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  • ITALY RECORDS REISSUES AVAILABLE TODAY

    Posted by on 10 November 2017

    REISSUES INCLUDE RECORDS BY THE HENTCHMEN (FEATURING JACK WHITE), THE GREENHORNES, SOLEDAD BROTHERS, ROCKET 455, THE DIRTYS, THE FELLS AND WHIRLWIND HEAT

    We are so very proud to reissue seven records from Italy Records, an independent record label founded by current Third Man Records Cass Corridor employee and longtime friend of Jack White and midwestern garage rockers at large, Mr. Dave Buick. Italy Records, which White recently credited as the model for Third Man's DIY ethos, celebrates two decades since its first release (Rocket 455's "Ain't Right Girl" 7") with these reissues, which were previously sold on limited edition pink vinyl at Third Man's Devil's Night / Italy Records 20th Anniversary Party last month. All seven releases are available now on black vinyl online and worldwide at your favorite local, independent record retailers.

    Rocket 455 - "Ain't Right Girl" b/w "That's All You Get"
    Rocket 455 is a Flamin' Groovies-loving garage rock band formed in Detroit in 1992 after the breakup of local scene essentials The Nervo Beats. Although this was Rocket 455's third single, it was the first that featured the new, longest and current line up, including founding member Marco Delicato back in the fold as well as Steve "Disco" Nawara from the Electric Six. This 7" was released on Devil's Night in 1997 and is notable as the first record ever produced and released by Italy Records.

    The Dirtys - "It Ain't Easy" b/w "Fuck"
    The Dirtys were a totally raw garage punk band originally from Port Huron, MI. Their energy, coupled with a sound somewhere between the Oblivians and the MC5, is what makes a live show worthwhile. Celebrated Detroit garage hero Mick Collins (Gories, Dirtbombs) played guitar on the A-side "It Ain't Easy," which was unsuccessfully pitched to the Detroit City Council as the new official anthem of Detroit.

    Italy Records was founded to release this single by these knuckleheads before the release of their debut LP on respected German label Crypt Records. For one reason or another, this Dirtys 7" actually ended up being Italy's second release. Regardless, it's as punk as it gets and demands your full time and attention.

    The Hentchmen - Hentch-Forth
    The Hentchmen played their first show on Halloween of 1992 and have still shown no signs of slowing down. They are noted as some of the earliest purveyors of Detroit-style garage rock. Over their lengthy lifespan, The Hentchmen have released 27 singles (about one each year!) and 8 full-length albums on groundbreaking garage rock labels Norton Records, Estrus Records, Get Hip Records and even a promotional release through Chevrolet. You cannot get more "Detroit" than that. To say Hentch-Forth is their best would be a lie, because whichever record you have spinning is the best! But this album serves as an excellent starting point into their vast, powerful discography.

    Hentch-Forth (1998) is the The Hentchmen's only album that includes Jack White on bass. This extended edition includes the "Some Other Guy" single that also features Jack on guitar plus a couple phenomenal bonus tracks.

    There's a joke and a fun fact regarding this record that would have been all but lost over the decades. Italy Records and the artists included "with Jack White" on both the 7" and the 12" because they thought that it would look like one of those old British Invasion records that would have an old bluesman or rocker as a guest. And for all the White Stripes trivia-heads -- The Hentchmen's "Some Other Guy" and The White Stripes' "Lets Shake Hands" were recorded AND released at the same time, before the world would know what hit them!

    The Fells - Close Your Eyes b/w Never Be Your Man
    Hailing from Tucson, AZ, The Fells were churning out high quality, catchy singles throughout the '90s with the same ferocity as well-known contemporaries the Mummies or New Bomb Turks. Their Italy Records single, which was the ninth 7" in the Fells' discography, is one of their most heavy-hitting and finest. The A-side "Close Your Eyes" is practically bi-polar with all the pep, bop and swing that makes a single worth snatching up!

