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Rich Ruth

I Survived, It's Over

    Recorded under a loft bed in the guest bedroom of his Nashville home, Michael Ruth aka Rich Ruth’s “I Survived, It’s Over” starts in a humble space. And while many contemporary music projects are produced in such an environment, “I Survived, It’s Over” sets itself apart in its transformative properties as well as its transparency. What we have here is honest sound exploration, session musician-level instrumentation, and a true love for nature run through the fingers of a dude who can channel some acute and undeniable magic.

    This music goes deep.

    "I conceived much of this record amidst the quiet and tumult of 2020 in my neighborhood that had recently been ravaged by a tornado," Ruth recalls, "I spent most of my days working on these pieces between bicycle rides - watching the beautiful Tennessee ecosystem flourish in Shelby Park, listening to Keith Jarrett’s The Koln Concert and John Coltrane’s Ascension."

    Underneath the swell of the strings and the shredding of the guitars, this record has hard working, rustbelt, drum-heavy roots all over it (which makes sense as Ruth hails from outside of Toledo, the album was mixed by John McEntire from Chicago band Tortoise). Many of the flutes, saxophones, pedal steel, and other instruments were recorded remotely because we live in the future, but this only adds to the collage of sampled and sample-able material that Rich Ruth has to offer. The organic relationships between the artist and other musicians on the album is evident even in the compilation style sampling that needs to occur in putting such a project together.

    "Working on this music is a daily meditation," says Ruth. "I constantly experiment with sound until it reflects the way I am feeling and attempt to sculpt something meaningful from it. Through years of being a touring musician, it is a constant inspiration and privilege to collaborate with the individuals that graced this record with their voices." And those relationships pay off, because “I Survived, It’s Over” is a sonic meal. It’s rich (no pun intended) with massive instrumentation that’s usually reserved for more symphonic delights. But at the same time it’s simple and leaves space to breathe–space you didn’t know you needed.

    In his own words; "I Survived, It’s Over is a meditation on healing, confronting trauma, surrendering, and finding peace. I wanted to encapsulate the tranquility and disarray found within this process."

    Ruth’s heart and the peace that his presence produces is all over this album. And despite his midwestern humility and willingness to brush off any praise, he’s put together something really special that carries its own weight. It's the kind of record that only comes around every once in a while and it's worthy of all the head-bobs, acclaim, and celebratory potlucks that Mike and the gang have coming their way.

    “I Survived, It’s Over” is a record you should buy for your friend, your foe, and yourself. It’ll sit perfectly on your shelf between Alice Coltrane and Hiroshi Yoshimura.


    SIDE 1
    1. Taken Back
    2. Older But Not Less Confused
    3. Desensitization And Reprocessing
    4. Heavy And Earthbound

    SIDE 2
    1. Thou Mayest
    2. Angel Slide
    3. Doxology

    Lola Kirke

    Lady For Sale

      Lola Kirke stands out like a flash of neon magenta in this nostalgic landscape of Americana tin-types. While many of her singing, songwriting peers look further back for inspiration, Kirke’s sweet spot is decidedly in the excess of the 80’s. Anyone only familiar with Kirke through her on-screen performances (Mistress America, Gone Girl, or Mozart in the Jungle) may be surprised by just how dazzling Lola-playing-Lola can be. Just a few lines into “Better than Any Drug,“ it’s clear no written role could reveal more of Kirke’s wit, lust for life, and sense of humor than this record captures with the help of producer Austin Jenkins (White Denim, Leon Bridges).

      Scheduled for release in April 2022, the 10-song sophomore full-length album showcases Kirke’s unselfconscious, country-twinged vocals alongside a brightly colored candy shop of glam-twang guitar riffs, department store tv commercial synth stylings, and swooping, lilting, unabashedly feminine background vocals. Lady For Sale channels a high-spirited insouciance that feels invigorating and familiar, decidedly more easy-going and fun-loving than what we’ve come to expect from its genre (and the world in general) in recent years. This is a party you’ll want to attend.


      SIDE 1
      1. Broken Families
      2. If I Win
      3. Better Than Any Drug
      4. Lady For Sale
      5. Pink Sky

      SIDE 2
      1. Stay Drunk
      2. The Crime
      3. Fall In Love Again
      4. No Secrets
      5. By Your Side

      Jack White

      Fear Of The Dawn

        Fear of the Dawn is the fourth studio album from Jack White, founding member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather. True to his DIY roots, this record was recorded at White's Third Man Studio throughout 2021, mastered by Third Man Mastering, pressed to vinyl at Third Man Pressing, and released by Third Man Records.


        1. Taking Me Back
        2. Fear Of The Dawn
        3. The White Raven
        4. Hi-De-Ho
        5. Eosophobia
        6. Into The Twilight
        7. Dusk
        8. What's The Trick?
        9. That Was Then (This Is Now)
        10. Eosophobia (Reprise)
        11. Morning, Noon And Night
        12. Shedding My Velvet

        Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros

        Live In Colorado

          Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros—consisting of Bobby Weir, Don Was, Jay Lane and Jeff Chimenti—are set to release their first ever vinyl collection of recorded material. Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Live In Colorado is out via Third Man Records—their debut with the label.

