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Third Man Records: Your Turntable is not dead!
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    Posted by on 24 February 2017

    Third Man Records is proud to announce the official opening of its state-of-the-art vinyl production facility in the heart of Detroit's historic Cass Corridor neighborhood. The past year has been spent investing creative energy and passion into crafting a meticulously designed boutique vinyl record production facility with a unique customer experience, providing visual evidence to visitors of vinyl's beauty and importance. Third Man Pressing is an investment in Third Man Records' hometown, a neighborhood within a city both rich with musical history, creating a space that is as inspiring as it is prolific.

    As the first label to operate a fleet of brand new, environmentally efficient pressing machinery within a purpose-built manufacturing infrastructure, Third Man Pressing minimizes water waste by using recycled water from the record curing process in the air conditioning system, thus creating the only fully climate-controlled pressing plant work environment in the world. Each pressing station is outfitted with a digital touch screen control for temperature, hydraulic compression, and extruder speed, equaling increased control for the highly trained staff as well as a superior product. The plant was engineered to not only be environmentally sustainable, but also community sensitive with its innovative noise reduction construction techniques.

    Third Man Pressing Features:

    - Operating eight of the first newly built presses built in 35 years, plus four extruders, and four hydraulic generators - all brand new
    - Presses can accommodate 12" LP's or 7" singles according to demand
    - Only fully climate-controlled pressing plant work environment in the world
    - All new, state-of-the-art pressing machinery and purpose-built manufacturing infrastructure
    - Closed-loop, chilled-water system that maximizes water sustainability
    - Environment design that inspires passion in record making, resulting in superior products
    - Four high-efficiency hydraulic systems isolated in a dedicated, contained room
    - Digital touch screen controls for temperature, hydraulic compression, and extrusion speed
    - Engineered sound containment for minimal external noise pollution
    - Built by audio and studio fabrication experts responsible for some of the most-lauded recording studios in the world
    - Capacity estimated at 5000 records per 8 hour shift, with a current cycle time of approximately 45 seconds per record
    - Competitive turnaround times
    - Mural by Cass Corridor artist Robert Sestok

    Third Man Pressing brings upwards of 50 new living wage jobs with benefits into Detroit (on top of the 20 jobs already created by the Willy's building Third Man Records location at large), and, in complement with Shinola's recent start of production of high-end turntables, marks the triumphant return of the once-thought-lost record industry to one of the country's great industrial AND musical cities.

    The manufacturing facility will not only press vinyl records for Third Man Records' label releases (which will also continue to be produced at Nashville's United Record Pressing), but will also fulfill orders from outside labels. The resurgence in popularity of vinyl records has left many small imprints, "bedroom" labels, and independent artists without the ability to press small runs of records in reasonable amounts of time. Third Man Pressing aims to dedicate a percentage of its capacity each month to pressing records for clients of this ilk, alleviating the bottlenecking of the production caused by major label orders, and bringing more niche, regionally-interesting pressings from inspired individuals onto record shelves worldwide.

    The inner workings of Third Man Pressing will be on display during Third Man Records Cass Corridor business hours from the storefront's open-to-the-public viewing platform 7 days a week, with employees always happy to answer questions about the process, and more in-depth tours available in the coming months for those interested. Third Man Records' mission has always centered around bringing the tangible, the unexpected, and the beautiful back into the business, and the team is beyond thrilled to share the facility, its exceptional product, and its significance with the city it calls home.

    Third Man Records is proud to announce the official opening of its state-of-the-art vinyl production facility in the heart of Detroit's historic Cass Corridor neighborhood.

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    Posted by on 23 February 2017


    Third Man Records has announced the extraordinary new album from Nashville-based singer-songwriter-musician Lillie Mae. FOREVER AND THEN SOME arrives worldwide on Friday, April 14th and is available for pre-order now, with all digital pre-orders receiving an instant download of the album's wistful first single, "Over The Hill and Through The Woods," which was also released today.

    "Over The Hill and Through The Woods" is accompanied by a companion video, directed by acclaimed filmmaker, photographer, and producer Elise Tyler (Damien Jurado, William Tyler, Kevin Morby). The clip premieres today on YouTube. "Over The Hill and Through The Woods" will also be available as a vinyl 7", beginning tomorrow, February 24th, at A limited edition 7" will then be released exclusively at Third Man's Nashville and Detroit retail stores for Record Store Day 2017 on April 22nd.

    Lillie Mae will celebrate the release of FOREVER AND THEN SOME with a wide-ranging run of North American live dates, starting with a March 9th headline show at The Syndicate Lounge in Birmingham, AL on the way to Austin, TX for South by Southwest (SXSW), and then hitting the road with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. For tickets, updates, and additional dates, please visit

    Lillie Mae has been singing and playing on stages across the country since she could stand on her own two feet. FOREVER AND THEN SOME sees the Nashville-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist weaving her own extraordinary experiences with the myriad strains of Americana to create a breathtaking song cycle of romance and struggle, solitude and adventure. Songs like "Wash Me Clean" and "Honky Tonks and Taverns" stand out as snapshots of intimacies, encounters, and moments that matter, reverberating with earnest emotion and restless creative energy. Produced by 12-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Jack White III at Third Man Studio in Nashville, FOREVER AND THEN SOME affirms Lillie Mae as a remarkably gifted musical storyteller, a bright new star that's been here all along.

    FOREVER AND THEN SOME features backing throughout by the core combo of Frank Carter Rische on electric and acoustic guitars, Scarlett Rische on mandolin, and the veteran rhythm section of bassist Brian Zonn and drummer Tanner Jacobson. Other notables appearing include keyboardist Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age), banjo player Ian Craft (The Howlin' Brothers), and Old Crow Medicine Show pianist Cory Younts, with harmony vocals from McKenna Grace Rische and singer-songwriter Carey Kotsonis.

    Full Track List: 

    1. Over The Hill And Through The Woods
    2. Honky Tonks And Taverns
    3. Wash Me Clean
    4. Loaner
    5. Honest And True
    6. These Daze
    7. Forever And Then Some
    8. Nearing Home
    9. To Go Wrong
    10. Some Fine Day
    11. Dance To The Beat Of My Own Drum

    Third Man Records has announced the extraordinary new album from Nashville-based singer-songwriter-musician Lillie Mae. 

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    Posted by on 16 February 2017

    Third Man Records is set to open their highly anticipated pressing plant, Third Man Pressing to the public on Saturday, February 25th. Located in the heart of the Cass Corridor, Third Man Pressing brings a day filled with live music, freshly pressed all Detroit-centric limited edition vinyl, and tours. The event will be free and open to the public.

    Let's stage-dive straight into the live entertainment... Headlining will be none other than The Kings of Budget Rock... The Mummies! Writhe, thrive, twist and jive with the only band worthy to wear the tattered toilet paper they wrap themselves in... yes folks, Third Man is damn proud to host The Mummies in their first-ever Detroit appearance. But that is not all by a long shot -- they'll also have Memphis punk rock n roll bass-less legends The Oblivians preceded by the Mid-West Country stylings of Detroit and Third Man's one and own, Craig Brown Band. Third Man Pressing will open at 10am, with live music starting at 2:30pm.

    One of the most interesting aspects of the Third Man Pressing plant will be fans ability to watch records being pressed from the viewing platform within the TMR's Cass Corridor record shop. Opening day will offer not only the chance to see records being pressed, but also the ability to purchase those records being pressed right in front of their eyes. Third Man has lined up a great assortment of freshly pressed Detroit-centric LPs and 7"s that will be pressed in limited numbers / colors / packaging available for purchase ONLY at the pressing plant Grand Opening on Feb. 25th. 

    The White Stripes - The White Stripes LP
    The Detroit duo's first album (originally recorded in the Cass Corridor in 1999), pressed on opaque red vinyl with on-site screen printed jackets. The shot heard 'round the neighborhood.

    The White Stripes - De Stijl LP
    The second album from The White Stripes, named after the modernist Dutch art movement of the 1920's, pressed on opaque red vinyl with on-site screen printed jackets. 'Nuff said.

