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Third Man Records: Your Turntable is not dead!
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    Posted by Third Man on 27 July 2016

    Join us at Third Man Records HQ in Nashville or at our Cass Corridor Detroit location this Saturday morning, July 30th, to watch the launch of the first record played in space, all while celebrating our 7th Anniversary! If you can't make it, we hope you'll watch the launch from home at, beginning at 11CT/12EST.

    If you CAN join us, we hope you'll consider purchasing a STELLAR TICKET.

    • Each $75 Stellar Ticket (on sale NOW!) gets you:
    • Each exclusive merch item: Poster ($25 value), Button ($2 value), Sticker ($2 value), Postcard ($2 value)
    • Exclusive GOLD VINYL version of Carl Sagan's "A Glorious Dawn" single on 12" ($30 value) without waiting in line
    • Icarus lapel pin ($7 value)— available ONLY to Stellar Ticket holders
    • No lines & air conditioning all day
    • NASHVILLE — Admission to the launch party in the Blue Room (10am) featuring Soledad Brothers(!!!) and DJ Space Is The Place.


    Merchandise items AND gold vinyl record included with STELLAR TICKET

    In Nashville, those wanting to attend the launch party/Soledad Brothers performance, but don't want a merchandise bundle, can purchase a standalone ticket for $15 here. In addition to our patio viewing area and bar (open at 9:30AM), Nashville will have the gold-plated record from the space launch itself on display, plus a representative from SATINS launch team, as well as Symphony of Science's "Cosmos" composer John Boswell on hand to discuss the project. Bang Candy has also concocted cosmic confections in celebration of the event.

    In Detroit, the ICARUS CRAFT itself, plus its creator Kevin Carrico, will be on hand to answer questions and take photos, and the store will be open for anyone to sneak a peek at the launch and listen to bands while shopping.

    Both Nashville & Detroit storefronts will open at regular hours (10am local time) for customers to take advantage of our 30% off Anniversary Sale, which will also be valid in the online store (discount taken at check out).

    In both locations, customers not wanting to purchase a Stellar Ticket can purchase merchandise a la carte via regular check-out, though all should be advised that lines could be quite long, so prepare for hot temperatures and hydrate accordingly. A la carte exclusive record launch merchandise and limited records WILL NOT be on sale until the completion of the attempted mission. ICARUS t-shirts, however, which are not limited, will be available all day.

    The Blue Room in Nashville will be open to the public for continued merriment after the mission with an in-store later that afternoon at 4:30 with Craig Brown, and the additional bands listed above will continue the party in Detroit.

    Purchase your STELLAR TICKET here, and see you Saturday...

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  • Upcoming Events in Nashville & Detroit

    Posted by Third Man on 26 July 2016

    August is turning out to be another busy month full of amazing events at both our Nashville headquarters and our Detroit location! Have a read through our upcoming events below, and get your tickets early! 

     Nashville 8/1: Boris w/ Earth (SOLD OUT!)

    If you've got tickets, congrats! It's going to be an unbelievable show.

     Nashville 8/2: Peripheral Visions Presents... LEMORA, $10, 8pm

    Brought up by a licentious priest when her gangster father goes on the lam, 13-year-old Lila Lee (Rainbeaux Smith) receives a letter from the mysterious Lemora urging her to come to her ailing father's side. Lila embarks on a journey through the swampy Prohibition era deep South in search of the town of Astaroth, an eerie place inhabited by bands of feuding vampires, roving groups of lost children, and enough creepy old men to haunt every young child's dreams. The atmospheric adolescent coming-of-age allegory plays as a Lovecraftian take on Southern Gothic filtered through the low-budget lens of a European art film. Lost in relative obscurity for years, LEMORA's reputation has been somewhat restored thanks to cult cinephiles who laud it as an eccentric and truly unique dark fairy tale about growing up subjected to the unrelenting, lascivious male Gaze. Watch the trailer and purchase tickets here.