          Bobby Weir & Wolf Bros: Live In Colorado features a collection of songs recorded at the band’s live performances at the historic Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado on June 8, 9, 11, 12, 2020.

          These shows were the group’s first live audience concerts in over a year and featured Greg Leisz on pedal steel, along with The Wolfpack: Alex Kelly, Brian Switzer, Adam Theis, Mads Tolling and Sheldon Brown. “Been too long,” Weir said of the performances, “but I can’t think of a better place to pick it back up…” Weir explains “I’ve been workin’ in my spare time on expanding the sonic coloration of the songs I do. The Wolfpack is basically a step toward full orchestration - and further, I gotta say, these guys are game. We worked on the arrangements a bit but eventually we needed to trot it all out and play it for folks - and right at that moment, the folks in Colorado reached out and told us they were gonna open up. Holy Shit, WTF? Let’s Go.” Third Man Records says “When Don approached us about this project of course we all jumped at the opportunity. The whole live music experience is so important to everyone here at Third Man Records and the chance to work with a few of the all time greats, well it seems like a miracle.”


          Disc: 1
          1. New Speedway Boogie (Live)
          2. Big River (Live)
          3. West L.A. Fadeaway (Live)
          4. Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (Live)

          Disc: 2
          1. My Brother Esau (Live)
          2. Looks Like Rain (Live)
          3. Only A River (Live)
          4. Lost Sailor/Saint Of Circumstance (Live)

          North Americans

          Going Steady

            Official reissue of North Americans' 2018 breakthrough album. Originally limited to 100 vinyl LPs. "For a piece that feels as if it could float away into nothing, Going Steady becomes the night." - NPR.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: I'm pretty surprised i'd not heard of this before to be honest, because this sort of instrumental folky business is right up mine (and Matt's) alley, and here it gets a beautiful reissue courtesy of the ever-brilliant Third Man. Warm and hazy slide guitar, shimmering reverb and SUPERB psychedelic cover art.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Grayling
            2. Bleeding Heart Tetra
            3. Stanley
            4. Alice Lake
            5. Tench
            6. Going Steady
            7. Northern Pike (Be Kind To Me)
            8. Cutty
            9. Sockeye

            Silver Synthetic

            Silver Synthetic

              In a world that doesn’t seem capable of swaying, Silver Synthetic’s self-titled debut shakes and boogies.

              In the midst of the thick New Orleans summer of 2017, Chris Lyons of garage punks Bottomfeeders found himself sitting on a small batch of songs that didn’t quite fit the fuzzed-out pileups of that band. He called in his trusted confidants: Bottomfeeders drummer and longtime musical partner Lucas Bogner plus

              bassist Pete Campanelli, and Kunal Prakash (Jeff the Brotherhood) dug the songs and signed on, and the quartet started playing in earnest.

              By the time the band played its first gig in late 2018 at the opening of Nola’s ManRay Records, the songs had multiplied and the members of the newly christened Silver Synthetic had become genuine rock & roll craftsmen.

              It makes sense that the band’s first gig was in a record shop ‘cause folks, this is record nerd-core in a major way, evocative of the LP's first golden era, as the late sixties oozed into the strange 1970s, with the requisite T-Rex stomps, Britfolk twists and turns, and dueling Verlaine/Lloyd guitars. It’s about warmth, and you can practically smell the gently glowing amp tubes.

              While many of their peers would be lost without their daisy-chained and tangled pedal-boards, there’s a refreshing directness here, unassuming but confident, the result of a band deliberately not fussing too much over the thing, maintaining a connection to the feeling of hearing a well balanced two-guitar/bass/drums combo at a house show.

              And it kinda was a house show. The album was recorded with Ross Farbe of Video Age, who lugged his mobile rig over to Lyons’ place in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans. With the band set up in the living room the crew got down to business, striving to adhere to the live, honest approach. Minimal overdubs, dialed in tone, a good vibe.

              You could call Silver Synthetic rock & roll formalists, but the truth is they're more like minimalists, stripping away tired clutter and unnecessary bloat and just zooming in on the essential. 

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: It says Andy McQueen all over it this one, jangling harmonies, slide guitar and ROCK SOLID melodies. Brilliantly evocative and superbly produced, this is yet another hit for the ever-reliable Third Man records.

