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October 2012 was a good time for Third Man Records... we expanded our headquarters, we got our hands on the 1953 Scully Lathe from King Records that we've all come to know and love, and we decided the direct-to-acetate upgrade to our live records deserved an upgrade to the artwork that accompanies them as well. Hence, the live record picture sleeve was conceived! Well, it's high time we start to give the shiny and new treatment to some of our shiny and not-so-new records, because they deserve it.
So, for $1 a piece, you can now purchase new-and-improved sleeves for the records in your collection from our Live 12" series. The first wave of covers is available to purchase now (HERE!), with the remaining to follow in the coming months. Give your live records a little love... with all the enjoyment they've provided you, they deserve it.
And, for those of you who don't have a record shelf full of Live at Third Man Records LP's, now when you purchase from the catalog, your records will come with the new photo covers that we have available. Right now, those titles are... Neil Hamburger, Ted Leo, Cold War Kids, The 126.96.36.199's, Jacuzzi Boys, Jeff the Brotherhood, Tyvek, Jenny & Johnny, Nobunny, Pujol, The Racontwoers, Conan O'Brien, Dex Romweber Duo, Benjamin Booker, Parquet Courts, Alloy Orchestra, Jack Johnson, Mudhoney, Divine Fits, Rory Scovel, Melvins, The Shins, The Kills, and Seasick Steve. Phew!
Third Man Books will be participating in the Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse, London, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the First International Poetry Incarnation, which saw over seven thousand people pack the Royal Albert Hall to witness performances by wordsmiths such as Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Michael Horovitz, musician Davy Graham, and the birth of 60’s counterculture in the UK. For the ReIncarnation, Third Man Books poet Janaka Stucky and editor/poet Chet Weise will be joining musician Duke Garwood, poets Michael Horovitz (!), Francesca Beard, Elvis McGonagal, Kei Miller and more... Also, the fine folks at Rough Trade have named Third Man Books as their publisher of the month, and we will be hosting an event at Rough Trade East on May 29th to warm up for the ReIncarnation.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, joined by Metro Parks and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp., today announced that GRAMMY-winning artists Loretta Lynn and Jack White will be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame and join in the official ribbon-cutting of the newly-renovated Walk of Fame Park. How fitting, right? The event will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 and is free and open to the public.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the reopening of Walk of Fame Park than with the induction of Loretta Lynn and Jack White – two very diverse artists,” Mayor Dean said. “They represent what is best about Nashville with music that spans multiple genres and generations. They are great ambassadors for the creative community in our city, and I congratulate them on this wonderful honor.”
Both the induction ceremony and ribbon-cutting celebration will take place at Walk of Fame Park on Demonbreun Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues. In addition to the inductions of Lynn and White, the new plaque design for all of the renovated stars will be unveiled.
“Individually, Loretta Lynn and Jack White have each made an enormous impact on Nashville’s music scene,” said Ken Levitan, NCVC Board Chair and President of Vector Management. “Collectively, the impact of their collaborations has been felt exponentially and worldwide. The Walk of Fame showcases our diverse history and illustrates to fans from all over the world why we are Music City.”
“The improvements at Walk of Fame Park will enable the city to take better advantage of one of the busiest event parks downtown,” said Tommy Lynch, director of Metro Parks and Recreation. “The park will feature more usable green space and better electrical and sound capabilities, and it continues to celebrate the Nashville Music Garden, which is home to nearly 300 roses, including some that are very rare.”
The Music City Walk of Fame was created in the fall of 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row.
The Walk of Fame is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have made significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration. With the addition of Loretta Lynn and Jack White, the Walk of Fame boasts 63 stars. Permanent sidewalk medallions with the artists’ name displayed in a star-and-guitar design will be installed in the sidewalk along the Music Mile.
We decided to throw a big fish in the pond for you to catch this week. When Alison Mosshart, Jack Lawrence, Dean Fertita and Jack White decided to make music together, Nashville's electricity usage spiked 300%, the water in the Cumberland River started to rise and threaten, tornado sirens started wailing daily, and the number of births skyrocketed. The result of two and a half weeks of whirlwind writing and recording is one of our most perfect releases. "Hang you from the Heavens," "Treat Me Like Your Mother," and "I Cut Like A Buffalo" are just three of 11 stormy tracks on the Dead Weather's debut record Horehound. If you don't already have this double LP in your collection, fix that problem immediately and for a NICE PRICE by picking up our Record of the Week!
Tickets available now.
May 21st / Doors at 7pm, Screening at 8pm
Light + Sound Machine, along with the Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records, present...
A preview screening of Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll
—prior to the Belcourt's regular engagement in June—
d. John Pirozzi / USA / 2015 / HD
40 years ago, The Khmer Rouge entered the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh and removed all the blossoms from its tree-lined streets. The Cambodia of the 1950's and 60's was brimming with artists and musicians, and traditional Khmer themes were being placed into the Western contexts of rock & roll and go-go, discotheques and crooning heartthrobs, record stores and clubs. Phnom Penh looked similar to any Western city of that time, political unrest giving birth to counter culture, where we all know the good stuff really gets good. Don't Think I've Forgotten is John Pirozzi's keenly told story of the doomed fate of the youth and the youth culture of Phnom Penh and Cambodian culture at large, a fate transformed by bombs and brutality. Between its credits lay a generation of artists who deserve more days and whose songs deserve a larger audience. The Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records are pleased to bring you a preview screening of this stirring documentary, before its June opening at the Belcourt, as part of the Light + Sound Machine Film Series.
Purchase tickets here and check out the trailer below...
Tuesday, May 12th
Doors 7:30 / Show 8:30
She's at her best when she not only has a guitar in her hands, but a pencil too. She's 1/3 of Pistol Annies and 1/2 of the "Cherry Sisters." She's a Tennessee gal in a Tennessee town. She's a storyteller / truth seller / good speller. Hers is a regular name to see on the liner notes of the records you love. The first time Ashley Monroe sang at Third Man Records, it was with Wanda Jackson for her "Live at Third Man Records," released at Vault Package #9. The last time Ashley Monroe sang at Third Man Records, it was with Willie Nelson for his special 80th Birthday CMT Crossroads Live at Third Man Records performance, released as Vault Package #17. The next time Ashley Monroe will sing at Third Man Records, it will be to record her very own Live at Third Man Records 12" LP, recorded direct-to-acetate in the Blue Room. And girl, oh girl, it's going to be beautiful.
This performance is part of Music Biz 2015's conference, taking place May 12-14 in Nashville.
About Ashley Monroe: This summer, Monroe will release her as-yet-untitled second album, which features the upbeat new single “On to Something New” and was produced by Country legend Vince Gill alongside renowned engineer Justin Niebank. She rose to prominence with her Top 40 U.S. Country single “Weed Instead of Roses” from 2013’s Like a Rose album and later topped the U.S. Country Airplay chart with her Blake Shelton duet “Lonely Tonight,” which also reached #2 on the U.S. Country chart and #1 on the Canada Country chart. She is also a member of Country supergroup Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angeleena Presley. The group’s debut album, Hell on Heels, has been certified Gold on the strength of the Platinum-selling single “Hell on Heels,” and their followup album Annie Up reached #5 on the Billboard 200 chart. The group is also featured on Blake Shelton’s double-Platinum single “Boys ’Round Here,” which reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Monroe is currently preparing for a summer tour on which she will perform select dates on Rascal Flatts’ Riot Tour before joining up with Little Big Town.