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This month, L&SM offers a pairing of two hour-long documentaries, which - despite having been made more than 30 years apart - find striking commonality in their study of the personalities and hardships of two New York neighborhoods. On one side is Khalik Allah's staggering FIELD NIGGAS, a hypnotic exercise in video-portraiture which affords an unsettling but wholly empathetic depiction of the nighttime corner-dwellers at East Harlem's 125th Street & Lexington Avenue. On the other side is Diego Echeverria's rediscovered 1984 study of the historically Puerto Rican and Dominican area of South Williamsburg known as LOS SURES; an area that has been subjected to drastic gentrification in the decades following the film's production.
Together, these works exemplify cinema's ability to function as a milepost for the ever-evolving culture and landscape of a community, while concurrently offering proof to the adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
HD Video, 60min
"The combination is simple: a lot of slow motion portraiture combined with a soundtrack of snippets of people's conversation and interview. This straightforward method yields one of the most powerful and compassionate statements on race, on politics, on class, on policing, on drugs, that I've encountered in contemporary American cinema."
- Zach Campbell, Critics RoundUp
"The result is an intimate movie with a metaphysical grandeur, a detailed local inquiry that displays the crushing power of societal forces as well as the passion and vitality of those who endure."
- Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Praised in the pages of of The Guardian and The New York Times, and christened by Time Magazine as Harlem's "official" street photographer, Khalik Allah has earned notoriety for his ability to capture visceral, unflinching images of marginalized subjects in a manner that is untethered to liberal or conservative proselytization. By expanding his still photographic work to the realm of video, he allows his subjects to speak for themselves, offering a rarely extended form of agency to those in front of his lens. The resulting work is every bit as contextually complex and is it visually mesmerizing. Most recently, Allah has earned mainstream acclaim for his work as a contributing cinematographer on the near universally-celebrated filmic accompaniment to Beyoncé's LEMONADE.
HD Video, 57min
“An authenticity that has been captured by no fiction film I’ve ever seen.”
– L.A. Weekly
“Both an invaluable record of pre-gentrification Brooklyn and an ode to a community’s resilience.”
In the early 1980s, Diego Echeverría took a 16mm camera into the streets of the Southside of Williamsburg, then a primarily Puerto Rican neighborhood and one of the city’s poorest, most crime-ridden areas. Still, amidst the urban blight, Echeverría finds a thriving street culture in which music, breakdancing, and graffiti abound.
Los Sures skillfully represents the challenges residents of the Southside faced: poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. The complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Beautifully restored for the 30th anniversary premiere at the New York Film Festival, this documentary is an invaluable piece of New York City history.
Produced over 5 years by 60 artists at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, LIVING LOS SURES is an expansive project about the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Known by its long-term Latino residents as Los Sures, the neighborhood was one of the poorest in New York City in the late 70s and early 80s. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America. Today, it is the site of a battle between local identity and luxury lifestyle. With the restoration of LOS SURES, a brilliant work of cinéma vérité filmmaking as a starting point, the project has developed into a collection of 40 short films, the interactive documentary 89 STEPS, and the cinematic people’s history SHOT BY SHOT, demonstrating new possibilities for collaboration between an arts institution and its surrounding community to collect memories and share local culture.
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On June 9th, 2016, Third Man Records was humbled to welcome Pearl Jam for a performance in our Nashville Blue Room live venue. Kept secret until the absolute last moment, the crowd of only 250 included lucky Ten Club members, mayors, NBA superstars, country music royalty, and possibly even a few stowaways. To call it a "warm-up” for their headlining set at Bonnaroo two nights later would be to vastly undervalue the evening. The band tore through a clutch collection of songs that spanned both deep cuts and fan favorites. A classic like “Deep” from Ten sits comfortably next to “Life Wasted” from their self-titled album Pearl Jam, and set-closer “Let Me Sleep” was originally recorded in 1990 (and was the band’s first-ever Ten Club release). The highlight of the performance came when Pearl Jam invited Jack White and his guitar to the stage to join on a song that clocked in at over seven minutes and featured wild dueling solos between White and Mike McCready, this epic performance left every mouth in the audience agape and every face on stage all smiles. Those seven minutes were truly some of the most memorable and historic in seven years since the Blue Room opened its doors.
