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HELLO, DETROIT! If you haven't yet seen the news, we've got Motor City not only in our rearview mirror, but, as of Monday, we've also got it plugged into our GPS as our next stop! Maybe that's why when we contemplated what album to serve up to you at a nice price this week, it wasn't difficult to land on the one, the only, The Gories. This trio was born out of the cultural vacuum that was Detroit in 1986. Rooted in the primal, primitive underpinnings of 50's rhythm and blues and unhinged 60s garage punk, the sound they came to was wholly their own, and The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88 which was recorded at a house party in a converted store front), is the live recording that best captures the band's heavy, scuzzy, inimitable sound at the height of its powers. Beyond this live record, we also recently released the first new recorded material from the Gories in over 20 years in the form of the 7" single "Be Nice" b/w "On The Run." Might as well pick that up while you're at it, because if you don't know the Gories, you don't know Detroit, and if you don't know Detroit, you can't begin to fully understand Third Man Records. It's as simple as that.
In celebration of Jack White’s Music City Walk of Fame induction today, Lazaretto tour merchandise is now available for purchase in the web store and at Third Man Records in Nashville! Offerings include a 45 adapter, a hoodie, t-shirts, a slipmat, buttons and magnets, and perhaps a little something extra for Vault members in the Vault Novelties Shop... Don't delay! Quantities are limited, and once these items are out of stock, they will be forever. Congratulations to Jack on 2 years of incredible tours and a very well-deserved place in the Walk of Fame.
THIRD MAN RECORDS & SHINOLA PARTNER TO PURCHASE BUILDING IN DETROIT’S CASS CORRIDOR
THIRD MAN RECORDS TO OPEN NEW DETROIT BRANCH
SHINOLA TO EXPAND MANUFACTURING OPERATION
On June 1st, Shinola founder Tom Kartsotis partnered with Detroit-native Jack White to purchase the building that currently houses the Shinola Flagship store at 441 W. Canfield in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. The deal marks new expansion for both Shinola as well as Jack White’s record label Third Man Records. For Third Man, this is a homecoming of sorts, since the label was originally founded in Detroit in 2001. This expansion signals the opening of their first retail store and offices outside of Nashville, TN. The new retail space is set to be in operation by Black Friday (November 27th, 2015), with many special surprises in store.
For Shinola, the deal comes on the heels of the brand’s investment into yet another category, rapidly honing in on the ability to manufacture speakers, turntables and headphones of audiophile quality, while creating more manufacturing jobs in the US — a top priority for the innovative and quality-focused company.
Third Man Records has long aspired to have a presence in Detroit and the constantly evolving Cass Corridor in particular, given White’s history in the neighborhood. It is the location of the first-ever White Stripes show, the home of White’s high school, and an area of the city that White says, “has always been the most inspiring area of Detroit for me as an artist and as a Detroiter. From the great visual artists like Gordon Newton to the music of the Gories, and the birth of the Detroit garage rock scene, the Corridor has nurtured Detroit's soul and inventiveness for decades. That spirit pushes forward with Shinola's passion and will come full circle for the artists of the Corridor that work with Third Man Records to plant a new foundation there to help keep that creative spirit alive for decades to come."
The expansion for Third Man Records is both a return-to-its-roots as well as a reach forward into the future, and the possibilities with the additional space and the Shinola partnership are endless and exciting.
About the plans, Tom Kartsotis said, "Everyone at Shinola is so excited about Third Man Records moving into the Cass Corridor. Unbelievable… There goes the neighborhood!"
This development means a move for current retail tenant Willy’s Detroit, a sister store to Shinola, but current plans are for the storefront to remain within the building.
