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It was only a lucky few iNDie Festival attendees who witnessed Alloy Orchestra's performance of their soundtrack to the 1929 silent film "The Man with the Movie Camera" in our Blue Room last Fall, so we are pleased to bring the recording to you in the form of a double LP, available now online and in our Nashville storefront. Alloy Orchestra is a 3-man musical ensemble — Roger C. Miller, Ken Winokur, & Terry Donahue — who use "racks of junk," synthesizers, and all sorts of other unusual instruments, found objects, and unlikely noisemakers to aurally accompany silent films. Roger Ebert has called them "the best in the world at accompanying silent films," and we can't disagree. "The Man with the Movie Camera," directed by Dziga Vertov and edited by his wife Elizaveta Svilova, is a documentary with no specific cast or narrative. In the film, a man carries out his day in the city as a member of the proud proletariat, capturing invention and the relationship between man and machine in Lenin's Soviet Union.
Purchase your copy here. If you purchased a black & blue copy at the performance, you can pick it up at our Nashville storefront during normal business hours.
October 11th's Literary Death Match is a Nashville first! Co-hosted by Third Man Books, Humanities TN, and Porch Writers' Collective as the cherry on the Southern Festival of Books' sundae, it promises to be the rowdiest literary rumble Music City has ever seen. You wouldn't want to miss that, would you? If you're dying to go but haven't yet purchased tickets, we invite you to join our ticket giveaway on Twitter. There will be 3 lucky winners. Each winner receives a pair of tickets to the Literary Death Match + a copy of Language Lessons Vol 1. (BONUS!)
Entering is easy. Follow @thirdmanbooks and express your interest in the @LitDeathMatch happening October 11th at @thirdmanrecords. Be sure to tag @thirdmanbooks in your tweet. Winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, October 9th.
The Dutchess and the Duke have made two albums of wonderfully sincere, heartfelt and true songs. Their self-described “campfire punk” is equal parts beautiful boy/girl harmonies, subdued finger-picked acoustic guitar pairings and minimal percussive accoutrements. In short…it’s sublimely compelling. After a hiatus of a few years, they’re slowly creeping back into live performances and Third Man could not be happier to host them, recording direct-to-acetate in the relaxed, intimate setting of the Blue Room.
The performance will take place Friday October 10th at 8pm and will be preceded by a Third Man-style cook-out on the patio beginning at 6:30. Come hungry for hot dogs and good music! Tickets are available now for $10 in our Nashville storefront and at thirdmanstore.com. And, while you're at it, why not make it a weekend of Third Man approved entertainment and attend the first-ever Nashville Literary Death Match the following night? See you then, friends.
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
Jaromil Jires / Czechoslovakia / 1970 / 75m / color / 16mm
A masterwork of the Czech New Wave, Jires' feverish fantasy follows the plight of young Valerie, who on the occasion of her entry into womanhood, finds her idyllic village transformed into a nightmarish carnival of vampires, occult ritual, and magic. Family and friends become possessed and priests become predators - nothing is what it seems in this surrealist exploration of the perils of sexual awakening.
PRECEEDED BY TWO AVANT-HORROR SHORTS:
Peter Tscherkassky / Austria / 1999 / 10m / b&w / 16mm
"A young woman, night, an American feature film. She enters a house, a dark corridor, a thriller. While she forces her way into an unknown space together with the viewer, the cinematographic image-producing processes go off the rails. The rooms telescope into each other, become blurred, while the crackling of the cuts and the background noise - the sound of the film material itself - becomes louder and more penetrating. "The pace becomes frenetic, the woman is being pursued by invisible opponents, pushed against a mirror, walls of glass burst, furniture tilts and the cinematographic apparatus which the heroine begins to attack in blind fury also collapses. The images jump and stutter, the perforation holes tilt into the picture, the sound track implodes in a will o' the wisp destruction scenario - something which only film can do so powerfully. In ten minutes OUTER SPACE races through the unsuspected possibilities of cinematographic errors - a masterpiece."
- Stephan Grissemann
Saint Flournoy Lobos-Logos and the Eastern Europe Fetus Taxing Japan Brides in West Coast Places Sucking Alabama Air
Will Hindle / USA / 1970 / 11m / color / 16mm
Presaging details and intent of the Charles Manson's cult and actions was not meant to be one of this film's greater attributes. It was, however, filmed uncannily months before the facts were known. The resemblance is oblique. The film: the mysticism of a "calling," a journey to be made, a vision in mid-desert to behold and oneness with it all. Filmed in Death Valley.
The Southern literati will take over Third Man Records on Oct. 11 for a Literary Death Match, presented by Humanities Tennessee, Porch Writers’ Collective and Third Man Books as part of the Southern Festival of Books. The collaboration will bring together an eclectic mix of music and literature lovers and creators for an exciting, live event in the name of the written word.
Performed and celebrated in 55 cities worldwide, this marks the debut of the Literary Death Match craze in Nashville. Authors Bret Anthony Johnston (Remember Me Like This), Patricia Lockwood (Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexual), Adrian Matejka (The Big Smoke) and Abraham Smith (Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer) are appearing on behalf of 26th annual Southern Festival of Books, which begins on Friday, Oct. 10 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 12.
Bringing new meaning to the saying “bury yourself in a book,” the authors will challenge each other to their (literary) death. Johnston, Lockwood, Matejka and Smith will read their most electric work for seven minutes or less and be judged by the discerning tastes of Ben Swank (co-founder of Third Man Records), Antonya Nelson (acclaimed author of short stories) and Teresa Mason (owner and operator of the delicious Mas Tacos Por Favor).
The judges will go back and forth spouting outlandish, off-the-wall commentary based on the categories of literary merit, performance and intangibles, eventually selecting their two favorites to advance to the finals. The finalists will compete in a (vaguely) literary competition to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown!
Doors will open at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 for the 8 p.m. event. Tickets are $15 and they can be purchased at http://thirdmanstore.com/third-man-live. Please note that this is a 21 and older event.
The Southern Festival of Books, presented by Humanities Tennessee is a free, three-day celebration of the written word that attracts more than 25,000 attendees to meet their favorite authors, and be introduced to talented, up-and-coming writers. Attendees travel to Nashville from all over the country to experience the weekend’s abundance of authors, books, food, entertainment and culture. The Third Man Rolling Record Store will be parked at the event on Saturday, October 10th with our mobile library and plenty of copies of Third Man Books’ first commercially available anthology, Language Lessons: Volume 1 for sale. For more information, visit humanitiestennessee.org.
We know it's short notice, and we also know y'all don't mind. Why? Because Benjamin Booker is bad to the bone, and if you haven't fallen in love with him yet (either through his tour dates with our patron saint Jack White, or through his Letterman performance, or through all the NPR love he's been getting, or just because you have damn good taste), you're about to. Booker and his band hail from New Orleans, and while we could try to sum up their style into a tidy multi-hyphenated genre, we think it's high time we all cut it out with that nonsense, and frankly, you don't need the hand holding. Check out his video of "Violent Shiver" below, and pick yourself up a couple of tickets to the show - WEDNESDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 24th at 8pm - at thirdmanstore.com. Tickets are $10, 18+, and doors open at 7.