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

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Free audiobook promo + pics of the Minutemen event?

I mentioned Joe Pernice's new novel on the way next month in the post below. Here's a chance to get a free copy of his 33 1/3 novella on The Smiths' Meat Is Murder on audiobook. Audible.com and Paste Magazine are going to run a promotion offering a free download of the audiobook.

How to get it
: just keep an eye on their twitter accounts (Audible.com and Paste), and sometime in the next week or so the free offer will manifest itself.

Of course, it bears repeating that Audible has a number of the other 33 1/3 books in this format that are also worth checking out.

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Also, reports are coming in from the 25th anniversary celebration of the Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime in NYC over the weekend. Mike Watt and Richard Hell were both in attendance, as were many others. If you have any pictures of the festivities, email them to jmboling [@t]continuum-books.com or just put a link to the picture in the comments field. I had to miss it, but would like to talk about rememberin' talkin' bout...Dick Hell.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday morning reading

Nick Rombes, author of the 33 1/3 on The Ramones, and most recently, A Cultural Dictionary of Punk, spoke with Jason Boog and Amanda Ernst about the book, punk rock, economic recession, and other topics over at Mediabistro's Morning Media Menu podcast.

Nick also has a guest blog post at the Powell's blog that is well worth checking out.

While you're at the Powell's blog, check out these posts by Peter Terzian, editor of Heavy Rotation. Seems like readers of this blog might be into that book as well.

Jeff Roesgen, author of the 33.3 on The Pogues' Rum Sodomy and the Lash has a guest blog for Powell's in the pipeline, too. I'll cross post that here once it goes live... UPDATE: Jeff's blog post is now up!

Joe Pernice has a new book coming out in August with Riverhead called It Feels So Good When I Stop, and he is also releasing a soundtrack to the novel of cover songs originally recorded by real and fictional artists. Unrelated but awesome: the indie rock version of Mtv's Cribs on Pernice's website.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Watt's happening in NYC on the 25th of July

[Just bumping this post up to the top of the page for the weekend! -JMB]

On Saturday, July 25, 2009, at 8 pm, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the Minutemen's Double Nickels On the Dime. Be prepared for the extreme unusual, with spoken word renditions of songs on the album, musical tributes, rare videos and recordings, and special musical guest stars, including the bassist for the Minutemen, Mike Watt.

For more up to date info, check the BOWERY POETRY CLUB'S WEBSITE!

Performers confirmed so far include Michael T. Fournier (author of Double Nickels on the Dime (33-1/3), New Jersey experimental indie rock band Twede Kamer, Worcester, MA Minutemen cover band Pillowman, mystery punk bassist The Bass Player from Hand Job, electro-poetic mistress Jackie Sheeler, Jazz piano cabaret duo Peter Carlaftes & Kayo, Warhol scenester Ronnie Norpel and punkster poet Kat Georges (author of Punk Rock Journal).

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Space is the Place & Tony Tost's America

Another Green World author Geeta Dayal was invited to write an essay on Brian Eno's "Apollo" album for the London Science Museum's Apollo Moon Landing Anniversary Gala last night--Eno introduced a performance of Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks at the sold out event. You can find the essay here.

Geeta also contributed an essay about Brian Eno and food to Loops, a twice yearly anthology of new music writing (only available in the UK as far as I can tell). This issue also includes contributions from Nick Cave, Hari Kunzru, Nick Kent, Jon Savage, Amanda Petrusich, Kevin Cummins, James Yorkston and others. You can read an excerpt of Geeta's piece here.

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On an entirely different note, Tony Tost has started a podcast while researching and writing the forthcoming 33 1/3 on Johnny Cash's American Recordings. It's a great mix of old and recent (but mostly old) American music, very highly recommended. Each episode is like a semi-weekly version of the Oxford American music issue comps. He writes, "I'm embedding a bunch of songs I'll be bringing up in one way or another in the Cash book, and so forth, and occasionally reading excerpts." Here you go: Tony Tost's America.

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And now to tie this blog post together, I've had a print out of this picture at my desk for several years now. It's a map of the Apollo 11 landing site transposed over a baseball diamond. Doesn't get much more American than that. Click the image for full size.
In honor of Eno's national pasttime, click here for the football (soccer) version.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Looking for Calvin and Hobbes

One of our favourite upcoming new books for the fall is Nevin Martell's biography of Bill Watterson, the man behind Calvin and Hobbes. "Biography" can be a slippery word, of course. This book does indeed chronicle Watterson's life and career but it necessarily stops short and turns into something else - a detective story, of sorts, and a rumination on why some artists shun the limelight with such admirable determination.

If you want to read a PDF of the book's prologue, Nevin will happily oblige. Just send an email to lookingforcalvinandhobbes@gmail.com

The book will be published in October. Here's the copy about it:

For ten years, between 1985 and 1995, Calvin and Hobbes was one the world's most beloved comic strips. And then, on the last day of 1995, the strip ended. Its mercurial and reclusive creator, Bill Watterson, not only finished the strip but withdrew entirely from public life. There is no merchandising associated with Calvin and Hobbes: no movie franchise; no plush toys; no coffee mugs; no t-shirts (except a handful of illegal ones). There is only the strip itself, and the books in which it has been compiled - including The Complete Calvin and Hobbes: the heaviest book ever to hit the New York Times bestseller list.

In Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip, writer Nevin Martell traces the life and career of the extraordinary, influential, and intensely private man behind Calvin and Hobbes. With input from a wide range of artists and writers (including Dave Barry, Harvey Pekar, Jonathan Lethem, and Brad Bird) as well as some of Watterson's closest friends and professional colleagues, this is as close as we're ever likely to get to one of America's most ingenious and intriguing figures - and a fascinating detective story, at the same time.

Only 3,160 Calvin and Hobbes strips were ever produced, but Watterson has left behind an impressive legacy. Calvin and Hobbes references litter the pop culture landscape and his fans are as varied as they are numerable. Looking for Calvin and Hobbes is an affectionate and revealing book about uncovering the story behind this most uncommon trio – a man, a boy, and his tiger.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Design contest winner

Annnnd we have a winner:
Radiohead's Kid A, written by That Dude Who Wrote That Pitchfork Review of Kid A.

Todd, get in touch: jmboling@continuum-books.com

And to Jim A, who's flickr set inspired the contest, you get your pick of one copy of any 33 1/3. Send me an email and let me know.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

33 1/3 design contest finalists!

I'll announce a winner tomorrow before I leave the office, promise... Feel free to let us know if you have strong feelings about any of these in the comments field.

And if you have any late entries into the game, put a link up in the comments as well. It's never too late.

So far the prize pile accumulating next to my printer contains:
  1. One copy of Big Star's Radio City by Bruce Eaton (33 1/3)
  2. One copy of Nas' Illmatic by Matthew Gastaier (33 1/3)
  3. One copy of Elliott Smith's XO by Matthew LeMay (33 1/3)
  4. One copy of Wire's Pink Flag by Wilson Neate (33 1/3)
  5. One super-rare galley edition of Black Sabbath's Master of Reality by John Darnielle (33 1/3)
  6. One copy of A Cultural Dictionary of Punk by Nick Rombes
  7. And, very apropos, one copy of CelebrityVinyl by Tom Hamling, published by our friends at Mark Batty. Every single album in this particular book deserves it's very own 33 1/3. Go here and click the image to see some page samples.