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    Posted by Third Man on 10 August 2016



    Jack White has announced the release of JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS 1998-2016 (Third Man/Columbia/XL Recordings). The 26-track double-LP and double-CD will be released physically and digitally worldwide on September 9th. Featuring alternate versions, mixes and previously unreleased recordings from The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and solo material all completely remastered, this is the essential Jack White songwriting collection. Find out more and preview the record below...

    JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS 1998-2016 is available for pre-order physically and digitally now. All digital pre-orders will receive an instant grat download of the spellbinding previously unreleased White Stripes track “City Lights” starting Friday, August 12th.

    “City Lights” – which premiered today at – was written for The White Stripes’ GET BEHIND ME SATAN but then forgotten until White revisited the 2005 album for Third Man’s Record Store Day 2015 vinyl reissue and finished the recording in 2016. The track is the first new, worldwide commercially released White Stripes song since 2008. Listen below...

    “This, like (Son House’s) ‘Grinnin’ In Your Face,’ is mirror-music,” writes renowned music journalist Greil Marcus of “City Lights” in the album’s exclusive liner notes, “the singer talking to himself, trying to tell himself the truth, which he’s going to need if he’s going to step out of his door, walk into the world, and fool himself, for just a second, that he’s ready to take it on. As you listen, it’s no surprise at all that it took most of White’s music-making life to bring the song home.”

    JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS 1998-2016 collects 26 acoustic songs from throughout White’s wide-ranging musical career, spanning album tracks, B-sides, remixes, alternate versions, and previously unreleased tracks. The album, arranged in chronological order, includes acoustic songs made famous by The White Stripes, beginning with “Sugar Never Tasted So Good” (originally found on The White Stripes’ second-ever 7-inch single) and then lighting upon favorites like “Apple Blossom” and “I’m Bound To Pack It Up” (remixed here from the original recordings on 2000’s DE STIJL), “Hotel Yorba” and “We’re Going To Be Friends” (from 2001’s WHITE BLOOD CELLS), “You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket” and “Well It’s True That We Love One Another” (from 2003’s GRAMMY® Award-winning ELEPHANT), “Forever For Her (Is Over For Me),” “White Moon” and “As Ugly As I Seem” (from 2005’s GET BEHIND ME SATAN) “Effect & Cause” (from 2007’s ICKY THUMP), and the Beck-produced “Honey, We Can’t Afford To Look This Cheap,” first found on the B-side to The White Stripes’ final single, 2007’s “Conquest.”

    Also featured are “Never Far Away” (recorded for 2003’s COLD MOUNTAIN: MUSIC FROM THE MIRAMAX MOTION PICTURE) and “Love Is The Truth” (written and recorded for Coca-Cola’s 2006 What Goes Around campaign) as well as the Bluegrass Version of “Top Yourself” and an acoustic mix of the epic murder ballad, “Carolina Drama,” both written by White and Brendan Benson for The Raconteurs’ GRAMMY® Award-winning 2008 album, CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY. White’s two chart-topping solo albums, 2012’s BLUNDERBUSS and 2014’s LAZARETTO, are represented by a remarkably diverse range of material including “Love Interruption,” “On And On And On,” “Blunderbuss,” “Entitlement,” “Want And Able,” and alternative mixes of “Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy,” “Just One Drink,” “I Guess I Should Go To Sleep,” and B-side, “Machine Gun Silhouette.”

    The 26 tracks featured on JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS 1998-2016 were remastered earlier this year by Andrew Mendelson at Nashville, TN’s Georgetown Masters. All songs were written and produced exclusively by Jack White, except “Never Far Away” (produced by T Bone Burnett), “Honey, We Can’t Afford To Look This Cheap” (produced by Beck), “Top Yourself (Bluegrass Version)” and “Carolina Drama” (written & produced by White & Brendan Benson), and “Machine Gun Silhouette” (written by White & Rob Jones). The complete track listing is below.

