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Music Industry, 1993: everyone is looking to sign the “next” Nirvana. Atlantic Records found exactly the band they were looking for in the Melvins. Birthed in the Pacific Northwest gloom of Aberdeen that would spawn grunge music and culture, the Melvins were writing songs that were clearly inspired by the right stuff and written for the right people… and they had Nirvana’s unequivocal stamp of approval, which meant everything in the early 90’s. For the next four years after their signing, the Melvins would deliver three stellar, influential albums that were criminally only moderately appreciated at the time. In the past 23 years, they’ve continued onwards with Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and a revolving cast of bassists at the helm, cementing themselves as one of the most important American rock bands of all time.
Houdini, Stoner Witch, and Stag have all been out of print on vinyl for over two decades and original copies can command into the three figures in back alley craps games. Third Man Records is proud to reintroduce these titles to the hungry vinyl-buying public, all remastered from original analog tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and given the deluxe, gatefold jacket treatment.
We are taking pre-orders now. Official Release Date: June 24, 2016.
Now, before we get into details, let’s watch some quintessential Melvins for context:
Signed to Atlantic Records in the hubbub after Nirvana’s Nevermind exploded, the Melvins’ fifth album Houdini was a conscious attempt by the band to make a record that wouldn’t alienate their fans but that the band members themselves would also enjoy. Their best-selling release by a country-mile, this album crested at number 29 on on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Houdini would be most folks introduction to the band and songs like “Honeybucket” received MTV airplay.
The stellar seventh studio album by the Melvins is one of the most cohesive and beloved in the band’s catalog. With fan favorites like “Revolve” and “Queen” balanced with the impressive sound explorations of “Lividity” and “Shevil” and the result is one of the most praised albums of the band’s 30+ year career.
The final album in the Melvins major label span, Stag finds the band fully spreading their wings (and budget) to create what is arguably their most wide-ranging and diverse album among the nearly two-dozen full-length studio albums the band has released since 1987.
*Plans for the release of the limited edition color vinyl versions will be announced at a later date.
This month's planned Pride dance night party in our Blue Room took on an extra prescience this weekend when we were all shocked, angered and deeply saddened for the fabric of the LGBT community with the horrible action in Orlando. Discrimination, intimidation, and abuse are a terrible everyday reality for most in the LGBT community worldwide, and safe spaces to congregate, celebrate and just BE are such a vital and important part of that community that we can't allow any heinous act to take that away. Nowhere. And though we all are feeling shaken and disturbed by what occurred in Orlando, we strongly feel that LOVE and COMMUNITY are always the way forward and we invite everyone to join us on Friday, June 17th to INVITE THE LIGHT for an all night Pride dance here in our Nashville Blue Room with DJ Nomi, Tan, and Grey People (astute dancers may remember TAN and Grey People from Portal night here back in March). A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the official Pulse Victims Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund
Given the proliferating subgenres of dance music that represent so many scenes and ideologies throughout the world, Grey People’s Alex Michalski is the linguistic polymath who translates from acid noises to trap stabs, Italo oscillations to 4/4 house foundations. Fluent in thee infinite beat and ready to rattle the spaces inside your spine; Grey People is the future, pulsing and compressing through you.
When machines feel, their only means of expression is the flutter / A variance in data / A shift between 0s and 1s / Arpeggiations / Syndrum rolls / As we hear them. Neon light / Fog and fire / Poppers o’clock. TAN is the sound of the machines feeling love / And euphoria / And prickly melancholy. The TAN album <<MUSIK CITY>> is available now / On Stochastic.
DJ Nomi has remixed tracks for Paris Street and Big Nurse, unleashed 2004’s The Laptent EP on a confused public, and has been Crispin Glover’s photo elf on several occasions. His radio mixshow Erase; Rewind airs weekly on dancemixusa.com.
Available now here!
