Jack White‘s record label Third Man Records is set to open its own vinyl pressing plant in Detroit, the first new pressing plant in the city since the mid-60s.
As well as releasing the work of White’s The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, Third Man have released music by Beck, Tom Jones, Insane Clown Posse, Seasick Steve, Alabama Shakes, The Shins. Johnny Cash and Jack Johnson since their launch in 2001. The releases are made almost exclusively on vinyl.
As well as printing the label’s own records, Third Man are keen to open their plant up to smaller local acts, with label co-founder Ben Blackwell telling Pitchfork “Part of the concern in this world is that vinyl can very easily turn into an exclusionary thing… But this is going to make it easier for a little punk band to make 300 copies of a 7″”
There is no confirmed date for the opening of the new plant just yet.
Previous releases on Third Man Records include a kids record player (pictured above) and a glow in the dark LP. The company also runs a shopping option called ‘vinyl roulette’, though which you choose any five 7″ singles and receive a sixth one at random.
White himself returned to the fray with The Dead Weather in September, releasing new record ‘Dodge and Burn‘, the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Sea of Cowards’. September also saw the band’s first live performances in half a decade.
White also recently produced a new two-track single for Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett.