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  • Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds Live at Third Man Records 7” Out Tomorrow

    Posted by on 26 October 2017

    Known for his work with The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Kid Congo and his band, The Pink Monkey Birds, have carved out a place for themselves in the competitive world of underground music by taking the building blocks of primeval rock and roll and pushing them to their furthest conceivable limits. This philosophy will undoubtedly strike a chord in fans of foundational punk music (and Ramones fans especially).

    Their live recording from the Third Man Records Nashville Blue Room, officially out tomorrow, October 27th, features two banger tracks — “Psychic Future” and “La Araña” — hot off their 2016 album La Araña Es La Vida on In The Red Records. Compared to the studio tracks, these live recordings are just slightly faster, a bit tidier and definitely more urgent. The shining star has gotta be the rhythm section, especially on "La Araña", which belts out an addictive thump from start to finish.

    Limited edition blue 7"s will be available EARLY to attendees TONIGHT at NY Night Train Haunted Hop Halloween Tour w/ Jonathan Toubin at Third Man Records Cass Corridor in Detroit, which also happens to feature a live performance by Kid Congo! Tickets are available here. Wear a costume. Bring your dancing shoes. Don't be late!

    Can't make it? Order the black vinyl 7" now HERE.

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    Posted by on 12 October 2017

    This November, Jack White will introduce young music lovers to the beloved White Stripes  song “We’re Going To Be Friends” with his first children’s book of the same name and inspired by its lyrics. Jack and Third Man Books will celebrate the book with pre-release readings and signings at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 4th at 2pm and at Barnes & Noble’s Upper West Side store located on Broadway and 82nd Street in New York City on Saturday, November 11th at 11am. Along with Jack, the book’s illustrator Elinor Blake (a.ka. April March) will be on hand for the signings and as a special guest DJ at both events.

    “We’re Going To Be Friends” has touched children and adults around the world. To commemorate the forthcoming book launch, listen to Conan O’Brien's account of The White Stripes performance of the song on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien on February 20, 2009 and hear what the song means to him in a new animated video by Moth Studio. Watch it below...

    WE’RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS will be available at pre-release events and limited distribution beginning in early November and on all bookshelves for nationwide release on November 21st.  Pre-order now.

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    Posted by on 12 October 2017

    One week ahead of release, Margo Price’s new album All American Made is streaming now in full via NPR Music. Listen now and feel free to share.

    The New York Times profiled Price in an extensive feature that ran this morning, read that here. Price will also appear as a guest on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Oct 24. All American Made is out everywhere via Third Man Records next Friday, October 20th. Pre-order:

    The early response to ‘All American Made’ has been stellar, with Pitchfork calling Price “an artist with a voice as big as the Batman Building and a facility for wryly updating old-school country conventions,” and Elle declaring her “Country music’s most exciting new truth-teller.” Cut primarily at Sam Phillip Recording in Memphis, All American Made expands on the scope and ambition that made her debut ‘Midwest Farmers Daughter’ one of the biggest country breakouts of last year. On All American Made, Price deals with issues like politics and sexism head-on, adding touches of classic soul and R&B to her real-deal country foundation.

    Fresh off a run of opening dates with Chris Stapleton, Price and her band will play a special in-store performance at Grimey’s in Nashville on October 17th as well as a sold out release show at Rough Trade Brooklyn on Oct 19th, before launching their ‘Nowhere Fast’ headline tour in early 2018. They’ll also play select shows with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill later this month, including Oct 27th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Ticket info here:

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    Posted by on 11 October 2017

    Third Man Records is thrilled to announce the release of The White Stripesfirst three albums -- The White Stripes (1999), De Stijl (2000) and White Blood Cells (2001) --  on white cassettes exclusively for Cassette Store Day 2017, coinciding with the band's 20th anniversary year. Black cassettes will be released in the future. This is the first-ever authorized cassette release of these now-classic albums, and they will be available in participating record stores on October 14, 2017

    More information on participating stores can be found HERE. Information on Third Man Vault Package #34 -- The White Stripes Live In Detroit: 1999-2000-2001 -- can be found HERE.

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    Posted by on 9 October 2017


    Calling all Weirdos, ghouls, and all haunted fools, something wicked this way comes. Third Man Records’ Devil’s Night Party is moving to Detroit! Why? Because it’s also Detroit’s own ITALY RECORDS’ 20th ANNIVERSARY, and if there’s one thing that can make this classic Detroit night even more Detroit, it’s VINYL RECORDS. Legend has it that David Italy and Steve Shaw spent hours and hours and 10s of dollars at the Ren-Cen Kinkos in order to hand deliver finished Rocket 455 singles just in time for their Devil’s Night show of ‘97!

    THIRD MAN RECORDS CASS CORRIDOR will keep it simple and keep it real. We still have LOTS of details forthcoming but for now let's CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF SEVEN ITALY RECORDS REISSUES - ROCKET 455, THE DIRTY’S, THE HENTCHMEN, THE FELLS, SOLEDAD BROTHERS, GREENHORNES and WHIRLWIND HEAT. The limited edition pink vinyl versions of these seven records, made at our own Third Man Pressing, will be available for purchase at the party*. We’ll be selling ITALY RECORDS T-SHIRTS, PIN SETS AND POSTERS to complement your new, old discs.

    Doors open at 7:30pm. Come hang out, have a snack, and get weird and wild with your buddies while your eyes adjust to the ambiance of black light ! The music will start at 7:30pm sharp with the scary duo, KEEP ON TRASH DJs, along with some friends. They’ll lead the charge in getting your head into the right/wrong space. Starting out the undead portion of our triple headlining evening will be muddiest band to ever crawl outta Toledo, Soledad Brothers, in a rare stripped down 2-piece performance! Up next is the un-eff-withable Rocket 455! Italy Records’ first artist!!! These guys don’t mess around... Marc won’t let em. Closing out the Undead performances and celebrating their 25th year is Detroit’s favorite sons The Hentchmen. Don’t worry kiddos, you’re in bad hands with John, Tim and Great Mike. Costume winners are gonna be announced after all that noise. STAY SICK. HOWL.

    Anyway, if you don’t know the drill, Costumes are REQUIRED. There’s absolutely NO ENTRY unless you get your act together and dress up. We'll provide the snacks and the bar will be stocked. Let's all have a good time and shake the cobwebs off. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW. (Available online and in our Detroit storefront).

    Purchase tickets HERE.


    7:30: Doors, Keep on Trash DJs, Specialty Devil's Night Drinks, Free snacks, Photo op with Third Man photographers extraordinaire
    8:30: Special Host Introduction / Soledad Brothers
    9:00: DJ/Changeover
    9:15: Rocket 455
    9:55: DJ/Changeover
    10:15: The Hentchmen
    10:55: Host Farewell / Costume Contest Winners

    *pink vinyl will also be available to purchase in the Nashville storefront the morning of the 10/30. Standard edition black vinyl will be officially released 11/10.

    **lineup subject to change

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    Posted by on 6 October 2017


    King of cult John Waters has long been an idol of the the creative hive of maladjusted artsy types here at Third Man Records. We are pleased to release the audio album release of "Make Trouble," Waters' subversive commencement speech published earlier this year by Algonquin Books, and now read by Waters himself. Make Trouble, the record, is available in full digitally today, with a companion 7" single of the same name, featuring Waters' reading of his commencement speech at RISD in its entirety, out today. The recordings are produced by Grammy-winner Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Zomba Prison Project).

    The speech begins with Waters explaining his qualifications to provide the graduating students the last word of their college education. "I should say right off that I am really qualified to be your commencement speaker. I was suspended from high school, then kicked out of college in the first marijuana scandal ever on the university campus. I've been arrested several times. I've been known to dress in ludicrous fashions. I've also built a career out of negative reviews. And I've been recently called the prince of puke by the press and another title I'm really proud of - the people's pervert."

    Waters spoke with NPR's Linda Wertheimer this Spring about the book, the fact that it was written in Obama's America and released in Trump's America, saying, "I don't believe that we should never not talk to people we don't agree with politically. If you can make that person laugh, it's the first step to getting him to listen to change their mind."

    Listen to or purchase Make Trouble now at your preferred digital retailer, and purchase the vinyl 7" spoken word record now. The limited edition red vinyl version of the 7”, which went on sale in advance to attendees at Waters’ Rough Trade East in-store event and signing last night in London, is also available today at both Third Man Records storefronts.

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