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“T.O.D.D.” is directed by Paris-based artist/filmmaker Will Benedict, in collaboration with Copenhagen-based artist Steffen Jørgensen. The music video – in which an alien discusses issues surrounding assimilation in an extra global context while drawing parallels with Europe's current migrant crisis with television talk show host Charlie Rose – will be included at the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, curated by New York-based collective DIS and continuing through the summer.
Founded two decades ago in Ann Arbor, Wolf Eyes recently headlined the first (and last) Trip Metal Fest, a remarkable Detroit gathering of experimental artists, noise rockers, and sonic improvisers. The three-day event received widespread national coverage, including a major feature in the New York Times.
I AM A PROBLEM: MIND IN PIECES was among 2015’s most highly praised recordings, proclaimed by The Quietus as “a must for all fans of fucked-up outsider rock.” The album “contains all the ominous suspense of a classic horror movie,” wrote Pitchfork. “Each track oozes with eerie tones and seat-edge momentum, such that something terrifying seems to always lurk around the corner.” I AM A PROBLEM: MIND IN PIECES “evokes classical Wolf Eyes in ways that count,” noted SPIN in an 8-out-of-10-rated rave, “but under that rich seasoning of clatters, slithers, feedback, and digested vocal malaise writhe songs.” “A gasping, heaving monster,” applauded Stereogum. “Parts of it sound a bit more like rock music than the things this band has made before.” Paste celebrated Wolf Eyes’ “utter disdain for normalcy,” noting that “hooking up with Third Man…might indicate immortality for an ensemble that could have just decided to fleece the noise genre’s fast-decaying corpse.”
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Doors 7, Show 8pm, $7
In the space between gospel and garage, where rockers and soulsters mingle slick and chill quick, we have but one Ian Svenious. He’s long been a fixture in American music and a pillar of the Washington D.C. punk scene with storied tenures in Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up, Weird War and, currently, Chain & The Gang who touts one the best live shows today bar none. Beyond that, he splits leftover time between hosting Soft Focus and writing, making it a point to actually reflect on the politics of life, a life in politics, and what equitable rock ‘n’ roll culture even amounts to in 2016. Not to miss! Chain & The Gang will perform in the Blue Room on July 3, 2016.
Thursday, July 7th: VIVA L'AMERICAN DEATH RAY MUSIC
Doors 7, Show 8pm, $7
They come bearing gifts, testing softly the boundaries of rock ‘n’ soul, confrontationally tender, pure sweat and a well-kept secret. They come to us all the way from some sunburnt, concussed section of Memphis, TN. Founded in the late 90s by Nick Ray, will pass through Nashville for the first time in four years. Their sound is tough to pin down, almost fleeting, with scraps of no-wave, a belch of punk storytelling, and Krautrock momentum. Viva L’American Death Ray Music will perform in the Blue Room on July 7, 2016. Savoy Motel will lead the charge and open the show. If you talk yourself into staying home, you’re somebody else’s problem.
Tuesday July 12th: Peripheral Visions 05: The Italian Connection (aka Manhunt)
Doors 7pm, Film 8pm, $10/$8 Belcourt Members
Small-time pimp Luca Canali (Mario Adorf) is implicated in the disappearance of a heroin shipment between New York and Italy in a frameup by the Milanese mob to cover their indiscretions. Two American hit men (Henry Silva and Woody Strode) are sent to assassinate Canali, but he won’t go down without fighting tooth, nail, and head. The second part in a disconnected trilogy of action films set in Milan's criminal underworld from respected poliziotteschi* auteur Fernando Di Leo, THE ITALIAN CONNECTION pulls absolutely zero punches (or headbutts) in this nonstop, no-one-is-safe, race to the death.