              Danny Kroha

              Detroit Blues

                Danny Kroha’s "Detroit Blues" could be considered part two of his solo debut LP - “Angels Watching Over Me”. In his own words, “It was me in a room playing acoustic instruments and doing my own arrangements of some old songs”. Not so fast man! When you hear this record and dig a little deeper into the facts, you’ll have a heightened awareness of the sonic beauty found in the simplicity. On many of these traditional songs, Danny dropped, added or rearranged verses from various sources, mixing up music from one song and words from another and unintentionally created his own amalgamation of early blues and 60s folk. Instead of following all the rules rooted the early blues and 60s folk, Danny Kroha mixed up all the rural and urban traditions and kicked out a new surreal sound that could really only happen in Detroit. “I listen to both genres, for sure. I just wasn’t TRYING to make a record that sounds like that. It just came out that way”

                TRACK LISTING

                1. Poor Howard
                2. Leavin' Blues
                3. Little Lulie
                4. Detroit Blues
                5. I'll Be Rested
                6. Adam And Eve
                7. Way Down In Florida On A Hog
                8. Rich Girl, Poor Girl
                9. Run Johnny
                10. Oh Death
                11. Reuben, Oh Reuben
                12. House Of The Rising Sun
                13. Up Above My Head
                14. Come Out Of The Wilderness

                Various Artists

                Southeast Of Saturn

                  It makes sense that Detroit had a buzzy, thriving space-rock scene in the ‘90s. What American city’s denizens had a more urgent need to disengage and think outside the grim, post-industrial rustbelt realities? With space-rock (and its close sonic cousin shoegaze) being at once expansive and introspective, it naturally appealed to the young, intelligent artists who gravitated toward its vertiginous orbit.

                  The music of Southeast Of Saturn did not arise organically from metro Detroit’s fertile soil. Locally, garage-rock, goth-rock, neo-hippie groups, and the usual preponderance of adequate bar bands dominated the landscape. Thirsty Forest Animals guitarist Andrew Peters summarizes the prevalent attitude among the Motor City’s space-rock contingent: “I don’t think we really noticed the local Detroit scene earlier on. We were more into the bands you would see in the NME / Melody Maker, zines, and records - mostly from the UK - on the walls at Play It Again”. If anything was a major factor locally, it was Play It Again, the independent record store in the suburbs of Detroit that nurtured the scene with its amazing curation of imports and killer used records picked up on owner Alan Kovan’s British record buying trips.

                  Penned “Detroit Space-Rock”, the scene centered around Burnt Hair Records, Burnt Hair CEO Larry Hoffman’s Life According To Larry radio show, Zoot’s Coffeehouse and bands, such as Windy & Carl, Asha Vida, Füxa, Auburn Lull, and Majesty Crush. It was a modern movement of a more traditional “space-rock” sound, influenced less by The Stooges and MC5 and more by Spacemen 3, Loop, My Bloody Valentine and krautrock bands like Can and Neu!. Even the best-known artists on Southeast Of Saturn - Windy & Carl, Majesty Crush, Füxa - never achieved mainstream success, but within the rock underground, they inspired a cultish devotion that burns to this day.

                  If you missed their evanescent output the first time around, this compilation will get you up to speed over its 19 mind-altering tracks. ECHO ECHO ECHO ECHO ECHO ECHO ECHO

                  TRACK LISTING

                  DISC 1
                  SIDE 1

                  1. No. 1 Fan - Majesty Crush
                  2. She Doesn't Believe - Spectacle
                  3. Nape - Thirsty Forest Animals
                  4. Photon - Füxa
                  5. Andromeda Drone - The Delta Waves
                  SIDE 2
                  1. Instrumental #2 - Windy & Carl
                  2. Eskimo Summer - Asha Vida
                  3. Continuum - Ten Second Dynasty
                  4. By The Hand Of God - Children's Ice Cream
                  5. Grey - Miss Bliss

                  DISC 2
                  SIDE 1

                  1. Crasher - Astrobrite
                  2. Stardriver - Naming Mary
                  3. Shift - Glider
                  4. Serenity - Space Monkeys
                  5. Something Warm About The Rain - Jazzless
                  SIDE 2
                  1. Youreyesimmaculate - Lovesliescrushing
                  2. Laughing At Roadsigns - Caliope
                  3. June-Tide - Auburn Lull
                  4. Butterfield Eight - Thumbling

                  Heather Trost


                    Third Man Records is chuffed to present to you the New Mexico-based artist Heather Trost’s second or third solo full-length. Petrichor is fresh, unique, and really fucking good.

                    Sonically, this modern psychedelic pop music is as experimental as it is accessible. Petrichor was recorded between 2018 and 2019 by Heather Trost and her husband Jeremy Barnes (Neutral Milk Hotel) at their home studio. The two are community activists in New Mexico, urban gardeners, and full-time musicians.

                    "As the rain renews the thirsty soil, let Heather Trost's 'Petrichor' soothe your soul and wake up your ears. Swirling vintage keys, propulsive drum beats, and the sweetest of voices bloom and grow here." - Naomi Yang, Galaxie 500

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Barry says: An enchanting mix of upbeat psychedelia, hypnotic folk and swooning 60's lysergic percussion. Trost has the perfect home in Third Man.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    SIDE 1
                    1. Let It In
                    2. Love It Grows
                    3. Tracks To Nowhere

                    SIDE 2
                    1. I'll Think Of You
                    2. Jump Into The Fire
                    3. VK09
                    4. Sunrise

                    The Hives

                    Live At Third Man

                      Blistering live album from The Hives, recorded live to a brimming 250 person audience at Third Man Records' Blue Room in Nashville. Still holding strong as one of the best live bands of their time.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. Hate To Say I Told You So
                      2. Come On!
                      3. Walk Idiot Walk
                      4. I'm Alive
                      5. Tick Tick Boom
                      6. Main Offender
                      7. My Time Is Coming

                      Redd Kross

                      Show World

                        Brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald formed Redd Kross (originally Red Cross) in Hawthorne, CA in the late ‘70s. Rumor has it that the band name was inspired by a prop from the 1973 horror film, The Exorcist. Their first show was opening for Black Flag and they released their debut record the mythical “Posh Boy” EP in 1980 when they were just 17 and 13 respectively. The “Posh Boy” EP features Black Flag’s 2nd singer, Ron Reyes, on drums and founding member of Circle Jerks, Greg Heston, on guitar.

