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Back in January 2015, we had the pleasure of hosting two of our favorite electronic experimentalists in our Blue Room. One and local, one from the furthest regions of the Pacific Northwest.
The event came to life when local acousticians and purveyors of deliberate ambience, Coupler, took the stage. It was twenty minutes of captivating and unhurried techno that sounded bucolic at first, then violent, then crumbling, but always with a deft momentum. You could feel it in your gut and in your skull and so, naturally, we needed a cherry on top. BOOM. We had the avant-garde hip-hop glitch-poem duo known only as Shabazz Palaces headline the show. Their presence was immediately magical and real, the beats as icy as the pelleting rain of their home. The undeniable backbone of musique concrète, plain as day, redefining what counts as a beat and a lyrical cleverness that toyed with the expectations of the crowd. And, yes, we caught it all on acetate and tape. And, yes, we loved what we heard. (Shabazz is on the way on delicious vinyl folks!)
Coupler's set was a twenty-minutes mega-moment of song, and we've decided the live album needs an accompanying piece. We've invited them back to record Side B on October 13th with a full orchestra of nine friends and musicians, and it promises to be a very special piece exploring the nether-regions where the organic collides with the electronic (kind of like that movie The Demon Seed only as music, or the Beatles "All You Need Is Love" Our World broadcast but for the Shrug Generation). This is Coupler performing a large, multi-instrumental hydra. However, this isn't our typical TMR show. There’s no opener and we’re keeping this a relatively intimate affair. We’ll have 75 tickets available for those interested in seeing a recording process become a performance. Grab one HERE and read all about it Coupler's main man Ryan Norris' own words below.
We asked Ryan Norris to tell us all about this new piece they'll be performing and we'll be recording on the 13th:
"This piece has conceptual roots in the newly released HeCTA album The Diet as well as a circular echo in Lambchop's collaboration with Bill Morrison on his new film The Dockworker's Dream. It is a bridge from a certain perspective. During the writing and recording of HeCTA's debut I began to notice sympathies between the disco, house and techno I was absorbing and the motorik, classical minimalist, jazz and Afrobeat that were already so dear to my heart. In particular I noticed a parallel with the album In a Silent Way by Miles Davis. I'd read that some considered the beginning and ending of Side B of that release to be a kind of proto-ambient music. In the same way it seemed to me that Side A could be thought of as proto-techno: all repetitive, modal, one-chord groove oriented toward the horizon. I thought it would be interesting to see if the two—dance music and early fusion—could be wed in some way. This was certainly not a wholly original thought as Arthur Russell mined similar territory with Dinosaur L in the '70s. But I wondered, what if the side-long tracks of Miles electric period were in some way a precursor to the side-long 12" mixes favored by DJs? If the HeCTA record was an attempt to make concise statements that were songlike while using the language of dance music then this piece would be an attempt to color outside those lines, allowing the music to spill across an entire side of wax while hopefully capturing the paradoxical feeling of motion and stasis so central to the hypnotic work of Neu!, Kraftwerk, et. al. I went about its creation through a process very familiar to me by now, which was at first additive and improvisational followed by an editorial stage that is subtractive and sculptural. The result is difficult to execute in full with Coupler's by now normal three-piece lineup. So when the nice people at Third Man Records offered me the chance to recreate this piece in a live setting with a large band I naturally jumped at the opportunity."
The Dead Weather have released another powerful live performance video, this time of the primordial stomp of “Be Still” from the new record, Dodge and Burn, out worldwide tomorrow, September 25th, on Third Man Records. The new clip is once again directed by Jack white and edited by Brad Holland and Jack White. Watch it now exclusively on Entertainment Weekly.
The video is part of the series that has been released over the last few weeks with more to be premiered soon:
Dodge and Burn is out worldwide tomorrow, September 25th. The new album is now streaming in its entirety exclusively via the Third Man Records VAULT and global music and entertainment platform, TIDAL. The album has already received early critical acclaim with 8/10’s from UNCUT and CLASH. “‘Dodge and Burn’ is a sassy ball of madness coming at your ears at 120mph,” says CLASH. UNCUT say The Dead Weather "administer a thorough scrubbing to knackered old garage-rock until it gleams like the chrome fender on a Dodge.” Pre-order Dodge and Burn now to get “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” and “Cop and Go” instantly.
