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The Dough Rollers formed in 2008 when Malcolm Ford and Jack Byrne first decided to put their passion for American roots music to work by trying their hand at earnest, neo-revivalism. But, of course, after three years of touring and the addition of Graham Norwood on bass and Kyle Olson on drums, their sound evolved, loosening, snarkening, and darkening. These days, in large part to Ford's hellbent hollering, our boys occupy the sometimes salty, sometimes sweet spot smack dab in between rock and soul. They've toured with the likes of Bob Dylan and Queens of the Stone Age, which, one way or another, led them to Nashville in 2013 to record a 7'' vinyl single for our Blue Series. The result was one of the finest guitar explosions we've ever pressed on wax and a pivotal entry in their discography. Their latest effort, Gone Baby Gone, was recorded with QOTSA's Josh Homme producing, and their swampy new swagger fully realized. It's the work of band that, after all this time and effort, understands their place in the American rock scene.
The Dead Weather’s two new songs “Buzzkill(er)” and “It’s Just Too Bad” are now available to purchase worldwide on iTunes and all other digital retailers. Listen to a stream of "Buzzkill(er)" below.
Next week is "Olivia Jean Week!" in Los Angeles. Besides the launch of her pop-up shop at the Scion AV Installation space with its not-to-be-missed opening reception performance on November 15th, Olivia Jean will be playing FREE in-store shows at Fingerprints in Long Beach and Amoeba Records in Hollywood.
Fans can RSVP to the Fingerprints in-store in person at the shop or by calling 562-433-4996. Priority entry and free poster offered to customers who purchase Bathtub Love Killings from the shop.
RSVP for the Scion AV Installation opening reception HERE.
November 12th @ 7pm: Fingerprints – Long Beach, CA
November 13th @ 6pm: Amoeba Music Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA
November 15th @ 7pm: Scion Av Installation — Los Angeles, CA
Nashville's local, independent radio station, Lightning 100 has teamed up with local, independent beer brewery, Fat Bottom, to host a weekly DJ night, and they've asked yours truly to be a part of the inaugural event!
This Wednesday, join Ben Blackwell and Ben Swank while they spin rare gems and sweet sounds from their personal collections as well a few sneak peaks from yet-to-be-released (and yet-to-be-announced) records from the Third Man catalog. Oh, think of the secrets you'll be privy to! To sweeten the deal, the Rolling Record Store will be on site selling not only all the limited, exclusive merchandise you've come to expect, but also discounted Jack White tour merchandise, and (AND!) access to the FINAL REMAINING general admission tickets for Jack White's show this January at the Bridgestone Arena - they are sold out everywhere else, so this is a last chance opportunity.
Fat Bottom'll be slingin' small batch brews and beer drinkers will have the opportunity to spin a track or two of your own, and Lightning 100's Wells Adams manning the needle in between guests DJ's.
So, if you're one of those crazy people who doesn't like good music and good beer, steer clear of Fat Bottom brewery this Wednesday from 7-9pm. Otherwise, we'll see y'all there.
Friday, November 7th is the perfect time for a FREE language lesson. Not the kind about commas and run-on sentences but the kind about rhythm, rhyme and bass. AND, Third Man Books and Third Man Records will be celebrating not only our first literary release titled Language Lessons: Volume 1 (an anthology of poetry, prose, and music), but we are also pleased to announce our first single-author book titled The Truth Is We Are Perfect by Janaka Stucky. The book of poems will hit the streets in April 2015. By the way, did we mention this event is free? And that there will be a bar? And that there will be bass? Lots of bass. That all means Mike Floss (AKA Openmic). Mike Floss has shared the stage with artists such as Pusha T, Wale, Stalley, and Yo Gotti. His solo efforts For the Rebels 1 & 2 were awarded Mixtape and Hip Hop Album of the Year by the Nashville Scene.
Likewise, The Scene named poet Kendra DeColo’s Thieves in the Afterlife best poetry book of 2014! And Third Man Books Language Lessons as best anthology of 2014. Not to be outdone, poet TJ Jarrett book Zion won the most recent prestigious Crab Orchard prize. So that’s a lot of prize winners, but did we mention there’s a bar, and bass, and that the event is free admission? And that there will be vinyl spinning, too? The indomitable DJ Rap Castle will be on turntables between sets.