     Nashville 8/4-9: Triple Fantasy Art Show, Opening Reception 8/4 from 6-8pm

    Third Man Records is proud to announce Triple Fantasy, an exhibit curated by Laura Hutson that brings together work by three artists who are concerned with the intersection between sex and magic. The artists — Elijah Burgher, Tracy Nakayama and Benjy Russell — address themes of queerness, sexuality and the occult through their unique drawings, prints, paintings and photography. Burgher has had work in the Whitney Biennial and is represented here by Chicago's Western Exhibitions gallery. His drawings, paintings and prints draw largely on sigils and an imaginary cult called the Bachelors of the Dawn that claims the supremacy of homosexual men. Nakayama is an L.A.-based artists whose work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her paintings reference 1970s porn and, more recently, contemporary nudist colonies. She has created a painting specifically for this exhibit, and will have a limited edition print of another painting available. Russell is based in both L.A. and the Nashville area, and uses photography to incorporate ideas of ritual and sexuality. His often surreal work eschews Photoshop in favor of absurdism and in-camera effects. Join us on the 4th for the opening reception, or if you can't make it, stop by in the following 4 days to see this incredible show.

     Detroit 8/10: Arkells Acoustic In-Store / Meet & Greet, 5pm, FREE & all ages!

    That's all you need to know! Just show up and enjoy the show!

     Nashville 8/16: Joyce Manor with Caddywhompus, $10, 8pm, all ages

    Third Man Records is happy to announce Joyce Manor and Caddywhompus will be joining us in the Blue Room on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Joyce Manor, consisting of Barry Johnson, Chase Knobbe, Jeff Enzor and Matt Ebert, come to from Torrance, California, not at all far from Manhattan Beach, the birthplace of legendary power-punk thrashers, Descendants. Coincidence? We’re not so sure. Their latest record, Never Hungover Again, was mixed by Tony Hoffer, who is largely known for his work with Phoenix, Marianne Faithful, Beck and an ever-increasing list of big name talents. His production lends a superb depth of character to their work. The result is raw feeling: joyous, pissed, pensive and rash. JM attacks their songs with an emo-pop diligence and punk rock vigor that are true to the origins of the sound and also a novel hybrid of both styles. Short and sweet without dizzying the listener. The results are explosive and yet approachable. For those stricken with a timeless ache, here’s a chance to heal. Tickets available NOW.

    • Nashville 8/17: Spray Paint & The Rebel with Soft Option, $7, 8pm, all ages

    Punk is work. The thrill is gone. Spray Paint unsettles. The band—made up of George Dishner, Cory Plump and Chris Stephenson—currently touring the US in support of Feel The Clamps, their sixth LP, available now through Goner Records. Not unlike A-Frames, Whirlwind Heat, Brainiac, Arab on Radar, or your friend who takes acid to sleep, they command a post-punk angst, a warped energy, and a musty discontent—but theirs is version that could only come stumbling out of Beerland, TX. SP balances on whatever line exists between frayed atmospheres and detuned, melted punk song structures. The lyrics are hungover and moribund. The vibe is bitter. There’s no room here for miracles. Rock ‘n’ roll is a dead horse. Don’t believe us? Okay, have fun blasting "The Crunge"! Ben Wallers, AKA The Rebel, hails from Hertfordshire, UK, and is the frontman, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the art-punk band Country Teasers (among a half-dozen others). His output prolific, crafted with a darling and daring wit, and delivered with a creaking drawl of half-sung speech. His sound feels culled from the wreckage of classic country and ragged, minimalist garage. His brand of satire is rare in music and tends to spotlight unlikely topics, like the scourge of xenophobia, the sickness of sexism and pastoral darkness from the perspective of those who are actually afflicted with those ideas—all in the name of humor and a culture study of sorts. He’s confiscated your dog whistle and he’s exploring the boundaries of human decency through brazen and uncomfortably blunt satire. He’s a wee laugh riot. Tickets available NOW.

     Detroit 8/21: Melvins Live at Third Man Records Cass Corridor, $15, 3pm, all ages

    Get your tickets and swing by Third Man Records, Cass Corridor for a nice, mellow, Sunday afternoon performance by the Melvins……..THE MELVINS? Mellow? Sunday Afternoon? This is all wrong. Come cram into Third Man Records and get sweaty on the sabbath with the Melvins and watch em strip the paint off the columns. Bring ear plugs if you want, but they probably won’t work. Dale and King Buzzo are joined by the one and only Steve McDonald (Redd Kross, Off, Tater Totz) and they are planning on brining a little danger back to the Cass Corridor! 

     Nashville 8/25-28: The Wild Wonderful World of Dapper Bruce LaFitte Art Show, Opening Reception 8/25 from 6-8pm

    Dapper Bruce LaFitte, formerly known as Bruce Davenport, Jr. is New Orleans personified, his work heavily influenced by his upbringing in the housing projects of the 6th Ward and one terrible storm that rolled through in 2005. With LaFitte's work is a tribute to New Orleans, featuring vibrant color marker drawings of the parades and marching bands that are a symbol of his home city and a personal passion. Coming to art as a career later in life, Lafitte is now represented by the Louis B. James gallery in life, and his work has been shown in 14 countries around the world, bringing the resilience of New Orleans with it wherever it goes. Join us for the opening reception on August 25th from 6-8pm.

    August is turning out to be another busy month full of amazing events at both our Nashville headquarters and our Detroit location! Have a read through our upcoming events below, and get your tickets early!

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    Posted by Third Man on 25 July 2016

    On July 30th, in celebration of our 7th anniversary, Third Man Records will reveal our attempt to play the first phonographic record in space — a gold-plated 12” master of Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn” (a moving arrangement of Sagan’s sagacious words culled from his magnificent Cosmos series, previously pressed and distributed as a 7” in their first year of operation, 2009). This record marks our 3 MILLIONTH RECORD PRESSED! The vessel tasked with the mission —The ICARUS CRAFT — is a custom-built “space-proof” turntable attached to a high-altitude balloon designed by Kevin Carrico, who has NASA in his blood, and is responsible for assisting in the restoration of many of Third Man’s machines (Third Man Recording Booth) to working order. Kevin and the Third Man team are aided in their endeavor by SATINS (Students and Teachers in Near Space). 

    To celebrate the occasion, Third Man Records will be hosting (literal) launch parties at both its Cass Corridor and Nashville locations, where the viewing of the mission, as well as live bands, exclusive, commemorative merchandise, and limited edition, 12” gold vinyl copies of the 3 millionth pressing, “A Glorious Dawn” will be available for purchase, as well as a few other limited, exclusive LP offerings. In Detroit, the ICARUS CRAFT will be on exhibit with its creator Kevin Carrico answering questions, and in Nashville, the gold-plated record will be displayed. Visitors can take Third Man Impossible Project instant-photos with the ICARUS CRAFT, Gold-plated record, or with designer Kevin Carrico, if you ask him nicely.

    Both parties will feature live music and DJ’s (to be announced this week) and will begin at 11am EST/ 10am CST with a takeoff time of exactly 12pm EST / 11am CST.

    The pre-recorded launch will be shown at both locations AND streamed online (details to follow) however, exclusive records and merchandise will only be available at Third Man’s physical locations. To avoid waiting in line and be a part of the party at Third Man Cass Corridor and in Nashville’s Blue Room, Third Man Records will offer a limited number of the STELLAR TICKET, which grants access to entertainment and guarantees a bag set aside with your name on it containing each exclusive merch item and a copy of the record. STELLAR TICKETS are not yet for sale, and further details will be announced mid-week.

    Those who opt not to purchase a STELLAR TICKET will still be able to purchase the record and merchandise in each respective storefront (the Carl Sagan Record will not be available until after the screening), but will not be guaranteed accommodation to watch the launch on-site or admission into the launch party.

    Also in celebration of Third Man’s 7th anniversary, customers both in-store and online will receive 30% off their entire purchase!!! (Bundles and exclusive items do not apply. Cannot be combined with other offers.) The discount will be taken at checkout.

    [click image for 3D rendering of ICARUS Craft]

    Third Man Records is over-the-moon with excitement to pursue and share with you the ICARUS CRAFT’s mission to spin a record further from Earth than a record has ever been spun...Plan to join us and witness history in the making! You got something better to do?


    July 30th, 2016

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    Posted by Third Man on 21 July 2016

    Continuing our commitment to shining a celebratory light on classic and influential music from Detroit, Third Man Records is honored to re-introduce the world to the undeniable importance of the Detroit Cobras. We will reissue the Detroit Cobras debut records - Mink, Rat or Rabbit and Life, Love and Leaving - on August 26th on glorious black vinyl at a record store near you, and available at for pre-order today.

    The band has experienced many roster revisions over the years, especially when it comes to their touring configuration, but the perfectly irreverent Rachel Nagy on vocals and Mary Ramirez, one of the greatest guitarists to ever come out of Detroit, have been near constants and the creative force behind these two records. The first of the two releases also include noted Detroit photographer Steve Shaw (The Fondas) on guitar, the prolific Jeff Meier (Rocket 455, Nathaniel Mayer) on bass, and the pure drum work by Damian Lang (Two Star Tabernacle) making for a line-up of pure perfection.

