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We are still all smiles after one of the most wonderful, magical and historical Record Store Days in the history of TMR, and we have YOU to thank for making it such a wonderful celebration. We were beside ourselves with happiness to see everyone enjoying Elvis' 1st ever recording on display next to the Rek-O-Kut lathe that made it. What a reunion! We were drowning in tears of joy getting to record nearly 50 of you direct-to-disc in the Blue Room for Third Man Recording Service. We were jumping with glee watching you guys test out our new, ridiculously addictive instrument and amplifier from Critter & Guitari, and we were bursting with excitement as we all watched SHADRAQ, Anwar Sadat, and Pujol tear it up in front of the warehouse.
And, of course, getting to share Elvis' "My Happiness" facsimile and Get Behind Me Satan (FINALLY!) with the world was a big thrill as well. We hope you got to pick up some of our fantastic new merchandise, eat a hot dog or a sno cone, and play some cornhole on our astroturf patio.
If you were only there in spirit, our genius video department has cooked up a recap video for you, so you can enjoy the day if you were there. Vault members can check out a full photo set here, and everyone else can view a limited set below and here.
Enjoy, and until next year....
The Rek-O-Kut direct-to-disc recorder that cut Elvis Presley's first ever recording is typically on display right here in Nashville at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in their current exhibit re-creation of Sun Studios. For one day only, this historic piece of machinery will be reunited with the original disc of 'My Happiness' for the first time since the record was cut, and will be on display at Third Man Records tomorrow for Record Store Day. These two items are arguably the most important pieces of rock and roll history in the world, and having them back in the same room together is pure magic. Many thanks to the Musicians Hall of Fame for affording us the opportunity to reintroduce this record to its maker.
The Musicians Hall of Fame exhibit includes Scotty Moore’s Gibson Super 400 guitar that he used on sessions with Carl Perkins, a copy of Elvis's first contract, signed by his mother and father and Scotty Moore, and Marshall Grant’s 1950s Epiphone Upright Bass he played with Johnny Cash.
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.