September 7th, 2013
We headed down to Nashville on our musical adventure South (collecting records, visiting music museums and studios, etc.)
In Nashville, I couldn't help visiting Jack White's (of the White Stripes, et al.) Third Man Records building.
It was slightly smaller than I imagined, with most of the office and warehouse space off-limits.
As you enter, you're hit by the genius of Mr. White's primary colour marketing scheme. Yellow, Black, Red, White, and Blue
everywhere makes the place extremely bold and pleasing to the eye.
There were really only three areas of interest (unless you include the taxidermies and the Fembot-like staff):
1. The display case, full of knickknacks and whatnots from the White Stripes Lego used in their "Fell in Love With a Girl" music video
to the mugs, 45rpm record cases, and turntable slipmats (all 3 of which I went home with - the slipmat can be seen in the video).
2. The vinyl record store area, will nearly every TMR release available.
3. The "novelty department" alcove, with Mold-A-Rama machine, real chemical-dipping old-school photo booth,
and.... the 'one-of-a-kind' 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth [see video below], where you can cut your very own
6" 45rpm record, live in the store, on clear vinyl. The recording time is only 111sec. (again, a genius marketing tie-in to TMR)
and the even offer a special 45 sleeve with pre-paid postage, so you can slip it in the mail as in days of old.
Here's a cheesy video I made all about it. We didn't end up taking too many photos (even though they didn't seem to mind)
... could be our 'Canadian modesty', or just the fact that the whole experience was hard not to take in live and in-person
rather than behind a camera screen. Either way, ENJOY!
A while ago, I entered a contest for the CBC (didn't win) that was about Marshall McLuhan (the media forecaster)...
And, Since the contest is long over, here is a link to the audio I submitted!
(the video was an after-thought)
The goal was to splice together a bunch of
McLuhan sound bites.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!
stick around for Go-Go Girls!
Here's a video my teacher made during
"Intro to Singing" at Algonquin College (2011):
This is a video of me playing at the Elmdale Tavern in Ottawa (2010):