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  • Rolling Record Store in Memphis & Chicago

    Posted by Third Man on 25 October 2013

    We're rollin' and chooglin' West to Memphis tomorrow and then North to the Windy City with goodies and vinyl treats in stock!

    Catch us Saturday, 10/26 outside the Stax Museum in Memphis from 11:30-4, and Tuesday, 10/29 outside the Green Mill Jazz club from 6-9pm.

    See you on the road!

    We're rollin' and chooglin' West to Memphis tomorrow and then North to the Windy City

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  • Seasick Steve Hubcap Music Out Today

    Posted by Third Man on 18 October 2013

    With a platinum and four gold records in the UK under his belt, today Seasick Steve releases his newest record HUBCAP MUSIC across the pond. The album, produced by the dog himself, features long-time drummer and frying pan virtuoso Dan Magnusson as well as John Paul Jones, Jack White III, Luther Dickinson, Elizabeth Cook and Fats Kaplin. The record marks Seasick Steve's second full-length on Third Man Records, and joins a blue series 7" ("Write Me a Few Lines") and a live, direct-to-acetate recording (Seasick Steve Live at Third Man Records) to make up his Third Man catalog.

    Hubcap Music derives its title from Seasick's 4-stringed Morris Minor guitar, fashioned from two Minor 1000 hubcaps and a garden hoe, and his second similarly made instrument using Hudson Terraplane hubcaps, given to him by Jack White. The Morris Minor guitar made its first appearance on the TV show "Top Gear," and rivals Seasick's Didley Bo for the title of baddest junk'strument ever to grace (and sell out) such stages as Royal Albert Hall, Manchester Theatre and Hammersmith Apollo Theaters.

    Listen to "Home" featuring Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars fame on slide guitar below:

    The album is available on CD/LP/MP3 via Third Man Records, at and wherever records are sold.

    With a platinum and four gold records in the UK under his belt, today Seasick Steve releases his newest record HUBCAP MUSIC across the pond.

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  • Upcoming Releases: The Gories + Jack Johnson

    Posted by Third Man on 10 October 2013

    The Gories began in the cultural vacuum of Detroit in 1986. With humble beginnings at a community concert series through a tumultuous end on their 1992 European tour, this is a band whose influence has far outstretched the ground they covered. Rooted in the primal, primitive underpinnings of 50's rhythm and blues and unhinged 60s garage punk, the sound they came to was wholly their own. Over two years in the making, Third Man collectively feels like a bunch of teenage fanboys with the release of The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88. Recorded at a house party in a converted store front, the band captured here is at the height of its powers. Featuring covers of classics by the likes of John Lee Hooker, the Stooges and Willie Dixon, as well as a bevy of their oft-imitated originals, Live in Detroit 5/27/88 is the Gories' first live album, their fourth full-length and their first widespread release since 1992. While band members Mick Collins and Dan Kroha would go on to wider recognition in the Dirtbombs and Demolition Dolls Rods respectively, the Gories should be viewed in the same influential context as the Velvet Underground and the Cramps. While they may have barely sold any records, the folks that saw and heard these bands were inspired to create. It's high time the Gories get their due and there's no better evidence than this explosive live recording from 25 years ago.

    The Gories
    The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88
    release date 11/26/13

    1. Nautiloid Reef (the Nautiloids) / 2. Leavin' Here (Eddie Holland) / 3. I Think I've Had It / 4. To Find Out (The Keggs) / 5. Boogie Chillen (John Lee Hooker) / 6. Real Cool Time (The Stooges) / 7. Charm Bag / 8. Sovereignty Flight / 9. Again & Again (The Iguanas) / 10. Thunderbird ESQ / 11. Hate (The Stoics) / 12. Train Kept a Rollin' (Tiny Bradshaw) / 13. I Just Wanna Make Love to You (Willie Dixon) / Give Me Love

    A note about the title:
    The prefix of the Gories album ("The Shaw Tapes") is both a nod to the Velvet Underground's "Quine Tapes" and gives credit to the larger-than-life man behind the recording of the show, Jim Shaw. A long time supporter of underground art and music in Detroit, his influence, guidance and style were pivotal to over thirty years of creatives in metro Detroit. He was one of a handful of folks who immediately "got" what the Gories were doing and was among the dozen folks who'd attend their shows religiously. Additionally, it was his foresight to record this show (as well as countless others) that's the inspiration for what we at Third Man hope to be an ongoing series. Jim Shaw sadly passed away on December 5, 2010 at the age of 54.

    Third Man Records is also excited to share the live recording by Jack Johnson for Record Store Day Black Friday on November 29th. Recorded live in Third Man's wonderful Blue Room on June 15th of this year, breakfast with Jack and his crack band was a smiling fun time for the entire family, and his thoughtful cover of the White Stripes' "We Are Going to Be Friends" was the icing to an already delicious cake. This will be a windowed release… only available from RSD-retailers on Black Friday and not to see a widespread release until March 2014.

    Jack Johnson
    Live at Third Man Records 6-15-2013

    1. Banana Pancakes / 2. Same Girl / 3. Radiate / 4. Do You Remember / 5. I Got You / 6. Good People / 7. As I Was Saying / 8. We Are Going to Be Friends (The White Stripes) / 9. Home / 10. Mudfootball / 11. Upside Down / 12. Better Together

    "The best garage band in America since the '60s. Very primitive…they made people with Les Pauls and Marshall amps look like idiots." - Jack White

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  • Vault Platinum Package #18

    Posted by Third Man on 2 October 2013



    THE DEAD WEATHER "Open Up (That's Enough)" / "Rough Detective" 7-INCH

    Subscription Deadline October 31st. Sign up HERE.