    The backstory of this recording is one totally reliant on chance, and almost didn't happen. The Fells' van broke down while on tour from Tucson and they were stranded at The Hentchmen's house, aptly called the Hentch House. With time to kill, the group toted their gear over to their buddy Jack White's house and recorded these two killer songs for later release on Italy Records. It notably features special guest Johnny Hentch of The Hentchmen on piano.

    Soledad Brothers - "Sugar and Spice" b/w "Johnny's Death Letter"
    Out of the ashes of Toledo's Henry and June arose the mighty Soledad Brothers. This recording is the Soledad Brothers doing what they did best - houserockin' blues in full Midwestern malaise. This single was recorded in 1998 at Jack White's house on Ferdinand Street in southwest Detroit and was the band's debut release.

    As key players in a scene of like-minded minimalist garage groups, vocalist, guitarist and master of harmonica Johnny Walker and drummer/future Third Man Records co-founder Ben Swank, were playing shows in Detroit so often, it eventually just made sense for Ben to pay Jack rent and become his roommate. This single features Jack playing a metal snow shovel on the B-side, "Johnny's Death Letter".

    Greenhornes - "Stayed Up Last Night" b/w "Shadow of Grief"
    Although not technically a Detroit-based garage group, this Cincinnati band fit in as honorary Detroiters by the time this single was released. The Greenhornes were purveyors of period-perfect 1960s rock n roll a la the Pretty Things and the Kinks. Plus, they were immediately set apart by their grim reputation of touring in a '67 Cadillac hearse.

    This single was recorded at Jack White's house in southwest Detroit right before the release of the Greenhornes' debut LP and the b-side is a re-imagined version of one of their 2nd LP's strongest tracks "Shadow of Grief". Band members Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler would go on to be the rhythm section in the Raconteurs while Brian Olive would later join the Soledad Brothers and make serious contributions to Dr. John's revered "Locked Down" album.

    Whirlwind Heat - Glaxefusion
    Grand Rapids' finest Whirlwind Heat is notable as Italy Records' first foray into anything that could possibly be considered art-rock. Listening to their jams, you'd quickly get the feeling DEVO and Brainiac were spinning heavily on their turntables.

    On each track, the rhythm section is quick and jagged and vocals are hardly even human, interspersed with synth bursts. This single, Italy's 12th release, was also recorded with Jack White in 2001 and began a partnership that lasts to this day, with WWH drummer Brad Holland working as Third Man's in house video director and lead singer David Swanson accompanying Jack White on tour as his official photographer.

    We are so very proud to reissue seven records from Italy Records, an independent record label founded by current Third Man Records Cass Corridor employee and longtime friend of Jack White and midwestern garage rockers at large, Mr. Dave Buick. Italy Records, which White recently credited as the model for Third Man's DIY ethos, celebrates two decades since its first release (Rocket 455's "Ain't Right Girl" 7") with these reissues, which were previously sold on limited edition pink vinyl at Third Man's Devil's Night / Italy Records 20th Anniversary Party last month. All seven releases are available now on black vinyl online and worldwide at your favorite local, independent record retailers.

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  • 2017 THIRD MAN RECORDS TURKEY DRIVE AND THANKSGIVING PRIZE!

    Posted by on 6 November 2017

    Our neighbors at the Nashville Rescue Mission set a goal to collect 1,000 donated turkeys and foodstuffs required to throw their annual banquet. The Detroit Mission also has a significantly increased need for canned goods especially during the holiday season. Help us provide a little help for the disadvantaged... 'Tis the season, after all, and we all need to be there for each other now more than ever.

    Here's the deal: Anytime in the next two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, drop off your donation (see options below) to the Nashville Rescue Mission (616 7th Avenue South, across the street from TMR headquarters, and entry by the American flag) or the Detroit Rescue Mission in the Cass Corridor (150 Stimson Street, Detroit, MI 48201) during regular business hours. Bring your donation receipt to the corresponding Third Man Records storefront and immediately receive 10% off your purchase, a free standard 7" of you choosing, PLUS be entered to win one of our Thanksgiving Prize Packs (detailed below).

