The Rolling Stones and Some Girls – The Difference 40 Years Makes

33 1/3 author Cyrus R. K. Patell reflects on what’s changed for the Stones – and what hasn’t – in the years since Some Girls was released. Four decades later and they’re still at it: tomorrow is the fortieth anniversary of the release of what many believe was the Rolling Stones’ last great album, Some Girls, and the band is marking it by playing a gig at Edinburgh’s BT Murryfield Stadium, the seventh date of the second leg of their “No Filter” tour or Europe. Actually, “marking it” isn’t quite right:…

Jawbreaker Week: Day 5 – The Reunion

For the last day of Jawbreaker Week, we bring you the moment that all Jawbreaker fans had been waiting for: the reunion. Below, find some highlights of Jawbreaker’s reunion tour and get more Jawbreaker when you pick up 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. There aren’t many genuine surprises nowadays in popular and semi-popular music. But Jawbreaker surprised pretty much everyone by announcing on April 21, 2017, that they were getting back together to play Chicago’s Riot Fest in September. For a thirty-something Jawbreaker fan who had never seen the band in their…

Jabreaker Week: Day 4 – The Jawbreaker Break-up

Jawbreaker Week, Day 4 is a unique moment in Jawbreaker history, as it traces the band’s activity from break-up to 2016-early 2017 when Ronen Givony was interviewing a then-still broken up band. Below, read Givony’s interview with the band and get their first-hand account of the 1996 break-up, through to their recent reunion. Read more in Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Theory, out today!  The first draft of my 24 Hour Revenge Therapy book had a long concluding chapter that traced the lives and musical careers of the band from their break-up in…

Jawkbreaker Week: Day 3 – Video Vault, Pt. 2

Ronen Givony, author of Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, returns for Jawbreaker Week, Day 3 for part 2 of the Video Vault! If you missed the first post, check it out here. “Chesterfield King,” Isabel’s Grand Finale, Chicago, May 23, 1993. If you want to know why Jawbreaker meant everything to some people, look into the eyes of the kids in the video. (If you look closely, you can see a teenage Tim Kinsella in the front row.) This show took place while Jawbreaker was in town to record 24…

Jawbreaker Week: Day 2 – 24 Revenge Therapy Video Vault

Ronen Givony, author of Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, returns for Jawbreaker Week, Day 2 to bring us the most essential Jawbreaker clips the free internet has to offer. Pick up the book and listen along, there’s a lot of good stuff here. Needless to say, a book like my 33 1/3 volume on 24 Hour Revenge Therapy could have been written before YouTube—but it wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun. There’s quite a bit of early-, middle-, and late-period Jawbreaker footage for your leisure viewing online: not a comprehensive…

Jawbreaker Week: Day 1 – Why it had to be 24 Hour Revenge Therapy

To celebrate the upcoming release of Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, author Ronen Givony will be guest blogging all week. Up first: why he chose to write about this album in particular, and why it was simultaneously the easiest and most difficult choice a Jawbreaker fan could make. It’s a question that seems to come up a lot, from friends and strangers alike: why did I choose to write about Jawbreaker, and why 24 Hour Revenge Therapy? It’s not a query I can say I anticipated getting, early on, nor one…

Merle Haggard’s Okie from Muskogee

Okie from Muskogee Rachel Lee Rubin takes us inside Merle Haggard’s career, the controversy and innovation of Okie from Muskogee, and the mark Haggard left on country music. Merle Haggard’s Okie from Muskogee is now available—grab your copy here. In this post I want to introduce my book about Merle Haggard’s most controversial album, Okie from Muskogee: Live from Muskogee, Oklahoma, an album noteworthy above all for the way its title cut energized numerous important national conversations. Almost exactly two years ago Haggard, a Bakersfield country music legend, died on April…

Andrew W.K. & You’re Not Alone: In Solidarity and In Celebration

On the release date of Andrew W.K.’s new album, and just over a week after he was named the American Association of Suicidology’s Person of the Year, author Phillip Crandall reflects on the significant messages AWK’s music holds for us all. Last week, the American Association of Suicidology named Andrew W.K. their 2018 Person of the Year, an award Andrew accepted with genuine, validating humility on behalf of: – “every person who has struggled and overcome, and struggled and fallen — for I have been both” – “every person who’s…

Spring 2018’s 33 1/3s: the countdown begins!

With just weeks to go until the four latest 33 1/3s hit the shelves, we’ve put together this little round-up for you so that you know exactly what you’ve got to be excited for! This Spring’s batch are as eclectic a mix as you can expect from the series, but we think they complement one another really well and we hope that you’ll agree. First up, publishing on March 22 we have Merle Haggard’s Okie from Muskogee: Every now and then, a song inspires a cultural conversation that ends up…