The Raconteurs - Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler – have announced today’s release of their new EP, LIVE AT ELECTRIC LADY, exclusively via Spotify. Recorded in late 2019, the EP includes seven explosive live tracks recorded at the legendary New York City studio, showcasing favorites like “Level” and “Old Enough” alongside songs from last year’s chart-topping HELP US STRANGER (Third Man Records). In addition, LIVE AT ELECTRIC LADY features a special introduction from famed filmmaker Jim Jarmusch as well as an electrifying bonus studio version of Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ seminal “Blank Generation,” recorded that day.
Furthermore, THE RACONTEURS PRESENT LIVE AT ELECTRIC LADY, THE ENHANCED ALBUM will be visually enhanced with a number of Spotify Canvas and Storylines incorporating never-before-seen video footage from the event. Highlights include Jarmusch’s exclusive interview with The Raconteurs as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of “Blank Generation,” featuring a special visit from original Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian explaining the song’s instantly identifiable guitar hook to the band
“I’ve always loved that guitar part and never really sat down and exactly figured out what he’s doing,” says Jack White. “How amazing for Ivan to show up and show us how to do it.”
As if all that weren’t enough, LIVE AT ELECTRIC LADY is accompanied by a full-length one-hour documentary, streaming now via YouTube.
HELP US STRANGER, the acclaimed third studio album from The Raconteurs, debuted at #1 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its June 2019 release – the band’s first-ever #1 and third consecutive trip to the top 10. The album also debuted atop the Physical Albums chart and as well as the Vinyl Albums chart. In fact, HELP US STRANGER garnered the sixth highest first-week vinyl sales in the SoundScan era (with Jack White holding the #1 and #4 spots for LAZARETTO and BOARDING HOUSE REACH, respectively). The album was also the first #1 for an independent record company in 2019 and the fourth consecutive Billboard #1 for Jack White as an artist. In addition to its chart-topping achievements here in the United States, HELP US STRANGER also debuted at #1 on the album sales chart in Canada and #2 on the overall Canadian album chart. The success continued in the UK where the album took the top spot on the UK vinyl chart, along with being the #3 independent album and #8 on the Official UK Albums chart. HELP US STRANGER is available physically and digitally worldwide.
ABOUT ELECTRIC LADY:
With origins steeped in Jimi Hendrix, Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and many others, New York City's legendary Electric Lady Studios has inspired the world's greatest artists for five decades running. Introduced as "A Jimi Hendrix Vision," Electric Lady opened its doors in 1970 and became the first recording facility owned, operated, and imagined by a musician for musicians. Today, the studio hosts a new generation of groundbreaking artists such as Jack Antonoff, Childish Gambino, James Blake, St. Vincent, and Lana Del Rey. It is the oldest operational recording facility in the Northeastern United States.
Electric Lady's ongoing collaboration with Spotify includes a partnership with its Spotify Singles program, which has taken up residency in one of the studio's five rooms and has been recording new music with artists such as Daniel Caesar and Vampire Weekend since early last year. "It is an amazing relationship and something that we hope continues for years to come," says Lee Foster, Electric Lady's Operating Partner. "We are grateful for Spotify's support and help in continuing the studio's great legacy — and to The Raconteurs for providing a legendary day of music."