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  • Ultimate Painting Live at Third Man Records... Coming Soon to a Venue Near You!

    Posted by Third Man on 21 April 2016

    Beautiful morning! Ultimate Painting’s Live at Third Man Records full-length LP will be available EARLY and RIGHT ON TIME for the band’s forthcoming Spring tour with Woods, starting on April 23rd in Chicago. The same tour, incidentally, passes riiiiight through Nashville. Maybe you’ll join us? Perhaps attend in your own hometown? You do you  — BUT — just know that this is the only place to grab a copy 'til way later. Check the dates below.

    The official proper global release date for the LP is set for May 27th, 2016.

    This LP is oozing with seriously SUPREME CUTS from both Ultimate Painting and Green Lanes (both released via Trouble in Mind). In some cases (like "Ten Street" and "Ultimate Painting") slick old favorites are stretched to their limits. It stands as a first-rate document of live rock ‘n’ roll that hits you like cold rain plus hot toddy. All the while taking special care not to bury lyric and beautiful harmonies under a security blanket of guitar squall and pointless effects. Straight to the point and totally balanced! That’s a guarantee and a perfect prescription.

    Wait though, not finished. Recorded the same day, at the same show, we’ll also deliver The Paperhead’s Live at Third Man Records 7’’! The record includes the obvious, future-classic “Africa” from their highly mesmerizing Africa Avenue (TiM) and an as-yet-unreleased track “Little Kid Blues” showcasing the band at their heaviest and most dynamic--shout out to that Farfisa swagger and them excellent drums. A fantastic listen through and through and a perfect compliment to the LP.


    Sat-Apr-23 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
    Mon-Apr-25 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
    Tue-Apr-26 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club *
    Wed-Apr-27 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s *
    Thu-Apr-28 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room *
    Sat-Apr-30 Austin, TX @ Levitation Austin *
    Mon-May-02 Nashville, TN @ Third Man Records
    Tue-May-03 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Purgatory Room *
    Wed-May-04 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight *
    Thu-May-05 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
    Fri-May-06 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle *
    Sat-May-07 New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *

    Get them on tour in a town hear you, or wait until the official release date May 27th!

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  • Acoustic in Alaska Sneak Peek

    Posted by Third Man on 20 April 2016

    We are VERY excited about Vault Package #28, and we know you are too, which is why we feel compelled to remind you that the deadline is FAST APPROACHING! If you don't sign up by April 30th, we're afraid you might never feast your ears on Acoustic in Idaho or your eyes on Acoustic in Alaska! So, here's a recap of what Vault Package #28 has in store for you. Once your memory has been refreshed, head on over to the Third Man Records online store and sign up to be a Platinum Subscriber NOW or forever hold your peace...

    About 1 year ago, Jack White embarked on an unusual, acoustic tour. Hitting the only five states in the US in which he had yet to perform — the wild environs of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, and Alaska — White and his acoustic ensemble of Dominic Davis, Fats Kaplin and Lillie Mae Rische delivered jaw-dropping performances to the previously JW deprived terrritories. Each show was announced only hours before curtains lifted and tickets were only available in the venue box office, 1 per person, for $3. "No tradesies." Rampant online speculation, guesstimation and divining ensued, and those who were lucky and/or cunning enough to secure a seat were admired by all. The shows had several standards and rules set ahead of time by White: no amplifiers, only ribbon microphones used, and no monitors on stage.

    Vault Package #28 is a celebration of these unprecedented performances and the end of the era that they signified. Beyond the double LP component, Acoustic in Idaho, the package also includes a DVD of Jack's performance from the Wendy Williamson Auditorium in Anchorage, Alaska. With the ethereal setting adding to the mystique of the circumstance, the show was one of the most thrilling in White’s twenty-plus-year career, and those who were there to enjoy it (who had waited all day in the snow), bore witness to a once-in-a-lifetime performance. We present that memorable show here, in its entirety, on DVD, with expertly engineered sound and editing by TMR’s in-house film guru Brad Holland. Acoustic in Alaska is truly spectacular. View a clip from the performance below:

    The package also features Pictures From Unknown States, an intimate collection of shots from photographer, close Third Man ally David James Swanson. This pictorial travelogue of the tour and the places and people it encountered on its route is a packed-to-the-brim 52 pages of sheer wonder. Also borrowed from Swanson’s stunning photo archives and are two elegant Risograph prints, both suitable for framing and evocative of the gilded settings of each one of these performances.

    The sign-up deadline for Vault Package #28 is next Saturday, April 30th, at 7pm CST. There's only one way to see the performance if you weren't in the audience, and that is to become a Platinum Vault Subscriber today.


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  • Death From Above 1979 Live Record Release

    Posted by Third Man on 20 April 2016

    Today, Third Man Records announces the release of Death From Above 1979’s epic live EP. For over 10 years, these international men of mystery, Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger, have dipped their toes into whatever waters they pleased (MSTRKRFT, Deserts/Bad Tits, Femme Fatale, The Mountains, Black Cat No.13), and created songs that'll get you off your ass and make you feel things.

    A decade after a sudden break up, following the release of their rich and gritty first record You're A Woman, I'm a Machine, tours with Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age, and one foot in the door of the mainstream, Death From Above 1979 reunited and released their second LP The Physical World last fall. The duo picked right up where they left off and hit the road last summer. Amidst their resurgence, DFA 1979 decided to dip their toes in the water of Third Man Record’s Blue Room. The room which is home to the 1953 Scully Lathe that previously cut James Brown singles at King Records, and where they decided to record the epic live performance to master and be reproduced for generations to enjoy. United Record Pressing has completed the pressing of these records and they are officially ready for release. The Live EP is set for release on April 22. Pre-order your copy now.

