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  • A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records

    Posted by Third Man on 22 April 2015

     

    Thursday, May 7th: Doors 7pm / Show at 8pm

    18+ / $7

    TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

     

    One of the finest curated labels on the scene is Mississippi Records out of Portland, Oregon. Their work in bringing under-acknowledged blues, gospel, soul, punk and all kinds of roots based music from around the world is second to none. All of our record collections are greatly enriched by their efforts. Let us be clear, we are big fans.

    Well, Mississippi Records has a new concoction called A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records. This live presentation from Mississippi main man Eric Isaacson, is a combination of film, slide show, lecture and soundscape. It instinctively and idiosyncratically illustrates an entire history of recorded music (focusing on Eric’s patch, North America!), from the birth of the first star in the universe all the way to the dark ages of the 1980′s. We’ll be hosting Eric and the Cosmic History here at Third Man in our Blue Room on Thursday May 7th.

    The ultimate intention of this travelling exhibition is to give the audience a sense of wonder; that anything is possible and art is worth doing. Tonally, the presentation navigates into the outer reaches, bypassing academic stuffiness in favour of entertainment value and immediacy. All materials will be from Mississippi Records vast and seldom seen archive of film, music and art.

    This whirlwind 90 minute sound and visual representation will attempt to sum up as many important points in the evolution of recorded music that can be done in such a short amount of time. Subjects hit upon include:

    - The cosmic patterns that resemble music generated by stars being born and dying.

    - The musical patterns in the natural world that work on the same principals as music.

    - The untold early history of recording technology (including tales of Archeoacoustic technology that allows us to hear recordings from 2,000 years or more ago, cat pianos, the phonautogram which reproduces sounds from dust and much more)

    - The rise of the blues, rock and roll, and other revolutionary American music forms and their subsequent destruction by the powers that be

    - Hopeful messages about the future

    - 45 minutes of incredibly vibrant archival footage of some some the greatest musicians on Earth (as well as some novelties) including Bo Diddley, Rosetta Tharpe, The Collins Kids, Gary Davis, and the Staple Singers.

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    Mississippi Records has a new concoction called A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records. This live presentation from Mississippi main man Eric Isaacson, is a combination of film, slide show, lecture and soundscape. It instinctively and idiosyncratically illustrates an entire history of recorded music (focusing on Eric’s patch, North America!), from the birth of the first star in the universe all the way to the dark ages of the 1980′s. We’ll be hosting Eric and the Cosmic History here at Third Man in our Blue Room on Thursday May 7th.

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  • Record Store Day 2015 Recap

    Posted by Third Man on 20 April 2015

    We are still all smiles after one of the most wonderful, magical and historical Record Store Days in the history of TMR, and we have YOU to thank for making it such a wonderful celebration. We were beside ourselves with happiness to see everyone enjoying Elvis' 1st ever recording on display next to the Rek-O-Kut lathe that made it. What a reunion! We were drowning in tears of joy getting to record nearly 50 of you direct-to-disc in the Blue Room for Third Man Recording Service. We were jumping with glee watching you guys test out our new, ridiculously addictive instrument and amplifier from Critter & Guitari, and we were bursting with excitement as we all watched SHADRAQ, Anwar Sadat, and Pujol tear it up in front of the warehouse.

    And, of course, getting to share Elvis' "My Happiness" facsimile and Get Behind Me Satan (FINALLY!) with the world was a big thrill as well. We hope you got to pick up some of our fantastic new merchandise, eat a hot dog or a sno cone, and play some cornhole on our astroturf patio.

    If you were only there in spirit, our genius video department has cooked up a recap video for you, so you can enjoy the day if you were there. Vault members can check out a full photo set here, and everyone else can view a limited set below and here.

    Enjoy, and until next year....

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    We are still all smiles after one of the most wonderful, magical and historical Record Store Days in the history of TMR, and we have YOU to thank for making it such a wonderful celebration. We were beside ourselves with happiness to see everyone enjoying Elvis' 1st ever recording on display next to the Rek-O-Kut lathe that made it. What a reunion! We were drowning in tears of joy getting to record nearly 50 of you direct-to-disc in the Blue Room for Third Man Recording Service. We were jumping with glee watching you guys test out our new, ridiculously addictive instrument and amplifier from Critter & Guitari, and we were bursting with excitement as we all watched SHADRAQ, Anwar Sadat, and Pujol tear it up in front of the warehouse.

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  • Last Minute Record Store Day Surprise!

    Posted by Third Man on 17 April 2015

    The Rek-O-Kut direct-to-disc recorder that cut Elvis Presley's first ever recording is typically on display right here in Nashville at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in their current exhibit re-creation of Sun Studios. For one day only, this historic piece of machinery will be reunited with the original disc of 'My Happiness' for the first time since the record was cut, and will be on display at Third Man Records tomorrow for Record Store Day. These two items are arguably the most important pieces of rock and roll history in the world, and having them back in the same room together is pure magic. Many thanks to the Musicians Hall of Fame for affording us the opportunity to reintroduce this record to its maker.