    As one of the earliest salvos in the great Detroit garage explosion of the turn of the century, the Detroit Cobras' Mink, Rat or Rabbit (1998) is a landmark album. Comprised solely of covers songs (as has always been the band's MO) the Cobra's spirited takes on Motown classics ("I'll Keep Holding On" originally by the Marvellettes), garage punk laments ("Bad Girl" originally known as "Bad Man" by the Oblivians) girl group tear-jerkers ("Easier to Cry" originally by the Shangri-Las) and New Orleans soul standards ("Break-a-way" originally by Irma Thomas) and the end result is nothing short of a staple that any record collection is empty without.

    Originally released in 2001, the Detroit Cobras' Life, Love and Leaving is the group's best-known effort, coming at a time when bands like the White Stripes and Dirtbombs were also releasing seminal albums that started picking up recognition outside of their collective hometown. Hitting hard with songs by soul heavyweights like Solomon Burke ("Stupidity"), Mary Wells ("Bye Bye Baby"), Otis Redding ("Shout Bamalama"), the inimitable vocals of Rachel Nagy would no-doubt be a template from which folks like Amy Winehouse would work from years later. A landmark collection of covers.

    To wet your whistles, here is a previously unreleased song, which has been pressed as a bonus track on Life, Love and Leaving titled "This Old Heart."

    Pre-Order the records, individually or as a bundle HERE. Officially in stores August 26th. 

    Continuing our commitment to shining a celebratory light on classic and influential music from Detroit, Third Man Records is honored to re-introduce the world to the undeniable importance of the Detroit Cobras. We will reissue the Detroit Cobras debut records - Mink, Rat or Rabbit and Life, Love and Leaving - on August 26th on glorious black vinyl at a record store near you, and available at for pre-order today.

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    Posted by Third Man on 19 July 2016

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    Posted by Third Man on 18 July 2016



    In October of 2015 we invited Nashville purveyors of deliberate ambience, Coupler, to record with a full orchestra of nine friends and musicians, and it turned out to be a very special piece exploring the nether-regions where the organic collides with the electronic. It was 20+ minutes of of captivating and unhurried techno played on both electronic and acoustic instruments that sounded bucolic and propulsive with a deft momentum. However, this wasn't our typical TMR show. We kept it a relatively intimate affair, with the stage in the center of the room, and only sold a handful of tickets to those interested in seeing a recording process become a performance, making this our first installment in The Blue Room Sessions series.

    If you're new to the magic of Coupler, you can think of them as an "organization" rather than a band. Ryan Norris' objectives go beyond leading a band - he aims to use Coupler as a vehicle for writing, photography, installation art, film-scoring, etc, and above all this, he aims to collaborate with the creative people around him that inspire him. In the case of this particular performance, the organization core live members, Rodrigo Avendaño, Rollum Haas and Norris, plus a group of auxiliary players: Adam Bednarik, Mark Bond, Matt Glassmeyer, Mia Krout and Ben Marcantel. The icing on the cake was Kelli Shay Hix and her light installation. The performance was tackled from an oblique angle, using group improvisation to reinvent the trajectory as they played. The end result? The birth of a new series, and one of our favorite musical creations to which the Blue Room has ever played host.

    Listen to a clip from "Invention 4 Silenzio" above, and pre-order the 12" single now. Coupler will have a release show on July 29 at The East Room in Nashville with direct support from local band Future Daze.



    Essential Tremors is something of an anomaly in a city steeped in twang, bathed in sunshine and besieged with hootenannies. Code Knr, Miller, Read Only Memory, Tan, and Eerie Neighbor make up the group voted most likely to trigger a cold sweat, and we love them for it. In the past year, the band has made the charge away from guitar music with a quiet strategy of sporadic shows of crawly, four-track downer violence. During this metamorphosis, the band cut tracks with former Terrible Two and current Serration Pulse synth-lord and tone-boss Daniel Tomczak, crafting a crisp record that is globally exasperated and groovy against all odds: a nosedive into a cesspool of circuit-bent pollution with all the precision intact, notoriously tense, rife with white-knuckle paranoia and fog. Throw in well-placed pangs of electroclash, swirling synth, waterlogged bass lines, and dark-sided shit, and you have an important reminder that good times are not forever, which we are honored to bring to your turntable. This is music for strays. Do you have a home?

