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From April 23-25 2015, The Center for the Humanities will present The Rise and Fall and Rise of Paramount Records, a three-day program exploring the music, history and artists of Wisconsin’s own Paramount Records. The events, workshops, and listening sessions will take place at UW-Madison, The Wisconsin Historical Museum, and the Bubbler at the Madison Central Public Library. Special guests include Dean Blackwood owner of Revenant Records and Executive Producer of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, and Amanda Petrusich, author of Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78 RPM Records (2014).
Join us on April 23-25 to hear selections from Paramount collection, learn about the musicians who recorded there, and learn about the history of the company. We’ll discuss the culture of collecting, the history of recording technology, and highlight Wisconsin’s unexpected place in the history of American blues and folk music, with special attention to the richness of the archival holdings of the UW-Madison libraries.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://humanities.wisc.edu/events/special-events/calendar#the-rise-and-fall-and-rise-of-paramount-records.
Saturday, May 16th, 2015
with Special Guests
*7:30pm | $20 | 18+*
For one-night only the renowned comedy duo of Scharpling & Wurster, of The Best Show, bring you a star-studded event filled with mirth, music and mayhem! Tom and Jon
are hitting the road promoting their massive and definitive 16CD box set *Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of The Best Show *out on Numero Group and are bringing
along their friends from Newbridge and beyond to celebrate this historic release. To make this show even more special, they are honored to be recording it for a release as a part of Third Man Records Live Series! Tickets are available now online, so scoop them up before we sell out!
Tom Scharpling is one half of the renowned comedy duo Scharpling & Wurster. Scharpling & Wurster ranked #31 on ROLLING STONE’S list of the Fifty Funniest People. Tom writes for television and is currently developing a show for Amazon, which is not actually television but is kind of like television. He has also been directing music videos – he was named Video Music Director of 2012 by SPIN his video for Aimee Mann’s “Labrador” was named #2 Music Video of the Year (after “Gangham Style”). He is currently directing commercials and developing a few things that will hopefully excite you through 2015 and beyond!
Jon Wurster is… um… the *other* half of the renowned comedy duo Scharpling & Wurster, who have been…ah, forget it. Jon has been the drummer for indie-rock pioneers Superchunk since 1991. He’s also the drummer in The Mountain Goats and The Bob Mould Band. When he’s not making records or touring the world Jon's lending his writing talents to the Adult Swim programs “Squidbillies” and “Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell” and appearing in videos by Aimee Mann, J. Mascis, The New Pornographers, The Postal Service and others. Jon's is the voice on the other end of the line during the Scharpling and Wurster calls.
Janaka Stucky has been hard on tour in the Midwest. Today we are pleased to announce the official release of his book of poems The Truth Is We Are Perfect, available now online and in a bookstore near you. A special edition of the book will also be available exclusively from Third Man Records' Nashville storefront.
Okay, so you know we're releasing 2 brilliant RSD-exclusive records as well as a slew of RSD-exclusive merchandise, you know we're letting you be Elvis for a day and letting you see Elvis' creation on the first day that he really became Elvis, you know we're launching a whole helluva lot of new, ridiculously fun products for all the littles and the mediums and the bigs of the world, and you know, just because you trust us with your whole heart, that it's going to be a damn fun day.
Well, you no longer need to subsist on faith alone... here's our detailed guarantee of the good times ahead...
Music: No Record Store Day is complete without some live music, and we are happy to have the following straight shredders joining us this year to serenade you outside, exposing dark matter to the bright light of a perfect April day: SHADRAQ, ANWAR SADAT, and PUJOL. 12:30 is when this magic happens.
Food: Our friends at the Stone Fox will be manning the grill and stocking the bar. Join us on the back patio for breakfast sandwiches in the morning and burgers and hot dogs (and their vegetarian complements) in the afternoon, as well as a delicious day drink. Also.... SNO CONES!
Friends: Critter & Guitari will be here demonstrating the miraculous new musical contraptions they have built for us! WXNA-FM, Nashville's new start-up, freeform, listener-supported radio station and the brainchild of two former WRVU (R.I.P.) DJ's, will be there answering questions, accepting donations and toting merch... we've got to support these guys. Also, your friends! Bring 'em! The more the merrier! We will even have a little cornhole set up on the back patio for making more friends.
