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Experience of Jack White Live at Merriweather Post Pavillion (September 14, 2014)

Related Posts: October 2010: VAMPS at Roseland Ballroom, NYC and Experience of SPX 2014.

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Out of the blue, my childhood friend Kristen’s mother Carla invited me to come with them to a Jack White concert! They had an extra ticket since Kristen’s husband Matt had no idea who White is and wasn’t particularly interested in going. I, on the other hand, was freaking out! I’ve been a White Stripes/Jack White fan since 2001 and have always wanted to see them/him live. At first, I wasn’t sure if I could go since I was busy with SPX, but my mom agreed to cover my table for a few hours so I could (Thanks again, mom!).

Even though I don’t own a record player, I’ve been coveting White’s Lazaretto Ultra LP — a unique vinyl with everything from hidden tracks to something called dual-groove technology, to amazingly a hand-etched hologram (more information here)!!! So I was very excited to pick up a copy of my own at the concert venue (even though the people selling them had no idea what they were).

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To my surprise, the opening act was Olivia Jean, lead singer of The Black Belles who’s starting her solo career. I guess I should have known she would be there since she’s under White’s record label Third Man Records, but it was a pleasant surprise nonetheless. She played mostly songs from her upcoming album Bathtub Love Killings, which comes out October 14th. I was ecstatic because the one and only song from The Black Belles’s self-titled album she played was my favorite entailed “Not Tonight”:

Nursing the lies that make you bold
By deterring everything you’re told
And now you’re using mercy as bait
To catch a chance to compensate

Well I’m not going down like this
Not here, not now, not tonight

Treated my troubles as your own
Walked right into my burning home
And as you watch the flames arise
I sweep up ashes you expect a prize

Well I’m not going down like this
Not here, not now, not tonight

And now you realize you’ve threatened
All the sympathy you ain’t getting
Cover you tracks and leave no trace
Strap a mask on your face

Cause I’m not going down like this
Not here, not now, not tonight

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Jack White’s performance was absolutely inspiring! He’s the kind of artist who needs to be seen live. He had such amazing energy and was flying all over the stage. You could also tell he had immense respect for the talented musicians in his band. He was sporting his new haircut (Kristen and Carla barely recognized him at first) and a dapper suit that he sweated through almost immediately. He had some issues coordinating with one of the roadies, which provided some unintentional comedic relief. The concert took place in a surprisingly intimate setting (I didn’t know the Merriweather Post Pavillion is relatively small) and featured a wonderful balance of old and new songs.

1. “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”: I was delighted to hear this White Stripes classic as the opening of the show! I always think of Michel Gondry’s music video with footage eerily projected across the walls as White wanders through the  various rooms of a house in London. “If you can hear a piano fall / you can hear me coming down the hall…”

2. “High Ball Stepper”: This is a very fun song live and the audience seemed really into it. :)

3. “Lazaretto”: This very funky single was great to hear live. “And like the dough I don’t fall down / I’m so Detroit, I make it rise from the ashes…”

4. “Alone in My Home”: One of my favorite non-single songs from Lazaretto! An upbeat song about a haunted house, or maybe its the singer who’s haunted? “Lost feelings of love / Lost feelings of love / That hover above me…”

5. “Hotel Yorba”: This was the first White Stripes song I ever heard. Personally, I’m not at all into country and/or folk music, but I can almost stand it when it’s Jack White.

6. “Temporary Ground”: My other favorite non-single song from Lazaretto!

On a floating lily island
Moving over slowly sideways
Rested temper and the creatures
Spending all of their days

Praying for the floor to
Buckle down below their belts
Crashing into yet another
Drifting continental shelf

Moving without motion
Screaming without sound
Across an open ocean
Flying there on temporary ground

The old explorers had it easy
They discovered nothing new
But returned on home with answers
Of sad existent clues

All the creatures have it hard now
Nothing but god is left to know
And while he left us all here hanging
We’re barely losing off our home

Moving without motion
Screaming without sound
Across an open ocean
Flying there on temporary ground

7. “Cannon”: This is the intro for “Another Way To Die,” the song White wrote for the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace. I always forget about that song…

8. “I Think I Smell a Rat”: This was a great treat since my mom and I occasionally sing this to each other.