                        1982 saw a line up change and the release of Born Innocent, a high water mark of American Punk Rock. Containing nods to Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, Linda Blair, Lita Ford and breakfast cereal as well as a killer cover of Charlie Manson’s Cease To Exist. Redd Kross loves pop culture. The brothers have kept Redd Kross going through the decades (and line-up changes), releasing 7 studio albums and a slew of EPs and singles. They have also stayed busy with side projects, production gigs and even occasional acting jobs.

                        What are Redd Kross? Punk Rock? Psychedelia? Heavy Metal? Bubblegum? Power Pop? Whatever they are they are 100% Redd Kross, the catchiest of catchy, chock full of hooks, melodies and harmonies, impossible to not smile and sing along…..maybe even dance. Their live show just keeps getting better. Redd Kross are one of those rare bands who would be equally at home in a dark punk club and on stage at the Enormodome.

                        40 years in and hot on the heels of their amazing 2019 album Beyond The Door, Third Man Records is proud to announce the reissue of two of their beloved 1990s albums, Phaseshifter (1993) and Show World (1997).
                        Phaseshifter line-up intact (Gene Fennelly would soon move on, but plays all the keyboards on the recording), Redd Kross came back at us with amps turned up and smiles on their faces on 1997’s Show World. The album starts off with a spot on cover of The Quick’s L.A. power pop classic, Pretty Please Me, and sets the tone for yet another killer album by the thinking person’s good time band.

                        Like all RK albums before and since, this one is all killer, no filler, with special highlights Stoned, Vanity Mirror, One Chord Progression and the absolutely sublime Follow The Leader.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        SIDE A
                        1. Pretty Please Me
                        2. Stoned
                        3. You Lied Again
                        4. Girl God
                        5. Mess Around
                        6. One Chord Progression
                        7. Teen Competition

                        SIDE B
                        1. Follow The Leader
                        2. Vanity Mirror
                        3. Secret Life
                        4. Ugly Town
                        5. Get Out Of Myself
                        6. Kiss The Goat

                        Brendan Benson

                        Dear Life

                          “There's something about this record,” Benson says, describing his Third Man Records debut album Dear Life. “A friend of mine called it ‘life-affirming.’ I thought it was a joke at first but then realized, well, it’s about life and death for sure. I don’t know if that’s positive or optimistic or whatever, but that's what's going on with me.”

                          Brendan Benson finds himself in an enviable spot as he enters the third decade of a remarkably creative, consistently idiosyncratic career – an accomplished frontman, musician, songwriter, producer, band member, husband, and dad. Benson’s seventh solo album, and first new LP in almost seven years, Dear Life is this consummate polymath’s most inventive and upbeat work thus far, an 11-track song cycle about life, love, family, fatherhood, and the pure joy of making music. Produced and almost entirely performed by Benson at his own Readymade Studio in Nashville, the album sees the Michigan-born, Nashville-based artist – and co-founder, with Jack White, of The Raconteurs – reveling in a more modernist approach than ever before, fueled by a heady brew of cannabis, hip-hop, and a newly discovered interest in software drum programming. The result is an untapped playfulness that elevates expertly crafted songs like the opener, “I Can If You Want Me To,” and the first single, “Good To Be Alive,” with voluble arrangements, elastic grooves, and incandescent power. Imbued with revitalized ambition and confidence, Dear Life is Brendan Benson at his very best.

                          Beginning with his now-classic 1996 major label debut, One Mississippi – recently reissued by Third Man in its first-ever vinyl pressing – and its masterful 2002 follow-up, Lapalco, Benson has always infused classic craftsmanship with contemporary invention. Along with his own critically acclaimed canon, Benson is of course co-founder – with Jack White, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler – of The Raconteurs. The band first convened in 2006, winning worldwide acclaim, Grammy Award nominations, and a chart-topping smash single in “Steady As She Goes,” with their now-classic debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers The Raconteurs returned two short years later with 2008’s Consolers Of The Lonely. Like its predecessor, the LP proved a popular and critical phenomenon, earning the Grammy Award for “Best Engineered Non-Classical Album” as well as a nomination as “Best Rock Album.”

                          Dear Life came about gradually and organically after a self-imposed creative hiatus rooted in the happy arrival of his son and later, a daughter. Having spent the majority of his adult life on the road, Benson decided he’d prefer to stay home for a change and just be a dad. “I just couldn’t bear the thought of leaving,” he says. “I was so enamored with my kids, I just sort of lost touch with my career. I just didn’t want to go back to work.” Instead, Benson directed his musical energies elsewhere and fast proved an in-demand producer/engineer (Robyn Hitchcock, Young The Giant, Trapper Schoepp, The Greenhornes) and collaborative songwriter, with a CV that includes partnerships with Jake Bugg, Iain Archer (Snow Patrol), and The Kooks’ Luke Pritchard, among others. Despite his successes, after a few years in this voluntary wilderness, Benson surprised himself in 2017 by writing and recording the rocker “Half A Boy (And Half A Man).” “It just felt really good,” he says. “I felt like I was like born again. Seriously, it was almost a religious experience, like, oh my God, I love making music. I had forgotten. That’s how it started. It was kind of a spark. A re-ignition.”

                          TRACK LISTING

                          SIDE 1
                          1. I Can If You Want Me To
                          2. Good To Be Alive
                          3. Half A Boy (Half A Man)
                          4. Richest Man Alive
                          5. Dear Life

                          SIDE 2
                          1. Baby's Eyes
                          2. Freak Out
                          3. Evil Eyes
                          4. I’m In Love
                          5. I Quit
                          6. Who’s Gonna Love You


                          Feedbacker - Reissue

                            First-ever US issue of this key 2003 release from Japan's shapeshifting heavy lords, Boris. The album title says it all. Immerse yourself in 43 minutes of sonic waves of slow-building fuzz, feedback and layered dimensions where lysergic solos and unintelligible vocals compete for their place deep inside your ID. Buy if you dig: Sun O))), Sleep, Boris.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. I. Part 1
                            2. II. Part 2
                            3. III. Part 3
                            4. IV. Part 4
                            5. V. Part 5


                            Love & Evol

                              2019's release from Japan's Psych Lords, Boris. In turns dynamic, droney, stoney, dreamy and beautiful, these albums contain multitudes. Boris continues to push their sonic palette into new mind-shreddy directions. Formed in 1992, Boris boldly explores their own vision of heavy music, where words like “explosive” and “thunderous” barely do justice. Using overpowering soundscapes embellished with copious amounts of lighting and billowing smoke, Boris has shared with audiences across the planet an experience for all five senses in their concerts, earning legions of zealous fans along the way. Buy if you dig: Sunn O))), Sonic Youth, shoegaze, shitgaze.

                              STAFF COMMENTS

                              Barry says: Japanese dronelords Boris return to the unlikely, but 'thinking-about-it,-it-actually-makes-sense' home of Third Man for their latest excursion in hazy psychedelic distortion and arrhythmic cataclysmic heft. They've always been one of the most prolific and productive outfits on the scene, and that clearly shows on this mindblowing new opus.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Disc: 1
                              1. EVOL
                              2. Away From You
                              3. Coma
                              Disc: 2
                              1. Uzume
                              2. In The Pain(t)
                              3. Shadow Of Skull
                              4. LOVE

                              1. Away From You
                              2. Coma
                              3. EVOL
                              4. Uzume
                              5. LOVE
                              6. In The Pain
                              7. Shadow Of Skull

                              Olivia Jean

                              Night Owl

                                Olivia Jean is back on the beat with her second full-length (and first self-produced) album, Night Owl, due out August 30, 2019 on Third Man Records. The album mines the shared spaces between bubblegum, beach pop undercurrents and fuzzed out garage a la B-52s and Dick Dale, lyrically diving headfirst into the frustrations of perfectionism, mental barriers, obsession and modern heartache. Unlike Bathtub Love Killings on which we found Olivia playing every instrument on the vast majority of the album, Night Owl is decidedly more collaborative, with a studio band of buddies backing up her up. Night Owl is exactly what it sounds like: the wee-hour workings of an artist engrossed in a project, pushing against omnipresent forces of fear and judgment to do exactly what you’ve always wanted to do and be exactly what you’ve known you are. It’s candy-coated and also bittersweet, fully aware and also full-hearted.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Garage Bat
                                2. Night Owl
                                3. Shut Your Mouth
                                4. Brushfire
                                5. In Two
                                6. If You Don’t Love Me By Now
                                7. Rhinestone
                                8. The Hunt
                                9. JaanPehechaanHo
                                10. Can You Help Me?
                                11. Siren Call
                                12. I Used To Be Lonely
                                13. Perfume
                                14. Tsunami Sue

                                Various Artists

                                Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969

                                  Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969, is a 50th anniversary celebration collecting previously unheard songs by such blues legends as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, James Cotton, Son House, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton, Clifton Chenier, Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Lightnin’ Hopkins, J. B. Hutto & His Hawks, Roosevelt Sykes, Luther Allison, Otis Rush, Big Joe Williams, Charlie Musselwhite and more. 

