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THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF MR WEST IN THE LAND OF THE BOLSHEVIKS
A hilarious tribute to American silent comedies, this Russian film was the first to specifically address American stereotypes of Soviet Russia as well as the first produced by director Kuleshov’s Experimental Cine-Laboratory school. This 16mm print, on loan from the film library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, offers a rare glimpse of slapstick humor used for propagandistic effect.
Attention fans of Timmy’s Organism, VIDEO and Wolf Eyes, please, set your eyes/ears to front and center. Seems like only yesterday the AUDIO SOCIAL DISSENT supertroupe was touring this troubled continent in a duo of vans fueled by an unbelievable (but very real) commitment to harsh sonics and nothing else—not even petrochemical. Those were beautiful times but now…it’s disappearing in the rearview. Cut to a shot of a single tear running down my face. Cut to another shot of me smirking like Scut Farkus.
Why? Well, I thought it might be nice to impart a little of the leftovers to those who might appreciate it most. It just wouldn’t be right to hide these beautiful records—BLUE WITH BLACK WISPS—in our HQ warehouse forever and ever.
So… We’re happy to announce that this epic, three-way live split between Timmy’s Organism, VIDEO and Wolf Eyes—billed simply as AUDIO SOCIAL DISSENT—is now available to you, our realest, most diehard fans.
Recorded direct-to-tape in the Blue Room at Third Man Records on Devil's Night 2015, this is a limited edition live record and previously unavailable, tour exclusive. The LP features the psychotic squall from Timmy's Organism, the fire and vitriol of Texas punkers VIDEO, and, notably, an otherwise unreleased Wolf Eyes song, “Devil’s Knights Inn Blues,” which ranks as one of the most profound expressions of American avant-spew.
Here’s your chance, America. Prove you love the freedom to feel what I’m layin’ down.
We've got a weekend full of in-stores at Third Man's Music City headquarters, plus screenings and shows in BOTH Nashville and Detroit in the next two weeks. Here's the rundown...
Films include the sister-screening to our April Light + Sound Machine offering, Joseph Bernard: Prismatic Music, at our Cass Corridor Location, as well as our third Peripheral Visions film pick: Three The Hard Way, in which action explodes all over the place when the big three join forces to save their race! A record producer (Jim Brown), a PR man (Fred Williamson) and a black belt (Jim Kelly) in karate team up to stop a secret white supremacist plan to contaminate the water supplies of Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. with a substance that is lethal only to blacks. Sent up decades later in BLACK DYNAMITE (switching water for malt liquor), Gordon Parks Jr.'s 1974 followup to the blaxploitiation classic SUPER FLY is an action lover's dream come true: Guns! Karate! Topless biker torturesses! And explosions out the wazoo! They've done it before on their own... but this one's too big to handle alone. Get your tickets for both screenings HERE.
Stay tuned in coming weeks for additional May events... we're cooking up a great Spring worth of entertainment in the two cities we call home, and we want to spend it with you!
Third Man Books is excited to announce one of the most anticipated books of the year about one of the most influential bands of all time... The Stooges. TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges / As Told by Iggy Pop is the first time the story of this seminal band has been told entirely in Pop's own words.
Author Jeff Gold and contributor Johan Kugelberg, noted music historians and collectors, spent two days with Pop at his Miami home, sharing with him their extensive Stooges collection and interviewing the legendary singer. Pop’s candid, bare-all responses left them with the almost unbelievable tale of the band he founded—the alternately tragic and triumphant story of a group who rose from youth, fell prey to drugs, alcohol, and music biz realities, collapsed and nearly 30 years later reformed, recording and touring to great acclaim. In 2010 The Stooges, credited with having invented punk rock, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Their continuing influence can be felt today in the shape and sound of rock-n-roll music.
Jeff Gold, Johan Kugelberg and editor/contributor Jon Savage are among the most respected music authors and historians working today. Their efforts include numerous acclaimed and best-selling books and a Grammy Award. TOTAL CHAOS stands as a work for all fans of the band and rock music to draw inspiration. Including an absolute treasure-trove of rare and unseen photographs, TOTAL CHAOS is a book that shows AND tells the story of The Stooges. A metallic k.o. of only the best kind.
COMING WINTER 2016
It was a rare privilege to sit with Iggy as he downloaded the story of The Stooges. He’s an incredible storyteller with a fantastic memory and a great sense of humor, and he held nothing back. The Stooges were pioneers in sound, look, and live presentation, and along the way invented a genre—punk rock—and influenced countless others that followed. There was no precedent in rock music for what they did. They're definitely the only group in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who started out playing an amplified Waring blender, a vacuum cleaner, spring water bottles and a 200 gallon oil drum. — Jeff Gold, Author of 101 Essential Rock Records
Iggy and The Stooges have to be one of the greatest American rock bands that has ever been. — Joan Jett
What does it mean to be Iggy Pop, five decades of being ‘the wildest man in rock’? Iggy Pop is many things. Rock Star. Singer, Rebel. Primitive. Stooge. The Jean Genie, Passenger. Legend. — Johnny Marr
Iggy Pop has turned the interview into an art form. In this book he tells the history of The Stooges with a mixture of wit, candor and spontaneity: from their early beginnings to their full flaming flare over three groundbreaking albums before the crash and the triumphant return that no-one could have predicted. Profusely illustrated with dozens of unseen images, this is the story of The Stooges like you’ve never read it before. — Jon Savage, Author of England's Dreaming.
ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:
Cover photo by Dustin Pittman
Beautiful morning! Ultimate Painting’s Live at Third Man Records full-length LP will be available EARLY and RIGHT ON TIME for the band’s forthcoming Spring tour with Woods, starting on April 23rd in Chicago. The same tour, incidentally, passes riiiiight through Nashville. Maybe you’ll join us? Perhaps attend in your own hometown? You do you — BUT — just know that this is the only place to grab a copy 'til way later. Check the dates below.
The official proper global release date for the LP is set for May 27th, 2016.
This LP is oozing with seriously SUPREME CUTS from both Ultimate Painting and Green Lanes (both released via Trouble in Mind). In some cases (like "Ten Street" and "Ultimate Painting") slick old favorites are stretched to their limits. It stands as a first-rate document of live rock ‘n’ roll that hits you like cold rain plus hot toddy. All the while taking special care not to bury lyric and beautiful harmonies under a security blanket of guitar squall and pointless effects. Straight to the point and totally balanced! That’s a guarantee and a perfect prescription.
Wait though, not finished. Recorded the same day, at the same show, we’ll also deliver The Paperhead’s Live at Third Man Records 7’’! The record includes the obvious, future-classic “Africa” from their highly mesmerizing Africa Avenue (TiM) and an as-yet-unreleased track “Little Kid Blues” showcasing the band at their heaviest and most dynamic--shout out to that Farfisa swagger and them excellent drums. A fantastic listen through and through and a perfect compliment to the LP.
TOURING THE STATES: ULTIMATE PAINTING & WOODS
Sat-Apr-23 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Mon-Apr-25 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
Tue-Apr-26 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
Wed-Apr-27 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s *
Thu-Apr-28 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room *
Sat-Apr-30 Austin, TX @ Levitation Austin *
Mon-May-02 Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records
Tue-May-03 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Purgatory Room *
Wed-May-04 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight *
Thu-May-05 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
Fri-May-06 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle *
Sat-May-07 New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *