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Shabazz Palaces is Ishmael Butler (Digible Planets) and Tendai Maraire, and their Lese Majesty was easily the most spun record on the Third Man office turntable in 2014. Our admiration reached new heights when we had the honor of hosting the Seattle-based duo for a live performance and direct-to-acetate recording in our Nashville Blue Room last year. In Third Man consigliere Ben Swank's own words, "Shabazz Palaces' obstinately original oeuvre emanates from a fully formed higher conscious, they plant their flag in the outermost realms of the hip hop global soundscape where vibrations throb into beat-heavy explorations, chrome covered constellations of higher reveries each offering its own sonic boom."
Ishmael and Tendai announced recently that they will be supporting Radiohead on their upcoming LA dates, and the group released a new video featuring footage from the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA's Johnson Space Center, and the Hubble and Cassini space missions for their track "Dawn In Luxor" just last week. We agree... you'd better go ahead and watch...
We've all waited too long to relive this superlative performance, so it is sincerely our pleasure to announce that this live LP will be available to spin on your turntable (and on ours) next Friday, June 3rd. Pre-order your copy now.
Listen to "Youlogy" below...
We here at Third Man Records try not to spare you from the heaviest of heavies and here we are again with no exceptions. On August 1, 2016, not terribly long after the annual belch of fireworks has ended, the Blue Room will be host to two of the best-loved psych-metal shredders and doomsters around not just in the US of A, but on the whole damned planet. Any idea who? Why, you're correct! BORIS is heading out on a North American tour (all the way from Japan!) and will be performing the critically acclaimed PINK in full, in our midst, and it will be recorded direct-to-tape. There’s got to be no better way to celebrate the 10-year anniversary and the deluxe reissue of one of their finest releases. The reissue will be available on 3xLP box set, 2xCD, and download on July 8 via Sargent House, including a bonus album of previously unreleased songs that were recorded at the same time as PINK, titled Forbidden Songs. Stream a track below! And, then, of course, somewhere down the line, their live rendition of the record will be available on LP from yours truly. So, there's no end to the celebration in sight. Ain't that right.
On hand for direct support is the likeminded, superhuman sludge-drone majesty of EARTH, a band who has an integral spot in American music by bringing a low-frequency uproar and six-string extremism to the forefront of the experimental, punk metal underground. This’ll no doubt be the loudest show we’ve booked here since the Melvins, so, if you SOMEHOW manage to sleep on this (or THROUGH this), please send us a picture of the rock you live under and we’ll forward it to the Bureau of SMDH.
If you’re unable to make the trek to Nashville, load up your fanny pack with some magnetic poetry, John Cage headphones and rave batons, then CHOOSE YOUR DESTINY by hitting up a show in a city nearest you.
Last night in Washington D.C. our Nashville friends at the Americana Music Association announced their award nominees, granting honors to Chris Stapleton, the Alabama Shakes, Leon Bridges, The Milk Carton Kids, and our own Margo Price, among many other talented acts. Margo was nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Hand of Time," the opening track on her new album Midwest Farmer's Daughter. It is a privilege to be the label home for Margo and her incredible debut effort. We look forward to the Americana conference this September and offer our sincere congratulations to all nominees. Watch the nomination ceremony in its entirety, including a performance by Margo of her song "Desperate and Depressed" (the non-album B-Side to her "Hurtin (On the Bottle)" 7" single), at NPR's Facebook page.
May is shaping up to be the funniest month in Nashville history (what, with the Wild West Comedy Fest in town and hometown hero Billy Wayne Davis taking the stage of the Blue Room and the whole world going to shit with Davidson county at the helm voting for Donald Drumpf in the primary... wait, are we laughing or crying?). So, it's fitting that our friend Bill Burr and his F is for Family co-creator Mike Price will also be stopping in at Third Man headquarters for a special screening of an episode from their show with a Q&A about it's conception, and the trials and tribulations along the way towards making it a reality. The screening will follow this month's Light + Sound Machine. Now in its second season, F is for Family is an animated Netflix original series, and we are honored to have the opportunity to screen an episode for you on our big screen in the Blue Room. The show is based around Frank (Burr), a short-tempered, Irish-American, Korean War veteran and family man. The show is full of heart despite the disillusionment and shortcomings of its protagonist, and we are big fans.
Bill Burr is our favorite disgruntled comedian with four stand up specials, a spot-on Podcast, an LP released on Third Man (Live at Andrew's House) and rising fame on the big and small screens. He has been called "the undisputed heavyweight champ of rage-fueled humor" by Rolling Stone, and the dish he serves up has just the right amount of salt for our taste. Mike Price is best known for his award winning scripts for The Simpsons, but has also written for the ABC Series Teacher's Pet and for Lucasfilm's Lego Star Wars franchise. We are thrilled to host this dream team and to give you the chance to pick their brains about their new creative endeavor realized. Tickets are available now at thirdmanstore.com/third-man-live.
We're still basking in the afterglow of the premiere of Beyoncé's incredible work of art LEMONADE. If you missed its initial invasion of the zeitgeist on HBO, you can still watch the visual album in its entirety on TIDAL (and if you don't have TIDAL, consider becoming a Platinum Vault member, which affords you a TIDALHifi subscription at 75% off!). LEMONADE debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 this week, and we can't imagine a more deserving record.
"Don't Hurt Yourself," the third track on LEMONADE which was co-written and co-produced by Jack White and Beyoncé, has been heralded as a favorite by many a listener. It debuted at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100, also charting at #21 on the Digital Songs chart, #16 on both Streaming Songs & Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and #14 on Hot R&B Songs. It is a proud moment for a Third Man recording artist to be a part of a record of such singular vision with such a stunning debut. Congratulations to Beyoncé on her 6th straight #1 studio album — she is the first artist to accomplish such a feat. See the full Billboard charts breakdown for "Don't Hurt Yourself" and LEMONADE at large below, listen to the track/watch the visual album on TIDAL, or download it on iTunes.
You don't need to be from the South to understand Billy Wayne Davis' particular brand of humor, but being the Nashvillians we are (both transplanted and native), this up-and-comer is one of our favorite used-to-be local (and soon-to-go-global) stand-up comedians. Davis has gone from surprising crowds at the comedy club down the road with his "like-hillbill-ity," to winning over the alt comedy scene of Seattle, to hangin' with Marc Maron and working with the likes of Lisa Lampanelli, Louis CK, and Mitch Hedberg since his most recent move to Los Angeles.
Third Man Records is pleased as punch to welcome Tennessee's much-missed "thinking man's hillbilly" to our stage for a little Southern hospitality and to record another addition to what is becoming a pretty formidable series of live comedy records. Some of our absolute favorite releases over the past seven years have been made without the use of a single guitar, and we expect Billy Wayne Davis Live at Third Man Records to join those very ranks.