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  • We L-O-V-E Rory Scovel

    Posted by Third Man Records on 7 January 2016

    We LOVE Rory Scovel. I mean, L-O-V-E. We love Rory, the comedian from South Carolina. We love Jason. We love Jason's nemesis, the vanilla ice cream Nazi who hates rainbow sprinkles. We love Adam. We love Steve. We love Damian. We love the Utah Jazz. We love German comedians and Christian comedians alike. We love Crish Angel. You don't know these people? Oh! You must not yet own Rory's Live at Third Man Records LP! We can fix that! And... what a coincidence! That 12" happens to be our Record of the Week! Get it now for the right price of only $12!

    A few relevant points to make about Rory right now:

    1) He's on CONAN tonight. (We also L-O-V-E Conan.) Set your DVR now for 11/10 central on TBS.

    2) His new, hour-long stand-up special premieres on SEESOTV today.

    3) He's coming back to Nashville on January 24th to do a show at the Basement East. You ought to be there. Get tickets

    Rory Scovel Live at Third Man Records LP is our Record of the Week!

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  • Two Star Tabernacle’s “Itchy” - Written by Jack White

    Posted by Third Man on 6 January 2016

    Listen to Two Star Tabernacle’s “Itchy” - a previously unheard original song by Jack White - from Third Man Records Vault Package #27 recorded live on January 16th, 1998 at Detroit’s Gold Dollar now on Rolling Stone in its entirety. It moves us. We hope it moves you too. 

    Don’t forget to subscribe to the glorious and incredible Vault Package #27 before the January 31st deadline to get all 3 full live show archive recordings from Two Star Tabernacle, The Go and Jack White and the Bricks. Learn more about why you'd be crazy not to subscribe here.

    Listen to Two Star Tabernacle’s “Itchy” - a previously unheard original song by Jack White - from Third Man Records Vault Package #27 recorded live on January 16th, 1998 at Detroit’s Gold Dollar now on Rolling Stone in its entirety

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  • Third Man Books Poetry Reading at Third Man Records Cass Corridor

    Posted by Third Man on 5 January 2016

    Many know of Detroit’s music heritage. Not to be outdone, there also exists a tradition of amazing poets and authors from the motor town of Motown. From Phillip Levine to Joyce Carol Oates to Elmore Leonard, the music of language has been ever-present in the rock city. Third Man is extremely excited to introduce ourselves to such a storied scene. Join Third Man Book for our first event at the new TMR Cass Corridor storefront featuring readings by Detroit’s new now-generation of award winning wordsmiths: poets Tarfia Faizullah, Jamall May, and Jennifer Nelson, plus the book launch for Life Is A Rip Off Part One by John Olson (of the band Wolf Eyes), and Patrick Pantano (of Dirtbombs) presenting his new book of photos If You Don’t Have A Picture Then You Didn’t Catch A Fish. AND live music by Todd Albright. DRINKS SERVED.

    January 14th at 7:30pm. FREE! 

    Third Man Records Cass Corridor441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201




    Tarfia Faizullah. Poet, editor, and educator Tarfia Faizullah was born in 1980 in Brooklyn, NY and raised in west Texas. She received an MFA in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University and is the author of Seam (SIU 2014), which U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey calls “beautiful and necessary,” as well as Register of Eliminated Villages, (forthcoming from Graywolf 2017). In reviewing Seam for Slate Magazine, Jonathan Farmer observes “There is poetry here: our living language pulled into shape by hunger and intelligence.” Focused around a long sequence “Interview with a Birangona,” the book explores the ethics of interviewing as well as the history of the birangona, Bangladeshi women raped by Pakistani soldiers during the Liberation War of 1971. Seam is the recipient of the 2015 Great Lake College Association New Writers Awards, the 2015 VIDA Award in Poetry, and the 2015 Binghamton University Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award. Tarfia has collaborated with photographer Elizabeth Herman, emcee and producer Brooklyn Shanti, and composer Jacob Cooper, and serves as a contributing editor for The Offing. She is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Poetry in the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and Video Series with Jamaal May, and lives in Detroit, MI.

    Jamaal May. Jamaal May was born and raised in Detroit. His first book, Hum (2013), won a Beatrice Hawley Award and an American Library Association Notable Book Award and was an NAACP Image Award nominee.May’s honors and awards include a Spirit of Detroit Award, an Indiana Review Poetry Prize, and fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf,The Frost Place, the Lannan Foundation, and the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University. He is the 2014–2016 Kenyon Review Fellow at Kenyon College and a recipient of the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy. May has taught poetry in Detroit public schools and worked as a freelance sound engineer.

    Jennifer Nelson. Jennifer Nelson is a postdoctoral fellow at the Michigan Society of Fellows and assistant professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She formerly edited poetry at Epiphany and Washington Square Review. She holds degrees from Yale University, New York University, the Courtauld Institute, and Harvard College. Aim at the Centaur Stealing Your Wife is her first full-length book of poems.

