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Before he went on a hiatus from the road, the multi-talented Jack White performed a series of acoustic concerts in states that he had never before visited. It seems that White has an affinity for acoustic music, as his newest announcement will show off all of White’s acoustic efforts throughout his career.Titled Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016, the 26-track album is due out September 9th and will span White’s career and feature “alternate versions, mixes, and previously unreleased songs, including The White Stripes’ never-before-heard “City Lights,” originally from the Get Behind Me Satan sessions!” You can check out “City Lights,” streaming below.With cuts from The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and his solo career, this new definitive collection is sure to be a great listen! Check out the artwork and full tracklisting, posted below.Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 TracklistingDisc: 1 1. Sugar Never Tasted So Good The White Stripes 2. Apple Blossom The White Stripes *remixed 3. I’m Bound to Pack It Up The White Stripes *remixed 4. Hotel Yorba The White Stripes 5. We’re Going to Be Friends The White Stripes 6. You’ve Got Her in Your Pocket The White Stripes 7. Well It’s True That We Love One Another The White Stripes 8. Never Far Away Jack White (Cold Mountain Soundtrack) 9. Forever For Her (Is Over For Me) The White Stripes 10. White Moon The White Stripes 11. As Ugly As I Seem The White Stripes 12. City Lights The White Stripes *unreleased 13. Honey, We Can’t Afford to Look This Cheap The White Stripes 14. Effect & Cause The White StripesDisc: 2 1. Love Is The Truth The White Stripes *acoustic mix 2. Top Yourself The Raconteurs *bluegrass version 3. Carolina Drama The Raconteurs *acoustic mix 4. Love Interruption Jack White 5. On and On and On and On Jack White 6. Machine Gun Silhouette Jack White *acoustic mix 7. Blunderbuss Jack White 8. Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy Jack white *alternate mix 9. I Guess I Should Go To Sleep Jack White *alternate mix 10. Just One Drink Jack White *acoustic mix 11. Entitlement Jack White 12. Want and Able Jack White
Earlier this week, Michael Sam Sr., the father of gay NFL prospect Michael Sam, aired his concerns to the national media that his son would be incapable of providing his future grandchildren with a traditional family environment to grow up in.After Sam Sr. received a text message from his son simply stating, “Dad, I’m gay,” he reportedly had a hard time digesting the news.“I couldn’t eat no more, so I went to Applebee’s to have drinks,” Sam Sr. told The New York Times. “I don’t want my grandkids raised in that kind of environment.”Oh, the irony.That’s right — the man who aired a deeply controversial reaction to his son’s sexual orientation to the most-read newspaper in the world is concerned about someone else’s ability to provide a loving family environment.He even went as far to say that late Hall of Fame defensive lineman Deacon Jones is “turning over in his grave.”As a journalist, I am usually thankful when people give non-cookie cutter quotes — but I would never wish something like this upon anyone.People have mostly had one of two reactions to Sam Sr.’s feelings — one camp is shocked that these emotions were disclosed to the press, the other is sympathetic to Sam Sr.’s reaction due to the seemingly casual manner in which he was informed of his son’s sexual orientation.I must admit, at first I was surprised at Sam’s decision to inform his father of his orientation through a text message. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Sam has known his father far longer than any of the bloggers questioning that fateful text message. He probably had an inkling of what his father’s reaction would be (losing his appetite and going to get drunk), and didn’t want to hear it with his own ears. I can hardly blame him for waiting to tell his father long after his friends, waiting until the last possible moment before his personal life became international news. It might not have been the right decision, if he didn’t want his father to express his knee-jerk reaction to The New York Times. But who could ever anticipate a parents doing that?Sam Sr. has since told the Galveston County Daily News that he was radically misquoted by the Times, saying, “[Sam] has made a great statement in coming out, and he should be able to play in the NFL. I love him unconditionally.”I would honestly love to believe that Sam Sr. was indeed drastically misquoted, and I am certainly not writing this to argue that he doesn’t love his son. But Sam’s relationship with his father obviously isn’t as simple as we’d all like it to be — Sam Jr. also told the Times that he stays with his friends rather than his family when he returns home to Hitchcock, Tex.Everyone has had to admit things to their parents that they’d rather not. But it’s shocking to see the disparity between Sam’s seemingly nonchalant demeanor in interviews with ESPN and the Times, in which he said coming out to the world was “nothing” compared to the hardships he endured as a child and the far less direct approach he took in disclosing his orientation to his father.The tragedies the Sam family has endured makes Sam Sr.’s reaction even more cringe-worthy. Considering that according to the Times two of his children are dead, two more are in jail and another went missing as a child, shouldn’t he be more accepting of his remaining son?Many have speculated that Sam chose to text his father because he was nervous about what he’d hear on the other end of the line. But maybe that’s not it at all.Maybe he felt his father only deserved a text. Maybe he wanted to keep him at an arm’s length. Maybe that’s why he forgoes staying with him on trips back to his hometown. Maybe he wanted to keep him informed on a need-to-know basis before the word got to him through the media.From now on, Sam Sr. might not even deserve that courtesy. Will Laws is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Laying Down the Laws,” runs every other Friday.