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We're still basking in the afterglow of the premiere of Beyoncé's incredible work of art LEMONADE. If you missed its initial invasion of the zeitgeist on HBO, you can still watch the visual album in its entirety on TIDAL (and if you don't have TIDAL, consider becoming a Platinum Vault member, which affords you a TIDALHifi subscription at 75% off!). LEMONADE debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 this week, and we can't imagine a more deserving record.
"Don't Hurt Yourself," the third track on LEMONADE which was co-written and co-produced by Jack White and Beyoncé, has been heralded as a favorite by many a listener. It debuted at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100, also charting at #21 on the Digital Songs chart, #16 on both Streaming Songs & Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and #14 on Hot R&B Songs. It is a proud moment for a Third Man recording artist to be a part of a record of such singular vision with such a stunning debut. Congratulations to Beyoncé on her 6th straight #1 studio album — she is the first artist to accomplish such a feat. See the full Billboard charts breakdown for "Don't Hurt Yourself" and LEMONADE at large below, listen to the track/watch the visual album on TIDAL, or download it on iTunes.
You don't need to be from the South to understand Billy Wayne Davis' particular brand of humor, but being the Nashvillians we are (both transplanted and native), this up-and-comer is one of our favorite used-to-be local (and soon-to-go-global) stand-up comedians. Davis has gone from surprising crowds at the comedy club down the road with his "like-hillbill-ity," to winning over the alt comedy scene of Seattle, to hangin' with Marc Maron and working with the likes of Lisa Lampanelli, Louis CK, and Mitch Hedberg since his most recent move to Los Angeles.
Third Man Records is pleased as punch to welcome Tennessee's much-missed "thinking man's hillbilly" to our stage for a little Southern hospitality and to record another addition to what is becoming a pretty formidable series of live comedy records. Some of our absolute favorite releases over the past seven years have been made without the use of a single guitar, and we expect Billy Wayne Davis Live at Third Man Records to join those very ranks.
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