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A new single and an LP on the way from the hardest working punk in show business.
"Timmy Vulgar, Detroit’s favorite son, and most ambitiously amphibious creative force doesn’t need much of an introduction to anyone familiar with subversive punk music over the past decade and a half. He’s been such an irreplaceable figure in each of his musical endeavors since his emergence in such legendary acts such as the Epileptix and Clone Defects back in the late 1990s, right up through his shape-shifting efforts in the mollusk-like Human Eye and the prog-soaked Reptile Forcefield, and straight into his latest nerve-numbing scatterbomb known simply as Timmy’s Organism.” — Todd Killings, Hozac Records
How can KURT VILE fans sleep at night knowing that this fucking guy is out there, ruling the universe? Seriously, Timmy Vulgar - makes everyone else look like a fucking joke. — Mitch Cardwell, Maximum Rock'n'Roll
Couldn't have said it better ourselves, Todd and Mitch. Working with Timmy Vulgar and his outfit Timmy's Organism means yet another dream come true for Third Man Records. Fronting some of the most original, compelling and unpredictable bands (not only in Detroit, but the world) for over two decades, Tim Lampinen’s work with the Epileptix, Clone Defects, and Human Eye has always held a rapturous cult following. Yet his work with his current trio, Timmy’s Organism, presents Lampinen (aka Timmy Vulgar) along with bassist Jeff Giant and drummer Blake “Bovver” Hill, ready for their close-up. With Heartless Heathen the group touches on their artistic and spiritual forbears of Captain Beefheart and Destroy All Monsters, while amply ramping up the slop culture rapture of classic punk 'n' roll like Chrome, Crime, and the Damned as well as contemporaries like Thee Oh Sees. There’s a reason why Lampinen won a $25,000 Kresge Grant for his work with his bands… he creates music that borders on art, live shows that border on theater. It’s high time the rest of the world take notice. Are you ready?
You better be, because the first single "Get Up, Get Out" b/w "The Thrill Is Gone" is available for pre-order TODAY, and you can preview the track at Stereogum. The full-length LP HEARTLESS HEATHEN will be released October 30th. Why does that date sound familiar? Must be because this time last week, we announced the new record from Wolf Eyes (I Am A Problem: Mind in Pieces) out on the same day. You can pre-order the singles from both Timmy's Organism and Wolf Eyes here.
Heartless Heathen Tracklist:
1. Get Up, Get Out
2. Heartless Heathen
3. Please Don't Be Going
4. Mental Boy
5. Wicked Man
6. Back In The Dungeon
7. Weather Woman
8. My Angel Above
9. Hey Eddie
10. Wounded White Dove
Post-industrial/noise group Wolf Eyes are set to release their new album I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces on October 30th. Hear the album's first single "Enemy Ladder" over at Pitchfork, and pre-order the 7" today.
I Am A Problem: Mind In Pieces
Like it or not: problems are everywhere: waiting dormant under your bed, writhing in the dust in your basement, within the nagging insistence creeping along the cobwebs of your mind growing stronger with every day you forget about them. Problems are at the Wailing Wall - problems are amplified LOUD in a rotten warehouse providing electronic mayhem to Satanic Unveilings: Local and Unlocal. They are the kids in the empty streets in the late august summers with nothing to do but let the antisocial damage fester in their boiling brains. They are the millions of spiders deep in the oceans looking for metal fallen from the skies. They all have one common thread of DNA sprinting thru their misift cells: the soundtrack of WOLF EYES I AM A PROBLEM.
What is this audio social dissent? Its the newest and hardest-polished latest link in the long chain that locks Bo Diddely inside his homemade nuclear fallout bunker. Its Detroit-Michigan's trio of Nathan Young, John Olson, & James Baljo's trim and s.h.a.r.p follow up to 2013's "NO ANSWER: LOWER FLOORS" but now the floors are at their lowest point into the mire but strengthend to its strongest foundation of six tracks of uber-sustained moods from the downtown- lights seen thru rotten eyes of the opening track "Catching the Rich Train" to the closer eight minute frozen daylight - draining downer of "Cynthia Vortex." Inbetween these detailed sonic problems you have to climb a "ENEMY LADDER", run from the creature gang known only as the "ASBESTOS YOUTH" only to come face to grim face with the menace only humanly known as "T.O.D.D." The journey will twist and turn into all sorts from-scratch music tuneage which will leave both of your ears juggling with nothing but a concise PROBLEM to deal with: and your mind will be spilled across the sun-soaked concrete slab- jigsaw style IN PIECES.
Wolf Eyes history stretches from 97-to present with over 500 releases into the either of the musical world: with units only normal instrument being a lone GUITAR thru the years: give and take some gongs and blues harmonica,: strings here put thru a John Cipollina- in year 2098 live thru a drag strip filter fuzz -damage direct from Jim Baljo. Nathan Young provides vox & electronics from a woods possessed by a spirit thats both too ancient and too futuristic to gain comfort in its own proto- rural/urban musical environment. Final member John Olson rounds out the soundscape with electronics and woodwinds whose only job title can be known as conjuring "the gut of un-nameable menace" into sound. Here on I AM PROBLEM : the trio are at their peak: relaxed but knife-focused : not a second is wasted on the streamlined atmosphere of scruffy scotch tape-electronics musique' concrete foundation of splatter used to raise up a monument of individualism and idiosyncratic homemade misfired dribbling ROCK AND ROLL: again from the year 2098, with a new messed up misconfigured FACE.
