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Oklahoma native JD McPherson and our favorite American music torchbearer Pokey LaFarge have teamed up to record a rendition of country swing legend Bob Wills' "Good Old Oklahoma," which they released today. You can take an exclusive first listen to their charming duet at ROLLINGSTONE.COM. 100% of the proceeds from the track will be donated to the Oklahoma City Community Fund's Tornado Relief endowment, which contributes to dozens of charities assisting relief efforts for those directly affected by the recent tornadoes.
McPherson explains how the recording came about: “Pokey and I had been speaking in the days following the May 19th tornadoes about the possibility of recording a benefit song. He came up with the brilliant idea to record Bob Wills' ‘Good Old Oklahoma’ as a duet. Pokey is from Missouri, but each time he plays in my home state, his band performs that tune and brings the house down. It was a perfect fit.”
"It's with great pleasure that I get to work with one of Oklahoma's finest, JD McPherson," adds LaFarge. "To be able to record this Bob Wills tune is all too fitting for a good cause. We hope this helps. We love Oklahoma!"
DOWNLOAD THE TRACK & DONATE HERE.
Our Blue Series of 7"s continues it's stampede over the music industry on July 9th with a staggering entry from Los Angeles' angels with dirty faces, The Dough Rollers. Featuring an expanded and electrified line-up, Malcolm Ford (vox, guitar) and Jack Byrne (guitar) are now joined by Josh Barocas and Kyle Olson on bass and drums, respectively. Their Third Man Blue Series is the inaugural voyage for the new line up, and what a debutante party it is...
The invigorated power quatro blasted by Third Man a couple months back and dropped two perfectly formed slabs of American blues rock on us… "Little Lily" is an inner ear explosion with the energy and tension of a train rolling off the rails and the rails are Malcolm's pleading whiskey damaged vocals. Continuing with this brilliant outmoded forms of transportation as music metaphor, "The Sailing Song" rolls along with high seas majesty, The Dough Rollers as drunken shipmates and Jack Bryne's solo is a bottle of rum smashed on the rocks. The boat never sinks though, cause this shit isn't a boat after all but a fucking life raft. So get on board and let the Dough Rollers pillage your village!
The A side premiered on Noisey today, Pre-sales are available now, and the release will officially be available in stores and on iTunes July 9th. Stay tuned to this Bat Channel for more news and information on The Dough Rollers, pictured below...
We are so pleased that the day has come that we can announce the June 25th release of three very special live records — The Shins, The Kills, and Seasick Steve — all recorded in the Third Man Blue Room last October, and our first three releases recorded live using our one-of-a-kind direct-to-acetate recording process. Without overdubs or editing, these three records were mixed in real time on a Rupert Neve 5008 console by Grammy Award winning engineer Vance Powell, and instantly cut to vinyl by master cutter George Ingram using a 1953 Scully Lathe that previously churned out masters for Cincinnati’s legendary King Records (the story goes that James Brown's It's A Man's World was cut on this lathe among many more great sides...) Third Man's BLUE ROOM is the ONLY LIVE VENUE IN THE WORLD where artists can record their performance direct-to-acetate, and after these first three releases, we have many more of their kind coming down the pipeline.
Check out the Lathe room in all its groove-carving beauty in this behind-the-scenes video featuring Seasick Steve:
We believe that this new/old method of recording is as honest as it gets, bringing listeners as close to the experience of the performance as possible (of course, that is until our team of talented engineers and tinkerers manage to gather all the necessary parts to get our time machine and teletransporter back up and running.)
The Shins, The Kills and Seasick Steve Live at Third Man 12” records will be available June 25th individually or as a bundle (North America-only) on ourwebsite and at Third Man Records in Nashville, TN, with online pre-orders starting now. Black & blue split-color records, available only to those who attended the corresponding show and pre-ordered at the time will be available for pick-up at our Nashville store beginning on release date.
This April we hosted a very special event here at Third Man Records. We were honored to have the one and only Willie Nelson and some of his talented and lovely friends come to our building and perform a very special concert here for his 80th birthday. The fruits of that show were captured by CMT for their Crossroads program, and that special, Willie Nelson & Friends From Third Man Records, will be airing on the CMT network this Sunday June 23rd at 9pm ET.
In a rare occasion for modern television, all of the audio from the show was captured on our own analog recording equipment and it will be this warmer analog tape sound that will be broadcast on Sunday. So join Third Man, Willie Nelson, Jack White, Neil Young, Leon Russell, Norah Jones, Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe, Sheryl Crow and more to celebrate Willie Nelson's 80th birthday here at TMR this Sunday evening.
This month's Light + Sound Machine screening features Kidlat Tahimik's PERFUMED NIGHTMARE. The screening will take place Thursday, June 20th at 7pm at Third Man Records. Tickets are available for $10 at thirdmanstore.comor for Belcourt members at a discount for $8 via the Belcourt website. All member and non-member tickets will be available via will call, day-of-film, at Third Man beginning at 6pm.
PERFUMED NIGHTMARE, d. Kidlat Tahimik - Philippines, 1977, 93min, 16mm
Perhaps cinema’s most humorous and poignant essay on the cultural chasm between the First and Third Worlds, PERFUMED NIGHTMARE is the quasi-autobiographical account of an acute case of cultural dementia. Kidlat Tahimik, the Philipino-born, American-educated, German-based filmmaker and global citizen casts himself as Kidlat Tahimik, the primitive naif with an awe-struck enchantment with the wonders of the developed world. The semi fictional Tahimik is a taxi (or “jeepney”) driver by day who clutches his transistor radio by night, religiously tuned-in to Voice of America and forever dreaming of the heavens - he’s the president of a fan club for Werner von Braun, the defected Nazi rocket scientist who pioneered the American space program. His filmic diary is a collage of village anecdotes and imagery, presented with varying degrees of ethnographic exoticism and short wave radio chatter. However, his document is interrupted by the appearance of a comically sinister American businessman, offering Tahimik a new life in France, refilling his company’s gumball machines which conspicuously adorn the Parisian city streets. It is here that Perfumed Nightmare evokes a turn towards magical realism, and the illusion-shattering truths of the technology age transform Tahimik into something new - a once “sleeping typhoon”, now awakened and poised to literally blow away the symbols of Western domination, and himself back to his homeland.