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  • Vault Platinum Package #18

    Posted by Third Man on 2 October 2013



    THE DEAD WEATHER "Open Up (That's Enough)" / "Rough Detective" 7-INCH

    Subscription Deadline October 31st. Sign up HERE.

    Summer is turning to fall. Days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer. The smell of burning leaves and car tires fills the air and Third Man proudly preps its final Vault package for the 2013 calendar.


    The LP this coming quarter is a stunning live recording of the Raconteurs live at the Ryman Auditorium. Recorded from their most recent spell of shows in September 2011, the set is chock-full of all the unforgettable original tunes (no covers!) that make this band so essential. Of particular import are the barnstorming, bring-the-house down versions of "Blue Veins" and "Carolina Drama" both clocking in at over ten minutes in length. You like horn sections? Then dig the crack team on "The Switch and the Spur" and "Many Shades of Black." The band captured here hits the mark at full-throttle. Pressed on two LPs of 180-gram vinyl goodness, disc one on a rich rawhide and tobacco colored vinyl and disc two on luscious gold and oil colored vinyl.

    The 7" this go-round is incredibly special. Two BRAND NEW studio recordings from the Dead Weather. "Open Up (That's Enough)" and "Rough Detective" are unlike anything else the band has ever done and are both ample reminders of the ferocity of this motley collection of low-lifes, grifters and ne'er-do-wells. These songs are not throw-aways. These songs are not demos. These songs are not outtakes. This 7" will ONLY be available via Vault subscription. No other 7" of these songs will be made. The whole thing is pressed on striking yellow jacket vinyl and coupled with a custom glue-pocket picture sleeve, a slight shift from the Vault's usual die-cut company sleeves.

    Is there more to come from this? Yes there is. The Dead Weather's plan is to record and release two-song sets until 2015 at which time they will release a full album that contains these singles plus many more album-only tracks. It's a unique long-term plan for new music from this incendiary group. The songs WILL be released digitally, but not until Vault packages have been dispatched to subscribers. The goal is that physical copies are out there first.

    Our bonus item here is a companion DVD of the Raconteurs performance from the Ryman Auditorium. The four camera, high-definition shoot includes the venue (the venerable Ryman, where everyone from Hank Williams to Harry Houdini has performed) as an essential character. There's a reason why folks call the Ryman "the mother church" and we think this film illustrates the reasoning behind that precisely and pricelessly. To not only hear, but see the Raconteurs at their arguable zenith is a treat unparalleled.

    The Raconteurs Live at the Ryman Auditorium September 15, 2011 LP/DVD track list:

    1. Consoler of the Lonely / 2. Hands / 3. Level / 4. Old Enough / 5. Top Yourself / 6. Many Shades of Black / 7. The Switch and the Spur / 8. Intimate Secretary / 9. Broken Boy Soldier / 10. Blue Veins / 11. Salute Your Solution / 12. Steady, As She Goes / 13. Carolina Drama

    The Dead Weather 7" single

    "Open Up (That's Enough)" and "Rough Detective"


    Learn more about Vault subscriptions HERE, and SIGN UP by October 31st to receive Vault Package #18.


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  • Rolling Record Store Fall Tour

    Posted by Third Man on 27 September 2013

    Back by popular demand, the Rolling Record Store is hitting the road
    again! Citizens of Knoxville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Washington D.C., Philly, New York City, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Louisville rejoice! We're rollin' n' chooglin'
    in your direction. Details below:

    Back by popular demand, the Rolling Record Store is hitting the road again!

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  • Paramount Records Wonder-Cabinet

    Posted by Third Man on 24 September 2013


    !!! UPDATE: Available now at !!!

    How did a Wisconsin chair company, producing records on the cheap and run by men with little knowledge of their audience or the music business, build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled under one roof?  The answer lies in ‘The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,’ an epic, two-volume omnibus of art, words and music housed in a limited-edition, hand-sculpted cabinet-of-wonder, to be jointly released by Jack White’s Third Man Records and John Fahey’s Revenant Records. 

    ‘Volume One,’ which covers the label’s improbable rise from 1917-1927, will be released exclusively through Third Man on October 29, and worldwide on November 19.  The project is co-produced by leading Paramount authority Alex van der Tuuk, and ‘Volume 2’ will be released in November 2014.