    The Musicians Hall of Fame exhibit includes Scotty Moore’s Gibson Super 400 guitar that he used on sessions with Carl Perkins, a copy of Elvis's first contract, signed by his mother and father and Scotty Moore, and Marshall Grant’s 1950s Epiphone Upright Bass he played with Johnny Cash. 

    Third Man Records will be open with "My Happiness" and the Rek-O-Kut on display from 10am until 6pm tomorrow, April 18th. Read more about our Record Store Day plans here, here, and here

    The Rek-O-Kut Lathe will be reunited with the most famous record it cut at Third Man Records tomorrow!

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  • THREE-DAY PROGRAM TO CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OF WISCONSIN’S OWN PARAMOUNT RECORDS

    Posted by Third Man on 15 April 2015

    From April 23-25 2015, The Center for the Humanities will present The Rise and Fall and Rise of Paramount Records, a three-day program exploring the music, history and artists of Wisconsin’s own Paramount Records. The events, workshops, and listening sessions will take place at UW-Madison, The Wisconsin Historical Museum, and the Bubbler at the Madison Central Public Library. Special guests include Dean Blackwood owner of Revenant Records and Executive Producer of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, and Amanda Petrusich, author of Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78 RPM Records (2014).

    Join us on April 23-25 to hear selections from Paramount collection, learn about the musicians who recorded there, and learn about the history of the company. We’ll discuss the culture of collecting, the history of recording technology, and highlight Wisconsin’s unexpected place in the history of American blues and folk music, with special attention to the richness of the archival holdings of the UW-Madison libraries. 

    All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://humanities.wisc.edu/events/special-events/calendar#the-rise-and-fall-and-rise-of-paramount-records.

    From April 23-25 2015, The Center for the Humanities will present The Rise and Fall and Rise of Paramount Records, a three-day program exploring the music, history and artists of Wisconsin’s own Paramount Records.

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  • Scharpling & Wurster Live at Third Man Records

    Posted by Third Man on 15 April 2015

    Saturday, May 16th, 2015

    with Special Guests

    *7:30pm | $20 | 18+*

    TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

    For one-night only the renowned comedy duo of Scharpling & Wurster, of The Best Show, bring you a star-studded event filled with mirth, music and mayhem! Tom and Jon
    are hitting the road promoting their massive and definitive 16CD box set *Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of The Best Show *out on Numero Group and are bringing
    along their friends from Newbridge and beyond to celebrate this historic release. To make this show even more special, they are honored to be recording it for a release as a part of Third Man Records Live Series! Tickets are available now online, so scoop them up before we sell out!

    Tom Scharpling is one half of the renowned comedy duo Scharpling & Wurster. Scharpling & Wurster ranked #31 on ROLLING STONE’S list of the Fifty Funniest People. Tom writes for television and is currently developing a show for Amazon, which is not actually television but is kind of like television. He has also been directing music videos – he was named Video Music Director of 2012 by SPIN his video for Aimee Mann’s “Labrador” was named #2 Music Video of the Year (after “Gangham Style”). He is currently directing commercials and developing a few things that will hopefully excite you through 2015 and beyond!

    Jon Wurster is… um… the *other* half of the renowned comedy duo Scharpling & Wurster, who have been…ah, forget it. Jon has been the drummer for indie-rock pioneers Superchunk since 1991. He’s also the drummer in The Mountain Goats and The Bob Mould Band. When he’s not making records or touring the world Jon's lending his writing talents to the Adult Swim programs “Squidbillies” and “Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell” and appearing in videos by Aimee Mann, J. Mascis, The New Pornographers, The Postal Service and others. Jon's is the voice on the other end of the line during the Scharpling and Wurster calls.

    For more information regarding Scharpling & Wurster, visit thebestshow.net. Purchase tickets here.

    For one-night only the renowned comedy duo of Scharpling & Wurster, of The Best Show, bring you a star-studded event filled with mirth, music and mayhem! Tom and Jon are hitting the road promoting their massive and definitive 16CD box set *Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of The Best Show *out on Numero Group and are bringing along their friends from Newbridge and beyond to celebrate this historic release. To make this show even more special, they are honored to be recording it for a release as a part of Third Man Records Live Series! Tickets are available now online, so scoop them up before we sell out!

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  • Janaka Stucky THE TRUTH IS WE ARE PERFECT Release Day!

    Posted by Third Man on 14 April 2015

    Janaka Stucky has been hard on tour in the Midwest. Today we are pleased to announce the official release of his book of poems The Truth Is We Are Perfect, available now online and in a bookstore near you. A special edition of the book will also be available exclusively from Third Man Records' Nashville storefront.

    Janaka Stucky has been hard on tour in the Midwest. Today we are pleased to announce the official release of his book of poems The Truth Is We Are Perfect., available now online and in a bookstore near you. A special edition of the book is also be available exclusively from Third Man Records' Nashville storefront.

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