Worn out your finger dialing for tickets to see Jack White’s first UK solo shows? Well, give those sore digits a rest and flick through our exclusive first interview with Jack in this week’s issue. NME takes a trip into Third Man Records’ Nashville HQ, marveling at everything from the colour-coded Third Man birthday cake – naturellement – to Jack’s declaration that there’s “absolutely no chance” of The White Stripes ever reforming.
At the opposite end of the aesthetic spectrum to Jack are Australia’s DZ Deathrays, whose shaggy Simon and Shane have written us a brilliant tour diary of their recent London residency. Highlights include vomiting before dinner, vomiting after dinner, and vomiting during dinner, along with tranny bars, lesbian fights, and afternoon tea at the Ritz. Ahem.
We’ve also got an exclusive, unpublished chapter from Pat Long’s new book, ‘The History Of The NME‘, detailing the untold story behind the historic day when the Manics’ Richey Edwards carved ‘4 Real’ into his arm.
Elsewhere, there’s Santigold on the drama that surrounded the making of her forthcoming second album, ‘Master Of My Make Believe’, a series of iconic posters of PJ Harvey, Siouxsie Sioux, Lily Allen and Chrissie Hynde, along with a chat with Julian Barratt, to find out what he’s up to whilst Noel Fielding is monkeying around with facepaint on E4.
In reviews, there’s our take on new releases by The Mars Volta, Breton, Madonna, Rocket Juice & The Moon, whilst Radiohead and LMFAO jostle for headlines in lives.