    SIDE A
    Sugar Never Tasted So Good
    Apple Blossom (Remixed)
    I’m Bound To Pack It Up (Remixed)
    Hotel Yorba
    We’re Going To Be Friends
    You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket
    Well It’s True That We Love One Another
    Never Far Away

    SIDE B
    Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)
    White Moon
    As Ugly As I Seem
    City Lights (Previously Unreleased White Stripes Track)
    Honey, We Can’t Afford To Look This Cheap
    Effect & Cause

    SIDE C
    Love Is The Truth (Acoustic Mix)
    Top Yourself (Bluegrass Version)
    Carolina Drama (Acoustic Mix)
    Love Interruption
    On And On And On
    Machine Gun Silhouette (Acoustic Mix)

    SIDE D
    Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy (Alternate Mix)
    I Guess I Should Go To Sleep (Alternate Mix)
    Just One Drink (Acoustic Mix)
    Want And Able

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  • End of Summer New Merchandise

    Posted by Third Man on 3 August 2016

    Thrilled to announce some of our flyest merchandise yet, just in time for back-to-school, last minute vacations, and the dog days of Summer. Have a look at the goods below, and shop now online or at our Nashville & Detroit retail locations! 

    p.s. there MAY be some exclusive, special treats for Vault members this morning in the Vault Novelties Shop as well... 

    T-shirts! Key Chains! Umbrellas! Notebooks!

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    Posted by Third Man on 2 August 2016

    "The poems in Kendra DeColo’s extraordinary second collection, My Dinner With Ron Jeremy, live in the sinuous space between want and propriety, fantasy and the 'Must Be 18’ button.”Adrian Matejka, Author of The Big Smoke, a 2014 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

    "Marvelous poetry … poems that would make great feature films.”Ron Jeremy, Actor

    Third Man Books is ready to take sides, and we’re choosing Nashville poet Kendra DeColo. Her new book My Dinner With Ron Jeremy is unlike any other in its vulnerability and absolute fearlessness. Described by some as “erotica for feminists,” and “enemy to family values,” DeColo’s poems convulse with desire and a longing for connection. Her work speaks to the particular loneliness of watching Fox news after you’ve masturbated too many times, depleted and filled with fascination and terror. Balancing tenderness with ferocity, cynicism with wonder, DeColo’s poems disrupt and reclaim misogynistic language, creating a lyricism that dazzles and swoons, hoping to leave a stain deep enough to last.

    As DeColo says, “I wrote this book during my pregnancy, while watching the Republican nomination unfold. I wrote it for my 14-year-old self, smoking Parliaments and reading Anais Nin on the floor at a Violent Femmes show. I wrote it for the 27-year-old me who got sober. Most of all, I wrote it to combat the reductionist and nihilist vision of certain politicians that seeks to numb and disempower us through the corruption of language. I hope that my poems go out into the world swinging both fists, ready to take on this demagoguery and twist it into something profane and beautiful.” Third Man Books is ready to send those poems out to fight. We’ll be swinging both fists, kicking both feet, and using our teeth to put these very important, beautiful poems of self and the political out into the world.

    "More than anything, DeColo's fearless new poems grapple with the complicated here and now, full of, as she writes, 'a tenderness that wrecks me."Keetje Kuipers, Author of The Keys to the Jail


    Officially on shelves August 16th. 

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    Posted by Third Man on 30 July 2016

    Third Man Records has officially made history in celebration of their 7th Anniversary by launching the first record played in Space. The launch of the ICARUS CRAFT, a custom “space-proof” turntable attached to a high-altitude balloon, occurred on July 2nd just outside of Marsing, Idaho, spinning Third Man’s THREE MILLIONTH record pressed. The ICARUS CRAFT was designed and engineered by Kevin Carrico, longtime friend and electronics consultant for Third Man Records, and launched with the invaluable assistance of SATINS (Students and Teachers in Near Space.)

    The goal of our mission was to send a vinyl record up as high as possible and document it being played there. Near space (our ultimate destination) is a regular destination for NASA (it’s the closest we come to mimicking the atmosphere of Mars, so it is traveled to often for tests), but our mission was made complex by the fact that we weren’t simply flying a stationary object, but a turntable that we wanted to work — and work well! — so the endeavor became more of a professional high altitude flight than one might expect. Because of this, we had several, oft-changing government standards to meet while refining our design, selecting camera angles, and weather proofing our craft in case of inclement weather — all while keeping the weight down and the maintaining enough battery capacity to keep the record spinning in cold air of the Earth’s atmosphere. We needed low winds, a clear sky, and approval from the FAA and the FCC, all which coincided perfectly on July 2nd.



