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Tune in to Showtime Networks tonight at 10pm ET/PT to watch Jack White's performance at the "Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of 'Inside Llewyn Davis'" concert. Check out the clip below from the recording featuring Jack with Dominic Davis (bass), Lillie Mae Rische (fiddle, vocals) and Fats Kaplin (banjo) performing The White Stripes' "We're Going To Be Friends."
While you're soaking in the sweet tunes and basking in the warm glow of cathode rays, switch on over to CBS to catch the bad, bold and beautiful Mr.Seasick Steve on The Late Show with David Letterman 11:35/10:35C.
Dir. Nicolas Rey, France, 2012, 81 min., NR, 16mm, December 19th, 7pm at Third Man Records
Based on fragments from Günther Anders' novel The Molussian Catacomb, which was written between 1932 and 1936, Nicolas Rey's captivating nine-part film presents allegorical stories and musings by political prisoners sitting in the pits of an imaginary fascist state called Molussia. Shown in random order whenever it is screened (there are 362,880 potential versions of the film), the film's nine 16mm reels ruminate on capitalism, imperialism and resistance—accompanied by gritty, unsettling self-processed images of undefined landscapes.
A haunting and moving meditation on brutality and control, differently, Molussia has galvanized audiences at festivals around the world. Since 1993 Rey has been making films that hover between photography, documentaries and the avant-garde. He is one of the founders of the Paris-based artist film lab L'Abominable. (Synopsis from Northwest Film Forum)
Purchase tickets here.
The Holiday spirit has us feeling like spreading the love here at Third Man Records… Spreading the love in the form of extra Paramount goodies! We are offering an Exclusive Holiday Paramount Bundle, which includes a few coveted extras for those whose wonder extends even beyond the Cabinet-of-Wonder!
Beyond The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1, the first bundle extra comes in the form of Third Man's first 78 RPM record, TMR237 "Battle Royale," a duel of sermons between Sister Ernia Mae Cunningham and Reverend H. C. Gatewood, D.D.I.M.R.A. Packaged in vintage, of-the-era card stock sleeves and achieving that proper dull luster that a record in the 1920's would have had, this 78 leaves us unable to decide which fiery "sermon with singing" tips the scale to win the battle, but we look forward to hearing your opinion.
We are also pleased to include Swan Keepsakes from the New York Public Library Paramount Records event held in November, hand-letterpressed by Bryce McCloud at Isle of Printing in Nashville (also responsible for the gorgeous white birch LP folio within the Cabinet-of-Wonder), and a Paramount T-Shirt of your choice (out of the 4 available options).
The first 20 bundles ordered will arrive with a very special extra addition: aParamount Records Shadowbox. This laser cut standing card is a non-distributed promotional item for the Paramount stem, and will look fantastic in anyone's parlor or record room.
This bundle is available now only while supplies last…
For those of you who haven't yet tumbled into the Paramount rabbit hole, here's some great information coming from Time Magazine and from David Fricke's 5 star review in Mojo Magazine, both available in print now.
Jack White and "I'm Shakin'" have been nominated for Grammys for "Best Rock Performance" and "Best Music Video." Winners will be announced at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards which will be broadcast live on CBS at 8pm ET/PT on January 26th, 2014. Purchase the vinyl 7" for "I'm Shakin'" at thirdmanstore.com or the digital version via iTunes.
Hot off the presses at United, our next trio of Sun Records reissues is ready to make its way onto your turntable. This is the second installment of our ongoing partnership with Sun, (the first including The Prisonaires, Johnny Cash, and Rufus Thomas), with each release remaining faithful to its original issue. We've replicated the classic logo and label design and coupled it with a custom sleeve that employs the rooster that Sun founder Sam Phillips regretted losing when the label stopped pressing 78's and moved exclusively to 45's. One of the first releases to be pressed as a 45 by Sun during this transition is the first 7" included in this set, D.A. Hunt's "Lonesome Old Jail" b/w "Greyhound Blues."
Daniel Augusta Hunt, better known as Junior Hunt, was born in Munford, AL in 1929. On or around March 11th, 1953, Hunt recorded these two songs at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis and they were released in June of that year. For over 50 years, these songs were believed to only exist in 78 rpm form, until a copy pressed as a 45 rpm 7” single turned up in Minnesota. This only known copy was sold on eBay in 2010 for $10,323. This marks the first legitimate release of Hunt's material on a 7" record, and both songs are outstanding examples of the heartbreaking, desolate nature of the solo bluesman accompanying himself on guitar and borrow heavily from the template set by Lightnin' Hopkins. Hunt was arrested in Memphis in 1958 for stealing a saxophone and died in May 1962 in Phoenix, AZ.
Most likely recorded in June of 1956, "Rockhouse" is a prime example of quintessential, undiluted rockabilly. While Roy and the Teen Kings' stint with Sun would be brief, the sheer power unleashed on these tracks is palpable. Most folks are only familiar with Orbison's perfected pop orchestrations recorded for Monument Records in the '60s, but his roots were firmly planted in the dusty West Texas sound, were influenced heavily by Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, and remain equally important as the work of both.
Like the Golden Gate Bridge, hot dogs, Wrigley Field, Converse All-Stars, and Jack Daniels, "Great Balls of Fire" is of the uppermost echelon of cultural exports America has ever produced. If you don't already know this, it's okay…you can buy this single now and no one will be the wiser. The Killer at his finest.
Available today. Purchase all three as a bundle, or individually on our Sun Records Reissue page. The limited edition SUN RAY™ versions of these singles will be available at a future date with location TBA.
Learn more about this series here.
Allow us to take a quick break from the usual new release and events news for a moment of retrospection this afternoon.
A good friend and charter member of the Third Man family, Larry "Cowboy" Morrison, passed away unexpectedly this past weekend. Cowboy has been with us from the beginning here in Nashville. He was our master carpenter, and together with the Sound Construction crew helped build Third Man. He's been an integral part of our lives. He helped build and sculpt our buildings with his bare hands. Fans have witnessed him all over the things we do from his extraordinary appearance in the Dead Weather "Cut Like a Buffalo" video to his distinctive Texas drawl as the outgoing message on our telephone. His large and friendly smile was omnipresent in our office, and we are so much going to miss his stories and laughter as a part of our daily routine.
He was a Stetson-wearing storyteller and a true Texan with a heart of gold. He loved and respected Third Man, and we loved him and respected him right back. His hard work and craftsmanship at the Third Man headquarters will be with us always as a daily reminder. We're going to miss the man himself as well as his large, gracious smile and hearty laugh. He was an absolutely unforgettable gentleman, full of character, and today we raise a glass to his memory and those who he has sadly left behind. We Love ya, Cowboy!