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Third Man's own 12 string blues and folk troubadour, Todd Albright, will be performing an in-store this Friday at Third Man Nashville just before doors open in the Blue Room for the North Mississippi All Stars show. That's a whole lot of blues in one night for your buck! This is Todd's first show here in Nashville since signing to TMR, we're really excited to have him here live. He'll have a limited number of copies of his exclusive White colored vinyl with him for sale, so collectors.. now's your chance to get one if you missed out when it was released.
And while we're on the subject of our favorite 12 String Stylist... Here's some press you may have missed or want to read again!
Third Man's own 12 string blues and folk troubadour, Todd Albright, will be performing an in-store this Friday at Third Man Nashville just before doors open in the Blue Room for the North Mississippi All Stars show.
We’re excited to announce we are now taking pre-orders for The Blue Series: The Story Behind the Color (Standard Edition) online here. Read the stories behind the Blue Series singles. Also, includes free black vinyl 7” single with unreleased songs from First Aid Kit and Gibby Haynes, a 10-song sampler download, a foreword by award-winning Rolling Stone journalist David Fricke, and interviews with Beck, Courtney Barnett, Insane Clown Posse, Stephen Colbert, Jack White, Dwight Yoakam & more!
Picture it: peak summer in Nashville, July 2015. The sweltering days and nights are long as ever and the humidity ain’t kind. So what do we do? We put on a matinee all ages show with one of the most raucous bands we can conceive of resulting in one of the sweatiest crowds in Third Man’s Blue Room history—Fucked Up. True to tradition, we recorded the whole thing direct-to-acetate and are unleashing the force unto the world...TODAY.
Fucked Up is a rare band. They’re a mutant strain of post-hardcore, arena-punk super-talents capable of reworking the strange and the beautiful into something cohesive, but never at the expense of their signature, addictive, furious entropy. They are truly a blitzkrieg of song and lyric.
Is it work-shy and lazy to call a live record whose songs flow seamlessly into one another “epic?” What if every track is a battering ram of rabid guitar, fugitive vox, deathmatch bass and roaring drums? No matter how you dice it...one word won’t ever be enough to explain a band like Fucked Up. All substitutions will pale in comparison to the experience itself. That goes for every blurb and every pixelated cell phone video out there. But our record does the show justice.
We’ve been itching to get this one on your turntables and we know you can’t wait to drop the needle. This six-track sonic boom of a record will be available for your listening pleasure TODAY online and in both Nashville/Detroit storefronts as well as your favorite independent record stores. If you were lucky enough to attend this sweat show and purchased a black-and-blue record, it will be shipping out today, or if you opted for pick up, please bring your ticket and receipt to the Nashville storefront to redeem your exclusive vinyl record.
Year of the Rat
David Comes to Life
Son the Father
I Hate Summer
Year of the Ox
Listen to “David Comes to Life” below.
Picture it: peak summer in Nashville, July 2015. The sweltering days and nights are long as ever and the humidity ain’t kind.
Third Man Records is excited to announce The Monks' Hamburg Tapes 1967, featuring five unheard tracks from the legendary group. To ring in the announcement, Dangerous Minds has premiered the new track "I'm Watching You," noting that "these songs aren't just some forgotten cast-offs, they're as vital and as punchy as everything else the Monks recorded." The album will see a vinyl and CD release on June 23, and "I'm Watching You" is available to stream HERE or pre-order the full album HERE.
The Monks - a strange, rare group with a story that sounds like a drunk friend's generous hyperbole. A group of American G.I.s stationed in Germany on the precipice of Western cultural revolution starts playing music loosely connected to the rock n' roll craze, contrastingly incorporating a critical and often offensive avant-garde edge. Nothing was off limits - screeching vocals, dark aesthetics, staccato-strummed banjo, sardonic lyricism, critiques of the Vietnam War and full monk costuming down to the tonsure. When viewed on the whole, it seems like an art school student's senior thesis on what the craze means and its future possibilities. Due in large part to original Polydor vinyl collectability and years in the word-of-mouth hype machine, their legend and cult status has steadily blossomed since their last shows in 1967.
Fast forward to 2017, the crew here at Third Man, already huge fans, are presented with an honest-to God treasure trove of original Monks photos, newspaper clippings, business cards, letterhead, contracts, postcards and, yes, analog tapes, containing trailblazing, wild compositions completely unheard by public ears.
"I'm Watching You" would have been recorded on February 28th, 1967 at the same sessions that would produce the Monks' final single "Love Can Tame the Wild" b/w "He Went Down to the Sea." The remaining four songs were recorded after hours in the Top Ten Club later that year, just prior to the break-up of the band.
