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  • CHRIS ROCK LIVE AT THIRD MAN RECORDS

    Posted by Third Man Records on 23 January 2017

    Actor, Comedian, Director, Producer, Writer and one of the greatest stand up comedians of all time, Chris Rock, will celebrate his run of sold out dates at Zanie's here in Nashville with a stand up show of all new material in the Third Man Records Blue Room event space this Tuesday, Jan 24th. Opening the show will be Daru Jones performing live drums along with DJ Bowls spinning records.

    Third Man is excited to host Chris Rock in our Blue Room event space where we have hosted so many comedians, musicians, artists, films, poets and more over our past nearly 8 years here in Nashville, including everyone from Conan O'Brien, Pearl Jam, Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, Reggie Watts, and many many more.

    Will-Call Tickets go on sale immediately here at $30 a piece limit two per person, and the show strictly 18+.

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  • GOLDEN PELICANS / NOTS / WATCHER LIVE AT THIRD MAN RECORDS SINGLES

    Posted by Third Man Records on 20 January 2017

    Last March, our Nashville Blue Room was fully taken over by three bands of decidedly punk persuasions, each destroying the audience, each upping the ante for Southeastern bands of shared sensibility, each deserving of their own record. Today, we release the three 7" singles that resulted from this show, the next best thing to being in the room and having the shit kicked out of you live and in person. Read on, and order all three as a bundle HERE

    Golden Pelicans

    Golden Pelicans happens to be one of the great rock ‘n’ roll bands to ever come out of Orlando, Florida. Ain’t no conspiracy whatsoever. Although, we must insist you see them live for max impact. This, however, will no doubt tide you over, with four songs striking a perfect balance between sloppy-party-punk and dive-bar-arena-rock. Solos that totally rip, drums like a beautiful drunk machine and gritty vox. Not to mention they exist at the center of the Total Punk Records / Florida’s Dying culture hub. Don’t talk yourself out of this one. Take a chance and sink your teeth into real rock minus the cheese. ORDER THE 7".

    NOTS

    NOTS hails from the Goner Records enclave of Memphis, TN, all female post-punkers (with a no-wave tinge) that formed alongside the scene stalwarts Ex-Cult. The drums? Heavy but not heavy-handed. The vox? Booming and drastic. Acerbic yet memorable synth lines, implosive guitar, and, what is often the cornerstone of the genre, bass that is imaginative, thoughtful and indisputably cold. ORDER THE 7".

    Watcher

    Watcher is a born ‘n’ bred Nashville, TN, blunt, post-rock menace with cutthroat precision. Riding on a wave of hard-to-find self-released cassettes, they were first introduced to the TMR family opening for Death From Above 1979 to a sold-out crowd. We invited them back shortly thereafter to open a bill with NOTS and Golden Pelicans on deck. They killed. What makes them so remarkable is the sheer power of their performance. It is always in the realm of life or death without turning existential angst against the audience. The riffs are stellar, the lyrics smart, the drumming insanely tight with three howling voices tying it all together. ORDER THE 7".

    Last March, our Nashville Blue Room was fully taken over by three bands of decidedly punk persuasions, each destroying the audience, each upping the ante for Southeastern bands of shared sensibility, each deserving of their own record.

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  • Third Man Pressing To Open Its Doors, Begin Manufacturing February 25

    Posted by Third Man Records on 19 January 2017

    Third Man Records is proud to announce the official opening of its state-of-the-art vinyl production facility in the heart of Detroit’s historic Cass Corridor neighborhood on February 25th. The past year has been spent investing creative energy and passion into crafting a meticulously designed boutique vinyl record production facility with a unique customer experience, providing visual evidence to visitors of vinyl’s beauty and importance. Third Man Pressing is an investment in Third Man Records’ hometown, a neighborhood within a city both rich with musical history, creating a space that is as inspiring as it is prolific. 

    As the first label to operate a fleet of brand new, environmentally efficient pressing machinery within a purpose-built manufacturing infrastructure, Third Man Pressing minimizes water waste by using recycled water from the record curing process in the air conditioning system, thus creating the only fully climate-controlled pressing plant work environment in the world. Each pressing station is outfitted with a digital touch screen control for temperature, hydraulic compression, and extruder speed, equaling increased control for the highly trained staff as well as a superior product. The plant was engineered to not only be environmentally sustainable, but also community sensitive with its innovative noise reduction construction techniques.

