Perhaps the coolest thing on TV this week was on Monday, when Neil Young showed up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Jack White to record live in White’s refurbished Voice-O-Graph booth, which records straight to vinyl. You can see the pair showing this thing off in the clip below while Louis C.K. watches on, joking about recording laughter-free comedy in it.
Neil Young recorded his entire new album, the covers record A Letter Home, live in the 1947 Voice-O-Graph booth, coming out with a record that pops and hisses with old-school flair. Jack White says it's the only vinyl-recording booth left in the world that’s open to the public, as the booths were typically found in arcades and at tourist attractions from about the 1940s through the ’70s.Visitors to Third Man Records in Nashville can record live in the booth and mail their record out, as seen in this video.
Watch Neil Young record Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” solo on the ukulele straight to vinyl on the Fallon clip below. The song is also included on A Letter Home, which is out now on vinyl LP, and the CD version and Deluxe LP come out May 27.
After the performance, Fallon played the newly recorded song on the Third Man Records Spinerette, a bright yellow Crosley record player that was put out by White’s label, Third Man Records. You can pick up the portable, USB-enabled Spinerette now in-store at Amoeba Hollywood for $199.98.
Fallon later tweeted a picture of the Young recording, which was given out at the end of the show.
Young also recorded a version of the standard “Since I Met You Baby” by Ivory Joe Hunter as an online bonus to the show, as seen below. That song also is included on the album.
Heads up, too, for Jack White’s new album, Lazaretto, due on LP and CD June 10. “Fallon’s” house band, underground hip-hop heroes The Roots, also have a new one out next week called …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (preorder on CD or vinyl).