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It's a tale as old as time: a special child with a remarkable vision has his dream repeatedly squashed and stepped on only to become victorious in the end. David James Swanson (acclaimed photographer, director, singer of Whirlwind Heat, cheeseburger lover and clothing designer) was one such child and is now one such victor. His vision? Pocket T-Shirts. His detractors? His mother, his peers, his tour mates, his band, cheeseburger flippers, and a man named Jack White III.
David has been wearing Pocket T's for as long as he can remember... ever since he invented them as a very young boy. Why? Because they are practical! They are chic! And, goddamnit, he likes them! Oh! The items you can put in that trusty breast pocket! Memory cards, boarding passes, guitar picks, phone numbers handed over from women of great taste, and, of course, the occasional tiki concoction when the location is Pacific and the mood is right.
One such occasion presented itself recently... David was in the Aloha State with Jack White's gang, and after many, many weeks of traveling, found his suitcase to be void of clean pocket t's. Where would he collect shells and sea glass? Where would he put his macadamia nuts for easy snacking? Where would he rest his Mai Tai?! Why, out of the hundreds and hundreds of t-shirts the crew lugged around on tour, was there not a pocket to be found among them? It was time to preach the gospel of the convenient, cotton pouch to the masses. It was time to bring the idea of the Pocket T to Third Man Records.
Jack and his team initially balked... Never would a record label of such esteem with such a taste for whimsy stoop to printing such a utilitarian item! Once David showed them proper placement and insisted on his vision, and after much, much deliberation and hundreds of hours of conversation and strategy, Third Man Records came around, and dare we say, it's the best decision we have ever made.
To celebrate seeing the light, we are releasing not one, not two, but THREE colors of the David James Swanson Third Man Record Pocket T: White, Grey, and Black. We are also releasing a limited edition Pocket T in black with metallic GOLD ink and David James Swanson's signature gold chain printed on the INSIDE of the shirt (no self-respecting international man of mystery wears his gold on the exterior of his pocket t). The limited edition Pocket T comes with a very special flexi disc (!!!) featuring a brand new Third Man sanctioned, one-time-only Whirlwind Heat cover band... HAWAIIAN HEAT!
Produced by the surf rock songstress Olivia Jean and recorded by the least Hawaiian guy we know Joshua Smith, this limited-edition flexi disc features 2 Hawaiian versions of Whirlwind Heat classics ("Pink" and "Orange" from the 2003 release (and 2013 re-release) Do Rabbits Wonder?). These hula-rific hits are performed by Fats Kaplin on lap steel, Dominic Davis on bass, and Rachael Davis on Ukelele and vocals, and Olivia Jean on acoustic guitar, and never has a piece of clothing inspired such a transcendent tribute. The flexi disc (TMR323 for you completists out there) is ONLY AVAILABLE to those who are ready to embrace the limited edition Pocket T and spread the gospel of its many virtues. All versions of the Pocket T-shirt will be available starting this Saturday (9/12) at Third Man Records in Nashville, TN. The three regular edition Pocket T-Shirts will also be made available online at that time.
Stay tuned down the road for future Pocket T-Shirt designs. By then you'll be hooked like ahi tuna before a luau.
Take a moment to view the short film above, directed by former naysayer and current "I-guess-it's-okayer" Jack White III, which brings to life the struggles of the aforementioned boy with a dream...
It's the last gasp of Summer and it's a three day weekend, and that sounds like cause for a celebration to us. But, if you need a little extra something to get you in the national holiday spirit, we've got something for you: New Stuff! Today, we have launched our brand new "Just Right Turntable." It's the perfect starter turntable that will fit snugly just about anywhere and allows you to spin all your favorite wax without breaking the bank or the shelf. We're also releasing a brand new deck of Third Man Playing Cards, because let's face it - your old Gin Rummy set is worn and tattered and you still have a few weeks before your special Dead Weather deck is shipped.
We also have a stockpile of gorgeous posters from past events that are now available in our online store. We have very limited quantities of all these screen prints, and they won't be printed again, so you have your eye on one, don't delay.
AAAAAND to sweeten the pot just one teaspoon of Grade A Premium Third Man Hive Honey more.... Take 30% off your order using the code THIRDMANLOVESME. That means 30% off pretty much EVERY RECORD in our catalog...
*(Certain exclusions including turntables, pre-orders, Critter & Guitari, and Paramount box sets apply.)
