The Third Men Podcast
TMR 2022 feat. Ben Blackwell
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!
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187. Rob Jones Returns01:10:41We're connected...by Rob! The Third Men Podcast is back with an all-new extended interview with returning guest and Jack White artwork guru Rob Jones! It's been six years and four studio albums since last we spoke to the animalrummy, and in this episode we'll do our best to make up for lost time. Artwork and design for Boarding House Reach, Help Us Stranger, Fear of the Dawn and Entering Heaven Alive are all covered, plus behind the scenes stories and insider info you'll not get anywhere else. We'd like to thank Rob for joining us on the show again and hope you all enjoy this special fall episode with one of our favorite people this side of Incitatus.
186. Top Special: The Dead Weather02:00:48What are YOUR favorite Dead Weather tracks? This is the question at the heart of the second installment of our ongoing TOP SPECIAL series - wherein we award our top three tracks from a set of albums with medals of varying (christian?) names. Today we welcome back returning guest Luke Sinclare to select choice cuts from each album by The Dead Weather, Jack White's goth-powered supergroup featuring Alison Mosshart, Jack Lawrence, Dean Fertita and the most important part of the band: the bass. 2009's Horehound, 2010's Sea of Cowards, and 2015's Dodge & Burn have unique flavors all, and we've chosen our season 7 finale episode to sample this range of tunes and uncover our personal favorites in the process. Thanks to everyone out there for joining us this season on the show, and thanks to Luke for helping us finish out the run with one of the most lively conversations we've had on the Third Men Podcast to date!
185. The Jack White Collections feat. Frank Anselmo01:32:32You've heard his name amongst the earliest die hard White Stripes fans...you've seen him mentioned in Mojo Magazine, Rolling Stone and even the White Stripes & Third Man Records official social channels. He's Frank Anselmo, and this week he's joining us on the Third Men podcast to talk Jack White Collections...and he's got one of the finest in the world! Going all the way back to the White Stripes initial rise to fame in the US, Frank was there to witness it all as a die hard fan with enough close encounters to fill a Steven Spielberg movie. From gifting Jack White an authentic 1964 Airline Res-O-Glas (in iconic RED of course) to being on-set during the Hardest Button to Button video shoot, Frank has been on-hand for some incredible moments in Third Man history. This week we talk to Frank about his journey, and about the JackWhiteCollections.com - his labor of love website that showcases the incredible complete collections of Third Man memorabilia that will leave you breathless. So thanks Frank for joining us on the show, and for keeping James company at this year's Jack White concert in NYC!
184. The Paranoyds: Extended Interview01:01:04The future's not a bore on the Third Men Podcast this week, as we're joined by Third Man Records recording artists THE PARANOYDS! Laila Hashemi and Lexi Funston join your humble co-hosts to break-down the origins of the band, how they linked up with Staz Lindes & David Ruiz and what brought them into the TMR orbit - and that's only the beginning. Their latest LP TALK TALK TALK delves deep into LA culture, fears of the future and an askew glance at the present in one of the freshest rock records in recent memory. This episode Laila and Lexi are on-hand to tell the tales behind our favorite tracks like BWP, Nissan Overdrive and more! Up on your bed? Looking to mend? This podcast's for you!
183. Elephant: Analysis & Review vol.301:25:07We have arrived at the finale of our ELEPHANT album analysis & review series...and so much more is left to cover. Part 2 left off with our track-by-track deep-dive, ending with middle-point powerhouse track Ball & Biscuit -- now it's time to bring it on home to the end. With favorite cuts like Little Acorns and Hardest Button to Button, the best is truly left to come as we journey to the conclusion of this mammoth LP. We'll also analyze chart performance, critical reaction, band reflection and our own personal reviews of the breakthrough album that put The White Stripes on the map. Last but not least, your humble co-hosts will spelunk through the new ELEPHANT XX twentieth anniversary vault release, having freshly arrived in our grubby little paws - featuring video archives, a mono mix of the album and a commemorative book that offers fresh, fascinating insights into this classic entry into the candy cane canon! It's true that we love Elephant!
182. Elephant: Analysis & Review vol.201:40:08We're back for part 2 of our 3-part ELEPHANT album analysis & review! With The White Stripes breakthrough masterpiece celebrating its 20th anniversary, and in advance of the corresponding commemorative vault release, the Third Men Podcast is finally tackling the only Stripes record remaining in its "album analysis & review" series -- and you'd better believe we're not cutting any corners in the process. Last episode we discussed the inception, recording, design and historical context of the release of this mammoth LP, delving into detail on how the sessions came about. We also poured over our own interviews through the years to paint an accurate portrait of the inception of one of our favorite records of all time - from Ben Blackwell to Pat Pantano to Bruce Brand and everyone in-between. In part 2 of this series we'll begin the track-by-track discussion, from the album's iconic lead-off cut right on through to the similarly iconic blues rocker that continues to wow audiences in a live setting to this day. So grab some peanuts and park your trunk - our love for this album is 10-fold, girl. We'll let you hear it if you want to before you go.
181. Elephant: Analysis & Review vol.101:20:49The BIGGEST White Stripes record of all is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and to help ring in the festivities the Third Men Podcast is launching a 3-part retrospective on the mighty album ELEPHANT! Over the course of this podcast we've analyzed and reviewed nearly all of Jack White's albums in his various group incarnations and solo work, but this is one record we wanted to save for a special occasion -- and what better occasion than to celebrate both the anniversary of its release AND the brand new vault package coming our way shortly from Third Man Records! In this first installment of the series, we'll set the stage for the recording of the LP, where the band was in its own history at the time -- and what circumstances lead Jack and Meg White to Toe Rag Studios in Hackney, London. We're deep-diving into the methodology behind the album's themes, artwork and technical aspects, as well as providing context for some of the record's quirks and mysteries. Revisiting this record has been a real pleasure, and we hope you all enjoy the journey to Elephant as much as we did!
180. Merch & Mayhem feat. Miss Cinnamon & Coppersound Pedals01:19:29Join the Third Men Podcast this week for an insider's look at the ideation, design and implementation of Third Man Records' incredible line of merchandise! Christina Inman, resident Merchandiser and hellcat extraordinaire, tells the stories behind some of the most iconic TMR gear, from The White Stripes tiki mugs, assorted playing cards, pins, toys, shirts and more! Miss Cinnamon is joined by returning guests Alex Guaraldi and Jordan Collins from Coppersound Pedals, who collaborated closely with Christina on the amazing Triplegraph Pedal released in the Third Man Hardware line. Plus: James's magic allergy, Cramps-heavy DJ nights, and why you should always examine your Entenmann's Donuts.
179. Women, Rock & Detroit feat. Marcie Bolen, Lady Tee & Kate McCoy01:35:24Join the Third Men Podcast this week as we explore the history of women in music, from the Indie Rock boom until the present day, with an episode we had to call: Women, Rock & Detroit. Joining your humble co-hosts are three special guests, each offering their own unique perspective on the triumphs, struggles and perceptions of female representation in music. Offering up a boots-on-the-ground view at the Detroit scene experience is the legendary Marcie Bolen, known for her work across many bands through Detroit & beyond such as The Von Bondies, The Datsuns and Seger Liberation Army. Next up is record industry executive (across many different labels), as well as hip-hop solo artist Lady Tee the Difference, who shares her journey rising through the ranks of the music industry and carving her own path in the process. Finally, returning guest Kate McCoy details her point of view as a music fan, detailing experiences as a woman attending concerts, frequenting record stores, and learning music inspired by bands like The White Stripes. It's an essential conversation you don't want to miss, and we hope you all enjoy this deep-dive exploration!