These songs have been unreleased for 50 years and are quite possibly the last music left to be heard by this legendary band.
Hamburg Recordings 1967 tracklist:
1. I'm Watching You
3. P.O. Box 3291
4. I Need U Shatzi
5. Yellow Grass
Third Man Records is excited to announce The Monks' Hamburg Tapes 1967, featuring five unheard tracks from the legendary group.
The AMERICAN EPIC historical documentaries are a journey back in time to the "Big Bang" of modern popular music.
In the 1920s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. Country singers in the Appalachians, Blues guitarists in the Mississippi Delta, Gospel preachers across the south, Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana, Tejano groups from the Texas Mexico border, Native American drummers in Arizona, and Hawaiian musicians were all recorded. For the first time, a woman picking cotton in Mississippi, a coalminer in Virginia or a tobacco farmer in Tennessee could have their thoughts and feelings heard on records played in living rooms across the country. It was the first time America heard itself.
On June 16th, Third Man Records will release AMERICAN EPIC: The Sessions on 180 gram vinyl, which you can pre-order here, this is the soundtrack to “THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS” directed by Bernard MacMahon. In “THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS,” the team has reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by twenty of today’s greatest artists. In this beautifully filmed musical feature, these artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era.
Engineer Nicholas Bergh has reassembled this recording system from original parts and it is now the only one left in the world. The system consists of a single microphone, a towering six-foot amplifier rack, and a live record-cutting lathe, powered by a weight-driven pulley system of clockwork gears. The musicians have roughly three minutes to record their song direct to disc before the weight hits the floor. In the 1920s, they called this “catching lightning in a bottle.” All the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear on the soundtrack is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.
AMERICAN EPIC: The Sessions, soundtrack features: Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.
“THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS” airs in the U.S. on PBS Tuesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. (check local listings) and in the U.K. on BBC in June.
In addition to The Sessions, on June 16, Third Man Records is also slated to release 180 gram 12" audiophile vinyl versions of AMERICAN EPIC: The Carter Family, AMERICAN EPIC: Memphis Jug Band, AMERICAN EPIC: Mississippi John Hurt, AMERICAN EPIC: Blind Willie Johnson and AMERICAN EPIC: Lead Belly, as well as thematic collections including AMERICAN EPIC: Blues and AMERICAN EPIC: Country.
PRE-ORDERS ARE AVAILABLE NOW
The AMERICAN EPIC historical documentaries are a journey back in time to the "Big Bang" of modern popular music.
On Record Store Day 2016 the aliens returned to earth after years of deep space hibernation and touched down with a perfect landing in the quiet parking lot of the Nashville Mission. Following Federation protocol, a scouting party was dispatched who bravely traversed a long cement tunnel with strange markings way back into the deepest reaches of Third Man Records, where they were to discover a martian landscape of sloping blue walls crafted of an unknown material, great beasts heads adorned the walls of this cave as though they were trophies, the entire cavern was bathed in a blue glow... the aliens, Man or Astroman?, climbed the steps of the platform in the south end of the cave AND PROCEEDED TO MELT EVERY FACE IN THE ROOM, culminating in an electrical display the likes unseen since the days of whispered about goings on at Shoreham NY way back in 1901.
photo by Jamie Goodsell
Man or Astroman? was recorded direct-to-acetate in Third Man Blue Room. This literally ELECTRIC performance is now available for you and future generations to enjoy on your home audio hi systems and turntables. Buy one for yourself. Buy one for your children. Buy one and dig a deep time capsule and bury it for future civilizations to discover and corrupt THEIR youth.
If you were lucky enough to be at this performance and purchased a limited edition Black n Blue, they are ready and available in our Nashville storefront for collection.
On Record Store Day 2016 the aliens returned to earth after years of deep space hibernation and touched down with a perfect landing in the quiet parking lot of the Nashville Mission. Following Federation protocol, a scouting party was dispatched who bravely traversed a long cement tunnel with strange markings way back into the deepest reaches of Third Man Records, where they were to discover a martian landscape of sloping blue walls crafted of an unknown material, great beasts heads adorned the walls of this cave as though trophies, the entire cavern was bathed in a blue glow... the aliens, were the Man or Astroman?, climbed the steps of the platform in the south end of the cave AND PROCEEDED TO MELT EVERY FACE IN THE ROOM, culminating in an electrical display the likes unseen since the days of whispered about goings on Shoreham NY way back in 1901.