Happy Tuesday. More or less happy here, with some current renovations at Graypunk HQ (otherwise known as home) kinda stressing me out. However, my cats are way more wigged than me. I think. Parrots don’t seem to care at all. In the midst of a re-roofing, and taking the opportunity to put some lighting in our kitchen. A bunch of the work being done today is right over my office, and it’s just freaking me out a bit. As I posted on Facebook recently, just know that when you buy Graypunk, you’re literally putting a roof over my head.

Anyhoo, I’ve been a subscriber to the Third Man Vault series since it’s inception. I accidentally dropped out for a package or two, and sold a package or two, but still have several of ’em sitting around. For those wondering what the hell I’m talking about, Third Man is Jack White’s uber-cool Nashville-based label and there is a subscription component to the business model over there. Once a quarter, those signed up receive an album, a 7″ and, umm, something else. Sometimes it’s a DVD, occasionally a T-shirt, once in a while something else. Regardless, it’s typically pretty hip.

I just posted two of these packages on Discogs (and, at the moment, only on Discogs). The first of these is the complete #8 package, with everything sealed inside the two-record set that documents the band’s last gig. So, here is what you get for your $150…

– A live recording of the final White Stripes performance on July 31st, 2007 in Southaven, Mississippi. Entitled Live in Mississippi, the record is presented in crystalline audio quality and spread across 2 LP’s pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

– A 7″ single featuring some of the band’s earliest recordings. The a-side is “Signed DC” originally done by the band Love on their self-titled debut record from 1966. The flipside is a rendition of the Otis Redding classic “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.” “Recorded in Detroit in September of 1997 a mere two months after the Stripes’ live debut, this single provides a heretofore unheard era of the band,” explains Third Man. “Although their debut single ‘Let’s Shake Hands’ wouldn’t be released for another eight months, this recording shows how fully-formedrn the general idea, aesthetic and approach of the White Stripes was from the very start.”

– A DVD entitled Under Moorhead Lights All Fargo Night featuring previously unseen footage from the band’s June 13, 2000 gig at Ralph’s Corner Bar in Moorhead, Minnesota. The performance was one their first following the release of their sophomore album, De Stijl, and featured a cover of Iggy Pop’s “I’m Bored”.

See, I told you it was cool. I mean, generally speaking, you more or less have to be on board with what Jack White is up to in order to truly care. But if you’re a Stripes, Dead Weather or Raconteurs fan, it’s a pretty exceptional series. Me? I am very much a fan of the Stripes and the Raconteurs, not so much the Dead Weather.

If you want it, go here…