Third Man family member Ruby Amanfu released two gorgeous new singles last month ("Bluff" / "Love Out Loud") and is making a habit out of winning over every crowd she sings in front of, whether backing up Jack White in his all-female band The Peacocks, or torching the bayou all by herself at Voodoo Fest and beyond. On this Blue Series 7", Ruby is joined by Alabama Shakes front woman Brittany Howard for reinterpretations of Sixto "Sugar Man" Rodriguez's "I Wonder" and Memphis Minnie's "When My Man Comes Home." Ruby is featured on more Third Man releases than you likely realize, and we are so proud to call her (as well as Dominic Davis, Daru Jones, Cory Younts, Ikey Owens and Fats Kaplin, all also heard tearing it up on this record) members of the family. If you don't have this Blue Series in your collection yet, you're missing out on one of our favorites. Purchase for a NICE PRICE here.
Jack White is excited to announce that he will be participating in a special LIVE from the NPYL event celebrating and exploring the first volume of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932 at the New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York City on Tuesday, November 19th at 6pm ET. The program includes a discussion with Jack, Revenant's Dean Blackwood, and Princeton professor and author Daphne A. Brooks, and close examinations of recordings from Paramount's catalogue by authors Greil Marcus and Scott Blackwood. A special exhibition of artifacts from The New York Public Library's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound curated specifically for this occasion will also be on display before and after the event. Tickets go on-sale today at 12pm ET.
Additionally, attendees will receive a free 78 RPM record specially pressed for the event from Third Man and Revenant Records featuring two fiery sermons from the Paramount catalog, as well as automatically be entered into a raffle to win the first volume of The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932.
Purchase the Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932, Volume 1 here.
Learn more about the project and preservation from the 2 NPR segments that ran over the weekend: Holding Music History In Your Hands: Why Archives Matter / Paramount Records: The Label Inadvertently Crucial To The Blues
Also, check out the video below detailing the amazing wonder-cabinet that is The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1...
800 newly-remastered digital tracks
200+ fully-restored original ads and images
6 x 180g LPs w/ hand-engraved metal leaf center labels
Deluxe large-format hardcover art book: 250 pages, narrative w. full-color plates
Encyclopedia-style reference manual: 360 pages, field guide to artists & repertoire
Handcrafted elements: rich woods, lush upholstery, and custom-forged metal hardware
Track & Image App: First-of-its-kind music and image player app, allows user management of 800 tracks and 200+ original ads; housed on custom-designed USB drive
The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), part one of a two-volume omnibus of art, words and music in a limited-edition cabinet-of-wonder format, is a joint release from John Fahey's Revenant and Jack White's Third Man Records, co-produced by the leading researcher/writer on Paramount, Alex van der Tuuk. The set is available today from Third Man Records with a full release slated for November 19th.
The Rise & Fall cabinet chronicles in words, images and sound the curious tale of Paramount, an early American record label which, despite being run out of a Wisconsin chair factory, with bargain-basement recording and production methods, by men with few connections to and little idea of what black (or rural white) audiences were interested in, nevertheless managed to create a repository of American art that can stand with any this country has produced.
Volume One focuses on the label’s improbable rise from also-ran (known for its “tin pan tone”) to Race Records powerhouse, exploring how its fortunes were tied to the Great Migration as well as to its unconventional strategies, “open door” recording policy, opportunism, sleight-of-hand, and incredible luck. Learm more about the set and purchase yours here.
Third Man is also offering fans the opportunity to win this incomparable set by entering The Paramount Records Wonder-Cabinet Giveaway.
We're rollin' and chooglin' West to Memphis tomorrow and then North to the Windy City with goodies and vinyl treats in stock!
Catch us Saturday, 10/26 outside the Stax Museum in Memphis from 11:30-4, and Tuesday, 10/29 outside the Green Mill Jazz club from 6-9pm.
See you on the road!