                                  The historic gathering was presented by a small group of blues-obsessed University of Michigan students determined to give their blues heroes a public spotlight where they might shine before it was too late. Among those enterprising student-promoters was John Fishel, whose teenage brother Jim Fishel, gathered some friends to help record the festival as a personal memento. Taking advantage of their all-access pass and juggling a small Norelco tape recorder from set to set, the friends let the 1⁄4” tape roll. Though field recordings in the literal sense of the term, they capture the brilliance of the musicians, the excitement of the crowd and the loose, convivial nature of the entire festival. Those tapes, long thought to be lost, have now been lovingly restored to capture the electric energy of the landmark concert. Both volumes include never-before-seen photographs, an exclusive reminiscence from Jim Fishel, and extensive liner notes by Parker Fishel, Sophie Abramowitz and David Beal.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Darryl says: Released on Jack White’s Third Man label, this is a 50th anniversary documentation of the historic and legendary blues festival. Sprawling across a double CD and two volumes of vinyl this epic compilation features previously unheard material from the likes of Muddy Waters, Son House, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins and many many more.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  LP1 Tracklisting
                                  1 Dirty Mother For You – Roosevelt Sykes
                                  2 So Glad You’re Mine – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
                                  3 Too Much Alcohol – J.B. Hutto & His Hawks
                                  4 I Wonder Why – Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins
                                  5 Help Me (A Tribute To Sonny Boy Williamson) – Junior Wells
                                  6 I’ve Got A Mind To Give Up Living – B.B. King With Sonny Freeman And The Unusuals
                                  7 John Henry – Mississippi Fred McDowell
                                  8 Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie – Pinetop Perkins
                                  9 Introduction – Big Bill Hill
                                  10 Everybody Must Suffer/Stone Crazy – Luther Allison And The Blue Nebulae
                                  11 Tu M’as Promis L’amour (You Promised Me Love) – Clifton Chenier
                                  12 Hard Luck – The Original Howlin’ Wolf And His Orchestra
                                  13 So Many Roads, So Many Trains – Otis Rush

                                  LP2 Tracklisting
                                  1 Long Distance Call – Muddy Waters
                                  2 Movin’ And Groovin’ – Charlie Musselwhite
                                  3 I Feel So Good (I Wanna Boogie) – Magic Sam
                                  4 Jelly Jelly Blues – Shirley Griffith
                                  5 Mojo Boogie – Big Mojo Elem
                                  6 Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad) – T-Bone Walker
                                  7 Announcements – Big Bill Hill
                                  8 Ball And Chain – Big Mama Thornton And The Hound Doggers
                                  9 Juanita – Big Joe Williams
                                  10 Key To The Highway – Sam Lay
                                  11 Mojo Hand – Lightnin’ Hopkins
                                  12 Off The Wall – James Cotton Blues Band
                                  13 Death Letter Blues – Son House

                                  2CD Tracklisting
                                  ANN ARBOR BLUES FESTIVAL 1969 - VOL. 1
                                  1 Dirty Mother For You – Roosevelt Sykes
                                  2 So Glad You’re Mine – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
                                  3 Too Much Alcohol – J.B. Hutto & His Hawks
                                  4 I Wonder Why – Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins
                                  5 Help Me (A Tribute To Sonny Boy Williamson) – Junior Wells
                                  6 I’ve Got A Mind To Give Up Living – B.B. King With Sonny Freeman And The Unusuals
                                  7 John Henry – Mississippi Fred McDowell
                                  8 Everybody Must Suffer/Stone Crazy – Luther Allison And The Blue Nebulae
                                  9 Tu M’as Promis L’amour (You Promised Me Love) – Clifton Chenier
                                  10 Hard Luck – The Original Howlin’ Wolf And His Orchestra
                                  11 So Many Roads, So Many Trains – Otis Rush

                                  ANN ARBOR BLUES FESTIVAL 1969 - VOL. 2
                                  1 Long Distance Call – Muddy Waters
                                  2 Movin’ And Groovin’ – Charlie Musselwhite
                                  3 I Feel So Good (I Wanna Boogie) – Magic Sam
                                  4 Jelly Jelly Blues – Shirley Griffith
                                  5 Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad) – T-Bone Walker
                                  6 Ball And Chain – Big Mama Thornton And The Hound Doggers
                                  7 Juanita – Big Joe Williams
                                  8 Key To The Highway – Sam Lay
                                  9 Mojo Hand – Lightnin’ Hopkins
                                  11 Off The Wall – James Cotton Blues Band
                                  12 Death Letter Blues – Son House

                                  From the new track’s opening “I Ain’t Your Baby,” the Nashville singer, songwriter, downtown scene slayer, and most-wanted fiddler signals a reclaimed confidence and bold evolution, telling women’s stories - including her own - that build on the strength of her “nervy” (NPR Music), 2017 Jack White-produced debut. Lillie Mae led a sequestered childhood touring in a motorhome with her musician parents, constricted by religious boundaries. In her adolescence she busked from RV parks to the Rio Grande, swept through Nashville clubs, and achieved Top 40 country status in her sibling group Jypsi, but on Other Girls, a new side of herself emerges with more to say than ever before. She embraces personal triumphs on “I Came For The Band (For Show),” breathes new perspective into “Terlingual Girl,” a song she wrote as a 19-year-old in the South-Texan desert, and professes brave truths as heard in “You’ve Got Other Girls for That.” After a vagabond past, crossing paths with hundreds of musicians, she limits the cast of Other Girls to just her brother, sister, and a few trusted collaborators. Lillie Mae will debut songs from Other Girls live this summer, as she supports the Raconteurs across the west coast. She will also join Robert Plant on tour, both opening for him and playing in his band. 

