How did a Wisconsin chair company, producing records on the cheap and run by men with little knowledge of their audience or the music business, build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled under one roof?  The answer lies in ‘The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,’ an epic, two-volume omnibus of art, words and music housed in a limited-edition, hand-sculpted cabinet-of-wonder, to be jointly released by Jack White’s Third Man Records and John Fahey’s Revenant Records. 

‘Volume One,’ which covers the label’s improbable rise from 1917-1927, will be released exclusively through Third Man on October 29, and worldwide on November 19.  The project is co-produced by leading Paramount authority Alex van der Tuuk, and ‘Volume 2’ will be released in November 2014.

Paramount Records was founded on a modest proposition: produce records as cheaply as possible, recording whatever talent was available.  Over its lifetime, the label would become a “race records” powerhouse, its sound and fortunes directly linked to the Great Migration. 

By the time Paramount ceased operations in 1932, it had compiled a dizzying array of performers still unrivaled to this day, spanning early jazz titans (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller), blues masters (Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Skip James), American divas (Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters), gospel (Norfolk Jubilee Quartette), vaudeville (Papa Charlie Jackson), and the indefinable “other” (Geeshie Wiley, Elvie Thomas).  Paramount would also directly influence the style of Robert Crumb and countless other 20th century artists and illustrators, through a series of hand-drawn ads promoting its releases in the pages of the Chicago Defender.

The ‘Rise and Fall’ wonder-cabinet gives equal status to page-turning narrative and new scholarship; original and newly created graphic art; industrial design; and compelling analog and digital music experiences.  ‘Volume One’ contains the following: 

* 800 newly-remastered digital tracks, representing 172 artists 

* 200+ fully-restored original 1920s ads and images

* 6x 180g vinyl LPs pressed on burled chestnut colored vinyl w/ hand-engraved, blind-embossed gold-leaf labels, housed in a laser-etched white birch LP folio

* 250 page deluxe large-format clothbound hardcover art book 

* 360 page encyclopedia-style softcover field guide containing artist portraits and full Paramount discography 

* Handcrafted quarter-sawn oak cabinet with lush sage velvet upholstery and custom-forged metal hardware 

* First-of-its-kind music and image player app, allowing user mgmt of all tracks and ads, housed on custom-designed USB drive

The day has finally arrived. We are so pleased to share KELLEY STOLTZ's new release Double Exposure with the masses. The record has already received high praise from Mojo Magazine and Uncut — both of whom have called it his best album yet. Check out the reviews above. If you haven’t already ordered your copy, do so here, and if you’re on the West Coast, be sure to catch one of Kelley’s upcoming shows in your neck of the woods. Here’s to synthesizers, fusion cuisine, oil-stained garages, wine buzzes, tape machines and delay pedals…. Ladies and gentlemen, Kelley Stoltz!

A whole mess of exciting KELLEY STOLTZ news coming at you today, and we are figuratively tripping over ourselves to rush all this information into your eyes, ears and brains as quickly as possible. Let’s cut to the chase!

First and foremost the San Franciscan garage pop alchemist is dropping the delicious and lysergic video for “Kim Chee Taco Man” on the masses. Directed by Ryan Browne, it explores deeply resonating themes such as the spiritual quest for enlightenment via hand eaten fusion cuisine. It’s every bit as delicious as it is catchy. Dive in and taste the music, as they say… 

Secondly, we’re excited to say that pre-orders for Kelley’s new album Double Exposure (in stores Sept. 24th) are now available. Orders will be fulfilled and shipped to reach the customer by release date. It’s easy, it’s fun and hey… you’re already watching the video, might as well grab the LP while you’re at it. 

Double Exposure

Last and certainly not least, Kelley will be doing a string of live dates around the release including a record release show in San Francisco w/ The Mantles and Sopwith Camel. That’s going down on Sept. 28th at The Chapel and here’s a few more dates for you with more to come!

October 3rd - Grass Valley, CA - Grass Valley Arts Center w/ Make Make

October 5th - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios w/ Old Light

October 6th - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl w/ Old Light

October 7th - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey w/ Old Light


Dear friends, family, fans, and followers (known as the 4Fs in the “Biz”…),

We at Third Man HQ are gearing up for a flurry of activity and releases beginning no sooner than… right now. Let’s dive right in shall we?

Released today, Aug. 20th:


Pokey LaFarge - Central Time 7” - Pack up your portable record player and sit by the Ohio River blasting this gem of a tribute to living in the good ol Midwest. Featuring super snazzy artwork and non-album B Side “St. Louis Crawl.” Sitting at the crossroads of early jazz, country blues and western swing, these two homegrown tracks are enough to make any damn yankee, mountain man or California dream reconsider their stomping grounds. Purchase here


King Tuff - Live at Third Man Records LPAt long last the Live at Third Man LP from hyper enigmatic rock n roll pop guitar god King Tuff hits the shelves. Recorded back on lucky Friday the13th of July, 2012, we are super excited to have this epic set as a part of our live series of records from Third Man available to and for the people. 

Check the shred-tastic groover “Just Strut” right here and now and try and tell us it doesn’t make you wanna spray paint “Tuff Enough” on your locker and then kick flip off the back of an AMC Ambassador and skate off into nighttime oblivion…  Get your live vinyl now and get revved up for the mighty King Tuff headed out on tour starting September. Check all the dates here!



Aug. 27th - The White Stripes - Elephant Reissue LP  - This is the official release date for the long-awaited reissue of The White Stripes fourth album and major label debut. Pleased to announce 180 gram black vinyl version has been mastered direct from the original, analog source for the 2002 recordings at Toe Rag Studious. The 180 gram black vinyl discs come housed in a double-gatefold sleeve, with printed inner sleeves and an MP3 download card. This album is dedicated to the death of the sweetheart and is still as poignant today as when it was originally released 10 years ago. We draw a firm line here… you can’t consider yourself a White Stripes fan without this record on your shelf. Pre-order here, now.

Sept. 3rd - Volume 3 Charlie Patton, Blind Willie McTell and Mississippi Sheiks Complete Recorded Works Document Records Reissue LPs - The much anticipated 3rd volume from our re-issue series of the complete works of Charlie Patton, Blind Willie McTell and The Mississippi Sheiks hit the shelves. Casual fans of American Music and history and blues completists alike, this is your time to rejoice. 

Sept. 10th - The Melvins - Live At Third Man LP - The mighty Melvins stomped through Third Man last May and threw down an epic live set on our Direct To Disc live to acetate system. The results of that evening of legends doing a legendary set are coming your way on Sept. 10th on glorious vinyl. Tell the people. 

All that and a whole lot more coming your way over the coming weeks and months. As always, stay tuned for all the excitement coming your way from the most recklessly fun label in the business (us)… And if you’re in Nashville this Thursday don’t forget to come by The Light & Sound Machine for our rare 16mm screening of psychedelic Brazilian Western masterpiece, Antonio Das Mortes. It’s going to be a good one!