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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Michael Kiwanuka + Mudhoney + Divine Fits

M I C H A E L  K I W A N U K A

Third Man Records is delighted to present Michael Kiwanuka's contribution to the TMR Blue Series catalog. Kiwanuka, a 25 year-old UK native of Ugandan heritage, was raised in north London where he split his time between session work and local gigs. Along the way, having found footing as a solo artist, he was signed to Communion Records, then Polydor, and has since performed throughout Europe and North America, while touring in direct support of Adele. He made his way through Nashville this past summer with just enough pause and aplomb to commit these morsels to tape. The A-side, "You've Got Nothing to Lose," is an original composition, featuring The Buzzards' Dominic Davis on upright bass, Cory Younts on piano, and joined also by fellow balladeer Lillie Mae Rische on fiddle. Their contributions transform his work into a stone-cold groove with almost orchestral underpinnings, making it a fitting extension of their previous Blue Series.

Produced by Jack White, the single also features a chilling rendition of Townes Van Zandt's infamous "Waitin' 'Round to Die" on the B-side, the perfect complement to the timbre and mood of the A-side.


Watch the stirring video for the single and purchase the 7" here. 


As we trudge through the final moments of winter, we present to you two live albums born out of the sweaty and oppressive Tennessee summer... 

Divine Fits, comprised of Spoon’s Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner, Gaunt/New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown and Alex Fischel, recorded an epic set in July of 2013, ending the performance by bringing a fan up on stage to destroy a piñata and litter the blue room with Snickers and Twix… Rock n' roll at its sweetest.


All-American grunge pioneers Mudhoney joined us later in the Summer while touring in support of their ninth (ninth!) studio album, bringing a little piece of Seattle to our lathe room, and now to your turntables and earholes. 




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