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Third Man Records celebrates the end of the year with a slew of new reasons to be thankful.
First up is a cornucopia of new vinyl 45 goodness beginning with Edgar Oliver's "In The Park" b/w "Hunger and Light" (TMR121). The latest in TMR's Green Series of spoken word/instructional records comes from critically-acclaimed, syrup-voiced actor, playwright and noir poet Edgar Oliver. On his Third Man single he delivers the chilling poem “In the Park” with palpable suspense. The B-side "Hunger and Light" is recorded in Triple Reverse Cryptophonica ™ and will (hopefully) have you spending hours trying to figure out exactly what he’s saying. Edgar Oliver's "In The Park" b/w "Hunger and Light" will be released on vinyl and iTunes on November 22nd. Edgar Oliver is also a Science Channel "Oddities" regular.
As for the ongoing Blue Series, a man who needs no introduction -- but who we'll introduce as John C. Reilly will release not one but TWO Third Man singles in November, both featuring The Black Belles' Olivia Jean, Fats Kaplin and Jack White on drums. John & Tom: "Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar" b/w "Lonesome Yodel Blues #2" (TMR112) finds John's duet with Tom Brosseau sung in close harmony as they perform two songs originally by The Delmore Brothers.
Becky & John's "I'll Be There If You Ever Want" b/w "I'm Making Plans" (TMR113) sees John paired with Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond) and swerves more in the classic country vein taking in tunes originally performed by Ray Price and Dolly Parton/Porter Wagoner. Both are released on November 29th on vinyl and iTunes.
But wait, there's more TMR end of year celebration afoot, namely four offerings from The White Stripes: "The Big Three Killed My Baby" b/w "Red Bowling Ball Ruth" (TMR117) is a reissue of the decade-plus out of print only single off the White Stripes self-titled debut album. The A-side is Jack White's tempered screed against the monopoly of American auto companies against the accented thud of Meg’s pounding drums. The B-side "Red Bowling Ball Ruth" is exclusive to this single and overflows with AC/DC-inspired rock riffs. Re-mastered direct from the original analog masters! "Lord, Send Me an Angel" b/w "You’re Pretty Good Looking (Trendy American Remix)" (TMR118) was originally released as part of the White Stripes Japan-Australia-New Zealand "Three Island Tour" in October 2000, and now these songs are back in print for the first time in over a decade. The A-side is a cover of Blind Willie McTell’s "Lord, Send Me an Angel" with parts of his classic "Ticket Agent" thrown into the mix for good measure. Pay attention to Jack White’s update of the lyrics to reflect his own geographical location. The flipside is an Auto-Tuned (before they called it that) remix of "You’re Pretty Good Looking" that’s a peculiar novelty to say the least. Both tracks are re-mastered directly from the original master tape.
The last two reissues from the White Stripes catalog to finish out the year are "Candy Cane Children" b/w "Reading of the Story of the Magi", "Silent Night" (TMR071) and "Hello Operator" b/w "Jolene" (TMR067), releasing December 6th. Merry Christmas from The White Stripes is available again! 333 copies were printed on red vinyl and included as part of the White Stripes 2010 Holiday Merchandise package, but in print forever copies are now to be had on black vinyl. The A-side was originally recorded in 1998 and its' title has been appropriated by Stripes fans as a term to describe themselves as a group. The B-side features Meg singing an a cappella version of "Silent Night" coupled with Jack reading the Story of the Magi from the Bible. The whole thing is a warming, heartfelt pile of Christmas goodness...dig in! While a picture disc version of "Hello Operator" b/w "Jolene" was available in 2010 from Third Man's subscription-only series the Vault, the black vinyl, picture sleeve version is now available for all to buy and will be kept in print eternally. The sole single off of the Stripes sophomore "De Stijl" album, "Hello Operator" was the first song legendary UK DJ John Peel ever played by the band. If that wasn’t enough, the B-side showcases the band’s cover of Dolly Parton’s "Jolene" a long-time fan favorite the studio version only ever available on this single.
Additionally, Third Man Records is excited to announce five exciting new gems just in time for this 2012 holiday season. The first of this gimmicky badness sure to excite audiophiles everywhere is a custom Third Man-designed Revolution compact turntable by Crosley. The Revolution portable record player's features include:
-USB capability for connection to PC and Mac, including a software suite for ripping and editing audio content
- 33 1/3 and 45 RPM speeds for 7-inch or 12-inch records
-FM transmitter and dynamic full range stereo speakers
... All contained in an extremely compact unit with a conveniently integrated handle and can be powered by AA batteries for maximum portability. Take your revolution with you any and everywhere!
Third Man is also releasing a new, heavy-duty custom 45 box for carrying all of your favorite 7-inch records. This swank 45 box features a uniquely-wrapped black leatherette exterior, reinforced white plastic handle, chrome snap closure with etched TMR logo, custom printing on the interior lining and will hold up to thirty 7-inch records.
Next up is a Third Man-branded custom vinyl cleaning kit complete with Major Mojo Cleaning Juice, wide-coverage black felt brush and extra stash room in your cleaning case for replacement record needles or to hide your magic beans.
But that's not all! The team at Third Man has more amazingness up their sleeve to add to your holiday shopping list. Third Man is thrilled to announce it has partnered with Griffin Technology for its very own Third Man Records iPhone case with component parts made from real vinyl records! Third Man is topping that off with the release of their flat auxiliary audio cable by Griffin. Each cable is a 6' long, features a 1/8" black chrome jack and yellow cable with custom Third Man Records print, and connects to your car or home stereo AUX input. Stay tuned for all the exciting news on these must-have products coming from Third Man in the upcoming weeks.
All of these Third Man Records Merchandise products will be available for purchase online from thirdmanrecords.com or in person at their Nashville, TN location beginning December 1st (with pre-order information to be announced). Third Man's Nashville store is located at 623 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN.