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*poster by Rob Jones will be available on Black Friday at Third Man Records Cass Corridor
Those with an ear to the underground and a foot on the third rail of the overground, blearing Bambi-like into the oncoming head lamps of progress,will no doubt be clued to the news that nearly lucky 7 years after we champagne-launched our flagship HQ in Nashville, Tennessee, Third Man Records is expanding / repatriating itself to the blessed Rust Belt origin story environs of the Cass Corridor in Detroit, Michigan. D-Day approaches and with it a myriad of updates and exciting announcements of surprise releases, limited editions, exclusive Detroit merchandise, eye-popping in-house attractions and contraptions, and much more will be rolling out in the lead up to our Grand Opening... To wit, and without further ado...
Live and in-person Grand Opening in-store performances from Nashville's finest and Detroit's dearest:
Margo Price - The Midwest Farmer's Daughter, and latest and greatest Third Man recording artist joins us for a country soul in-store performance to get the day kicked off right.
Lillie Mae Rische - Nashville's sweetheart and Jack White's fiddler will be backed by Dominic John Davis and Fats Kaplin (also of JW backing band fame themselves) for this special performance.
The Gories - With us for our opening and their FIRST EVER IN-STORE PERFORMANCE, the Wolf Kings and Queen of the Cass Corridor. The slop that launched a thousand bands returns in all its groovy downbeat R&B glory. We couldn't be more proud to have them with us for our opening.
We will be teasing out more news of what to expect (more surprises! guest DJs!) in the coming days, but before we get bogged down in the details, we have a dream-come-true announcement to make...
*Tamla Records' Berry Gordy
In 1959 a former amateur boxer started a record label out of his home in Detroit, Michigan. Employing the colors yellow and black and open to releasing any genre that could become a hit, Tamla Records and Berry Gordy laid the foundation for what would become a global empire. Just in time for the grand opening of Third Man Records Cass Corridor, we are proud to announce an ongoing partnership with Universal Music to bring Tamla's classic early Motown records back to vinyl. On Black Friday, we return to Detroit with nine reissues from Tamla's early years.
Tamla's stripes label era (1959-61) produced million-sellers, debut releases from soon-to-be global icons, quasi-doowop anthems, and proto-surf experiments, all just looking for the next big thing. To say that they were successful would be an understatement.
These are cornerstones of American popular music and they were all housed on this label that was headquartered at an unassuming home on Detroit's West Grand Boulevard, which would soon become known to the world as Hitsville USA.
On Black Friday, exclusively at our brand new, come-full-circle Motor City store, look for the following 7"s, housed in reproduction Tamla company sleeves, and pressed on fresh black vinyl, all using the classic, inimitable stripes label designs.
Stay tuned in the next week for more details about Black Friday... We've got plenty more up our sleeves...
On Black Friday this year, The Dead Weather will play Black Friday Four Card Draw with their fans. On November 27th, a limited amount of special edition signed Dead Weather playing cards featuring the band as the King, Queen, Jack and Joker will be randomly inserted in to Dodge and Burn vinyl LP’s at select indie retailers in the US and at the grand opening of Third Man Records Detroit.
Signed playing cards will also be randomly included in ThirdManStore.com orders of the Dodge and Burn LP from Black Friday through Sunday, November 29th. Post a photo of your winning hand to Instagram using the tag #DodgeAndDraw.
You guys didn't really think we'd let all the revelry go down in Detroit without sending our favorite satellite up to join the fun, did you?
After some solid hangs with our buddies in the mid-south, we'll be chooglin' our merry way up to the Great Lake State to meet you at our new home-away-from-home.
Limited vinyl mined from the closet of psychedelic stooge Ben Blackwell will be available in a "while it lasts" capacity at each of our stops in the South. Stay tuned to the Rolling Record Store Twitter @thirdmanrrs for daily details.
In addition to limited vinyl, we'll have a bunch of exclusive RRS merch available only from our sweet baby truck, plus new releases from The Dead Weather, Courtney Barnett, Timmy's Organism, Video, Wolf Eyes, and Yak! It's been a damn good Autumn for new music, if we do say so ourselves.
Come see us on the road for what experts everywhere deem "a good chooglin'".
The Nashville Rescue Mission is dedicated to helping the hungry, homeless and hurting, and we are so honored to have such great neighbors. We've done turkey drives the past two seasons to help the Mission collect the 1,000 turkeys and foodstuffs required to throw their annual banquet, and we'd like to solidify the tradition of giving back with your help.
Here's the deal: Anytime in the next two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, drop off your donation (from the options below) to the Nashville Rescue Mission (You can find their donation center at 616 7th Avenue South, across the street from TMR headquarters, and entry by the American flag). They are open Monday-Saturday 7am-7pm. Bring your donation receipt to the Third Man storefront and immediately receive 10% off your purchase PLUS be entered to win our big Thanksgiving Prize Pack (detailed below).
In planning your donation, please be mindful of what you'd like on YOUR Thanksgiving table, and shop accordingly.
The Thanksgiving Prize Pack will be bursting at the seams with Third Man Records goodness: chock full exclusive records like test pressings and colored vinyl, random bits of dust and cake crumbs, leftover motor oil and perhaps even some holiday cheer. While we'd love to detail its contents, we're afraid they must be kept a secret. All we can promise is that it won't disappoint. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday. November 30th.
For those of you who would like to contribute but are out of town, feel free to give to the Mission directly online using our dedicated link. Your donation of $15 or more will automatically enter you into the Thanksgiving Prize Pack drawing.
We THANK YOU in advance for helping us help others. We've said it before, and we'll say it again, we have it so good having you all around.
DIY Magazine describes them as "a berserk bunch who balance noise with a don't-give-a-shit mentality." NME says they're "notably non-conformist." The Quietus thinks they will "restore your faith in rock & roll." We here at Third Man have decided they are, without-a-doubt "favorite band material."
They are Yak, and they are set to release their most thrilling material ever THIS FRIDAY in the form of a second EP titled ‘No.’ Last month we unveiled the official video for the release’s title track. Today, we're pleased to share with you their second EP-related video for the track "Alas Salvation." Directed again by ex-Jesus And Mary Chain member Douglas Hart (who, as we mentioned last time, has also made videos for Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and The Horrors).
If you haven't worked it out yet, now is the time. Pre-order the 'No' EP on 7" vinyl HERE. That way, these 3 perfectly punky tracks will be spinning on your turntable by Friday's release day.
Yak is embarking this month on their biggest headline tour of the UK to date. If you're in Great Britain, get your tickets now for one of the shows below:
Nov 13 – France, Les Inrocks Festival – Paris Boule Noire
Nov 14 – Southampton, Indiependence Festival
Nov 17 – London, Moth Club
Nov 18 – Brighton, Prince Albert
Nov 19 – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
Nov 20 – Liverpool, Magnet
Nov 21 – Bristol, Start The Bus
Nov 24 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Nov 25 – Glasgow, Broadcast
Nov 26 – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
Nov 27 – Newcastle, Head Of Steam
Nov 28 – Leicester, The Cookie
Dec 1 – Manchester, Gullivers
Dec 2 – Cardiff, Ifor Bach
Dec 3 – Falmouth, Mono
Dec 4 – Plymouth, The Underground
"...we could wax poetic for days about how much we love this record (and how we think Margo is here to save us all from the Starbucking of America with her stupefying voice that could tumble buildings and how her songs have one foot firmly planted in Nashville's past and their whole heart somehow gracefully existing in 2015)..."
Now we're pleased to let you know that you won't have to wait until March to put a little Pricetag on your turntable. The first single off the record "Hurtin' on the Bottle" will be released December 4th, and we'll have a good, ol' fashioned party to celebrate the launch at the brand new Basement East in Nashville the evening prior, December 3rd. Tickets are available now.
The B-Side to this tasty, country treat is "Desperate and Depressed," which you heard Margo perform a piece of when we announced her signing. Let us refresh your memory...