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We live in a state of constant evolution here at Third Man. Our building, our staff, our mission, and our aesthetic are living organisms. It’s not just change we seek, it’s growth, and sometimes growth happens without permission. So, when the walls of our store started to creak and groan, it was easy to figure that these were the sounds of growing pains. So, once again, we’ve unlocked the toolshed, grabbed our sledgehammers, and made way for our dear, rebellious, multiplying cells and EXPANDED!
Today we find ourselves approximately 33.3% bigger, 33.3% happier, and at least 33.3% more able to accommodate YOU! To celebrate our growth spurt, we invite you to stop by our store on Friday for a gander at our new merchandise, a glass of celebratory champagne (for those of age, of course), a food truck picnic lunch with Riddim N Spice, and, last but not least, the moment fans of HOVA and vinyl have waited for… but more about that later.
We’ll have a limited-run Sledgehammer Enamel Pin as well as a Jack the Expander Patch to commemorate. We’ll also have a handful of new, non-limited items: A new Nashville Logo T-Shirt, a Nashville Logo Kids T-Shirt, a Third Man Books Tote Bag, and a Tennessee Enamel Pin.
The store will also feature new display systems so you can explore posters and t-shirts with ease, as well as the ability to hold quite a lot more vinyl. Change... It’s good. Growth? It’s better.
The limited edition of Jay Z’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail will be available for the taking as well on Friday! Now YOU'RE 33.3% happier, right? Everybody’s cup runneth over.
Playing on the theme of redacted government documents and expanding it into a full, clothbound binder with the entirety of the Magna Carta…Holy Grail album spread across eight 7” 45rpm records, this piece conceived by Grammy-nominated designer Brian Roettinger is cryptographically breathtaking. It is limited to 1000 numbered sets (though not all will be released and sold on Friday) and released in conjunction with Roc Nation.
Come toast with us on Friday! We can’t wait to show you our expansion! Sneak peak of our new digital and vinyl listening booth below, and plenty more photos to follow come Friday...
For the Spring Equinox, how about some good live music, a DJ, having your tarot cards read, and some POETRY! Come join Third Man Books in New York to celebrate the launch of our first single-author book: THE TRUTH IS WE ARE PERFECT by poet Janaka Stucky. To top it off, Restless Books will also be there to launch their new title WHERE THE BIRD SINGS BEST by filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky!
Featuring performances by:
and musical guest Songs for the Spirits
With palmistry from Darcey Leonard of Tarot Society
and DJ KVN (House of Screwball) spinning a psychic dance party
Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Catland, Brooklyn's premier metaphysical boutique
Show 7-9p. No Cover!
Baby's All Right
146 Broadway, New York, NY 11211 (in Williamsburg)
In honor of her performance at our Austin showcase next week, the Third Man Records / Billy Reid Shindig, we thought what better time than now to bring attention to Laura Marling's masterpiece of a Blue Series contribution "Blues Run the Game." She's the crown princess of folk hailing from Hampshire, England. Her words are chewy, her subjects dense, and her voice... well, her voice is a voice to love. We couldn't be happier to be seeing Marling live again at South by Southwest, and we hope if you're in Austin that you'll join us at the Shindig to kiss her feet. Click here to RSVP, if you haven't already.
Purchase HERE for a NICE PRICE!
Third Man Records is pleased to announce a deal with Consortium Book Sales & Distribution to distribute Third Man Books in the United States and Canada effective March 1, 2015.
About the deal, Chet Weise and Ben Swank said, "Third Man Books will continue in the manufacture and sale of beautiful things. Those things being books. Much like the identity of our multiple Grammy-winning record label, Third Man Books will be based on adventure, bordering on recklessness, yet bound by craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail." The press plans to print contemporary poetry, literary fiction, photography, biography, and more. With all TMB titles, there will be audio/video components and also craftsmanship to complement the work and love the author has paid to her/his words.
Upcoming Fall books include Hidden Water by Frank Stanford, a companion to Copper Canyon Press' highly anticipated poetry collection, What About This. Described as "outtakes," Hidden Water: From the Frank Stanford Archive includes a selection of unpublished poems and features facsimiles of drafts, letters, and artwork, plus a download of Stanford reading his poem "The Boathouse."
Another upcoming title is The Truth is We Are Perfect by Janaka Stucky, an ex-mortician, 2010 National Haiku Champion, and "Boston's Best Poet" (the Boston Phoenix). Stucky will be reading on multiple dates with bestselling author Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket). Also publishing in the Fall is Pain: The Board Game by Sampson Starkweather. A book of poetry featuring a board game called "Pain," Pain is dark, with touches of hysterical humor, and is modeled on the popular 1970s board game Life.
