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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.
After many years of performing in a multitude of configurations, Jack is announcing that he will be taking a break from performing live for a long period of time. To cap off the Lazaretto world tour, and following his pair of headlining performances at Coachella, Jack will embark on a short acoustic tour of the only five states left in the U.S. that he has yet to play. The states these shows are occurring in will be unannounced until the day of each performance. Joining Jack on his jaunt across these locations will be musicians making up an acoustic quartet, including Fats Kaplin, Lillie Mae Rische and Dominic Davis. The shows will be totally acoustic and amplified only with ribbon microphones to the audience as well. These shows will be the very first totally acoustic full concerts Jack has ever done.
Each special acoustic performance will be announced day of show at 8am local time. Tickets for these engagements are priced at $3 per ticket and will be limited to one ticket per person. All tickets will be sold at the venue door starting at 12pm local time on the day of the show — first come, first served and cash only.
Stay tuned here and to @ThirdManRecords on Twitter for more information and show announcements.
This is no ordinary Record Store Day, as you already know... We are bringing you a White Stripes reissue, a facsimile 10" of Elvis Presley's 1st ever recording, and allowing you the opportunity to record your own record exactly as Elvis once did through the Third Man Recording Service.
But, would we ever let Record Store Day pass us by without some new and exclusive merchandise? NEVER! And, we have really outdone ourselves this year, with something for just about everyone... See our rundown of RSD-exclusives and new merch premieres below...
Critter & Guitari's Third Man Edition SEPTAVOX Keyboard and TERZ amplifier: We are SO excited about this. Critter & Guitari are makers of amazingly enjoyable audio machines. We have long been enamored with their Pocket Piano, so when the opportunity arose to have our very own Critter & Guitari instrument, we leapt at the chance. In the world now exists an instrument and amplifier designed specifically for Third Man Records - a 3-octave keyboard synthesizer "Septavox" and a 3-knobbed "Terz" Amplifier, both made in the U.S.A. The sounds and tones of the instruments were selected specifically for us, and of course, they come in black and yellow. These are not only instruments of enjoyment, these are instruments for professionals as well. Critter & Guitari designs its products with the notion in mind that they should please anyone of any age and any musical skill level, and the Septavox and Terz are no exception. We will have a Critter & Guitari demonstration table set up at Record Store Day with their resident wizards ready and waiting to show you the instruments in all their glory, but for a sneak peak, check out the video below...
Third Man Little Loog Electric 3-Stringed Guitar + Accessories: This is a big one for the little ones... This electric guitar is 3-stringed, kid-sized, and so easy for little hands and little musical minds to play. It’s made of real wood, gets a big, black and yellow stamp of approval from your kids’ favorite record label (that's us, right?), and is a serious instrument with a screaming pickup that sounds amazing regardless of what style your little picker is into. We've included the following cheat sheets to get 'em started: "We're Going to Be Friends," "Black Math," and "Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy." Oh, the songs they’ll play! We've also cooked up an adorable accessory pack sold separately containing the perfect little backpack for young musicians-on-the-move, a tyke-sized guitar strap, and a guitar stand for when your little one finally puts the ol' axe down and heeds the dinner bell. And you thought it was difficult before...
Record Store Day Exclusives: If you're not already "collecting them all," you'll want to start on that now with our RSD Enamel Pin. We also have a Third Man Recording Service Button and Poster, as well as an RSD 2015 sticker, which is a freebie for customers, because, well... because we love you.
New Band T-Shirts + Silkscreen Postcards: Just in time for our favorite holiday of the year, some of our favorite designers have designed new band t-shirts for all our favorite bands! Grammy Award winner Rob Jones always steals the show with his designs, and this time it's no different... we're debuting 2 new Rob Jones t-shirts for The White Stripes and the Raconteurs. Plus! We have a limited number of silkscreened Rob Jones' White Stripes-in-Brazil postcards, previously seen in smaller form in Vault Package #23... These larger versions are 12 x 8, and absolutely gorgeous. Hard to resist, right? We are also pleased to debut a new Dead Weather t-shirt designed by Silent Giants, and a new Jack White t-shirt designed by Todd Slater. These artists have all had their work featured on Jack White's tour posters, so we figured it was time to bring some of their masterpieces to your closet. Click the t-shirt image below to see a gif of all the new shirts!
