• Live-to-Acetate at Third Man Records

    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 our website 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.

    Pre-Order the Rocktober Direct-to-Acetate Bundle / Pre-Order The Shins / Pre-Order The Kills / Pre-Order Seasick Steve

  • Willie Nelson & Friends From Third Man Records

    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.

    Until then, here's a clip of Neil Young and Willie Nelson performing "Long May You Run" from the that once in a lifetime evening: 

  • Light + Sound Machine Presents... Perfumed Nightmare

    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.com or 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.

  • Third Man Record Booth Now Open

    We are as pleased and proud as parents can be to announce that The Third Man Record Booth is now fully functioning and has taken up permanent residence in the Third Man Novelties Lounge.

    Come down and see us anytime doing normal shop hours to record your very own 111 seconds of vinyl magic and walk away with a unique one-of-a-kind audio memento. Sing, speak, play, accompany yourself on an ipod... all is game. And when you leave you'll have your own 6" aluminum substrate lacquer to play for your family and friends. Trust us, it's as fun as it sounds.

    These ancient machines are cantankerous creatures, but it's our goal to keep it in tip top shape along with all of our other gadgets in the shop. See you in the booth!

  • Jack Johnson Important Update

    Due to Jack Johnson's recent addition to the Bonnaroo line-up Saturday night, we have adjusted our schedule slightly for his sold-out, family-friendly performance in the Blue Room tomorrow. Complimentary breakfast burritos, doughnuts and coffee (and juice for the kiddos!) will be served from the Third Man patio beginning at 10am. Doors to the blue will now open at 11am, with the performance beginning at 11:30am.

    We hope this change in scheduling doesn't cause an inconvenience to current ticket-holders and their families.

  • Divine Fits Live at Third Man

    Continuing our pattern of making sure Nashvillians of good taste don't get a moment of rest, we are pleased to announce another addition to this month's calendar. Divine Fits is comprised of Britt Daniel (frontman of Spoon) and bandmates Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade), Sam Brown (from Ohio punk legends Gaunt ) and Alex Fischel. Join us Monday night in the Blue Room, doors at 7, show at 8, for the live taping of their performance. We've been trying to get these guys here it seems like from day one of their inception and we're really excited to host them here for this live recording / performance. JOIN US.