In conclusion: I suggest you sit back, empty your brain gels: and let this PROBLEM sink/rip/boil into your blood stream and witness the WOLF sound molecules fight their rugged way into your world-view/ personal vision and follow the dissonance to the streets to fight your own lone revolution, from scratch: at day one with YOUR MIND IN PIECES.
Late Summer 2015
JAY Z's twelfth studio album, Magna Carta… Holy Grail, is now pressed on two 180 gram LP's, heavy as the material carved into them, complete with a printed lyric insert, poetic as the gatefold it's slipped in between.
Most exciting about this double LP is certainly the concealed postcard flexi disc hidden within the back cover and only accessible to those willing to take a knife to the iconic packaging. Once freed of its casing, this flexi disc plays a super secret hidden track. You'll just have to hear it for yourself, because we sure don't plan to ruin the mystery of it here.
The record is available for purchase NOW at thirdmanstore.com, and will be at your local, independent record store within a few weeks.
*Third Man sold the limited edition 7" vinyl set back in March, available only in store for our grand opening, and via the Vault Novelties shop.
Fear not, friends. We come to you bearing the best of news: Our previously postponed Death From Above 1979 show (originally scheduled for July 16th), has been rescheduled! The duo has made right with the powers that be and will be adding yet another layer of grade A 100% pure sonic grit to the blue curves of the Blue Room on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th. The rest of the show details, including timing remain the same. Doors/Patio Grill Out at 7pm / Show at 8pm. 18+. All tickets purchased online can be picked up at the door beginning at 7pm.
If you purchased tickets back in June, your tickets ARE VALID for this new date.
If you are a ticket holder, but cannot attend now that the show has been rescheduled, please e-mail email@example.com for a full refund. Tickets are non-transferable, so please DO NOT post your tickets on Craigslist or other secondary resale sites.
As of right now, we have no additional tickets to sell for this show. If we do acquire additional tickets due to refunds, we will announce their availability in mid-September.
It seems like only yesterday that Third Man was opening its doors for the first time, inviting a very select few friends and fans inside a nondescript black building in an historically industrial part of Nashville, Tennessee, just a stone’s throw from the bustling downtown honky-tonks. It was in this magic environment that the Dead Weather, a collaborative project between Jack Lawrence, Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita and Jack White, would make their live debut.
As a part of the inaugural festivities, attendees were invited to live the experience fully through their five senses and trade in their cell phones upon entry. In return, each guest was given a sealed blank envelope which included a hand-painted 7” test pressing of the Dead Weather’s first single “Hang You From the Heavens.” Each band member painted artwork for each of the one-of-a-kind singles, and a unique strip of photos taken by the full band in the Third Man photo booth was contained inside. All were thought to have been given out the night of the event. At least, that’s what we thought.
In his closet, Jack has uncovered an additional sealed, hand-painted Dead Weather “Hang You From the Heavens” 7” from that otherworldly night. The artwork for this single has not been seen since 2009 and could have been designed by any member of the band.
So, here’s the scoop, friends: we are going to give this ultra-rare single away to one lucky Vault member as a part of the coolest Vault contest to date. All current Vault members will be have their name automatically entered into this contest. Any Vault member who successfully gets a friend to purchase a Platinum Vault membership between now and Friday, July 31 at midnight CST will have an additional 50 entries into this contest. The new Platinum Vault member (your friend) will automatically be given one entry as well.
You can enter by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. To be entered successfully, you must include your first and last name as well as the name and email address of the friend that signed up for a Platinum Vault membership thanks to your recommendation. All entries will be double-checked to ensure that the referred party's Platinum Vault subscription has been activated during this brief period of time. Then, on Monday, August 3, we will use a randomizer to pick one Platinum Vault member as the winner, announce it on the Vault site and ship the 7” with an insane amount of packing material. Probably in a fireproof box or a safe. Who knows.
Good luck all!
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY A PLATINUM VAULT MEMBER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO E-MAIL TO BE ENTERED. YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED. PLEASE ONLY E-MAIL ONCE YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SIGNED UP A FRIEND FOR A PLATINUM SUBSCRIPTION.
“The big event in poetry for 2015 will likely be the long-awaited resurrection of Frank Stanford, a legendary badass from Arkansas, much of whose poetry has been unavailable since his suicide at the age of 29 in 1978… Stanford was a hell of a metaphor-maker and simile-slinger, and could cast a spell of extreme intensity with a flick of his wrist.”—NPR.org
We couldn't be more thrilled to bring you this collection of unpublished poems, drafts, never before seen photos, and correspondences between Stanford, Allen Ginsberg, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Alan Dugan, and more. So, to celebrate, we've released a few companion goodies... 2 Frank Stanford buttons, a Third Man Books ball point pen, and a Janaka Stucky Button. (Oh, and if you haven't picked up a Third Man Books tote bag, we've got those too!)
On TOP of all that good stuff, for a limited time, we are offering 10% off your ENTIRE Third Man Store order with the inclusion of a Third Man Books title in your cart. Simply use the code "WELLREAD" at check-out. Exclusions apply.