    The Stooges - The Stooges DELUXE 2 x LP
    An undeniable pre-punk masterpiece, the Stooges' debut album is expanded here to include an extra disc of alternate versions, extended jams and unused mixes spanning each track on the album. Pressed on yellow vinyl with on-site screen-printed jackets EXCLUSIVELY available in the Third Man Cass Corridor location via special arrangement with Elektra Records.

    MC5 - Kick Out the Jams LP
    Be part of the solution with the incendiary first album by the MC5, recorded live at the Grande Ballroom in 1968 and pressed on yellow vinyl with on-site screen-printed jackets. EXCLUSIVELY available in the Third Man Cass Corridor location via special arrangement with Elektra Records.

    Destroy All Monsters / Xanadu - The Black Hole LP
    A split release between legendary art rockers Destroy All Monsters and one-off punks Xanadu. Both records were originally released as limited edition 7-inch singles on Black Hole Records in 1979, and this is the first ever reissue for any of the material.

    The Johnson Family Singers - Don't Let the Devil Ride LP
    Our first third-party pressing (for the Detroit Gospel Reissue Project record label) and the first of a seven-record series featuring incredibly vital and largely forgotten music from dozens of Detroit artists. Reissued proudly by noted archivist Mike McGonigal, THE JOHNSON FAMILY SINGERS' Don't Let the Devil Ride will exist as a subscriber version (with handmade silkscreened jackets) and a standard version.

    Derrick May 7"
    Featuring "The Innovator" in his first-ever 7" release, this single from one of the architects of Detroit techno is under May's moniker Rythim is Rythim and was recorded analog over twenty-five years ago. The flipside features his Transmat label-mate Rennie Foster, pressed on clear vinyl. One-time only pressing!

    Carl Craig 7"
    Arguably the most important of Detroit's second wave of techno producers, Craig has long been considered "the most artful and the most willing to engage the rapidly growing shape of techno outside Detroit." Two new compositions from Craig are his first ever dedicated 7" release, pressed on clear vinyl. Never to be repressed!

    Other items that will be available on opening day will be Limited Edition copies of Third Man Books' Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges / As Told By Iggy Pop. Rob Jones has designed a limited-edition opening day poster. Third Man will also have a variety of other exclusive merchandise, available for purchase only at Third Man Records Cass Corridor.

    Tours of Third Man Pressing will be available from 12pm to 3pm (EST) on opening day. Our trained guides will be educating those touring about the state-of-the-art pressing facility and the intricacies of creating vinyl records! Goodie bags are included with the cost of the tour. Tickets and more information are available here (SOLD OUT) .

    ird Man Records is set to open their highly anticipated pressing plant, Third Man Pressing to the public on Saturday, February 25th.

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  • THIRD MAN BOOKS at the AWP 2017 Conference in WASHINGTON D.C. 02/10/17

    Posted by on 1 February 2017

    Third Man Books will be attending the AWP Conference in Washington D.C. from February 8-11. For those not familiar with AWP, imagine SXSW for writers and publishers. Over fifteen thousand book lovers will be in D.C. for the weekend attending seminars and off-site events. If you love language and book-people, this is where you want to be. TMB will both have a table at the conference and will be THROWING A PARTY at our DISCO_VERY off-site event in collaboration with our friends at the BIRDS LLC and BLACK OCEAN presses. Along with the roster of award winning readers, there will be live music from D.C.'s own ESCAPE-ISM ( Ian F Svenonius of Chain and the GangThe Make-UpNation of Ulysses ) and SISTR MID9IGHT. And of course, a dance party afterward featuring Third Man's own Ben Swank on the turntables with Kid Congo Powers The Pink Monkey Birds and The Cramps) and Svenonius. 

