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At 441 West Canfield Street in Detroit's historic Cass Corridor sits a building that housed the Willys Overland Motor Company in the early 20th Century and is currently home to the Shinola flagship, The Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, Run Detroit, Willy's Detroit retail store, and now, as of November 27th, 2015, Third Man Records Cass Corridor.
We are overwhelmed and overjoyed by the amount of fans, family, and friends who were in attendance on Black Friday as we opened our doors for the first time to the public. This space is the amalgamation of many months of dreaming, scheming, blood, sweat, and tears, and we are beyond thrilled to finally show it to the world.
Our second retail space, which will soon also be home to Third Man Vinyl Record Pressing, is so much more than just a store, It's a bonafide paradise for music lovers, the contraption-curious, and the inner kid in us all. Have a seat and flip a page or two in our Third Man Books Nook, bribe the Third Man Records House Band — The Syncopators — into playing a song from their jukebox fake book, listen to our ENTIRE catalog in our Listening Booth... You can record your own (incredible sounding) 6" record in the second of two Third Man Recording Booths (the first still lives in our Nashville flagship). Collect another Mold-a-rama sculpture for your prized tchotchke shelf (it's a yellow mold of our satellite superstar, the Rolling Record Store!) Take a photo in the Impossible Photo Booth, the first booth of its kind to shoot using our Impossible Duochrome Black & Yellow film, made specifically for Third Man Records by Polaroid-heros the Impossible Project. Ride Mini Topsy, a motorized Elephant scooter who is ready to take smalls and talls alike for a spin around the store.
If you're one of those folks who must see to believe, you're in luck. We captured the entirety of our grand opening day on film. Give it a watch below, and if you weren't one of the good folks who waited in line to welcome us on our first day of business, please do stop by and see us soon. We are humbled to be in a position where we can return to the town that started it all, and absolutely thrilled for what the future holds for Third Man Records Cass Corridor. Thank you, Detroit.
In May of 1966, the unknown singer Jack Wood recorded two songs at Great Lakes Studio in Sparta, Michigan. These unique, otherworldly songs “Born to Wander” and “So Sad” would be self-released by Wood on his own Lawrence Records imprint in an edition of 100 copies. Going nowhere and being quickly forgotten, it would take Wood ten years to pay back the $250 he borrowed for the entire endeavor. Fast-forward to the 21st century and the deepest of record collectors are intrinsically moved by the power behind Wood’s single, vacillating between Northern Soul, garage, big band and country music all within the same song. An unexpected placement in a major ad campaign for Bacardi Rum was a major boon for the burgeoning awareness of these timeless songs. Third Man Records is proud to reissue “Born to Wander” and “So Sad” as part of its November 27th Black Friday opening.
Both songs are now available to download on iTunes and “Born to Wander” is available on most streaming services, and the 7" will be available via Third Man Records' online store in the coming weeks.
Catch the Bacardi ad below:
We're declaring it a little early, because we are just that confident: Black Friday is going to be the best day of 2015. Why? You know why! It's a homecoming, a new beginning, a renaissance for Third Man Records as we open up our second store in Motor City, USA. The store is also the site of future Third Man Vinyl Pressing Plant, which will be operational in 2016.
We announced Third Man Cass Corridor festivities last week, but what we left out of the announcement were details about the day (both in Detroit and at our flagship in Nashville), and we are ready to fill you in on all that you need to know now.
THIRD MAN RECORDS CASS CORRIDOR, 441 W. Canfield St, Open 10am-7pm
(FYI! We WILL have a security presence for the safety those who plan on arriving before we open)
Esteemed Performers: (fittingly a little bit country, a little bit rock n roll...)
11am Lillie Mae
1pm Timmy's Organism
3pm Margo Price
5pm The Gories
Tamla Reissues (on black vinyl)
Barrett Strong - "Let's Rock" b/w "Do the Very Best You Can"
Chico Leverett - "Solid Sender" b/w "I'll Never Love Again"
The Swinging Tigers - "Snake Walk (Part 1)" b/w "Snake Walk (Part 2)"
The Satintones - "Going to the Hop" b/w "Motor City"
Barrett Strong - "Money" b/w "Oh I Apologize"
Nick & the Jaguars - "Ich-i-bon #1" b/w "Cool and Crazy"
The Miracles - "Way Over There" b/w "(You Can) Depend on Me"
Marvin Gaye - "Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide" b/w "Never Let You Go"
The Supremes - "Buttered Popcorn" b/w "Who's Lovin You"
I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces 12" (buttercream vinyl), "Enemy Ladder" 7" (tri-color)
Heartless Heathen 12" (vulgar vinyl), "Get Up, Get Out" 7" (tricolor)
Video The Entertainers 12" (bootleg edition)
Jay Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail Exclusive 7" Vinyl Set
Elvis "My Happiness" 10" Facsimile of his first-ever recording (available on from the Rolling Record Store, which will be parked in front of Third Man Cass Corridor. The Rolling Record Store will also carry all the merchandise you've come to expect from everyone's favorite rollin' and rockin' yellow truck.)