    One entry will be allotted for each donation of either:

    a) One turkey (fresh or frozen), of sizable weight

    — or —

    b) Three of the following items:

    Cranberry Sauce
    Green Beans, Corn, Mixed Vegetables (#10 cans please)
    Corn Bread Mix
    Cheddar Cheese
    Dinner Rolls
    Sausage
    Coffee
    Dessert Pie
    Stuffing
    Sugar
    Coffee Creamer

    Please be mindful of what you'd like on YOUR Thanksgiving table, and shop accordingly.

    Below are details for each of the three Thanksgiving Prize Packs.....

    Prize #1: Vault Packages #31, #32, and #33 from this year

    Prize #2: LSTN On-Ear headphones + U2 Black Friday exclusive "Blackout" on black & white vinyl

    Prize #3: LSTN EarbudsU2 Black Friday exclusive "Blackout" on black & white vinyl

    The winners will be chosen at random on Monday. November 27th.

    For those of you who would like to contribute but don't live in Michigan or Tennessee, feel free to give to the Nashville Mission directly online using our dedicated link. Your donation of $15 or more will automatically enter you into the Prize Pack drawing.

    We THANK YOU in advance for your generosity!

    Our neighbors at the Nashville Rescue Mission set a goal to collect 1,000 donated turkeys and foodstuffs required to throw their annual banquet. The Detroit Mission also has a significantly increased need for canned goods especially during the holiday season. Help us provide a little help for the disadvantaged... 'Tis the season, after all, and we all need to be there for each other now more than ever.

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  • ADULT. LIVE LP AVAILABLE TODAY

    Posted by on 3 November 2017

    ADULT. have been stalwarts of national independent music for almost two decades, releasing their perfectionist hybrid of darkwave and synth-pop with respected labels Thrill Jockey, Kill Rock Stars, Ghostly International and, most recently, Mute. The soundscapes this Detroit duo sculpts by synthesizer stabs and sparse drum machine rhythm are icy, dense and precise.

    This release showcases the group in rare form, complete with the totally unexpected and somewhat jarring sound of raucous audience laughter in place of typical applause as the intro as well as a light audible fuzz created by the third member of the group that night: the fog machine. Best of all, two of the tracks, “Misshaped” and “Does the Body Know?,” make their premiere on this release. ADULT. have outlasted any number of micro-electronic music scenes with whom they could have been grouped and, with their live show down to a science, prove that they will be worth a damn for a long time coming.

    AVAILABLE NOW at your local, independent record store and via thirdmanstore.com.

    ADULT. have been stalwarts of national independent music for almost two decades, releasing their perfectionist hybrid of darkwave and synth-pop with respected labels Thrill Jockey, Kill Rock Stars, Ghostly International and, most recently, Mute. The soundscapes this Detroit duo sculpts by synthesizer stabs and sparse drum machine rhythm are icy, dense and precise. Available NOW.

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  • MUDDY WATERS' ELECTRIC MUD REISSUE DUE NOVEMBER 17

    Posted by on 2 November 2017

    PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Third Man Records is proud to announce the reissue of Muddy Waters' fifth studio album Electric Mud, which comes as a continuation of Third Man's partnership with Universal Music Group/Chess Records and the Estate of Muddy Waters.

    The album, which Chess originally released in 1968 has not seen a legitimate domestic vinyl release since 2002, despite its enormous influence on generations of blues rockers. It features members of Rotary Connection as Muddy's backing band and was very controversial upon its release for its fusion of electric blues with psychedelic elements. The album is now recognized as a forward-thinking classic, sampled extensively by artists like The Black Keys and Gorillaz.

    The deluxe version of the reissue will come in "Chess-nut Brown" vinyl, with a hand screen-printed black matte jacket with silver type (a recreation of the rare, first pressing variant), a 2-panel foldout poster, and a reproduction of the original "eight pager" booklet. The standard edition will come in black vinyl, with a gatefold vinyl jacket in its original black-on-white color scheme, and a four-panel foldout poster.

