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    Posted by Third Man on 17 November 2014

    We are inching ever closer to the official release date for our Rise & Fall of Paramount Volume 2, and already much has been made of the beautiful design elements of the package in far ranging brilliant and respected publications such as Wired and The Atlantic. Yes the delights contained within this machine-age inspired aluminum wonder box are sumptuous and many, though we most certainly should point out that the original manufacturers of these now historical recordings were far more cavalier (dare we say careless) with the production process of their wares. Paramount records were notoriously comprised of the cheapest materials available, right down to dredging materials from the Milwaukee river. And while in retrospect it’s a lovely and romantic notion that this music that has come to very much represent our very fabric of American life and folk tradition was LITERALLY manufactured from dredged mud and American soil, it certainly didn’t make for the most perishably resistant form of musical entertainment. But alas, this all may speak to what is so endearing about this ghostly music that calls to us down distant hallways of history. It will always be unknowable to some degree, it will never exist in perfect fidelity… it really never did. But I digress…

    ON that note… Hey! Here’s a beautiful paper stop-motion animated film by Kelli Anderson imagining what happened the day the grand daddy of all American Blues ghosts Charley Patton walked into the studio and set to recording “High Water Everywhere, Part 1”.

    If you enjoyed that film nearly as much as we do, you’ll want to know a little more about how it was made. Well you’re in luck, here’s a wonderful post about it over on the animators own site giving lots of insight into the process and philosophy behind the animation. Enjoy! 

    Another feature of Rise & Fall that is getting some love in the press are the “Defender Ad” reproductions that are featured in the hardbound book and flash drive contained in the set. Get a primer on this distinct piece of advertisements-as-high art from the Dangerous Minds blog and then pick one up for yourself… We’ll be selling two of these screen prints (which were printed in very limited quantities) to Vault members only in the Vault Store. The other 3 beautiful reproductions are available to everyone in our online store. All were screened at Kangaroo press here in Nashville. 


    Here’s a beautiful paper stop-motion animated film by Kelli Anderson imagining what happened the day the grand daddy of all American Blues ghosts Charley Patton walked into the studio and set to recording “High Water Everywhere, Part 1”.

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  • Store Closed Monday

    Posted by Third Man on 15 November 2014

    The Nashville storefront will be closed Monday, November 17th. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

    The Nashville storefront will be closed Monday, November 17th.

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  • Innisfree Bookstore Event in Boulder, Colorado

    Posted by Third Man on 13 November 2014

    Wednesday, Nov 19 * Innisfree Bookstore * 1203 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302 * FREE

    Innisfree Poetry Bookstore, Third Man Books, and Third Man Records are pleased to present a live event featuring six poets from Language Lessons: Volume 1, the first literary publication from Third Man Books.

    “Language Lessons succeeds in presenting a variety of work that generates sparks as the poetry, prose, art, and music rub against each other in one package.”


    A mighty object to behold...enchanting...a complicated, intriguing development in the power struggle between the analog and the digital.”

    —Los Angeles Review of Books 

    Brian Barker earned a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MFA from George Mason University, and a PhD from the University of Houston. He is the author of two collections of poetry, and has been published in journals such as Poetry, Indiana Review, Sou'wester,Pleiades, and River Styx. Barker’s first collection, The Animal Gospels (2006), won the Tupelo Press Editor’s Prize. The Black Ocean (2011), his second collection,won the Crab Orchard Open Competition in 2011. Barker is the recipient of various awards and honors, including two Pushcart nominations, an Academy of American Poets prize, and the 2009 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. Barker teaches at the University of Colorado, Denver, where he co-edits Copper Nickel, a journal of art and literature. He is married to poet Nicky Beer. 

    Nicky Beer is the author of The Diminishing House, winner of the 2011 Colorado Book Award for Poetry, and The Octopus Game (forthcoming 2015). She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver, and a co-editor of the literary journal Copper Nickel.

    Sommer Browning writes poems, draws comics, and tells jokes. She is the author of two collections published by Birds, LLC, Backup Singers (2014) and Either Way I’m Celebrating (2011), as well as three chapbooks, most recently The Bowling (Greying Ghost, 2010) with Brandon Shimoda. Her poems and drawings have appeared in The New York Quarterly,Typo, Octopus, past simple, Free Verse, The Stranger, and other places.

    Noah Eli Gordon is the co-publisher of Letter Machine Editions, an editor with
The Volta, and an assistant professor in the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he currently directs Subito Press. His recent books include The Year of the Rooster, The Source, and Novel Pictorial Noise.

    Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum is the author of Ghost Gear (University of Arkansas Press, 2014), series editor of the Floodgate Poetry Series: Three Chapbooks by Three Poets in a Single Volume (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2014), editor of Warning! Poems May Be Longer Than They Appear: An Anthology of LongISH Poems and Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2012), and founder and managing editor of His poems, reviews, interviews, and podcasts have appeared in journals such as The Writer's Chronicle, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Glimmer Train, American Literary Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, storySouth, Blackbird,, and Hayden's Ferry Review among others. Andrew holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University -Carbondale, is Acquisitions Editor for Upper Rubber Boot Books, is Founder and Editor of, and is a contributing-editor for The Southern Indiana Review. He is also an award-winning freelance Editor, Writing Coach, and instructor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Colorado Boulder.

