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April is National Poetry Month, and Third Man Books is excited to offer our first ever single-author book for pre-sale, a book of poetry! The Truth Is We Are Perfect by Janaka Stucky is the music of language at its best. To celebrate National Poetry Month and the release of our newest recording reading artist, Janaka’s book will be offered at a special price of only $11! Pre-order your copy now, and don't miss Janaka on tour, heading to St. Louis, Iowa City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Detroit and Boston with some seriously stellar literary company in the next 3 weeks. More details available here.
Tuesday night was a dream come true for us here at Third Man. We are so lucky to have incredible bands like Sqürl pass through our beloved Blue Room, and we are equally lucky to have music lovers like you around, always willing to pack the house and share a one-of-a-kind experience with us. If you missed it, visit our Past Events page to view photos, and check out a little sneak peak of the shots (captured by Jamie Goodsell) below. We can't wait to bring this one to you on vinyl.
Subscribe to Vault Package #24 HERE.
The album Van Lear Rose by Loretta Lynn is near and dear to us at Third Man Records. Not only did the album garner some of the best reviews of her fifty-plus years in the music business, but also her first-ever solo Grammy for Best Country Album in 2005. With Lynn having writing credit on all thirteen of the album’s songs, it stands as a high-water mark in her ability to crossover beyond “country” audiences and appeal to music fans of all ages and persuasions. Produced by Jack White, this landmark album is being given the deluxe treatment it so deserves as package #24 in our Vault subscription service.
Featuring songs like “Portland, Oregon” and “God Makes No Mistakes,” Van Lear Rose is a testament to Lynn’s enduring strength as one of the strongest songwriting voices of the past hundred years. The LP, produced exclusively for part of the Vault, is mastered directly from the original analog tapes and includes a previously unreleased song from the sessions titled “Just to Have You Back.” Housed in a sleeve that reinterprets the original artwork with embellishments of gold foil embossing, soft touch coating, spot UV varnish and pressed on “golden” vinyl, the fanciful re-imagination of the artwork is wholly vibrant and compelling.
The accompanying 7” single is the White Stripes covering two of Lynn’s classic songs. Recorded in Detroit in 2000, Jack and Meg White’s interpretation of “Rated X” is a studio recording originally intended as the flipside to the Stripes’ cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Buried in the Vault since then, the electric version, complete with steel guitar accompaniment, is tantalizing and the kind of material that the Vault was specifically created to release. On the b-side is a live rendition of Lynn’s “Whispering Sea” recorded live at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA on August 6, 2005… just up the road from where Lynn wrote the song back in the early 1960s. Pressed on white vinyl and housed in the inimitable Third Man Vault sleeve, these White Stripes renditions are the prefect pairing to Lynn’s landmark album.
To top it all off and of supreme excitement is a new, exclusive DVD filmed in 2015 of both Lynn and White revisiting the time of Van Lear Rose to tell stories of its creation, its release and all the other subsequent hubbub and adoration. Shot by Third Man’s in-house video maestro Brad Holland, the entirety of the film is being created solely for Vault inclusion and enjoyment. Maybe Loretta and Jack will even grace us with a few stripped-down, acoustic versions of some of their favorite songs on the album. And don’t let our lawyer see this, but we’ll also be hiding some deep archival footage that we are actually legally prohibited from telling you about. Things you can’t even find on YouTube. The DVD will be jam-packed with goodness and good times.
And because we’re just crazy enough to load you down with tasty extras, we’re including a custom 5 x 7” foil-stamped and embossed postcard playing on the album lettering. This thing is suitable for framing. Also suitable for framing… stunning unused photos from the original album art session. On top of that is an exquisitely-designed enamel rose pin done up in the deep apricot color of the floribunda rose named “Loretta Lynn Van Lear” in 2011 in honor of Lynn’s 50th anniversary in the music business.
The total, unified package is something Third Man Records is quite humbled to be able to offer to the world. Subscriptions are available now, with the April 30th deadline to get in on this package swiftly approaching.
For more info about the Loretta Lynn Van Lear (including mail order options!) check out http://www.chambleeroses.com/order.php?id=468
Subscribe to Vault Package #24 HERE.
It's no sleep 'til California, and then no sleep again all the way back to Tennessee. The little, yellow engine that could and its conductor and secondman are choo choo chooglin' allllllll the way out to Coachella, because the party calls and the TMR crew always abides. We will be at the festival for the second weekend of desert madness: April 17th through 19th.
We'll also be hitting the Mission Creek Book Fair in Iowa City, as well as Minneapolis during the AWP Writers and Writing Programs Conference, along the way makin' sure our publishing arm Third Man Books and its upcoming release The Truth Is We Are Perfect by Janaka Stucky are well represented. More on our presence at the fair in the next week or two, but fellow book worms take note now!
What are we bringing? Well, records of course! But also all your festival needs: bottle openers, travel mugs, sunglasses, water bottles, coozies, shot glasses, frisbees, bandanas, guitar picks, post cards, tote bags, t-shirts, shop rags, patches, stickers, pins, and, and, and, the list goes on!
If you live in one of the following cities along the way, better clear your schedule now and get out your piggy bank. Who knows when we'll be back again?
Louisville — Indianapolis — Iowa City — Milwaukee — Chicago — Minneapolis — Des Moines — Denver — Salt Lake City — Las Vegas — COACHELLA — Los Angeles — Albuquerque — Oklahoma City — Little Rock — Memphis
SQÜRL is: Carter Logan, Jim Jarmusch, and Jozef Van Wissem
TUESDAY, March 31st Live at Third Man Records
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
An enthusiastically marginal rock band from New York City who like big drums & broken guitars, cassette recorders, loops, feedback, sad country songs, molten stoner core, chopped & screwed hip-hop, and imaginary movie scores.
To date, SQÜRL has released a series of 3 EPs with ATP/Recordings as well as music for the films THE LIMITS OF CONTROL and ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, the latter with Jozef Van Wissem who has since joined the band for many live dates, etc..
Purchase tickets here.