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The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said "Life is Pain." Poet Sampson Starkweather says PAIN: The Board Game. Third Man Books’ fourth title has, evidently, caused pain in a few lives already: four printing presses in Nashville, Tennessee, refused the book due to "objectionable content” (in 2015?!?). PAIN: The Board Game is 160 pages of poetry, 15 full color illustrations by Jon-Michael Frank, and the first book of poetry that is both page-turning-analog and online interactive. Find out why The Huffington Post describes Starkweather as, "Not only thrillingly accessible, not only deeply thought-provoking, but also, and without exaggeration, historically important,” and Bianca Stone, author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, says, "I find with each poem I’m laughing out loud. But also putting my hand over my heart, in a futile effort to keep the damn thing still.” For a sample of Sampson Starkweather’s poems go here.
And... A challenge, too!! You asked for it. We’ve done it. Finally, a kick-ass video game based on a poetry book rather than FIFA, alien invasion, or Seal Team 6. Now all you gamers out there can experience what pixilated, dark haired poet Sampson Starkweather experiences: PAIN. No more can society argue that video game culture has usurped activities such as reading. Play the game here and taste the PAIN... then take a screenshot of your high score and Instagram it using the hashtag #PainTheVideoGame. The top three scores to post will receive the all three limited edition packages Third Man Books has published (a $110 value).
In case you missed any of the 4 Dead Weather Technique and Discussion Videos, here are all four, featuring the four members of the Dead Weather, handily stored in one convenient place for you to press play, sit back, and watch and learn from. While Alison's video was the final clip in this instructional series, it was not the last that you'll see of the Dead Weather on black and white film. There's a lot more of where this came from, specifically a full-length Jack White-directed film which will contain not only these four videos as well as the "Be Still" and "I Feel Love" Live Performance videos, but also loads of additional footage that has yet to be seen by human eyes... or at least YOUR human eyes. That is, if you're human. We don't like to make assumptions. Anyway, enjoy the knowledge bombs Jack, Jack, Alison, and Dean drop in the below, get your hands on a copy of Dodge and Burn if you haven't already, and stay tuned for much more to feast your eyes on from the Dead Weather soon.
As announced last week, Yak are set to release their most thrilling material yet in the form of a second EP titled ‘No’, produced by Pulp’s Steve Mackey, on 13th November on Jack White’s Third Man Records. Today the trio have unveiled the official video for the release’s title track. Directed by ex-Jesus And Mary Chain member Douglas Hart (who’s also made videos for Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and The Horrors), the disorientating, sense-exploding clip captures exactly why Yak are fast becoming known as the UK’s most ferociously exciting live band.
Hot off the back of a lengthy tour with Peace, Yak are set to play several US shows later this month including two at CMJ before embarking on their biggest headline tour of the UK to date. They will also support Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind tonight at London Oslo.
Upcoming Yak Tour Dates:
Oct 12 – London, Oslo (w/Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind)
Oct 14 – US, NYC, Santos Party House (NME, Popgun, House Arrest CMJ Party) 8pm
Oct 15 – US, NYC, Mercury Lounge (High Road Touring CMJ Showcase) 10pm
Nov 13 – France, Les Inrocks Festival – Paris Boule Noire
Nov 14 – Southampton, Indiependence Festival
Ticket link: www.independencefest.co.uk
Nov 17 – London, Moth Club
Nov 18 – Brighton, Prince Albert
Nov 19 – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
Nov 20 – Liverpool, Magnet
Nov 21 – Bristol, Start The Bus
Nov 24 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Nov 25 – Glasgow, Broadcast
Nov 26 – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
Nov 27 – Newcastle, Head Of Steam
Nov 28 – Leicester, The Cookie
Dec 1 – Manchester, Gullivers
Dec 2 – Cardiff, Ifor Bach
Dec 3 – Falmouth, Mono
Dec 4 – Plymouth, The Underground
Third Man Books is excited to be in California on Oct 13 and Oct 15. Tuesday we'll be visiting one of America's most historical / influential bookstores: City Lights. Two days later we'll be in Los Angeles performing on the rooftop of the sleek and always artist friendly Downtown Ace Hotel. For these dates, we'll be featuring TMB's newest author Sampson Starkweather, whose PAIN: The Board Game hits the streets on Oct 13; TMB's first author Janaka Stucky, whose The Truth Is We Are Perfect is nearing its second pressing; and, poet/ jeweler Paige Taggart (Language Lessons, Want for Lion).
To top it off, we're very VERY excited to have Northern California artist Ginny Stanford also on the bill at City Lights for a very special reading of selected poems from Frank Stanford's Hidden Water. Icing on the cake, and so folks won't accuse us of being overly poet-centric, Los Angeles native Amelia Gray will join us Thursday at Ace Hotel to read stories from her incredible collection Gutshot.
Come hang out with us! Drinks will be served both nights. Free TMR/TMB tote bags will be on hand. And books, limited editions, and more books will be available for purchase.
AND DON’T FORGET THE TURNTABLES! Tuesday night DJ PETER MARAVELIS will be on the decks. Thursday the indomitable ZACH COWIE.
THIRD MAN BOOKS: Where your turntable's not dead and the page still turns.