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    Third Man Pressing Features:

    • Operating eight of the first newly built presses built in 35 years, plus four extruders, and four hydraulic generators — all brand new

    • Presses can accommodate 12” LP’s or 7” singles according to demand

    • Only fully climate-controlled pressing plant work environment in the world

    • All new, state-of-the-art pressing machinery and purpose-built manufacturing infrastructure

    • Closed-loop, chilled-water system that maximizes water sustainability

    • Environment design that inspires passion in record making, resulting in superior products

    • Four high-efficiency hydraulic systems isolated in a dedicated, contained room

    • Digital touch screen controls for temperature, hydraulic compression, and extrusion speed

    • Engineered sound containment for minimal external noise pollution

    • Built by audio and studio fabrication experts responsible for some of the most-lauded recording studios in the world

    • Capacity estimated at 5000 records per 8 hour shift, with a current cycle time of approximately 45 seconds per record

    • Competitive turnaround times

    • Mural by Cass Corridor artist Robert Sestok*

     

    Third Man Pressing invites the public to join in the opening day festivities on February 25th. The Third Man Records Cass Corridor storefront will be buzzing with live music, new and exclusive merchandise (including a celebratory poster by Rob Jones), and, of course, the first commercially available records to be pressed in the plant. The limited edition releases available on opening day (in Detroit only) are as follows:

    The White Stripes — The White Stripes

    The Detroit duo’s first release (originally recorded in the Cass Corridor), pressed on red vinyl with on-site screen printed jackets

    The White Stripes — De Stijl

    The second album from The White Stripes, pressed on red vinyl with on-site screen printed jackets

    The Black Hole LP

    Destroy All Monsters / Xanadu split 12” on black vinyl. Both records were originally released in limited numbers on Black Hole Records in 1979, and this is the first reissue for any of the material from either band.

    Detroit Gospel Reissue Project

    Our first third-party pressing and the first of a seven-record series featuring incredibly vital and largely forgotten music from dozens of Detroit artists, reissued proudly by noted archivist Mike McGonigal. A subscriber version (with handmade silkscreened jackets) and regular version of JOHNSON FAMILY SINGERS Don't Let the Devil Ride

    Perhaps a few additional surprises…

    Third Man Pressing brings upwards of 50 new living wage jobs with benefits into Detroit (on top of the 20 jobs already created by the Willy’s building Third Man Records location at large), and, in complement with Shinola’s recent start of production of high-end turntables, marks the triumphant return of the once-thought-lost record industry to one of the country’s great industrial AND musical cities.

    The manufacturing facility will not only press vinyl records for Third Man Records’ label releases (which will also continue to be produced at Nashville’s United Record Pressing), but will also fulfill orders from outside labels. The resurgence in popularity of vinyl records has left many small imprints, “bedroom” labels, and independent artists without the ability to press small runs of records in reasonable amounts of time. Third Man Pressing aims to dedicate a percentage of its capacity each month to pressing records for clients of this ilk, alleviating the bottlenecking of the production caused by major label orders, and bringing more niche, regionally-interesting pressings from inspired individuals onto record shelves worldwide. 

    The inner workings of Third Man Pressing will be on display during Third Man Records Cass Corridor business hours from the storefront’s open-to-the-public viewing platform 7 days a week, with employees always happy to answer questions about the process, and more in-depth tours available in the coming months for those interested. Third Man Records’ mission has always centered around bringing the tangible, the unexpected, and the beautiful back into the business, and the team is beyond thrilled to share the facility, its exceptional product, and its significance with the city it calls home.

     

    *About Robert Sestok, b 1946

    Robert Sestok is a Detroit artist who studied at the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts from 1960-1965, known now as the College for Creative Studies. He now lives and works in Detroit's Cass Corridor and is strongly identified with the group of artists who made the neighborhood renowned and widely recognized as a result of the Kick Out the Jams: Detroit’s Cass Corridor 1963 - 1977, exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1980.

    One of Sestok’s first solo exhibits was held at the storied Willis Gallery (which he co-founded), only one block behind the current location of Third Man Records and Third Man Pressing. In 1972, Sestok was commissioned by Detroit manufacturer James F. Duffy Jr. to create a work of art to adorn a wall of his pipe fitting warehouse. That well-known mural (One by Two) inspired Third Man Records to commission the new 88’ x 14’ masterpiece as a backdrop for the Third Man Pressing facility.

    Third Man Records is proud to announce the official opening of its state-of-the-art vinyl production facility in the heart of Detroit’s historic Cass Corridor neighborhood on February 25th.

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  • LILLIE MAE SPRING TOUR DATES

    Posted by Third Man Records on 19 January 2017

     

    Exciting news! Lillie Mae has confirmed her first tour dates for 2017. These dates include a headline show in Birmingham, AL, which is on sale now, an appearance at Luck Reunion at Willie Nelson's Luck, Texas Ranch during SXSW, and shows supporting Ben Harper And, if you missed the news in October, Lillie Mae will be releasing her debut solo album produced by Jack White this Spring! Check out the full list of dates below, and get your tickets now.

