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Every year around this time, we delight in seeing your little virtual faces brighten when we announce a slew of new stuff to bring a bit of extra joy to your holiday season. This year is no different. The bounty is ample. The lot is large. Just now we pushed the big red-and-green button and reactivated the "stocking stuffers" and "new merchandise" pages on our online store and duly stuffed them plump full of wonderful products... practical, seasonal gifts (hats! scarves! holiday cards! hoodies!), gifts to trick out your furry companion (leashes! collars!), and an array gifts that will blow the recipient's mind (skateboards! leather bracelets! Dead Weather prayer candles! vanishing ink mugs! leather slipmats!)
Wait. Hold up. Let's talk about this skateboard a little more. The Salemtown Board Co. Skateboard collaboration has produced a really special product. The Campus Cruiser is made to shred. Comprised of 7 layers of Canadian maple, this cruiser comes with a standard 14in wheelbase with plenty of pop and rocker to make carving and hopping up curbs a breeze. This board is made to turn any sidewalk into the best part of your day and is cut, shaped, finished, and painted by hand in Nashville, TN. Salemtown Board Co is an awesome local company whose goal is to by create jobs for young men that need them here in town. Check out the specs on the product page, watch the video below, and see if this isn't the slickest cruiser you've ever seen.
We also are pleased to now offer Manny's Children's Turntable on its own (previously only available as part of our collaborative "This Record Belongs To _______" Bundle with Light in the Attic Records).
If you're searching for the right end-of-year token of affection for the apple of your eye, don't forget about some of the incredibly cool products we've released over the course of 2015... The Critter & Guitari Septavox Synthesizer and Terz Amplifier will bring out the musically creative side in just about anyone, and the amount of fun that instrument is to play verges of scandal!
Get 'em started young on the Little Third Man Electric Guitar, a 3-stringed, bite-sized axe for kids who are dying to shred. Don't forget to pick up the accessories pack along with it — includes a backpack, perfectly sized guitar strap, and a stand. In fact, why not check out ALL the cool stuff we've got for smalls while you're at it?
Now, just to clarify, this is just the beginning of the deluge of desirables we will hit you with in the next few weeks. We will have a total onslaught of new merchandise (not to mention exclusive records and hot-of-the-press new reissues, all of which will be announced very soon) at our Third Man Records Cass Corridor grand opening on Black Friday, some of which will be exclusive to Detroit forever and some of which will eventually make its way onto our online store and Nashville storefront. But, why risk it? You should probably just join us... Did we mention the Gories are playing their first-ever in-store that day in our new space? We did? Just making sure...
That's all for now, friends. Hope you enjoy your new treats as much as we enjoyed designing and making them. We here at the Third Man Creative Hive live for this stuff.
*poster by Rob Jones will be available on Black Friday at Third Man Records Cass Corridor
Those with an ear to the underground and a foot on the third rail of the overground, blearing Bambi-like into the oncoming head lamps of progress,will no doubt be clued to the news that nearly lucky 7 years after we champagne-launched our flagship HQ in Nashville, Tennessee, Third Man Records is expanding / repatriating itself to the blessed Rust Belt origin story environs of the Cass Corridor in Detroit, Michigan. D-Day approaches and with it a myriad of updates and exciting announcements of surprise releases, limited editions, exclusive Detroit merchandise, eye-popping in-house attractions and contraptions, and much more will be rolling out in the lead up to our Grand Opening... To wit, and without further ado...
Live and in-person Grand Opening in-store performances from Nashville's finest and Detroit's dearest:
Margo Price - The Midwest Farmer's Daughter, and latest and greatest Third Man recording artist joins us for a country soul in-store performance to get the day kicked off right.
Lillie Mae Rische - Nashville's sweetheart and Jack White's fiddler will be backed by Dominic John Davis and Fats Kaplin (also of JW backing band fame themselves) for this special performance.
The Gories - With us for our opening and their FIRST EVER IN-STORE PERFORMANCE, the Wolf Kings and Queen of the Cass Corridor. The slop that launched a thousand bands returns in all its groovy downbeat R&B glory. We couldn't be more proud to have them with us for our opening.
We will be teasing out more news of what to expect (more surprises! guest DJs!) in the coming days, but before we get bogged down in the details, we have a dream-come-true announcement to make...
*Tamla Records' Berry Gordy
In 1959 a former amateur boxer started a record label out of his home in Detroit, Michigan. Employing the colors yellow and black and open to releasing any genre that could become a hit, Tamla Records and Berry Gordy laid the foundation for what would become a global empire. Just in time for the grand opening of Third Man Records Cass Corridor, we are proud to announce an ongoing partnership with Universal Music to bring Tamla's classic early Motown records back to vinyl. On Black Friday, we return to Detroit with nine reissues from Tamla's early years.
Tamla's stripes label era (1959-61) produced million-sellers, debut releases from soon-to-be global icons, quasi-doowop anthems, and proto-surf experiments, all just looking for the next big thing. To say that they were successful would be an understatement.
These are cornerstones of American popular music and they were all housed on this label that was headquartered at an unassuming home on Detroit's West Grand Boulevard, which would soon become known to the world as Hitsville USA.
On Black Friday, exclusively at our brand new, come-full-circle Motor City store, look for the following 7"s, housed in reproduction Tamla company sleeves, and pressed on fresh black vinyl, all using the classic, inimitable stripes label designs.
Stay tuned in the next week for more details about Black Friday... We've got plenty more up our sleeves...
On Black Friday this year, The Dead Weather will play Black Friday Four Card Draw with their fans. On November 27th, a limited amount of special edition signed Dead Weather playing cards featuring the band as the King, Queen, Jack and Joker will be randomly inserted in to Dodge and Burn vinyl LP’s at select indie retailers in the US and at the grand opening of Third Man Records Detroit.
Signed playing cards will also be randomly included in ThirdManStore.com orders of the Dodge and Burn LP from Black Friday through Sunday, November 29th. Post a photo of your winning hand to Instagram using the tag #DodgeAndDraw.
You guys didn't really think we'd let all the revelry go down in Detroit without sending our favorite satellite up to join the fun, did you?
After some solid hangs with our buddies in the mid-south, we'll be chooglin' our merry way up to the Great Lake State to meet you at our new home-away-from-home.
Limited vinyl mined from the closet of psychedelic stooge Ben Blackwell will be available in a "while it lasts" capacity at each of our stops in the South. Stay tuned to the Rolling Record Store Twitter @thirdmanrrs for daily details.
In addition to limited vinyl, we'll have a bunch of exclusive RRS merch available only from our sweet baby truck, plus new releases from The Dead Weather, Courtney Barnett, Timmy's Organism, Video, Wolf Eyes, and Yak! It's been a damn good Autumn for new music, if we do say so ourselves.
Come see us on the road for what experts everywhere deem "a good chooglin'".
The Nashville Rescue Mission is dedicated to helping the hungry, homeless and hurting, and we are so honored to have such great neighbors. We've done turkey drives the past two seasons to help the Mission collect the 1,000 turkeys and foodstuffs required to throw their annual banquet, and we'd like to solidify the tradition of giving back with your help.
Here's the deal: Anytime in the next two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, drop off your donation (from the options below) to the Nashville Rescue Mission (You can find their donation center at 616 7th Avenue South, across the street from TMR headquarters, and entry by the American flag). They are open Monday-Saturday 7am-7pm. Bring your donation receipt to the Third Man storefront and immediately receive 10% off your purchase PLUS be entered to win our big Thanksgiving Prize Pack (detailed below).
In planning your donation, please be mindful of what you'd like on YOUR Thanksgiving table, and shop accordingly.
The Thanksgiving Prize Pack will be bursting at the seams with Third Man Records goodness: chock full exclusive records like test pressings and colored vinyl, random bits of dust and cake crumbs, leftover motor oil and perhaps even some holiday cheer. While we'd love to detail its contents, we're afraid they must be kept a secret. All we can promise is that it won't disappoint. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday. November 30th.
For those of you who would like to contribute but are out of town, feel free to give to the Mission directly online using our dedicated link. Your donation of $15 or more will automatically enter you into the Thanksgiving Prize Pack drawing.
We THANK YOU in advance for helping us help others. We've said it before, and we'll say it again, we have it so good having you all around.
DIY Magazine describes them as "a berserk bunch who balance noise with a don't-give-a-shit mentality." NME says they're "notably non-conformist." The Quietus thinks they will "restore your faith in rock & roll." We here at Third Man have decided they are, without-a-doubt "favorite band material."
They are Yak, and they are set to release their most thrilling material ever THIS FRIDAY in the form of a second EP titled ‘No.’ Last month we unveiled the official video for the release’s title track. Today, we're pleased to share with you their second EP-related video for the track "Alas Salvation." Directed again by ex-Jesus And Mary Chain member Douglas Hart (who, as we mentioned last time, has also made videos for Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and The Horrors).
If you haven't worked it out yet, now is the time. Pre-order the 'No' EP on 7" vinyl HERE. That way, these 3 perfectly punky tracks will be spinning on your turntable by Friday's release day.
Yak is embarking this month on their biggest headline tour of the UK to date. If you're in Great Britain, get your tickets now for one of the shows below:
Nov 13 – France, Les Inrocks Festival – Paris Boule Noire
Nov 14 – Southampton, Indiependence Festival
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