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We couldn’t be more excited to head to Palm Springs, CA to partner with the Ace Hotel in erecting a poolside Pop-Up shop for their annual 10-day Desert Goldevent, to coincide with the two weekend spanning Coachella festival. The pop-up shop will have its grand opening Friday, April 12th and will celebrate Record Store Day with special events on the 20th and 21st (more on that here) and be open for business every day 12-5 in between.
The shop will feature all the tangible recorded goodies you’ve come to expect from Third Man Records as well as a whole slew of new Lost in the Desert Pop Up-specific merchandise, including a Stereoptic Eye, metal belt buckle, switchblade comb, shot glasses, bang gun, pennant, baseball t-shirt, lenticular postcard and more. Perhaps most excitingly, we’ll be pre-selling a limited edition 7” box set (of 300) housed in a one of a kind snake skin style 45 carrying case featuring 5 Live singles that will be recorded at the Ace Hotel over the course of the second weekend. The pre-sale for this box set is available only at the Ace Pop Up shop and begins when we open doors on April 12th. Like all exclusive pop up items, they are first come first served, and when they are gone… they’re gone.
The Ace Hotel is an experience in and of itself, and Desert Gold promises to be the party of a lifetime. We encourage you to consider booking a room (before they run out) and sticking around to take part in all of the free events.
The Rolling Record Store will park it in Palm Springs as well, and will make various appearances on it’s way across the country as well as in and around the Los Angeles area selling all the new RRS merchandise we told you a little while back and more. Be sure to follow twitter.com/thirdmanrrs to keep track of its location and get your goods. For now, you can count on stops on Wed, April 10th at Amoeba Records (12-3pm) and Rhino Records (4-7pm).
We can’t wait to see you all in desert. Follow our activities at Desert Gold and tweet about your own using the hashtag #DesertGold
Third Man Records is happy to announce a new partnership with one of our favorite musicians out there working today, Pokey LaFarge. Pokey and his band bring a focus and energy to the American Roots genre with infectious original material that sits at the crossroads of early jazz, country blues and western swing. With his effortless charisma and distinctive charm, Pokey has crafted a genre all his own--and one that extends well beyond the music alone.
Summertime is the right time for Pokey's sun-blessed riverboat style, and this June will mark our release of his next full length LP / CD titled simply Pokey LaFarge (produced by Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor). Look out for a single from the album, "Central Time", which will be released ahead of the full length in May.
To celebrate (we love to celebrate), we'll be hosting Pokey and his band here at Third Man in our Blue Room live venue for a record release party / direct to acetate recording session on June 1st.
Pokey LaFarge and his band will be hitting the highways and byways this spring and summer, check all the dates here and be sure to see them when they come through your town!
Pre-orders are available today for the second installment of our highly anticipated Document Records reissue series, featuring Volume 2 of the Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order of Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTelland The Mississippi Sheiks. These three records, officially available April 9th and featuring artwork by Rob Jones, can be purchased together as a bundle here.
Due to the incredible demand this series garnered when we announced the project earlier this year, we are temporarily out of stock of the Volume 1 records. We hope to have these first three records back on shelves within a few weeks.
The pleasure is all ours in announcing a new Blue Series single from Charleston, SC's own Shovels & Rope. Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are definitely our favorite inter-gender rock n roll two piece since... well, you know (somewhere Alison Mosshart yells "WTF?!")... and we're certainly excited to present this Blue Series single featuring two covers of real life titans of the biz. Side A gives us Shovels & Rope's piano heavy take on Bruce Springsteen's "Johnny 99" while the flip is a slinky hip shaking version of Tom Waits' "Bad As Me." This is the perfect soundtrack for two doomed souls dancing in the glow of a jukebox in a greasy spoon diner... We reckon Messrs Springsteen and Waits should be mighty proud.
Pre Sales are available now, and the single will be available on 7" vinyl in finer record stores everywhere and iTunes from April 2nd.
3 of our favorite gals are featured in this week's Nashville Scene, The People Issue. Karen Elson graces the cover with photography by Jo McCaughey, and explains the moment when she knew Nashville was home. There is also a page dedicated to Ruby Amanfu, whose Blue Series single with Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard was released last week, and who we know and love from The Peacocks.
Some great press from Rolling Stone for the Brittany Howard & Ruby Amanfu Blue Series ahead of the single that's out tomorrow. Click through this link to read the article, and see the player below to listen to the A Side "I Wonder", their cover of the Rodriguez classic.