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Greetings, all you music-makers and dreamers of dreams. We've got a small recap just for you, JUST in case you missed any of the tantalizing details surrounding a certain Wonder Cabinet these past couple weeks. Foremost, we are thrilled to announce that Third Man Records and Jack White, along with Revenant Records, have also been nominated for our efforts in releasing The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27) in the categories of "Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package" and “Best Album Notes” (written by Scott Blackwood).
Secondly, a quick glimpse offered by Nate Chinen at the New York Times calling The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Vol. 2, a work of "gleaming Art Devo valise, teeming with a democratic profusion of American blues, rustic folk, and hot jazz." Then, as you know, CBS This Morning sat down for quick word regarding our hopes for the survival of American blues. Up next, Barry Mazor writing for the Wall Street Journal said that, "A hands-on, eyes-on, ears-on examination of the new set underscores that behind the singularly grand presentation lurks an immense appreciation…of the musical performances and visual presentation style of the original Paramount producers."
Beyond that, the kind folks at Spin, Stereogum, Billboard, and the Boston Globe showed us a little bit of love too, plus Pitchfork just named the box set the "Best New Reissue," saying "...this music still moves." So, what's the hubbub all about? Spanning the years 1928-1932, and following the label on its furious run for the ages, Paramount Records effectively birthed an entire genre of Mississippi Delta blues and issuing some of the most coveted records in the history of wax. Of course, we present it to you, all this, in an even sexier package than the 1st! The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Vol. 2, features a polished aluminum and stainless steel "Machine Age" cabinet containing another 800 tracks, two books, ads, USB drive with app and 6 180 gram LP's pressed on alabaster vinyl with hand etched numerals and holographic images. It is a sight to behold and an object that can make its owner an expert and a connoisseur of American music. From the weird to the winsome, this is a definitive look at the history of America music that went on to impact cultures beyond our boarders, which came back to us all tenfold. Watch our new unboxing video below, and purchase The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 here.
Co-presented by The Belcourt Theatre & Third Man Records
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18th
DJ's at 6pm / Screening at 8pm
Tickets available HERE.
Produced in 1964, THE T.A.M.I. SHOW (an acronym for Teenage Awards Music International) is a legendary concert film showcasing some of the biggest acts of the period, including Chuck Berry, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Lesley Gore, Smokey Robinson, and a “Battle of the Bands” between James Brown with his Famous Flames and The Rolling Stones. Rarely seen for decades due to rights issues, THE T.A.M.I. SHOW was shot live over two days at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on videotape, using the then-innovative Electronovision (and then transferred to film).
The Light and Sound Machine screening will be projected on 16 millimeter film and takes place in the Blue Room. Doors open at 6 p.m. with drinks available and Third Man Records’ DJs. The film starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($8 for Belcourt members) and can be purchased in advance at www.belcourt.org, or at the door the night of the screening at Third Man. A limited edition print will be available as well for $15.
Third Man Records and Novelties Store will observe our usual hours (Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5) save for a few exceptions this holiday season...
After January 1st and through March 1st, store hours are as follows:
Jack & Third Man Records are excited to announce the release of the “JACK WHITE: THIRD-D” Google Cardboard virtual reality video app. Watch in immersive 360 degree, stereoscopic 3D and listen to music mixed in Dolby Atmos to feel like you were “there” for Jack's performance of “Freedom At 21” and “Ball and Biscuit” at The Bleacher Theater at Fenway Park and “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Download the app now via the Google Play Store.
Users will need a recent 5” or 6” Android phone and a Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer which turns the phone into a VR headset. For those without Cardboard headsets, the app is also capable of showing 2D video on its own or you can make your own Cardboard headset out of everyday items by following the instructions here.
To celebrate the release of the new app and help usher in the dawn of a new era in video technology, Third Man Records will be giving away Google Cardboard headsets to the first 75 Android phone users that purchase the Lazaretto ULTRA LP in the Nashville store on Wednesday, December 10th. Additionally, Third Man will be showcasing the new app with three demo Cardboard headsets and Samsung S5 phones in the store starting Wednesday too.
One day from out of the blue, Innisfree Poetry Bookstore (Boulder, Colorado) contacted Third Man Books about having a party for Third Man Books' anthology Language Lessons. Of course we said “yes." We like to par-tay. The original idea was to display the anthology and play the included double album in the store. One thing led to another and the event grew into a full blown reading. Language Lessons contributors Brian Barker, Nicky Beer, Sommer Browning, Noah Eli Gordon, Andrew McFadyen Ketchum, and Wayne Miller answered the call and joined forces to make for one heck of an event. The venue filled to standing room only. November 19, 2014 hailed as a great night for the music of language. Thanks, Innisfree, all the poets, and everyone who came out!
We are an indie label with a small staff and a big heart, which is why we are surprised and elated to have received 6 (6!) Grammy Nominations today. We have worked so hard this year to bring you some of the best music — whether it be reissues of the songs that shaped the American musical landscape, the voice of a legend uniquely recorded in a musical relic brought back to life, or the aural manifestation of the journals of a 19-year old aspiring upholsterer — and we couldn't be happier that our passions have aligned with what YOU want to hear. THANK YOU.
Jack White has been nominated for 4 Grammys, including “Best Alternative Music Album," “Best Rock Song,” and “Best Rock Performance” for his Lazaretto, which, incidentally, has sold 80,000 VINYL RECORDS in the US since its release in June of this year, and over 150,000 VINYL RECORDS worldwide. We are so proud of this record, so proud of the Ultra LP we pressed it on, and so proud to have Jack White at our creative helm.
Third Man Records and Jack White, along with Revenant Records, have also been nominated for our efforts in releasing The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27) in the categories of "Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package" and “Best Album Notes” (written by Scott Blackwood). This project, the second edition of which is also available now, has been a labour of love for its collaborators for years, and we are so grateful to have the opportunity to tell the true story of American Music through such a gorgeous medium. This box set includes 800 tracks from 172 artists, 6 180 gram LPs, 2 books, a first-of-its-kind music and image player app, 200+ original ads and images from the 1920's, and a sturdy quarter-sawn oak cabinet with lush velvet upholstery, demonstrating Paramount's original calling as a furniture company in Wisconsin. To add this amazing anthology to your collection, purchase here.
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume 2 ups the ante — a feat we weren't even sure was possible — spanning the years 1928-1932, and following Paramount on its furious run for the ages, birthing an entire genre of Mississippi Delta blues and issuing some of the most coveted records in the history of wax. We're talking Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Willie Brown, King Solomon Hill, Tampa Red, Lottie Kimbrough, Rube Lacy, Meade Lux Lewis, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Jaydee Short, George "Bullet" Williams, Cow Cow Davenport, Clifford Gibson, Ishman Bracey, Louise Johnson, Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, The Mississippi Sheiks, and hundreds of other artists. All this, and in an even sexier package than the 1st - a polished aluminum and stainless steel "Machine Age" cabinet containing another 800 tracks, books, ads, USB drive with app and 6 180 gram LP's pressed on alabaster vinyl with hand etched numerals and holographic images. It is a sight to behold and an object that can make its owner an expert and a connoisseur of American music. Purchase The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 here.
We are also so pleased to have received a Grammy Nomination for "Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package” for Neil Young’s A Letter Home, "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology." This record was so personal to Neil, and we are honored that it was recorded in our Record Booth — the very one YOU can record in if you visit our shop in Nashville. Congratulations to our dear friend Neil!
Winners will be announced at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards which will be broadcast live on CBS at 8pm ET/PT on February 8th, 2015. Be sure to tune in!