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Very few records from last year got us as excited about the current state and hopeful for the future state of music as Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty. Easily the most oft-spun record on the Third Man office turntable in the second half of 2014, it was imperative that we bless the beginning of 2015 with a live direct-to-acetate recording from these psychedelic warriors from the Pacific Northwest. Shabazz Palaces' obstinately original oeuvre emanates from a fully formed higher conscious, they plant their flag in the outermost realms of the hip hop global soundscape where vibrations throb into beat-heavy explorations, chrome covered constellations of higher reveries each offering it’s own sonic boom. We couldn’t be more excited to host Shabazz Palaces in our Blue Room transcribing their astral suites direct-to-acetate for a live audience, on Saturday January 17th we all blast off together.
Getting us all in the mood on opening slot duties will be Nashville’s own veterans of the heavy heavy super Kosmische techno-groove, Coupler. And no party in the blue room would be complete without Noah from The Rap Castle on the decks.
Per usual for Blue Room recordings, there will pre-sales for the limited edition Black and Blue split color vinyl available after the show in the Third Man Record Shop for ticket holders.
As 2015 marks ten years since the release of the White Stripes’ Get Behind Me Satan album and tour, Third Man Records is proud to use that as the focus of its 23rd Vault package. Completely dedicated to the White Stripes and highlighting their time in South America in 2005, this release should leave fans beyond satisfied.
Anchoring the box is the double LP Under Amazonian Lights recorded live in Manaus, Brazil on June 1st, 2005. Described by the local press as “deliciously irresponsible” and the first rock concert ever at the grand Teatro Amazonas Opera House, the performance that night was nothing short of amazing. Featuring a sublime cover of Bob Dylan’s “Lovesick Blues”, two versions (one electric, one acoustic) of “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known,” two versions of “Passive Manipulation” (both sublime), a snippet of Howlin Wolf’s “I Asked For Water,” and ample marimba on “The Nurse,” and what you have is one of the most iconic and memorable shows the White Stripes ever played. Both LPs will be pressed on blood red vinyl with stark black wisps.
So it should come as no surprise that we’d pair this LP with DVD footage from that performance. Words do not ably describe the beauty of the Teatro Amazonas nor the furor riled up by the White Stripes appearance. Not only was there fear that the amplification of the band would cause the plaster in the building to crack and possible fall and injure attendees, but out of custom/fear/lord-knows-what the crowd remained seated until being explicitly asked to stand from the stage by Jack White himself. If that wasn’t enough, during the show Jack and Meg ventured outside the venue to play an entirely unamplified version of “We Are Going to Be Friends” for the assembled multitude of fans unable to purchase tickets and watching the performance via closed-circuit feed. The resultant melee was arguably a riot and was lovingly captured by the film crew documenting that evening’s importance. All together what it makes is one of the best true rock and roll moments of the past decade. Heck, Jack White even got married that day.
The accompanying 7” single is a perfect example of the material the Vault was explicitly created to release. “Let You Down” is a solo recording done by Jack White roundabout the year 2000. Featuring both electric guitar and electric bass, the true meat here is the multi-tracked four-part harmony voiced by White throughout the song. The entirety of lyrics here “No I’m never, no I’m never, no I’m never gonna let you down now” would be repurposed into the White Stripes 2005 recording “The Nurse” and the overall germination illustrated here is devilishly insightful. The b-side “Ain’t No Sweeter Than Rita Blues” is a quintessential White Stripes guitar/drums outtake instrumental that was recorded during the tracking of Get Behind Me Satan and subsequently unused and forgotten for the past ten years. Dare we say it’s everything you hope it would be, pressed on wonderful white vinyl and ready for your love.
If that was not enough (and really, it should be) Third Man has decided to throw caution to the wind and absolutely overload this package with more extras than any sane record label would ever consider. We’ve poked the Grammy Award-winning designer Rob Jones to put together a collection of newly designed postcards celebrating the White Stripes performances in Brazil in 2005. In one word…stunning. Rob was gracious enough to throw in a badass death head monkey design that was so tasty we had to turn it into substantive enamel pin. A silk-screened White Stripes poster with some super-secret hidden glow in the dark graphics was a no-brainer. If you’re wondering where you’ll keep this vast assortment of sundries, worry you no longer…a soft touch, telescoping box with the same devilish death head monkey graphic on the cover will become a new member in Vault households worldwide. Join the family now.
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
Love Sick (Bob Dylan)
The Same Boy You’ve Always Known (electric)
The Same Boy You’ve Always Known (acoustic)
When I Hear My Name
I Asked For Water (Howlin Wolf)
Fell in Love With a Girl
Death Letter (Son House)
St. James Infirmary (traditional)
Passive Manipulation (reprise)
I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself
(I’ll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time (Albert Von Tilzer/Neville Fleeson)
I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself (continued)
Seven Nation Army
If you're not currently a member, sign up for Vault Package #23 HERE. The sign-up deadline is January 31st... less than one month away!
