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The water crisis in Flint, Michigan hits way too close to home for us here at Third Man Records. To supplement our water collection efforts at our Cass Corridor retail and future pressing plan location, we are now enlisting the help of our friends worldwide (you!) to see to it that the people affected by this crisis are cared for.
While we know many of you are always willing to give out of the kindness of your heart, we figured we'd up the ante a bit and throw a potential prize into the good karma pot. Once all donations have been collected, one good samaritan will be randomly selected to become a Platinum Vault Subscriber for the next 5 years (FIVE YEARS!) on us.* That's TWENTY free Vault packages. Unheard of! You can donate at our dedicated Crowdrise page here and be automatically entered to win: crowdrise.com/thirdmanrecords
100% of donated funds will benefit The United Way of Genesee County's Flint Water Fund which is dedicating to serving the immediate and longterm needs of the community.
Monetary donations will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts in Flint, Michigan. After the short-term need of Flint residents has been met, any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.
THANK YOU for helping us improve the current situation in which our neighbors find themselves. Please chip in what you can and spread the word to others with a giving spirit who may be able to help. And, if you're a Detroit local, feel free to swing by our Cass Corridor location with a gallon or case of water by Monday (1/25) to be entered into our Hateful Eight Box Set Giveaway!
*Platinum Vault subscribers receive 4 packages annually containing exclusive vinyl and merchandise, access to exclusive content and our novelties shop, live chats with Jack White, live-streaming of special events, and the opportunity to take advantage of ticket pre-sales. Valued at $240/year. Total value $1200.
Third Man Records is delighted to introduce you to the purebred, blue-ribbon chamber-pop wunderkinds known heretofore AND henceforth as Sun Seeker. Native to Nashville and no strangers to musical basements, bars, and busy backyards, Alex Benick, Austin Edwards, Asher Horton and Ben Parks have whipped up one HELL of a debut single and another fresh addition to our catalog and theirs. Produced by the inimitable Buddy Hughen (Tristen) and mastered by Nashville's best set of ears John Baldwin, the single itself stems not only from recent a studio session across town, but is also the culmination of years of practice and pretty much CONTINUOUS performance since maybe... like... their freshman year of high school? Not to be that guy (but damn it to the jaws of hell if it isn’t the truth), these guys are, uh, totally ace. How did we not notice sooner?
We see no better way to exercise our cunning and set our cold, dead hearts aflame than to unleash this single in the first week of the loveliest month of February. February 5th, to be exact. If you trust us (you do, don't you?), go ahead and pre-order "Georgia Dust" b/w "No One Knows" now. If your cold, dead heart isn't so easily won, please won’t you JOIN US for an in-store performance and tour kickoff at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music on February 6th at 5:00PM when we will not only show you the err of your ways, but we will celebrate WITH YOU the release of Sun Seeker's GORGEOUS debut and send them off on their maiden voyage into the wilds of the American southeast (hint hint). The performance is FREE. You hear me? FFFFRRRREEEEEEEEEEE. So hustle your buns, get sorted, and come listen to the expert punch of a polished sound.
SUN SEEKER FEBRUARY TOUR DATES
2/6 - Nashville, TN - Grimey's New & Preloved Music
2/12 - Chattanooga, TN - The Mōme
2/13 - Atlanta, GA - The Cleaners
2/15 - Athens, GA - Go Bar
2/16 - Durham - Duke Coffee House
2/18 - Gainesville, FL -Boca Fiesta the backyard
2/19 - St. Petersburg, FL - The Bends
2/20 -Sarasota, FL - New College
2/22 - Asheville, NC - The Odditorium
2/23 - Knoxville, TN - The 1400
Come join us at Third Man Records Cass Corridor Saturday, January 30th to help us kick off our live music series. For our inaugural live music event, we've decided to stick with a familiar blend of country and punk. We asked our good buddies, Detroit’s own Negative Approach, if they would help us out. We couldn’t be happier that they agreed to break in the sound system! Negative Approach cut their teeth right around the corner from us at the legendary Freezer Theater. John Brannon and Negative Approach are one of the most important and influential hardcore/punk bands to come out of the United States… and the nicest bunch of folks around to boot. Nice or not, once they hit the stage, WATCH OUT! This is going to be LOUD. This is going to be OUT of CONTROL. Bring your ear plugs (if that's your thing) and leave the kiddos at home.
Our pal Craig Brown (Terrible Two’s, Liquor Store, Mahonies….) is opening the show with his all new country-tinged solo project, the Craig Brown Band, so arrive on time for the full experience.
FREE / Doors 6:30pm / All Ages
Last week at Third Man Cass Corridor, Third Man Books celebrated the book launch for John “Inzane” Olson’s (Wolf Eyes) new bookzine of record reviews Life is a Rip Off Part One. Also on hand for the celebration was fellow Detroit-er Patrick Pantano (Dirtbombs) and his new book of photography If You Don’t Have A Picture Then You Didn’t Catch a Fish. Both titles are *very* limited editions and are now available for the first time from our online store. (Check out TMB’s new, less expensive shipping rates!)
Life is a Rip Off Part One is a collection of record reviews by the one, the only, thee John “Inzane" Olson aka Inzane Johnny aka American Tapes aka 1/3 of the band Wolf Eyes. Eventually to be a full length book, Part One is the first three month installment of what will be twelve months of daily record reviews written in Olson's inimitable slash 'n' dash slanguage: anecdotal, immediate, reasonable and totally baller. How does the disturbing-on-many-levels movie Human Centipede compare to the broken blues of Big Bill Broonzy? Or why (or why not) should the demo tape from SMOKE COKE, "the mysterious Illinois underground troupe with some seriously illogical basement moves," be in your collection, too? Or, dammit, why do we all love music!! Check out LRIP1 to re-discover your love for an old favorite, or maybe to discover a new group that could earn the right to become a new old favorite. Ninety-six pages and assembled in Nashville at TMR HQ, LRIP1 is more zine than book and will be limited to an edition of 250 and available only from Third Man.
If You Don't Have a Picture Then You Didn't Catch A Fish is Dirtbombs drummer Patrick Pantano’s visual diary of life inside and outside one of Detroit's greatest bands. Includes unpublished photos of The White Stripes, The Kills, TV on the Radio, Spiritualized, The Soledad Brothers and more. A very limited edition of 250 copies available only from TMB/TMR. About the book, Pantano says, “. . . Fish is not only a tour diary of photos, but also, a photo journal of my life while in The Dirtbombs. There are images from tour, but also images from around tour; before leaving; after coming home; at home trying to figure out what I was going to do next; staged portraits I was working on; snapshots from evenings out; pictures of bands from Detroit. And then of course shows. Hotels, beds, backstages, giant spiders. The images for Fish are shot largely on film and date from 2000–2013.”
In an effort to help our friends up the road in Flint, MI get some clean drinking water, Third Man Records Cass Corridor will be hosting a water drive beginning today through Monday January 25th. Good samaritans will receive a raffle ticket for every gallon or case of water brought to our Detroit location between now and Monday, which will enter them into a random drawing for the Limited Edition Hateful 8 Boxset and also entitles them to 20% off their entire purchase.
In case you missed it, here's our girl Margo Price performing "Hurtin' (On The Bottle)" last night on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. We are so proud. "Hurtin" is available NOW as a 7" single, and you can go ahead and pre-order Margo's upcoming full-length release Midwest Farmer's Daughter if you like what you hear...