The Raconteurs have announced the arrival of a new 7-inch vinyl that contains “Help Me Stranger (Radio Edit)” backed with an alternate version of “Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)”. The standard black vinyl is available for purchase today (12/13), and a limited pressing of tri-color edition will be available at Third Man Records storefronts starting tomorrow (12/14).
Both songs on the new vinyl are different from the versions that appear on the band’s first studio album in ten years, Help Us Strangers, which was released on June 21st. The radio edit of “Help Me Stranger” does not include the acoustic intro heard on the album, whereas the alternate version of “Somedays” includes an acoustic interlude not heard on the album. The release of “Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)” is a follow-up to the recently released official music video for the track.
“Help Me Stranger” continues the band’s trend of having a “singular” song name to pair with a “plural” album name—as seen on their first album, Broken Boy Soldiers, with the song “Broken Boy Solider”, and their second album, Consolers of the Lonely with the song, “Consoler of the Lonely”.
The Raconteurs conclude their Help Us Stranger world tour tonight (12/13) at The Republik in Honolulu, HI. The tour covered all corners of the United States, many parts of Central and South America, as well as Canada.
One notable run on the tour included a three-night stand at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK (10/13-14, 16). These shows marked the first time any band had sold out three consecutive shows at the venue. This event was celebrated with a new live album, Live In Tulsa, as part of the Third Man Records Vault Package #43.
Fans can head to the Third Man Records official website or their local record store to purchase the standard edition of the new 7-inch vinyl.
Those looking land a copy of the limited tri-color release will need to head to their nearest Third Man Records location.