PLUS One more PRETTY DAMN EXCITING release that you will hear about tomorrow... Any guesses? Some of you must have stumbled upon it while wandering the internet looking for songs that deserved a rebirth, no? Oh, we can hardly wait to fill you in...
New Merchandise to expect:
*Some merchandise will be Detroit-Exclusive forever and ever. Other merchandise will be available in Nashville and thirdmanstore.com in the coming weeks...
Exclusive Third Man Books Offerings:
The worldly and wordy worms at Third Man Books have two great exclusives to offer in celebration of our new location. Maybe try the Tri-Detroit Broadside Set featuring poems by Erica Lewis, Adrian Matejka, and Jack White III; or, how about Dirtbombs drummer Patrick Pantano's new book of photos If You Don’t Have A Picture Then You Didn’t Catch A Fish featuring unpublished photos of The White Stripes, The Kills, TV on the Radio, Spiritualized and The Soledad Brothers. For icing-on-the-cake and the obligatory third item, we'll also be making available Pantano's zines Play the Drums Like This and WigWise. And for the icing on the icing, a fresh glimpse at an 'upcoming release' written by the one, the only, thee John "Inzane" Olson (aka Inzane Johnny, American Tapes, 1/3 of Wolf Eyes.) The book will be called Life is a Rip Off, and it's 12 months of daily record reviews written in Olson's inimitable slash 'n' dash language: anecdotal, immediate, reasonable, and totally baller. The first installment, three months long, is ripe for the pickin' this Friday in Detroit.
THIRD MAN RECORDS NASHVILLE HEADQUARTERS, 623 7th Avenue South, Open 10am-6pm.
Don't worry, Nashville friends. While the majority of our festivities this year are focused in the Water Winter Wonderland, we would never let a Black Friday pass without making sure we had some goodies for you too... We will be raffling of 3 copies of the elusive Jack White "High Ball Stepper" 7"... you know... the one with the velvet center label? To enter, simply stop by the store on Black Friday and the cashiers will get you signed up when you check out.
Other circular and sweet-sounding reasons to stop by this Friday....
Courtney Barnett "Boxing Day Blues Revisited" 7" (tri-color)
Wolf Eyes "Enemy Ladder" 7" (tri-color)
Timmy's Organism "Get Up, Get Out" 7" (tri-color)
This Record Belongs To _____ + Manny's Childrens Turntable Bundle
As you know, Third Man Records is opening up a satellite store in Detroit's Cass Corridor, or as Pitchfork calls it "where music history was made." Well, it's about time we tell you that this is only a fraction of our plan for the building at 441 West Canfield Street, which we purchased last year with Detroit manufacturing company Shinola. Third Man is thrilled to announce that we will be opening a vinyl record pressing plant, and in it we will run BRAND NEW record presses. There's a bottlenecking in the record pressing industry right now - so much glorious demand, so few presses. We want to help ease the flow, and we want to bring more "real-life manufacturing jobs back to Detroit."
We have purchased eight presses from German startup Newbilt, and we are anxious to get them up and running, which we expect to happen mid-2016.
Here's what Pitchfork wrote about the pressing plant after speaking with Ben Blackwell about our plans.
"While the pressing plant won’t be operational when Third Man opens on Black Friday, they eventually plan to house at least eight working presses. A window in the shop will let customers see the manufacturing floor as part of Third Man’s ongoing initiative to educate the public about vinyl culture and show that, as Blackwell puts it, 'all this stuff is alive and well.'
While the manufacturing arm definitely means that Third Man will have quick access to pressings of their own output, Blackwell says the decision to open the plant is a selfless act. He argues that more overall record-pressing capacity eases the pressure on plants like United Record Pressing in Nashville, which continues to press Third Man releases, and Archer—both of which are backed up and reportedly turning away customers. Also, while no plans are currently in place, Third Man hope to press more than just their own records on-site. Potentially, the plant could offer a new option for young artists and DIY labels. 'Part of the concern in this world is that vinyl can very easily turn into an exclusionary thing,' Blackwell says. 'But this is going to make it easier for a little punk band to make 300 copies of a 7-inch'."
So, there it is, friends. We couldn't feel luckier that we get to expand our business in a field that we are so damn passionate about. Detroit, we love you, and we can't wait to be a part of your community yet again.
Every year around this time, we delight in seeing your little virtual faces brighten when we announce a slew of new stuff to bring a bit of extra joy to your holiday season. This year is no different. The bounty is ample. The lot is large. Just now we pushed the big red-and-green button and reactivated the "stocking stuffers" and "new merchandise" pages on our online store and duly stuffed them plump full of wonderful products... practical, seasonal gifts (hats! scarves! holiday cards! hoodies!), gifts to trick out your furry companion (leashes! collars!), and an array gifts that will blow the recipient's mind (skateboards! leather bracelets! Dead Weather prayer candles! vanishing ink mugs! leather slipmats!)