9. “I Cut Like a Buffalo”: I’m not particularly familiar with The Dead Weather, but I plan on fixing that when I have a chance.

10. “Blunderbuss”: I’m honestly not that familiar with this song. Clearly, I need to go out and buy a copy of White’s first solo album Blunderbuss.

11. “Three Women”: This is the catchy opening song of Lazaretto. “Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy Lord / Lordy lordy lordy Lord…”

12. “Missing Pieces”: Another reason to buy Blunderbuss. “I woke up and my hands were gone, yeah / I looked down and my / legs were long gone / I felt for her with my shoulder / But there was nobody there…”

13. “I’m Slowly Turning Into You” (first half of the song): Somehow I do not own the Icky Thump album either. I think I own all The White Stripes albums except for that one.

14. “Top Yourself”: I’m also not particularly familiar with The Raconteurs, but I plan on also fixing that when I have a chance.

15. “I’m Slowly Turning Into You” (second half of the song)

Encore

16. “Icky Thump”: “White Americans, what? / Nothing better to do? / Why don’t you kick yourself out? / You’re an immigrant too?”

17. “Sixteen Saltines”: I admit, I was screaming and jumping up and down when this song started. “I’m hungry and the hunger will linger / I eat sixteen saltine crackers then I lick my fingers…”

18. “Love Interruption”: This is such a brilliant song. “I want love to: walk right up and bite me, / Grab a hold of me and fight me, leave me dying on the ground.”

19. “We’re Going to Be Friends”: Another classics from The White Stripes. It always makes me think of Napoleon Dynamite.

20. “Would You Fight for My Love?”: This is by far my favorite Jack White single and it was absolutely amazing live!!!

It’s not enough that I love you
There’s all these things I have to prove to you
You use the sun to erase the past
But you think it only raises for you

Well I’m afraid of being hurt that’s true
But not afraid of any physical pain
Just as I am always scared of water
But not afraid of standing out in the rain

The last person in the room she hugged
Was the person that she loved the most
Nobody noticed that I was down on the rug
I’m getting better at becoming a ghost

I know that you want more
But would you fight for
My love

And I’ve hurt you before
But can you ignore
My love

You’re walking out my back door
Looking back for
My love

I know that you want more
But would you fight for
My love

People do their best to not let passion begin
It’s dead before it has a chance to start
And so then there I am, the caretaker of sin
To your abandoned and malignant heart

It’s such a pleasure, to sing with you together
Making love when there is nobody home
But I can’t kiss you ’til you lift up your chin
You have to want to stop being alone

I want you to fight for
My love
I want you to fight for
My love
I want you to fight for
My love

21. “Just One Drink”: Another fun song, upbeat with a tinge of classic Jack White melancholy. :) “You drink water, I drink gasoline / One of us is happy, one of us is mean / I love you, honey, why don’t you love me?”

22. “I Fought Piranhas”: “Well you know what it’s like/ i don’t got to tell you / who puts up a fight / walking out of hell now / when you fought piranhas / and you fought the cold / there’s nobody with you / and you’re all alone…”

23. “Seven Nation Army”: The real crowd pleaser! I was over the moon! Such an iconic song! The perfect way to end an exceptional concert!

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Copyright 2014 by G. E. Gallas


A Bit More About Me

I thought that perhaps readers might want to learn a bit more about me. So I took the time to write this!

P.S. I took these questions from an internet meme… I’m not sure where they originate from, but I give full credit to whoever created them (although I edited them a little bit). Thanks!

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If you could build a second house anywhere, where would it be?

I really wouldn’t want to own or build a second house — one house is more than enough for me. But, if I could, I would love to live for a period somewhere Scandinavian. Copenhagen? Stockholm? Or maybe even in Belgium, like Antwerp. I also really need to visit England to do some William Blake research for my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea. I’ve already lived in Manhattan and Tokyo, and I hope I can return there in the future. Also, I really must visit Barcelona to see my beloved friend Elena!!

