This morning, Jack White stopped by Los Angeles station KROQ‘s Kevin and Bean show for an interview and live performance on the Red Bull Soundstage. During the session, he discussed how he wrote a new song after listening to MC Lyte, he recalled Neil Young‘s first visit to Third Man Records and revealed what the original title of his new album, Lazaretto, was going to be.
Here are some of the highlights:
On Lazaretto‘s original title: “It has a couple of meanings: I heard it was a quarantined island. I like the sound of it, and the look of the word, even. You try to collect those words. I was going to call it ‘Wit of the Staircase,’ I thought it was too much of a mouthful. It’s a French phrase about when you think of the perfect retort at the end of an argument as you’re walking up the stairs.”
Although he’s a vinyl lover, he doesn’t mind if you listen to his music on mp3: “I think all formats are cool. It’s all about where and when. Digital in the car, vinyl in the bedroom.”
On recording Neil Young’s A Letter Home at the Third Man recording booth: “For about 10 or 15 years, I’d been looking for an old recording booth. I finally found one through these coin-operated machine collectors. And when we debuted it on Record Store Day at Third Man Records, Neil Young just happened to be in Nashville and he stopped by. When he was there, I was telling him about the booth. And a kid came by and recorded one of his songs in the booth, and when he came out Neil [was there]! Freaked him out!