Here's the thing with Third Man Records' Vault Packages: If you're a Vault member, then you know about these releases before anyone else — save the TMR crew themselves, of course. So if you're a card-carrying member of the TM-ARmy, the contents of Jack White's package (so to speak) won't come as any surprise to you. But for everyone else ... well, have a look at all this crazy shit:
When The Raconteurs played their first show in nearly three years on Sept. 14 — the one that sold out like whoa, and the one that served as a warm-up gig for the following night's Ryman takeover — their set was unsurprisingly committed to tape. A 12-inch black-and-blue vinyl LP of "the most intimate gig of [The Raconteurs'] career" is the lead-off item from the Vault package.The Spin's review of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' show last week at Mercy knows that the elusive Mr. Hansen is — or at least was — spending some time in Nashville lately. At this point, I'm at liberty to do nothing more than conjecture. But here are the facts: Given this remix release, Beck has worked with the Third Man guys. He was in Nashville last week — within two blocks of Third Man Records, in fact. Your guess is as good as mine — well, almost as good as mine — as to whether or not anything more will come of this. But hey, you can't stop the Nashville Rumor Mill from churnin', and right now, whispers of "Beck," "solo album" and "in Nashville" seem to be swirling a bit. Hey, I'm only saying. People say things.
But back to the matter at hand: The TMR Vault Package in question features one final item. Last Halloween, you may recall that Jack's House played host to an Elvira-hosted shindig called Devil's Night that featured performances from The Black Belles (their first ever) and a ZZ Top-mimicking Greenhornes, a fire-swallower and more. See the teaser for the behind-the-scenes DVD filmed at that soiree above.
See all the official deets via Third Man's site. If you're intrigued enough to take the plunge and become a Vault member, do so here. If you sign up as a Platinum Member by Halloween, you'll get all the aforementioned goodies in your jack-o'-lantern-shaped bucket.
The Raconteurs' Live at Third Man Records set/track list:
"Consolers of the Lonely"
"Salute Your Solution"
"Hands/I Can See For Miles"
"Many Shades of Black"
"The Switch and the Spur"
"Broken Boy Soldier"
"Steady As She Goes"