• The New Third Man Records Vault

    We are pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved Third Man Records Vault. For those of you not yet familiar, the Vault is our quarterly subscription service, previously hosted by Modlife. Vault subscriptions are available in 2 levels: Gold, which allows you access to online content, and Platinum, which allows access to said online content as well as a quarterly exclusive package featuring a 12”, 7” and bonus item that only Vault members will receive. (Examples of past Vault packages can be found here.)

    The exclusive, online content on the new Vault will be open to all until we announce our next quarterly package in early July, so we’d like to take this opportunity to invite members and newcomers to poke around.

    If you find that you are enjoying the content, we encourage you to consider a membership. Content will become exclusive again after the Vault package #17 is announced in early July. Please note that the Vault Novelties store will not launch until Package #17 is announced, and other features like live stream and pre-sales will become available in the coming months.

    Please keep in mind that this new & improved Vault is new to us too. We liken the way we feel on this day to the way the engineers of the Hadron Collider must have felt when they flipped the switch… so we appreciate your patience with us as we get these protons accelerating and unlock the keys to the universe.

  • New Vault Launches in 2 Days

    This is it! Tomorrow is the deadline to sign up for Vault Package #16 on Modlife as well as the final day of the Vault in its current form, meaning… Wednesday is the official launch day of the new and improved Third Man Records Vault! As we mentioned previously, your subscription with Modlife will NOT carry over. ALL members will have to re-subscribe to the new Vault in order to maintain a continuous subscription.

    We realize that many of you prefer not to renew your quarterly subscription until the corresponding package has been announced, and we don’t want any loyal Vault members to miss out on content due to the timing of this launch. For that reason, all Vault content will be open and non-exclusive until Vault Package #17 is announced in early July, though please note that Vault Chat and comments will be closed to those who have not yet re-subscribed. Similarly, the Vault Novelties Shop, which will be accessible only to Platinum members, will launch AFTER the Package #17 announcement, so all members have equal opportunity to score the wares we will have to offer. (We know, we can hardly wait either!)

    We have strived to fill the new Vault up with a solid collection of fun goodies for the launch, however please keep in mind that this is just the beginning. We are thrilled to use our new platform to bring you many more exclusive videos, tracks and photos, as well as the inside scoop on Third Man news and events in the weeks ahead.

    This new & improved Vault is new to us too. We liken the way we feel on this day to the way the engineers of the Hadron Collider must have felt when they flipped the switch… so we appreciate your patience with us as we get these protons accelerating and unlock the keys to the universe.

    Like always, please contact vault@thirdmanrecords.com if you are having any trouble using the site. We hope you agree that this new Vault is going to vastly improve the way we bring you the content we all love, and we look forward to rolling out all the site’s features in the coming months.

    In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for Vault Package #16.

    Please note that new subscriptions can presently only be purchased via credit/debit. We will be able to accept Paypal shortly.


    Great Gatsby

    Third Man Records is proud to announce the worldwide release of the vinyl version of The Great Gatsby film Soundtrack. Anticipation is already high for this companion piece to Baz Luhrmann’s groundbreaking film of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic.

    The soundtrack was executive produced by Shawn “JAY Z” CARTER, and produced by the film’s co-writer/ producer/ director Luhrmann.

    It features an all-star line up from Jack White, JAY Z, Florence + The Machine, The xx, Beyoncé x André 3000, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, will.i.am, Lana Del Rey, Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock among many more standout contributions.

    Drawing on his unique and unrivalled position in popular culture, JAY Z (with collaborator and the films executive music consultant, Jeymes Samuel) worked with Luhrmann and music supervisor, Anton Monsted, on the Gatsby project over the past two years, translating the Jazz Age sensibility of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel into the musical equivalents of our own times through the blending of hip-hop, traditional jazz and other contemporary musical textures.

    Third Man is very excited to present the 17-track deluxe edition of the album on vinyl, housed in glorious gatefold artwork. Additionally, Third Man will also be releasing 7” single components to the soundtrack, including Jack White’s “Love is Blindness”.

  • Record Store Day in Nashville

    Pop Up

    Record Store Day at Third Man Records was an unequivocal success... where do we even begin?

    From the die-hards who camped out overnight (more than 24 hours before doors opened!), to the transcendent live performances by Karen Elson and Mark Watrous, the sundry delights provided by our friends at Hot Diggity Dog (they killed it with their Detroit Dog), Fat Bottom Brewery, Bang Candy and Las Paletas, coverage from TWO local news stations... we are absolutely ecstatic as to how the day unfolded.