Below is the first installment of Scion x Olivia Jean Driven introduces you to Olivia Jean as she and her band drive Scions around the country as they promote her new album Bathtub Love Killings, out now on Third Man Records. The starting point is Shake it Records in Cincinnati, where Jean performs “The Merry Widow” to a devoted crowd. Watch below, and read more about the Scion collaboration here.
January's Light + Sound Machine Screening is DOUBLE PLAY: JAMES BENNING AND RICHARD LINKLATER. The screening will take place on Thursday, January 15th at 8pm (Doors at 7pm) in the Blue Room. Tickets are available NOW.
Dir. Gabe Klinger, USA, 2014, 71 min., NR, HD
A documentary portrait of the friendship between the renowned filmmakers James Benning and Richard Linklater that combines filmed conversations and extensive archival material to explore connections and divergences in their respective approaches to life and cinema.
In 1985, filmmaker Richard Linklater began a film screening society in Austin, Texas, that aimed to show classic art-house and experimental films to a budding community of cinephiles and filmmakers. The Austin Film Society raised enough money to fly in their first out-of-town invitee, visionary experimental filmmaker James Benning. Accepting the invitation, Benning met Linklater and immediately the two began to develop a personal and intellectual bond, which has lasted through the present. After the cult success of "Slacker" (1991), Linklater has gone on to make award-winning big budget narrative films including "School of Rock" (2003), "Before Midnight" (2013) and "Boyhood" (2014). Benning, meanwhile, has stayed close to his modest roots and is mainly an unknown figure in mainstream film culture. Combining filmed conversations and archival material, "Double Play" explores the connections between the work and lives of these two American visionaries.
Purchase tickets here.
86,707 HIGHEST ONE-YEAR VINYL SALES OF SOUNDSCAN ERA!
It’s official: with the final sales week of 2014 having drawn to a close, Jack White’s Lazaretto (Third Man Records/Columbia) is the #1 selling vinyl release of 2014. With 86,707 copies of its ULTRA LP sole vinyl configuration sold in the U.S. since its June 10 release, and a worldwide total exceeding 150,000, Lazaretto not only took the top spot in the 2014 vinyl sales chart—it posted the highest vinyl sales year of the Soundscan era.
These are but the latest records set by Lazaretto: The 40,000 copies the ULTRA LP moved in the seven days following its June 10 release made for the highest first-week vinyl numbers since Soundscan began tracking sales data in 1991. Prior to Lazaretto’s release, a 7" single featuring a special mono live version of the title track was recorded and released on site at Third Man Records all within a matter of hours on Saturday, April 19th, setting a new record for the World's Fastest Released Record.
Meanwhile, as Lazaretto continues to dominate readers and critics polls alike, the album has garnered three GRAMMY award nominations including Best Alternative Music Album, as well as Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for its title track. The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air Sunday, February 8, 2015 on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Jack White has also been nominated in the Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package GRAMMY field, as art director for the Third Man & Revenant Records release The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-27), bringing Jack’s career GRAMMY nomination total to 29—of which he was won nine. Third Man Records has also been recognized in two additional categories: Best Album Notes for The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1 (1917-27), and Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for the vinyl box set release of Neil Young's A Letter Home.
We here at Third Man would like to THANK YOU for making 2014 such a great year, and we wish you a beautiful 2015. Cheers!
Here's hoping you all had a beautiful Christmas and are easing into the new year in the afterglow of a joyful holiday season. We'd like to bring a little more joy to your lives by announcing several, fantastic new merchandise items and quite a few items on sale with deep discounts in our online store, as well as a HUGE POSTER AND T-SHIRT SALE in the Blue Room today through Sunday.
Stop by the Blue Room between 12 and 5pm today, tomorrow, or Sunday (12/26-28) where we will be selling posters starting at $3 and T-Shirts starting at $5! We're cleaning house for new merchandise and we we want YOU to reap the benefits. Come on by! You will not regret it.
For those of you who are as excited as we are about the Chicago Defender ads within the Paramount box sets, we have two new t-shirts available corresponding with ads from Volume 2: The Lemon T-Shirt and the Spoonful Blues T-Shirt. Both are unisex and come in sizes Small through XXL. (Don't forget we also have fantastic poster prints available of these images as well!)
We also are excited to introduce our first piece of cold weather gear: The B side Full Zip Fleece Hoodie! It's warm, it's cozy, it's clever, and it's high quality... Check it out:
We have 2 new raglan baseball t-shirts. By popular request, the Hot Air Balloon design we released for kids last Christmas is now available for women. We've also made a Record Bolt Raglan for those who prefer a Unisex cut.
Lastly, we've worked up a sweet 5x7 throwback postcard with UV varnish on the bolts and type, so even it the recipient checks their mail after dark, they'll know its origins. Send your thank you cards on these this year, and your friends and family will know you really mean it...
As for sales, we have quite a few posters, t-shirts, and covetable merchandise items on super discount this week! Pick yourself up iPhone cases, Stereoptic-Eyes, Cleaning Kits, Replacement Needles, Cables, Revolution Record Players, and more for super nice prices while supplies last. Check out all discounted merchandise HERE.