"While some may believe Third Man's devil-may-care celebration of enduring artistry a recipe for twenty-first century disaster, Jack White, myself, and Chet Weise consider it natural," affirms Ben Swank, co-founder, Third Man Records and Third Man Books. "Many thought Third Man Records' dedication to the The Rise and Fall of Paramount Volume 1–2 project was borderline funny-farm, but we only saw it as necessary, and won a 2015 Grammy Award. The same ethos drives TMR's involvement in the renaissance of vinyl records, which are now breaking sales records. Our hope is that Third Man Books creates a new kind of literary community that we can learn from and add something back. In Consortium we find a kindred, independent partner who has a far reach and gets the job done, and also answers the phone to say 'Hello, how are you.'"
Julie Schaper, president and COO of Consortium, comments: "I love the bridge Third Man is trying to create between records and books. We've often thought indie music fans overlap with indie fiction fans and Third Man Books is proving that notion true. I look forward to a long, fruitful partnership that generates lots of new ideas and creative collaboration."
"It's a great honor to welcome Third Man Books into the Perseus and Consortium family," notes David Steinberger, president and CEO of the Perseus Books Group. "We, and the publishing industry, just got a lot hipper with their foray into the literary world. I am confident Consortium can offer the best springboard for Third Man to continue to surprise audiences and defy expectations."
We can't wait to get you all turning pages very soon with Janaka Stucky's The Truth Is We Are Perfect, coming to a bookstore near you on April 14th.
THURSDAY, March 26th, 8pm @ Third Man Records
On Thursday, March 26 at Third Man Records, the Light and Sound Machine screens APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT at 8 p.m. A co-presentation of Third Man Records and the Belcourt Theatre, the Light and Sound Machine is a monthly series of avant-garde, experimental and hard-to-find films. This month’s Light and Sound presentation marks the two-year anniversary of this innovative collaboration.
Evoking the immersive styles of Frederick Wiseman and Allan King, APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT is a rare, inspired portrait of unfettered childhood. The documentary charts year one for Jiovanni, Lucy, and Alex at the Teddy McArdle Free School in New Jersey, where all classes are voluntary and rules are determined by vote. There is seven-year-old daredevil Lucy, bright and confident, a staunch inquisitor of authority figures, 11-year-old Jiovanni, a troubled leader who oscillates between doggedly pursuing his interests and wreaking havoc, and Alex Khost, the school’s youthful founder and director who has dreamed of opening a free school since he was a teenager. As the children figure out how direct democracy works and what to do with their time, the weight of one person’s destructive tendencies increasingly bear down on the small community.
Both director Amanda Rose Wilder and school founder Alex Khost will be in attendance and will join audiences after the screening for a discussion.
In addition, this month’s Light and Sound presentation marks the two-year anniversary of this innovative collaboration between Third Man Records and the Belcourt Theatre. To celebrate the occasion, audiences attending APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT will receive a Light and Sound poster and cupcakes.
You didn't think we'd roll deep in the heart of Texas and choogle the all way back to Tennessee without a few stops along the way, did you? Of course not! The Rolling Record Store is coming to a town near you... that is, if you happen to live near Jackson, Shreveport, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans or Montgomery.
3/15: 2-5pm OffBeat in Jackson MS
3/16: 3-7pm Day Old Blues Records in Shreveport LA
3/17: 4-8 pm Good Records in Dallas TX
3/23: 3-7 pm Cactus Music in Houston TX
3/24: 3-7pm Euclid Records in New Orleans LA
3/25: 3-7pm The Record Stop in Montgomery AL
We will be well-stocked with brand new, brag-worthy, Rolling Record Store exclusive merchandise including sunglasses, frisbees, water bottles, stickers, and shop rags to keep you feelin' fresh as a bluebonnet, as well as a few Texas-only items at the Lone Star stops. Lubbock or leave it, we won't announce what limited, exclusive records you'll be able to order up from our window until day-of, so don't go asking now, but we promise we will have plenty of wax worthy of a place on your record shelf.
At South by Southwest, we will have some of our favorite bands playing at all of the stops, and we sure hope you'll like them, despite the lack of fiddles. Here's the full Austin line-up.
3/19: 1-6pm @ Antone’s Record Shop
3:00 Lazy / 3:30 Lee Bains III & The Gloryfires / 4:00 Girlpool / 4:30 Webster X / 5:15 Screaming Females
3/20: 12-8pm @ Home Slice
3:00 Thee Oh Sees / 3:50 Growwing Pains / 4:40 Video / 5:30 Chastity Belt
3/21: 12-8pm @ Home Slice
3:00 Blind Shake / 3:50 Lucern Raze / 4:40 Pujol / 5:30 Nots
3/22: 12-5 @ Hangover Brunch at Frank
12:45 Juan Wauters / 1:30 Ultimate Painting / 2:15 Jacuzzi Boys / 3:00 Ed Schrader’s Music Beat / 3:45 Pile
Additional stops along the way are outlined below. See you out on the open road, people of America!