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Third Man Books is excited to be in California on Oct 13 and Oct 15. Tuesday we'll be visiting one of America's most historical / influential bookstores: City Lights. Two days later we'll be in Los Angeles performing on the rooftop of the sleek and always artist friendly Downtown Ace Hotel. For these dates, we'll be featuring TMB's newest author Sampson Starkweather, whose PAIN: The Board Game hits the streets on Oct 13; TMB's first author Janaka Stucky, whose The Truth Is We Are Perfect is nearing its second pressing; and, poet/ jeweler Paige Taggart (Language Lessons, Want for Lion).
To top it off, we're very VERY excited to have Northern California artist Ginny Stanford also on the bill at City Lights for a very special reading of selected poems from Frank Stanford's Hidden Water. Icing on the cake, and so folks won't accuse us of being overly poet-centric, Los Angeles native Amelia Gray will join us Thursday at Ace Hotel to read stories from her incredible collection Gutshot.
Come hang out with us! Drinks will be served both nights. Free TMR/TMB tote bags will be on hand. And books, limited editions, and more books will be available for purchase.
AND DON’T FORGET THE TURNTABLES! Tuesday night DJ PETER MARAVELIS will be on the decks. Thursday the indomitable ZACH COWIE.
THIRD MAN BOOKS: Where your turntable's not dead and the page still turns.
The Dead Weather have released the final of four technique and instrument-based videos. In this fourth episode, vocalist Alison Mosshart lets us in on her favorite way to come up with ideas for lyrics. Please note that we don't necessarily condone her unique method, but we trust her and love the results - a lot. The video, directed by Jack White, concludes with a full band live performance of the smoldering voodoo of "Lose the Right” from the new album Dodge And Burn.
Dodge and Burn - the band's third album and first full-length release in five years - is available now. Pick up your copy on CD/LP here.
This is a book meant to make a difference; proceeds from every sale of Acknowledge: An Anthology of Selected Poems from The Contributor will be donated to the street paper The Contributor. Acknowledge gives voice to our homeless neighbors. Voices that will fill you with warmth, sadness, courage, and much, much joy. For instance, how could a raccoon become so important? Ever know a dog named Sneakers? What exactly is a "Cadillac turn"? Heard of a Sunflower Hubcap?
"ACKNOWLEDGE: An Anthology of Selected Poems from The Contributor collects poems from the seven years that The Contributors’ poetry section has been published. The writers are the homeless and formerly homeless vendors of the street paper located in Nashville, TN. The vendors are old and young, man and woman, both native to Nashville and not. The poems present human perspectives on homelessness and daily life in the words of those most affected. Our intention at Third Man Books is, of course, to bolster awareness of The Contributor and raise funds for its vendors. We encourage all to continue to purchase papers from vendors whenever possible."—Joshua Gillis, editor
"Since its first issue in 2007, The Contributor, located in Nashville, Tennessee, has published poetry by Contributor supporters, homeless advocates, and most notably the homeless and formerly homeless vendors who sell the street newspaper. Vendor poetry became a part of my life when I joined its staff as the editorial assistant at the end of 2011. For years, I typed up poetry written on fast food napkins, crisp notebook paper, and stained scraps of flyers, receipts and medical documents. I read poetry emailed from downtown library computers, mailed from Pennsylvania typewriters, and scribbled in marker five minutes before we closed our doors for the day. I’ve always preached that our poetry section is the most powerful and interesting work within The Contributor pages because of both the brash honesty and the opportunity for empowerment." —Linda Bailey, assistant editor at The Contributor.
A few important facts about both the anthology and The Contributor:
*Acknowledge features 38 different poets, all homeless or formerly homeless vendors of The Contributor.
*The Contributor is a nonprofit. Provides 300+ active homeless and formerly homeless newspaper vendors with a pathway to earn income.
*The Contributor is the largest street newspaper per capita in the world, with nearly 6 million copies sold and $1.5 million invested by vendors in their paper sale micro-businesses since 2007.