What are your favorite articles of clothing?

Umm, this is a tough question. I admire fashion as an art form, but I have a hard time finding clothes for myself. I guess a more-or-less constant staple of my wardrobe are Vans shoes. Usually quirky ones with multi-colored checkers. Right now, I have a pair with cherries, another silvery pair, and another with blue and pink hearts from St. Valentine’s Day. Also, I’ve been wearing my Vivienne Westwood orb locket for about five years now.

The Last CDs You Bought?

“The Black Belles” by The Black Belles and all of Heavenstamp‘s EPs.

What is your favorite kitchen appliance?

I practically lived off toast my final semester of college. And I’m loving all the sourdough bread in San Francisco. So I’m going to go with “toaster.”

If you could play an instrument, what would it be?

I actually used to play cello — started when I was four years old and stopped after about twelve years. I never really enjoyed playing, but the experience definitely taught me to appreciate music of all kinds. Playing the whimsical Bohemian pieces of David Popper always brought me the most joy. If I had the patience for another instrument, I might learn the piano just so that I could play Igor Stravinsky and Franz Liszt. Or, if I had been born a man, I’d like to be a bass opera singer like Samuel Ramey.

Favorite color?

Since childhood, I’ve always favored blue. But nowadays everyone would accuse me of being passionate about the color black.

Which vehicle do you prefer, sports car, motorcycle, or SUV?

Vespa. Absolutely.

Do you believe in the afterlife?

You do realize you’re asking a Jewish Atheist?

Favorite children’s book?

Not exactly children’s books per se, but I always read the works of Edward Gorey as a child. I remember being upset when he died back in 2000 (I must have been about 11 years old). Once The Poet and the Flea is up online, anyone familiar with Gorey’s work will probably be able to tell how much he has influenced my own style.

What is your favorite season?

Fall, especially October. My birthday is October 19. And there are lot’s of other awesome birthdays (Oct. 1st, Laurence Harvey’s; Oct 2nd, my mom’s; Oct 3rd, Tetsuya’s [L'Arc~en~ciel]; Oct. 4th, Jeremy Blake’s, etcetera.). Plus, I’ve always enjoyed Halloween. The only downside is what follows: winter. I love the cold, but I can’t stand the holiday season. As Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate, 1962) says: “Twelve days of Christmas? One day of Christmas is loathsome enough!”

If you have a tattoo, what is it?

Not only would I be disowned if I got a tattoo, but more significantly I am 100% certain I would be allergic to not only the ink but also the needle used in tattooing (I have extremely sensitive skin and a serious metal allergy… not long ago, I tried on a metal bracelet and felt it immediately burning my skin!). But I have a lot of interest and respect for tattoos in various cultures (Maori, etc.). I mean, Eastern Promises (2007) is up there on my favorite movie list!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

To learn every nuance of every language, and keep them all in my head.

Can you juggle?

I used to have one of those Klutz juggling books… but no.

What is under your bed?

Currently, a gigantic blue portfolio box full of valuable fine art collected by my Opah (grandfather) when he was alive. I’m talking about Reginald Marsh, Philippe Halsman, and the likes.

Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger?

You do realize you’re asking someone who lived in Tokyo for a year? Sushi, clearly. Especially the kaiten (conveyor belt) variety.

What is your dream job?

From a very young age, my dream has always been to become a comic book artist. For the past few years, I’ve dreamed of becoming a screenwriter. Now, I’m trying to make both come true.

What age do you plan to retire?

Never.

Something you would like to do that you have never done before?

Attend a film festival… especially one screening a film I wrote. I think this will happen sooner than I expect.

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Desert Island Movies (à la Stage32.com)

“What if you could only watch the same 10 films… forever?”

  1. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  2. In Bruges (2008)
  3. Gemini/Souseiji (1999)
  4. The Constant Gardener (2005)
  5. The Brothers Bloom (2008)
  6. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
  7. Mystery Men (1999)
  8. The Fall (2006)
  9. Adam’s Apples/Adams æbler (2005)
  10. Topsy-Turvey (1999)

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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