    The craft reached a peak altitude of 94,413 feet at 1:21:20 flight time (roughly 1000/feet/minute) when the balloon burst (a truly beautiful sight) and the descent began. For the entire hour and twenty minutes of ascension, the Icarus turntable faithfully played Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn” (from “Cosmos” by Symphony of Science composer John Boswell) on repeat, using an impressively sturdy phono cartridge and stylus as well as an onboard flight computer programmed with a few different actions to keep the record playing while it was safe to do so. Once the return to Earth began (with the craft attached to a parachute and falling about 4x faster than it rose), the turntable automatically went into “turbulence mode,” where the record continued to spin, but the tone arm was triggered to lift from the record surface and stay in its locked position, to protect both the needle and the record itself. When Icarus reached the ground — a vineyard, to be exact — the record still spun, unfazed by its incredible journey.



    Beyond the potentially bumpy ride, Carrico’s other hurdles to jump in making this project a success had to do with the just how incompatible space & vinyl records actually are! According to Carrico, “As you rise higher and higher into the thinning atmosphere, temperature and increasing vacuum (lack of air) can cause issues. Vinyl has a rather low melting point (160°F), and without air to keep things cool, you could wind-up with a lump of melted plastic on your hands if a record is exposed to the sun for too long. Without air, things in direct sunlight can get very hot while things in shade can get very cold. This constant expansion and contraction can physically distort a vinyl record rendering it unplayable. so our turntable platter also served as a heat-sink in order to keep the vinyl cool in direct sunlight.” The gold plating on the record was another measure to keep the grooves from losing their shape.


    From its conception to flight, this endeavor took over three years, with much of that time spent in research and development, as Carrico tested each component of the craft separately and in combination with others. Of course, Carrico was often pulled away to tend to other Third Man Records projects including rehabilitating the Recording Booth and Wax-O-Matic that now reside at our Cass Corridor location. The discoveries made while working on vintage machines like these actually proved helpful in solving issues with Icarus, and visa versa, many solutions developed for Icarus were implemented in Third Man’s machines, full circle.

    Carrico’s #1 resource in the success of this project was his father Dr. John P. Carrico, PhD, a physicist that worked on the Mars-Viking missions and provided endless enthusiasm for his children’s endeavors, large and small. Carrico’s brothers John, himself an astrophysicist, and Tim, who works in the aerospace analytics industry, also provided a wealth of information in making this launch a success. Third Man Records would like to offer its most sincere appreciate to the entire Carrico family.

    Gary A Lantz of MFK Interests was another member of the team of supreme importance, acting as our thermodynamics engineer and performing many of tests that made the launch go as smoothly as possible. David Jankowski of SATINS provided endless flight-support coordination, and all the members of his incredible team (including Paul Verhage, flight engineer, Rachel Verhage, tracking coordinator, and John Kernkamp, senior lab technician) were invaluable. Third Man Records would like to thank you MKF Interests and SATINS, for loaning your truly worthy personnel to this mission.

    About the ICARUS CRAFT launch, Jack White said, “Our main goal from inception to completion of this project was to inject imagination and inspiration into the daily discourse of music and vinyl lovers. Combining our creative impulses with those of discovery and science is our passion, and even on the scale that we are working with here, it was exhilarating to decide to do something that hasn't been done before and to work towards its completion. And, it brings us great fulfillment to pay tribute to the incredible scientist and dreamer that Carl Sagan was. We hope that in meeting our goal we inspire others to dream big and start their own missions, whatever they may be.“

    Watch the launch in its entirety, archived here, or settle for our shorter recap video below, and enjoy the fruits of Third Man Records, Kevin Carrico, and the entire team’s labor. We could not be happier to check this longtime goal off its bucket list. 

    Third Man Records has officially made history in celebration of their 7th Anniversary by launching the first record played in Space. The launch of the ICARUS CRAFT, a custom “space-proof” turntable attached to a high-altitude balloon, occurred on July 2nd just outside of Marsing, Idaho, spinning Third Man’s THREE MILLIONTH record pressed. The ICARUS CRAFT was designed and engineered by Kevin Carrico, longtime friend and electronics consultant for Third Man Records, and launched with the invaluable assistance of SATINS (Students and Teachers in Near Space.)

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    Posted by Third Man on 27 July 2016

    Join us at Third Man Records HQ in Nashville or at our Cass Corridor Detroit location this Saturday morning, July 30th, to watch the launch of the first record played in space, all while celebrating our 7th Anniversary! If you can't make it, we hope you'll watch the launch from home at, beginning at 11CT/12EST.

    If you CAN join us, we hope you'll consider purchasing a STELLAR TICKET.

