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  • THIRD MAN UNVEILS NEW BLUE SERIES SINGLE FROM MY BUBBA

    Posted by on 29 June 2017

    Third Man Records has announced a new single from My Bubba as the latest addition to its extraordinary "Blue Series." Side A of the single, "Gone," debuted today in a premiere via NPR, who called the track "a richer tone than other tunes from this pair, though even with the addition of thunderous, heart-pounding tom-toms, bass and keyboards the duo haven't let go of the porcelain-fragile sound of their last record" "Gone" b/w "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" will be available on 7" 45rpm vinyl via Third Man and digitally via the iTunes Store tomorrow -- Friday, June 30th.

    Produced by Jack White III at Third Man Studio in Nashville, "Gone" b/w "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" marks the first new release in Third Man's ongoing "Blue Series" since June 2016 as well as the first Blue Series single to follow Third Man Books' newly released The Blue Series: The Story Behind the Color, Volume One.

    "Gone" b/w "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" is also the first new release from My Bubba following last year's acclaimed Big Bad Good. The Scandinavian folk duo - Icelander Guðbjörg Tómasdóttir (a.k.a. Bubba) and Sweden's My Larsdotter - formed in 2013 and have since concocted a soulful, unadorned sound all their own utilizing little more than the basic elements of warm harmonies, acoustic guitar, and the Norwegian lap harp known as a cittra. Big Bad Good, My Bubba's latest full-length release, was produced in Brooklyn by Shahzad Ismaily (Will Oldham, Jolie Holland), with its songs written and recorded almost immediately as they were written, the intimate early takes capturing the rawness and mesmerizing power of a newborn song.

    While their prior work was recorded almost entirely as a duo, "Gone" sees My Bubba joined in Third Man Studio by a backing combo that includes bassist Jack Lawrence and keyboardist Dean Fertita.

    "'Gone' is about loving and losing sense of time and space cause your heart is beating so loud," says My Bubba's My. "Dean Fertita and 'Little Jack Lawrence' came by and performed like alien ladies on the keys and bass. 'Gone' was the first of our songs written on the lap harp, which I found in my old boyfriend's attic - it used to be his grandmother's, but she died many years before and wasn't using it anymore. He told me it was older than a century and I immediately liked it. I wrote the song about him and kept the harp when we broke up."

    "'You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go' was pretty much the first song we ever sang together," My says, "right when we first met as flatmates in Copenhagen almost a decade ago. We still play it most evenings together on the road. Sometimes we try singing it on our own, but we don't know the melody without each other's harmony. Symbiotic singers...It's also one from the family song book, since it's written by my father's wife's ex-husband's mother's previous lover, Uncle Bob Dylan."

    Upcoming Tour Dates

    7/1 - United Folk Festival - Westerly, RI
    7/5 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
    7/8 - Mariposa Folk Festival - Orilla, CAN
    7/12 - Rockwood 2 - New York, NY
    7/16 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA

    Third Man Records has announced a new single from My Bubba as the latest addition to its extraordinary "Blue Series."

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  • LILLIE MAE PERFORMED ON THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT LAST NIGHT

    Posted by on 28 June 2017

    Lillie Mae made her debut on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night with a performance of "Over The Hill And Through The Woods" from her recent album Forever And Then Some

    Lillie Mae also recently announced a headlining North American tour for this August and September. Tickets for the headline shows go on sale this Thursday, June 29th at 10am local time. A special pre-sale is available for Third Man Records Vault members on Wednesday, June 28th at 10am local time. The full run of dates can be found below. For tickets and more information visit lilliemaemusic.com.

    Lille Mae's upcoming tour dates:
    7/15 - Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS
    7/16 - Sloss Music & Arts Festival - Birmingham, AL
    7/22 - Elliston Place Street Festival - Nashville, TN
    8/22 - The Southgate House Revival - Newport, KY
    8/23 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
    8/25 - Velvet Underground - Toronto, ON
    8/26 - Third Man Records Cass Corridor - Detroit, MI
    8/27 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
    8/28 - Off Broadway - St. Louis, MO
    8/30 - Globe Hall - Denver, CO
    9/1 - Live From The Divide/Peach St. Studios - Bozeman, MT
    9/2 - The Bartlett - Spokane, WA
    9/3 - Bumbershoot Music Festival - Seattle, WA
    9/4 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
    9/6 - Cafe DuNord - San Francisco, CA
    9/7 - Hotel Cafe - Los Angeles, CA
    9/12-17 - AmericanaFest - Nashville, TN
    9/16-17 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol, TN

    Lillie Mae made her debut on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night with a performance of "Over The Hill And Through The Woods" from her recent album Forever And Then Some. 

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  • INTRODUCING... VAULT PACKAGE #33: Icky Thump X

    Posted by on 19 June 2017

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    Nigh on ten years ago, the White Stripes unveiled the most ambitious record of their career. Taking its name from the mis-appropriation of the British exhortation “Ecky thump” the Stripes’ Icky Thump would prove to be the final full-length studio album from the beloved Detroit duo. To celebrate not only the ten years since Icky Thump’s release, but also twenty years since Jack and Meg started the White Stripes AND the 500th release in the Third Man Records’ catalog, we are delighted to announce the release of our 33rd Vault package, Icky Thump X.

    Deluxe Icky Thump 180-gram, colored vinyl 

    The cornerstone of the package is the deluxe, “contained explosion” colored vinyl repressing of Icky Thump. Previously only ever available on boring black vinyl, this double LP, 180-gram vinyl dream is housed in a glorious tip-on sleeve with slightly modified artwork and sealed with a Victorian update on the original red/white sticker that was begrudgingly slit open by fidgety record collectors overly concerned with "condition." Remastered from the original 1” analog tapes in Nashville, TN, Icky Thump will be the first-ever Vault title manufactured at Third Man Pressing in Detroit. You will not believe your ears.

    Track List: 

    Icky Thump
    You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)
    300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues
    Conquest
    Bone Broke
    Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn
    St. Andrew (This Battle Is In The Air)
    Little Cream Soda
    Rag & Bone
    I’m Slowly Turning Into You
    A Martyr For My Love For You
    Catch Hell Blues
    Effect & Cause

     

    12" Icky Thump Extras Vinyl

    The logical companion piece to Icky Thump is the collection compiling all nine of the non-album b-sides recorded for (and during) the release and tour cycle. Icky Thump Extras joins live covers (Hank Williams’ “Tennessee Border”), alternate versions recorded in the middle of a horse-racing track in Canada (“You Don’t Know What Love Is…”) with Beck-produced exclusives (“It’s My Fault For Being Famous”) and couples them with newly reimagined artwork from Grammy Award-winning designer Rob Jones. Consider this the first and last time any of these songs will appear on 12-inch vinyl, pressed on luminescent lunar-colored vinyl. Extras will also be manufactured at Third Man Pressing in Detroit.

    Track List: 

    Tennessee Border (originally by Hank Williams)
    Baby Brother (originally by Bill Carter and the Rovin Gamblers)
    You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told) (frat rock version)
    A Martyr For My Love For You (acoustic version)
    It’s My Fault For Being Famous
    Cash Grab Complications On The Matter
    Honey, We Can’t Afford To Look This Cheap
    Conquest (acoustic mariachi version)
    Conquista (Spanish language version)

    The Red Demos

    Prior to entering Blackbird Studios for the tracking of Icky Thump, the White Stripes did a full run-through of the tracks in demo form to workshop ideas and get thoughts on tape at their Nashville rehearsal spot. This would prove to be the ONLY time the band would ever demo an album before recording. Forgotten by all involved in the intervening ten years, The Red Demos is a startling insight into the germination of the songs that would soon be blasted out at arenas and festivals the world over. Of particular interest is the first ever release of the instrumental “Monkeys Have It Easy”, a title previously teased via the original Icky Thump press release in 2007. Cover art depicts a working mock-up of the unedited image used on the original album and exists as the ideal compliment to both that original issue and the mono mix of Icky Thump from Vault Package #1. The Red Demos will also be pressed at Third Man Pressing in Detroit.

