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  • Death From Above 1979 Live Record Release

    Posted by Third Man on 20 April 2016

    Today, Third Man Records announces the release of Death From Above 1979’s epic live EP. For over 10 years, these international men of mystery, Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger, have dipped their toes into whatever waters they pleased (MSTRKRFT, Deserts/Bad Tits, Femme Fatale, The Mountains, Black Cat No.13), and created songs that'll get you off your ass and make you feel things.

    A decade after a sudden break up, following the release of their rich and gritty first record You're A Woman, I'm a Machine, tours with Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age, and one foot in the door of the mainstream, Death From Above 1979 reunited and released their second LP The Physical World last fall. The duo picked right up where they left off and hit the road last summer. Amidst their resurgence, DFA 1979 decided to dip their toes in the water of Third Man Record’s Blue Room. The room which is home to the 1953 Scully Lathe that previously cut James Brown singles at King Records, and where they decided to record the epic live performance to master and be reproduced for generations to enjoy. United Record Pressing has completed the pressing of these records and they are officially ready for release. The Live EP is set for release on April 22. Pre-order your copy now.

    “We’ve always been wary of live recording experiences because they can end up so sterile and flat sounding and they hardly ever translate the feeling of the actual show. The feeling of the moment,” DFA 1979 said of the experience. “When we were asked to record Live At Third Man Records we agreed without hesitation. If there is one person who knows about feeling the moment, it’s Jack White. He’s the patron saint of vibes. We cut two twenty minute long sets straight to acetate. No second chances. Terrifying but alive. Third Man were such phenomenal hosts and the audience went bananas with us. It was such an honour to be a part of. The whole thing was such a rush, it almost feels like a dream.”

    “Oh yeah, Mick Jagger was there. Did we mention that we went out to dinner with Jack and Mick after and then went bowling until 3am? It’s also worth noting that Jack got the highest score followed by Sebastien. Mick and Jesse tied.”

    View photos from this show here, and order your copy on 12" LP here!

    It was an epic night. It is an epic record. It is finally here.

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  • Life Is A Rip-Off: Complete Book

    Posted by Katie Studley on 19 April 2016

    Third Man Books is pleased to announce the official release of... 

    LIFE IS A RIP OFF: THE COMPLETE BOOK is 12 months of record reviews—one record a day, every day, for one year. Yes, John “Inzane" Olson aka Inzane Johnny of the band Wolf Eyes aka American Tapes did that. And he reviewed everything from death metal demo cassettes to the Staples Singers' gospel. Enter into the OLZONE and find out about music you've never known, bands from places that you've never heard, and then read his review of KANSAS. Reading LRIP will make you re-realize why blues is relevant, why every punk band in America matters, why jazz is good for the heart, and metal will always ride by your side.

    "To write music op-ed this good, you have to tap the primordial sap sack, to butterfly stroke the ancient ooze of tune begatment, cave dwell with the knuckle draggers, scratch symbols into the dirt with the freaks and make it rain. He do and it did”. — Henry Rollins

    "[Life is a Rip Off] is the best way [John Olson] can add another cubist layer to the sound and visuality he’s already presented for the last twenty or so years. He’s sharing something the people who don’t know him personally don’t get enough of—his textual, syntactical brain, stained as it is with dollar-store spray paint.” Ben Hell Hall, Detroit artist.

    "When John agreed to write a record review a day, back in 20xx, I wasn’t too keen on the idea. Not because I didn’t think he could do it - but that I knew he would do it, even if it became a years-long all-encompassing obsessive task.” — Tovah Olson, The Dead Machines.

    "[John Olson] didn’t just introduce me to different worlds, the man introduced me to entire universes.” Bryan Ramirez, Killertrees Records

    "Wolf Eyes . . . sounds like a crumbling Velvet Underground bootleg that's been burned to ashes." NPR, Sept 2015


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  • Record Store Day Recap Video

    Posted by Third Man on 17 April 2016

    Another year, another wonderful high holiday of music lovers everywhere! Thank you all so much for joining us for our favorite day of the year. We're always thrilled to bring more great music into the world  — this year that meant The White Stripes, Jack White & The Muppets' Electric Mayhem Band, and Kate Pierson of the B52's — and we were OVER THE MOON to get to spend such a beautiful Spring day with friends like you in both Detroit AND Nashville. Have a look at Nashville's festivities in this video below, made by our incredible (and incredibly swift) in-house film guru Brad Holland, and view our slideshow of all the action at Third Man Records Cass Corridor here!

