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Reggie Watts, Cold War Kids,’s Release Latest In Vinyl-Only Series

Third Man To Host Upcoming Live Performances By White Denim and Black Milk

Third Man Records has confirmed the March 29 release of three new Live at Third Man albums:  Reggie Watts (TMR 80–who will perform two shows March 30 at New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg, tickets for the second of which are still available at, Cold War Kids (TMR 081), and the’s (TMR 076–which features a guest appearance by Third Man founder Jack White, playing guitar on “I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield”).

All releases will be vinyl LP only, no digital. Limited Black & Blue vinyl editions will be available at Third Man’s Nashville retail location for those who attended the shows.

Third Man has also confirmed the next two live performances to be hosted within the walls of its Nashville HQ:

Friday April 1st, From Austin TX, White Denim will appear at Third Man ahead of the release of their fourth album “D,” out this May on Downtown Records. New tracks from “D” are currently streaming at and the Third Man crew could not be more excited to give folks a chance to preview new White Denim music in a live setting a month before the new album drops.

Then on Friday April 8th, Third Man’s favorite rapper/producer from Detroit, Black Milk, will bring his distinctive controlled yet emotional delivery and live band to perform  at TMR. Having worked with J Dilla, Slum Village, Phat Kat and many more, Milk is a legend on the Detroit hip hop scene. His fifth self-produced solo album, “Album Of The Year,” was released last year, and he’ll be following it up by dropping into Third Man Studios to record a single with Jack White co-producing, for future release as a Third Man 7-inch and digital single.

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Free Newspaper To Be Distributed In Select Locations In Conjunction With Traditional Release Of The King Of Limbs,

Out March 29 In The U.S. On tbd records

n commemoration of the traditional vinyl, CD and digital release of the new Radiohead album The King of Limbs–March 29 in the U.S. on tbd records–Radiohead have produced THE UNIVERSAL SIGH a newspaper to be given away free from a multitude of locations in the USA, Japan, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, France, Italy, Slovakia, Finland, Greece, Norway, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Australia, Latvia, Iceland, Romania, New Zealand, the UK… Dedicated teams of newspaper delivery people will be handing out copies of THE UNIVERSAL SIGH to anyone who wants one, while supplies last.

THE UNIVERSAL SIGH vendor locations will be detailed at, as will various other information and a photogallery where lucky owners of the gratis tabloid are invited to post pictures of themselves and their friends reading the newspaper in locations diverse and unusual.

In addition to a wealth of exclusive artwork by Zachariah Wildwood and Donald Twain, THE UNIVERSAL SIGH features contributions from acclaimed writers Robert MacFarlane (author of the award-winning Mountains of the Mind and The Wild Places, as well as The Old Ways, due out 2012 via Penguin) and Jay Griffiths (winner of the Discover award for best new non-fiction award for Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, and whose other acclaimed works include Wild: An Elemental Journey, Anarchipelago, and A Love Letter from a Stray Moon).


This newspaper IS NOT the newspaper that accompanies the Newspaper Album version of The King of Limbs.

This event WILL NOT be repeated.

This event IS NOT a live performance by Radiohead.


Garage Tour Contest presented by BlackBerry

Band To Play Fans’ Garages In Eight North American Cities

This April, Foo Fighters will be playing songs from Wasting Light, the new album they recorded in Dave Grohl’s garage, in the garages of eight lucky fans in eight North American cities.

Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear have teamed with BlackBerry® and local radio stations to create a once in a lifetime opportunity for the ultimate fan to host a Foo Fighters live performance in his or her actual garage for these eight dates only.

Fans who want a shot at making their garage one of these eight intimate venues can either enter the contest directly by explaining, in 25 words or less, why they (and 50 of their friends) deserve to win  and then sending in a picture of their garage. For detailed  instructions go to Listeners of local radio stations will also have a  chance to attend the garage show in their town.   BlackBerry is also  sponsoring a Concert Sweepstakes, in which winners will receive tickets to see the band in concert, an autographed copy of Wasting Light and more. For full details and additional prizes etc., visit

Foo Fighters new record Wasting Light, out April 12, 2011 on Roswell/RCA, was recorded entirely on analog tape in the garage of Dave Grohl’s home in California’s San Fernando Valley. Produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder, the no computers/no software back to basics approach has resulted in arguably the strongest and most cohesive effort of the band’s 15-year-plus career: From  the opening one-two punch of “Bridge Burning” and lead single “Rope” to the beautifully bipolar “These Days” to stunning guest spots from Bob Mould (“Dear Rosemary”) and Krist Novoselic (“I Should Have Known”), Wasting Light is a singular triumph: a band that has headlined arenas, stadiums and festivals the world over stripping itself down to the bare essentials and coming up with a world class band’s finest hour.

The full list of Foo Fighters Garage Tour Markets and affiliated radio stations are as follows:

April 8 New York (RXP 101.9)
April 13 Washington DC (DC 101)
April 14 Toronto (102.1 The Edge)
April 19 Chicago (Q101)
April 20 Minneapolis (93X Rocks)
April 25 Denver (Channel 93.3)
April 26 Dallas (102.1FM The Edge)
April 27 Seattle (107.7 The End)


Two-Song Third Man Blue Series Single To Be Released Soon

Third Man Records proudly announce the signing of a one album North American record deal with Oakland-born, Tennessee-reared UK sensation Seasick Steve.

Having previously made his way variously as farmhand, carnie, cowboy and hobo, Seasick Steve’s unique arsenal of instruments includes the Three-String Trance Wonder (a custom-tuned three-string guitar  with a Harmony pickup attached by duct tape that he’s described occasionally as the “biggest piece of shit in the world”), the One-Stringed Diddley Bow (don’t ask) and the MDM or Mississippi Drum Machine (a wooden box stomped on to provide percussion).

Seasick Steve has risen to national prominence in the UK, where his albums including I Started Out With Nothing And I Still Got Most Of It Left and Man From Another Time have charted in in the Top 10 and his sold out tours have featured headline gigs at such prestigious venues as the Royal Albert Hall, the Manchester Apollo, the Grand Opera House in Belfast, and appearances at the Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury festivals.

Seasick Steve’s forthcoming album will be released later this year in North America via Third Man Records and will be preceded by a two-song single for the label’s Blue Series. He will also be playing a small run of U.S. gigs prior to the album’s release, including March 17 at the Belmont lounge in Austin TX, March 31 at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland OR, April 4 at Slim’s in San Francisco, April 5 at the Blank Club in San Jose, and April 7 at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles.


The wait is over, again: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Beastie Boys’ long anticipated eighth album, will be released May 3 by Capitol in the U.S.

After going back and mixing the album one last time, the final sequence of the forthcoming HSC Part Two has now been confirmed as:

1. Make Some Noise
2. Nonstop Disco Powerpack
3. OK
4. Too Many Rappers [new reactionaries version] (featuring NAS)
5. Say It
6. The Bill Harper Collection
7. Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win (featuring Santigold)
8. Long Burn The Fire
9. Funky Donkey
10. The Larry Routine
11. Tadlock’s Glasses
12. Lee Majors Come Again
13. Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament
14. Here’s A Little Something For Ya
15. Crazy Ass Shit
16. The Lisa Lisa/Full Force Routine

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two was produced by Beastie Boys and mixed by Philippe Zdar. The new record will mark Mike “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad Rock”

Horovitz and Adam “MCA” Yauch’s first full length effort since 2007’s Grammy-winning all-instrumental The Mix-Up.


The Dave Grohl-directed video for “Rope,” the first single from Foo Fighters’ forthcoming seventh studio album Wasting Light, has been confirmed for an MTV/ premiere 7:54pm ET/PT on Thursday, March 10.

Wasting Light will be released April 12 on Roswell/RCA, while “Rope” is available now both as a digital single and as an instant grat with iTunes pre-orders of the full record.

Produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Alan Moulder, Wasting Light’s no computers/no software back to basics approach has resulted in arguably the strongest and most cohesive effort of the band’s 15-year-plus career: From first single “Rope” to the frenetic opener “Bridge Burning” to the beautifully bipolar “These Days” to stunning guest spots from Bob Mould (“Dear Rosemary”) and Krist Novoselic (“I Should Have Known”), Wasting Light is a singular triumph: a band that’s headlined arenas, stadiums and festivals the world over stripping itself down to the bare essentials and coming up with its finest hour.

Following hot on the heels of Wasting Light’s release will be Medium Rare, a vinyl-only compendium of the Foo Fighters’ arsenal of classic cover tunes, released to commemorate this year’s annual Record Store Day at participating stores only. Medium Rare is a must for every serious Foo Fighters fan who’s thrilled to the band’s versions of Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Band On The Run” recorded at Abbey Road, seen them bust out Pink Floyd’s “Have A Cigar,” Gary Numan’s “Down In The Park” or Mose Allison’s (by way of The Who) “Young Man Blues” in live sets over the years, or scoured the digital and physical worlds for their versions of Husker Du’s “Never Talking To You Again,” The Ramones’ “Danny Says” or Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street.” Medium Rare marks the first and only time all these and more have been compiled in one place, along with previously unreleased versions of  Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation” and The Zombies’ “This Will Be Our Year.”