    Tour Dates

    March 9: Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge
    March 10: Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
    March 16: Spicewood, TX @ Luck Reunion 
    April 28: New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theatre *
    April 29: Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen *
    May 1: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live *
    May 2: St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live *
    May 5: Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre *
    May 6: Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle *

    *with Ben Harper

    To stay up-to-date on news from your favorite fiddle player, follow Lillie Mae on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook

     

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  • THIRD MAN PRESSING... COMING SOON

    Posted by Third Man on 13 January 2017

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  • Introducing... Vault Package #31

    Posted by Third Man on 10 January 2017

    MARGO PRICE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PACKAGE

    SIGN-UP DEADLINE JANUARY 31

    This time last year we were gearing up for the release of Margo Price's debut album Midwest Farmer's Daughter. This was a straight-out-of-Nashville record we loved from first listen, and we are beyond thrilled that the release has led to many others discovering this singular and enigmatic artist and coming to love her as much as we do. Margo Price and her band The Pricetags had a banner year full of accolades, television appearances, incendiary live shows, and tons of good times. We'd like to celebrate the success of this cherished member of the Third Man family with the announcement of our latest Vault Package, all in honor of Margo Price, with the package in all its glory arriving on your doorstep right around the one year anniversary of the Midwest Farmer's Daughter release.

    Margo Price Live at The Hamilton, Washington DC 11-9-2016

    Margo and her band rolled into our nation’s capital after seven hours on the road on November 8 — election day — and spent the night in the up-for-grabs city as the results came in and anxieties rose across the country. The very next evening they played one of the most poignant and significant shows of the tour and quite possibly of their careers. As luck would have it, the tape was rolling. The set is a great mix of album tracks, live, road-tested favorites, and a batch of classic country covers from Rodney Crowell, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Billy Joe Shaver. Third Man Records is beyond proud to present this serendipitous landmark live show with a vellum optical sleeve on double 180-gram vinyl — one green and one white.

     

    Set List:

    Hands of Time / Black Rose (Billy Joe Shaver cover) / Tennessee Song / Paper Cowboy / Yeah You’re Right / Desperate and Depressed / Weekender / Red Bandana (Merle Haggard cover) / Me And Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson cover) / Four Years of Chances / Ain’t Living Long Like This (Rodney Crowell)

    Margo Price - Blue Room Sessions 7" 

    When we first asked Margo to come by Third Man Records to say hello and talk about her music and the album she had just recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, we happened to be hosting open-to-the-public recording sessions on our 1955 Scully Lathe all day in the Blue Room for direct-to-acetate recordings (Third Man Recording Service). No record label in their right mind with an engineer behind the glass and a voice like Margo’s in front of it would let an opportunity like this pass them by, so we asked if she wanted to cut a tune. What she delivered was a tear-inducing solo version of “Desperate & Depressed” which was later re-recorded as the B Side for her first single from last year, “Hurtin’ on the Bottle.” It was powerful and it was fearless and this was the pivotal moment we knew we were hooked on Margo for good.

    In a nod to that first meeting with her (a truly legendary day for us, for anyone interested in Third Man lore), we invited Margo down to play two new songs live in the Blue Room, cut direct-to-acetate on our fabled lathe. Here we present the third in our series of Blue Room Sessions (previous entries include Cat Stevens and Coupler) and the first as a Vault-exclusive. The A-side features a new, never-before-recorded, original composition titled "You Told Me With Your Eyes," followed by another never-previously-recorded (by Margo that is...) cover of Billy Grammer's classic leaving tune "Gotta Travel On" on blue vinyl.

    Margo Price Live at Austin City Limits DVD

     

    Another landmark moment for Margo this year was her first-ever Austin City Limits taping, which premieres January 21 on PBS. The good people from ACL have been kind enough to allow us to release this DVD of her performance featuring the entire show, and perhaps a few surprises... stay tuned. 

    Skull Collar Pin

     

    For our first bonus item, perhaps the the most outlaw piece of wearable art we’ve ever created: a  ¾” white and gold enamel collar pin with a gold-tone chain for wear across your top button or on your lapel. The skull image is inspired by a tattoo Margo sports on her left leg and guarantees its wearer instant cowboy credibility.

    2017 Challenge Coin

    Bonus item part two of two in Vault #31 is our second annual issuing of the Third Man Records Challenge Coin. Usually used as totems to signify membership in a military organization, challenge coins are slowly making their way into other realms of culture. The Third Man Records 2017 Challenge Coin will entitle its bearer (like the 2016 version) to 10% off purchases in our Detroit or Nashville storefronts for the duration of this year. It will also double as a large hole 45 adapter. (And, if you want to “challenge” your Vault member friends to see who’s holding theirs with any empty-handed folks buying the next round of drinks… well that’s just the kind of camaraderie we hope to continue to foster amongst our most loyal and die-hard fans.) Vault package #31 is the ONLY way to get this coin… it will not be issued individually or in future packages.

    Sign up for Vault Package #31 NOW. Subscription deadline = January 31

     

    This time last year we were gearing up for the release of Margo Price's debut album Midwest Farmer's Daughter. This was a straight-out-of-Nashville record we loved from first listen, and we are beyond thrilled that the release has led to many others discovering this singular and enigmatic artist and coming to love her as much as we do. Margo Price and her band The Pricetags had a banner year full of accolades, television appearances, incendiary live shows, and tons of good times. We'd like to celebrate the success of this cherished member of the Third Man family with the announcement of our latest Vault Package, all in honor of Margo Price, with the package in all its glory arriving on your doorstep right around the one year anniversary of the Midwest Farmer's Daughter release.

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