    The standard reissue will be available everywhere via Third Man Records on November 17th, with a deluxe version available at Third Man Records’ Nashville and Detroit storefronts as well as Reckless Records in Chicago and the Muddy Waters official online store, while supplies last.

    PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Third Man Records is proud to announce the reissue of Muddy Waters' fifth studio album Electric Mud, which comes as a continuation of Third Man's partnership with Universal Music Group/Chess Records and the Estate of Muddy Waters.

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  • BLACK FRIDAY: U2 THE BLACKOUT

    Posted by on 26 October 2017

    NEW U2 12" IN CONJUNCTION WITH ISLAND RECORDS ANNOUNCES "THE BLACKOUT" SET FOR RECORD STORE DAY BLACK FRIDAY 2017

    ONE PRESSING ONLY EXTREMELY LIMITED EDITION VINYL MARKS FIRST PHYSICAL RELEASE FROM U2'S UPCOMING NEW ALBUM, SONGS OF EXPERIENCE. INCLUDES ORIGINAL LP VERSION AND EXCLUSIVE JACKNIFE LEE REMIX.

    BLACK VINYL TO BE AVAILABLE AT ALL PARTICIPATING RSD STORES. COLORED VINYL VERSION TO BE ON SALE EXCLUSIVELY VIA THIRD MAN STOREFRONTS IN NASHVILLE AND DETROIT, AS WELL AS 2 VINYL RETAILERS TBA IN THE U.K. AND IRELAND. 

    We are thrilled to announce the release of "The Blackout," a limited edition U2 12" in conjunction with Island Records, available for Record Store Day Black Friday, November 24th.

    "The Blackout" marks the first physical release from U2's eagerly awaited new album, SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, due later this year. The 12" includes both the original album version backed by an exclusive remix by the band's longtime collaborator, Jacknife Lee. Hailed by Rolling Stone as "a dynamic new track," "The Blackout" was revealed this summer via a surprise live video, filmed during U2's blockbuster Joshua Tree Tour 2017.

    Third Man co-founder Ben Blackwell said, "The sound quality of this incredibly special record is a perfect example of the caliber of product Third Man Pressing is capable of producing. We couldn't be more proud." TMR's "The Blackout" 12" will be extremely limited, with just one single pressing at Third Man Pressing, the label's state-of-the-art vinyl production facility in Detroit. Black vinyl editions will be available at all participating Record Store Day shops, with 750 colored vinyl editions on offer exclusively at Third Man Records' Nashville and Detroit storefronts as well as two U.K./Ireland record stores to be announced. 

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  • Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds Live at Third Man Records 7” Out Tomorrow

    Posted by on 26 October 2017

    Known for his work with The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Kid Congo and his band, The Pink Monkey Birds, have carved out a place for themselves in the competitive world of underground music by taking the building blocks of primeval rock and roll and pushing them to their furthest conceivable limits. This philosophy will undoubtedly strike a chord in fans of foundational punk music (and Ramones fans especially).

    Their live recording from the Third Man Records Nashville Blue Room, officially out tomorrow, October 27th, features two banger tracks — “Psychic Future” and “La Araña” — hot off their 2016 album La Araña Es La Vida on In The Red Records. Compared to the studio tracks, these live recordings are just slightly faster, a bit tidier and definitely more urgent. The shining star has gotta be the rhythm section, especially on "La Araña", which belts out an addictive thump from start to finish.

    Limited edition blue 7"s will be available EARLY to attendees TONIGHT at NY Night Train Haunted Hop Halloween Tour w/ Jonathan Toubin at Third Man Records Cass Corridor in Detroit, which also happens to feature a live performance by Kid Congo! Tickets are available here. Wear a costume. Bring your dancing shoes. Don't be late!

    Can't make it? Order the black vinyl 7" now HERE.

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