"The best garage band in America since the '60s. Very primitive…they made people with Les Pauls and Marshall amps look like idiots." - Jack White
The Gories began in the cultural vacuum of Detroit in 1986. With humble beginnings at a community concert series through a tumultuous end on their 1992 European tour, this is a band whose influence has far outstretched the ground they covered. Rooted in the primal, primitive underpinnings of 50's rhythm and blues and unhinged 60s garage punk, the sound they came to was wholly their own. Over two years in the making, Third Man collectively feels like a bunch of teenage fanboys with the release of The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88. Recorded at a house party in a converted store front, the band captured here is at the height of its powers. Featuring covers of classics by the likes of John Lee Hooker, the Stooges and Willie Dixon, as well as a bevy of their oft-imitated originals, Live in Detroit 5/27/88 is the Gories' first live album, their fourth full-length and their first widespread release since 1992. While band members Mick Collins and Dan Kroha would go on to wider recognition in the Dirtbombs and Demolition Dolls Rods respectively, the Gories should be viewed in the same influential context as the Velvet Underground and the Cramps. While they may have barely sold any records, the folks that saw and heard these bands were inspired to create. It's high time the Gories get their due and there's no better evidence than this explosive live recording from 25 years ago.
The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88
release date 11/26/13
1. Nautiloid Reef (the Nautiloids) / 2. Leavin' Here (Eddie Holland) / 3. I Think I've Had It / 4. To Find Out (The Keggs) / 5. Boogie Chillen (John Lee Hooker) / 6. Real Cool Time (The Stooges) / 7. Charm Bag / 8. Sovereignty Flight / 9. Again & Again (The Iguanas) / 10. Thunderbird ESQ / 11. Hate (The Stoics) / 12. Train Kept a Rollin' (Tiny Bradshaw) / 13. I Just Wanna Make Love to You (Willie Dixon) / Give Me Love
A note about the title:
The prefix of the Gories album ("The Shaw Tapes") is both a nod to the Velvet Underground's "Quine Tapes" and gives credit to the larger-than-life man behind the recording of the show, Jim Shaw. A long time supporter of underground art and music in Detroit, his influence, guidance and style were pivotal to over thirty years of creatives in metro Detroit. He was one of a handful of folks who immediately "got" what the Gories were doing and was among the dozen folks who'd attend their shows religiously. Additionally, it was his foresight to record this show (as well as countless others) that's the inspiration for what we at Third Man hope to be an ongoing series. Jim Shaw sadly passed away on December 5, 2010 at the age of 54.
Third Man Records is also excited to share the live recording by Jack Johnson for Record Store Day Black Friday on November 29th. Recorded live in Third Man's wonderful Blue Room on June 15th of this year, breakfast with Jack and his crack band was a smiling fun time for the entire family, and his thoughtful cover of the White Stripes' "We Are Going to Be Friends" was the icing to an already delicious cake. This will be a windowed release… only available from RSD-retailers on Black Friday and not to see a widespread release until March 2014.
Live at Third Man Records 6-15-2013
1. Banana Pancakes / 2. Same Girl / 3. Radiate / 4. Do You Remember / 5. I Got You / 6. Good People / 7. As I Was Saying / 8. We Are Going to Be Friends (The White Stripes) / 9. Home / 10. Mudfootball / 11. Upside Down / 12. Better Together
With a platinum and four gold records in the UK under his belt, today Seasick Steve releases his newest record HUBCAP MUSIC across the pond. The album, produced by the dog himself, features long-time drummer and frying pan virtuoso Dan Magnusson as well as John Paul Jones, Jack White III, Luther Dickinson, Elizabeth Cook and Fats Kaplin. The record marks Seasick Steve's second full-length on Third Man Records, and joins a blue series 7" ("Write Me a Few Lines") and a live, direct-to-acetate recording (Seasick Steve Live at Third Man Records) to make up his Third Man catalog.
Hubcap Music derives its title from Seasick's 4-stringed Morris Minor guitar, fashioned from two Minor 1000 hubcaps and a garden hoe, and his second similarly made instrument using Hudson Terraplane hubcaps, given to him by Jack White. The Morris Minor guitar made its first appearance on the TV show "Top Gear," and rivals Seasick's Didley Bo for the title of baddest junk'strument ever to grace (and sell out) such stages as Royal Albert Hall, Manchester Theatre and Hammersmith Apollo Theaters.
Listen to "Home" featuring Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars fame on slide guitar below:
The album is available on CD/LP/MP3 via Third Man Records, at thirdmanstore.com and wherever records are sold.