Sun Records (Memphis legend, music legend) has joined forces with a new legend, Third Man Records. The first three releases from this truly amazing collaboration are Bear Cat by Rufus Thomas, Just Walking in the Rain by The Prisonaires and Get Rhythm by Johnny Cash. This disparate selection of songs ranges from old-school R&B, Sun's first big hit from The Prisonaires and the original A-side for Cash's hit, I Walk The Line.
The releases have the sun logo and label design and remain faithful to the original 45s.
These singles are just the beginning of the partnership and are available individually or as a bundle. There will be limited edition versions with yellow and black splatter vinyl (sun-ray vinyl!). There will be 150 of each limited edition and 100 of these will be sold via the Rolling Stone Record Store May 28, 29 and 30th.
This will be an ongoing partnership between Sun and Third Man and future releases are already in the works. Pre-orders for all three initial release (available for purchase individually or as part of a bundle) begin today, with an official release date of May 21st.
The 28th sees the sale of the limited Cash single at Sun Records in Memphis. On the 29th Rufus Thomas single will be on sale in Louisville at Please & Thank You. On the 30th The Prisonaires limited will be sold at Luna Records in Indianapolis.
Fifty copies of the limited editions will go randomly in orders of the standard edition vinyl from the Third Man website.
If you happen to be in Nashville you can actually have a good time on Black Friday. Fuck WalMart! Fuck waiting in lines. If you are in Nashville you can hit the grand opening of Third Man Record Novelties. Check out the video below.
Third Man is basically the future of the music business (business model-wise). They press limited vinyl on a subscription basis. They promote fantastic music and more.
But what is this lounge? Third man has expanded their record shop space and added a slew of coin-operated machinery including the world’s only Scopitone machine loaded with current music. The Scopitone plays music “videos” on 16mm. When you visit you can watch any of 36 videos from Third Man’s catalog.
Check out some old films HERE
Third Man also has a Mold-A-Rama
(I remember these from the Seaquarium in Miami). Jack White’s machine naturally mold’s an Airline guitar. More molds to come.
They also have a photo booth.
On Black Friday, only at Third Man, there will be 100 7 inch singles of Jack White
’s I’m Shakin
available. Likewise the world’s oldest burlesque dancer, Tempest Storm, will release her first Tempest Storm Green
Series single. This release is a picture disc and the rest of the description makes no sense to me. It is supposed to provide a glimpse of Storm in full tease mode.
There will also be three singles from The White Stripes
and a limited edition Opaque Red Vinyl re-issue singles from the White Blood Cells
album. As usual these are in very limited numbers…There is more than all this too. If you are in Nashville. Just go. And get there early.Be sure to look into the subscriptions offered by Third Man Records (The Vault). As I noted, this is the future of the music business.
is a band out of Austin, Texas--and is the brainchild of Ben Londa.
They have a new record, The Blind Alley, in the offing and are looking for help funding it. Now, you don't see a lot of these on here (for good reason...) but I think Londa's pitch via Indiegogo is worth a look.
I have heard some of the new material and it is will worth backing.
to see what Londa and company are offering.
, a duo made up of Kai Campos and Dom Maker, have signed to Warp Records. The group have released several EPs and a full length, Crooks & Lovers
. They are working on their first release for Warp now.
Soundscapes with rhythm and ambience? Sounds like it is worth a listen. And you can listen at the band’s Soundcloud page
. You can also watch at their Youtube channel
by Brian DePinto
California Wives have signed with Vagrant Records. Do not let the name fool you, these are Chicago boys. They released a self-titled EP a few years back that seemed to blow up the collective dress of the music media. They harkened back to an 80s sound that held nostalgia—but the band wasn’t reviving anything but incorporating the old with the new to create their own distinctive “thing.”
And you can hear what that is below by listening to, and downloading, their tune, Marianne. The band is finishing up their full length right now and a release date is coming soon.
(aka Jason Donnelly) has officially launched his new record label, Solar Sounds Records. The label has been sort of functioning for several years but now it is official and they are having a remix contest to celebrate. The contest will give you a chance to win; a record deal, 30,000 loops and samples and a Image-Line FL Studio 10.
Head to the label website
and do the whole “Like” and “Follow” thing too. You can also buy stuff there.
The remix contest is for the Illustrated
(aka Sean Layton)’s track, Subtle Hints
, which is off the project’s debut recording, Mental Drug
. The music is a mix of electronic and dance genres (electro house, EDM, dubstep etc). Remix the track! Enter the contest.
• First place is a copy of FL Studio 10 (sponsored by Image-Line software), their tune released, a VIP 1yr all access pass from Peace Love Productions, and goodies from Illustrated Music.
• Second place gets their remix released on Solar Sound Records and three sample pack from Soundtrack Loops.
• Third place gets their remix released Solar Sound Records and one sample pack from Soundtrack Loops. Enter the contest HERE.
(aka Jason Donnelly) is a musician, producer and maker of loops extraordinaire. Recently TWO of his sample CDs, Wobble Talk
, made it into the Beatport Sounds Top Ten list for Dubstep. Any producer looking for dubstep and brostep samples might be into it. Check them out at Beatport
. Keep in mind these are not songs but samples so YOU can create songs.
This isn’t all of DJ Puzzle’s work. Check out more at Reverbnation
But again, this isn't all. As you might imagine Donnelly creates music. You can check out his latest single, Lose Control (Heat Up The Snow)
at Juno Downloads
or at iTunes
Martin Bowes, best known as the man behind the proto-industrial, trance, dance ambient band, Attrition
, has just upgraded his studio, The Cage
(in Coventry, England). It is now a commercial endeavor. You can work with the close to legendary Mr. Bowes in production/recording your music—or in that ever changing and oft left to someone other than the artist finishing touch—mastering. The studio, and Bowes, are available for remixes, film and tv soundtracks and more.
Over the past several decades Bowes has recorded dozens of records, of his own music and for a multitude of other artists. The studio itself has been built up over 20 years. The gear involved includes the vintage (for example a Korg MS20) to digital software and hardware instruments. There is also a 24 track simultaneous recording facility should you be the sort who wants to have a go at live recording.
The list of clients includes mastering work for Psychic TV
, Sol Invictus
, Nick Cave
, Marc Almond
, Sleep Research Facilty
and may others. Bowes has also done remixes for The Damage Manual
, Mona Mur & En Esch
. Die Form
, In The Nursery
and many others.
For more information head to www.thecagestudios.co.uk
Sometimesthings come together and it just makes sense. Toronto’s Bishop Morocco have just signed with Arts & Crafts (Feist, Broken Social Scene). Their new EP, Old Boys, comes out March 13. You can get the title track in exchange for your email address HERE.Bishop Morocco were a duo. Their first release was self titled and recorded at their home studio in the Netherlands. That release had a 80s new wave vibe—maybe a little more lo-fi than that applies. This time out the release is supposed to be “thicker and more contemplative. I note they were a duo; they added a guitarist and drummer for the new record. Shows will happen too. Keep your eyes peeled.
has a new record coming out—on his own, brand spanking new label, The Noise Company
. His new record, to be titled, Go Fly A Kite
, comes out February 7, 2012. Kweller was signed to Mercury records when he was 15 and has worked with a variety of other companies, both major and indie. Now that he has hit the ripe old age of 30 he wants to be the man in charge.
And really shouldn’t that be the case with all artists?
And the big bugaboo for small labels? The evil monster that is distribution? They have a large USA distributor and others in Japan and Australia. Go Fly A Kite is Kweller’s fifth studio record.