    Summer is turning to fall. Days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer. The smell of burning leaves and car tires fills the air and Third Man proudly preps its final Vault package for the 2013 calendar.


    The LP this coming quarter is a stunning live recording of the Raconteurs live at the Ryman Auditorium. Recorded from their most recent spell of shows in September 2011, the set is chock-full of all the unforgettable original tunes (no covers!) that make this band so essential. Of particular import are the barnstorming, bring-the-house down versions of "Blue Veins" and "Carolina Drama" both clocking in at over ten minutes in length. You like horn sections? Then dig the crack team on "The Switch and the Spur" and "Many Shades of Black." The band captured here hits the mark at full-throttle. Pressed on two LPs of 180-gram vinyl goodness, disc one on a rich rawhide and tobacco colored vinyl and disc two on luscious gold and oil colored vinyl.

    The 7" this go-round is incredibly special. Two BRAND NEW studio recordings from the Dead Weather. "Open Up (That's Enough)" and "Rough Detective" are unlike anything else the band has ever done and are both ample reminders of the ferocity of this motley collection of low-lifes, grifters and ne'er-do-wells. These songs are not throw-aways. These songs are not demos. These songs are not outtakes. This 7" will ONLY be available via Vault subscription. No other 7" of these songs will be made. The whole thing is pressed on striking yellow jacket vinyl and coupled with a custom glue-pocket picture sleeve, a slight shift from the Vault's usual die-cut company sleeves.

    Is there more to come from this? Yes there is. The Dead Weather's plan is to record and release two-song sets until 2015 at which time they will release a full album that contains these singles plus many more album-only tracks. It's a unique long-term plan for new music from this incendiary group. The songs WILL be released digitally, but not until Vault packages have been dispatched to subscribers. The goal is that physical copies are out there first.

    Our bonus item here is a companion DVD of the Raconteurs performance from the Ryman Auditorium. The four camera, high-definition shoot includes the venue (the venerable Ryman, where everyone from Hank Williams to Harry Houdini has performed) as an essential character. There's a reason why folks call the Ryman "the mother church" and we think this film illustrates the reasoning behind that precisely and pricelessly. To not only hear, but see the Raconteurs at their arguable zenith is a treat unparalleled.

    The Raconteurs Live at the Ryman Auditorium September 15, 2011 LP/DVD track list:

    1. Consoler of the Lonely / 2. Hands / 3. Level / 4. Old Enough / 5. Top Yourself / 6. Many Shades of Black / 7. The Switch and the Spur / 8. Intimate Secretary / 9. Broken Boy Soldier / 10. Blue Veins / 11. Salute Your Solution / 12. Steady, As She Goes / 13. Carolina Drama

    The Dead Weather 7" single

    "Open Up (That's Enough)" and "Rough Detective"


    Learn more about Vault subscriptions HERE, and SIGN UP by October 31st to receive Vault Package #18.


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  • Rolling Record Store Fall Tour

    Posted by Third Man on 27 September 2013

    Back by popular demand, the Rolling Record Store is hitting the road
    again! Citizens of Knoxville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Washington D.C., Philly, New York City, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Louisville rejoice! We're rollin' n' chooglin'
    in your direction. Details below:

    Back by popular demand, the Rolling Record Store is hitting the road again!

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  • Paramount Records Wonder-Cabinet

    Posted by Third Man on 24 September 2013


    !!! UPDATE: Available now at !!!

    How did a Wisconsin chair company, producing records on the cheap and run by men with little knowledge of their audience or the music business, build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled under one roof?  The answer lies in ‘The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,’ an epic, two-volume omnibus of art, words and music housed in a limited-edition, hand-sculpted cabinet-of-wonder, to be jointly released by Jack White’s Third Man Records and John Fahey’s Revenant Records. 

    ‘Volume One,’ which covers the label’s improbable rise from 1917-1927, will be released exclusively through Third Man on October 29, and worldwide on November 19.  The project is co-produced by leading Paramount authority Alex van der Tuuk, and ‘Volume 2’ will be released in November 2014.

    Paramount Records was founded on a modest proposition: produce records as cheaply as possible, recording whatever talent was available.  Over its lifetime, the label would become a “race records” powerhouse, its sound and fortunes directly linked to the Great Migration. 

    By the time Paramount ceased operations in 1932, it had compiled a dizzying array of performers still unrivaled to this day, spanning early jazz titans (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller), blues masters (Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Skip James), American divas (Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters), gospel (Norfolk Jubilee Quartette), vaudeville (Papa Charlie Jackson), and the indefinable “other” (Geeshie Wiley, Elvie Thomas).  Paramount would also directly influence the style of Robert Crumb and countless other 20th century artists and illustrators, through a series of hand-drawn ads promoting its releases in the pages of the Chicago Defender.

    The ‘Rise and Fall’ wonder-cabinet gives equal status to page-turning narrative and new scholarship; original and newly created graphic art; industrial design; and compelling analog and digital music experiences.  ‘Volume One’ contains the following: 

    * 800 newly-remastered digital tracks, representing 172 artists 

    * 200+ fully-restored original 1920s ads and images

    * 6x 180g vinyl LPs pressed on burled chestnut colored vinyl w/ hand-engraved, blind-embossed gold-leaf labels, housed in a laser-etched white birch LP folio

    * 250 page deluxe large-format clothbound hardcover art book 

    * 360 page encyclopedia-style softcover field guide containing artist portraits and full Paramount discography 

    * Handcrafted quarter-sawn oak cabinet with lush sage velvet upholstery and custom-forged metal hardware 

    * First-of-its-kind music and image player app, allowing user mgmt of all tracks and ads, housed on custom-designed USB drive


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