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On October 27th, 2013 Third Man was proud to host the St. Pius X High School Marching Band from Atlanta as part of our School Choirs and Bands at Third Man program. We were duly impressed by their "Battery's Included" drum cadence and the fact that their "Fight Song" and "Alma Mater" were both written by an honest-to-goodness nun. An out-of-work upholsterer who was on-hand even took the opportunity to brush up on his baritone skills for the band's portrait.
As a symbol of thanks for the fun experience, the folks at St. Pius sent along a gift of thanks. Said nine time Grammy-winner Jack White, "This is the coolest award I've ever received."
For more information about our Choirs and Bands at Third Man program, visit http://thirdmanrecords.com/school-choirs-and-bands
Today, we are pleased to announce the fourth set of Document Records reissues and the final installments of The Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order from Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and the Mississippi Sheiks, with pre-orders starting today and an official release on January 28th. We hope you have enjoyed getting acquainted with these early blues recordings over the past year as much as we have. It is worth noting that the Mississippi Sheiks required a Volume 5 to include the full catalog in this series, so we are simultaneously release Volume 4 and 5 of their collection in this batch. Purchase all 4 records in a bundle for $54. For those new to the Document Records Reissue Series, we are offering an even larger bundle of all 13 records for $160. This final installment features gorgeous new covers from Rob Jones, extensive liner notes, and, of course, amazing music morsels of blues history on vinyl for the first time in decades.
For those who pre-order this 4th installment bundle or the complete set before the official January 28th release date, we will be randomly including test pressings from one of the 13 LP’s into a handful of packages. One very lucky person will receive their bundle with a complete set of test pressings from ALL 13 LP’s.
Here’s hoping these reissues are just the beginning of your exploration into the building blocks of American music… Pre-Order Here.
Jack White is excited to announce that he'll be performing at the Governors Ball Music Festival on June 6 – 8 at Randall's Island in New York, NY. Tickets go on sale on at 12pm PT/3pm ET today. For more information visit the festival's site.
Today is the digital release of The Dead Weather's two brand new studio recordings, "Open Up (That's Enough)" and "Rough Detective." Previously available exclusively through Third Man Records' subscription-only Vault series as a limited edition yellow jacket colored vinyl 7" in a custom glue-pocket picture sleeve, these roaring new tracks are now available to the general public digitally via iTunes and all other digital retailers.
In a unique long-term strategy, "Open Up (That's Enough)" and "Rough Detective" are the first of a series of two-song sets The Dead Weather will be releasing up until 2015, at which time the singles--plus numerous other album-only tracks--will be collected into a full album. The songs will be released digitally, but not until TMR Vault packages containing the physical singles have been dispatched to subscribers.
More importantly, the "Open Up (That's Enough)" / "Rough Detective" single is unlike anything else The Dead Weather has ever done before, while both songs serve as ample reminders of the ferocity of this motley collection of low-lifes, grifters and ne'er-do-wells.
We are inching closer towards the debut release from the Haden Triplets, daughters of jazz bass legend Charlie Haden. The record will be available at a record store near you or through your preferred digital retailer February 4th, but you can pre-order the LP or CD beginning today at thirdmanstore.com. If you’re hungry for more information about the sisters and the release, head to RollingStone.com. This morning, they premiered the video below which previews the record and takes a closer look at the triplets. Stay tuned for more Haden Triplets content in the coming weeks, and pre-order the CD or LP here.
Our first Blue Series single of the year (TMR244) is a dark and delirious slice of new American Primitive from the modern master of the form, FRANK FAIRFIELD.
For the uninitiated, Frank is a Fresno, California native (and now Los Angeles resident) and a genius on the fiddle, guitar, banjo who possesses a broken soulful voice that perfectly reflects the tragedy and damnation of the subject matter reflected in the timeless American music that he’s made his stock and trade through his albums on Tompkins Square, and through countless tours from coast to coast.
On side A Frank delivers his unique take on the traditional murder ballad "Duncan & Brady," which details a barroom shooting of police officer James Brady in St. Louis back in 1890. The song has been interpreted a number of times over the years from a wide range of luminaries, including Leadbelly, Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk and Judy Henske. The B side finds Frank switching up from the guitar to the fiddle and being accompanied by Zac Sokolow also on fiddle performing "Devil’s Dream Medley." "Devil’s Dream Medley" blends the duo fiddles with vocal elements from the song June Apple, popularized by Wade Ward and Doc Watson.
Frank Fairfield’s Blue Series will be released on 7” vinyl and iTunes on January 21st and will be everywhere fine independent records are sold. It is available for pre-order now.
Lastly, overseas fans can check out Frank’s current tour dates below including UK and Spain with Cass McCombs!
01/08 Bristol, UK Colston Hall w/ Cass McCombs
01/09 Glasgow, UK CCA w/ Cass McCombs
01/10 Manchester, UK Deaf Institute w/ Cass McCombs
01/11 Leeds, UK Howard Assembly Room
01/13 London, UK Queen Elizabeth Hall w/ Cass McCombs
01/14 Cardiff, UK Gwidihw
01/16 Kilkenny, IE Cleere’s
01/17 Dundalk, IE Spirit Store
01/18 Dublin, IE The Grand Social
01/20 Madrid, ES Teatro Lara w/ Cass McCombs
01/21 Cadiz, ES Edifico Constitucion 1812 w/ Cass McCombs
01/23 Barcelona, ES Sala Apolo w/ Cass McCombs
01/24 Marseille, FR Data
01/25 Vendome, FR Chapelle St Jacques
01/26 St Ouen, FR Mains d’Oeuvres
01/27 Nancy, FR Off Kultur
01/28 Rennes, FR Mondo Bizarro