    Track List: 

    You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)
    A Martyr For My Love For You
    Rag and Bone
    Catch Hell Blues
    Little Cream Soda
    Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn
    Monkeys Have It Easy (previously unreleased)
    Bone Broke
    Icky Thump
    Conquest
    300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues

     

    Exclusive Polaroid Photo Book

    To further push this package into “I Cannot Believe They Did That" territory is an exclusive book comprised of Polaroid photos, tracking notes and insight from Icky Thump session photographer and White Stripes’ confidante David Swanson. Comprised 100% of previously unseen and unshared material, the of-the-moment documentation of the album and its recording process by Swanson’s intuitive and discerning eye is revelatory.

    Mystery Art Prints by Rob Jones 

    To even further blow this thing out of the water is one of nine different 8x10 White Stripes images by Rob Jones. Randomly inserted so you have no idea which one you’ll get, these include classic updates on art and graphics from the original release era in addition to completely new ideas, all rendered in the highest quality silkscreen printing and suitable for immediate framing or burning.

    "Rag and Bone" Enamel Pin Set

    Not enough? Ok, take TWO enamel pins that when combined depict the horse skeleton imagery originally featured on the 7-inch artwork for “Rag and Bone” and understand full well that the addition of said pins will elevate any drab old potato sack to a best-dressed list ensemble.

    Cross of St. Andrew Soft Touch Box

    All of these components will be lovingly housed in a soft-touch coated telescoping box that reproduces the cross of St. Andrew used as an important graphic in Icky Thump’s issue ten years ago and rendered even more poignant now as the specific version of that cross (the Cross of Burgundy) forms the shape of an X.

    Subscriptions are now open for Vault 33. Vault 32 is shipping now. 

    Nigh on ten years ago, the White Stripes unveiled the most ambitious record of their career. 

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  • JACK WHITE PERFORMS "Matrimonial Inclinations" FOR THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS

    Posted by on 16 June 2017

    As you well know by now, Third Man Records in conjunction with Columbia Records are releasing all of the AMERICAN EPIC music including the American Epic Sessions soundtrack album which is available on vinyl, CD and digitally today! To commemorate this occasion, we are proud to debut Jack White’s performance video for “Matrimonial Inclinations” shot exclusively for the American Epic series.

    Jack is joined in the studio by bandmates and familiar faces Lillie Mae, Fats Kaplin, and Dominic Davis for an intimate recording of the song “Matrimonial Inclinations” cut directly to wax. Watch the magic unfold in the video below.

    Produced by Jack & T Bone Burnett, the official American Epic Sessions soundtrack album featuring “Matrimonial Inclinations” and all the performances from the Sessions film, along with additional recordings not seen in the film, is out now on a TRIPLE LP 180-gram vinyl from Third Man Records and CD/Digital via Columbia Records. The documentary series including 12" audiophile vinyl versions of AMERICAN EPIC: The Carter Family, AMERICAN EPIC: Memphis Jug Band, AMERICAN EPIC: Mississippi John Hurt,  AMERICAN EPIC: Blind Willie Johnson and AMERICAN EPIC: Lead Belly, as well as thematic collections including AMERICAN EPIC: Blues and AMERICAN EPIC: Country is out now and you can order it here. For more information on all the music from American Epic visit americanepicmusic.com

    As you well know by now, Third Man Records in conjunction with Columbia Records are releasing all of the AMERICAN EPIC music both on vinyl and digitally today!

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  • CRAIG BROWN BAND SHARES VIDEO FOR "I WONDERED WHAT"

    Posted by on 15 June 2017

    Craig Brown Band is excited to share the video for "I Wondered What" from their debut album The Lucky Ones Forget.  The band has also announced U.S. tour dates, starting next week at Planet Ant on June 23 in their hometown of Detroit, MI. These dates will take them to MilwaukeeSeattlePortlandSan FranciscoLos AngelesAustinNew Orleans and more throughout June and July before ending back in Detroit on July 21. The full list of tour dates can be found below.
    One of Detroit's most beloved and powerful musicians has gone solo. Well, solo in the sense that he's put a dynamite musical act together and called it Craig Brown Band.

