The Third Men Podcast
William Tyler: Extended Interview
Season 7, Ep. 178
The Third Men podcast is excited to welcome to the show (for the first time!) the extraordinary guitarist, composer and oft-Third Man Records collaborator Mr. William Tyler. In this all-new extended interview, we'll talk with William about his incredible career - from solo albums to secret origins and everything in between. We'll also deep-dive into the ever-changing landscape of Nashville, what Third Man has meant to the city since planting its flag there nearly 15 years ago, and of course William's musical connections to Jack white - both through several live TMR releases as well as opening for Jack during the Boarding House Reach tour in 2018. We'd like to thank William Tyler for joining us on the show, and hope you all enjoy this interview as much as we enjoyed conducting it!
TMR 2022 feat. Ben Blackwell
Season 7, Ep. 177
Ben Blackwell is back! With the calendar year 2022 freshly in the rear view mirror, we here at the Third Men Podcast are once again on a mission to look back at the music, art and output from Third Man Records over what turned out to be a joyful and creatively robust 12 months. Not one, but TWO Jack White solo records were released, heralding a massive worldwide tour from the Third Man himself for the first time in several years. Not only that, but a parade of varied vault releases, legendary collaborations and unforgettable stunts followed in what is sure to go down in TMR history as a watershed moment of copious and successful output. In this special retrospective, 6-time-returning guest Ben Blackwell (co-founder and co-owner of Third Man Records) joins us to shed light on these events…and teases a glimpse of what’s in store for 2023. Does Tropical Gothclub signal a Dead Weather reunion? Can The Paranoyds pierce the zeitgeist in the same way TMR finds such as Margo Price have done so in the past? Can James find it in him to successfully pronounce each member of the Bobby Weir band's names correctly? The answers to these questions and much more await you in this special 2022 retrospective, and we’d like to extend a huge thanks to Mr. Blackwell for not only appearing once more on the show but for all the wonderful art he helped bring into the world this year. Cheers to Third Man, and cheers to 2023 — Happy New Year, everybody!
Jack White & The Critics
Season 7, Ep. 176
They're at times his biggest fans, and at times his stalwart adversaries -- they're rock journalists and they have something to say about Jack White. And say it they have, ever since the early days of the White Stripes music reviewers were (and are) an ever-present aspect of how the public perceives Jack White the artist. In this first episode of an new recurring series, we're going to take a long hard look at the critical responses to each of Jack White's 5 (at the time of this recording) solo studio albums - from Blunderbuss straight on through to Entering Heaven Alive - in an attempt to analyze the music reviewer reaction to Jack White's body of solo work. We're also thrilled to be joined by Consequence of Sound staff writer Jonah Krueger, who himself reviewed Jack White's latest album, and who offers an invaluable perspective on the responsibilities inherent in the role of the rock journalist. This episode of the Third Men Podcast is going CRITICAL.
The Art of the Poster feat. Matthew Jacobson
Season 7, Ep. 175
Voila - a new episode of the Third Men Podcast! This week we're joined by Third Man insider, Detroit native and Jack White poster artist extraordinaire Matthew Jacobson to talk The Art of the Poster! We talk about other things too, of course, like the life and times of Tiny Tim, the pros and cons of reading the comments section... and just how much magic ink will make a piece of art combustible (to name but a few). While both on-staff and freelance, Matthew has developed key imagery from throughout the touring years of both Jack White solo and the Raconteurs, and we're here to discuss the nitty gritty details of these iconic images brought to life through Matthew's keen lens. Also! Listen through to the end of the episode for details on how you (yes YOU!) could win a free poster of Matthew's design! Only the best art is up for grabs, and only the best content is here for your earbuds on the Third Men Podcast. Abracadabra!
Top Special: The Raconteurs
Season 7, Ep. 174
Which are YOUR top Raconteurs tracks? This question is at the heart of the first installment of a new ongoing series called TOP SPECIAL-- wherein the Third Men Podcast examines and evaluates their top 3 tracks from a designated ban or time period. First up in this series are the Raconteurs, the wildly successful joining of Jack White, Brendan Benson, Little Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler - whose 3 studio albums will be the focus of our top picks. Will debates rage? Yes, they will.. Will stones shout? You'd better believe it.. Through thick, thin, gold, copper, platinum, we're here to bring you perspective, analysis and explanation for each killer cut. Helping your humble co-hosts on this journey is longtime friend of the show Luke Sinclare, last seen on the podcast remixing White Stripes records with us and having a blast doing so. And don't forget - we want to hear form you!
