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The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said "Life is Pain." Poet Sampson Starkweather says PAIN: The Board Game. Third Man Books’ fourth title has, evidently, caused pain in a few lives already: four printing presses in Nashville, Tennessee, refused the book due to "objectionable content” (in 2015?!?). PAIN: The Board Game is 160 pages of poetry, 15 full color illustrations by Jon-Michael Frank, and the first book of poetry that is both page-turning-analog and online interactive. Find out why The Huffington Post describes Starkweather as, "Not only thrillingly accessible, not only deeply thought-provoking, but also, and without exaggeration, historically important,” and Bianca Stone, author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, says, "I find with each poem I’m laughing out loud. But also putting my hand over my heart, in a futile effort to keep the damn thing still.” For a sample of Sampson Starkweather’s poems go here.
And... A challenge, too!! You asked for it. We’ve done it. Finally, a kick-ass video game based on a poetry book rather than FIFA, alien invasion, or Seal Team 6. Now all you gamers out there can experience what pixilated, dark haired poet Sampson Starkweather experiences: PAIN. No more can society argue that video game culture has usurped activities such as reading. Play the game here and taste the PAIN... then take a screenshot of your high score and Instagram it using the hashtag #PainTheVideoGame. The top three scores to post will receive the all three limited edition packages Third Man Books has published (a $110 value).
In case you missed any of the 4 Dead Weather Technique and Discussion Videos, here are all four, featuring the four members of the Dead Weather, handily stored in one convenient place for you to press play, sit back, and watch and learn from. While Alison's video was the final clip in this instructional series, it was not the last that you'll see of the Dead Weather on black and white film. There's a lot more of where this came from, specifically a full-length Jack White-directed film which will contain not only these four videos as well as the "Be Still" and "I Feel Love" Live Performance videos, but also loads of additional footage that has yet to be seen by human eyes... or at least YOUR human eyes. That is, if you're human. We don't like to make assumptions. Anyway, enjoy the knowledge bombs Jack, Jack, Alison, and Dean drop in the below, get your hands on a copy of Dodge and Burn if you haven't already, and stay tuned for much more to feast your eyes on from the Dead Weather soon.
As announced last week, Yak are set to release their most thrilling material yet in the form of a second EP titled ‘No’, produced by Pulp’s Steve Mackey, on 13th November on Jack White’s Third Man Records. Today the trio have unveiled the official video for the release’s title track. Directed by ex-Jesus And Mary Chain member Douglas Hart (who’s also made videos for Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and The Horrors), the disorientating, sense-exploding clip captures exactly why Yak are fast becoming known as the UK’s most ferociously exciting live band.
Hot off the back of a lengthy tour with Peace, Yak are set to play several US shows later this month including two at CMJ before embarking on their biggest headline tour of the UK to date. They will also support Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind tonight at London Oslo.
Upcoming Yak Tour Dates:
Oct 12 – London, Oslo (w/Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind)
Oct 14 – US, NYC, Santos Party House (NME, Popgun, House Arrest CMJ Party) 8pm
Oct 15 – US, NYC, Mercury Lounge (High Road Touring CMJ Showcase) 10pm
Nov 13 – France, Les Inrocks Festival – Paris Boule Noire
Nov 14 – Southampton, Indiependence Festival
Ticket link: www.independencefest.co.uk
Nov 17 – London, Moth Club
Nov 18 – Brighton, Prince Albert
Nov 19 – Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
Nov 20 – Liverpool, Magnet
Nov 21 – Bristol, Start The Bus
Nov 24 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Nov 25 – Glasgow, Broadcast
Nov 26 – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
Nov 27 – Newcastle, Head Of Steam
Nov 28 – Leicester, The Cookie
Dec 1 – Manchester, Gullivers
Dec 2 – Cardiff, Ifor Bach
Dec 3 – Falmouth, Mono
Dec 4 – Plymouth, The Underground
Third Man Books is excited to be in California on Oct 13 and Oct 15. Tuesday we'll be visiting one of America's most historical / influential bookstores: City Lights. Two days later we'll be in Los Angeles performing on the rooftop of the sleek and always artist friendly Downtown Ace Hotel. For these dates, we'll be featuring TMB's newest author Sampson Starkweather, whose PAIN: The Board Game hits the streets on Oct 13; TMB's first author Janaka Stucky, whose The Truth Is We Are Perfect is nearing its second pressing; and, poet/ jeweler Paige Taggart (Language Lessons, Want for Lion).
To top it off, we're very VERY excited to have Northern California artist Ginny Stanford also on the bill at City Lights for a very special reading of selected poems from Frank Stanford's Hidden Water. Icing on the cake, and so folks won't accuse us of being overly poet-centric, Los Angeles native Amelia Gray will join us Thursday at Ace Hotel to read stories from her incredible collection Gutshot.
Come hang out with us! Drinks will be served both nights. Free TMR/TMB tote bags will be on hand. And books, limited editions, and more books will be available for purchase.
AND DON’T FORGET THE TURNTABLES! Tuesday night DJ PETER MARAVELIS will be on the decks. Thursday the indomitable ZACH COWIE.
THIRD MAN BOOKS: Where your turntable's not dead and the page still turns.
The Dead Weather have released the final of four technique and instrument-based videos. In this fourth episode, vocalist Alison Mosshart lets us in on her favorite way to come up with ideas for lyrics. Please note that we don't necessarily condone her unique method, but we trust her and love the results - a lot. The video, directed by Jack White, concludes with a full band live performance of the smoldering voodoo of "Lose the Right” from the new album Dodge And Burn.
Dodge and Burn - the band's third album and first full-length release in five years - is available now. Pick up your copy on CD/LP here.
This is a book meant to make a difference; proceeds from every sale of Acknowledge: An Anthology of Selected Poems from The Contributor will be donated to the street paper The Contributor. Acknowledge gives voice to our homeless neighbors. Voices that will fill you with warmth, sadness, courage, and much, much joy. For instance, how could a raccoon become so important? Ever know a dog named Sneakers? What exactly is a "Cadillac turn"? Heard of a Sunflower Hubcap?
"ACKNOWLEDGE: An Anthology of Selected Poems from The Contributor collects poems from the seven years that The Contributors’ poetry section has been published. The writers are the homeless and formerly homeless vendors of the street paper located in Nashville, TN. The vendors are old and young, man and woman, both native to Nashville and not. The poems present human perspectives on homelessness and daily life in the words of those most affected. Our intention at Third Man Books is, of course, to bolster awareness of The Contributor and raise funds for its vendors. We encourage all to continue to purchase papers from vendors whenever possible."—Joshua Gillis, editor
"Since its first issue in 2007, The Contributor, located in Nashville, Tennessee, has published poetry by Contributor supporters, homeless advocates, and most notably the homeless and formerly homeless vendors who sell the street newspaper. Vendor poetry became a part of my life when I joined its staff as the editorial assistant at the end of 2011. For years, I typed up poetry written on fast food napkins, crisp notebook paper, and stained scraps of flyers, receipts and medical documents. I read poetry emailed from downtown library computers, mailed from Pennsylvania typewriters, and scribbled in marker five minutes before we closed our doors for the day. I’ve always preached that our poetry section is the most powerful and interesting work within The Contributor pages because of both the brash honesty and the opportunity for empowerment." —Linda Bailey, assistant editor at The Contributor.
A few important facts about both the anthology and The Contributor:
*Acknowledge features 38 different poets, all homeless or formerly homeless vendors of The Contributor.
*The Contributor is a nonprofit. Provides 300+ active homeless and formerly homeless newspaper vendors with a pathway to earn income.
*The Contributor is the largest street newspaper per capita in the world, with nearly 6 million copies sold and $1.5 million invested by vendors in their paper sale micro-businesses since 2007.
*Three poets, Wayne Walden, Chris Scott, and David S. Pointer from The Contributor’s pages have gone on to publish full length books.
*One of The Contributor’s Poets, Jennifer A. was awarded the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) "Best Vendor Submission" for her poem, "A Late Dinner with my Son." Her submission was chosen from other vendor submissions from street newspapers around the world. The poem is featured in Acknowledge.
*The street newspaper is published weekly and averages a monthly circulation of 60,000 copies
*The Contributor has received coverage from NPR, The New York Times, USA Today, The Tennessean, The Nashville Scene, and local TV.