Wait. Hold up. Let's talk about this skateboard a little more. The Salemtown Board Co. Skateboard collaboration has produced a really special product. The Campus Cruiser is made to shred. Comprised of 7 layers of Canadian maple, this cruiser comes with a standard 14in wheelbase with plenty of pop and rocker to make carving and hopping up curbs a breeze. This board is made to turn any sidewalk into the best part of your day and is cut, shaped, finished, and painted by hand in Nashville, TN. Salemtown Board Co is an awesome local company whose goal is to by create jobs for young men that need them here in town. Check out the specs on the product page, watch the video below, and see if this isn't the slickest cruiser you've ever seen.
We also are pleased to now offer Manny's Children's Turntable on its own (previously only available as part of our collaborative "This Record Belongs To _______" Bundle with Light in the Attic Records).
If you're searching for the right end-of-year token of affection for the apple of your eye, don't forget about some of the incredibly cool products we've released over the course of 2015... The Critter & Guitari Septavox Synthesizer and Terz Amplifier will bring out the musically creative side in just about anyone, and the amount of fun that instrument is to play verges of scandal!
Get 'em started young on the Little Third Man Electric Guitar, a 3-stringed, bite-sized axe for kids who are dying to shred. Don't forget to pick up the accessories pack along with it — includes a backpack, perfectly sized guitar strap, and a stand. In fact, why not check out ALL the cool stuff we've got for smalls while you're at it?
Now, just to clarify, this is just the beginning of the deluge of desirables we will hit you with in the next few weeks. We will have a total onslaught of new merchandise (not to mention exclusive records and hot-of-the-press new reissues, all of which will be announced very soon) at our Third Man Records Cass Corridor grand opening on Black Friday, some of which will be exclusive to Detroit forever and some of which will eventually make its way onto our online store and Nashville storefront. But, why risk it? You should probably just join us... Did we mention the Gories are playing their first-ever in-store that day in our new space? We did? Just making sure...
That's all for now, friends. Hope you enjoy your new treats as much as we enjoyed designing and making them. We here at the Third Man Creative Hive live for this stuff.
*poster by Rob Jones will be available on Black Friday at Third Man Records Cass Corridor
Those with an ear to the underground and a foot on the third rail of the overground, blearing Bambi-like into the oncoming head lamps of progress,will no doubt be clued to the news that nearly lucky 7 years after we champagne-launched our flagship HQ in Nashville, Tennessee, Third Man Records is expanding / repatriating itself to the blessed Rust Belt origin story environs of the Cass Corridor in Detroit, Michigan. D-Day approaches and with it a myriad of updates and exciting announcements of surprise releases, limited editions, exclusive Detroit merchandise, eye-popping in-house attractions and contraptions, and much more will be rolling out in the lead up to our Grand Opening... To wit, and without further ado...
Live and in-person Grand Opening in-store performances from Nashville's finest and Detroit's dearest:
Margo Price - The Midwest Farmer's Daughter, and latest and greatest Third Man recording artist joins us for a country soul in-store performance to get the day kicked off right.
Lillie Mae Rische - Nashville's sweetheart and Jack White's fiddler will be backed by Dominic John Davis and Fats Kaplin (also of JW backing band fame themselves) for this special performance.
The Gories - With us for our opening and their FIRST EVER IN-STORE PERFORMANCE, the Wolf Kings and Queen of the Cass Corridor. The slop that launched a thousand bands returns in all its groovy downbeat R&B glory. We couldn't be more proud to have them with us for our opening.
We will be teasing out more news of what to expect (more surprises! guest DJs!) in the coming days, but before we get bogged down in the details, we have a dream-come-true announcement to make...
*Tamla Records' Berry Gordy
In 1959 a former amateur boxer started a record label out of his home in Detroit, Michigan. Employing the colors yellow and black and open to releasing any genre that could become a hit, Tamla Records and Berry Gordy laid the foundation for what would become a global empire. Just in time for the grand opening of Third Man Records Cass Corridor, we are proud to announce an ongoing partnership with Universal Music to bring Tamla's classic early Motown records back to vinyl. On Black Friday, we return to Detroit with nine reissues from Tamla's early years.
Tamla's stripes label era (1959-61) produced million-sellers, debut releases from soon-to-be global icons, quasi-doowop anthems, and proto-surf experiments, all just looking for the next big thing. To say that they were successful would be an understatement.
These are cornerstones of American popular music and they were all housed on this label that was headquartered at an unassuming home on Detroit's West Grand Boulevard, which would soon become known to the world as Hitsville USA.
On Black Friday, exclusively at our brand new, come-full-circle Motor City store, look for the following 7"s, housed in reproduction Tamla company sleeves, and pressed on fresh black vinyl, all using the classic, inimitable stripes label designs.
Stay tuned in the next week for more details about Black Friday... We've got plenty more up our sleeves...