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Third Man Records is delighted to present Michael Kiwanuka's contribution to the TMR Blue Series of releases. Kiwanuka, a 25 year-old UK native of Ugandan heritage, was raised in north London where he split his time between session work and local gigs. Along the way, having found footing as a solo artist, he was signed to Communion Records, then Polydor, and has since performed throughout Europe and North America too—touring in direct support of Adele. He made his way through Nashville this past summer with just enough pause and aplomb to commit these morsels to tape. The A-side "You've Got Nothing to Lose" is an original composition, featuring The Buzzards' Dominic Davis on upright bass and Cory Younts on piano, joined also by fellow balladeer Lillie Mae Rische on fiddle. Their contributions transform his work into a stone-cold groove with almost orchestral underpinnings, making it a fitting extension of their previous Blue Series.
Produced by Jack White, the single also features a chilling rendition of Townes Van Zandt's infamous "Waitin' 'Round to Die" on the B-side, the perfect compliment to the timbre and mood of the A-side.
A-SIDE:You’ve Got Nothing to Lose
Michael Kiwanuka: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar / Lillie Mae Rische: Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle / Cory Younts: Piano / Dominic Davis: Upright Bass / Jeremy Lutito: Drums
B-SIDE: Waitin’ ‘Round to Die (Originally by Townes Van Zandt)
Michael Kiwanuka: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar / Lillie Mae Rische: Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle / Cory Younts: Wurlitzer, Piano / Dominic Davis: Upright Bass / Mickey Grimm: Drums
Coinciding with the single's release is Rolling Stone's exclusive premiere for the visually striking and truly compelling video for "You've Got Nothing To Lose," now live. Directed by Nashville-based critic and director/curator for Third Man Records' Light & Sound Machine film series James Cathcart, the video is a powerful reflection on acceptance and misconception; the story unfolds as a woman gets ready to attend her young son’s birthday party. Cathcart explains his concept for the video: "Michael’s song has this air about it - of a father figure imparting wisdom. So I looked for an unexpected context to apply that to. It’s about misleading perceptions - not just in terms of the character’s gender, but also from what we expect of the people she encounters. Acceptance comes from a camo-clad country boy, while it’s the presumably enlightened young person that harasses her on the bus… we were able to strike just the right tone: sweetness tainted by melancholy…or perhaps it‘s the other way around? We've all had bittersweet birthdays.”
The cat is out of the bag! One of our favorite up-and-coming acts from NYC, THE DOUGH ROLLERS, who you know well from their Blue Series "Little Lily," will be putting an EP out via Third Man this Spring! Rolling Stone premiered the first single "Gone Baby Gone" today, saying, "[It's] like a distant relative to the song we were rehearsing before we went into the studio. It really transformed into something with a totally different character after we sat with it for a while and kept stripping it down and re-layering it. It became almost a whole new song." Check out the song over at RollingStone.com, and stay tuned over the coming months for updates...
We have two ways to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. For those of you in the Nashville area, stop by between now and Friday, record a song for your sweetheart in the Third Man Record Booth, and receive [HighlightText,color="#ffffff"]20%[/HighlightText] off your entire order in the store. For those of you in the great beyond, use the coupon code “LOVECORRUPTION” on February 14th when checking out online at thirdmanstore.com for 14% off your entire order. (Not for use on Vault subscriptions or TMR203. Other restrictions apply.)
It has been a while since we’ve reminded you all of the glory of Dexter Romweber and Chris “Crow” Smith. Flat Duo Jets reigns as one of the most prolific, and one of our most favorite, American psychobilly acts to come out of the 80’s/90’s, and Go Go Harlem Baby, produced by the legendary Jim Dickinson, is a reissue we worked hard to bring back to life for your enjoyment. Go Go Harlem Baby has been sold out (due to popular demand) for more than a few weeks as of late, but trusty United Record Pressing just dropped off a new batch, hot of the presses, and we are eager to keep spreading this masterpiece out into the world. If you’re a fan of rockabilly or garage rock or punk or blues or The White Stripes or Jack White or, hell, if you’re just a fan of America (Go USA!), this one’s for you. Get it here for a special 'Record of the Week' NICE PRICE.