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May is shaping up to be the funniest month in Nashville history (what, with the Wild West Comedy Fest in town and hometown hero Billy Wayne Davis taking the stage of the Blue Room and the whole world going to shit with Davidson county at the helm voting for Donald Drumpf in the primary... wait, are we laughing or crying?). So, it's fitting that our friend Bill Burr and his F is for Family co-creator Mike Price will also be stopping in at Third Man headquarters for a special screening of an episode from their show with a Q&A about it's conception, and the trials and tribulations along the way towards making it a reality. The screening will follow this month's Light + Sound Machine. Now in its second season, F is for Family is an animated Netflix original series, and we are honored to have the opportunity to screen an episode for you on our big screen in the Blue Room. The show is based around Frank (Burr), a short-tempered, Irish-American, Korean War veteran and family man. The show is full of heart despite the disillusionment and shortcomings of its protagonist, and we are big fans.
Bill Burr is our favorite disgruntled comedian with four stand up specials, a spot-on Podcast, an LP released on Third Man (Live at Andrew's House) and rising fame on the big and small screens. He has been called "the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor" by Rolling Stone, and the dish he serves up has just the right amount of salt for our taste. Mike Price is best known for his award winning scripts for The Simpsons, but has also written for the ABC Series Teacher's Pet and for Lucasfilm's Lego Star Wars franchise. We are thrilled to host this dream team and to give you the chance to pick their brains about their new creative endeavor realized. Tickets are available now at thirdmanstore.com/third-man-live.
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!