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Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, it's Monday afternoon in the USA. Go ahead and snap out of that daydream you call a three-day weekend and listen carefully. Third Man Records is pleased to announce that our second foray into the world of fine art and gallery openings will feature not only the impeccable linocuts and artwork of HAZE XXL (Tom Hazelmyer) but also the WORLD PREMIERE of Color of Noise, a documentary directed by Eric Robel exploring the character of the American underground during the rather explosive heyday of grunge.
RECIDIVIST NEOIST CROMAGNON STOMP is the latest installment in HAZE XXL's (Tom Hazelmyer) ongoing exploration of art intersecting music. The exhibition will touch on 20+ years of creating groundbreaking art for his seminal indie label AMPHETAMINE REPTILE RECORDS, showcasing Hazelmyer’s hand-carved and hand-printed fine art linocuts, often found on hand-made, ultra-small edition art records that have people traveling from around the world to attend shows in order to get their hands on a copy.
Eric Robel's COLOR OF NOISE is an exceptional look at the integrity of the American underground starting in the late 80's through the mid 90's, specifically targeting forerunners of the grunge movement, the collision of punk rock and printmaking, and beyond. Check the trailer below for a closer look...
NEOIST CROMAGNON STOMP
ARTWORK & LINOCUTS BY TOM HAZELMYER AND COLOR OF NOISEWORLD PREMIERE
DOORS 6pm FILM SCREENING AT 7:30pm
FRIDAY MAY 30th, 2014
BLUE ROOM AT THIRD MAN RECORDS
FREE ADMISSION THROUGH WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4th
OPEN DAILY 12 - 5pm
Whether it's because they brought Americana to the Izakaya in Kill Bill or because they're simply the rockin'est chicks in the land of the rising sun, you know Ronnie, Sachiko, and Akiko. We've put out a number of 18.104.22.168's records over the years, a live record, a blue series, and a 7" from Vault 7, but this Self-Titled LP is the wax that started it all. We reissued this record (originally released in 1994) in 2010, making it the band's first domestic US release, and one of our consistently most popular records — so popular, in fact, that we have trouble keeping it in stock! We've got plenty of them on our shelves right now, so if this isn't already in your collection, get it while the gettin's good. Don't say we didn't warn you... Sayonara for now, friends.
This month's Light and Sound Machine, as promised, is Part 2 of Kenneth Anger's The Magick Lantern Cycle. Filmmaker, author, queer art pioneer, Crowleyan occultist, and disputed child star, Anger is feared and respected in equal measure by swaggering rock icons and the decadent Hollywood elite. His is a name which evokes mystery and grandeur, matched by an unparalleled 75+ year career as one of America's dominant counter-cultural figures. This Wednesday, April 30th at 7pm, Third Man Records and the Belcourt Theater proudly complete the presentation of the fabled 10-film backbone of Anger's life work. This month's screening features the films Kustom Kar Kommandos, Invocation of My Demon Brother, Rabbit's Moon, Lucifer Rising, and The Man We Want to Hang. Tickets are available for $10 at thirdmanstore.com, or discounted for $8 for Belcourt Members.
Neil Young will release a CD, digital album and a Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set of his recent vinyl album [HighlightText color="#fff"]A Letter Home[/HighlightText], out on Reprise Records on May 27th. Young recorded the collection of covers on our refurbished 1947 recording booth at our Nashville headquarters. Imagine a very simple recording studio not much larger than a phone booth and you’ll get the idea. He describes the album as "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever." Recorded live to track to one-track, mono, the album has an inherent warm, primitive feel of a vintage Folkways recording,
As for the track-listing, Young chose songs that have personal meaning for him, such as British folk artist Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” (which inspired Young to write 1972’s “Needle and the Damage Done”), Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country,” Willie Nelson’s “Crazy,” Don Everly’s “I Wonder If I Care as Much,” Bruce Springsteen’s “My Home Town,” and many others.
The album begins with Neil recording a spoken letter to his late mother, informing her of his personal and present state of affairs which sets the tone and atmosphere for the duration of the album. He does this once again at the beginning of Side 2 in a way which could explain why he’s selected these particular songs to record. In essence, this presentation is, as its title implies, A Letter Home from Neil. This is a deeply personal and expressive listening experience which is as real and raw emotionally as it is sonically and yet light of touch in its form and flow.
Reprise will release the complete box set, which includes a special "direct feed from the booth" audiophile vinyl version and a DVD that captured the original electro-mechanical process, along with comments from the producers and recording engineers.
The box set includes:
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Jack has unveiled the title track and first official single from his new album Lazaretto. Listen to a stream of the new single here.
"Lazaretto" will be available for purchase digitally and as an instant download with all iTunes album pre-orders starting tomorrow, April 22nd.
Jack has also released the complete track listing for Lazaretto:
Additionally, this past Saturday, April 19th, Jack and Third Man Records succeeded in delivering the World's Fastest Studio-to-Store Record to Record Store Day fans in Nashville! The special 7" comprised of the mono live version of "Lazaretto" and b-side cover of Elvis Presley's "Power Of My Love," took 3 hours 55 minutes and 21 seconds from recording to sale. See how the magic happened and track the day's events step by step in the Record Store Day Recap.
Shortly after 10 am this beautiful Record Store Day morning, Jack White took the stage of the Blue Room and began his quest to record the World's Fastest Studio-to-Store Record! Check out Third Man on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook to have a look at the steps along the way. Once the first batch of 7"s were pressed and assembled, they were personally escorted by Jack White back to Third Man to sell the first copy to the members of Whirlwind Heat, who are performing this afternoon in the Blue Room! The official reading on the stopwatch at the time of sale was 3:55:21.
Here are some highlights below...