    A Side: The Visitor
    B Side: Death Perception

    Listen to "The Visitor" above, and pre-order the 12" EP now. The release show for Essential Tremors is on August 5 at Soft Junk Nashville with support from Spodee Boy, Serration Pulse, and Aquarian Blood.


    Recorded on July 18th, 2014 as the opening set for Peter Walker's psychedelic guitar experience, William Tyler's Live at Third Man Records LP was buried for far too long in our backlog of masters. To release it too soon would have been to unleash the secrets of the transcendent and acclaimed new record Modern Country (Merge, 2016) before they had a chance to manifest. To wait any longer would have been torture for us. Originally planned to be a live single, the full, 5-song performance was too truthy, too seamless, and too perfectly whole to be whittled down to two tracks. So, surprise! A live LP is born.

    For those unfamiliar with William Tyler, his story is Nashville legend... born into a songwriting family, Tyler was tapped by Kurt Wagner to become a member of Lambchop at age 19 (two decades younger than the other members), and quickly became the "architect of the band's sound." From there, Tyler went on to back up the Silver Jews, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Charlie Louvin, and others... all the while writing songs for his configuration of choice: fingerpicking solo guitar. The acoustic simplicity of his first two albums remains in his most recent effort (which he describes as "a love letter to what we're losing in America. To what we've already lost"), and on this live LP, but Tyler is bringing more depth and more experimentation to his compositions of late. "Gone Clear" (known as "Going Clear" at the time of our recording) which appears on both records, is a melting pot of ideas: a drone reminiscent of Hindustani classical music, a central melody that sounds distinctly Appalachian, a devolution into a kaleidoscope of colors and ideas that it's hard to believe is being produced by a single musician. This layering of textures is Tyler's trademark, and even more awe-inspiring live.

    We like to think that with the purposeful lack of smart phones, bars to saddle up to, and, of course, corners, concert-goers in the Blue Room tend to be more in-the-moment than in most performance venues. But it's a rare artist who can take the already focused atmosphere in the room and quiet every last busy mind - Tyler did just that. This immortalization of the performance in all its transmundane glory will entrance you from first note.

    1. We Can't Go Home Again
    2. Terrace of the Leper King
    3. Missionary Ridge
    4. Going Clear
    5. Tears and Saints

    Listen to "Gone Clear" above, and pre-order the 12" LP now.

    Upcoming Tour Dates

    13- Eaux Claires Festival- Eau Claire, WI (full band)
    14- Bluestem Center for The Arts Amphitheatre- Moorhead, MN (full band w/ Wilco)
    16- CrossroadsKC- Kansas City, MO (full band w/ Wilco)
    17- The Fabulous Fox Theatre- St. Louis, MO (full band w/ Wilco)

    12- The Troubadour- Los Angeles, CA (solo w/ Margo Price)
    13- The Troubadour- Los Angeles, CA (solo w/ Margo Price)
    14- Great American Music Hall- San Francisco, CA (solo w/ Margo Price)
    17- Mississippi Studios- Portland, OR (solo w/ Margo Price)
    19- Imperial- Vancouver, BC (solo w/ Margo Price)
    21- The Olympic- Boise, ID (solo w/ Margo Price)
    22- The State Room- Salt Lake City, UT (solo w/ Margo Price)
    24- Bluebird Theater- Denver, CO (solo w/ Margo Price)
    28- Ancienne Belgique- Brussels, Belgium (w/ Wilco)
    29- Centrale- Gent, Belgium (w/ Bombino)

    2- DR Koncerthuset- Copenhagen, Denmark (w/ Wilco)
    3- Sentrum Scene-Oslo, Norway (w/ Wilco)
    4- Annexet- Stockholm, Sweden (w/ Wilco)
    5- Pustervik- Goteberg, Sweden
    7- Tempodrom- Berlin, Germany (w/ Wilco)
    9- TivoliVredenburg- Utrecht, Netherlands (w/ Wilco)
    12- Fabrique- Milan, Italy (w/ Wilco)
    14- Museumsquartier- Vienna, Austria (w/ Wilco)
    15- Volkshaus- Zürich, Switzerland (w/ Wilco)
    16- Casino de Paris- Paris, France (w/ Wilco)
    20- Bush Hall- London, United Kingdom (full band)

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