    “We’ve always been wary of live recording experiences because they can end up so sterile and flat sounding and they hardly ever translate the feeling of the actual show. The feeling of the moment,” DFA 1979 said of the experience. “When we were asked to record Live At Third Man Records we agreed without hesitation. If there is one person who knows about feeling the moment, it’s Jack White. He’s the patron saint of vibes. We cut two twenty minute long sets straight to acetate. No second chances. Terrifying but alive. Third Man were such phenomenal hosts and the audience went bananas with us. It was such an honour to be a part of. The whole thing was such a rush, it almost feels like a dream.”

    “Oh yeah, Mick Jagger was there. Did we mention that we went out to dinner with Jack and Mick after and then went bowling until 3am? It’s also worth noting that Jack got the highest score followed by Sebastien. Mick and Jesse tied.”

    View photos from this show here, and order your copy on 12" LP here!

    It was an epic night. It is an epic record. It is finally here.

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  • Life Is A Rip-Off: Complete Book

    Posted by Katie Studley on 19 April 2016

    Third Man Books is pleased to announce the official release of... 

    LIFE IS A RIP OFF: THE COMPLETE BOOK is 12 months of record reviews—one record a day, every day, for one year. Yes, John “Inzane" Olson aka Inzane Johnny of the band Wolf Eyes aka American Tapes did that. And he reviewed everything from death metal demo cassettes to the Staples Singers' gospel. Enter into the OLZONE and find out about music you've never known, bands from places that you've never heard, and then read his review of KANSAS. Reading LRIP will make you re-realize why blues is relevant, why every punk band in America matters, why jazz is good for the heart, and metal will always ride by your side.

    "To write music op-ed this good, you have to tap the primordial sap sack, to butterfly stroke the ancient ooze of tune begatment, cave dwell with the knuckle draggers, scratch symbols into the dirt with the freaks and make it rain. He do and it did”. — Henry Rollins

    "[Life is a Rip Off] is the best way [John Olson] can add another cubist layer to the sound and visuality he’s already presented for the last twenty or so years. He’s sharing something the people who don’t know him personally don’t get enough of—his textual, syntactical brain, stained as it is with dollar-store spray paint.” Ben Hell Hall, Detroit artist.

    "When John agreed to write a record review a day, back in 20xx, I wasn’t too keen on the idea. Not because I didn’t think he could do it - but that I knew he would do it, even if it became a years-long all-encompassing obsessive task.” — Tovah Olson, The Dead Machines.

    "[John Olson] didn’t just introduce me to different worlds, the man introduced me to entire universes.” Bryan Ramirez, Killertrees Records

    "Wolf Eyes . . . sounds like a crumbling Velvet Underground bootleg that's been burned to ashes." NPR, Sept 2015


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  • Record Store Day Recap Video

    Posted by Third Man on 17 April 2016

    Another year, another wonderful high holiday of music lovers everywhere! Thank you all so much for joining us for our favorite day of the year. We're always thrilled to bring more great music into the world  — this year that meant The White Stripes, Jack White & The Muppets' Electric Mayhem Band, and Kate Pierson of the B52's — and we were OVER THE MOON to get to spend such a beautiful Spring day with friends like you in both Detroit AND Nashville. Have a look at Nashville's festivities in this video below, made by our incredible (and incredibly swift) in-house film guru Brad Holland, and view our slideshow of all the action at Third Man Records Cass Corridor here!

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  • New Merchandise and Record Store Day Merch Exclusives!

    Posted by Third Man on 15 April 2016

    We know many of you come to Record Store Day at Third Man Records every year not only because we've got great bands, great releases, and we like to turn the whole thing into one big block party, but also because delight in delighting you with new merchandise on Record Store Day too!

    This year, we have a few RSD-exclusive pieces, which will only be available IN-PERSON, IN-STORE:

    Rob Jones-designed White Stripes Poster (Detroit Only) / Rob Jones-designed White Stripes Postcards (Nashville Only) / RSD Patch (both stores)

    We also have so, so, so much good stuff that will not only be available in-store, but also online, for those of you who aren't able to make the trek to Tennessee or Michigan... Have a gander...

    • Rob Jones-designed White Stripes "Tin Man" Shirt
    • Temporary Tattoos and jewelry from Verameat
    • Supersoft Raglan Sweatshirt in multiple designs
    • TMR Shop Rag
    • New T-Shirts: Raglan and Pocket T's
    • Blank Third Man keys

    Third Man Books will also be selling John Olson (Wolf Eyes) complete anthology of music reviews. This inzane Michigander wrote one review per day for one year... from the best in death metal to the Staple Singers' gospel. Life is a Rip Off: The Complete Book (all 365 days!) is music criticism for those who hate music criticism but love words.

    And... one item we're very excited to announce. We have been collaborating with U-Turn audio, a wonderful crew of folks who build and test affordable and high quality record players in Boston, Massachusetts to produce a Hive-ified version of their Orbit Plus Turntable, and tomorrow, our labor of love makes its debut. It is slick, slick, slick. and it's been hailed by those-in-the-know as "by far, the bast bang for your buck we've seen in a turntable" and "good as equipment twice its price." Not too shabby, eh? The Third Man Records U-Turn Orbit Plus delivers enhanced speed consistency, and a nice, punchy bass. The arm comes pre-installed with a Grado Black1 cartridge, which is known for its rich and natural sound, plus a precision univpivot tonearm, vibration damping feet, and a decoupled manual belt drive (33/45 RPM). It also includes a dust cover, TMR slipmat, RCA cables, and a one-year warranty. We know you'll fall in love with this turntable... have a look at it here in all its American-made glory:

    Learn more about our Record Store Day 2016 plans here, and join us tomorrow for the high holiday for vinyl fans worldwide! 


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