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  • New Single From Brendan Benson On Vinyl 7”

    Posted by on 17 January 2018

    Brendan Benson — “Half a Boy (and Half a Man)” b/w “Big Kid Face”

    Purchase now /// Officially out Friday, 1/19

     

    Described by Clash Music as “one of America’s best songwriters”, Brendan Benson has consistently unfurled unparalleled melodies and lyrics in his acclaimed career. Over twenty years in, he’s still wowing folks and “Half a Boy, Half a Man” is a powerful dollop of power chords wrapped into a tale of split personalities. Backed with an astute cover of Jules Shear’s “Big Kid Face” from his 1989 album The Third Party in which Benson helps shine a light on this oft-overlooked but seminal songwriter. “Half a Boy (and Half a Man) was one of the last songs to be recorded in my Nashville based recording studio before it was completely demolished and made into a parking lot, but it is a personal comeback for me,” says Benson of the new songs, “I’ve been producing and co-writing so much that I kinda lost sight of myself. Making this album has brought me home again.”

    Best known as half of the songwriting team at the heart of the Raconteurs (along with Jack White) Brendan Benson’s career has never slowed across six solo albums, two Raconteurs full-lengths, countless collaborations and placements and a seat as one of the most respected and reliable writer, performers, producer, engineer and musical jack-of-all-trades. Despite his long history in the label family, this is the first time Benson will have a release on Third Man Records as a solo artist.

    “Half a Boy (and Half a Man)” is available now digitally and the 7” with exclusive b-side “Big Kid Face” is available this Friday at your favorite local, independent record store. The limited edition tri-color 7" will be on sale for one day only, Friday, January 19th, exclusively at Third Man Records storefronts in Nashville and Detroit, available, first come, first served only for as long as the line and supplies lasts and never to be made accessible online. A "line" qualifies as 3+ people. This does not mean that you necessarily have to be in line when the store opens at 10am, but it does mean that if you arrive after the line has been serviced, the tri-colors will no longer be available. No exceptions. Plan your morning and assess your risk accordingly. Tri-colors will be one-per-person.

    Join us for a solo in-store and signing with Brendan that afternoon, Friday, January 19th at 5pm at our Nashville storeforont.

    Order the 7” on black vinyl here.

    Brendan Benson — “Half a Boy (and Half a Man)” b/w “Big Kid Face”

    Described by Clash Music as “one of America’s best songwriters”, Brendan Benson has consistently unfurled unparalleled melodies and lyrics in his acclaimed career. Over twenty years in, he’s still wowing folks and “Half a Boy, Half a Man” is a powerful dollop of power chords wrapped into a tale of split personalities. Backed with an astute cover of Jules Shear’s “Big Kid Face” from his 1989 album The Third Party in which Benson helps shine a light on this oft-overlooked but seminal songwriter. “Half a Boy (and Half a Man) was one of the last songs to be recorded in my Nashville based recording studio before it was completely demolished and made into a parking lot, but it is a personal comeback for me,” says Benson of the new songs, “I’ve been producing and co-writing so much that I kinda lost sight of myself. Making this album has brought me home again.”

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  • Jack White Live 2018

    Posted by on 16 January 2018

    Jack White has announced his first tour in almost four years. The new live dates in support of his third solo album Boarding House Reach kick off on April 19 in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena and continue through August 23 in Las Vegas, with stops in London, Paris and Amsterdam as well as the previously announced festival headline performances at Shaky Knees (May 4-6), Boston Calling (May 25-27), and Governors Ball (June 1-3).

    Tickets for the just-announced headline dates will go on sale to the general public on January 26 at 10am local time. Third Man Records Vault members will have access to the very first pre-sale starting on January 22 at 10am local time. Sign up for Vault Package #35 featuring the ONLY limited edition version of the album + to gain ticket pre-sale access FIRST here.

    Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance of the public on sale during the Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale to ensure tickets get directly into the hands of the fans. Registration for Ticketmaster Verified Fan is currently open and continues until January 19 at 11:59 PM ET here.

    Additionally, every online ticket purchased in North America for the new headline shows will include a physical copy of BOARDING HOUSE REACH on CD. Fans will also have the option to upgrade their CD to the standard black vinyl LP. BOARDING HOUSE REACH is out March 23.

    April 19: Little Caesars Arena - Detroit, MI

    April 20: Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI

    April 21: 20 Monroe - Grand Rapids, MI

    April 23: Baxter Arena - Omaha, NE

    April 24: Providence Medical Center Amphitheater - Bonner Springs, KS

     April 25: Chaifetz Arena - St. Louis, MO

    April 27: Bomb Factory - Dallas, TX

    April 29: Bomb Factory - Dallas, TX

    April 30: Revention Music Center - Houston, TX

    May 1: Revention Music Center - Houston, TX

    May 2: 360 Amphitheater - Austin, TX

    May 27: Brewery Ommegang - Cooperstown, NY

    May 29: The Anthem - Washington, DC

    June 4: Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheater - Columbus, OH

    June 6: Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica - Cleveland, OH

    June 7: Dome Arena - Rochester, NY

    June 8: Artpark Mainstage Theater - Lewiston, NY

    June 9: Budweiser Stage - Toronto, ON

    June 27: London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo

    June 28: London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo

    July 2: AFAS Live - Amsterdam, NL

    July 3: L'Olympia - Paris. FR

    July 4: L'Olympia - Paris. FR

    August 6: The Armory - Minneapolis, MN

    August 8: 1st Bank Center - Broomfield, CO

    August 9: SaltAir - Salt Lake City, UT

    August 11: Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Portland, OR

    August 12: Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC

    August 13: WAMU Theatre - Seattle, WA

    August 15: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium - San Francisco, CA

    August 19: Santa Barbara Bowl - Santa Barbara, CA

    August 21: Viejas Arena - San Diego, CA

    August 22: Comerica Theatre - Phoenix, AZ

    August 23: The Chelsea @ The Cosmopolitan - Las Vegas, NV

    Jack White has announced his first tour in almost four years. The new live dates in support of his third solo album Boarding House Reach kick off on April 19 in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena and continue through August 23 in Las Vegas, with stops in London, Paris and Amsterdam as well as the previously announced festival headline performances at Shaky Knees (May 4-6), Boston Calling (May 25-27), and Governors Ball (June 1-3).

    Tickets for the just-announced headline dates will go on sale to the general public on January 26 at 10am local time. Third Man Records Vault members will have access to the very first pre-sale starting on January 22 at 10am local time. Sign up for Vault Package #35 featuring the ONLY limited edition version of the album + to gain ticket pre-sale access FIRST here.

     

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  • Introducing... VAULT PACKAGE #35: JACK WHITE BOARDING HOUSE REACH

    Posted by on 12 January 2018

    JACK WHITE SET TO RELEASE BOARDING HOUSE REACH ON MARCH 23  

    LIMITED EDITION VINYL LP AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AS PART OF 
    THIRD MAN RECORDS VAULT PACKAGE #35 (HYPERLINK) 
    SUBSCRIPTIONS OPEN NOW THROUGH JANUARY 31 

    Standard Edition Cover

    Jack White has announced the release of his eagerly anticipated new album, BOARDING HOUSE REACH. The 12-time GRAMMY® Award-winner's third solo LP and first all-new album in nearly four years, BOARDING HOUSE REACH will arrive everywhere on Friday, March 23.

    The new album sees Jack White expanding his musical palate with perhaps his most ambitious work thus far, a collection of songs that are simultaneously timeless and modern. Written and conceived while holed up in a spartan apartment with no outside distractions, Jack replicated the identical environment and used the same gear as when he was a 15 year old (a quarter-inch four-track tape recorder, a simple mixer, and the most basic of instrumentation) to pen sketches of the album’s songs. . The album explores a remarkable range of sonic terrain -- crunching rock 'n' roll, electro and hard funk, proto punk, hip hop, gospel blues, and even country -- all remapped and born anew to fit White's matchless vision and sense of restless experimentation. BOARDING HOUSE REACH is a testament to the breadth of Jack White's creative power and his bold artistic ambition.

    BOARDING HOUSE REACH features White on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars and drums, organ, and synthesizers. He's backed by a remarkable new lineup of musicians that includes: drummer Louis Cato (Beyoncé, Q-Tip, John Legend, Mariah Carey), bassists Charlotte Kemp Muhl (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) and NeonPhoenix (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z), synthesizer players DJ Harrison and Anthony "Brew" Brewster (Fishbone, The Untouchables), keyboardists Neal Evans (Soulive, Talib Kweli, John Scofield) and Quincy McCrary (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Pitbull), percussionists Bobby Allende (David Byrne, Marc Anthony) and Justin Porée (Ozomatli), and backing vocalists Esther Rose and Ann & Regina McCrary of Nashville's beloved gospel trio, The McCrary Sisters, as well as longtime collaborators like drummers Daru Jones (Nas, Talib Kweli) and Carla Azar (Autolux, Depeche Mode, Doyle Bramhall II). Singer-songwriter C.W. Stoneking also appears, contributing a stirring spoken word performance to the album's "Abulia and Akrasia." 

    BOARDING HOUSE REACH was produced by Jack White III and recorded at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, Sear Sound in New York, NY, and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA; the album was mixed by Bill Skibbe, Joshua V. Smith, and White at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN. 

    BOARDING HOUSE REACH is heralded by the rapidly acclaimed new single, "Connected By Love," b/w "Respect Commander," which is available now digitally worldwide and as a physical 7-inch vinyl single pressed at Third Man Pressing in Detroit, MI. In addition, a limited edition tri-color 7-inch single will be on sale for one day only, Saturday, January 13th, exclusively at Third Man Records brick & mortar stores in Nashville and Detroit. Watch the video, directed by Pasqual Gutierrez here

    White will celebrate BOARDING HOUSE REACH with a number of just-announced headline festival performances, including Atlanta, GA's Shaky Knees Music Festival (May 4-6), Boston Calling (May 25-27), and the Governor's Ball Music Festival in New York (June 1-3). Additional dates will be unveiled soon and every online ticket purchased for North American headline shows will include a physical copy of BOARDING HOUSE REACH on CD with the option to upgrade to the standard black vinyl single LP. For updates and tickets, please visit jackwhiteiii.com/tour-dates.

    V A U L T   P A C K A G E  # 3 5

    In conjunction with this album announcement, we are pleased to reveal the contents of the BOARDING HOUSE REACH-themed Vault Package #35 which will be the ONLY limited edition of the new album, with subscriptions open today through January 31. The new package is highlighted by a limited edition, colored vinyl version of BOARDING HOUSE REACH that will be the only vinyl variation of the LP to be made available. Pressed at Third Man Pressing in the Cass Corridor of Detroit, the 180-gram, blue and black swirl vinyl edition features exclusive Vault-only cover art which dramatically depicts White's stylized face and is printed on arresting holographic foil paper in the classic Stoughton tip-on style. The LP is further accompanied by a unique-to-this-package 12" x 24" insert featuring the complete album lyrics.

    Limited Edition Cover

    click the image above to enlarge & see the true colors of the limited, Vault-edition LP when well-lit...

     

    The BOARDING HOUSE REACH Vault package also includes a two-song demo 7-inch single, offering up embryonic versions of "Connected By Love" and the album track, "Why Walk a Dog?" The former take - billed here under its original title, "Infected By Love" - was recorded entirely by White in the aforementioned Nashville apartment. White found keyboard tones on this recording that the world's most seasoned session musicians could not recreate in the studio and thus, some of those tones were sourced from this simple demo to be utilized on the final album version. Meanwhile, "Why Walk a Dog?" was recorded, like much of the BOARDING HOUSE REACH demos, alone at his private songwriting refuge. With its expressive synth and drum machine cadence, the track is overtly hypnotic even in this early state. Indeed, the "Connected By Love" and "Why Walk a Dog?" single provides a fascinating insight into White's process, revealing the creative progression of his songs from inception to completion.

    click to enlarge...

    In addition to the recorded material, Vault Package #35 comes with three separate and exclusive photographs shot during BOARDING HOUSE REACH recording sessions. Taken by noted photographer -- and White's longtime friend -- David Swanson at Sear Sound in New York and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, these large-format, high quality glossy reproductions are exclusive to the Vault. The photographs will be coupled with three foil-stamped poetry broadsides, printed on silky metallic papers (black, white, and blue) containing White's poems from the new album tracks, "Abulia and Akrasia," "Ezmerelda Steals the Show," and "Get in the Mind Shaft."

    BOARDING HOUSE REACH Vault Package #35 will also include, for the third year running, a custom 2018 Third Man Records challenge coin, complete with album-specific artwork. The substantial and stylish coin doubles as a 45 adaptor and grants its holder 10% off purchases in both Third Man Records storefronts. Past Third Man Challenge coins will no longer be valid at Third Man storefronts once Vault Package #35 ships.

    Third Man Vault subscriptions are open now through January 31. All BOARDING HOUSE REACH Vault packages will ship to arrive on and as close to the album's official March 23 street date. Learn more about this package, additional Vault benefits and subscribe now at Third Man Records HERE.

    BOARDING HOUSE REACH TRACK LIST

    1. Connected By Love

    2. Why Walk A Dog?

    3. Corporation

    4. Abulia and Akrasia

    5. Hypermisophoniac

    6. Ice Station Zebra

    7. Over and Over and Over

    8. Everything You've Ever Learned

    9. Respect Commander

    10. Ezmerelda Steals The Show

    11. Get In The Mind Shaft

    12. What's Done Is Done

    13. Humoresque

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  • JACK WHITE “CONNECTED BY LOVE”

    Posted by on 10 January 2018

    Today, Jack has released “Connected by Love,” the first single from his forthcoming third solo album, BOARDING HOUSE REACH, along with companion album track “Respect Commander.” Both songs are available digitally worldwide and as a physical 7” pressed at Third Man Pressing in Detroit now – listen, download and purchase HERE.

    TRI-COLOR AVAILABILITY: 

    The limited edition tri-color 7" will be on sale for one day only, Saturday, January 13th, exclusively at Third Man Records storefronts in Nashville and Detroit, available, first come, first served only for as long as the line for them lasts and never to be made accessible online. A "line" qualifies as 3+ people. This does not mean that you necessarily have to be in line when the store opens at 10am, but it does mean that if you arrive after the line has been serviced, the tri-colors will no longer be available. No exceptions. Plan your morning and assess your risk accordingly. Tri-colors will be one-per-person. 

    Accompanying the release of “Connected by Love” is a thought-provoking music video directed by Pasqual Gutierrez and filmed in Los Angeles and Nashville. Watch the video HERE.

    JACK WHITE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “CONNECTED BY LOVE” + COMPANION TRACK “RESPECT COMMANDER” FROM THIRD SOLO ALBUM BOARDING HOUSE REACH.

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  • THIRD MAN RECORDS 1ST RAP ARTIST: SHIRT

    Posted by on 4 January 2018

    QUEENS RAPPER SHIRT PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO, FLIGHT HOME

    PURE BEAUTY ALBUM DIGITAL RELEASE FEBRUARY 9
    LIMITED EDITION PHYSICAL RELEASE  FEBRUARY 23

    DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE BY 1st RAP ARTIST SIGNED TO THIRD MAN RECORDS

     

    “Firstly, he's a beast of rapper who defines bully bars.  If rap were truly a meritocracy,  SHIRT would be in the running for King of New York.” - PITCHFORK

    “The mysterious spitter raps his ass off...
    His Wordplay Is Insane.” – XXL

    Directed by SHIRT and Dave Svedosh, "Flight Home" is immersed in all things classically New York. SHIRT brings you along for ride through Manhattan on top of a truck painted with Nike Adidas signage, something he has done quite a few times on his own prior to filming the music video. For 50 or so blocks from 23rd on Broadway through the Lower East Side, the crowds cheered, took photos and enjoyed the free performance and shirts. After savoring a typical decadent meal, SHIRT creeps down to the famed Freedom Tunnel, exposing its raw and extraordinary graffiti artwork honoring the displaced New Yorkers who sought liberty and refuge.

    Inspired by the profound artwork of conceptual artist John Baldessari, PURE BEAUTY will be SHIRT’s first full length album to be released via Third Man Records. As the first rap artist signed to yours truly, SHIRT will make his debut album release digitally on February 9th while the LP with an alternative cover featuring Baldessari's artwork will available February 23rd with a companion limited edition containing bonus content and a Baldessari-inspired shirt. More details forthcoming.

    ABOUT SHIRT:
    New York rapper SHIRT is ready to raise the bar into a new age of hip-hop as the multi-talented artist embodies the roles of composer, painter, rap music sculptor and writer. While he began on the outskirts of rap using gimmicks to garner attention including a fake New York Times article and name dropping power players, it was his innovative street albums RAP MONEY, NIKE ADIDAS and MUSEUM that garnered him internet buzz.

    Currently, SHIRT is living abroad in Europe where he is completing a Master’s in Fine Arts degree. Although he is a high school dropout with only a GED and no undergraduate degree, SHIRT was accepted based on his impressive portfolio of music and multi-medium art. Stay close as SHIRT continues.

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  • 2017 Recap

    Posted by on 31 December 2017

    Let's reminisce on the year that was 2017... Wishing EVERYONE a Happy New Year from your friends at Third Man Records!

    Let's reminisce on the year that was 2017... Wishing EVERYONE a Happy New Year from your friends at Third Man Records!

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