With Detroit native Jack White set for an epic sold-out Grand Rapids show Saturday at 20 Monroe Live, Local Spins asked photographer/fan Anna Sink to create a special playlist for West Michigan concertgoers.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Touring behind his new album, “Boarding House Reach,” Jack White will play Grand Rapids for the first time with his band, making a sold-out tour stop Saturday at 20 Monroe Live. With anticipation building for the Michigan native’s upcoming show, Local Spins is publishing a “countdown” of daily stories, features and Local Spins Rewind posts about White leading up to the much-anticipated weekend concert.
Today, it’s a Jack White playlist courtesy of Local Spins photographer Anna Sink.
THE LOCAL SPINS JACK WHITE PLAYLIST BY ANNA SINK
1. “Battle Cry” (Single, 2017) — A totally dope metal-y single release from Jack in 2017, teasing us for the release of his 2018 full length, “Boarding House Reach.”
2. “Over and Over and Over” (“Boarding House Reach,” 2018) — It’s rowdy and catchy at the same time: rage-worthy, radio-worthy, stuck-in-your-head-worthy, while still getting raw AF. Plus, I’m guessing he’ll open with this at his upcoming show in Grand Rapids at 20 Monroe Live.
3. “High Ball Stepper” (“Lazaretto,” 2014) — This song sometimes feels like Jack White starting the night-long conversation with his audience, but speaking through his most fluently spoken language: guitar. Dirty pedal work and typical-Jack-White “I have arrived” rampage soloing.
4. “Black Bat Licorice” (“Lazaretto,” 2014) — I love seeing Jack White play this track live. This song gives Jack a platform to show his love for the instrumental conversation that happens between him and his bandmates through directing the band into extended jams on the fly, unique every performance. So fun to see.
5. “Icky Thump” (“Icky Thump,” 2007) — This is The White Stripes’ song that is the best example of how The White Stripes basically IS “Jack White solo.” Honestly, Meg was just an extra pair of hands.
6. “Ball and Biscuit” (“Elephant,” 2003) — Simple blues but still loud and angry. Heavy breakdowns and guitar solos still screech with scary garage goodness. Perfect Jack White. You totally forget Meg’s even there (again).
Note: These next three songs kind of go together.
7. “Everything You’ve Ever Learned” (“Boarding House Reach,” 2018) — A sweet, cryptic example of the pairing of piercing garage rock with poetic interludes which Jack includes frequently on the new album.
8. “Respect Commander” (“Boarding House Reach,” 2018) — The blues and rock game is CRAZY STRONG in this song, yet so is the weird sh*t game. It makes me feel so scared and so good.
9. “Ezmerelda Steals the Show” (“Boarding House Reach,” 2018) — With this song, Jack White artistically delivers his desperate message to society regarding our misuse, overuse and abuse of technology. Using spoken word, his urgency is heard.
10. “Entitlement” (“Lazaretto,” 2014) — Along the same lines, this song shows a beautiful recess from electric instrumentation, but also contains a clear and crucial statement from Jack White to American humans concerning the reality of their existence in society.
11. “Love Interruption” (“Blunderbuss,” 2012) — On this tour, Jack will definitely have a chance to add a dash of some awesome female vocals and I’m hoping to hear this one on the 21st.
12. “Parallel” (“Would You Fight For My Love?” B-Side, 2014) — This song offers insight into Jack’s Americana prowess. Instrumentally incredible, all across the board, a fantastic song that’s as different from The White Stripes as Jack has gone under his solo name, and typical Jack White: He can’t stop changing his game.
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