A blog about Bloomsbury Academic's 33 1/3 series, our other books about music, and the world of sound in general.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

TG reviewed in Toronto

Drew Daniel's book about 20 Jazz Funk Greats receives an excellent review, from Brian Joseph Davis, in the current edition of Eye Weekly.

Here's a quote from the end of the piece:

Unafraid of confronting professional confrontationalists, Daniel achieves a fantastic hat trick — a love letter to an unacceptable band about their least-loved album in a book series that, until recently, was reserved only for acceptable albums. Let the wrecking of civilization commence.

And you can read the whole review here.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Kate Schatz at Noise Pop XVI

Those of you in San Francisco will likely find yourselves involved in some sort of Noise Pop shenanigans over the coming week. Kate Schatz, author of the 33 1/3 on PJ Harvey's Rid of Me will be reading on Thursday night. I'm not sure where 12 Galaxies is located, but I trust those of you in SF have a better chance of finding out than I do.

Noise From Other Rooms:
A Revealing Evening of Words and Cultural Ephemera

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 12 Galaxies 7pm $5

The icing on the Noise Pop Festival’s sweet 16 birthday cake! Noise From Other Rooms will feature the Rebel Reading Series musings of best-selling author Beth Lisick (Everyone Into the Pool, Frank Portman (Mr. T Experience), Greg Giles (20 Minute Loop) and Kate Schatz (33.3 Rid of Me: A Story). Lit lovers and music junkies won’t want to miss this night of musicians turned writers, writers turned musicians and all the artistry that happens somewhere in between. Grab another beer at the bar and dig in to the Wholphin portion of the evening which will feature a variety of short films concerning giant paper airplanes, drunk bees, satanic Scottish 9-year-old metal heads, Moroccan drummers, world champion one-handed blind-folded Rubix Cube masters, the ancient art of tree-hanging, a consumer service announcement to identify cloned meat products music video, a dissertation on the healing power of YouTube shred videos, and a short film staring singing Darfuri rebels that was literally smuggled out of Sudan in the back of a horse cart. Plus, a few guests that one would call "special."
I also noticed that the Mountain Goats are playing 3 sold-out nights, and the Magnetic Fields are playing two. That's one 33.3 author and one subject for those of you keeping score at home.
We also have a couple of other events on the horizon in NYC and elsewhere. More on those soon...

Friday, February 15, 2008

Measuring the blogosphere

It was pointed out to me the other day (thank you, Miles!) that our humble blog has been ranked at #38 in this list of the Top 100 Music Blogs:


I'll take that with a pinch of salt, since the list doesn't even include the mighty Fluxblog - but still, it's a great list for browsing and clicking on some of the blogs you may not have checked out previously, so you can discover the next Vampire Weekend before they put out a limited CD-R of three demo songs. (For the record, I really like the VW album - light, fun, frothy, catchy, and charmingly postcolonial.)

And this is wholly unrelated, but here's Alex Ross recommending the Celine Dion book, over at the National Book Critics Circle blog.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Graphic Elements

It looks as though the Big Star book, being written by Bruce Eaton, which we'll be publishing later this year, will have a great selection of photos and other illustrations. Aside from the Neutral Milk Hotel book and a couple of others in the series, all of these books are unillustrated. Would anyone be interested in seeing a few more images in these books, as we move forward? If so, any particular type of images?

(I should note here that the Outkast book, due in 2009, will be an extended piece of photojournalism, so we'll see how that one turns out!)

Monday, February 11, 2008

An interview with Drew Daniel

Brainwashed has a long and extremely interesting interview with Drew Daniel, about his recently published book on Throbbing Gristle for the series. An excerpt:


Vagueness and multiplicity are celebrated-to-death by academics and grad students that are into critical theory but in the commercial world in which films and music and novels are promoted as financially risky mass produced objects that are supposed to be sold for money, I have a hard time imagining a promo sticker that says "This summer's vaguest song!" (Though I'd like to put that on our new album for Matador now.)


You can read the whole interview here.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


This is one of those performances I'd love to represent in graph form, because it's way off the scale by the end.

I probably saw the Wedding Present play this song a dozen times in the late 80s / early 90s, but it never had this kind of kick back then. (Note: the audio is out of sync with the video, but don't let that put you off!)

Friday, February 08, 2008

Crawdaddy interview with Carl Wilson

There is a nice in-depth 3-page interview with Carl Wilson over at the Crawdaddy website.

Crawdaddy!: Were there other artists besides Celine Dion that you considered for this project? Could you have examined, for instance, Kenny G, or is there something unique about her?

Carl Wilson: I considered some other artists—Kenny G is a good example, and I thought about the Eagles, for example, who have the best-selling album ever; while I was working on the book I came to think that the current most-reviled act, the equivalent of Celine's stature earlier in the decade, is probably Nickelback, who are also Canadian and therefore a band that I take somewhat personally. I have to confess that I'm happy I didn't have to spend a lot of time listening to Nickelback.
...which reminds me, the Celine Prediction Contest will be coming up at the end of March 2008. I haven't had a chance to look up the numbers on it, but I feel pretty confident that it won't be #55 as some predicted. Not least because there we haven't yet published 55 books in the series.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

More on Stores

Thanks to everyone for pitching in a few posts ago, in the comments section on stores that carry the series. I've updated the list that I started, so that it now looks like this:

Horizon Records, Greenville SC
Atomic Records, Milwaukee WI
Boo Boo Records, San Luis Obispo, CA
Book Cellar, Chicago IL
Bull Moose Records, Portland ME
Dimple Records, Sacramento CA
Fatfin Records, Salt Lake City, UT
Grimeys, Nashville TN
Guestroom Records, Norman OK
Indy CD and Vinyl, Indianapolis IN
Repo Records, Philadelphia PA
Turn It Up, Northampton MA
Harvard Book Store, Cambridge MA
Virgin Megastore, Times Square, NYC
McNally Robinson, Calgary AB
Olsson's Books, Dupont Circle, Washington DC
Bridge Street Books, Georgetown, Washington DC
Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City IA
Shakespeare and Company, NYC
St. Mark's Books, NYC
Pages Books, Toronto ON
This Ain't the Rosedale Library, Toronto ON
Bayboro Books, St. Petersburg FL
Daddy Kool Records, St. Petersburg FL
Underground Sounds, Louisville KY
Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville KY
a cappella Books, Atlanta GA
Criminal Records, Atlanta GA
No Radio Records, Ithaca NY
Foyles of London (Main Branch)
Visible Voice, Cleveland OH
Rocking Horse Records, Brisbane Australia
Cake Shop, NYC
Shake It Records, Cincinnati OH
Quimby's Books, Chicago IL
Reckless Records, Chicago IL
Permanent Records, Chicago IL
Sloth Records, Calgary AB
Sonic Boom Records, Seattle WA
Powells Books, Portland OR
The Sound Garden, Baltimore MD
Stinkweeds, Phoenix AZ
Waterloo Records, Austin TX
Word Books, Brooklyn NY
Euclid Records, Saint Louis MO
Book People, Austin TX
Bulls Head Bookshop, Chapel Hill NC

Update: I left out some stores that I really shouldn't have! Thanks for the comments and reminders.

Equator Books, Venice CA
Book Court, Brooklyn NY
Shaman Drum Bookshop, Ann Arbor MI
SoundGarden, Syracuse NY

Some of the books are also available in branches nationwide of Barnes & Noble and Borders, although you'll tend to have better luck in the former, as a rule. And if you know of any more stores to add to this, please do leave them in the comments section below.