Here's wishing you a wonderful weekend!
The Dead Weather has unveiled “Cop and Go,” a second new track from their eagerly awaited new album DODGE AND BURN (out September 25). “Cop and Go” is streaming now exclusively via the Third Man Records Vault and global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL. Fans can get a taste of “Cop and Go” by visiting TIDAL.com now and also sign up for a 30-day free trial to hear the song in full.
“Cop and Go” will be available digitally worldwide beginning Friday, September 11. In addition, the track will be available from that date as an instant grat download with all digital DODGE AND BURN pre-orders, along with previously released single “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles).”
The Dead Weather will celebrate DODGE AND BURN with a hugely anticipated appearance on CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The visit – which marks the band’s first live performance in five years – airs Monday, September 14 at 11:35pm/10:35c (check local listings). Watch the newly released live performance video for “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” HERE to get a taste of what’s to come! The official music video for “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles),” directed by Ian & Cooper, is also streaming now at VEVO.
Pre-order DODGE AND BURN now:
The Dead Weather have released an explosive live performance video of their first single, "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)," from the new record, Dodge and Burn, due out September 25. The clip is part of a series of Dead Weather live performance and instrument technique discussion videos directed by Jack White, and edited by Brad Holland and Jack White that will be released in the coming weeks.
Dodge and Burn - the band's third album and first full-length release in five years - is available for pre-order now, with all digital pre-orders receiving an instant grat download of "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)." The track is also now on sale at digital retailers worldwide.
Pre-Order Dodge and Burnon LP or CD HERE.
Poem: Untitled (I bought a ticket to Russia so I could do that dance in the snow) by Frank Stanford
Read by: D.C. Berman
Video by Doug Lehmann
Hidden Water: From the Frank Stanford Archives published by Third Man Books
Born in 1948, Frank Stanford was a prolific poet known for his originality and ingenuity. He has been dubbed "a swamprat Rimbaud" by Lorenzo Thomas and "one of the great voices of death" by Franz Wright. He grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee, and then Arkansas, where he lived for most of his life and wrote many of his most powerful poems. Stanford died in 1978. He authored over ten books of poetry, including eight volumes in the last seven years of his life.
David Berman is an American poet, cartoonist, and singer-songwriter best known for his work with indie-rock band the Silver Jews. He can occasionally be found in Nashville, Tennessee, home of the Titans.
Your Turntable's Not Dead. Neither is your Polaroid Camera.
When the last Polaroid factory closed down in 2008, the good folks at the Impossible Project stepped in to rescue their machines. Thankfully, the Impossible Project still believed in the power of analog photography, even in the digital age (sound familiar?), and they wanted to create our own instant films to save the millions of original Polaroid cameras out there from becoming obsolete.
After years of research and refinement, they are now the only people making film for 600, SX70 and Spectra/Image Cameras, as well as 8x10 large format film at our two factories in Enschede and Monheim. We here at Third Man are big fans and big supporters, and now we're the inspiration for one of the Impossible Project's very special runs of limited-edition instant film — one that develops in black & yellow! Be still our hearts!
To launch the collaboration, Third Man has selected three photographers to create a unique photo exhibition using the duochrome film. The exhibition will open on 10th September in the Blue Room at the label’s Nashville HQ and will run until 16 September.
The photographers are New York-based Patrick Pantano who shot the cover photos for the White Stripes’ Elephant and White Blood Cells albums; musician and tour photographer David Swanson who has been on the road with Jack White and previously worked as Terry Richardson’s assistant, and Third Man’s own Angelina Castillo.
“Photography using mechanical means is a beautiful art form. Digital pictures are very portable and easy to make happen, but you can’t hold the photo in your hand, or put it in a family album. T here’s a romantic feeling of pulling a photograph out of a polaroid camera, holding it your hands and showing it to others. It can’t be replaced or replicated.” — Jack White
“Since the start of The Impossible Project, we’ve always collaborated with like minded people and companies, and the guys at Third Man really couldn’t be a better fit. We both celebrate making real things, records and photos you can actually hold and pass around, and all the struggle and pride that comes with it. The black and yellow film is also one of my favorite things to date, so I couldn’t be happier that we’re releasing it together with such a great partner.” — Oskar Smolokowski, CEO of The Impossible Project
Join us for the opening reception, September 10th from 7-9pm in the Blue Room. If you can't make it, the exhibition will be on display through September 16th and open during normal Third Man business hours.