In 2011, Shinola, a Bedrock Manufacturing Company, LLC brand was conceived with the belief that products should be built to last, and they should be built in America. As makers of modern, handcrafted watches, bicycles, leather goods, journals, and pet accessories, we are proud to be based in Detroit, a community-minded city with a strong manufacturing legacy. We built our watch and leather factories within the College for Creative Studies in the former Argonaut building. As a new company with a storied name, we stand for skill at scale, the preservation of craft, the beauty of industry. We are constantly working to, wherever possible, source as many domestically made components for our products. We are an American company doing everything we can to bring jobs and manufacturing back to America.
We’re very excited to announce a new addition to the Third Man lexicon… A very cool collaboration with Red Digital Cinema Camera Company that we are calling The Blue Room Spotlight Series. The Spotlight Series features visually arresting, intimate performances in our Blue Room venue, shot by in-house film and video guru Brad Holland on RED cameras, and posted in 4K resolution. The Blue Room Spotlight Series will feature a variety of artists either local to Nashville or passing through town... They could be TMR recording stars or just artists we admire and respect. All genres of the musical spectrum will be represented, and artists are encouraged to re-interpret their material in ways that fans previously haven’t heard. Anything goes, and we'll be there to capture it.
Since tomorrow is our Detroit Rock n Roll hero’s 50th birthday, we’re going to go ahead and launch this baby with Danny Kroha's incredible version of Clarence Ashley’s "Walking Boss" on a baritone dulcimer that Danny tells us previously adorned a friends home as a purely ornamental display. A recorded version of "Walking Boss" is featured on Danny’s Third Man release Angels Watching Over Me. Danny, of course, is also one of the main wo/men in The Gories who are currently on tour in Europe, go and check them out if you can, and don’t forget we’ve just released a new single by the band which you can pick up right now, right here.
If you think we don't 100% enjoy seeing "Seven Nation Army" bounce around the Earth, constantly changing and evolving to meet its proclaimer's needs, you are wrong... This week, The Italian football/soccer club Juventus adapted it to "Ce Ne Andiamo Berlin (Off We Go To Berlin)" as the celebratory chant of their advancement into the UEFA Champions League Final vs. Barcelona in Berlin next week. Maybe you'll have as much fun watching these videos as we did?
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Live records. We love them. Why? Maybe it's because our Blue Room is the most magical place we've ever seen a show... Maybe it's because performers come alive and pull out all the stops and feel NERVOUS for the first time since they began touring when they know we're putting it down on tape or acetate. Maybe it's because our engineers capture every click, pop, cheer, idiosyncrasy, audience cheer, and yes, maybe even a mistake or two, and lock it into history — a moment impervious to time, a medium impervious to correction. Maybe it's because we were there, and we cherish every moment we get to spend in the presence of greatness at the place we call home doing what we love.
We've got two such live records coming at you fast and hard from last July and October respectively. The first is from God of the Guitar Peter Walker. He is the last living psychedelic guitar maestro in a long line of greats like John Fahey, Robbie Basho and Sandy Bull. His performance was nothing short of a master class for anyone who’s ever picked up a guitar. For the occasion Walker performed a handful of songs on piano, something he’s never done before or since. Ending with an absolutely haunting and unreal version of “Chandranandan” Peter Walker left doubt in no one’s mind that he is one of the most important guitar players ever. A transcendent evening. A sample clip can be heard below, and the record pre-ordered HERE...
The second is from our dear friends The Dutchess and the Duke, whose self-described “campfire punk” is equal parts beautiful boy/girl harmonies, subdued finger-picked acoustic guitar pairings, and minimal percussive accoutrements. In short… it’s sublimely compelling. After a hiatus of a few years, they’re slowly creeping back into live performances and Third Man was thrilled to host one of the first, recording the set direct-to-acetate in the relaxed, intimate setting of the Blue Room. A sample clip can be heard below, and the record pre-ordered HERE...
Both records are officially available June 9th, but are available for pre-order today! If you're lucky, we might even start shipping them a little early... Pick your copies up at thirdmanstore.com or head to your favorite local, independent record shop to snag them come the 9th.