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Barry says: Other girls is a brilliantly written mix of classic country chord structures and the slightly gloomy reverb and poignant minor key changes of modern folk, all brought together with deft production and a stunning vocal performance from Lillie Mae. Stunning stuff.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. You've Got Other Girls For That
                                  2. At Least Three In This Room
                                  3. Some Gamble
                                  4. Crisp & Cold
                                  5. I Came For The Band (For Show)
                                  6. Didn't I
                                  7. Whole Blue Heart
                                  8. Terlingua Girl
                                  9. Love Dilly Love
                                  10. How?
                                  11. A Golden Year

                                  'Help Us Stranger' is The Raconteurs' third studio LP and first new album in more than a decade. It sees the mighty combo reassembled, stronger and perhaps even more vital than ever before as they continue to push rock 'n' roll forward into its future, bonding prodigious riffs, blues power, sinewy psychedelia, Detroit funk, and Nashville soul via Benson and White’s uncompromising songcraft and the band’s steadfast musical muscle. With 'Help Us Stranger' The Raconteurs have returned right when they are needed most, unified and invigorated with boundless ambition, infinite energy and a collectivist spirit operating at the peak of its considerable powers, once again creating a sound and fury only possible when all four of its members come together.

                                  White and Benson wrote all the songs on 'Help Us Stranger' except one cover, “Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness),” which was written by Donovan. Recorded at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, the album was produced by The Raconteurs and engineered by Joshua V. Smith. Longtime friends and musical collaborators helped make 'Help Us Stranger', including keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita (The Dead Weather, Queens of the Stone Age) and Lillie Mae Rische and her sister Scarlett Rische. The album was mixed by Vance Powell and The Raconteurs at Blackbird Studios in Nashville.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Mine says: After focusing on his solo career and his label Third Man Records, Jack White is reuniting with his Raconteurs for their first studio album since 2008. They pick up where they left off (ish) and, taking it up a notch, create an album that feels more energetic than its predecessors. Fans of Jack White's latest solo album will probably dig this.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Bored And Razed
                                  Help Me Stranger
                                  Only Child
                                  Don’t Bother Me
                                  Shine The Light On Me
                                  Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)
                                  Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)
                                  Sunday Driver
                                  Now That You’re Gone
                                  Live A Lie
                                  What’s Yours Is Mine
                                  Thoughts And Prayers

                                  Various Artists

                                  A-Square (Of Course) (Black Friday 2018)

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. Look What You're Doing (To Me Baby) - The Rationals
                                    A2. Get The Picture - The Scot Richard Case
                                    A3. Love To Love - The Thyme
                                    A4. I Need You - The Rationals
                                    A5. Listen My Girl - The Bossmen
                                    A6. Stranded In The Jungle - The Apostles
                                    A7. Someday - The Rationals
                                    B1. I?m A Man - The Prime Movers
                                    B2. Midnight To Six Man - The Scot Richard Case
                                    B3. Leaving Here - The Rationals
                                    B4. Easy Way Out - The Bossmen
                                    B5. Tired Of Waiting For You - The Apostles
                                    B6. Who Is That Girl - The Scot Richard Case
                                    B7. Time Of The Season - The Thyme
                                    C1. Looking At You - The MC5
                                    C2. Can't Find The Key - Stoney & The Jagged Edge
                                    C3. Somehow - The Thyme
                                    C4. I'm So Glad - The Scot Richard Case
                                    C5. I Need You - The Rationals
                                    D1. Rainbows - Stoney & The Jagged Edge
                                    D2. Get Down - Half-Life
                                    D3. Borderline - The MC5
                                    D4. Just Like An Aborigine - The Up
                                    D5. Mystery Man - Dick Wagner & The Frost

                                    Liza Anne

                                    Live At Third Man Records

                                      Recorded right before the release of her Arts & Crafts instant-fan-making debut Fine But Dying, both the A-side "Take It Back" and the B-side "Overnight" are from local popster Liza Anne's self-released album Two. "Take It Back" is moving, propulsive indie pop at its finest, somehow better with the strong conviction of their message captured live.

                                      "Overnight" starts out as a threadbare folk rock tune and compounds and builds up until, finally, the smoke clears again right before the finale, creating an impactful air around the last words sung.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Take It Back


                                      Bad Times / Not Myself

                                        We are proud to release the second ever vinyl release from garage stomping, punk slugging rockers Datenight. Datenight have been playing what feels like every good show in Nashville for the past couple years. Their manner of smearing punk music with extra distortion and a dollop of pop, in the vein of Toy Love and the Oblivians, is incredibly contagious and just fun to see live. Anchored by impenetrable brickwall drumming, their A-side single “Bad Times” is an energetic maelstrom centered around the chorus mantra “can’t do it all by myself!”, which acts as a welcome invitation to the crowd to yell along with them.