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  • New Merchandise and Record Store Day Merch Exclusives!

    Posted by Third Man on 15 April 2016

    We know many of you come to Record Store Day at Third Man Records every year not only because we've got great bands, great releases, and we like to turn the whole thing into one big block party, but also because delight in delighting you with new merchandise on Record Store Day too!

    This year, we have a few RSD-exclusive pieces, which will only be available IN-PERSON, IN-STORE:

    Rob Jones-designed White Stripes Poster (Detroit Only) / Rob Jones-designed White Stripes Postcards (Nashville Only) / RSD Patch (both stores)

    We also have so, so, so much good stuff that will not only be available in-store, but also online, for those of you who aren't able to make the trek to Tennessee or Michigan... Have a gander...

    • Rob Jones-designed White Stripes "Tin Man" Shirt
    • Temporary Tattoos and jewelry from Verameat
    • Supersoft Raglan Sweatshirt in multiple designs
    • TMR Shop Rag
    • New T-Shirts: Raglan and Pocket T's
    • Blank Third Man keys

    Third Man Books will also be selling John Olson (Wolf Eyes) complete anthology of music reviews. This inzane Michigander wrote one review per day for one year... from the best in death metal to the Staple Singers' gospel. Life is a Rip Off: The Complete Book (all 365 days!) is music criticism for those who hate music criticism but love words.

    And... one item we're very excited to announce. We have been collaborating with U-Turn audio, a wonderful crew of folks who build and test affordable and high quality record players in Boston, Massachusetts to produce a Hive-ified version of their Orbit Plus Turntable, and tomorrow, our labor of love makes its debut. It is slick, slick, slick. and it's been hailed by those-in-the-know as "by far, the bast bang for your buck we've seen in a turntable" and "good as equipment twice its price." Not too shabby, eh? The Third Man Records U-Turn Orbit Plus delivers enhanced speed consistency, and a nice, punchy bass. The arm comes pre-installed with a Grado Black1 cartridge, which is known for its rich and natural sound, plus a precision univpivot tonearm, vibration damping feet, and a decoupled manual belt drive (33/45 RPM). It also includes a dust cover, TMR slipmat, RCA cables, and a one-year warranty. We know you'll fall in love with this turntable... have a look at it here in all its American-made glory:

    Learn more about our Record Store Day 2016 plans here, and join us tomorrow for the high holiday for vinyl fans worldwide! 


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  • Margo Price Takes Saturday Night by Storm

    Posted by Third Man on 11 April 2016

    Being the label home for Margo Price and her new record Midwest Farmer's Daughter has been an absolute pleasure from the get go, because the music is transcendent, the woman behind the music is a true gem, and all the sequined stars on all the nudie suits of the world have aligned to make magic out of this release. In case you missed it, Margo and her band of Nashville all-stars took the Saturday Night Live stage by storm and stunned the country with their impeccable style, authentic music, and a perfectly timed shout out to the late great Merle Haggard. Have a look/listen below, and if you haven't picked up your copy of Margo's incredible release just yet... the time has come. Enjoy!

    Click through to watch Margo's incredible performances on this past weekend's episode of Saturday Night Live

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  • Today We Lost A Friend

    Posted by Third Man on 8 April 2016

    We're devastated to hear the news of Nashville Scene Editor Jim Ridley passing away today.

    Anyone who lives and works in the arts in Nashville knows this already, but Jim has long been the single most effusive and rigorous supporter of everything culturally important and pure in this town, a spokesman, cheerleader, an ally and a great friend to us all. His passion and humor was infectious and resounds and rebounds throughout this city. His work, and all of the Scene's work, are such an important aspect of what people love about and why people want to move to Nashville. It's rare to see such positivity and support, and Jim encapsulates it all. Nashville truly will never be the same. 

    Our love and condolences go out to Jim's family, his friends, all the staff at The Nashville Scene and all those who knew him or had simply had the great pleasure sitting in a movie theatre with him.

    With love,

    Third Man Records

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