*Three poets, Wayne Walden, Chris Scott, and David S. Pointer from The Contributor’s pages have gone on to publish full length books.
*One of The Contributor’s Poets, Jennifer A. was awarded the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) "Best Vendor Submission" for her poem, "A Late Dinner with my Son." Her submission was chosen from other vendor submissions from street newspapers around the world. The poem is featured in Acknowledge.
*The street newspaper is published weekly and averages a monthly circulation of 60,000 copies
*The Contributor has received coverage from NPR, The New York Times, USA Today, The Tennessean, The Nashville Scene, and local TV.
Even the most casual and detached TMR fans know, we love Detroit. Many of us here at Nashville HQ will always call Detroit home, and the new Record Store and Novelties Lounge is set to open in Detroit soon thereby completing phase one of Operation: Full Circle! Coincidentally, our friends and purveyors of kindhearted cool at Pitchfork are bringing Pitchfork Radio to Detroit for the next THR33 W33KS, and we couldn’t be more excited but we're going to try anyway. Starting tomorrow we will have a Third Man Records block on Pitchfork Radio every Wednesday 3 – 4PM EST. Join us this week for an hour with your new favorite DJ's Wolf Eyes, whose new album I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces is available everywhere on Devil's Night. Pitchfork Radio is presented and powered by TuneIn broadcasting from Shinola’s sister store, Willy’s Detroit. There will be shows from Pitchfork staffers, Detroit powerhouses, the dopest DJs around, and appearances from Protomartyr, Ghostly International and Cassette Store Day DJs with a == TAPES ONLY == set. Pitchfork Radio is streaming HERE so what are you waiting for?
The Dead Weather’s new album DODGE AND BURN debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 at #10 with 32,787 copies sold, making the Third Man Records release the top selling independent album of the week. Dodge and Burn also came in at #1 on the Vinyl Chart with 12,375 LP’s sold. This is Third Man Records and Jack White’s third consecutive Billboard Top 200 top 10 debut and #1 first week vinyl sales. Here's a breakdown of the charts...
#1 – LP Vinyl Albums
#1 – Indie Albums
#2 – Alternative Albums
#8 – Top Current Albums
#9 – Current Physical Albums
#10 – Billboard Top 200
#15 - Switzerland
#15 - Norway
#16 – Current Digital Albums
#16 - Canada
#20 - Belgium
#21 - United Kingdom
#21 - Australia
#25 - Netherlands
#28 - Austria
#32 - New Zealand
#32 - Ireland
#39 - France
#57 - Germany
Check out the reviews that have come in here.
The time is nigh for yet another exceptional installment of our Jack White-produced Blue Series of singles. Third Man is privileged to work with Melbourne, Australia’s very own Courtney Barnett, a sharp singer-songwriter-guitarist who has quickly made her mark on garage pop fans worldwide with her witty, self-deprecating, and authentic observations turned into raw, stream-of-consciousness lyrics and blunt melodies. The wry-and-dry songstress stopped by Third Man Studios in Nashville over a long weekend this summer to record a couple tracks and damn did she ever deliver. The A-side “Boxing Day Blues Revisited” is the slinky and bittersweet epilogue to “Boxing Day Blues," the somber closer from her album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. It’s a strangely catching, plaintive reflection on the loneliness that blossoms when a person you care about treats you like literal garbage. The track is jaunty yet aloof, with CB’s trademark conversational lyricism in perfect contrast to the B-side, a beautifully dark reboot of the Roland S. Howard-penned “Shivers” back from his days in The Boys Next Door. Barnett's unfastened delivery of an ironic tale of teenage love and mortality brings a new level of feeling to the song, making it a welcome addition to that Sounds of Late Fall mix you’ve been working on.
Keep your eyes open and ears peeled for this one ‘cause you ain’t gonna wanna miss it. It’ll be in the Third Man Store and records stores everywhere on October 16th, 2015, and now you can pre-order the 7” HERE and check out Shivers HERE: