The Third Men Podcast
To explore Jack White's music and history through weekly topics ranging from album analysis to Third Man Records recording acts and beyond.
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GO Donate! feat. Bobby Harlow
For our season 4 finale episode, the Third Men Podcast is excited to welcome back to the show quintessential Detroit rocker andThe Go founder/frontman Mr. Bobby Harlow! Bobby joins us once again to answer our questions, spill some tea on his extensive (and badass) career in music, and to help spread the word about a new donation initiative The Go have started up. Listeners can visit https://www.thego4blm.com/ and, starting at $5 and above, donate to both The Equal Justice Initiative and The Bail Project - while receiving the entire catalog of The Go's music. For your donation to these organizations, you'll receive a download package featuring every Go album, three collections of rarities (including the five-volume GO Boxset), Conspiracy of Owls and both Bobby and (GO co-founder) Joh Krautner's solo albums. That's over 14 HOURS of music. That's a lot of rock and roll right there. In this episode we'll discuss the movement that inspired this initiative, the tunes that Bobby and his musical compatriots have offered up in support, and much much more. We'd like to thank everyone out there for all your love and support these past four seasons, and look forward to seeing you all back again for season five this coming September. Black lives matter. We love you.
The Racs at Electric Lady: Analysis & Review
Do you belong to the Jack generation? Then chances are you have been enjoying The Raconteurs: Live at Electric Lady EP & documentary that was released this past May of 2020 in conjunction with Spotify and Youtube. In September of 2019, as The Raconteurs continued to barrel through their massive Help Us Stranger world tour, the band stopped by New York City's famed Electric Lady Studios (founded by Jimi Hendrix and John Storyk in 1970) to help celebrate the studio's impending 50th anniversary with the recording of a new cover song and an intimate concert that evening.Jack, Brendan, LJ and Patrick were joined by longtime friend, director Jim Jarmusch, to document the occasion and to sit down with the band for the type of candid interview only five old friends could truly have. Along with the electric (pun!) performance at the end of the night, The Raconteurs recorded a studio rendition of Richard Hell and the Voidoid's punk anthem Blank Generation, originally put down at Electric Lady for release in September of 1977. In this episode, we'll discuss the project and try something a little different in the form of a running fan-commentary of the documentary. We're excited as hell to have some new Racs music to sink our teeth into this year, and what better way to celebrate our penultimate episode of the season than with a journey into the blank generation? We know the Voidoids could take it or leave it each time - but we hope you'll take it and join us for the ride!
Brendan Benson: Extended Interview
The Third Men Podcast is excited to present an all-new extended interview with the one, the only Mr. Brendan Benson! For over two decades Brendan has been a fixture of the power pop world, with a myriad of critically acclaimed and commercially successful musical releases including a staggering seven solo studio albums. Brendan's latest LP, Dear Life, is out now on Third Man Records and the well-fed boy himself was kind enough to sit down with your humble co-hosts to review the new album, wax poetic and take a tour through some highlights of his storied career. Of course, TMR fans know Brendan for his work as a member of The Raconteurs, the rock'n'roll tour de force that he, Jack White, Patrick Keeler and Little Jack Lawrence formed in 2005. The band's latest release Help Us Stranger climbed to the #1 spot on the US Billboard Top 200 last summer and solidified their status as one of the rock world's most vital enterprises. All of that said, we here at the Third Men Podcast are HUGE fans of Brendan's work, and are beyond thrilled he agreed to join us here on the show today. So thanks to Mr. Benson for the great conversation, and thanks to all of you for taking a listen. Hope you enjoy this discussion as much as we enjoyed recording it!
Surprise! It's pop quiz time. And for THIS titanic test of knowledge, it's your humble co-hosts in the hot-seat! On the Third Men Podcast we've played host to several game show-style challenges featuring Jack White fans from coast-to-coast competing for TMR trivia supremacy - but never before have the tables been turned on the hosts themselves. See, James told Paul that this episode was going to be a deep dive into an as-yet-unspecified blind blues musician, and Paul thought he was in for a somber evening of quiet contemplation and heavy drinking. Then, like three bolts of lightning emanating from the Third Man Records tower, out sprang a surprise POP QUIZ featuring "name that tune" style music snippets, album track listing memory games and a slew of tremendous trivia that turned everything on its head! (except the heavy drinking part, that remained) Not to be out-done, Third Man Josh Akin created an interactive Jeopardy-style game for both co-hosts to compete in, as well as YOU the listener at home!To play along with the game, visit jeopardy.thirdmenpodcast.com and try your luck against two guys who host a Jack White history podcast! It may be easier than you think!
Lazaretto: Analysis & Review vol.2
How's quarantine going? Drinking gasoline again? Well, behave yourself (!) and listen to the second installment in the three-part epic we could only call - LAZARETTO: Album Analysis & Review! When last we left our deep dive, the massive success and excess creative energy brought about by the Blunderbuss project gave way to instrumental sessions that would eventually evolve into Jack White's second solo album. With lyrics cribbed from some teenage hand-scribbles discovered in White's attic, Lazaretto at last came to life in the early summer months of 2014 - to massive sales and fanfare. This episode, we welcome special guest Ryan Brady (Take it Away: the Complete Paul McCartney Archive Podcast) back to the show to walk through the entire track listing of Lazaretto with us as we spelunk the cavernous depths of Jack White's infinite imagination. (But that's not all Ryan will be helping us do! Tune in May 15th for the continuation of Ryan, Paul and James' Lazaretto discussion on the NOW HEAR THIS podcast!) All this, plus album reception, the answer to the mystery cover shoot location, Dirk the Butt Guy, our own personal rating of the album and much, much more awaits you in this massive lily pad of an episode. So pour yourself just one drink and bring those troubles of yours right down to their knees - we're here fighting for your love on the Third Men Podcast!
Lazaretto: Analysis & Review vol.1
Bored rotten during quarantine? The Third Men Podcast is here to pass you some coffee, cotton and a new entry into our deepest of deep-dive episodes - it's LAZARETTO: Analysis & Review vol.1 (of 3)! For Jack White's sophomore solo LP, the third man took the lessons of his smash debut Blunderbuss and expanded them into one of the most complex recordings of his entire career, spanning 18 months, dozens of musicians, and an unlikely co-writing partnership with...himself? During touring breaks in 2012, Jack and his two bands, the Buzzards and the Peacocks, would lock themselves in the studio to lay down some badass instrumental music which varied wildly in genre, tempo and structure. With these collections of sound pictures safely in the vault, Jack & co would return to their world tour...but how would White apply lyrics to music he was so subsequently disconnected from? Enter Jack White's 19 year old self, appearing in the form of plays, poetry, lyrics and other assorted mind-scribblings unearthed in an attic and ripe for the picking. This blend of past and present would establish a new and exciting trajectory for Jack White's musical future, and this week we get into the nitty gritty on just how that story came to be. Plus, Third Person Derrik Ferguson takes us on a tour of HIS Jack White past in the form of some incredible concerts in each of Jack's various incarnations over the past 20 years. It's all here in part one of a triptych of episodes dedicated to our continued survival down in the Lazaretto...
Trash Tongue Television vol. 4: Up Late
Hey...U up? Of course you are, there's late night TV to be watching! Well good news, the Third Men are up too, and we're bringing you the latest edition to our longest running series: TRASH TONGUE TELEVISION. When we started TTT back in episode six of the podcast, did we realize it would be FOUR full installments long and rising? We sure did! Jack White has a vast and ever-growing history with television - a key instrument in his rise to stardom and a medium that continues to bring us performances, skits, interviews and more each and every year from the third man himself. In this episode, we'll be covering a wide range of appearances, from The White Stripes national television debut on the Craig Kilborn Show (of all things) back in July of 2001, to The Raconteurs' latest appearances on Jimmys Kimmel and Fallon (respectively) during the Help Us Stranger album cycle and tons of cool moments in between. Will we hear a Meg White tribute on Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show? Yes. Will Ryan from the Office help introduce The Dead Weather's rendition of Forever My Queen? Weirdly, yes. So many moments to cover - plus a visit from third person Katie Kubert who gives us some interesting background on what it's like to work in late night TV, recounting her time as a page at The Late Show with David Letterman. There's so much to cover this week, let's just tune in now, shall we?