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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.
Devil’s Night 2014 and the official release party for Olivia Jean’s BATHTUB LOVE KILLINGS is upon us. The event is 100% sold out, and if you’re a lucky ticket holder and your blood isn’t yet bubbling in anticipation we have a few ooey-gooey tidbits that help will work you up into an absolutely frenzy…
Firstly, we laid out all the details last week, so please re-familiarize yourself so you don’t find yourself lost or confused on the most dangerous night of the year…
Secondly, we’d like to introduce you to some terrifying new merchandise that will be available exclusively at Devil’s Night…
We have 3 vessels perfect for the consumption of every beverage… a skele-shot glass, a deceptive mug which displays a verrrry different scene when filled with hot coffee, and a souvenir cocktail/ beer cup (available for only $1 extra with a drink purchase at the bar).
Bang Candy Company, the deadliest sweets company this side of the Mason Dixon, has created some of the most sophisticated, tricked-out trick-or-treats you’ve ever laid eyeballs on… Beelzebub’s Bark (cinnamon and cayenne and chocolate, oh my!), as well as three new Bathtub inspired treats: Bathtub Love Simple Syrup flavored with lavender and mint, a soap-inspired bar of white chocolate and raspberries, and Bath Salts which spark, sizzle and scare the tongue in the flavor or lemon, lavender and ginger. Knock knock…
We also have a limited and exclusive trompe l’oeil of a Devil’s Night poster as well as the record we have gathered to celebrate, Olivia Jean’s Bathtub Love Killings, housed in a very special Devil’s-Night-only sleeve you must see to believe. Just one last trick up our sleeves… early access to our baddest 7” container to date: The Born Rotten 45 Box.
Arrive early (starting at 6pm) to have first dibs on photo portraits, freak ogling, magic making, burgers + hotdogs, adult beverages that will delight palettes and destroy brain cells, the ULTIMATE Halloween playlist compiled by “Halloween Song Master” Ben Swank and Dead Lady in Charge Olivia Jean, and gratuitous costume flaunting. Don’t forget to bring cash for snacks and drinks! We don’t have an ATM on site.
Transportation Details: TAKE UBER. Sign up for Uber and use the promo code DEVILSNIGHT for a free ride up to $25. If you’re scared of strangers, you are welcome to find free street parking, though please heed our warning that it is limited these days. If you must, park in the Nashville Rescue Mission’s parking lot on our side of the lot closest to TMR headquarters. Please enter the lot via Lafayette street to avoid charges.
You have just over 24 hours to get your costume in order, and please remember costumes are MANDATORY. Your alter egos’ get-ups will be judged throughout the night, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced at the end of the evening and rewarded with dead sexy prizes ranging from records to merchandise to TMR gift certificates.
Until tomorrow, friends…
The Dead Weather’s two latest tracks “Buzzkill(er)” and “It’s Just Too Bad” will be available for purchase digitally worldwide on November 4th. Listen to a full stream of “Buzzkill(er)” now and be sure to purchase both songs next Tuesday.
Volume One (1917-27) chronicled Paramount's improbable rise from also-ran to jazz-blues juggernaut, launching the recording careers of giants like King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter, Blind Blake, Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Papa Charlie Jackson, Big Bill Broonzy, and Fats Waller.
But just as it seemed Paramount might be losing steam, it began a second act that threatened to dwarf its first. This astonishing second act is the subject of The Rise & Fall of Paramount, Volume Two (1928-32), the final chapter in our commemoration of America's greatest record label.
In its final 5 year push from 1928-32, Paramount embarked on a furious run for the ages, birthing the entire genre of Mississippi Delta blues recordings and issuing some of the most coveted records in the history of wax - a staggering playlist including Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Willie Brown, King Solomon Hill, Tampa Red, Lottie Kimbrough, Rube Lacy, Meade Lux Lewis, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Jaydee Short, George "Bullet" Williams, Cow Cow Davenport, Clifford Gibson, Ishman Bracey, Louise Johnson, Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, The Mississippi Sheiks. and hundreds of other artists.
Paramount simply killed. But more than that, it changed how this country thought of itself. It was the first enterprise of any kind to capture what America really sounded like in the 1920s and '30s - on its street corners, at its fish fries and country suppers, in its nightclubs and dance halls and showtents. In the process, it was profit-minded Paramount - not a preservationist body like the Library of Congress - that inadvertently created the most significant repository of this young nation's greatest art form.
Six LPs, 800 digital tracks, two definitive large-format books. All housed in a polished aluminum case evoking the era's high art deco stylings and America's own Machine Age take on modernist design.
A joint release by Third Man and Revenant, co-produced by leading Paramount scholar Alex van der Tuuk, with all Paramount masters issued under license agreement with GHB Jazz Foundation. The Rise & Fall of Paramount, Volume Two (1928-32) is available for pre-order beginning TODAY. Learn more about the set, and pre-order your copy HERE.
And, if you're in the New Haven area, make sure to spend your evening tonight with Jack White, Greil Marcus, Dean and Scott Blackwood, Adia Victoria, and Daphne Brooks, exploring the history of Paramount Records. 7pm at the Battell Chapel at Yale University.