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Showing posts with label Third Man Records. Show all posts
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Friday, March 12, 2021

Third Man Records artist: Danny Kroha - Detroit Blues - New Release Review


I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Detroit Blues, from Danny Kroha and it's pretty exciting. Kroha, who takes a pure, primitive approach to the blues hits it square on the screws. Opening with Poor Howard, Kroha uses his basic tools, voice, guitar and foot stomp to make this early, country natural blues. This is pure music as if it came from the earth. Great opener. Simple rag, Detroit Blues, is simple and strong with Kroha singing and playing with no tricks. On diddley bow, Kroha sings Oh Death with the same conviction seen of Son House. This music is very straight forward and solid. Come out The Wilderness is another cool track with diddley bow slide work and strong blues roots. Kroha really works his craft giving the listener the sense that they are listening to an artist who is making music because he loves it rather than because it's popular. Very nice. Another rag track, Adam And Eve really plays up the period with kazoo and guitar. Working his mouth bow on Run Johnny, Kroha brings you back to recordings by Othar Turner and his flute. It is the primitive yet soulful originality of the music. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Up Above My Head, a Sister Rosetta Tharpe track with her spiritual rock styling. Kroha rocks this track on guitar and vocal making it an ideal closer for a very unique and fun release. 

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Third Man Records: Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 - Various Artists - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent 2 cd release, Ann Arbor Blues Festival 1969 from Third Man Records and it's terrific! Opening with Dirty Mother For You, a classic by Roosevelt Sykes, this classic track really gets the ball rolling with his suggestive language and his classic piano style. JB Hutto and his Hawk do a terrific Too Much Alcohol with Hutto's dynamic slide work. An excellent contribution by Jimmy Dawkins, I Wonder Why shows exactly why his nickname was Fast Fingers. Luther Allison and the Blue Nebulae play a super log take on Everybody Must Suffer/Stone Crazy and really gives his guitar a workout... makes you sweat just listening to it. Excellent! Another really fat guitar laden track is Otis Rush and So Many Roads. This is an excellent closer for disc one.

Disc 2 opens with Muddy Waters and Long Distance Call. Muddy's vocals are super and he has that crying slide work, backed by Paul Oscher on harp. Very nice. Charlie Musselwhite really brings the tempo up with Movin and Groovin, a super harp boogie. Of particular interest is Shirley Griffith's delta style rendition of Jelly Jelly Blues accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Very strong. T-Bone Walker performs his classic, Stormy Monday and a nice long 10 minute plus guitar duet with Luthur Allison. Must be heard. Big Mama Thornton performs her classic, Ball and Chain, supported by T-Bone Walker. I mean, what else could you ask for...really? Sam Lay performs Key To The Highway with Luther Tucker another stellar track with excellent piano by possibly Skip Rose. When you think this is winding down you get the triple whammy. Lightnin' Hopkins on Mojo Hand with Luther Tucker, James Cotton blowing the walls down on Off The Wall with Luther Tucker and Bill Nugent on sax and Lastly... Son House... Son House...  on Death Letter Blues. I was born far too early. This concert is totally off the hook. Thankfully it is released by Third Man. Excellent!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Interactive JACK WHITE Video + Olivia Jean Tour Dates + Grammy Awards!

Jack White has revealed his inventive and revolutionary new 3-in-1 music video for his latest single "That Black Bat Licorice". The video offers three original films of differing themes that can be interchanged based on viewers' interaction with their computer keyboard or tablet screen. The video trio also draws from the vision of three different directors – James Blagden, Brad Holland and White himself. See below for a listing of directors and the vignettes for which they presided over. View the video at from a computer or tablet for the full interactive experience.
Animated video: Directed by James Blagden
Live Action video: Directed by Jack White
Headbang video: Directed by Brad Holland
Last week, Jack White and Third Man Records announced the release of the 7-inch single version of "That Black Bat Licorice" which is taken from White's GRAMMY-winning album, Lazaretto. The 7-inch also comes with the non-album B-side "Blue Light, Red Light (Someone's There)", a cover of the original Harry Connick, Jr. song. The physical 7-inch is now available for pre-order from Third Man Records. Digital formats of "That Black Bat Licorice" are available through your favorite online retailer.
For those of you who have yet to add Lazaretto to your collection, the ULTRA LP and CD are available for purchase at The digital version is available worldwide at iTunes.

