White Stripes | A Martyr For My Love For You

June 3, 2007 at 1:33 pm (mp3s, The White Stripes)

The White Stripes

I still remember the first time I read a Cormac McCarthy novel. I was walking around a flea market (maybe Vermont’s #1 summer tourist attraction) a few hours south of where I live, when I saw a tattered copy of Blood Meridian laying on a sheet on the ground. I’d been looking for that particular book for quite some time, so I quickly snatched it up. However, when I took a closer look at the book, I noticed what horrible shape it was in; the spine was creased beyond all recognition, most of the pages were dog-eared or torn in some way, and no matter how long I left it on my windowsill to air, an aroma of cigarette smoke always seemed to saturate it. Still it was readable, and as any insatiable reader would do, I struggled through it. To this day, Blood Meridian remains one of my favorite books. Even through the tears and creases, it was clear that it was an incredible book.

 

I was reminded of this experience when I first heard the new White Stripes track, A Martyr For My Love For You a few days ago. Like everyone else, I heard the radio rip which, if you haven’t heard it, is of atrocious quality (don’t worry, Warner, no one’s gonna trade a full quality CD for this). But, just like Blood Meridian, it was obvious that ‘Martyr’ was the standout track on Icky Thump, and one of the better White Stripes tracks out there. While it’s not as hard as some of the other tracks on Icky Thump, it doesn’t approch GBMS levels of quietness, either. Lyrically, I’m not sure I’ve ever heard Jack so on top of his game; here, he recounts a story of guilt over being attracted to a girl too young for him, with enough self-deprecation to please even Matt Berninger. Stylistically, ‘Martyr’ brings to mind a stronger version of ‘You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket’, mixed with a little ‘I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman’ mixed in. Right about here is where I’d usually post the song itself, but I won’t be doing that for this one for a few reasons. First, the quality is just awful, secondly, I have no doubt Warner would crucify within moments of me hitting the publish button, and thirdly, it would be really awkward to have Jack yell at over the phone; I’m just no good with confrontation. So, listen to these tracks to get yourself pumped for Icky Thump Day, so you can be first in line to get your copy. Peace out.

 

The White Stripes – You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket.mp3

The White Stripes – I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman.mp3

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Best Of 4/29

May 5, 2007 at 5:54 pm (Best Of, Bjork, Bonde Do Role, Diplo, Elections 08, Frog Eyes, Interpol, M.I.A., The Love Triangle, The White Stripes)

The best/most popular tracks on SC this week.

 

Bonde Do Role – Geremia.mp3

The White Stripes -Ashtray Heart.mp3

M.I.A. – Hit That.mp3

Frog Eyes – Bushels.mp3

The Love Triangle – The Ballad Of Two Star Jones Marie.mp3

Björk – Alarm Call (Bjeck Mix)(Beck).mp3

Interpol – The Heinrich Maneuver.mp3

Diplo – Young Folks Pussy.mp3 (I know I didn’t post about this, but it’s too good not to put on this list)

 

And something entirely unrelated to music that you should still check out.

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Remix Monday 4/30 | Björk, Spank Rock, Diplo, CSS, The White Stripes & Patrick Wolf

April 30, 2007 at 7:33 am (Bjork, CSS, Diplo, M.I.A., mp3s, Patrick Wolf, remixes, Spank Rock, The White Stripes)

For whatever reason, Remix Roundup just wasn’t working anymore, so it’s been changed to Remix Monday. While todays remixes may look a little random, they’re all actually tangentially interrelated. I started with Björk, which led me to the Spank Rock remix of ‘Earth Intruders’. From there, all these other artists popped up. There are some really great remixes here, but I think my favorite would have to be Beck’s remix of Alarm Call. He tears the song apart, then uses the most unlikely parts as beats. It’s actually a little funny at times. Enjoy.

 

Björk – Alarm Call (Bjeck Remix)(Beck).mp3

Björk – Alarm Call (Rhythmic Phonetics Remix)(Matmos).mp3

Björk – All Is Full Of Love (Plaid Remix).mp3

Björk – Army Of Me (Army Of Klaus Remix)(Patrick Wolf).mp3

Björk – Earth Intruders (Spank Rock Remix).mp3

CSS – Let’s Make Love And Listen Death From Above (Diplo Remix).mp3

CSS – Let’s Make Love And Listen Death From Above (Spank Rock Remix).mp3

Lily Allen – Alfie (CSS Remix).mp3

M.I.A. – Bird Flu (Diplo Remix).mp3

Mika – Love Today (Patrick Wolf Remix).mp3

Spank Rock – Put That Pussy On Me (Diplo Tonite Remix).mp3

The White Stripes – Blue Orchid (High Contrast Remix).mp3

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