    DISCO_VERY: A Night of New Poetry, Prose, and Revelry

    Friday, Feb 10 | 6pm - 2:30am
    The Dew Drop Inn
    2801 8th Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
    Admission is FREE for DISCVRY

     Ana BožičevićKendra DeColoElisa GabbertDan Hoyerica lewisKid Congo PowersCiona RouseKiini Ibura SalaamAbraham SmithSampson StarkweatherJanaka Stucky


    Ana Božičević is both a poet's poet and the people's poet. Rise in the Fall, her second full-length collection, is a revolutionary book and an ars poetica for the polis in which she excludes nothing - even nothing. Navigating literary history, gender, sexuality, economics, family, friends and lovers, she is at ease deploying and subverting the universal political statement and the lyric "I”. Her newest book, Joy of Missing Out, is available from BIRDS, LLC. 

    Kendra DeColo is the author of My Dinner with Ron Jeremy (Third Man Books, 2016) and Thieves in the Afterlife (Saturnalia Books, 2014), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and named “Favorite Nashville Poetry Book of 2014” by the Nashville Scene. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Indiana Review, Copper Nickel, Verse Daily, Third Man Books' Language Lessons Vol. I, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Millay Colony, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is book editor at Muzzle Magazine and guest teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. 

    ESCAPE-iSM is Ian F Svenonius ... the sassiest boy in America, now and forever.

    Elisa Gabbert is the author of THE SELF UNSTABLE (Black Ocean, 2013), THE FRENCH EXIT (Birds, LLC, 2010) and the chapbooks Thanks for Sending the Engine (Kitchen Press, 2207) and, with Kathleen Rooney, That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths, 2008), a collaborative collection.

    Dan Hoy is the author of The Deathbed Editions (Octopus Books, 2016) and several poetry chapbooks, including The Tree (Solar Luxuriance, 2016) and Glory Hole (Mal-O-Mar Editions, 2009). His work has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Triple Canopy, Elderly and other magazines and anthologies. He lives in Nashville.

    erica lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist. Books include the precipice of jupiter, camera obscura (both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein), murmur in the inventory, and daryl hall is my boyfriend, book one in the box set trilogy. mary wants to be a superwoman, book two, is forthcoming from Jack White’s Third Man Books in spring 2017. Chapbooks include publications from Belladonna, Lame House Press, and After Hours/The Song Cave. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

    Kid Congo Powers is the stage name of Brian Tristan an American rock guitarist and singer, best known as a member of The Gun ClubThe Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and his current group, The Pink Monkey Birds

    Ciona Rouse is a poet, living in Nashville with her dog, her cat and her Patrick. She curates many poetry readings in the city, including the monthly Writings on the Wall at Atmalogy and Lyrical Brew reading series at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt. Her poetry is featured or forthcoming on WPLN Nashville Public Radio, Nashville Public Television, and Gabby Journal. Her first chapbook is forthcoming from Third Man Books.

    Kiini Ibura Salaam is a writer, painter, and traveler from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work is rooted in eroticism, speculative events, and personal freedom. Her fiction and essays have been included in such publications as Dark Matter, Mojo: Conjure Stories, and Colonize This!, as well as Essence, Utne Reader, and Ms. magazines. Her first short story collection, Ancient, Ancient was co-winner of the 2012 James Tiptree, Jr. award. She compiles micro-essays on writing in her Notes From the Trenches ebook series. Her latest book, When the World Wounds, is a collection of speculative short stories, and includes the novella Because of the Bone Man.

    During a search for a performer to appear in video for his band
    Deathfix (Dischord Records), Rich Morel witnessed Jason Barnes performing as Pussy Noir at a DC Pizza joint. Morel was struck by Jason's fearless aggression, charismatic stage presence and his male-female sexuality. In addition to his own band Morel, Rich has collaborated with many ground breaking artists (Yoko Ono, New Order,Pet Shop Boys and Cyndi Lauper to name a few). This time Morel was looking to write and produce something that was both new yet also referenced the artists that were most important to him; Bowie, Grace Jones, Iggy Pop, Little Richard. Jason and his voice were the perfect fit! After a couple unanswered emails Morel ran into Jason at a local DC club and told him his plan -- Jason was on board and Sistr Mid9ight was born! 

