The White Stripes / The Dead Weather – From The Vault 7″ The White Stripes / The Dead Weather – From The Vault 7″

There is a lot of things going on in that title. I understand. Beyond the star power which inhabits this very title is a story which is more intriguing. That story involves Third Man Records. Third Man Records is an independent label started by Jack White and bases itself in Nashville. Third Man Records acts as a label, record store as well as performance venue. Over the years, Third Man has been known for their vinyl 7 inches from artists ranging from the expected Jack White projects such as The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs to the unexpected like Carl Sagan, Stephen Colbert and the Insane Clown Posse. Recently, Third Man Records have opened their “vaults” for some one-off collaborations. These collaborations will be released on die colored vinyl and will most likely be amazing.

It is understandable that achieving a sense of awe is difficult given only two songs, however this release does so perfectly with Beck’s remix of The White Stripes. “The Hardest Button to Button” has been cemented into our collective consciousness with a distinct drum beat. it is arguably The White Stripes most recognizable song. This along with “Seven Nation Army” has come to define The White Stripes in the popular market. Everyone’s friend and cool uncle Beck takes a well known classic and adds dance punk percussion right in the middle of the action. All of a sudden, it is 2005 and I am wearing a DFA T-shirt, drunk in some city bar not giving one fuck about anything. This is how an old song become cool once again — by adding a forgotten style of dance music and allowing oneself to become lost.

The Dead Weather is one of White’s lesser known projects compared to The Raconteurs and The White Stripes. In 2009, the band had a hit with “Hang Your From the Heavens.” It’s remix once again attempts to reconstruct a song that thousands of people have already heard. Stepping up to the plate is Mark Lanegan and Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age. With a bit of shuffling and overdubbing, “Hang Your From the Heavens” transforms itself from mediocre rock song to a stoner odyssey across bleak landscapes and scorching sun. Even the apocalyptic lyrics shine brighter when given lower voices. It is not like Alison Mosshart’s original vocals were not fitting rather Homme’s vocals are more ominous. Mosshart’s vocals are given a choral role which inhabit the background — echoing through the new open space.

The collected work of Third Man Records celebrates the tradition of 7 inch singles and releases which come with an air of exclusivity. This is compounded by the fact this disc will never see commercial shelves and is only available through membership. In an age where discographies can be acquired for hay pennies, it is refreshing to be so excited about two songs. The From the Vault series merely continues the tradition of electronic music and allows rock outfits to do the same thing which has been done for years. The care and craft Third Man has for their photography and design gives strength to a near dead art.

From The Vault 7″ (TMR126)’s Tracklist:

Side A – The White Stripes – Hardest Button to Button (Beck Remix)
Side B – The Dead Weather – Hang Your From the Heavens ( Mark Lanegan & Josh Homme Remix)

The White Stripes / The Dead Weather - From The Vault 7", reviewed by Kaptain Carbon on 2012-01-16T06:17:38-08:00 rating 3.2 out of 5

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