The Third Men Podcast


Different Stripes: Reimagining The White Stripes

Ep. 145

How would YOU sequence The White Stripes debut album? What songs would you add on, or cut from, Get Behind Me Satan? What makes a perfect Jack White record to you? This week on the Third Men Podcast, we're digging deep to find the answers to these questions and more in the first chapter of a new recurring series: DIFFERENT STRIPES. Special guest Luke Sinclare joins your humble co-hosts to take a journey into the world of alternate history, where we're free to re-sequence, re-record or just plain re-imagine the albums we all know and love by the band that started it all - The White Stripes. For this inaugural episode, we've picked two records which hold a special place in the trajectory of Jack & Meg's grand experiment: 1999's The White Stripes self-titled debut album, and 2005's experimental masterpiece Get Behind Me Satan. We'll debate which song(s) could possibly take the place of Blue Orchid, which tracks could have worked as singles or EPs, how many songs make up the perfect track count for an LP, and much much more. Will there be laughing? Yes. Will there be screaming? Oh yes. Will we walk away with drastically different interpretations of some of our favorite records? Hey - that's the whole point! So sit back and enjoy this excessively fun episode, and be sure to let us know what YOU would do with these records!

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April March and Olivia Jean: The Palladium Interview

Ep. 148
Let's go! Allons-y! The Third Men Podcast is proud to present an all-new extended interview with not one, but TWO special guests this week! Here to discuss their recently released EP Palladium, we're joined by returning guest and top-tier TMR recording artist Olivia Jean, alongside legendary musician, songwriter, animator and illustrator Elinor Blake, aka April March! This past spring, Elinor and Olivia treated fans to a collaboration many months in the making, with a 6 track EP and corresponding 7" single release encompassing a multi-lingual, multi-arrangement study on the track Palladium by Liz Brady (originally written as The Hip by 60's Texan rockers The Sparkles). Recorded in July of 2020, Elinor and Olivia's self-produced collaboration also features the talents of Erica Salazar, Austin Seegers and Cody Clayton, capturing the spirit and energy of Olivia Jean's latest live sets with sizzling results. Of course, with two titanic talents such as these two on hand, we had to dive deeper! Jack White fans will also remember Elinor Blake for her excellent illustrations within the We're Going To Be Friends children's book and corresponding cover single back in 2017 - as well as a multitude of other musical milestones through the course of her career. We discuss Elinor's early days (both in the visual and musical arts) as well as conduct a much-needed catch-up with the latest happenings in the world of Olivia Jean. Which iconic comic book artist was Elinor tasked with retrieving from the bar during her first internship? What is the secret origin of the shiny and mysterious Holly Grail? Which dance would win in a You Got Served-style dance competition: the "Deborah" or the "White Boy Shuffle"? The answers to these questions and more await you in this excessively fun extended interview! Let's go! Allons-y!

The White Stripes: Anatomy of a Fandom

Ep. 147
Calling all candy cane children! This week the Third Men take an up-close look at what it means to be a White Stripes fan, from the songs that move us to the aspects of the fandom that keep us engaged. Since the video for Fell In Love With A Girl hit airwaves in the early 2000's (and even before then), fans have been captivated by Jack & Meg's grand experiment, and that interest has blossomed into a wide world of content spanning not just the continued musical work of Jack White, but an entire stable of artists and history throughout the Third Man Records world. What songs brought you into the fold? Was it seeing the band live that did it, or was it the eye-candy (peppermint, of course) music videos that sustained your interest? In this episode we'll take a look at all sides of the fandom, and we're especially excited to announce that we've enlisted some help in showcasing the songs that inspire us by the band that we just can't get enough of. In the first installment of a new on-going series, The Third Men Podcast is proud to present the CANDY CANE FAN FESTIVAL, an open show for listeners to submit recordings of themselves covering songs by The White Stripes. The response to this open show was enormous, and we're so excited to present music by incredibly talented listeners such as: Alex Schaks, Andy Osborn, Austin Lee, Casey & Muddiman, David PV, Derik Ferguson, Francesco Savants Belluci, Gretchen Shae, Jacob Vee & Too Deep, Josh Akin, Joe Humphries & Flat Whites, Josh Woodall & Red Letter, Lori Carlson, Mark Nelsen, Neuphants feat. Zendy, Nick Langford, Rob Janos, Ronald Lindsay & Buddy Vassie, Shane Devon and Tim Trainer! Thanks to everyone who submitted and if you don't hear your cover in this week's episode, we WILL play everything we were sent on an episode in the near future!