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This month's planned Pride dance night party in our Blue Room took on an extra prescience this weekend when we were all shocked, angered and deeply saddened for the fabric of the LGBT community with the horrible action in Orlando. Discrimination, intimidation, and abuse are a terrible everyday reality for most in the LGBT community worldwide, and safe spaces to congregate, celebrate and just BE are such a vital and important part of that community that we can't allow any heinous act to take that away. Nowhere. And though we all are feeling shaken and disturbed by what occurred in Orlando, we strongly feel that LOVE and COMMUNITY are always the way forward and we invite everyone to join us on Friday, June 17th to INVITE THE LIGHT for an all night Pride dance here in our Nashville Blue Room with DJ Nomi, Tan, and Grey People (astute dancers may remember TAN and Grey People from Portal night here back in March). A percentage of proceeds will be donated to the official Pulse Victims Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund
Given the proliferating subgenres of dance music that represent so many scenes and ideologies throughout the world, Grey People’s Alex Michalski is the linguistic polymath who translates from acid noises to trap stabs, Italo oscillations to 4/4 house foundations. Fluent in thee infinite beat and ready to rattle the spaces inside your spine; Grey People is the future, pulsing and compressing through you.
When machines feel, their only means of expression is the flutter / A variance in data / A shift between 0s and 1s / Arpeggiations / Syndrum rolls / As we hear them. Neon light / Fog and fire / Poppers o’clock. TAN is the sound of the machines feeling love / And euphoria / And prickly melancholy. The TAN album <<MUSIK CITY>> is available now / On Stochastic.
DJ Nomi has remixed tracks for Paris Street and Big Nurse, unleashed 2004’s The Laptent EP on a confused public, and has been Crispin Glover’s photo elf on several occasions. His radio mixshow Erase; Rewind airs weekly on dancemixusa.com.
Available now here!
Dwight Yoakam: Kentucky born, Ohio raised; Tennessee jilted, California praised. That's the way the story goes, at least. In 1977 when Dwight moved to Nashville to pursue his honky-tonk dreams, Nashville was moving away from the traditional and Countrypolitan sound it had spent the better part of a century developing, and more towards the pop-country that still inhabits its airwaves. Dwight found that his musical aspirations were better suited on the leading edge of the post-Bakersfield, Los Angeles “Cowpunk” scene where his music was better received by the West coast punks and drunks than the then-current Music City establishment. The Nashville industry eventually embraced the LA-based outsider in the late 80’s and Dwight Yoakam turned out to be one of the best damn artists country music has ever known. Today, the massive influence of Yoakam’s unique style of country music on Nashville is clearly demonstrated by the sheer number of times "Guitars, Cadillacs" is picked on lower Broadway each day. It never gets old. It's practically the city anthem.
Third Man Records, as you know, is thrilled to call Nashville home to its label headquarters, and calling Nashville home means putting out some real country music records. We did it earlier this year from one Margo Price, and we're doing it again now, just in time for the CMA Music Festival. Dwight Yoakam recently took to the studio with our fearless leader Jack White III to record two of the swingin'est tunes we've ever had covered in our Blue Series: "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" (Boyce/Venet, popularized by The Monkees) b/w "High On The Mountain of Love" (Dorman, popularized by Kenny Lynch, then Johnny Rivers, then the Beach Boys, and recorded by many others along the way). Produced by White and backed by the Third Man band of all-stars — Lillie Mae Rische, Daru Jones, Cory Younts, Dominic Davis, Fats Kaplin — these two renditions, into which Dwight's delivery breathes new life, proves that with the right artist behind the microphone, any song'll make an even better country song. Now, have you ever heard anything more Nashville than that?
Listen to a clip of each song below:
“Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day” is available now and officially in-stores!
This particular week in June is always one of the best of the year, because Music City becomes even MORE musically inclined than usual, with thousands of music fans coming to town for CMA Fest, and thousands more passing through town on their way to Bonnaroo. To celebrate Summer festival season AND to equip the fans, we've got festivities and new merchandise out this week in both storefronts AND online!
If you are passing through Nashville, we have a patio sale today, meaning many of your most coveted products will be discounted to a nice price, but ANYONE who passes through town now through Monday with a Bonnaroo wristband will receive 10% off their entire order in the store! How about that!
Since in the 37203 zip code this week, country music is the name of the game, we will celebrate the release of Dwight Yoakam's Jack White-produced Blue Series AND the recent successes of Margo Price with super collectible TRI-COLOR 7's of " "Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day" and "Hurtin' on the Bottle." That's right... TRI-COLORS! Nashville only. Starting Friday and available ONLY while supplies last.
If you don't get to swing by the shop this week, have no fear. We welcome the festival-weary as much as the festival ready, and on Monday at 11am, we will service the needs of the hungry-for-more (good music that is) and just plain hungry. Join us for our Bonnaroo Hangover Grill-Out on the back patio. Burgers, hot dogs, veggie dogs, and beer on the back patio, the sale continues in the Blue Room, plus limited records for sale in the shop... what could they be? You'll have to stop by to find out.
Margo Price has confirmed a Fall headline tour in support of her debut LP Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, which came out this March. A limited amount of pre-sale tickets will be available to VAULT members beginning Thursday, June 2 at 10am local time. Tickets to the general public go on sale to the public Friday, June 3 at 10am local time. Full list of dates below.
Margo is also fresh off a UK tour where she performed on Later With Jools Holland, and stopped by Rough Trade East for an in-store performance. Watch her perform“Tennessee Song” from that set:
Margo Price 2016 Tour (New Dates in white):
All ticket links available via margoprice.net/tour
Third Man Records is excited to announce that Third Man recording artist Jack White has written and produced the theme song to the new variety show “Maya and Marty” starring comedy legends Martin Short and Maya Rudolph. The show premieres tonight, Tuesday, May 31st on NBC at 10/9 central. This marks the first time Jack White has written music for a television program. Check out the list of Third Man heavyweights who contributed to the track and listen to a clip below...
"The Maya and Marty Theme Song”
written by Jack White (Third String Tunes BMI)
Drums: Jack White
organ: Dean Fertita
bass: Dominic Davis
Wah Wah Guitar: Lillie Mae Rische
Pedal Steel Guitar: Fats Kaplin
Our Summer schedule is starting to fill up in both Nashville & Detroit, and these four events are just the beginning of many announcements to follow in the coming weeks. Join us on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of the month for our ongoing film series, Peripheral Visions and Light + Sound Machine, respectively, with the Belcourt Theatre. This month's Peripheral Visions (our cult and genre film night) washes us up on the shores of a mysterious Spanish island for Who Can Kill A Child?. Who Can Kill A Child? is an atmosphere rich nightmare of a film that boldly asks the question, 'What if the children had enough and took matters into their own hands and then the adults have enough and take matters into their own hands against the children... WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?"
Not nearly as hokey or quasi-religious bent as Children of the Corn (and in fact Who Can Kill A Child? predates that book by a year), this is a sinister film that can be shocking and disturbing and is genuinely, actually SCARY. When was the last time you were scared in a film? I mean, come on... every horror film these days is soft soaped bump and scare style rated PG-13 snooze fest. Does a movie that goes alternately by the titles "Island Of The Damned", "The Killer's Playground", "The Hex Massacre", or "Death is Child's Play" sound PG13 to you? NO? Of course it isn't, and you wouldn't have it any other way, would you weirdo film fans?! Third Man and The Belcourt Theatre are very excited to bring this rarely-exhibited 1970's psychotronic blood-soaked horror classic to Nashville on 16mm film on June 7th. Join us won't you?
In Detroit on June 5th, straight from its world premiere at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, Third Man Records Cass Corridor presents the second-ever screening of Tyler Hubby's radical new documentary, Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present. This unusual, non-fiction film examines the pioneering life and works of artist, musician, and educator Tony Conrad, one of the great American artists of our time, yet to the world at large he remains criminally underappreciated. Since the early 1960s, his films and compositions have been the stuff of legend for artists and musicians everywhere. His vast, inter-disciplinary repertoire has single-handedly created and influenced major film and compositional movements. Learn more and get tickets here.
On June23 th. Captwolf joins comes to Cass Corridor's Blue Stage on June 23rd. Captwolf’s 2015 mixtape,"Liquor Store Pizza Party At My Crib” sent vibrations throughout the Detroit local music scene and was probably the best mixtape title of last year. Their music is a mixture of boom-bap and psychedelic originality and this next wave, slacker, hip-hop boy genius collective live show should not be missed! Tickets here.