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Last week we announced the latest offering of our Blue Series, which, to jog your memory, is the one where we pluck an artist passing through town off the road, and plunk them down in the Third Man Studio to record 2 tracks produced by our top dog, Jack White. Once recorded (which is completed in one single afternoon), and mixed, and mastered, and sent off to the pressing plant just down the road, and the photo of the artist is taken in our Blue Room, and, and, and, we release the tracks on 7" vinyl. This Summer, it was Melbourne-to-rock-n-roll songstress Courtney Barnett who was open to this tour detour. Barnett recorded "Boxing Day Blues Revisited" (the solemn reprise to "Boxing Day Blues" from her 2015 release Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit), which tugs at your heartstrings despite the singers' clear and apparent apathy. "Shivers," the Roland S. Howard-penned, Nick Cave-crooned nihilistic — and quintessentially Australian — ballad, makes for a perfect B-side antidote.
This 2-headed beast of a Blue Series is available TODAY, and your record collection is garbage without it. Fix that by picking up a copy of your own HERE.
The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said "Life is Pain." Poet Sampson Starkweather says PAIN: The Board Game. Third Man Books’ fourth title has, evidently, caused pain in a few lives already: four printing presses in Nashville, Tennessee, refused the book due to "objectionable content” (in 2015?!?). PAIN: The Board Game is 160 pages of poetry, 15 full color illustrations by Jon-Michael Frank, and the first book of poetry that is both page-turning-analog and online interactive. Find out why The Huffington Post describes Starkweather as, "Not only thrillingly accessible, not only deeply thought-provoking, but also, and without exaggeration, historically important,” and Bianca Stone, author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, says, "I find with each poem I’m laughing out loud. But also putting my hand over my heart, in a futile effort to keep the damn thing still.” For a sample of Sampson Starkweather’s poems go here.
And... A challenge, too!! You asked for it. We’ve done it. Finally, a kick-ass video game based on a poetry book rather than FIFA, alien invasion, or Seal Team 6. Now all you gamers out there can experience what pixilated, dark haired poet Sampson Starkweather experiences: PAIN. No more can society argue that video game culture has usurped activities such as reading. Play the game here and taste the PAIN... then take a screenshot of your high score and Instagram it using the hashtag #PainTheVideoGame. The top three scores to post will receive the all three limited edition packages Third Man Books has published (a $110 value).
In case you missed any of the 4 Dead Weather Technique and Discussion Videos, here are all four, featuring the four members of the Dead Weather, handily stored in one convenient place for you to press play, sit back, and watch and learn from. While Alison's video was the final clip in this instructional series, it was not the last that you'll see of the Dead Weather on black and white film. There's a lot more of where this came from, specifically a full-length Jack White-directed film which will contain not only these four videos as well as the "Be Still" and "I Feel Love" Live Performance videos, but also loads of additional footage that has yet to be seen by human eyes... or at least YOUR human eyes. That is, if you're human. We don't like to make assumptions. Anyway, enjoy the knowledge bombs Jack, Jack, Alison, and Dean drop in the below, get your hands on a copy of Dodge and Burn if you haven't already, and stay tuned for much more to feast your eyes on from the Dead Weather soon.
As announced last week, Yak are set to release their most thrilling material yet in the form of a second EP titled ‘No’, produced by Pulp’s Steve Mackey, on 13th November on Jack White’s Third Man Records. Today the trio have unveiled the official video for the release’s title track. Directed by ex-Jesus And Mary Chain member Douglas Hart (who’s also made videos for Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and The Horrors), the disorientating, sense-exploding clip captures exactly why Yak are fast becoming known as the UK’s most ferociously exciting live band.
Hot off the back of a lengthy tour with Peace, Yak are set to play several US shows later this month including two at CMJ before embarking on their biggest headline tour of the UK to date. They will also support Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind tonight at London Oslo.
Upcoming Yak Tour Dates:
Oct 12 – London, Oslo (w/Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind)
Oct 14 – US, NYC, Santos Party House (NME, Popgun, House Arrest CMJ Party) 8pm
Oct 15 – US, NYC, Mercury Lounge (High Road Touring CMJ Showcase) 10pm
Nov 13 – France, Les Inrocks Festival – Paris Boule Noire
Nov 14 – Southampton, Indiependence Festival
Ticket link: www.independencefest.co.uk
Nov 17 – London, Moth Club
Nov 18 – Brighton, Prince Albert
Nov 19 – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
Nov 20 – Liverpool, Magnet
Nov 21 – Bristol, Start The Bus
Nov 24 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Nov 25 – Glasgow, Broadcast
Nov 26 – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
Nov 27 – Newcastle, Head Of Steam
Nov 28 – Leicester, The Cookie
Dec 1 – Manchester, Gullivers
Dec 2 – Cardiff, Ifor Bach
Dec 3 – Falmouth, Mono
Dec 4 – Plymouth, The Underground