Jack White, king of all things Record Store Day (seriously, dude is the "Record Store Day Ambassador") and all around awesome weirdo has unveiled yet another cool item for the holiday for music geeks: the Third Man Records Vinyl Recording Booth. On Record Store Day (4/20), folks will be able to put whatever they can come up with in two minutes down on wax right in the Third Man Records headquarters and then mail it to a loved one. From the press release:
dispenses a one-of-a-kind 6″ phonograph disc to the user. Whether it be a song, a message to a lover, an audio postcard, or just the curiosity of a process that has mystified so many folks for ages, the ability to “hear yourself as others hear you” is not only a tagline here…it’s an invitation, a charge, a call to arms.
An arcade staple through the middle of the 20th century and famously used by Martin Sheen’s character in the film Badlands, these “make your own record” booths were popular audio peculiarities that fell out of vogue in the 1960s and 70s. Like the records of old, users of the Third Man Recording Booth are encouraged to mail their recording to a loved one. Third Man even offers custom-printed envelopes and postage stamps to make that happen. Located across the room from Third Man’s Dip’n'Dunk photo booth folks can even throw in a photo strip with the record to make it extra special.
The Third Man Recording Booth will be the only machine of its kind in the world that is both operational and open to the public. The booth will run on custom Third Man tokens already in use in the Third Man Novelties Lounge.
Pretty cool, right? Check out this clip of Brendan Benson, White's bandmate in The Raconteurs, using the booth. By the way, hopefully this is a sign of more Raconteurs...