Our first Blue Series single of the year is a dark and delirious slice of new American Primitive from the modern master of the form, Frank Fairfield.
For the uninitiated, Frank is a Fresno, California native (and now Los Angeles resident) and a genius on the fiddle, guitar, banjo who possesses a broken soulful voice that perfectly reflects the tragedy and damnation of the subject matter reflected in the timeless American music that he’s made his stock and trade through his albums on Tompkins Square, and through countless tours from coast to coast. 
On side A Frank delivers his unique take on the traditional murder ballad “Duncan & Brady,” which details a barroom shooting of police officer James Brady in St. Louis back in 1890. The song has been interpreted a number of times over the years from a wide range of luminaries, including Leadbelly, Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk and Judy Henske. The B side finds Frank switching up from the guitar to the fiddle and being accompanied by Zac Sokolow also on fiddle performing “Devil’s Dream Medley.” “Devil’s Dream Medley” blends the duo fiddles with vocal elements from the song June Apple, popularized by Wade Ward and Doc Watson.
Frank Fairfield’s Blue Series will be released on 7” vinyl and iTunes on January 21st and will be everywhere fine independent records are sold. Available for pre-order NOW.

Our first Blue Series single of the year is a dark and delirious slice of new American Primitive from the modern master of the form, Frank Fairfield.

For the uninitiated, Frank is a Fresno, California native (and now Los Angeles resident) and a genius on the fiddle, guitar, banjo who possesses a broken soulful voice that perfectly reflects the tragedy and damnation of the subject matter reflected in the timeless American music that he’s made his stock and trade through his albums on Tompkins Square, and through countless tours from coast to coast. 

On side A Frank delivers his unique take on the traditional murder ballad “Duncan & Brady,” which details a barroom shooting of police officer James Brady in St. Louis back in 1890. The song has been interpreted a number of times over the years from a wide range of luminaries, including Leadbelly, Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk and Judy Henske. The B side finds Frank switching up from the guitar to the fiddle and being accompanied by Zac Sokolow also on fiddle performing “Devil’s Dream Medley.” “Devil’s Dream Medley” blends the duo fiddles with vocal elements from the song June Apple, popularized by Wade Ward and Doc Watson.

Frank Fairfield’s Blue Series will be released on 7” vinyl and iTunes on January 21st and will be everywhere fine independent records are sold. Available for pre-order NOW.

RORY SCOVEL - LIVE AT THIRD MAN RECORDS

A few months back we hosted one of our favorite comedians in the Third Man Blue Room, hand selected by Jack White to appear. Rory Scovel came, saw and destroyed any and all bad vibes within a 5 mile radius with an improv set of some of the best live stand up we’ve seen in years. Seriously, the man far exceeded even our lofty expectations for hilarity. Since then Rory has had a bumper few months, appearing on Conan O’ Brien in a tuxedo performing uber-classy comedy with live LIberace-style piano accompaniment, co-starring on new TBS comedy Ground Floor and generally ruling the school and jettisoning jocularity into the universe in every town and festival he visits on tour.

Well if you missed his now legendary Third Man live show, fear not and save your tears, it is now available for pre-order on LP and will be available in finer record retailers everywhere December 17th (just in time for the Stand Up fan in your life for Christmas).

Oh, and one last thing for our UNUSUAL FORMAT collectors and fans… The sleeves and labels feature the track list all in braille. That’s right. Braille. Trust us, it’ll all make sense when you hear the album. It’s another meta-comedy first from Third Man Records and Rory Scovel!

Pre-order HERE.

Exclusive Holiday Paramount Bundle!

The Holiday spirit has us feeling like spreading the love here at Third Man Records… Spreading the love in the form of extra Paramount goodies! We are offering an Exclusive Holiday Paramount Bundle, which includes a few coveted extras for those whose wonder extends even beyond the Cabinet-of-Wonder!

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Beyond The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1, the first bundle extra comes in the form of Third Man’s first 78 RPM record, TMR237 “Battle Royale,” a duel of sermons between Sister Ernia Mae Cunningham and Reverend H. C. Gatewood, D.D.I.M.R.A. Packaged in vintage, of-the-era card stock sleeves and achieving that proper dull luster that a record in the 1920’s would have had, this 78 leaves us unable to decide which fiery “sermon with singing” tips the scale to win the battle, but we look forward to hearing your opinion.  

We are also pleased to include Swan Keepsakes from the New York Public Library Paramount Records event held in November, hand-letterpressed by Bryce McCloud at Isle of Printing in Nashville (also responsible for the gorgeous white birch LP folio within the Cabinet-of-Wonder), and a Paramount T-Shirt of your choice (out of the 4 available options). 

The first 20 bundles ordered will arrive with a very special extra addition: aParamount Records Shadowbox. This laser cut standing card is a non-distributed promotional item for the Paramount stem, and will look fantastic in anyone’s parlor or record room.

This bundle is available now only while supplies last…

For those of you who haven’t yet tumbled into the Paramount rabbit hole, here’s some great information coming from Time Magazine and from David Fricke’s 5 star review in Mojo Magazine, both available in print now.

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N E W  S U N  R E C O R D S  R E I S S U E S !
Hot off the presses at United, our next trio of Sun Records reissues is ready to make its way onto your turntable. This is the second installment of our ongoing partnership with Sun, (the first including The Prisonaires, Johnny Cash, and Rufus Thomas), with each release remaining faithful to its original issue. We’ve replicated the classic logo and label design and coupled it with a custom sleeve that employs the rooster that Sun founder Sam Phillips regretted losing when the label stopped pressing 78’s and moved exclusively to 45’s. One of the first releases to be pressed as a 45 by Sun during this transition is the first 7” included in this set, D.A. Hunt’s “Lonesome Old Jail” b/w “Greyhound Blues.”
D.A. Hunt’s “Lonesome Old Jail” b/w “Greyhound Blues” 
Daniel Augusta Hunt, better known as Junior Hunt, was born in Munford, AL in 1929. On or around March 11th, 1953, Hunt recorded these two songs at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis and they were released in June of that year. For over 50 years, these songs were believed to only exist in 78 rpm form, until a copy pressed as a 45 rpm 7” single turned up in Minnesota. This only known copy was sold on eBay in 2010 for $10,323. This marks the first legitimate release of Hunt’s material on a 7” record, and both songs are outstanding examples of the heartbreaking, desolate nature of the solo bluesman accompanying himself on guitar and borrow heavily from the template set by Lightnin’ Hopkins. Hunt was arrested in Memphis in 1958 for stealing a saxophone and died in May 1962 in Phoenix, AZ.
Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings “Rockhouse” b/w “You’re My Baby” 
Most likely recorded in June of 1956, “Rockhouse” is a prime example of quintessential, undiluted rockabilly. While Roy and the Teen Kings’ stint with Sun would be brief, the sheer power unleashed on these tracks is palpable. Most folks are only familiar with Orbison’s perfected pop orchestrations recorded for Monument Records in the ’60s, but his roots were firmly planted in the dusty West Texas sound, were influenced heavily by Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, and remain equally important as the work of both.
Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire” b/w “You Win Again”
Like the Golden Gate Bridge, hot dogs, Wrigley Field, Converse All-Stars, and Jack Daniels, “Great Balls of Fire” is of the uppermost echelon of cultural exports America has ever produced. If you don’t already know this, it’s okay…you can buy this single now and no one will be the wiser. The Killer at his finest.
Available today. Purchase all three as a bundle, or individually on our Sun Records Reissue page. 

N E W  S U N  R E C O R D S  R E I S S U E S !

Hot off the presses at United, our next trio of Sun Records reissues is ready to make its way onto your turntable. This is the second installment of our ongoing partnership with Sun, (the first including The Prisonaires, Johnny Cash, and Rufus Thomas), with each release remaining faithful to its original issue. We’ve replicated the classic logo and label design and coupled it with a custom sleeve that employs the rooster that Sun founder Sam Phillips regretted losing when the label stopped pressing 78’s and moved exclusively to 45’s. One of the first releases to be pressed as a 45 by Sun during this transition is the first 7” included in this set, D.A. Hunt’s “Lonesome Old Jail” b/w “Greyhound Blues.”

D.A. Hunt’s “Lonesome Old Jail” b/w “Greyhound Blues” 

Daniel Augusta Hunt, better known as Junior Hunt, was born in Munford, AL in 1929. On or around March 11th, 1953, Hunt recorded these two songs at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis and they were released in June of that year. For over 50 years, these songs were believed to only exist in 78 rpm form, until a copy pressed as a 45 rpm 7” single turned up in Minnesota. This only known copy was sold on eBay in 2010 for $10,323. This marks the first legitimate release of Hunt’s material on a 7” record, and both songs are outstanding examples of the heartbreaking, desolate nature of the solo bluesman accompanying himself on guitar and borrow heavily from the template set by Lightnin’ Hopkins. Hunt was arrested in Memphis in 1958 for stealing a saxophone and died in May 1962 in Phoenix, AZ.

Roy Orbison and the Teen Kings “Rockhouse” b/w “You’re My Baby” 

Most likely recorded in June of 1956, “Rockhouse” is a prime example of quintessential, undiluted rockabilly. While Roy and the Teen Kings’ stint with Sun would be brief, the sheer power unleashed on these tracks is palpable. Most folks are only familiar with Orbison’s perfected pop orchestrations recorded for Monument Records in the ’60s, but his roots were firmly planted in the dusty West Texas sound, were influenced heavily by Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, and remain equally important as the work of both.

Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire” b/w “You Win Again”

Like the Golden Gate Bridge, hot dogs, Wrigley Field, Converse All-Stars, and Jack Daniels, “Great Balls of Fire” is of the uppermost echelon of cultural exports America has ever produced. If you don’t already know this, it’s okay…you can buy this single now and no one will be the wiser. The Killer at his finest.

Available today. Purchase all three as a bundle, or individually on our Sun Records Reissue page

"The best garage band in America since the ’60s. Very primitive…they made people with Les Pauls and Marshall amps look like idiots." - Jack White

THE GORIES - THE SHAW TAPES, LIVE IN DETROIT 5/27/88 IS AVAILABLE NOW!

The Gories began in the cultural vacuum of Detroit in 1986. With humble beginnings at a community concert series through a tumultuous end on their 1992 European tour, this is a band whose influence has far outstretched the ground they covered. Rooted in the primal, primitive underpinnings of 50’s rhythm and blues and unhinged 60s garage punk, the sound they came to was wholly their own. Over two years in the making, Third Man collectively feels like a bunch of teenage fanboys with the release of The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88.  Recorded at a house party in a converted store front, the band captured here is at the height of its powers. Featuring covers of classics by the likes of John Lee Hooker, the Stooges and Willie Dixon, as well as a bevy of their oft-imitated originals, Live in Detroit 5/27/88 is the Gories’ first live album, their fourth full-length and their first widespread release since 1992. While band members Mick Collins and Dan Kroha would go on to wider recognition in the Dirtbombs and Demolition Dolls Rods respectively, the Gories should be viewed in the same influential context as the Velvet Underground and the Cramps. While they may have barely sold any records, the folks that saw and heard these bands were inspired to create. It’s high time the Gories get their due and there’s no better evidence than this explosive live recording from 25 years ago. We are so pleased to share this record with you today. Purchase HERE on Vinyl or CD.

Paramount Records Wonder-Cabinet Available Today!

800 newly-remastered digital tracks 

200+ fully-restored original ads and images

6 x 180g LPs w/ hand-engraved metal leaf center labels

Deluxe large-format hardcover art book:  250 pages, narrative w. full-color plates  

Encyclopedia-style reference manual:  360 pages, field guide to artists & repertoire

Handcrafted elements:  rich woods, lush upholstery, and custom-forged metal hardware

Track & Image App: First-of-its-kind music and image player app, allows user management of 800 tracks and 200+ original ads; housed on custom-designed USB drive  

The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), part one of a two-volume omnibus of art, words and music in a limited-edition cabinet-of-wonder format, is a joint release from John Fahey’s Revenant and Jack White’s Third Man Records, co-produced by the leading researcher/writer on Paramount, Alex van der Tuuk. The set is available today from Third Man Records with a full release slated for November 19th.  

The Rise & Fall cabinet chronicles in words, images and sound the curious tale of Paramount, an early American record label which, despite being run out of a Wisconsin chair factory, with bargain-basement recording and production methods, by men with few connections to and little idea of what black (or rural white) audiences were interested in, nevertheless managed to create a repository of American art that can stand with any this country has produced.

Volume One focuses on the label’s improbable rise from also-ran (known for its “tin pan tone”) to Race Records powerhouse, exploring how its fortunes were tied to the Great Migration as well as to its unconventional strategies, “open door” recording policy, opportunism, sleight-of-hand, and incredible luck. Learm more about the set and purchase yours here.

Third Man is also offering fans the opportunity to win this incomparable set by entering The Paramount Records Wonder-Cabinet Giveaway.

Upcoming Releases: The Gories + Jack Johnson

"The best garage band in America since the ’60s. Very primitive…they made people with Les Pauls & Marshall amps look like idiots."- Jack White

THE GORIES - THE SHAW TAPES: Live in Detroit 5/27/888

CD/LP/download / release date 11/26/13


The Gories began in the cultural vacuum of Detroit in 1986. With humble beginnings at a community concert series through a tumultuous end on their 1992 European tour, this is a band whose influence has far outstretched the ground they covered. Rooted in the primal, primitive underpinnings of 50’s rhythm and blues and unhinged 60s garage punk, the sound they came to was wholly their own. Over two years in the making, Third Man collectively feels like a bunch of teenage fanboys with the release of The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88.  Recorded at a house party in a converted store front, the band captured here is at the height of its powers. Featuring covers of classics by the likes of John Lee Hooker, the Stooges and Willie Dixon, as well as a bevy of their oft-imitated originals, Live in Detroit 5/27/88 is the Gories’ first live album, their fourth full-length and their first widespread release since 1992. While band members Mick Collins and Dan Kroha would go on to wider recognition in the Dirtbombs and Demolition Dolls Rods respectively, the Gories should be viewed in the same influential context as the Velvet Underground and the Cramps. While they may have barely sold any records, the folks that saw and heard these bands were inspired to create. It’s high time the Gories get their due and there’s no better evidence than this explosive live recording from 25 years ago.