    • Each $75 Stellar Ticket (on sale NOW!) gets you:
    • Each exclusive merch item: Poster ($25 value), Button ($2 value), Sticker ($2 value), Postcard ($2 value)
    • Exclusive GOLD VINYL version of Carl Sagan's "A Glorious Dawn" single on 12" ($30 value) without waiting in line
    • Icarus lapel pin ($7 value)— available ONLY to Stellar Ticket holders
    • No lines & air conditioning all day
    • NASHVILLE — Admission to the launch party in the Blue Room (10am) featuring Soledad Brothers(!!!) and DJ Space Is The Place.


    Merchandise items AND gold vinyl record included with STELLAR TICKET

    In Nashville, those wanting to attend the launch party/Soledad Brothers performance, but don't want a merchandise bundle, can purchase a standalone ticket for $15 here. In addition to our patio viewing area and bar (open at 9:30AM), Nashville will have the gold-plated record from the space launch itself on display, plus a representative from SATINS launch team, as well as Symphony of Science's "Cosmos" composer John Boswell on hand to discuss the project. Bang Candy has also concocted cosmic confections in celebration of the event.

    In Detroit, the ICARUS CRAFT itself, plus its creator Kevin Carrico, will be on hand to answer questions and take photos, and the store will be open for anyone to sneak a peek at the launch and listen to bands while shopping.

    Both Nashville & Detroit storefronts will open at regular hours (10am local time) for customers to take advantage of our 30% off Anniversary Sale, which will also be valid in the online store (discount taken at check out).

    In both locations, customers not wanting to purchase a Stellar Ticket can purchase merchandise a la carte via regular check-out, though all should be advised that lines could be quite long, so prepare for hot temperatures and hydrate accordingly. A la carte exclusive record launch merchandise and limited records WILL NOT be on sale until the completion of the attempted mission. ICARUS t-shirts, however, which are not limited, will be available all day.

    The Blue Room in Nashville will be open to the public for continued merriment after the mission with an in-store later that afternoon at 4:30 with Craig Brown, and the additional bands listed above will continue the party in Detroit.

    Purchase your STELLAR TICKET here, and see you Saturday...

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  • Upcoming Events in Nashville & Detroit

    Posted by Third Man on 26 July 2016

    August is turning out to be another busy month full of amazing events at both our Nashville headquarters and our Detroit location! Have a read through our upcoming events below, and get your tickets early! 

     Nashville 8/1: Boris w/ Earth (SOLD OUT!)

    If you've got tickets, congrats! It's going to be an unbelievable show.

     Nashville 8/2: Peripheral Visions Presents... LEMORA, $10, 8pm

    Brought up by a licentious priest when her gangster father goes on the lam, 13-year-old Lila Lee (Rainbeaux Smith) receives a letter from the mysterious Lemora urging her to come to her ailing father's side. Lila embarks on a journey through the swampy Prohibition era deep South in search of the town of Astaroth, an eerie place inhabited by bands of feuding vampires, roving groups of lost children, and enough creepy old men to haunt every young child's dreams. The atmospheric adolescent coming-of-age allegory plays as a Lovecraftian take on Southern Gothic filtered through the low-budget lens of a European art film. Lost in relative obscurity for years, LEMORA's reputation has been somewhat restored thanks to cult cinephiles who laud it as an eccentric and truly unique dark fairy tale about growing up subjected to the unrelenting, lascivious male Gaze. Watch the trailer and purchase tickets here.

     Nashville 8/4-9: Triple Fantasy Art Show, Opening Reception 8/4 from 6-8pm

    Third Man Records is proud to announce Triple Fantasy, an exhibit curated by Laura Hutson that brings together work by three artists who are concerned with the intersection between sex and magic. The artists — Elijah Burgher, Tracy Nakayama and Benjy Russell — address themes of queerness, sexuality and the occult through their unique drawings, prints, paintings and photography. Burgher has had work in the Whitney Biennial and is represented here by Chicago's Western Exhibitions gallery. His drawings, paintings and prints draw largely on sigils and an imaginary cult called the Bachelors of the Dawn that claims the supremacy of homosexual men. Nakayama is an L.A.-based artists whose work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her paintings reference 1970s porn and, more recently, contemporary nudist colonies. She has created a painting specifically for this exhibit, and will have a limited edition print of another painting available. Russell is based in both L.A. and the Nashville area, and uses photography to incorporate ideas of ritual and sexuality. His often surreal work eschews Photoshop in favor of absurdism and in-camera effects. Join us on the 4th for the opening reception, or if you can't make it, stop by in the following 4 days to see this incredible show.