Entering Heaven Alive: Analysis & Review vol.2
Season 7, Ep. 173
Even a second pod is a good pod, we only need to see your head nod...like a show online, about to begin. Here we go! It's part two of our Entering Heaven Alive album analysis and review, the conclusion to our look back at this modern day Jack White solo masterpiece. Last episode we discussed how the record came about, its recording and release - but this episode we'll be taking a deep dive into the songs that make this record such an incredible stand out in the history of our favorite third man. From the slow-build drama of A Tree On Fire From Within to the epic storytelling of A Madman From Manhattan, the fifth solo studio album from Jack delivers on just about every level. We'll also take a look at chart performance, critical reception, and rate the record - along with another installment of our Supply Chain Issues tour fan review segment! So make sure you take a train with the name of an alphabet letter, butter your toast, take of your shoes, and enjoy this all-new episode!
Entering Heaven Alive: Analysis & Review vol.1
Season 7, Ep. 172
We're entering season 7 alive, with part one of our two-part album analysis and review feature on the latest Jack White solo album: ENTERING HEAVEN ALIVE! The year 2022 gifted fans with not one but TWO all-new solo LPs from the Third Man himself, and this abundance of riches left your humble podcast co-hosts with a simple question: where to begin? Well in true Third Men Podcast fashion, we've decided to dive in head first, out of order, and with our hearts on our sleeves - parsing the playful melodies, thought-provoking lyrics and eclectic sequencing of album entry #2 Entering Heaven Alive. In this episode we'll get into the inception, execution, and track-by-track analysis of this JWIII masterpiece, and invite you the listener to join us in the discussion! As Jack tours both this and FEAR OF THE DAWN around the world, our Third Man Segment for this and future episodes will be dedicated to your own reviews of both the songs and live performances of this new, exceptional batch of material. Get ready to love your pod-device like your mother loves me (wait a minute....) and dive into this all-new season of the Third Men Podcast!
Best of Season 6 Extended Interviews
Season 6, Ep. 171
We’re taking a break from our summer vacation to bring you a special new “best of” collection, compiling some of the awesome interviews The Third Men Podcast conducted last season! In this episode you’ll find words of wisdom and entertaining TMR stories from insiders, musicians, songwriters and even a legend or two – the perfect episode to share with a new listener. Special thanks to Lalo Medina, Stuart Sikes, Ben Jenkins, Christine Edgington, April March, Cash & Skye, John Krautner, Ben Blackwell and Lola Kirke for helping to make season 6 of the podcast one of our most memorable and popular yet – and thanks to all the other guests who joined us that we simply ran out of space to include! But that’s not all – did you see the Jack White Supply Chain Issues tour this summer? Want to talk about it on the show? We want to hear your review! All you have to do is record yourself giving a review of your concert experience and send the audio through whatever means you like to THIRDMENPODCAST@GMAIL.COM. If you send it, we'll air it! Thanks to all our faithful listeners who have stuck with us for 6 amazing seasons, and we can't wait to see you again in season 7!
Lola Kirke: Extended Interview
Season 6, Ep. 170
Here it is: the Season 6 finale of the Third Men Podcast! And what better way to say farewell to such a wonderful season than with an EXTRA wonderful very special guest: Lola Kirke! Lola's new LP Lady For Sale is out now on Third Man Records, and this collection of bright, funny, insightful and downright danceable songs is one of our favorite new records of the year. Miss Kirke was gracious enough to sit down with us to talk about her music, collaborations with Third Man Records, her history as an actress and as a musician, and most importantly...who would win in a fight between Jane Fonda and Gram Parsons? In addition to Lola's interview, we're also highlighting some of the wonderful fan reviews of Jack White's Supply Chain Issues tour, and we'd like to thank everyone for sending those in! So enjoy this special interview, enjoy your summer, and we'll see you soon for season 7.