                                        Spray Paint


                                          The Third Man team have been fanatics of Spray Paint’s sound for a minute. Their sound hits the sweet spot between the atonal movement of no-wave and nihilistic post-punk, like Mark E. Smith covering MARS. This chronicle of their live set in the Blue Room is excellent evidence. The fi rst track, “Cussin’”, originally released as an A-side in 2014, is even more tense and volatile in this live recording, held together by the loose glue of its hypnotic rhythm section. In light of the noxious political present, these live songs feel very urgent and necessary.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. Cussin?
                                          2. Rest Versus Rust
                                          3. Bad Times
                                          4. Spock Fingers

                                          Sun Seeker


                                            Sun Seeker has carved out a universe all their own in Nashville, TN. Biddeford, their first EP and second release on Third Man Records, is near combustion level with beautiful atmospherics, willful lyricism and a supernatural ear for atypical pop hooks which should ring immediately familiar to fans of their debut 7’’ “Georgia Dust”. Six charming vignettes explore friendship, romance, and the daydreams populating the space between them.

                                            EP highlight and single, “Won’t Keep Me Up At Night”, gives us the best of singer and principal songwriter Alex Benick – his ability to breathe life and a depth of scenery into a song, especially with the clever rhythms of drummer Ben Parks and guitarist Asher Horton’s near-perfect pop instinct.

                                            Sun Seeker has climbed into broad daylight, into blessed dynamics, and every song blossoms as a result of it.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Barry says: Sun-soaked guitars and hazy basses roll around the mix, topped with beautifully shining vocal melodies and imbued with vague melancholic leanings. It's a beautiful and endearing outing from Sun Seeker, and one set to endure for a time to come.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Side 1
                                            1. Churchill
                                            2. Biddeford
                                            3. Won't Keep Me Up At Night
                                            Side 2
                                            1. With Nothing But Our Last Words
                                            2. Sunny Day Girls
                                            3. Might Be Time 

                                            Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex

                                            Live At Third Man Records

                                              Neil Michael Hagerty is best known as the laconic frontman of 90s noiseforward
                                              rockers Royal Trux. Back in September of 2016, NMH and The Howling
                                              Hex showcased an off-kilter garage stomp fused with avant-blues aggression.
                                              The two songs presented here are the surest insight into the mind of someone
                                              who helped redefi ne rock ‘n’ roll by completely destroying it, but has since
                                              settled into more cogent outbursts.
                                              • Hometown: Washington DC / Denver, CO
                                              • Recorded September 23, 2016 in Third Man’s Blue Room

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              SIDE A: Apache Energy Plan
                                              SIDE B: Butterfly


                                              Live At Third Man Records

                                                Power is the import from the punk-rich city of Melbourne, Australia, where some
                                                of our favorite music has been birthed this decade, with a strong emphasis
                                                on punk, garage rock, and unique amalgamations of “alternative music”. For
                                                the uneducated and uninitiated, Power’s music most notably employs volume
                                                and velocity, taking strong cues from seismic Aussie proto-punk from the ‘70s.
                                                Both sides of the Serpent City/Road Dog single begin exactly how you’d want
                                                - a squeal of amp feedback fading into bangover riffage. A more anthemic
                                                shitstorm does not exist.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                SIDE A: Serpent City
                                                SIDE B: Road Dog

                                                The White Stripes

                                                Get Behind Me Satan

                                                  The White Stripes’ 2005, fifth studio album reminds listeners of the fundamental nature of their production. While still maintaining their iconic elements listeners can immediately identify with The White Stripes. Jack White trades in his classic, guitar heavy elements for piano ballads, mandolin, acoustic guitar and even some touches of marimba.

                                                  The Rolling Stone declared this album so “wild, it could make you weep over how pitilessly the Stripes keep crushing the other bands out there.”

                                                  ‘Get Behind Me Satan’ ranked Number 3 on both US and UK Charts, trumping their preceding albums’ rank on US Charts. The album’s first track and single, ‘Blue Orchid’, became a fast radio hit in the US and UK, making it the band’s second UK Top 10 hit.

                                                  The album’s second single, ‘My Doorbell’, boasts a piano and drums charge, reviewed by NME as the “funkiest tune The White Stripes have ever put their name to.”

                                                  Slant Magazine invites listeners to “take solace in the unbridled honesty of simple, solid rock n’ roll” of ‘Get Behind Me Satan’, while Pitchfork crowns the album as some of The White Stripes’ best work.

                                                  ‘Get Behind Me Satan’ is that raw, foot-stompin’, soulful sound that will take your imagination to that peaceful front porch in some cosy Southern cabin so sit back and stomp your foot to the melodic acoustic guitar, piano, stirring vocals and crickets.

                                                  First time commercially available on 180gram black vinyl. Comes with digital download code of the album.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Blue Orchid
                                                  The Nurse
                                                  My Doorbell
                                                  Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)
                                                  As Ugly As I Seem
                                                  The Denial Twist
                                                  White Moon
                                                  Instinct Blues
                                                  Passive Manipulation
                                                  Take, Take, Take
                                                  Little Ghost
                                                  Red Rain
                                                  I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)

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