Detroit blooze duo the White Stripes have chosen "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" as the third single from their latest album, White Blood Cells.
The tale of woe, composed of sluggish verses that explode into a rough-hewn, feedback-tweaked chorus, follows previous cuts "Hotel Yorba" and "Fell in Love With a Girl."
A video for the song will be shot by Michel Gondry, according to a spokesperson for V2 Records. Gondry, who has directed groundbreaking clips for Björk, Cibo Matto and Radiohead, was the visual artist responsible for the living Lego style of the Stripes' "Fell in Love With a Girl" (see "Inside The White Stripes' 'Girl' Video Block Party").
The White Stripes, together with fellow torchbearers of all that's hip, the Strokes, will perform a couple of shows together much to the delight of the sloppy chic set. Each band will headline their respective hometown gigs: August 9 at Detroit's Chene Park and August 15 at New York's Radio City Music Hall, with more shows a possibility.
Following their toggling headlining gigs, both bands will cross the pond for a trio of U.K. festivals August 23-25.
And so as not to play fabulous favorites, the Strokes have chosen "Someday" as their third single from maiden LP Is This It, following "Last Nite" and "Hard to Explain."