Third Man chanteuse Olivia Jean just announced a set of new tour dates this Spring with Benjamin Booker (who, incidentally, has a phenomenal new live record out on Third Man)! The tour will kick off March 26th from First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN and continue through April 5that the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. For a complete list of tour dates, see below. For more details, visit Olivia's website

Tour Dates with Benjamin Booker:
March 26 — Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue
March 27 — Milwaukee, WI — Turner Hall
March 28 — Chicago, IL — The Metro  
March 30 — Detroit, MI — The Magic Stick
March 31 — Toronto, ON — Lee’s Place
April 1 — Montreal, QC — La Sala Rossa
April  3 — Brooklyn, NY — Music Hall of Williamsburg
April 4 — Boston, MA — The Sinclair
April 5 — Washington, DC — 9:30 Club

Also, Olivia Jean's new single "Merry Widow" is officially available now, so pick up a copy of the vinyl 7" at or get the MP3 version at iTunes

We are so pleased to share the good news that not only did Jack White win the Grammy Award for "Best Rock Performance" with Lazaretto, but our labor of love, The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27) won "Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package!" What a proud moment! Congratulations to Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood, and Revenant Records for joining together with us and making something truly beautiful that didn't previously exist. We're glad you didn't have anything better to do.

This past November, we released the
second volume in this two part box set. If you haven't checked it out in all its chrome, machine age, art deco beauty, head here to explore further... 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Jack White "Lazaretto" Video Premiere + iTunes Album Stream


Watch Jack’s official music video for title track “Lazaretto" directed by Jonas & François:  
In celebration of the new music video, the 7” vinyl single of “Lazaretto,” featuring the exclusive non-album b-side cover of Elvis Presley’s “Power of My Love,” is now available for pre-order and will be officially on-sale and shipping on June 9th. This 45 RPM record comes in a gorgeous sleeve which nicely complements and continues the visual artwork theme started with the Blunderbuss series of singles.

Additionally, Lazaretto is currently streaming on iTunes in its entirety. Listen to the album and pre-order your copy to receive "High Ball Stepper", "Lazaretto" and "Just One Drink” instantly. Lazaretto is also available for pre-order on ULTRA LP vinyl and CD.

Jack is excited to announce that he will be returning to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC after appearing alongside Neil Young a few weeks ago. Jack will take to the couch and stage on Monday, June 9th at 11:35pm ET/PT ahead of Lazaretto’s release the next day.

Lastly, Jack’s Governors Ball performance on June 7th in New York City will be broadcast by SiriusXM on ALT NATION and online at For more information regarding the broadcast, channels and times, go to


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jack White: New Album, New Video, Special 20th Vault Package

J A C K  W H I T E
Jack White presents his new album Lazaretto, to be released June 10th on Third Man Records/Columbia. Lazaretto inhabits an exciting place in White's expansive discography as the follow-up to 2012's gold-certified international #1 Blunderbuss, and will be preceded by first single and title track "Lazaretto," to be released later this month. While we await the debut of that first official single, listeners can experience a first taste of new music from the album and watch the video for new instrumental track "High Ball Stepper" here.
The aforementioned Blunderbuss was the first U.S. #1 album of Jack's storied career, also debuting at #1 in the UK, Canada, and, naturally, Switzerland. Blunderbuss was supported by an ambitious world tour featuring two backing bands, the all-male Buzzards and all-female Peacocks, notched up five GRAMMY nominations including Album of the Year, and dominated Best of 2012 lists, including being named MOJO's #1 album of 2012.

In celebration of the new album and their 20th Vault package, Third Man has unveiled their most unique Vault package yet.
The LP for Third Man Records' VAULT PACKAGE #20 will be the ONLY limited version of Lazaretto to be released. Pressed on split-color blue-and-white vinyl and coupled with exclusive album art, this alternate presentation of the album is both insightful and deserving. Also exclusive to the Vault is a fold-out poster accompanying the album, featuring a classic National Archives photo that serves as a recurrent image throughout the album art.

Unlike the lightning bolt and inverted lightning bolt pressings Third Man did for Jack White's Blunderbuss, this alternate art and colored vinyl will be the only time ANY variation on Lazaretto will be made. Once subscriptions are closed and records are pressed... that's it. Don't sleep. Get in now or regret it later.

The 7-inch includes two early demos of songs that appear on Lazaretto in their completed form. Both "Alone in My Home" and "Entitlement" are solo recordings by Jack White, done while he was in Mexico. Pressed on lustrous blue vinyl and housed in the standard felt-weave, die-cut Third Man Vault 7-inch sleeve, both tracks offer a unique glimpse into the creative process and evolution of a song from it's original germination to its final delivery.

The bonus item is a lavish 40-page hard bound companion piece book full of lyrics, exclusive musical notations, photos and art from Lazaretto. This is the perfect accompaniment to the listening experience and insight into both the album creation method and some of the inspiration (visual and otherwise) behind it.

In addition to these items, Vault package #20 will also include a linen, letter-pressed postcard with the same eye-popping color separations as evidenced in classic chromatic postcards popular in the first half of the 20th century. Stamps not included.

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.