"Speedy" Jack White plans on recording, pressing and selling the single "Lazaretto" on Record Store Day for what he's calling the "world's fastest released record. . . in the history of mankind."
To do so, White will take the stage at 10 a.m. in the Blue Room in his Third Man Records storefront in Nashville, where he'll cut the song – which will appear on his forthcoming LP, also called Lazaretto – directly to acetate. Someone will then bring the master to United Record Pressing, which will immediately begin making 45s, the sleeve of which will feature photos taken during the performance. The records will then go back to the store, where they will be pressed and sold as long as there is demand. They will be available only at Third Man and only on Record Store Day, April 19th.
White will actually be breaking a previously held record. The Guinness World Record holder for the Fastest Album Release currently belongs to the accordion-toting polka trio Vollgas Kompanie, who issued their album Live on August 16th – one day after they recorded it – in their native Switzerland.
Fans who want to witness the concert must obtain an "Ultra Ticket," which is available only to Third Man Records Vault "Platinum Members." Ticket holders will get to watch White, as well as the first Whirlwind Heat concert in six years, and will receive the 45 and a Record Store Day pressing of Whirlwind Heat's Do Rabbits Wonder? album. Tickets will be available on April 3rd at 3 p.m. CST.
Last year, White told Rolling Stone he had 20 to 25 new songs written for the follow-up to his 2012 solo debut Blunderbuss. "Like you heard in Blunderbuss, there's many different styles there," he said. "I don't pick my style and then write a song. I just write whatever comes out of me, and whatever style it is, is what it is, and it becomes something later. Someone else can label it if they want to, but as it's being written and recorded I'm just trying to service the song as best as possible."