    Neil Young stepping out of Record Booth

    To be fair, most of our excitement is tied-up in the success of our Third Man Record Booth. The dozens of people who waited in line to record their very own 111 seconds of vinyl magic walked away with one-of-a-kind audio mementos that we (and they) will never forget. Whether it was a marriage proposal, folk song, last will and testament, poem, one act play, a Sir-Mix-a-Lot cover or birthday greetings, accompanied by everything from a vintage 1920's Gibson mandolin, a boombox or an iPhone, every last recording from the booth was inspired and fulfilling. Even Neil Young stopped by and recorded a song in the booth.

    The booth was carefully monitored by two engineers throughout the day to ensure all the mechanizations were in fine working order. Third Man made the decision (at least for Record Store Day) to use the highest quality aluminum substrate lacquers. These blanks offer the best fidelity for cold needle record cutting and can be played dozens and dozens of times without any noticeable audio degradation.

    Record Store Day weekend has really put the booth through its paces and our engineers (Third Mangineers?) have learned a lot from this weekend and are making the necessary modifications to ensure the booth can soon be a permanent fixture in the Novelties Lounge.

    Jack White also did a recording in the booth this weekend and we share that with you here for free so you can hear the warm analog fidelity that radiates out of this booth.

    View more photos of the fun here.

  • Record Store Day Tomorrow

    Just a reminder that Record Store Day is tomorrow, April 20th!

    Our Nashville headquarters will present our new Third Man Record Booth, live performances, food & libations, and the previously announced exclusive record offerings. We will open at 11am CST. Please note that the Elephant reissues will be available in the Blue Room for $30 each, and they will be Debit/Credit card only. This will help to keep the line moving as quickly as possible. All food and drink vendors, however, will be cash only. Document Records Volume 2 colored vinyl reissues will be $30 each and available in the store, cash or card accepted. You can access more information on the happenings in Nashville here.

    Record Store Day at our Desert Gold Pop Up is a 2-day affair complete with loads of live music and exclusive merch. Details here.

  • Third Man Record Booth, Part 2

    We've been getting a lot of excitement and questions about the new Third Man Record Booth, as you can imagine, so we wanted to answer as many additional questions as we can. The Record Booth is not just for Record Store Day. It is going to be a permanent installation at Third Man's Novelties Lounge in Nashville, but due to the possibility of long lines for several things on Record Store Day, we are making arrangements to have a separate entrance and location for the booth alone to keep the flow moving in the store.

    The recording process runs on the Third Man tokens you see Brendan Benson using in the video, and yes, shockingly it will not be 35 cents anymore. Things have changed since the 1940's. The materials involved and the process and labor are very expensive, but worth every penny to us (and we hope to you as well). The stamp and envelope also involve the weight of a blank vinyl and cardboard, so it costs more to mail than a standard letter.

    We also have some future upgrades up our sleeve for the booth, so watch out in the coming months. Just like the Scopitone, which has been running elegantly in the last few months, to which we've added viewing windows for people to see the inner machinations, we have some ideas for the record booth as well. Some of you noticed in the video that the sign reads "you have 65 seconds to record". That was true for a 6" record at 78 speed, the original speed for the booth in 1947.  Our brilliant Third Man family engineers (Josh Smith, Kevin Carrico, George Ingram, and Ross Blomgren) have modified the motors to run at 45 speed, expanding the recording time from 65 seconds to 111 seconds, making it much easier to play on modern turntables that might not have a 78 speed option, with little loss in fidelity. Instruments will be available next to the booth to use for free and we are currently looking into ways for different machines in the novelties lounge to not play music at the same time, but for now people will just have to be polite while someone's recording in the booth and not blast a Scopitone video simultaneously.

    All of the records recorded in the booth will have Third Man Catalog number "333" and the uploads that fans will send to TMR for our page of recordings made in the booth will appear in that catalog location. Users of the booth write their recording info on the labels themselves, pen provided in the booth of course. The fidelity of the booth will be better than it ever sounded in its day, but the process uses a cold needle, not a heated needle as in modern acetate cutting. Because of this, the volume is not as loud as a modern vinyl due to the way the groove is cut, but the playback amplifier in the booth compensates for this as will your home stereo system.

    Return to Third Man Record Booth, Part 1