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This past weekend the New York Times Magazine cover story flashed a long overdue spotlight on Paramount Records and its incredible phantom performers Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas. If you missed the print edition, you can check out the article online here. It’s an incredibly intriguing and illuminating piece of investigative journalism, and to our eyes and ears they did a fantastic job with the multi-media aspect of the story as well. Please do set some time aside and give it a thorough read.
An expanded version of their story and all Geeshie and Elvie’s tracks will be included later this year in Third Man / Revenant Records' much-anticipated Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32). Rise & Fall Vol. 2 is the sequel and final chapter to our limited edition 2013 release, Vol. 1 (1917-27), the story of the label that would be king of early American blues, jazz and “wholly other” music. Volume 1 has been called “spectacular” (NY Times), “unprecedented” (Rolling Stone), “breathtaking” (Boing Boing) and a “treasure to pass on to the grandkids“ (Southern Living). Find out more about our Rise & Fall Volume One here and keep your eyes and ears peeled for more news regarding Volume Two coming your way soon!
We are chompin' at the bit for April 19th - Record Store Day - and, since we only told you some of our plans last week, we figured another update was in order!
Beyond tracking the progress of Jack White's World's Fastest Record (read more about that here) and getting your hands on a randomly colored reissue Whirlwind Heat's Do Rabbits Wonder?, we will have some great new merch available for sale: Fantastic new, made-in-Nashville record crates for carrying your bounty home, a new 45 box, World's Fastest Record buttons, new Jack White T-shirt and poster, Whirlwind Heat T-shirt and poster, and new sweets from Bang Candy Company. We also have a fantastic new pop-up postcard for sale…
For those of you without Ultra Tickets, fear not, there will be plenty for your ears and eyes and mouths to feast upon! The back patio will be open from 7am to 5pm, and local young punks Jawws and Waxed will perform live from the Rolling Record Store starting at noon. We will have coffee, mimosas, bloody mary's and bagels in the morning to ease you into the day, as well as complementary slices of Two Boots' new creation, Third Man Pizza (!!!), and our favorite beer from Yazoo Brewery in the afternoon.
That's not all... hot dogs and hamburgers will be available from the Third Man grill pit, Las Paletas will be there to cool you down with their Mexican popsicles, and Bang Candy will roll up with their Coco Van to serve you up all the marshmallows you can eat! Fluffy bunny, anyone? It's Easter, after all...
Of course, we can't tell you everything about the day's plans (surely you know us well enough by now...), but hopefully we have made the point loud and clear that Record Store Day 2014 is a PARTY, and you're invited.
*** Please note that parking will be somewhat limited this year. Please do not park at the Mission. Find street parking and carpool if possible. We will provide you with more details about additional parking options in the coming days, so stay tuned for more information. ***
In addition to the previously announced festival dates, Jack is excited to announce his first headline shows in North America, Europe and the United Kingdom since 2012. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available to Vault members at 10am local time on Wednesday, April 9th. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10am local time on Friday, April 11th.
* with Kelley Stoltz
+ with Benjamin Booker
The Rolling Record Store is swinging on up to Bloomington, Indiana next weekend, and will be open at Landlocked Music (202 N. Walnut St.) from 12pm-7pm Saturday, April 12th for CULTURE SHOCK 2014, presented by WIUX and BCEC. The festival takes place at Dunn Meadow, with Mac DeMarco headlining and sets by Royal Bangs, Tunde Olaniran, Sleeping Bag, Drekka, and Little Timmy McFarland of Flight 19. We will be stocked with the new Rolling Record Store merch that we debuted at TMRSXSW as well as plenty of great vinyl treats. Stay tuned to the RRS Twitter account for updates, and see you in Bloomington!
[HighlightText, color="#fff", weight="bold"]JACK WHITE & THIRD MAN RECORDS PRESENT…[/HighlightText]
[HighlightText, color="#fff", weight="bold"]LIMITED EDITION “LAZARETTO” SINGLE TO BE RECORDED LIVE, PRESSED & RELEASED APRIL 19 FOR RECORD STORE DAY[/HighlightText]
On April 19th, Record Store Day, Third Man Records will present Jack White recording the [HighlightText, color="#fff", weight="bold"]World’s Fastest Released Record[/HighlightText], studio-to-store, in the history of mankind.
You heard correctly. First thing in the morning, Jack White will take the stage in Third Man's blue room and record direct-to-acetate what will serve as the limited edition version of his next single, a live rendition of the title track from his upcoming LP Lazaretto. The masters will be rushed over to United Record Pressing who will immediately begin pressing 45s. The sleeves will be printed from pictures taken at the show. The finished records will be whisked back to Third Man to sell to awaiting fans. All in the same day. All in a matter of mere hours. As long as there are fans in line waiting to buy the single, United will continue to press and deliver them to Third Man to sell. Even if it takes all day.
In addition, Whirlwind Heat will appear at Third Man to play their first live show since 2006 (and likely their last ever), as their TMR classic Do Rabbits Wonder? LP is reissued on a variety of colored vinyl for Record Store Day.
Plus a great selection of local vendors will be on hand to keep everyone well-fed and refreshed… and there will, as always, be some surprises.
Tickets for this whole day —ULTRA TICKETS — are extremely limited and will be available exclusively through The Third Man Records Vault to Platinum Members. Ultra Ticket holders will get to watch Jack White live recording his World’s Fastest Record, Whirlwind Heat’s afternoon performance, and will receive copies of both The World’s Fastest Record 7” and the Whirlwind Heat Record Store Day LP release--all without having to wait in line! Vault Platinum members who are ticket holders need only show up, see Jack White play, hang out for a bit and eat, watch Whirlwind Heat (last show EVER??) and then, as they leave, pick up their bag with both RSD releases. No lines. No stress.
For those who can’t score tickets, The World’s Fastest Record will be made available for sale from the front of Third Man Records as soon as copies are pressed. Anybody who shows up that day during business hours wanting to purchase a copy will get one. Third Man promises to deliver until all customers are satisfied (one per customer, obviously!). The World’s Fastest Record will only be available at Third Man Records on Record Store Day. One time only!
Ultra Tickets for Record Store Day will be available via The Vault Pre-Sale ticket store at 3pm CT today, Thursday, April 3rd. NOT A VAULT MEMBER? SIGN UP HERE.