• World's Fastest Record SOLD!

    Shortly after 10 am this beautiful Record Store Day morning, Jack White took the stage of the Blue Room and began his quest to record the World's Fastest Studio-to-Store Record! Check out Third Man on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook to have a look at the steps along the way. Once the first batch of 7"s were pressed and assembled, they were personally escorted by Jack White back to Third Man to sell the first copy to the members of Whirlwind Heat, who are performing this afternoon in the Blue Room! The official reading on the stopwatch at the time of sale was 3:55:21.

    One small 7" for man, one GREAT RECORD for mankind.

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  • Record Store Day Parking

    As we mentioned earlier this week, parking is very limited for Record Store Day, so consider carpooling if possible. Some of our favorite neighbors have been kind enough to lend us their lots for the day, so please note the following points below and treat their properties respectfully. Here are the alternative lots where you may leave your vehicle…

    — Two lots next to PLAZA ARTIST MATERIALS (633 Middleton St, Free) but NOT the lot in front of their building

    — Lot at ARNOLD'S (605 8th Ave, Free). Please only park in the spaces with yellow lines, and do NOT fill the spots along the side of Carter Vintage Guitars. Cars parked at Arnold's must be moved by 6pm or they risk being towed.

    Lot by CANNERY BALLROOM (1 Cannery Row, $5). Please do NOT use the lot in front of the Mercy Lounge/Parlour & Juke. The lot to use is just beyond the entrance to the building, and an attendant will be stationed there to direct you.


    Again, Please do NOT park in the Nashville Mission lot. Good luck and see you tomorrow!

  • NYTimes Magazine Covers Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas

    This past weekend the New York Times Magazine cover story flashed a long overdue spotlight on Paramount Records and its incredible phantom performers Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas. If you missed the print edition, you can check out the article online here. It’s an incredibly intriguing and illuminating piece of investigative journalism, and to our eyes and ears they did a fantastic job with the multi-media aspect of the story as well. Please do set some time aside and give it a thorough read.
    An expanded version of their story and all Geeshie and Elvie’s tracks will be included later this year in Third Man / Revenant Records' much-anticipated Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32). Rise & Fall Vol. 2 is the sequel and final chapter to our limited edition 2013 release, Vol. 1 (1917-27), the story of the label that would be king of early American blues, jazz and “wholly other” music. Volume 1 has been called “spectacular” (NY Times), “unprecedented” (Rolling Stone), “breathtaking” (Boing Boing) and a “treasure to pass on to the grandkids“ (Southern Living). Find out more about our Rise & Fall Volume One here and keep your eyes and ears peeled for more news regarding Volume Two coming your way soon!

  • Additional Record Store Day Details

    We are chompin' at the bit for April 19th - Record Store Day - and, since we only told you some of our plans last week, we figured another update was in order!

    Beyond tracking the progress of Jack White's World's Fastest Record (read more about that here) and getting your hands on a randomly colored reissue Whirlwind Heat's Do Rabbits Wonder?, we will have some great new merch available for sale: Fantastic new, made-in-Nashville record crates for carrying your bounty home, a new 45 box, World's Fastest Record buttons, new Jack White T-shirt and poster, Whirlwind Heat T-shirt and poster, and new sweets from Bang Candy Company. We also have a fantastic new pop-up postcard for sale…

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    For those of you without Ultra Tickets, fear not, there will be plenty for your ears and eyes and mouths to feast upon! The back patio will be open from 7am to 5pm, and local young punks Jawws and Waxed will perform live from the Rolling Record Store starting at noon. We will have coffee, mimosas, bloody mary's and bagels in the morning to ease you into the day, as well as complementary slices of Two Boots' new creation, Third Man Pizza (!!!), and our favorite beer from Yazoo Brewery in the afternoon.

    That's not all... hot dogs and hamburgers will be available from the Third Man grill pit, Las Paletas will be there to cool you down with their Mexican popsicles, and Bang Candy will roll up with their Coco Van to serve you up all the marshmallows you can eat! Fluffy bunny, anyone? It's Easter, after all...

    Of course, we can't tell you everything about the day's plans (surely you know us well enough by now...), but hopefully we have made the point loud and clear that Record Store Day 2014 is a PARTY, and you're invited.

    Here's a little schedule cheat sheet to help you plan your day:

    7am - breakfast on patio

    10am - (Jack White records fastest studio-to-store single followed by a possible short set in the Blue Room - ULTRA TICKET HOLDERS ONLY)

    Store and Rolling Record Store open and begin selling Whirlwind Heat reissue, new merchandise

    12pm - Waxed followed by Jawws from the Rolling Record Store

    Pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, libations!

    2pm - (Whirlwind Heat performs in the Blue Room - ULTRA TICKET HOLDERS ONLY)

    TBD (early afternoon) Hot off the presses, the World's Fastest Record is delivered from URP and will be sold from a separate line in front of the yellow garage door.

    6pm - Close

    *** Please note that parking will be somewhat limited this year. Please do not park at the Mission. Find street parking and carpool if possible. We will provide you with more details about additional parking options in the coming days, so stay tuned for more information. ***


    Jack White's upcoming album Lazaretto is now available for digital pre-order worldwide on iTunes. Pre-order now and receive "High Ball Stepper" instantly.


    In addition to the previously announced festival dates, Jack is excited to announce his first headline shows in North America, Europe and the United Kingdom since 2012. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available to Vault members at 10am local time on Wednesday, April 9th. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10am local time on Friday, April 11th.

    May 29: Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, OK
    May 30: Wild West in Lubbock, TX *
    June 2: Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, LA *
    June 3: Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA *
    June 5: The Fillmore Charlotte in Charlotte, NC *
    June 26: Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin, Ireland
    June 29: L'Olympia in Paris, France
    June 30: L'Olympia in Paris, France
    July 3: Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands
    July 5: Eventim Apollo in London, England
    July 20: Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO +
    July 21: Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI +
    July 23: Chicago Theatre in Chicago, IL +
    July 24: Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL +
    July 27: Stage AE Outdoors in Pittsburgh, PA +
    July 28: Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI +
    July 30: Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit, MI +
    July 31: Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON +

    * with Kelley Stoltz
    + with Benjamin Booker