    John Olson (of Wolf Eyes). January 14 will launch the zine Life is a Rip Off Part One on third man books written by the one, the only, Thee John “Inzane" Olson aka Inzane Johnny aka American Tapes aka 1/3 of Wolf Eyes. Eventually to be a full length book, Part One is the first three month installment of what will be twelve months of daily record reviews written in Olson's inimitable slash 'n' dash slanguage: anecdotal, immediate, reasonable and totally baller.

    Patrick Pantano (of Dirtbombs). Patrick Pantano began shooting professionally at a catalog studio in Troy, Michigan, while documenting the Detroit music community there in the early 2000s. His portraits of the bands in Detroit were widely published, most notably the images of The White Stripes, which were used as the sleeve art for the records White Blood Cellsand Elephant. Pantano’s work has been published in music magazines such as Rolling Stone, Spin, and NME. About his new book of photos available from Third Man Books, Pantano says, If You Don’t Have A Picture Then You Didn’t Catch A Fish is not only a tour diary of photos, but also, a photo journal of my life while in The Dirtbombs. There are images from tour, but also images from around tour; before leaving; after coming home; at home trying to figure out what I was going to do next; staged portraits I was working on; snapshots from evenings out; pictures of bands from Detroit. And then of course shows. Hotels, beds, backstages, giant spiders. The images for Fish are shot largely on film and date from 2000–2013.”

    Music by Todd Albright. Todd Albright is a Country Blues, finger-style 12-string guitar player and singer living in Detroit, Michigan. An evening’s sonic evocations of pre-WWII Blues covers an extensive selection of material recorded in the 1920's and 30's. Playing the 12 string guitar, Todd brings to life an era composed of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sylvester Weaver, Blind Blake, and Big Bill Broonzy, among others. Throughout the years, Todd has enjoyed sharing the stage with notable musicians and friends such as Dakota Dave Hull, Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, and Paul Geremia. Todd's newest record, set to be released in january 2016 by jett plastic recordings, features an entire set exclusively performed on the 12-string guitar. The album was recorded at Dakota Dave Hull's Arabica Studios in February 2015.

    Mark your calendars for January 14th in Detroit!

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  • Light + Sound Machine Welcomes...The Center for Home Movies

    Posted by Third Man on 5 January 2016

    SUNDAY January 17th, Third Man Records, Doors at 7pm, Films at 8pm
    $10 through / $8 Belcourt members via

    On January 17th, The Light & Sound Machine will be visited by The Center For Home Movies, an association of film archivists whose mission is to transform the way people think about home movies by providing the means to discover, celebrate, and preserve them as cultural heritage. The Center for Home Movies seeks opportunities to fulfill its mission through a variety of activities and projects aimed at preservation and outreach. Its first and most enduring project has been establishing Home Movie Day as an annual international tradition, which has in turn led to the Living Room Cinema DVD release and the ongoing Home Grown Movies collections of material discovered at Home Movie Day screenings. The Center for Home Movies acts primarily as a clearinghouse for home movie collections, finding appropriate homes for potential donors. They also maintain a small collection, housed at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia.

    At the event, CHM board members will speak about their archival efforts and present a selection of films while providing historical background. The night will culminate in a selection of silent home-movies paired with live musical accompaniment by virtuoso guitarist and Nashville favorite William Tyler.

    Visit to learn more about CHM and the vitality of home-made cinema.


    The Light & Sound Machine is a co-presentation of The Belcourt Theatre and Third Man Records. The Belcourt Theatre is now closed for approximately 5-6 months for renovation, construction and preservation on their beloved 90-year-old building. Get your film fix by joining us monthly for Light + Sound Machine pop-up screenings. Stay aware of event dates and times by liking The Light & Sound Machine on Facebook. 

    On January 17th, The Light & Sound Machine will be visited by The Center For Home Movies, an association of film archivists whose mission is to transform the way people think about home movies by providing the means to discover, celebrate, and preserve them as cultural heritage.

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  • Introducing... VAULT PACKAGE #27

    Posted by Third Man on 4 January 2016


    As Third Man Records Cass Corridor in Detroit continues to exceed expectations, the neighborhood and its history continues to occupy our creative mind. While Vault Package #26 showcased a wildly beautiful White Stripes performance from the Gold Dollar in 1999, there’s still so much to tell about that time, the bands kicking around and the spirit imbued into all of it.

    Our 27th Vault package seeks to address that concern. Showcasing full live show recordings from three important bands of that era, each act inhabits a different world stylistically and contributes to a more-detailed overall picture.

    First off is Two Star Tabernacle. While the band only released two songs (both covers) while they were together, the group was a jumping-off point for the critically-regarded band Blanche, which Dan John Miller and Tracee Mae Miller would later go on to found. With the addition of Damian Lang (Detroit Cobras) on drums and Two Star Tabernacle was quite the confluence of varied influences. Two Star is also where Jack White debuted some songs that would later become known the world over through the White Stripes. This particular set by Two Star Tabernacle, recorded at the Gold Dollar on January 16th, 1998, features spirited takes of “So Long Cruel World” and “Garbage Picker” which would find more-refined lives on Blanche’s If We Can’t Trust the Doctors… album. White’s “Hotel Yorba” and “Now Mary” renditions are twangier older siblings to how they exist on “White Blood Cells.” Of supreme interest to audio archeologists is the White-penned song “Itchy” all spirit and rockabilly rhythm that has yet to find a place in any of his subsequent musical endeavors. A splendid cover of Merle Travis’ “Sixteen Tons” help round out the set of a band, while mentioned often, is infrequently heard. The equal parts country and punk are in full effect here. Take heed.