     Detroit 8/10: Arkells Acoustic In-Store / Meet & Greet, 5pm, FREE & all ages!

    That's all you need to know! Just show up and enjoy the show!

     Nashville 8/16: Joyce Manor with Caddywhompus, $10, 8pm, all ages

    Third Man Records is happy to announce Joyce Manor and Caddywhompus will be joining us in the Blue Room on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Joyce Manor, consisting of Barry Johnson, Chase Knobbe, Jeff Enzor and Matt Ebert, come to from Torrance, California, not at all far from Manhattan Beach, the birthplace of legendary power-punk thrashers, Descendants. Coincidence? We’re not so sure. Their latest record, Never Hungover Again, was mixed by Tony Hoffer, who is largely known for his work with Phoenix, Marianne Faithful, Beck and an ever-increasing list of big name talents. His production lends a superb depth of character to their work. The result is raw feeling: joyous, pissed, pensive and rash. JM attacks their songs with an emo-pop diligence and punk rock vigor that are true to the origins of the sound and also a novel hybrid of both styles. Short and sweet without dizzying the listener. The results are explosive and yet approachable. For those stricken with a timeless ache, here’s a chance to heal. Tickets available NOW.

    • Nashville 8/17: Spray Paint & The Rebel with Soft Option, $7, 8pm, all ages

    Punk is work. The thrill is gone. Spray Paint unsettles. The band—made up of George Dishner, Cory Plump and Chris Stephenson—currently touring the US in support of Feel The Clamps, their sixth LP, available now through Goner Records. Not unlike A-Frames, Whirlwind Heat, Brainiac, Arab on Radar, or your friend who takes acid to sleep, they command a post-punk angst, a warped energy, and a musty discontent—but theirs is version that could only come stumbling out of Beerland, TX. SP balances on whatever line exists between frayed atmospheres and detuned, melted punk song structures. The lyrics are hungover and moribund. The vibe is bitter. There’s no room here for miracles. Rock ‘n’ roll is a dead horse. Don’t believe us? Okay, have fun blasting "The Crunge"! Ben Wallers, AKA The Rebel, hails from Hertfordshire, UK, and is the frontman, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the art-punk band Country Teasers (among a half-dozen others). His output prolific, crafted with a darling and daring wit, and delivered with a creaking drawl of half-sung speech. His sound feels culled from the wreckage of classic country and ragged, minimalist garage. His brand of satire is rare in music and tends to spotlight unlikely topics, like the scourge of xenophobia, the sickness of sexism and pastoral darkness from the perspective of those who are actually afflicted with those ideas—all in the name of humor and a culture study of sorts. He’s confiscated your dog whistle and he’s exploring the boundaries of human decency through brazen and uncomfortably blunt satire. He’s a wee laugh riot. Tickets available NOW.

     Detroit 8/21: Melvins Live at Third Man Records Cass Corridor, $15, 3pm, all ages

    Get your tickets and swing by Third Man Records, Cass Corridor for a nice, mellow, Sunday afternoon performance by the Melvins……..THE MELVINS? Mellow? Sunday Afternoon? This is all wrong. Come cram into Third Man Records and get sweaty on the sabbath with the Melvins and watch em strip the paint off the columns. Bring ear plugs if you want, but they probably won’t work. Dale and King Buzzo are joined by the one and only Steve McDonald (Redd Kross, Off, Tater Totz) and they are planning on brining a little danger back to the Cass Corridor! 

     Nashville 8/25-28: The Wild Wonderful World of Dapper Bruce LaFitte Art Show, Opening Reception 8/25 from 6-8pm

    Dapper Bruce LaFitte, formerly known as Bruce Davenport, Jr. is New Orleans personified, his work heavily influenced by his upbringing in the housing projects of the 6th Ward and one terrible storm that rolled through in 2005. With LaFitte's work is a tribute to New Orleans, featuring vibrant color marker drawings of the parades and marching bands that are a symbol of his home city and a personal passion. Coming to art as a career later in life, Lafitte is now represented by the Louis B. James gallery in life, and his work has been shown in 14 countries around the world, bringing the resilience of New Orleans with it wherever it goes. Join us for the opening reception on August 25th from 6-8pm.

    August is turning out to be another busy month full of amazing events at both our Nashville headquarters and our Detroit location! Have a read through our upcoming events below, and get your tickets early!

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