Late yesterday, The Raconteurs made a surprise announcement to say that in just one week, their sophomore record, Consolers Of The Lonely, will be available in all formats, everywhere, via Third Man Records “in conjunction with” XL Recordings and Warner Brothers Records.” Boasting 14 new jams, and mastered within the last few weeks, look for the album’s lead single, “Salute Your Solution,” to also debut on March 25 with an accompanying video “provided it gets edited in time.”

The reason for for all of this rush rush? In the words of the band, it was “to get the album to the fans as soon as possible and as we promised. We wanted to get this record to fans, the press, radio, etc., all at the EXACT SAME TIME so that no one has an upper hand on anyone else regarding it’s availability, reception or perception.”

For the band’s full media announcement, go to their MySpace page.