*Italian crime films which reached their peak popularity in the 70s
Doors 3pm, Show 3:30pm, $10 Donation
We've long been a fan and a champion of Yeah! (Youth Empowerment Through Arts & Humanities, Inc.) and their wonderful Summer music programs for Middle Tennessee youth. Their flagship Summer camps, Southern Girls Rock Camp and Tennessee Teens Rock Camp, held in both Nashville and Murfreesboro are safe spaces where students learn to play music and build self-assurance, creatively, and a love for collaboration along the way. YEAH! designs their camps (which are run and taught by some of Nashville's finest folks and talented musicians) to "allow campers (regardless of race, class, gender expression, or creed) the freedom of expression and exploration through music and performance. In doing so, these campers are empowered to find their own voice and their own sound without creative boundaries or inhibitions." For the 2016 season, Third Man Records will host the end-of-session Showcases in the Blue Room. We can't wait to hear what these inspired artists have worked up for us! The entry fee, a $10 donation, goes towards providing scholarships for students enrolled in the program. Please join us in supporting these budding musicians!
Thursday, July 21st: Light + Sound Machine Presents: Los Sures + bonus film TBA
Doors 7pm, Film 8pm, $10/$8 Belcourt Members
In the late 70s and early 80s, Los Sures was one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America. Diego Echeverria’s film skillfully represents the challenges of it's time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. The complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Beautifully restored just in time for the 30th anniversary of the premiere at the New York Film Festival, this documentary is a priceless piece of New York City history.
Diego Echeverria’s film skillfully represents the challenges residents of the Southside faced: poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. The complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Beautifully restored for the 30th anniversary premiere at the New York Film Festival, this documentary is an invaluable piece of New York City history.
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Last May, two of the funniest guys we know decided to stop in the Blue Room while on the road promoting their definitive and comprehensive 16-CD Box Set (yes, you read that right) The Best of The Best Show. What was comprehensive became immediately not so after Tom Scharpling (#31 on Rolling Stone's Fifty Funniest People List), and Jon Wurster (#51 on said list, plus esteemed indie-rock pioneer, comedy writer, and actor in his own right) recorded an episode of The Best Show here at Third Man Records. But, fear not, completists! As with nearly every event to grace our famous cornerless room, we recorded it, and it's almost as hilarious on wax as it was in person.
Needle to vinyl is the only way to hear this comedy gold, and we're proud to be the ones to bring an LP of this caliber into existence. Backed by friends-of-Third-Man-and-anyone-with-ears "Willy and the Mason Jars" (William Tyler, Ryan Norris, Jem Cohen, and Jacob Edwards), Scharpling & Wurster not only witty repartee your face off over and over again on this seminal offering, they also sing their asses off, and interview a very special guest.
Scharpling & Wurster Live at Third Man Records is officially available next Friday, July 1st, but you can pre-order the comedic goodness NOW at thirdmanstore.com.
Music Industry, 1993: everyone is looking to sign the “next” Nirvana. Atlantic Records found exactly the band they were looking for in the Melvins. Birthed in the Pacific Northwest gloom of Aberdeen that would spawn grunge music and culture, the Melvins were writing songs that were clearly inspired by the right stuff and written for the right people… and they had Nirvana’s unequivocal stamp of approval, which meant everything in the early 90’s. For the next four years after their signing, the Melvins would deliver three stellar, influential albums that were criminally only moderately appreciated at the time. In the past 23 years, they’ve continued onwards with Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and a revolving cast of bassists at the helm, cementing themselves as one of the most important American rock bands of all time.
Houdini, Stoner Witch, and Stag have all been out of print on vinyl for over two decades and original copies can command into the three figures in back alley craps games. Third Man Records is proud to reintroduce these titles to the hungry vinyl-buying public, all remastered from original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and given the deluxe, gatefold jacket treatment.
We are taking pre-orders now. Official Release Date: June 24, 2016.
Now, before we get into details, let’s watch some quintessential Melvins for context:
Signed to Atlantic Records in the hubbub after Nirvana’s Nevermind exploded, the Melvins’ fifth album Houdini was a conscious attempt by the band to make a record that wouldn’t alienate their fans but that the band members themselves would also enjoy. Their best-selling release by a country-mile, this album crested at number 29 on on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Houdini would be most folks introduction to the band and songs like “Honeybucket” received MTV airplay.
The stellar seventh studio album by the Melvins is one of the most cohesive and beloved in the band’s catalog. With fan favorites like “Revolve” and “Queen” balanced with the impressive sound explorations of “Lividity” and “Shevil” and the result is one of the most praised albums of the band’s 30+ year career.