Dwight Yoakam: Kentucky born, Ohio raised; Tennessee jilted, California praised. That's the way the story goes, at least. In 1977 when Dwight moved to Nashville to pursue his honky-tonk dreams, Nashville was moving away from the traditional and Countrypolitan sound it had spent the better part of a century developing, and more towards the pop-country that still inhabits its airwaves. Dwight found that his musical aspirations were better suited on the leading edge of the post-Bakersfield, Los Angeles “Cowpunk” scene where his music was better received by the West coast punks and drunks than the then-current Music City establishment. The Nashville industry eventually embraced the LA-based outsider in the late 80’s and Dwight Yoakam turned out to be one of the best damn artists country music has ever known. Today, the massive influence of Yoakam’s unique style of country music on Nashville is clearly demonstrated by the sheer number of times "Guitars, Cadillacs" is picked on lower Broadway each day. It never gets old. It's practically the city anthem.
Third Man Records, as you know, is thrilled to call Nashville home to its label headquarters, and calling Nashville home means putting out some real country music records. We did it earlier this year from one Margo Price, and we're doing it again now, just in time for the CMA Music Festival. Dwight Yoakam recently took to the studio with our fearless leader Jack White III to record two of the swingin'est tunes we've ever had covered in our Blue Series: "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" (Boyce/Venet, popularized by The Monkees) b/w "High On The Mountain of Love" (Dorman, popularized by Kenny Lynch, then Johnny Rivers, then the Beach Boys, and recorded by many others along the way). Produced by White and backed by the Third Man band of all-stars — Lillie Mae Rische, Daru Jones, Cory Younts, Dominic Davis, Fats Kaplin — these two renditions, into which Dwight's delivery breathes new life, proves that with the right artist behind the microphone, any song'll make an even better country song. Now, have you ever heard anything more Nashville than that?
Listen to a clip of each song below:
“Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day” is available now and officially in-stores!
This particular week in June is always one of the best of the year, because Music City becomes even MORE musically inclined than usual, with thousands of music fans coming to town for CMA Fest, and thousands more passing through town on their way to Bonnaroo. To celebrate Summer festival season AND to equip the fans, we've got festivities and new merchandise out this week in both storefronts AND online!
If you are passing through Nashville, we have a patio sale today, meaning many of your most coveted products will be discounted to a nice price, but ANYONE who passes through town now through Monday with a Bonnaroo wristband will receive 10% off their entire order in the store! How about that!
Since in the 37203 zip code this week, country music is the name of the game, we will celebrate the release of Dwight Yoakam's Jack White-produced Blue Series AND the recent successes of Margo Price with super collectible TRI-COLOR 7's of " "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" and "Hurtin' on the Bottle." That's right... TRI-COLORS! Nashville only. Starting Friday and available ONLY while supplies last.
If you don't get to swing by the shop this week, have no fear. We welcome the festival-weary as much as the festival ready, and on Monday at 11am, we will service the needs of the hungry-for-more (good music that is) and just plain hungry. Join us for our Bonnaroo Hangover Grill-Out on the back patio. Burgers, hot dogs, veggie dogs, and beer on the back patio, the sale continues in the Blue Room, plus limited records for sale in the shop... what could they be? You'll have to stop by to find out.
Margo Price has confirmed a Fall headline tour in support of her debut LP Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, which came out this March. A limited amount of pre-sale tickets will be available to VAULT members beginning Thursday, June 2 at 10am local time. Tickets to the general public go on sale to the public Friday, June 3 at 10am local time. Full list of dates below.
Margo is also fresh off a UK tour where she performed on Later With Jools Holland, and stopped by Rough Trade East for an in-store performance. Watch her perform“Tennessee Song” from that set:
Margo Price 2016 Tour (New Dates in white):
All ticket links available via margoprice.net/tour
Third Man Records is excited to announce that Third Man recording artist Jack White has written and produced the theme song to the new variety show “Maya and Marty” starring comedy legends Martin Short and Maya Rudolph. The show premieres tonight, Tuesday, May 31st on NBC at 10/9 central. This marks the first time Jack White has written music for a television program. Check out the list of Third Man heavyweights who contributed to the track and listen to a clip below...
"The Maya and Marty Theme Song”
written by Jack White (Third String Tunes BMI)
Drums: Jack White
organ: Dean Fertita
bass: Dominic Davis
Wah Wah Guitar: Lillie Mae Rische
Pedal Steel Guitar: Fats Kaplin