In other news, the namesake of the “White Limo” video (which has surpassed one million views at will soon be embarking on a cross-country tour of record stores, radio stations, gas stations and more, playing Wasting Light for those lucky enough to find it. Yes, the same vehicle that co-stars in the smash vital video along with Foo Fighters Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear, and the legendary Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, will be traversing the country and spreading the rock. Follow it here and here

Finally, Wasting Light’s release will be preceded by the release of a feature length Foo Fighters documentary directed by Academy Award winner James Moll (The Last Days, Running The Sahara), produced by Nigel Sinclair (No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who, The Last Play At Shea) and financed by Exclusive Media Group and RCA Records.   Moll’s documentary, from Spitfire Pictures, chronicles the entire history of the Foo Fighters, from the cassette demos Grohl recorded during his tenure as Nirvana’s drummer through their ascent to their Grammy-winning, multi-platinum, arena and stadium headlining status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet.


The one-of-a-kind mobile record shop, potential live venue, DJ/merch booth and more that is THE THIRD MAN ROLLING RECORD STORE™ will begin a roving celebration of  the  Third Man label’s two year anniversary by rolling into Austin TX and setting up shop in various locations throughout the March 16-20 music portion of SXSW.

Since opening doors in Nashville two years back, Third Man Records has had an enormously productive run, releasing over 80 records in a mind-boggling array of limited editions and vinyl innovations, hosting an incredible live venue where bands can record direct to analog tape, launching The Vault subscription service, opening a succession of pop-up shops.

And now for their latest and greatest feat, the good folks of Nashville will be bringing the Third Man experience to the people in the form of THE THIRD MAN ROLLING RECORD STORE™. A brief glimpse of the store at can give viewers an idea of how much blood, sweat, and tears went into this machine. THE THIRD MAN ROLLING RECORD STORE™ is a one-of-a-kind, true innovation in the world of record distribution and retail and the TMR staff can’t wait to get it out on the road. Some of the truck’s features include:

  • A full menu of Third Man merchandise including 45s, LPs, just like the label’s record shop in Nashville, and all new (and exclusive to the truck) Rolling Record Store™ collectibles and souvenirs including t-shirts, tote bags, drinking accessories and all kinds of flare
  • two turntables and a microphone, the store will be playing from vinyl records from the TMR catalog as people shop, with guest DJs doing special sets
  • a high quality PA and amplification system with 8 channel mixer and electric outlets so singers and even full bands can plug straight into the truck from the outside and play wherever and whenever  the truck parks.
  • Fully customized styling designed by Jack White in conjunction with an auto custom shop to reflect the look, feel, and panache of Third Man Records’ Nashville location and its famous pop up stores.

Following its debut at SXSW (details, locations etc. to be announced shortly), THE THIRD MAN ROLLING RECORD STORE™ will be out on the road regularly, hitting shows and festivals and more. For its SXSW run, those who track the store down can expect musical performances, guest DJs, exclusive records and merchandise (including 4 different tri-colors), giveaways and plenty of surprises.

Be vigilant, SXSW attendees. You don’t want to let THE THIRD MAN ROLLING RECORD STORE™ pass you by…


2D: “Uhmmm….The first Gorillaz album, our debut record, was more Russel’s…like… lots of hip-hop, funk and Cuban dub stars. Demon Days right, came more from Noodle and her dark doomy demos that she made, and all of her contemplations on the world ‘in a place of night’. Plastic Beach came out mainly from Murdoc’s head, all of his mucky exploits and global collaborations and legendary mash-ups recorded on the Plastic Beach island in the middle of the ocean. Very rum and piratey… And this one The Fall, is mostly just me…something more gentle and just…well…it’s just me and an iPad really mucking about…trying out some stuff. Just looking at America and then tapping on the screen…I’m not really concentrating too hard on it….So, right, each album got all of us on it somewhere, but each time it’s…more of one of us than the others….Well, that’s how I see it anyway.”

Gorillaz fan club download album The Fall is now set to be released on 180gm vinyl on April 16, 2011 by EMI’s Virgin Records.

The album was created throughout the Gorillaz 19-date North American Tour last autumn. Recorded on a daily basis in various hotels and venues, The Fall, is a sonic diary of that journey.