Listen to a 30-second "sneak peek" clip below:
All this said, it should come as no surprise that this performance is the centerpiece of Third Man’s 29th Vault package: a black-and-gold, split-colored vinyl version of Pearl Jam’s set, recorded live direct-to-acetate and packaged in a stunning custom jacket, all soft touch coating and gilded gold metallic ink. While split-colors are normally only made available to attendees of the show, the opportunity to share this once-in-a-lifetime performance with the wide-reaching TMR and PJ world’s was too good to pass up
The following afternoon Eddie Vedder entered Third Man Records’ Voice-o-Graph recording booth and performed an arresting, solo acoustic song. Housed in a custom TMR Record Booth sleeve and pressed on clear transparent vinyl (just like the original) this disc captures a poignant moment for Vedder, and marks the event of yet another musical legend making exceptional use of the Third Man Recording Booth.
Third Man’s accomplished in-house photographer Jamie Goodsell documented the entirety of the evening’s events on his trusty SLR camera. These images have been compiled into a timeless photo book. This embossed, fabric-wrapped, 9” x 6” hardcover photo collection gives the viewer the ability to look behind the curtain, both into Pearl Jam and Third Man's worlds on a special night for both parties.
Rounding out Vault Package #29 are a 1” round metal lapel pin utilizing the custom Pearl Jam/Third Man mashup logo (printed onto silk-screened posters and complimentary beer koozies used that fateful night) in addition to a 3” circular patch of the same design, featuring gold thread and just begging to be sewn onto your motorcycle leather, denim vest, varsity jacket, backpack, wedding gown, pillowcase, coffin lining, underwear, etc, etc...
ALL of these items will ONLY be available as part of Third Man’s Platinum Vault Subscription service. For this Vault Package #29 ONLY, all members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club will receive a SINGLE-USE coupon code entitling them to $15 off the cost of the package. Ten Club members active as of 6/30/16 have been sent their unique code as well as instructions to subscribe. Platinum Vault Subscriptions using this Ten Club coupon code WILL NOT RENEW for the next Vault cycle.
Subscribe early, subscribe often — Just make sure you subscribe by July 31st, the official deadline. It is our hope that Ten Club members will enjoy the experience of the Third Man Vault and Third Man Vault members will be incentivized to further explore Pearl Jam’s incredibly rewarding fan club.
Non-Ten Club members can sign up for a Platinum Vault Subscription through the usual process here.
Subscribe now by July 31st: thirdmanrecords.com/vault
“T.O.D.D.” is directed by Paris-based artist/filmmaker Will Benedict, in collaboration with Copenhagen-based artist Steffen Jørgensen. The music video – in which an alien discusses issues surrounding assimilation in an extra global context while drawing parallels with Europe's current migrant crisis with television talk show host Charlie Rose – will be included at the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, curated by New York-based collective DIS and continuing through the summer.
Founded two decades ago in Ann Arbor, Wolf Eyes recently headlined the first (and last) Trip Metal Fest, a remarkable Detroit gathering of experimental artists, noise rockers, and sonic improvisers. The three-day event received widespread national coverage, including a major feature in the New York Times.
I AM A PROBLEM: MIND IN PIECES was among 2015’s most highly praised recordings, proclaimed by The Quietus as “a must for all fans of fucked-up outsider rock.” The album “contains all the ominous suspense of a classic horror movie,” wrote Pitchfork. “Each track oozes with eerie tones and seat-edge momentum, such that something terrifying seems to always lurk around the corner.” I AM A PROBLEM: MIND IN PIECES “evokes classical Wolf Eyes in ways that count,” noted SPIN in an 8-out-of-10-rated rave, “but under that rich seasoning of clatters, slithers, feedback, and digested vocal malaise writhe songs.” “A gasping, heaving monster,” applauded Stereogum. “Parts of it sound a bit more like rock music than the things this band has made before.” Paste celebrated Wolf Eyes’ “utter disdain for normalcy,” noting that “hooking up with Third Man…might indicate immortality for an ensemble that could have just decided to fleece the noise genre’s fast-decaying corpse.”
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Doors 7, Show 8pm, $7
In the space between gospel and garage, where rockers and soulsters mingle slick and chill quick, we have but one Ian Svenious. He’s long been a fixture in American music and a pillar of the Washington D.C. punk scene with storied tenures in Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up, Weird War and, currently, Chain & The Gang who touts one the best live shows today bar none. Beyond that, he splits leftover time between hosting Soft Focus and writing, making it a point to actually reflect on the politics of life, a life in politics, and what equitable rock ‘n’ roll culture even amounts to in 2016. Not to miss! Chain & The Gang will perform in the Blue Room on July 3, 2016.
Thursday, July 7th: VIVA L'AMERICAN DEATH RAY MUSIC
Doors 7, Show 8pm, $7
They come bearing gifts, testing softly the boundaries of rock ‘n’ soul, confrontationally tender, pure sweat and a well-kept secret. They come to us all the way from some sunburnt, concussed section of Memphis, TN. Founded in the late 90s by Nick Ray, will pass through Nashville for the first time in four years. Their sound is tough to pin down, almost fleeting, with scraps of no-wave, a belch of punk storytelling, and Krautrock momentum. Viva L’American Death Ray Music will perform in the Blue Room on July 7, 2016. Savoy Motel will lead the charge and open the show. If you talk yourself into staying home, you’re somebody else’s problem.
Tuesday July 12th: Peripheral Visions 05: The Italian Connection (aka Manhunt)
Doors 7pm, Film 8pm, $10/$8 Belcourt Members
Small-time pimp Luca Canali (Mario Adorf) is implicated in the disappearance of a heroin shipment between New York and Italy in a frameup by the Milanese mob to cover their indiscretions. Two American hit men (Henry Silva and Woody Strode) are sent to assassinate Canali, but he won’t go down without fighting tooth, nail, and head. The second part in a disconnected trilogy of action films set in Milan's criminal underworld from respected poliziotteschi* auteur Fernando Di Leo, THE ITALIAN CONNECTION pulls absolutely zero punches (or headbutts) in this nonstop, no-one-is-safe, race to the death.
*Italian crime films which reached their peak popularity in the 70s
Doors 3pm, Show 3:30pm, $10 Donation
We've long been a fan and a champion of Yeah! (Youth Empowerment Through Arts & Humanities, Inc.) and their wonderful Summer music programs for Middle Tennessee youth. Their flagship Summer camps, Southern Girls Rock Camp and Tennessee Teens Rock Camp, held in both Nashville and Murfreesboro are safe spaces where students learn to play music and build self-assurance, creatively, and a love for collaboration along the way. YEAH! designs their camps (which are run and taught by some of Nashville's finest folks and talented musicians) to "allow campers (regardless of race, class, gender expression, or creed) the freedom of expression and exploration through music and performance. In doing so, these campers are empowered to find their own voice and their own sound without creative boundaries or inhibitions." For the 2016 season, Third Man Records will host the end-of-session Showcases in the Blue Room. We can't wait to hear what these inspired artists have worked up for us! The entry fee, a $10 donation, goes towards providing scholarships for students enrolled in the program. Please join us in supporting these budding musicians!
Thursday, July 21st: Light + Sound Machine Presents: Los Sures + bonus film TBA
Doors 7pm, Film 8pm, $10/$8 Belcourt Members
In the late 70s and early 80s, Los Sures was one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America. Diego Echeverria’s film skillfully represents the challenges of it's time: drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. The complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Beautifully restored just in time for the 30th anniversary of the premiere at the New York Film Festival, this documentary is a priceless piece of New York City history.
Diego Echeverria’s film skillfully represents the challenges residents of the Southside faced: poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources. The complex portrait also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation. Beautifully restored for the 30th anniversary premiere at the New York Film Festival, this documentary is an invaluable piece of New York City history.
TICKETS FOR ALL EVENTS AVAILABLE NOW AT THIRDMANSTORE.COM/THIRD-MAN-LIVE
Last May, two of the funniest guys we know decided to stop in the Blue Room while on the road promoting their definitive and comprehensive 16-CD Box Set (yes, you read that right) The Best of The Best Show. What was comprehensive became immediately not so after Tom Scharpling (#31 on Rolling Stone's Fifty Funniest People List), and Jon Wurster (#51 on said list, plus esteemed indie-rock pioneer, comedy writer, and actor in his own right) recorded an episode of The Best Show here at Third Man Records. But, fear not, completists! As with nearly every event to grace our famous cornerless room, we recorded it, and it's almost as hilarious on wax as it was in person.
Needle to vinyl is the only way to hear this comedy gold, and we're proud to be the ones to bring an LP of this caliber into existence. Backed by friends-of-Third-Man-and-anyone-with-ears "Willy and the Mason Jars" (William Tyler, Ryan Norris, Jem Cohen, and Jacob Edwards), Scharpling & Wurster not only witty repartee your face off over and over again on this seminal offering, they also sing their asses off, and interview a very special guest.
Scharpling & Wurster Live at Third Man Records is officially available next Friday, July 1st, but you can pre-order the comedic goodness NOW at thirdmanstore.com.
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.