    Recorded at the Gold Dollar on November 25th, 1998, the ferocious set by the Go highlights the momentary period before the band had signed to Sub Pop and was still honing material for its Whatcha Doin album. Opening with a blistering take on their anthemic “Meet Me at the Movies” and closing with powerful version of the Sonics’ classic “Psycho”, the smell of sweat and Stroh’s permeates this recording. Aside from a radio session and an underwater audience recording, this is the only live document of how intense this line-up of the Go was. With band mainstays Bobby Harlow, John Krautner and Marc Fellis helming their usual positions, Dave Buick (Italy Records, Third Man Cass Corridor) is on bass and Jack White is on lead guitar. Included here is a live take on White’s “Turn Your Little Light Bulb On” a song penned for the Go that has remained relatively unheard in the intervening eighteen years. The Go are essential in understanding Detroit rock history and this, their first live release, cements their place in the pantheon.

    Opening for Royal Trux on September 16th, 1999, Jack White and the Bricks were actually never called that name during their brief existence across a half-dozen (or so) shows. We’ve reproduced the flyer proclaiming “Jack White Band” to prove it. While Vault Package #15 showcased a live recording of the Bricks that left a lot to be desired in regards to fidelity, the multitrack masters from the Gold Dollar were available to create a truly stellar mix here. From Brendan Benson’s harmonic accents (on both vocals and guitar) to Kevin Peyok’s even-keeled bass runs, through Ben Blackwell’s competent drum work…the performance here is sublime. If you’ve ever daydreamed about hearing Jack tackle White Stripes songs with the attack of two guitars behind them…this show will delight. Divergent interpretations of Stripes’ catalog staples “Candy Cane Children” and “You’ve Got Her in Your Pocket” do not disappoint. The otherwise unreleased Jack White song “One and Two” is particularly fascinating. Rounded out with a cover of Little Richard’s “Ooh! My Soul” (which may be an inspiration for “Fell in Love With a Girl”) and what exists here is the definitive document of this outfit.

    Each LP comes in it’s own custom stylized jacket and will be housed in a soft touch telescoping box highlighting the Gold Dollar building. Keep ‘em in the box or file ‘em away in your individual band sections in your record collection…whatever you want! Vinyl pressed on our non-metallic approximation of gold vinyl.

    The box will be filled up with all sorts of facsimile reproductions of setlists, flyers, band ephemera and material the likes of which fans have come accustomed to expecting in the unrivaled Vault packages.

    For our 7” offering in this package…we continue along the path of Dead Weather Dodge and Burn with the electrifying “Let Me Through” backed with the frightening “Be Still.” Housed in a tasty glue-pocket sleeve and pressed on the hazy mix of yellow and black vinyl, this further solidifies the idea that the Dead Weather are as equally as deadly on single as they are on LP. If you’ve got the first four of these, you can’t tap out now. Collect the whole series.

    The bonus item in Vault #27 is a custom Third Man Records Challenge Coin. Usually used as totems to signify membership in a military organization, challenge coins are slowly making their way into other realms of culture. The Third Man Records 2016 Challenge Coin will entitle its bearer to 10% off any purchases in our Detroit or Nashville store fronts for the duration of this year. It will also double as a large hole 45 adaptor. If you want to wear it on a chain around your neck, hell, we won’t stop you. And if you want to “challenge” your Vault member friends to see who’s holding theirs with any empty-handed folks buying the next round of drinks…well that’s just the kind of camaraderie we hope to foster amongst our most loyal and die-hard fans. We’re hoping to make this a continuing feature of each year’s first Vault package, so get in now on the ground floor. These coins will not be made available at a later date, so if you want to be able to prove inclusion (and not be on the hook for any drinks) you absolutely need to sign up for Vault Package #27. And if you want to sign up for more than one…we won’t mind.

    Subscriptions for Vault package 27 close on January 31st. Sign up today.

    For more information about the Gold Dollar visit

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  • New Collectors New Year's Special

    Posted by Third Man on 4 January 2016

    Purchase any 5 or more Third Man Records LP's or 7"s on January 1st-8th ONLY, and receive 30% off your vinyl selections! We rarely put our records on sale, so now's your chance to start bulking up your collection without breaking the bank!

    The discount will automatically apply to your cart. No coupon necessary. In store AND online.

    *Discount applies only to individual vinyl record titles with TMR catalog numbers/skus. Excludes Paramount box sets. Excludes existing bundles. Double LP's with a single catalog number count as 1 record.

    Purchase any 5 or more Third Man Records LP's or 7"s on January 1st ONLY, and receive 30% off your vinyl selections! We rarely put our records on sale, so now's your chance to start bulking up your collection without breaking the bank!

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