    Paramount Records was founded on a modest proposition: produce records as cheaply as possible, recording whatever talent was available.  Over its lifetime, the label would become a “race records” powerhouse, its sound and fortunes directly linked to the Great Migration. 

    By the time Paramount ceased operations in 1932, it had compiled a dizzying array of performers still unrivaled to this day, spanning early jazz titans (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller), blues masters (Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Skip James), American divas (Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters), gospel (Norfolk Jubilee Quartette), vaudeville (Papa Charlie Jackson), and the indefinable “other” (Geeshie Wiley, Elvie Thomas).  Paramount would also directly influence the style of Robert Crumb and countless other 20th century artists and illustrators, through a series of hand-drawn ads promoting its releases in the pages of the Chicago Defender.

    The ‘Rise and Fall’ wonder-cabinet gives equal status to page-turning narrative and new scholarship; original and newly created graphic art; industrial design; and compelling analog and digital music experiences.  ‘Volume One’ contains the following: 

    * 800 newly-remastered digital tracks, representing 172 artists 

    * 200+ fully-restored original 1920s ads and images

    * 6x 180g vinyl LPs pressed on burled chestnut colored vinyl w/ hand-engraved, blind-embossed gold-leaf labels, housed in a laser-etched white birch LP folio

    * 250 page deluxe large-format clothbound hardcover art book 

    * 360 page encyclopedia-style softcover field guide containing artist portraits and full Paramount discography 

    * Handcrafted quarter-sawn oak cabinet with lush sage velvet upholstery and custom-forged metal hardware 

    * First-of-its-kind music and image player app, allowing user mgmt of all tracks and ads, housed on custom-designed USB drive

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  • Kelley Stoltz Release

    Posted by Third Man on 24 September 2013

    The day has finally arrived. We are so pleased to share Kelley Stoltz's new release Double Exposure with the masses. The record has already received high praise from Mojo Magazine and Uncut — both of whom have called it his best album yet. Check out the reviews below. If you haven't already ordered your copy, do sohere, and if you're on the West Coast, be sure to catch one of Kelley's upcoming shows in your neck of the woods. Here's to synthesizers, fusion cuisine, oil-stained garages, wine buzzes, tape machines and delay pedals…. Ladies and gentlemen, Kelley Stoltz!

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    The day has finally arrived. We are so pleased to share Kelley Stoltz's new release Double Exposure with the masses.

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  • The Melvins Live at Third Man Records LP Out Now

    Posted by Third Man on 17 September 2013

    Recorded Direct-To-Acetate by the double-drummer quartet on May 30th, 2013 in our Blue Room, this show shook pictures off the walls of Third Man headquarters and had the crowd begging for two things: a pair of earplugs, and for the night to never end. Buy it and spin at maximum volume to experience for yourself...

    S i d e O n e
    1. Charmicarmicat

    S i d e T w o
    1. It's Shoved (available to stream below)/ 2. Anaconda / 3. At The Stake / 4. Queen / 5. Cow / 6. Your Blessend

    The Melvins Live at Third Man Records LP Out Now

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    Posted by Third Man on 16 September 2013

    Wielding his Morris Minor guitar fashioned out of two hubcaps and garden hoe, Seasick Steve will release his second full length studio album for Third Man Records--titled (what else?) Hubcap Music--on October 8.

    Seasick Steve is indisputably a living legend, and is recognized as such the world over--particularly in the UK where he has received four gold and one platinum records, sold out the likes of the Royal Albert Hall and and the Manchester and Hammersmith Apollo theaters, appeared on national TV, been nominated for multiple Brit Awards, played the Glastonbury and V Festivals, and shared the stage with the likes of John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl. In 2011, Steve released You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks, his first full length album for Third Man Records.

    Hubcap Music kicks off with "Down On The Farm," which Steve debuted live at last year's Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands and is one of several tracks on the record to feature John Paul Jones on bass. Jones also contributes mandolin, Hammond organ and more to the record, while other Hubcap players include Jack White on "The Way I Do" Luther Dickinson on "Home," and Dan Magnusson holding down the beat as he does for Steve's live shows.


    Wielding his Morris Minor guitar fashioned out of two hubcaps and garden hoe, Seasick Steve will release his second full length studio album for Third Man Records

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