    The debut full-length album, The Lucky Ones Forget, was recorded almost live at Brown Rice Studio with Warren Defever (His Name Is Alive) -- and is available on Third Man Records. It's a long-player filled with songs about heartbreak, fishing and vans-built upon the work of those daring punks of yore who embraced country music (Replacements, Meat Puppets, Tom Petty, et al). And it's one of 2017's must-hear records.

    Quick rewind. For years, Craig Brown shared manic lead vocals and guitar squealies in the completely unhinged punk band, Terrible Twos (Urinal Cake Records). He's gigged with King Tuff (Sub Pop) and shredded with local Detroit acts the Brownstown Gals and the Mahonies. He concurrently batters with New Jersey's Liquor Store -- a band so notorious, they sell their own brand of switchblades at the merch table, defying all sorts of local ordinances.

    Whatever the band and whatever the avenue, Craig brings effortless musicianship and his damaged honkey-tonk howl to the mix. He has the ability to shred licks hotter and tastier than the Tres Hombres gatefold while breaking your heart with his crestfallen tunes. And despite being in bands for years, he's just beginning to amaze with his eclectic and accomplished, beyond-pro-as-fuck guitar playing and songwriting abilities.

    Live, the Craig Brown Band might look like a pile of dirty clothes but deliver a surprisingly polished and tuneful sound that will have even the gnarliest of disenfranchised young people looking up from their phones -- for at least a few tunes, anyway. The good ol' boys in the band, Eric, Perry and Young Andrew hold down the bedraggled hillbilly-deluxe-meets-dive-bar-jukebox classic rock, offset by the pitch-perfect honeyed harmonies of the Drinkard sisters, Caitlin and Bonnie. Just the kind of band you scratch your head to in the beginning but rave to your friends about how much they fucking rule in the end.
     
    Craig Brown Band's upcoming tour dates:
    6/23 - Ant Hall - Detroit, MI
    6/24 - Record Store Crawl (daytime), Cole's Bar (evening) - Chicago, IL
    6/25 - Public House - Milwaukee, WI
    6/26 - Nomad World Pub - Minneapolis, MN
    6/27 - The Aquarium - Fargo, ND
    6/29 - The Zacc Below- Missoula, MT
    6/30 - Lucky Liquor - Seattle, WA
    7/1 - TURN TURN TURN - Portland, OR
    7/3 - Colony - Sacramento, CA
    7/4 - Make Out Room - San Francisco, CA
    7/5 - GNAR BURGER - Los Angeles, CA
    7/6 - The Republic Fullerton - Fullerton, CA
    7/7 - The Lunchbox - Phoenix, AZ
    7/8 - The Monarch - El Paso, TX
    7/10 - Paper Tiger - San Antonio, TX
    7/11 - Hotel Vegas - Austin, TX
    7/12 - Siberia - New Orleans, LA
    7/13 - Vertical House Records - Huntsville, AL
    7/14 - Little Harpeth Brewery - Nashville, TN
    7/16 - Pig and Whiskey - Detroit, MI
    7/21 - Waking Windows Fest (El Club) - Detroit, MI

    Craig Brown Band is excited to share the video for "I Wondered What" from their debut album The Lucky Ones Forget.  

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  • 'The Blues Series: The Story Behind The Color’ hits bookshelves today!

    Posted by on 6 June 2017

    'The Blues Series: The Story Behind The Color’ hits bookshelves today! Pick up a copy from Third Man Books here or your favorite local bookstore to read exclusive interviews on the Jack White-produced 7” singles series. Includes unreleased music from First Aid Kit and Gibby Haynes (x-Butthole Surfers).  

    'The Blues Series: The Story Behind The Color’ hits bookshelves today! 

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