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LIFE IS A RIP OFF: THE COMPLETE BOOK is 12 months of record reviews—one record a day, every day, for one year. Yes, John “Inzane" Olson aka Inzane Johnny of the band Wolf Eyes aka American Tapes did that. And he reviewed everything from death metal demo cassettes to the Staples Singers' gospel. Enter into the OLZONE and find out about music you've never known, bands from places that you've never heard, and then read his review of KANSAS. Reading LRIP will make you re-realize why blues is relevant, why every punk band in America matters, why jazz is good for the heart, and metal will always ride by your side.
"To write music op-ed this good, you have to tap the primordial sap sack, to butterfly stroke the ancient ooze of tune begatment, cave dwell with the knuckle draggers, scratch symbols into the dirt with the freaks and make it rain. He do and it did”. — Henry Rollins
"[Life is a Rip Off] is the best way [John Olson] can add another cubist layer to the sound and visuality he’s already presented for the last twenty or so years. He’s sharing something the people who don’t know him personally don’t get enough of—his textual, syntactical brain, stained as it is with dollar-store spray paint.” — Ben Hell Hall, Detroit artist.
"When John agreed to write a record review a day, back in 20xx, I wasn’t too keen on the idea. Not because I didn’t think he could do it - but that I knew he would do it, even if it became a years-long all-encompassing obsessive task.” — Tovah Olson, The Dead Machines.
"[John Olson] didn’t just introduce me to different worlds, the man introduced me to entire universes.” — Bryan Ramirez, Killertrees Records
"Wolf Eyes . . . sounds like a crumbling Velvet Underground bootleg that's been burned to ashes." — NPR, Sept 2015
Another year, another wonderful high holiday of music lovers everywhere! Thank you all so much for joining us for our favorite day of the year. We're always thrilled to bring more great music into the world — this year that meant The White Stripes, Jack White & The Muppets' Electric Mayhem Band, and Kate Pierson of the B52's — and we were OVER THE MOON to get to spend such a beautiful Spring day with friends like you in both Detroit AND Nashville. Have a look at Nashville's festivities in this video below, made by our incredible (and incredibly swift) in-house film guru Brad Holland, and view our slideshow of all the action at Third Man Records Cass Corridor here!
We know many of you come to Record Store Day at Third Man Records every year not only because we've got great bands, great releases, and we like to turn the whole thing into one big block party, but also because delight in delighting you with new merchandise on Record Store Day too!
This year, we have a few RSD-exclusive pieces, which will only be available IN-PERSON, IN-STORE:
Rob Jones-designed White Stripes Poster (Detroit Only) / Rob Jones-designed White Stripes Postcards (Nashville Only) / RSD Patch (both stores)
We also have so, so, so much good stuff that will not only be available in-store, but also online, for those of you who aren't able to make the trek to Tennessee or Michigan... Have a gander...
Third Man Books will also be selling John Olson (Wolf Eyes) complete anthology of music reviews. This inzane Michigander wrote one review per day for one year... from the best in death metal to the Staple Singers' gospel. Life is a Rip Off: The Complete Book (all 365 days!) is music criticism for those who hate music criticism but love words.
And... one item we're very excited to announce. We have been collaborating with U-Turn audio, a wonderful crew of folks who build and test affordable and high quality record players in Boston, Massachusetts to produce a Hive-ified version of their Orbit Plus Turntable, and tomorrow, our labor of love makes its debut. It is slick, slick, slick. and it's been hailed by those-in-the-know as "by far, the bast bang for your buck we've seen in a turntable" and "good as equipment twice its price." Not too shabby, eh? The Third Man Records U-Turn Orbit Plus delivers enhanced speed consistency, and a nice, punchy bass. The arm comes pre-installed with a Grado Black1 cartridge, which is known for its rich and natural sound, plus a precision univpivot tonearm, vibration damping feet, and a decoupled manual belt drive (33/45 RPM). It also includes a dust cover, TMR slipmat, RCA cables, and a one-year warranty. We know you'll fall in love with this turntable... have a look at it here in all its American-made glory:
Learn more about our Record Store Day 2016 plans here, and join us tomorrow for the high holiday for vinyl fans worldwide!
Being the label home for Margo Price and her new record Midwest Farmer's Daughter has been an absolute pleasure from the get go, because the music is transcendent, the woman behind the music is a true gem, and all the sequined stars on all the nudie suits of the world have aligned to make magic out of this release. In case you missed it, Margo and her band of Nashville all-stars took the Saturday Night Live stage by storm and stunned the country with their impeccable style, authentic music, and a perfectly timed shout out to the late great Merle Haggard. Have a look/listen below, and if you haven't picked up your copy of Margo's incredible release just yet... the time has come. Enjoy!
We're devastated to hear the news of Nashville Scene Editor Jim Ridley passing away today.
Anyone who lives and works in the arts in Nashville knows this already, but Jim has long been the single most effusive and rigorous supporter of everything culturally important and pure in this town, a spokesman, cheerleader, an ally and a great friend to us all. His passion and humor was infectious and resounds and rebounds throughout this city. His work, and all of the Scene's work, are such an important aspect of what people love about and why people want to move to Nashville. It's rare to see such positivity and support, and Jim encapsulates it all. Nashville truly will never be the same.
Our love and condolences go out to Jim's family, his friends, all the staff at The Nashville Scene and all those who knew him or had simply had the great pleasure sitting in a movie theatre with him.
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Our Nashville Blue Room is a perfect spot to see a show or catch a film screening, but every once in a while, we like to open it up to show off the type of art for which it was originally intended. Yes, that's right! Before Third Man bought 623 7th Avenue South, the Blue Room was a photography studio, hence the curved walls and dark room hidden behind the back wall. #TheMoreYouKnow. We're pleased to welcome photographer Heidi Ross with her show ILK: Similars 2004-2016, which consists of 27 images, the majority of which were printed for the first time for this very show and none of which have been exhibited before. The photos are presented in pairs and groups that share an unlikely likeness, but were shot without this in mind at different moments and locations over the past 12 years of Heidi's career in Nashville. Sometimes the connection is chromatic, sometimes thematic, and sometimes gestural, but all were chosen with our unique venue in mind as Ross looked back upon her archives, and each has a captivating story to tell.
Each day of the gallery's duration will feature a new reason to visit, be it DJ sets, bakery treats, caffeinated pick-me-ups, live performances from some of Nashville's best and brightest, or the promise of bookstore goodness without having to battle Green Hills traffic. Check out the full schedule below:
Opening Night, Thursday April 21, 6pm:
Friday April 22, 10am-6pm:
Saturday April 23, 10am-6pm:
Closing Day Sunday April 24, 12pm:
About Heidi Ross:
Originally from Montana, Heidi Ross moved to Nashville in 2004 after spending several years in New Orleans. A creative director and photographer, and the co-founder of Studio MRQ: Fine Function, her images have been featured in group shows alongside William Klein, Richard Avedon, and Vivian Maier, as well as on album covers and in branding campaigns. All images in ILK are limited editions of five prints. The exhibition and all events are open to the public.