    Abraham Smith is the author of four poetry collections: Ashagalomancy (Action Books, 2015); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014); Hank (Action Books, 2010); and Whim Man Mammon (Action Books, 2007). In 2015, he released Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press), a co-edited anthology of contemporary rural American poetry and related essays. His creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Presently, he is at work upon a poetry manuscript about cranes--birds whose song and stature electrify him. Destruction of Man, his book-length poem about farming, is forthcoming in 2018 from Third Man Books.

    Sampson Starkweather is a new American meta-realist poet born in Pittsboro, North Carolina. He is the author of PAIN: The Board Game (Third Man Books, 2015) and The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather (BIRDS, LLC, 2013) and a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. He is the author of nine chapbooks, including Flowers of Rad by Factory Hollow Press, the collaborative audio poetry album Flux Capacitor from Black Cake Records, and Until the Joy of Death Hits, a multi-media website of pop/love GIF poems from Spork Press. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

    Janaka Stucky is a poet, performer, and publisher. The founding editor of Black Ocean, he is also the author of a few poetry collections. His poems have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Fence and North American Review, and his articles have been published by The Huffington Post and The Poetry Foundation. He is a two-time National Haiku Champion and in 2010 he was voted “Boston’s Best Poet” in The Boston Phoenix. In 2015, Jack White’s Third Man Records launched a new publishing imprint, Third Man Books, and chose Janaka’s full-length poetry collection, The Truth Is We Are Perfect, as their inaugural title.

    Ben Swank was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and has a life of toil behind him in the rock 'n' roll salt mines. Formerly of Soledad Brothers now in residence composing panic beats and sweeping the floors at Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee. 

    Third Man Books will be attending the AWP Conference in Washington D.C. from February 8-11

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    Posted by on 26 January 2017

    Detroit's most beloved bartender, cook, and ping-pong champion has gone solo. Well, solo in the sense that he’s put a firecracker musical act together and called it Craig Brown Band. 

    Craig Brown brings effortless musicianship and his damaged honky-tonk howl to the mix. This man has a deep love for rock n' roll. It's imbedded in his soul. It's in the way he moves, thinks, lives, and plays. Live, Craig Brown Band might look like they slept at the club, but deliver a surprisingly polished and tuneful sound. The good ol' boys in the band, Eric, Perry and Young Andrew hold down the bedraggled hillbilly-deluxe-meets-dive-bar-classic-rock, offset by the pitch-perfect honeyed harmonies of Drinkard sisters, Caitlin and Bonnie.

    The debut full-length album, “The Lucky Ones Forget,” recorded by Warren Defever (Thurston Moore, Yoko Ono, Iggy and the Stooges) and is available tomorrow for pre-order here. The 7” single featuring tunes “Overthinking” and “Last All Night” is available tomorrow, online and in the Nashville and Detroit Third Man Records locations, and be sure to ask for it at your local record store.

    Third Man Records is also excited to announce that Craig Brown will be hosting a Facebook Live Event at the Third Man Detroit Cass Corridor location from 12 pm to 1 pm tomorrow where he will take live song requests, play a little off his new album, and chat about the record. Follow @ThirdManRecords on Facebook to check out his performance!

    On February 15, Craig Brown Band will have a single release show at UFO Factory in Detroit with special guest Birdcloud. For more information, visit the Facebook Event page here


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    Posted by Third Man Records on 23 January 2017

    Actor, Comedian, Director, Producer, Writer and one of the greatest stand up comedians of all time, Chris Rock, will celebrate his run of sold out dates at Zanie's here in Nashville with a stand up show of all new material in the Third Man Records Blue Room event space this Tuesday, Jan 24th. Opening the show will be Daru Jones performing live drums along with DJ Bowls spinning records.

    Third Man is excited to host Chris Rock in our Blue Room event space where we have hosted so many comedians, musicians, artists, films, poets and more over our past nearly 8 years here in Nashville, including everyone from Conan O'Brien, Pearl Jam, Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, Reggie Watts, and many many more.

    Will-Call Tickets go on sale immediately here at $30 a piece limit two per person, and the show strictly 18+.

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