A download of The Fall was originally gifted to members of the Gorillaz fan club on December 25, 2010. The 15-track album produced by Gorillaz and Stephen Sedgwick, will also be made available on CD and as a digital download on April 19.

The track listing for The Fall is as follows:

1.         Phoner To Arizona
2.         Revolving Doors
3.         HillBilly Man
4.         Detroit
5.         Shy-town
6.         Little Pink Plastic Bags
7.         The Joplin Spider
8.         The Parish of Space Dust
9.         The Snake In Dallas
10.       Amarillo
11.       The Speak It Mountains
12.       Aspen Forest
13.       Bobby In Phoenix – featuring Bobby Womack
14.       California And The Slipping Of The Sun
15.       Seattle Yodel

BROKEN BELLS: MEYRIN FIELDS EP Available for Pre-Order Now at



Full EP Available for Pre-Order Now at

Broken Bells is now previewing the previously unreleased track “Windows” from the Meyrin Fields EP (due March 29, 2011 from Columbia) exclusively at

The four-song Meyrin Fields EP also features the previously unavailable “Heartless Empire,” as well as “An Easy Life” and the title track. Meyrin Fields will be available a little over a year from the March 2010 release of Broken Bells’Grammy-nominated self-titled debut, and will be issued in vinyl, CD, softpack and digital formats.

Meyrin Fields is now available for pre-order now at

Broken Bells’ self titled debut album has sold over 300,000 copies domestically since its March 9, 2010 Columbia Records release, nearly 50,000 of which were moved in its first week-landing the record at #7 on the Billboard 200. In addition to being 2010’s highest charting debut album by an alternative/rock band,  Broken Bells met with a unanimously positive critical reception:  Rolling Stone hailed the album as “the year’s coolest left field pop disc” in a 4-star lead review, while Wired described it as “crazy good stuff”  and Entertainment Weekly praised it as a “subtly savory sonic morsel.” More recently, Broken Bells came in at #5 in NPR’s 2010 year-end listeners poll.

Broken Bells’ genesis can be traced back to longtime mutual fans Brian Burton a/k/a Danger Mouse and James Mercer of the Shins’ first face to face meeting at the 2004 Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen. The pair immediately hit it off and kept in touch until May 2008 when the finally seized the opportunity to finally collaborate on original music together. Meyrin Fields is the latest product of this amazing union, which will continue to record and tour together for the foreseeable future.


Pre-orders are now being accepted at and for Explosions In The Sky’s new album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, out April 26 on Temporary Residence Ltd.

The album’s first single, “Trembling Hands,” can also be previewed in its entirety at Pitchfork, and downloaded for free at

The Austin TX quartet has also added two more dates in its upcoming world tour: a special April 30 appearance at the rarely played Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles and May 1 at the Fox Theater in Oakland. The tour, which kicks off April 1 at the Lyric in Oxford MS, features Explosions In The Sky’s biggest headline engagement to date–April 6 at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall–plus numerous worldwide headline and festival dates, as well as a recently added pair of shows supporting Arcade Fire in Austin and Houston.

The Octopus Project will support on all U.S. headline dates except Radio City, where openers will be Low and Eluvium, the latter playing a first ever piano only solo set. UK/EU support will be Lichens.

Recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso TX by John Congleton and produced by the band, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is Explosions In The Sky’s first full length studio effort since 2007’s All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone. The record was mixed by Congleton at Austin TX’s Public Hi Fi studio and features artwork by longtime visual collaborator Esteban Rey.

Apr 1   Oxford, MS – The Lyric
Apr 3   Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
Apr 4   Richmond, VA – The National
Apr 6   New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall with Low and Eluvium (piano only set)
Apr 8   Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Apr 9   Columbus, OH – Outland Live
Apr 10  Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
Apr 30 Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Forever Cemetery
May 1 Oakland, CA — Fox Theater
May 3   Austin, TX – The Backyard (w/ Arcade Fire) * SOLD OUT
May 4   Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Pavillion (w/ Arcade Fire)
May 15   Edinburgh, UK – HMV Picturehouse
May 16   Dublin, Ireland – Vicar St
May 17   Manchester, UK – Academy
May 19   London, UK – The Roundhouse * SOLD OUT
May 20   Paris, France – Bataclan
May 22   Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
May 23   Koln, Germany – Essigfabrik
May 24   Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
May 25   Amsterdam, Holland – Paradiso
May 27   Primavera Sound Festival
June 9-12 (exact date TBA) – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
Aug 11– Olso, Norway – Oya Festival
Aug 13 – Gothenburg, SWE – Way Out West Festival
Aug 19 – Brecon Beacons, UK – Green Man Festival