After many years of performing in a multitude of configurations, Jack is announcing that he will be taking a break from performing live for a long period of time. To cap off the Lazaretto world tour, and following his pair of headlining performances at Coachella, Jack will embark on a short acoustic tour of the only five states left in the U.S. that he has yet to play. The states these shows are occurring in will be unannounced until the day of each performance. Joining Jack on his jaunt across these locations will be musicians making up an acoustic quartet, including Fats Kaplin, Lillie Mae Rische and Dominic Davis. The shows will be totally acoustic and amplified only with ribbon microphones to the audience as well. These shows will be the very first totally acoustic full concerts Jack has ever done.
Each special acoustic performance will be announced day of show at 8am local time. Tickets for these engagements are priced at $3 per ticket and will be limited to one ticket per person. All tickets will be sold at the venue door starting at 12pm local time on the day of the show — first come, first served and cash only.
Stay tuned here and to @ThirdManRecords on Twitter for more information and show announcements.
This is no ordinary Record Store Day, as you already know... We are bringing you a White Stripes reissue, a facsimile 10" of Elvis Presley's 1st ever recording, and allowing you the opportunity to record your own record exactly as Elvis once did through the Third Man Recording Service.
But, would we ever let Record Store Day pass us by without some new and exclusive merchandise? NEVER! And, we have really outdone ourselves this year, with something for just about everyone... See our rundown of RSD-exclusives and new merch premieres below...
Critter & Guitari's Third Man Edition SEPTAVOX Keyboard and TERZ amplifier: We are SO excited about this. Critter & Guitari are makers of amazingly enjoyable audio machines. We have long been enamored with their Pocket Piano, so when the opportunity arose to have our very own Critter & Guitari instrument, we leapt at the chance. In the world now exists an instrument and amplifier designed specifically for Third Man Records - a 3-octave keyboard synthesizer "Septavox" and a 3-knobbed "Terz" Amplifier, both made in the U.S.A. The sounds and tones of the instruments were selected specifically for us, and of course, they come in black and yellow. These are not only instruments of enjoyment, these are instruments for professionals as well. Critter & Guitari designs its products with the notion in mind that they should please anyone of any age and any musical skill level, and the Septavox and Terz are no exception. We will have a Critter & Guitari demonstration table set up at Record Store Day with their resident wizards ready and waiting to show you the instruments in all their glory, but for a sneak peak, check out the video below...
Third Man Little Loog Electric 3-Stringed Guitar + Accessories: This is a big one for the little ones... This electric guitar is 3-stringed, kid-sized, and so easy for little hands and little musical minds to play. It’s made of real wood, gets a big, black and yellow stamp of approval from your kids’ favorite record label (that's us, right?), and is a serious instrument with a screaming pickup that sounds amazing regardless of what style your little picker is into. We've included the following cheat sheets to get 'em started: "We're Going to Be Friends," "Black Math," and "Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy." Oh, the songs they’ll play! We've also cooked up an adorable accessory pack sold separately containing the perfect little backpack for young musicians-on-the-move, a tyke-sized guitar strap, and a guitar stand for when your little one finally puts the ol' axe down and heeds the dinner bell. And you thought it was difficult before...
Record Store Day Exclusives: If you're not already "collecting them all," you'll want to start on that now with our RSD Enamel Pin. We also have a Third Man Recording Service Button and Poster, as well as an RSD 2015 sticker, which is a freebie for customers, because, well... because we love you.
New Band T-Shirts + Silkscreen Postcards: Just in time for our favorite holiday of the year, some of our favorite designers have designed new band t-shirts for all our favorite bands! Grammy Award winner Rob Jones always steals the show with his designs, and this time it's no different... we're debuting 2 new Rob Jones t-shirts for The White Stripes and the Raconteurs. Plus! We have a limited number of silkscreened Rob Jones' White Stripes-in-Brazil postcards, previously seen in smaller form in Vault Package #23... These larger versions are 12 x 8, and absolutely gorgeous. Hard to resist, right? We are also pleased to debut a new Dead Weather t-shirt designed by Silent Giants, and a new Jack White t-shirt designed by Todd Slater. These artists have all had their work featured on Jack White's tour posters, so we figured it was time to bring some of their masterpieces to your closet. Click the t-shirt image below to see a gif of all the new shirts!
Last but not least: We are resurrecting the endlessly popular record crates from last Record Store Day. They are made-in-Nashville and perfect for carrying your new bounty home and storing your records safely upon arrival. We also have some sweet and handy, new, multi-use shop rags. Who doesn't need more shop rags?
Please note, the Loog Kid's Electric Guitar, Critter & Guitari Instruments and new T-Shirts will be made available in our online store beginning on Record Store Day as well.
T minus 8 days, friends. WE. CAN'T. WAIT.
UPDATE! Read PART III HERE!