• Vault Package 16 and Vault Transition

    Courage. What makes a King out of a slave? Courage. What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage. What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage. What makes the Sphinx the 7th Wonder? Courage. What makes the dawn come up like THUNDER?! Courage. Whatmakes the Hottentot so hot? Who puts the "ape" in ape-ricot? Whatta they got that we aint got?

    Vault 16

    Sign up to become a Platinum Vault Member HERE.

    In celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the White Stripes album Elephant, Third Man has gone searching underneath couch cushions and in shady back alleys for the perfect Vault package to accompany the label's reissue of the album. We think we've nailed it.

    Of utmost excitement is a 2 x LP blistering live set by the White Stripes recorded July 2nd, 2003 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Titled Nine Miles From the White City, this 26-song, 79-minute, tour-de-force performance is indicative of the absolute explosiveness Jack and Meg embodied at the height of their 2003 touring. Highlights include a rare live performance of Captain Beefheart's "Party of Special Things to Do", an especially frenetic "The Hardest Button to Button" as well as the Stripes Christmas tune "Candy Cane Children." Hearing "Seven Nation Army" in the middle of a set (and not as a closer or encore where it would soon find itself for the remainder of the band’s career) is a quaint reminder of the inauspicious beginnings of the future stadium anthem.  The crystalline soundboard recording is best experienced through the impromptu, off-the-cuff performance of a song written on-the-spot that would be come to called "Little Cream Soda." The song would be re-discovered (via an audience recording) by Jack and Meg during the recording of their album Icky Thump, dusted off and recorded for what would become the White Stripes final studio album.

    Providing rare insight into the demo process, the 7" in this Vault package features Jack White's solo demos of the songs "I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother's Heart" and "Little Acorns." Accompanied only by his trusty piano (salvaged from a Catholic school in Detroit as it was being shuttered), Jack's double-tracked vocals lend an otherworldly air to "...Heart."  "Little Acorns," in the most happy of accidents, pairs a parable spoken by legendary Detroit-area news anchor Mort Crim with White's germination of a song idea, all through the magic of recycled 1/4" analog tape. Of special note are White's previously unheard guide vocals...edited out of the final mix once it would appear on Elephant.

    Finally, tying all previous components back to the actual making of Elephant, the "bonus" item for this package is a 56-page collection of photos taken by David Swanson during the recording of the album. With the wonderful Toe-Rag Studio in London as the setting, this peek into the White Stripes' recording process is both revelatory and intimate. With only three of the fifty-plus images having ever been published before, such a cache of striking images only furthers to cement the depth and breadth of Third Man's Vault. The live show, the demos and the photos all help to contextualize Elephant, the surroundings it sprung from, the resultant whirlwind it created and all the chaos in-between. Ten years later, it's a time that still resonates very deeply with us at Third Man and we hope you feel so too.

    The White Stripes Nine Miles from the White City tracklist:
    -When I Hear My Name
    -Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
    -Love Sick (Bob Dylan)
    -Hotel Yorba
    -Cool Drink of Water Blues (Tommy Johnson)
    -The Hardest Button to Button
    -I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother's Heart
    -Stones in My Passway (Robert Johnson)
    -Stop Breakin' Down (Robert Johnson)
    -In the Cold, Cold Night
    -Seven Nation Army
    -The Same Boy You've Always Known
    -Black Jack Davey (traditional)
    -We Are Going to Be Friends
    -Offend in Every Way
    -Little Cream Soda
    -Cannon/Party of Special Things to Do (Captain Beefheart)
    -Candy Cane Children
    -The Air Near My Fingers
    -Screwdriver (tease)
    -Ball and Biscuit
    -Screwdriver (reprise)
    -Let's Build a Home
    -Goin' Back to Memphis (Henry & June)

    The White Stripes Nine Miles From the White City
    2 x LP (LP one on red vinyl, LP two on white)


    The White Stripes
    I Want to Be the Boy to Warm Your Mother's Heart (demo) b/w Little Acorns (demo)
    Opaque red vinyl with black whisps
    Enclosed in a red/white/black die-cut sleeve


    V A U L T  T R A N S I T I O N:

    We are transitioning the Vault from being hosted by Modlife to being a part of the Third Man Records’ web properties beginning May 1st. Here’s what you need to know: Your last subscription payment and your deadline to sign up for Vault Package #16 remain April 30th, business as usual. This is also the final day The Vault will be hosted by Modlife.

    Beginning May 1st, all online Vault activity will be hosted through the Third Man Store. Once we launch May 1st, you will have to resubscribe to the new and improved Vault in order to a) have access to online content, and b) maintain a continuous subscription. Platinum subscriptions for the new Vault purchased between May 1st and July 31st will assure your order of the Vault Package #17, which will be announced in July.


  • RRS Destination: Desert

    The Rolling Record Store will be stocked with goodies and chooglin' Westward all the way to Palm Springs, CA, for the Desert Gold 10-day party at the Ace Hotel during Coachella.

    You can count on the following appearances, but there will be plenty of impromptu pit stops along the way as well, so keep an eye on twitter.com/thirdmanrrs for last minute rendezvous:

    4/7 - Norman, OK @ Guestroom Records, 11-3
    4/8 - Albuquerque, NM @ Charley's 33s & CDs, 11-2
    4/10 - Hollywood, CA @ Amoeba, 12-3
    4/10 - Claremont, CA @ Rhino Records, 4-7

  • Third Man Records Desert Gold Pop-up Shop

    We couldn’t be more excited to head to Palm Springs, CA to partner with the Ace Hotel in erecting a poolside Pop-Up shop for their annual 10-day Desert Gold event, to coincide with the two weekend spanning Coachella festival. The pop-up shop will have its grand opening Friday, April 12th and will celebrate Record Store Day with special events on the 20th and 21st (more on that here) and be open for business every day 12-5 in between.

    The shop will feature all the tangible recorded goodies you’ve come to expect from Third Man Records as well as a whole slew of new Lost in the Desert Pop Up-specific merchandise, including a Stereoptic Eye, metal belt buckle, switchblade comb, shot glasses, bang gun, pennant, baseball t-shirt, lenticular postcard and more. Perhaps most excitingly, we’ll be pre-selling a limited edition 7” box set (of 300) housed in a one of a kind snake skin style 45 carrying case featuring 5 Live singles that will be recorded at the Ace Hotel over the course of the second weekend.  The pre-sale for this box set is available only at the Ace Pop Up shop and begins when we open doors on April 12th. Like all exclusive pop up items, they are first come first served, and when they are gone… they’re gone.

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      • The Ace Hotel is an experience in and of itself, and Desert Gold promises to be the party of a lifetime. We encourage you to consider booking a room (before they run out) and sticking around to take part in all of the free events.

        The Rolling Record Store will park it in Palm Springs as well, and will make various appearances on it’s way across the country as well as in and around the Los Angeles area selling all the new RRS merchandise we told you a little while back and more. Be sure to follow twitter.com/thirdmanrrs to keep track of its location and get your goods. For now, you can count on stops on Wed, April 10th at Amoeba Records (12-3pm) and Rhino Records (4-7pm).

        We can’t wait to see you all in desert.  Follow our activities at Desert Gold and tweet about your own using the hashtag #DesertGold.


  • Record Store Day x 2

    Third Man Records is celebrating this year’s high holiday of tangible music with twice as many record stores (and therefore, twice as many records to sell) as usual. We will host festivities at our headquarters in Nashville, TN as well as at our poolside pop-up shop, a part of the Ace Hotel’s Desert Gold festivities in Palm Springs, CA, for Coachella.

    As you will see below, there are plenty of special happenings at both locations, and we don’t want anyone to feel like they’re missing out on either, so we will have reciprocal opportunities to peep into the alternate universe through iPads set up in each shop. Tell us about your RSD plans in Palm Springs OR Nashville using the  hashtag #TMRSD, and check out details on both locations below:



    Blue Room:

    - A limited number of Elephant Reissues on colored vinyl will be available beginning at 11am, and lasting until 2pm or the last copy is sold in the Blue Room. Each purchase of Elephant will include a free White Stripes poster while supplies last.

    - 12:15 Mark Watrous acoustic set

    - 1:15 Karen Elson & Fats Kaplin acoustic set

    - DJ Baby Mama (Jemina Pearl) to DJ in between sets

    Back Patio:

    Local vendors to include…
    - Hot Diggity Dog (serving up an off-menu “Detroit Dog.”)
    - Fat Bottom Brewing Company
    - Bang Candy Company (with a specially concocted treat just for RSD)
    - Las Paletas

    Store & Novelties Lounge:

    - From 11-2, the store will be selling loads of new merch, including new T-Shirts, iPhone 5 cases, RSD Ambassador patches, a new aluminum 45 adapter, buttons and the lenticular poster made for the Coachella pop-up shop.

    - Beginning at 2pm, the store will be selling 100 of each of the exclusive, colored Volume 2 Document Reissues (1 per customer).

    - The Monkey Band will be loaded with a brand new secret track from a mystery artist for you to take a stab at recognizing… (we’re looking at you, out of towners!)

    We have one more surprise that we’re keeping close to our chest for now, because believe us when we tell you… it won’t disappoint.



    Record Store Day lasts all weekend at the Ace Hotel. The poolside pop-up will have a limited number of exclusive, colored vinyl Elephant reissues for purchase (with a free White Stripes poster, while supplies last), as well as 100 of each of the exclusive, colored vinyl Volume 2 Document Reissues for sale on Saturday, the 20th. The Pop-up will also offer tons of brand new Coachella-themed merch available only to the folks who make it to our oasis during Desert Gold.

    Free poolside and indoor performances for the weekend of the 20th/21st include Eagles of Death Metal, Redd Kross, White Fence, Dirty Ghosts, White Mystery, Gap Dream, The Dough Rollers, Carly Ritter, and more, with mind bending DJ nights in the Ace Hotel’s Amigo Lounge Friday and Saturday late night... Details and times TBA.  Come on out and lose your mind in the desert!

    We encourage you to consider booking a room at the Ace Hotel for the RSD events.  You can learn more about the schedule and Desert Gold in general here.


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  • Pokey LaFarge Album Coming This June

    Third Man Records is happy to announce a new partnership with one of our favorite musicians out there working today, Pokey LaFarge. Pokey and his band bring a focus and energy to the American Roots genre with infectious original material that sits at the crossroads of early jazz, country blues and western swing. With his effortless charisma and distinctive charm, Pokey has crafted a genre all his own--and one that extends well beyond the music alone.

    Summertime is the right time for Pokey's sun-blessed riverboat style, and this June will mark our release of his next full length LP / CD titled simply Pokey LaFarge (produced by Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor). Look out for a single from the album, "Central Time", which will be released ahead of the full length in May.

    To celebrate (we love to celebrate), we'll be hosting Pokey and his band here at Third Man in our Blue Room live venue for a record release party / direct to acetate recording session on June 1st.

    Pokey LaFarge and his band will be hitting the highways and byways this spring and summer, check all the dates here and be sure to see them when they come through your town!

    4/22 — Tupelo, MS — Blue Canoe
    4/25 — Atlanta, GA — Smith's Olde Bar
    4/26 — Wilmington, NC — Soapbox Laundro Lounge
    4/28 — Wilkesboro, NC — MerleFest
    4/30 — Mobile, AL — Callaghan's Irish SocialClub
    5/2 — New Orleans, LA — Fair Grounds Race Course
    5/4 — Tulsa, OK — All Soul Acoustic Coffee House
    5/8 — Long Beach, CA — Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    5/9 — Long Beach, CA — Carpenter Performing Arts Center
    5/10 — San Francisco, CA — Rickshaw Stop
    5/11 — Modesto, CA — Fat Cat Music House
    5/14 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge
    5/16 — E. Vancouver, BC — The Rio Theatre
    5/17 — Seattle, WA — Tractor Tavern
    5/22 — Minneapolis, MN — The Cedar Cultural Center
    5/23 — Chicago, IL — Lincoln Hall
    5/25 — Booneville, MO — Kemper Park
    5/31 — St Louis, MO — Casa Loma Ballroom
    6/1 — Nashville, TN — Third Man Records
    6/4 — New York, NY — TBD
    6/5 — Washington DC —TBD
    6/7 — Cincinnati, OH — Taft Theatre
    6/8 — Bloomington, IL — Downtown Bloomington
    6/13 — Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room Lounge
    6/15 — Denver, CO — L2 Arts and Culture Center
    6/16 — Palisade, CO — Palisade Bluegrass Festival
    6/29 — Memphis, TN — Hi Tone
    7/14 — Mount Solon, VA — Natural Chimneys Park
    7/19 — Northampton, MA — Iron Horse Music Hall
    7/20 — Allston, MA — Great Scott
    8/8 — Henderson, KY — Audubon Mill Park
    8/16 — Biddinghuize, Netherlands — Lowlands
    8/17 — Kiewit, Belgium — Pukkelpop
    8/19 — Winterthur, Zurich Switzerland — Musikfestwochen
    8/22-25 — Tonder, Denmark — Tonder Festival

  • Document Records Reissues Volume 2

    Pre-orders are available today for the second installment of our highly anticipated Document Records reissue series, featuring Volume 2 of the Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order of Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and The Mississippi Sheiks. These three records, officially available April 9th and featuring artwork by Rob Jones, can be purchased together as a bundle here.


    Due to the incredible demand this series garnered when we announced the project earlier this year, we are temporarily out of stock of the Volume 1 records. We hope to have these first three records back on shelves within a few weeks.