Wednesday, February 29, 2012

NYPL Blog Post - I Love Rock & Roll Part 4: The Raconteurs

Hey all, Part 4 is the last part of a series titled I Love Rock & Roll up now over on NYPL's Blogs.  It is a look at The Raconteurs for those uninitiated.

I love it when the day job and the hobbies combine, after having lunch with a fellow coworker and realizing that she was doing an I Love Reading group of blog posts over on NYPL I decided to finally get together this idea I have had simmering for a while and contribute to the site.  

I hate it when friends or just random people mention there are no good rock and roll bands these days.  I am not talking hipster style "this band is so cool no one knows them with their synth's and quaffed hair", I am talking gut check, straight ahead rock and roll.  These bands I showcase on NYPL blogs will not surprise any readers of this site, but I just wanted to reach a wider audience with some great acts that are worthy of attention, so give them a click and voice your opinion.

RtBE loves Jack White and The Raconteurs are our favorite thing he has been a part of because they are a straight up band in every sense.  The White Stripes are him and below average drumming, The Dead Weather are great, but feels more like another side project then The Raconteurs do.  Perhaps it is another accomplished song writer in Brendan Benson, but any which way the band smokes.  The songs are kick ass, the albums are intricate and the live shows are bombastic.  They are everything Rock and Roll is about, that is why we ended this NYPL series with them, if they were a full time gig, I would easily rate them as one of the best American bands.  Give it a read and then give these a listen:

"Top Yourself" Live

"Level" Live

And a couple of covers:

"Bang Bang"  Nancy Sinatra cover Live

"Crazy" Gnarls Barkley cover Live

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