Published Nov 10, 2010Not including their low-key reunion for the last episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 2009, the White Stripes have been on a hiatus since 2007, when they cancelled a string of shows due to drummer Meg White's acute anxiety. Still, the band have kept the treats coming since then, releasing the tour documentary Under Great White Northern Lights earlier this year. Now, the famed duo have unveiled a staggering box set just in time for the holidays.
As you would expect from the stubbornly anachronistic Jack White, the box set is a celebration of all things vinyl. In addition to vinyl LPs and seven-inches, the $499 package includes a portable record player, a slip mat, a record cleaning brush and three middle hole adaptors for 45s. It also contains Nixon headphones with a peppermint design.
In keeping with Jack White's obsession with the number three, the set will be limited to 333 copies. Pre-orders will begin on December 1 and will ship prior to December 21.
That's not all Jack White has planned, as far as holiday box sets are concerned. He also has a Third Man Records set coming out. The contents are similar (vinyl, record player and accessories, headphones), but everything is yellow instead of red. The Third Man box is also $499, but unlike the White Stripes set, it isn't limited to any specific number of copies.
Get more information on both boxes here.
In some related White Stripes news, White recently told Vanity Fair [via Antiquiet], "We thought we'd do a lot of things that we'd never done: a full tour of Canada, a documentary, coffee-table book, live album, a boxed set. It was one long project that took almost three years. Now that we've gotten a lot of that out of our system, Meg and I can get back in the studio and start fresh." Make of that what you will.