. We just filmed it the other day!

We hope not to confuse anyone with too many options, or deny them the formats that they like best. The Raconteurs feel very strongly that music has worth and should be treated as such. Thank you to all those who respect music in this fashion, and thank you to our label partners for working with us to get this album to fans in as many formats as possible all at once.

Thank you, and we hope that you enjoy “Consolers Of The Lonely”.

Sincerely,

The Raconteurs

Album cover image available at TheRaconteurs.com

YEEESSSS!!! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

Weird that this should come up now, the past week or so I've been listening to The Raconteurs non-stop. I had almost forgotten about them, hadn't listened to the album since it first came out... I'm in love all over again!

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No, I mean, I used to like them, 2 years ago I was spaztastic over them, then I realized that The Greenhornes are probably over around the same time as I realized that they're not the same as they used to be, and I don't like the music anymore and it has all added up to the fact that I just don't care. I do, I guess, but I care because the FINISHED Greenhornes album won't be out for ages now.

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No, I mean, I used to like them, 2 years ago I was spaztastic over them, then I realized that The Greenhornes are probably over around the same time as I realized that they're not the same as they used to be, and I don't like the music anymore and it has all added up to the fact that I just don't care. I do, I guess, but I care because the FINISHED Greenhornes album won't be out for ages now.

Aaw. Yeah, I know how much you love The Greenhornes. I've never heard them so I guess it doesn't affect me, lol. Actually, I think I may have heard a song on Little Steven's Underground Garage now that I think about it.

Sidenote- Was the 1st Raconteurs album really 2 yrs ago already? Wow.

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^ I know, right? I was still 17 (unable to attend shows!) and three days away from graduation. Good lord.

So like... today.... I might have gotten an eensy bit excited about the album. I still miss The Greenhornes like crazy, though, don't get me wrong. I'm still very much Greenhornes > Raconteurs. But to be fair, it's not BBS, they've had time to perfect newness, and hopefully it'll have a totally different sound. I'm okay if it blows me away. And if it doesn't, well, just what I expected. ;)

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^ I know, right? I was still 17 (unable to attend shows!) and three days away from graduation. Good lord.

So like... today.... I might have gotten an eensy bit excited about the album. I still miss The Greenhornes like crazy, though, don't get me wrong. I'm still very much Greenhornes > Raconteurs. But to be fair, it's not BBS, they've had time to perfect newness, and hopefully it'll have a totally different sound. I'm okay if it blows me away. And if it doesn't, well, just what I expected. ;)

Well barring a leak (which I think I would abstain from should one come out) we won't get a taste until the whole album is out. I'm actually kind of happy it'll be this way. It'll be the first time in a long time that I get to hear a new album without any sampler going in.

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The Raconteurs’ New Album Hits iTunes Early

The Raconteurs surprised the music world when they announced Monday that their new album Consolers of the Lonely would be released this coming Tuesday, March 25th. Well, Tuesday came early, as the album is now available on iTunes. The band intended for the album to be released in all formats on Tuesday, as the press release stated, “The purpose: to get the album to the fans as soon as possible and as we promised. We wanted to get this record to fans, the press, radio, etc., all at the EXACT SAME TIME so that no one has an upper hand on anyone else regarding it’s availability, reception or perception.”

It turns out iTunes users have the upper hand. The Raconteurs also stated that they “prefer that fans buy the album as a whole instead of breaking up the tracks, but until iTunes and other digital services allows bands to release their albums with the option of NOT breaking it up, it will be sold in that fashion on those particular sites.”

UPDATE: That was fast. iTunes has pulled the new Raconteurs album from purchase. People late to the game are now greeted with a “No Longer Available” message (screencap after the jump). Thankfully, Tuesday is four days away.

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Apparently the FYE in Louisville has it out for sale. I find this hilarious and will go buy it very soon. I'm not gonna listen until Tuesday though. Nope.

If you actually bought it, you might as well listen to it asap. I understand the argument of making oneself wait until release day to hear the album over listening to a leak, but there's nothing wrong with listening to it if you actually buy it.

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