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STREAM THE FIRST OFFICIAL SINGLE FROM EACH ALBUM:
Are you paying attention? Are you computer? Are you ready for AUDIO SOCIAL DISSENT? Third Man Records presents three brand new full-length LPs from Wolf Eyes, Timmy’s Organism, and VIDEO. I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces, Heartless Heathen, and The Entertainers are NOW AVAILABLE for pre-order in the Third Man Records Store, iTunes, and Amazon starting RIGHT NOW with digital pre-orders of each album receiving an instantaneous, non-negotiable download of the albums’ first official singles. Secondly the single for each album, including non-album B-sides, are also available worldwide digitally THIS VERY MOMENT. Each single is streaming now on Soundcloud, in addition to “Enemy Ladder” streaming on Pitchfork, “Get Up, Get Out” streaming on Stereogum, and “New Immortals” streaming on SPIN. Each album will be available in brick and mortar record shops and trusted online retailers everywhere on October 30th kicked off by a record release show featuring Wolf Eyes, Timmy’s Organism, and VIDEO at Third Man Records in Nashville, TN, immediately followed by tour dates in every direction this November, later on all three bands will reunite for a nationwide tour through February and March.
Today is September 22nd, which means tomorrow is the 23rd, and Thursday is the 24th, and Friday is the 25th, which, if our reasoning is correct, means we are THREE DAYS AWAY from the release of DODGE AND BURN, the new record from THE DEAD WEATHER. That sounds to us like cause for celebration, so we have planned just that for this Friday. Do you have the day off? Do you want an excuse to take the day off? Come on down to our headquarters in sunny Nashville, TN and toast to rock n roll with your friends in yellow, black and white.
Beyond new Dead Weather wares (some of which are VERY fancy!) and tasty treats, we will be creating limited edition (meaning, FRIDAY ONLY) super-soft t-shirts in three exclusive designs using the "Dodge and Burn" printing technique after which the record takes its name. The technique (as demonstrated in the video below) uses varying degrees of opacity on a stencil and good, ol' sunlight to imprint an image onto a surface — in this case, a t-shirt. The Dead Weather may be "sun people" after all.
Here's the full list of what we've got planned... though, knowing us, there may be a few surprises up our sleeve/in our stacks. The fun begins at 10am, and lasts as long as our supplies do.
So, stop on by during the day on Friday to toast to the launch of one of our most electrifying releases to date and hopefully take home some one-of-a-kind finds! If you can't make it Friday, we are giving away free Dead Weather t-shirts with a purchase of $20 all week! See you soon!
Third Man Books is proud and humbled to announce that we will be partnering with longtime Nashville institution The Contributor, a weekly newspaper published and distributed by our city’s homeless and formerly homeless population, to bring you a joint book release and event close to our hearts. In the last two weeks, we have spent a great deal of time with the poetry featured in paper. We have read through hundreds of submissions dating back seven years and compiled a selection that provides a window into the lives of The Contributor’s vendors and a valuable perspective on the city we all call home.
On October 3rd, Third Man Books will be hosting a poetry reading featuring poets who are both current and former vendors of the paper sharing their pieces from our new chapbook, Acknowledge: An Anthology of Selected Poems from The Contributor. Hot dogs and drinks provided by The Stone Fox will be available for everyone attending, and food is complimentary for all Contributor vendors. We encourage everyone to come ready to give to this important cause. Admission is free, and with a donation of $20 or more, you will receive a copy of the chapbook.
Please join us at 7 PM on October 3rd, 2015 at Third Man Records for An Evening with Poets from The Contributor.
We hear so much about the cultural battle for Nashville's SOUL these days, and whereas yes, it's true there are more condos then ever before and you're less likely to know the folks eating the open faced roast beef sandwich next to you at Rotier's, there is little denying that there are things about this funny little town that will never change simply because they are part of our DNA.
Hard work, stick-to-it-ivness, grit, and pristine musicality drenched in real life experience from the school of hard knocks... THAT'S Nashville. That's Country Music. That, ladies and gentleman is MARGO PRICE, and we here at Third Man Records are damn proud to announce that we'll be releasing Margo Price & The Pricetags debut album Midwest Farmer's Daughter in March of 2016.
And, while we could wax poetic for days about how much we love this record (and how we think Margo is here to save us all from the Starbucking of America with her stupefying voice that could tumble buildings and how her songs have one foot firmly planted in Nashville's past and their whole heart somehow gracefully existing in 2015), instead we'll let the music do the talking. Here's Margo pickin' and croonin' live and solo here at our favorite Opry after spot, the infamous Nashville Palace:
Speaking of Margo Price live and solo, she'll be playing an in-store TONIGHT at 7pm, just before festivities kick off in our Blue Room for the Americana Fest. And you can see her with the full band — awesomely monikered The Pricetags — right across the street from Third Man tonight at The City Winery at 11pm.