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JACK JOHNSON - Live at Third Man Records 6/15/2013

Third Man Records is also excited to share the live recording by Jack Johnson for Record Store Day Black Friday on November 29th. Recorded live in Third Man’s wonderful Blue Room on June 15th of this year, breakfast with Jack and his crack band was a smiling fun time for the entire family, and his thoughtful cover of the White Stripes’ “We Are Going to Be Friends” was the icing to an already delicious cake. This will be a windowed release… only available from RSD-retailers on Black Friday, and not to see a widespread release until March 2014.

With a platinum and four gold records in the UK under his belt, today Seasick Steve releases his newest record HUBCAP MUSIC across the pond. The album, produced by the dog himself, features long-time drummer and frying pan virtuoso Dan Magnusson as well as John Paul Jones, Jack White III, Luther Dickinson, Elizabeth Cook and Fats Kaplin. The record marks Seasick Steve’s second full-length on Third Man Records, and joins a blue series 7” ("Write Me a Few Lines") and a live, direct-to-acetate recording (Seasick Steve Live at Third Man Records) to make up his Third Man catalog.

Hubcap Music derives its title from Seasick’s 4-stringed Morris Minor guitar, fashioned from two Minor 1000 hubcaps and a garden hoe, and his second similarly made instrument using Hudson Terraplane hubcaps, given to him by Jack White. The Morris Minor guitar made its first appearance on the TV show “Top Gear,” and rivals Seasick’s Didley Bo for the title of baddest junk’strument ever to grace (and sell out) such stages as Royal Albert Hall, Manchester Theatre and Hammersmith Apollo Theaters.

Hubcap Music is available on CD/LP/MP3 via Third Man Records, at thirdmanstore.com and wherever records are sold.

Subscriptions Open Now through October 31st for…

V A U L T  P A C K A G E  # 1 8 only at http://thirdmanstore.com/vault

THE RACONTEURS LIVE AT THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM LP & DVD

THE DEAD WEATHER “Open Up (That’s Enough)” / “Rough Detective” 7”

Summer is turning to fall. Days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer. The smell of burning leaves and car tires fills the air and Third Man proudly preps its final Vault package for the 2013 calendar.

The LP this coming quarter is a stunning live recording of the Raconteurs live at the Ryman Auditorium. Recorded from their most recent spell of shows in September 2011, the set is chock-full of all the unforgettable original tunes (no covers!) that make this band so essential. Of particular import are the barnstorming, bring-the-house down versions of “Blue Veins” and “Carolina Drama” both clocking in at over ten minutes in length. You like horn sections? Then dig the crack team on “The Switch and the Spur” and “Many Shades of Black.” The band captured here hits the mark at full-throttle. Pressed on two LPs of 180-gram vinyl goodness, disc one on a rich rawhide and tobacco colored vinyl and disc two on luscious gold and oil colored vinyl. 

The 7” this go-round is incredibly special. Two BRAND NEW studio recordings from the Dead Weather. “Open Up (That’s Enough)” and “Rough Detective” are unlike anything else the band has ever done and are both ample reminders of the ferocity of this motley collection of low-lifes, grifters and ne’er-do-wells. These songs are not throw-aways. These songs are not demos. These songs are not outtakes. This 7” will ONLY be available via Vault subscription. No other 7” of these songs will be made. The whole thing is pressed on striking yellow jacket vinyl and coupled with a custom glue-pocket picture sleeve, a slight shift from the Vault’s usual die-cut company sleeves. 

Is there more to come from this? Yes there is. The Dead Weather’s plan is to record and release two-song sets until 2015 at which time they will release a full album that contains these singles plus many more album-only tracks. It’s a unique long-term plan for new music from this incendiary group. The songs WILL be released digitally, but not until Vault packages have been dispatched to subscribers. The goal is that physical copies are out there first.

Our bonus item here is a companion DVD of the Raconteurs performance from the Ryman Auditorium. The four camera, high-definition shoot includes the venue (the venerable Ryman, where everyone from Hank Williams to Harry Houdini has performed) as an essential character. There’s a reason why folks call the Ryman “the mother church” and we think this film illustrates the reasoning behind that precisely and pricelessly. To not only hear, but see the Raconteurs at their arguable zenith is a treat unparalleled.

Subscriptions are open now through October 31st only at http://thirdmanstore.com/vault

Learn more, listen & sign up HERE.