Bring the bass. Bring the bar. Bring the Poetry. Set it all on fire.
Janaka Stucky is the Publisher of Black Ocean. He is the author of Your Name Is The Only Freedom (Brave Men Press), The World Will Deny It For You (Ahsahta Press) and The Truth Is We Are Perfect (forthcoming Third Man Books, Spring 2015), and his articles have been published by The Huffington Post and The Poetry Foundation. He is a two-time National Haiku Champion and in 2010 he was voted “Boston’s Best Poet." He likes his whiskey neat and his music dirty.
Mike Floss capitalizes on his natural instincts with creativity and unmatched lyrical prowess. Growing up the under the guidance of his father and renown jazz musician, Rod McGaha, his roots were deeply planted in art and self-expression. He attended the HBCU in his hometown, Tennessee State University, where in between the parties and classes, he began mastering his craft and developing his sound. “I can do a song with Yo Gotti and still get my wave in… then turn around and do J Dilla records with Erykah Badu and bring something young and refreshing to the culture.”
Kendra DeColo is the author of Thieves in the Afterlife (Saturnalia Books, 2014), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. She has received awards and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Millay Colony, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is a book editor at Muzzle Magazine and the founding poetry editor of Nashville Review. She teaches at the Porch Writers’ Collective and Room in the Inn. This spring she will be a guest professor at Sarah Lawrence College.
TJ Jarrett is a writer and software developer in Nashville, Tennessee. Her recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry, African American Review, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Callaloo, DIAGRAM, Third Coast, VQR, West Branch and others.Her debut collection Ain’t No Grave (finalist for the 2013 Balcones Prize) was published with New Issues Press (2013). Her second collection Zion (winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition 2013) was published by Southern Illinois University Press in the fall of 2014.
Upon arriving, VERY well costumed guests' eyes beheld an eerie sight: the sideshow stylings of Sideshow Bennie and Anna Fiametta, who breathed fire and swallowed everything the could get their hands on... Guests were terrified by masked freaks on stilts and knocked down and peg or two by the rudest clown we've ever met. Before entering our "haunted hallway," guests were "framed" for a crime they may or may not have committed involving an unfortunate broad in a bloody bathtub. We snapped potential criminals' portraits, rushed the negatives back to the Third Man photo studio and dark room, and developed the photos during the show, presenting suspicious guests with their one-of-a-kind prints as they left later in the evening.
Unknown Hinson, our majestic and maniacal Master of Ceremonies for the evening, started the night off in high style, introducing a gas mask-clad Miss Rose Hips, who shook and shook from high above the bar in the blue room to the mesmerized menagerie, followed by young rockers Weekend Babes, who clearly gained the respect of the crowd.
The night proceeded with a magical set by Jason Michaels, the Cardshark, who left many an audience member slack jawed and awed. JP5, who we have been dying to get in for a show for many months were well worth the wait and were followed by a special cameo performance by a squeaky, well-armored mystery man who sang his heart out in between sets. The party had just begun.
Onto the main event. Folks, Olivia Jean has arrived. Though perhaps looking a little less-than-lively, Olivia Jean's appearance deceived as she and her toothy (and toothsome!) band put on their best performance to date, covering songs from her new album Bathtub Love Killings as well as a few Black Belles favorites and The Special's "Ghost Town." They SLAYED. They KILLED. They DESTROYED the audience, and we the audience were just pleased as spiked punch. Many guests had literally paid with their blood to be at this performance, and Olivia Jean was more than ready to make good on every last drop.
Closing out the night, Miss Rose Hips once again graced our stage-in-the-sky, while Breast Massage prepared to shake the very foundation of 623 7th Avenue South. Full of familiar characters, Breast Massage eased us out of Devil's Night and into Halloween with the growlin'est, bone-shakin'est, bad vibrations'est, hide-under-the-bed-and-call-your-mama'est set we've seen in a long time.
It was a graveyard smash. Happy Halloween!
love, Third Man Records
All photos by Angelina Castillo and Bradley Marshall.