• Record Store Day in Nashville

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    Record Store Day at Third Man Records was an unequivocal success... where do we even begin?

    From the die-hards who camped out overnight (more than 24 hours before doors opened!), to the transcendent live performances by Karen Elson and Mark Watrous, the sundry delights provided by our friends at Hot Diggity Dog (they killed it with their Detroit Dog), Fat Bottom Brewery, Bang Candy and Las Paletas, coverage from TWO local news stations... we are absolutely ecstatic as to how the day unfolded.

    Neil Young stepping out of Record Booth

    To be fair, most of our excitement is tied-up in the success of our Third Man Record Booth. The dozens of people who waited in line to record their very own 111 seconds of vinyl magic walked away with one-of-a-kind audio mementos that we (and they) will never forget. Whether it was a marriage proposal, folk song, last will and testament, poem, one act play, a Sir-Mix-a-Lot cover or birthday greetings, accompanied by everything from a vintage 1920's Gibson mandolin, a boombox or an iPhone, every last recording from the booth was inspired and fulfilling. Even Neil Young stopped by and recorded a song in the booth.

    The booth was carefully monitored by two engineers throughout the day to ensure all the mechanizations were in fine working order. Third Man made the decision (at least for Record Store Day) to use the highest quality aluminum substrate lacquers. These blanks offer the best fidelity for cold needle record cutting and can be played dozens and dozens of times without any noticeable audio degradation.

    Record Store Day weekend has really put the booth through its paces and our engineers (Third Mangineers?) have learned a lot from this weekend and are making the necessary modifications to ensure the booth can soon be a permanent fixture in the Novelties Lounge.

    Jack White also did a recording in the booth this weekend and we share that with you here for free so you can hear the warm analog fidelity that radiates out of this booth.

    View more photos of the fun here.

  • Record Store Day Tomorrow

    Just a reminder that Record Store Day is tomorrow, April 20th!

    Our Nashville headquarters will present our new Third Man Record Booth, live performances, food & libations, and the previously announced exclusive record offerings. We will open at 11am CST. Please note that the Elephant reissues will be available in the Blue Room for $30 each, and they will be Debit/Credit card only. This will help to keep the line moving as quickly as possible. All food and drink vendors, however, will be cash only. Document Records Volume 2 colored vinyl reissues will be $30 each and available in the store, cash or card accepted. You can access more information on the happenings in Nashville here.

    Record Store Day at our Desert Gold Pop Up is a 2-day affair complete with loads of live music and exclusive merch. Details here.

  • Third Man Record Booth, Part 2

    We've been getting a lot of excitement and questions about the new Third Man Record Booth, as you can imagine, so we wanted to answer as many additional questions as we can. The Record Booth is not just for Record Store Day. It is going to be a permanent installation at Third Man's Novelties Lounge in Nashville, but due to the possibility of long lines for several things on Record Store Day, we are making arrangements to have a separate entrance and location for the booth alone to keep the flow moving in the store.

    The recording process runs on the Third Man tokens you see Brendan Benson using in the video, and yes, shockingly it will not be 35 cents anymore. Things have changed since the 1940's. The materials involved and the process and labor are very expensive, but worth every penny to us (and we hope to you as well). The stamp and envelope also involve the weight of a blank vinyl and cardboard, so it costs more to mail than a standard letter.

    We also have some future upgrades up our sleeve for the booth, so watch out in the coming months. Just like the Scopitone, which has been running elegantly in the last few months, to which we've added viewing windows for people to see the inner machinations, we have some ideas for the record booth as well. Some of you noticed in the video that the sign reads "you have 65 seconds to record". That was true for a 6" record at 78 speed, the original speed for the booth in 1947.  Our brilliant Third Man family engineers (Josh Smith, Kevin Carrico, George Ingram, and Ross Blomgren) have modified the motors to run at 45 speed, expanding the recording time from 65 seconds to 111 seconds, making it much easier to play on modern turntables that might not have a 78 speed option, with little loss in fidelity. Instruments will be available next to the booth to use for free and we are currently looking into ways for different machines in the novelties lounge to not play music at the same time, but for now people will just have to be polite while someone's recording in the booth and not blast a Scopitone video simultaneously.

    All of the records recorded in the booth will have Third Man Catalog number "333" and the uploads that fans will send to TMR for our page of recordings made in the booth will appear in that catalog location. Users of the booth write their recording info on the labels themselves, pen provided in the booth of course. The fidelity of the booth will be better than it ever sounded in its day, but the process uses a cold needle, not a heated needle as in modern acetate cutting. Because of this, the volume is not as loud as a modern vinyl due to the way the groove is cut, but the playback amplifier in the booth compensates for this as will your home stereo system.