    Wayne Miller is the author of three poetry collections: The City, Our City (Milkweed Editions, 2011), The Book of Props (2009), and Only the Senses Sleep (New Issues, 2006). A fourth collection, Post-, is forthcoming from Milkweed in 2016. He has also translated Moikom Zeqo’s I Don’t Believe in Ghosts (BOA Editions, 2007) and Zodiac (Zephyr Press, 2015; forthcoming) and is a co-editor of three books: New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008; w/ Kevin Prufer), Tamura Ryuichi: On the Life & Work of a 20th Century Master (Pleiades Press, 2011; w/ Takako Lento), and the forthcomingLiterary Publishing in the 21st Century (Milkweed Editions, 2015; w/ Travis Kurowski and Kevin Prufer). The recipient of the George Bogin Award, the Lucille Medwick Award, the Lyric Poetry Award, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Bess Hokin Prize, and a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award to Queen's University Belfast, Miller lives in Denver and teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, where he edits Copper Nickel




    Innisfree Poetry Bookstore, Third Man Books, and Third Man Records are pleased to present a live event featuring six poets featured in Language Lessons: Volume 1, the first literary publication from Third Man

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  • For All the Good Girls and Boys

    Posted by Third Man on 13 November 2014

    We are so excited to bring you a whole chimney’s worth of new merchandise just in time for you to add to your wishlists and stuff in your stockings

    First and foremost, a feat of engineering for those of you who have long suffered spinning your superior vinyl on inferior machines… Introducing the Pro-Ject Limited Lightning Yellow RM 1.3 Turntable. Besides being absolutely GORGEOUS with a radical design that will be the conversation piece in any listening lounge, Pro-Ject promises that this turntable is the absolute BEST aural experience possible within this price range. We wholeheartedly agree. All specs are available on the product page. As a limited release, this turntable will not be available long, so if one has your name on it, mark our words and do not delay. Your record collection will thank you.

    For those more inclined to play than to listen, we offer a newly designed set of Third Man Guitar Picks as well as a new, 3-Striped Guitar Strap.

    We know many of you have been chomping at the bit for the Born Rotten 45 Box we introduced on Devil’s Night, and we’re feeling a little less naughty and a little more nice than we were back in October, so have at it! We’re also introducing a new Jack White Lazaretto 45 box.  As you know, we are primarily a 7” label, and we believe our 45’s deserve good homes once they leave Third Man Headquarters…

    We’ve got you covered on stocking stuffers as well. Instead of smiley faces and gold stars, reward your kid with Third Man Sticker Sheets! Light a fire under his/her ass with a Third Man Zippo! Find the key to happiness and keep it on a Third Man Keychain! Or, if you want to pull out the big guns this holiday season, there is only one gift that fits every bill, that satisfies every sense, and that promises to knock any recipient off his/her feet…

    The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2, 1928-1932

    It’s our most elaborate, our most decadent, our most stunning box set yet. Heck, it might be the most elaborate, decadent and stunning box set ever made. We pity the fool who tries to top it in beauty, scope or relevance. This 6 LP set (180 gram, alabaster vinyl, no less) with 800 newly-remastered digital tracks contains the very bedrock of American music. Complete with a 250 page clothbound, hardcover book, a 400 page field guide, and 90+ original Paramount ads, and the most jaw dropping package we could dream up, it’s a library you can carry, it’s expertise with a handle, it’s months of exploration and discovery, it’s a treasure trove with an art deco sensibility, it’s a jealousy provoking, multi-media, curvy, shiny, packed-to-the-brim, we-aren’t-even-telling-you-all-the-good-stuff, opportunity to become an EXPERT. It puts your other Christmas present ideas to shame, and you know it. Get it HERE.

    We are so excited to bring you a whole chimney’s worth of new merchandise just in time for you to add to your wishlists and stuff in your stockings…

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  • New Olivia Jean Tour Dates + Track Download

    Posted by Third Man on 13 November 2014

    Olivia Jean is hitting the road this December for a string of headline tour dates. She will kick of the tour here in Nashville, performing with her full band at The Stone Fox on December 5th and will continue through December 13, ending her run at the Cat’s Cradle (Carrboro, NC), with stops along the way including Rough Trade (Brooklyn, NY) on December 10 and the Rock and Roll Hotel (Washington, DC) on December 12. Third Man Records label mates, The Dough Rollers will join on the Boston and Brooklyn dates. Tour dates can be found below with performances in 2015 to be announced soon. To purchase tickets, visit:

    Today, through KCRW’s Top Tune - a weekday download of standout songs – fans can download new single, “Merry Widow,” for free, here. 


    November 13 Los Angeles, CA Amoeba Music – 6 PM*
    November 15 Los Angeles, CA Scion AV Installation – 7 PM*
    *Free show


    December 5 Nashville, TN The Stone Fox
    December 6 Louisville, KY Bermuda Highway*
    December 9 Boston, MA Great Scott*#
    December 10 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade*#
    December 12 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
    December 13 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle – Back Room*
    *Free show
    # With The Dough Rollers

    New Olivia Jean Tour Dates + Track Download

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  • Olivia Jean on Conan O'Brien!

    Posted by Third Man on 11 November 2014

    In case you missed it, watch Olivia Jean perform her new single "Merry Widow" on Conan below!

    In case you missed it...

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