Third Man Records is excited to share their exclusive releases for Record Store Day 2018. This year’s releases include “Los Lobos vs. The Shins,” which features three versions of standout track ‘The Fear’ from their acclaimed record Heartworms (two by The Shins and one by Los Lobos), and Joshua Hedley’s “Broken Man,” a Record Store Day-exclusive single backed by ‘Singin’ A New Song.’ “Los Lobos vs. The Shins” will be pressed on clear vinyl with pink wisps, and ‘Broken Man’ b/w ‘Singin’ A New Song’ will be pressed on mahogany brown vinyl. Both releases will be available in limited quantities for RSD 2018 exclusively. Third Man Records will be announcing full details of Record Store Day activities for both their Nashville and Detroit record store locations in the near future.
Los Lobos vs. The Shins
The Shins, the acclaimed pop project of songwriter James Mercer, have won the hearts of many, building strongly from the early releases on indie luminaries Sub Pop Records to the recent, deeply intimidate album, Heartworms. They did the unexpected when they re-recorded every song on the album in a completely different style and reversed the running order for The Worm’s Heart, released last month.
This split 12″ titled Los Lobos vs. The Shins features three distinct versions of their song, “The Fear”; the original booming, sweeping track from Heartworms; the second kinetic “flipped” version from The Worm’s Heart; and the final rendition, heavy on the heartstrings, from buddy-band Los Lobos, which took vital form while the two groups played out together. In Mercer’s words, Los Lobos “just destroyed our version.”
Joshua Hedley “Broken Man”
This RSD-exclusive single features two non-album, previously unreleased tracks from Joshua Hedley, whose crooner country debut Mr. Jukebox will be newly released the day before RSD, 4/20/18, on Third Man Records. The first track, ‘Broken Man,’ is a near-perfect melancholic love song, so prepare for a lone tear to roll down your cheek when the needle hits the wax. The second is ‘Singin’ a New Song,’ a shooting star steeped in honky-tonk tradition.