The final album in the Melvins major label span, Stag finds the band fully spreading their wings (and budget) to create what is arguably their most wide-ranging and diverse album among the nearly two-dozen full-length studio albums the band has released since 1987.
*Plans for the release of the limited edition color vinyl versions will be announced at a later date.
This month's planned Pride dance night party in our Blue Room took on an extra prescience this weekend when we were all shocked, angered and deeply saddened for the fabric of the LGBT community with the horrible action in Orlando. Discrimination, intimidation, and abuse are a terrible everyday reality for most in the LGBT community worldwide, and safe spaces to congregate, celebrate and just BE are such a vital and important part of that community that we can't allow any heinous act to take that away. Nowhere. And though we all are feeling shaken and disturbed by what occurred in Orlando, we strongly feel that LOVE and COMMUNITY are always the way forward and we invite everyone to join us on Friday, June 17th to INVITE THE LIGHT for an all night Pride dance here in our Nashville Blue Room with DJ Nomi, Tan, and Grey People (astute dancers may remember TAN and Grey People from Portal night here back in March). A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the official Pulse Victims Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund
Given the proliferating subgenres of dance music that represent so many scenes and ideologies throughout the world, Grey People’s Alex Michalski is the linguistic polymath who translates from acid noises to trap stabs, Italo oscillations to 4/4 house foundations. Fluent in thee infinite beat and ready to rattle the spaces inside your spine; Grey People is the future, pulsing and compressing through you.
When machines feel, their only means of expression is the flutter / A variance in data / A shift between 0s and 1s / Arpeggiations / Syndrum rolls / As we hear them. Neon light / Fog and fire / Poppers o’clock. TAN is the sound of the machines feeling love / And euphoria / And prickly melancholy. The TAN album <<MUSIK CITY>> is available now / On Stochastic.
DJ Nomi has remixed tracks for Paris Street and Big Nurse, unleashed 2004’s The Laptent EP on a confused public, and has been Crispin Glover’s photo elf on several occasions. His radio mixshow Erase; Rewind airs weekly on dancemixusa.com.
Available now here!
Dwight Yoakam: Kentucky born, Ohio raised; Tennessee jilted, California praised. That's the way the story goes, at least. In 1977 when Dwight moved to Nashville to pursue his honky-tonk dreams, Nashville was moving away from the traditional and Countrypolitan sound it had spent the better part of a century developing, and more towards the pop-country that still inhabits its airwaves. Dwight found that his musical aspirations were better suited on the leading edge of the post-Bakersfield, Los Angeles “Cowpunk” scene where his music was better received by the West coast punks and drunks than the then-current Music City establishment. The Nashville industry eventually embraced the LA-based outsider in the late 80’s and Dwight Yoakam turned out to be one of the best damn artists country music has ever known. Today, the massive influence of Yoakam’s unique style of country music on Nashville is clearly demonstrated by the sheer number of times "Guitars, Cadillacs" is picked on lower Broadway each day. It never gets old. It's practically the city anthem.
Third Man Records, as you know, is thrilled to call Nashville home to its label headquarters, and calling Nashville home means putting out some real country music records. We did it earlier this year from one Margo Price, and we're doing it again now, just in time for the CMA Music Festival. Dwight Yoakam recently took to the studio with our fearless leader Jack White III to record two of the swingin'est tunes we've ever had covered in our Blue Series: "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" (Boyce/Venet, popularized by The Monkees) b/w "High On The Mountain of Love" (Dorman, popularized by Kenny Lynch, then Johnny Rivers, then the Beach Boys, and recorded by many others along the way). Produced by White and backed by the Third Man band of all-stars — Lillie Mae Rische, Daru Jones, Cory Younts, Dominic Davis, Fats Kaplin — these two renditions, into which Dwight's delivery breathes new life, proves that with the right artist behind the microphone, any song'll make an even better country song. Now, have you ever heard anything more Nashville than that?
Listen to a clip of each song below:
“Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day” is available now and officially in-stores!