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  • Third Man Record Booth and Record Store Day 2013 Events

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    In one of my final acts as Record Store Day ambassador, I encourage everyone who comes to the Third Man Record Store in Nashville to be able to hear themselves on a vinyl record, and maybe even mail it to someone they love.

    Actively venturing to your local record shop is one of those honors and privileges in this life that we just shouldn't take for granted. Certain beautiful experiences can only happen in the environment of a record store and I just thought that nothing could drive that point home more than a one-of-a-kind machine that lets you not only record your own vinyl record, but send it to anyone, anywhere in the world to share a song, poem, or private message with. I know those warm, scratchy tones send tingles up (and sometimes down) MY spine. Even if you aren't instrumentally inclined, you could hold up an iphone playing a song and sing along with the music and combine the best of all worlds tangible, digital, and romantic. And for those still skeptical or not sure if they're brave enough to do it, think of it this way; it's almost the same thing as illegally downloading an mp3 and emailing it to someone. Well…, Almost.

    Enjoy record store day everyone. i hope that you find that special song and someone makes you smile in the process.

    - Jack White III

     

    On Saturday, April 20th, Jack White and Third Man Records will unveil their Third Man Recording Booth, a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine that records up to 2 minutes of audio and dispenses a one-of-a-kind 6" phonograph disc to the user. Whether it be a song, a message to a lover, an audio postcard or just the curiosity of a process that has mystified so many folks for ages, the ability to "hear yourself as others hear you" is not only a tagline here...it's an invitation, a charge, a call to arms.

    An arcade staple through the middle of the 20th century and famously used by Martin Sheen's character in the film Badlands, these "make your own record" booths were popular audio peculiarities that fell out of vogue in the 1960s and 70s. Like the records of old, users of the Third Man Recording Booth are encouraged to mail their recording to a loved one. Third Man even offers custom-printed envelopes and postage stamps to make that happen. Located across the room from Third Man's Dip'n'Dunk photo booth folks can even throw in a photo strip with the record to make it extra special.

    The Third Man Recording Booth will be the only machine of its kind in the world that is both operational and open to the public. The booth will run on custom Third Man tokens already in use in the Third Man Novelties Lounge

    Fans who record in the booth will be able to submit digitized versions of their recordings to Third Man to be streamed on a dedicated page on the Third Man Records website.

    Additionally, Third Man will be hosting live performances by both Karen Elson and Mark Watrous and selling limited edition colored vinyl copies of the White Stripes Elephant to celebrate Record Store Day at its Nashville location.

    For those who are unable to make the trek out to Nashville, Third Man is also hosting a pop-up shop and live performances at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. as part of their 10-day Desert Gold event.

    Read more about the Third Man Record Booth here.

  • Snake Skin Box Sets

     

    Just a reminder that we are selling a limited edition 7” box set housed in a one of a kind snake skin style 45 carrying case featuring 5 Live singles that will be recorded at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA over the course of the second weekend of our residency there.  The pre-sale for this box set is available only at the Ace Hotel Pop Up shop and, like all exclusive pop up items, is available first come first served. When they are gone… they’re gone. 
    Snake Skin 45 Case

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        The bands playing include Eagles of Death Metal, Redd Kross, White Fence, Dirty Ghosts, White Mystery, Gap Dream, The Dough Rollers and Carly Ritter, so expect to see many of these bands represented in the box set.
        Get to Palm Springs and place your pre-order NOW. 

        Just a reminder that we are selling a limited edition 7” box set housed in a one of a kind snake skin style 45 carrying case featuring 5 Live singles that will be recorded at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA over the course of the second weekend of our residency there.  The pre-sale for this box set is available only at the Ace Hotel Pop-Up shop and, like all exclusive pop-up items, is available first come first served. When they are gone… they’re gone. 

        The bands playing include Eagles of Death Metal, Redd Kross, White Fence, Dirty Ghosts, White Mystery, Gap Dream, The Dough Rollers and Carly Ritter, so expect to see many of these bands represented in the box set.

        Get to Palm Springs and place your pre-order NOW. 

         

  • Desert Gold Pop-Up Opening Tomorrow

    Tomorrow is the grand opening of our Pop-Up Shop at Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA for Desert Gold. We will be open 12-5 daily through April 21st. More info on the festivities and wares here.