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January's Light + Sound Machine Screening is DOUBLE PLAY: JAMES BENNING AND RICHARD LINKLATER. The screening will take place on Thursday, January 15th at 8pm (Doors at 7pm) in the Blue Room. Tickets are available NOW.
Dir. Gabe Klinger, USA, 2014, 71 min., NR, HD
A documentary portrait of the friendship between the renowned filmmakers James Benning and Richard Linklater that combines filmed conversations and extensive archival material to explore connections and divergences in their respective approaches to life and cinema.
In 1985, filmmaker Richard Linklater began a film screening society in Austin, Texas, that aimed to show classic art-house and experimental films to a budding community of cinephiles and filmmakers. The Austin Film Society raised enough money to fly in their first out-of-town invitee, visionary experimental filmmaker James Benning. Accepting the invitation, Benning met Linklater and immediately the two began to develop a personal and intellectual bond, which has lasted through the present. After the cult success of "Slacker" (1991), Linklater has gone on to make award-winning big budget narrative films including "School of Rock" (2003), "Before Midnight" (2013) and "Boyhood" (2014). Benning, meanwhile, has stayed close to his modest roots and is mainly an unknown figure in mainstream film culture. Combining filmed conversations and archival material, "Double Play" explores the connections between the work and lives of these two American visionaries.
Purchase tickets here.
86,707 HIGHEST ONE-YEAR VINYL SALES OF SOUNDSCAN ERA!
It’s official: with the final sales week of 2014 having drawn to a close, Jack White’s Lazaretto (Third Man Records/Columbia) is the #1 selling vinyl release of 2014. With 86,707 copies of its ULTRA LP sole vinyl configuration sold in the U.S. since its June 10 release, and a worldwide total exceeding 150,000, Lazaretto not only took the top spot in the 2014 vinyl sales chart—it posted the highest vinyl sales year of the Soundscan era.
These are but the latest records set by Lazaretto: The 40,000 copies the ULTRA LP moved in the seven days following its June 10 release made for the highest first-week vinyl numbers since Soundscan began tracking sales data in 1991. Prior to Lazaretto’s release, a 7" single featuring a special mono live version of the title track was recorded and released on site at Third Man Records all within a matter of hours on Saturday, April 19th, setting a new record for the World's Fastest Released Record.
Meanwhile, as Lazaretto continues to dominate readers and critics polls alike, the album has garnered three GRAMMY award nominations including Best Alternative Music Album, as well as Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for its title track. The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air Sunday, February 8, 2015 on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Jack White has also been nominated in the Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package GRAMMY field, as art director for the Third Man & Revenant Records release The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-27), bringing Jack’s career GRAMMY nomination total to 29—of which he was won nine. Third Man Records has also been recognized in two additional categories: Best Album Notes for The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-27), and Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for the vinyl box set release of Neil Young's A Letter Home.
We here at Third Man would like to THANK YOU for making 2014 such a great year, and we wish you a beautiful 2015. Cheers!
Here's hoping you all had a beautiful Christmas and are easing into the new year in the afterglow of a joyful holiday season. We'd like to bring a little more joy to your lives by announcing several, fantastic new merchandise items and quite a few items on sale with deep discounts in our online store, as well as a HUGE POSTER AND T-SHIRT SALE in the Blue Room today through Sunday.
Stop by the Blue Room between 12 and 5pm today, tomorrow, or Sunday (12/26-28) where we will be selling posters starting at $3 and T-Shirts starting at $5! We're cleaning house for new merchandise and we we want YOU to reap the benefits. Come on by! You will not regret it.
For those of you who are as excited as we are about the Chicago Defender ads within the Paramount box sets, we have two new t-shirts available corresponding with ads from Volume 2: The Lemon T-Shirt and the Spoonful Blues T-Shirt. Both are unisex and come in sizes Small through XXL. (Don't forget we also have fantastic poster prints available of these images as well!)
We also are excited to introduce our first piece of cold weather gear: The B side Full Zip Fleece Hoodie! It's warm, it's cozy, it's clever, and it's high quality... Check it out:
We have 2 new raglan baseball t-shirts. By popular request, the Hot Air Balloon design we released for kids last Christmas is now available for women. We've also made a Record Bolt Raglan for those who prefer a Unisex cut.
Lastly, we've worked up a sweet 5x7 throwback postcard with UV varnish on the bolts and type, so even it the recipient checks their mail after dark, they'll know its origins. Send your thank you cards on these this year, and your friends and family will know you really mean it...
As for sales, we have quite a few posters, t-shirts, and covetable merchandise items on super discount this week! Pick yourself up iPhone cases, Stereoptic-Eyes, Cleaning Kits, Replacement Needles, Cables, Revolution Record Players, and more for super nice prices while supplies last. Check out all discounted merchandise HERE.
With great sadness we share the news that music and the city of Memphis have this week lost two of its great citizens—John Fry, music producer and founder of Ardent Studios, and John Hampton, music producer and engineer. Mr. Hampton engineered the mixes of both the White Stripes' Get Behind Me Satan and The Raconteurs’ Broken Boy Soldiers. The breadth and depth of the work and impact these two gentlemen have had on music and the lives of others is immeasurable. Their families and friends are in our thoughts. For more about Mr. Hampton and Mr. Fry, please read 40 Years of Ardent, an interview chronicling the story of Ardent Studios and their work with such groups as Big Star, Staple Singers, The Cramps, Bob Dylan, Three Six Mafia, ZZ Top and more. (pictured from top to bottom: John Fry and John Hampton).
Recently Third Man Records has been made aware of the discovery of two different copies found by two separate individuals of the 2nd single by the Upholsterers. This duo, comprising of actual upholsterers Jack White and Brian Muldoon, pressed 100 copies of this single and proceeded to hide them in furniture being reupholstered by Muldoon in 2004, in celebration of his 25th year in the business. In celebration of these discoveries, Third Man would like to share with everyone the cover art for this single, done by noted Detroit artist Gordon Newton.
The LA Times showed our best gal and newest addition to the Blue Series family some love today! The songs from Lillie Mae's "Nobody's" 7" are there for the listenin', and Lillie Mae shared some insight about how she came to be involved with Third Man and Jack White's recording style. Read the article and hear the tracks here. And, if you haven't yet picked up a copy of the 7" for yourself, well, you know what to do.