• Paramount Records Wonder-Cabinet


    !!! UPDATE: Available now at thirdmanstore.com !!!

    How did a Wisconsin chair company, producing records on the cheap and run by men with little knowledge of their audience or the music business, build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled under one roof?  The answer lies in ‘The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,’ an epic, two-volume omnibus of art, words and music housed in a limited-edition, hand-sculpted cabinet-of-wonder, to be jointly released by Jack White’s Third Man Records and John Fahey’s Revenant Records. 

    ‘Volume One,’ which covers the label’s improbable rise from 1917-1927, will be released exclusively through Third Man on October 29, and worldwide on November 19.  The project is co-produced by leading Paramount authority Alex van der Tuuk, and ‘Volume 2’ will be released in November 2014.

    Paramount Records was founded on a modest proposition: produce records as cheaply as possible, recording whatever talent was available.  Over its lifetime, the label would become a “race records” powerhouse, its sound and fortunes directly linked to the Great Migration. 

    By the time Paramount ceased operations in 1932, it had compiled a dizzying array of performers still unrivaled to this day, spanning early jazz titans (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller), blues masters (Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Skip James), American divas (Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters), gospel (Norfolk Jubilee Quartette), vaudeville (Papa Charlie Jackson), and the indefinable “other” (Geeshie Wiley, Elvie Thomas).  Paramount would also directly influence the style of Robert Crumb and countless other 20th century artists and illustrators, through a series of hand-drawn ads promoting its releases in the pages of the Chicago Defender.

    The ‘Rise and Fall’ wonder-cabinet gives equal status to page-turning narrative and new scholarship; original and newly created graphic art; industrial design; and compelling analog and digital music experiences.  ‘Volume One’ contains the following: 

    * 800 newly-remastered digital tracks, representing 172 artists 

    * 200+ fully-restored original 1920s ads and images

    * 6x 180g vinyl LPs pressed on burled chestnut colored vinyl w/ hand-engraved, blind-embossed gold-leaf labels, housed in a laser-etched white birch LP folio

    * 250 page deluxe large-format clothbound hardcover art book 

    * 360 page encyclopedia-style softcover field guide containing artist portraits and full Paramount discography 

    * Handcrafted quarter-sawn oak cabinet with lush sage velvet upholstery and custom-forged metal hardware 

    * First-of-its-kind music and image player app, allowing user mgmt of all tracks and ads, housed on custom-designed USB drive


    • Paramount Books


    • Paramount LP Folio


  • Melvins Live at Third Man LP Available Now

    Recorded Direct-To-Acetate by the double-drummer quartet on May 30th, 2013 in our Blue Room, this show shook pictures off the walls of Third Man headquarters and had the crowd begging for two things: a pair of earplugs, and for the night to never end. Buy it and spin at maximum volume to experience for yourself...

    S i d e  O n e
    1. Charmicarmicat

    S i d e  T w o
    1. It's Shoved (available to stream below)/ 2. Anaconda / 3. At The Stake / 4. Queen / 5. Cow / 6. Your Blessend


    Wielding his Morris Minor guitar fashioned out of two hubcaps and garden hoe, Seasick Steve will release his second full length studio album for Third Man Records--titled (what else?) Hubcap Music--on October 8.

    Seasick Steve is indisputably a living legend, and is recognized as such the world over--particularly in the UK where he has received four gold and one platinum records, sold out the likes of the Royal Albert Hall and and the Manchester and Hammersmith Apollo theaters, appeared on national TV, been nominated for multiple Brit Awards, played the Glastonbury and V Festivals, and shared the stage with the likes of John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl. In 2011, Steve released You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks, his first full length album for Third Man Records.

    Hubcap Music kicks off with "Down On The Farm," which Steve debuted live at last year's Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands and is one of several tracks on the record to feature John Paul Jones on bass. Jones also contributes mandolin, Hammond organ and more to the record, while other Hubcap players include Jack White on "The Way I Do" Luther Dickinson on "Home," and Dan Magnusson holding down the beat as he does for Steve's live shows.

  • Light + Sound Machine Presents... Speaking Directly

    Attempting the summarize SPEAKING DIRECTLY, the first feature by the defiantly independent American auteur Jon Jost, is a bit of a feat. Like nearly all his subsequent films, it was produced on a pauper’s ransom, in this case a meager $2500 loan from Jost’s wealthy ex-lover. Yet, having been produced shortly after Jost’s release from prison for draft resistance, the culmination of two-plus years worth of ideas on cinema and society explode off the screen as though they were conceived in a pressure cooker. Its collage of kitsch Americana, socio-political essays, home movies, and interpersonal interviews opens itself to a myriad of interpretations. Self-described as a “State of the Nation address, from the perspective of someone other than the President”, it also serves as exploration into the complexities communication, an audit of one’s own existence, and can even be seen as a precursor to the sort of reporting by way of personal experience popularized today in outlets like NPR’s THIS AMERICAN LIFE. However you choose to read Jost’s impressive and complicated debut, one thing is for certain, as critic Jonathan Rosenbaum noted, you can think of no other film quite like it.

    Preceded by Owen Land's NEW IMPROVED INSTITUTIONAL QUALITY: IN THE ENVIRONMENT OF LIQUIDS AND NASALS, A PARASITIC VOWEL SOMETIMES DEVELOPS (1976, USA, 16mm, 10min), in which a routine psychological test becomes, well…anything but routine.

    This Light + Sound Machine Screening, co-hosted by Third Man Records and the Belcourt, will take place Thursday, September 19th at 7pm. Tickets are available for $10 online (or $8 via the Belcourt website for Belcourt members) and beginning at 6pm at will call the evening of the event.

  • Third Man Record Booth Servicing

    The Third Man Record Booth is currently being serviced and unfortunately will not be available for recordings in the shop for the next few weeks. We hope that you will save your auditory ditties and aural masterpieces for when the booth returns to peak performance, and we look forward to your next visit to the Novelties Lounge... Our apologies for any inconvenience!

  • Kelley Stoltz Video, Pre-Order & Tour Dates

    A whole mess of exciting Kelley Stoltz news coming at you today, and we are figuratively tripping over ourselves to rush all this information into your eyes, ears and brains as quickly as possible. Let's cut to the chase!
    First and foremost the San Franciscan garage pop alchemist is dropping the delicious and lysergic video for "Kim Chee Taco Man" on the masses. Directed by Ryan Browne, it explores deeply resonating themes such as the spiritual quest for enlightenment via hand eaten fusion cuisine. It's every bit as delicious as it is catchy. Dive in and taste the music, as they say...

    Secondly, we're excited to say that pre-orders for Kelley's new album Double Exposure (in stores Sept. 24th) are now available. Orders will be fulfilled and shipped to reach the customer by release date. It's easy, it's fun and hey... you're already watching the video, might as well grab the LP while you're at it.
    Last and certainly not least, Kelley will be doing a string of live dates around the release including a record release show in San Francisco w/ The Mantles and Sopwith Camel. That's going down on Sept. 28th at The Chapel and here's a few more dates for you with more to come!
    October 3rd - Grass Valley, CA - Grass Valley Arts Center w/ Make Make
    October 5th - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios w/ Old Light
    October 6th - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl w/ Old Light
    October 7th - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey w/ Old Light