Last but not least: We are resurrecting the endlessly popular record crates from last Record Store Day. They are made-in-Nashville and perfect for carrying your new bounty home and storing your records safely upon arrival. We also have some sweet and handy, new, multi-use shop rags. Who doesn't need more shop rags?
Please note, the Loog Kid's Electric Guitar, Critter & Guitari Instruments and new T-Shirts will be made available in our online store beginning on Record Store Day as well.
T minus 8 days, friends. WE. CAN'T. WAIT.
UPDATE! Read PART III HERE!
We are now booking appointments for Third Man Recording Service, offering you the opportunity to record a 10" record, direct-to-acetate in the same way Elvis recorded his first record at Sun Records' Memphis Recording Service. Appointments are available from 9am - 6pm on April 18th, 2015 ONLY.
Those who sign up should be aware that the single mic can only accommodate about 1-3 people and certainly not a full band. 1 single acoustic instrument (+ vocals) is the preferred configuration (we will have an acoustic guitar on hand), though we will have an amp on hand for those who need to plug in. Any other instruments should be brought by the performer. Performers will have the option of having their recordings posted on our website.
Recordings will cost $100 and that price will include a custom label, made on-the-spot, as well as the 10" facsimile of Elvis' first recording, "My Happiness." Learn more about our Record Store Day releases and the Third Man Recording Service in our Record Store Day Part I of III Announcement.
UPDATE: All appointment slots have now been filled.
We are getting pretty excited for Record Store Day, which is... NEXT WEEKEND! So, we figured we'd give you another taste of the magic that is Elvis' first recording "My Happiness." As you know by now, In July of 1953, Presley made his first recording directly to acetate at Sun Studios (Memphis Recording Service) in Memphis, TN. This one-of-a-kind piece of music history was recently purchased by Jack White at auction, and on February 26th, 2015, Jack met with legendary music archivist Alan Stoker at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN to have this "holy grail of rock n roll" digitally transferred so that we could repress it for the masses. A facsimile of this 10" record, using this transfer without alteration, will be available on Record Store Day, with a cleaned-up and re-mastered version of coming in the near future as a 7".
Check out this footage of Alan Stoker and Jack White as they make the transfer and peel back the label to discover a special surprise...
And, don't forget, Third Man Recording Service will be open for business on Record Store Day, recording you in the same way Elvis recorded "My Happiness" — direct-to-acetate in our Blue Room. We begin taking appointments tomorrow morning at 10am CST for that, so check back here for the scheduling link if you're interested. Recordings will cost $100 and that price will include a custom label, made on-the-spot as well as the 10" facsimile of Elvis' "My Happiness." Learn more about this in our Record Store Day Part I of III Announcement.
T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, and our very own Jack White present American Epic, a three-part historical documentary and The American Epic Sessions feature length recording studio film airing on PBS and BBC Arena this Fall. Directed by Bernard MacMahon, American Epic takes us on a journey across time to the birth of modern music, when the musical strands of a diverse nation first combined, sparking a cultural renaissance that forever transformed the future of music and the world. The three-part historical documentary follows the trail of record company talent scouts from the late 1920s as they toured America with a recording machine to capture the raw expression of an emerging culture whose recordings would lead to the development of the Blues, Country, Gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun, and Folk music.
In addition to the historical documentary and sessions broadcasts, American Epic will include companion music releases of archival recordings featuring groundbreaking audio restoration of original 1920s and 1930s recordings, The American Epic Sessions contemporary performance recordings, and a deluxe vinyl box set, produced, designed and released by yours truly.
For The American Epic Sessions, the filmmakers have re-assembled the recording machine that allowed America to first hear itself. They have replicated the atmosphere of America’s seminal 1920s field recordings down to the smallest detail, with top American artists recording straight to wax, using all the original microphones, amplifiers, and other equipment from that era. This is the first time that any performer has been able to use this machinery for over 80 years. Led by producers Jack White and T Bone Burnett, today's legends are given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to relive the experience of the founding mothers and fathers, their idols, and remake the music that changed America and changed the world. The sessions feature performances by Alabama Shakes, The Americans, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Frank Fairfield, Ana Gabriel, Rhiannon Giddens, Merle Haggard, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Auntie Geri Kuhia, Pokey LaFarge, Bettye LaVette, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Taj Mahal, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Fred Martin and The Levite Camp, Ashley Monroe, Nas, Willie Nelson, Charlie Kaleo Oyama, Blind Boy Paxton, Raphael Saadiq, and Jack White.