Album Anniversary: Celebrating 30 Years of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow

Samantha Bennett, author of the upcoming 33 1/3 on Peepshow, discusses the album’s unique filmic influences and what makes it, in the words of Siouxsie Sioux herself, the band’s “best album.” Thirty years ago today, Siouxsie and the Banshees released their ninth studio album, Peepshow. Over the course of its career, the band cited film and film music influences in hundreds of interviews. Yet these routine references to cinema were rarely picked up on by journalists, who, at best, would refer to the Banshees’ music as simply ‘filmic’ or ‘cinematic’. From…

The 33 1/3 Open Call Starts Now! – Submit Your Proposals

We’re thrilled to announce the 33 1/3 2018 open call for submissions! As of today, the submission window is open. Proposals will be due by 11:59 EST, October 31st, 2018. Be sure to follow the submission guidelines below, and only submit if you are able to complete your manuscript within 8-12 months from acceptance. We’ll work out individual timelines for books, and some may have longer deadlines, but we’ll need an initial commitment to a fairly quick turnaround. If you would like to submit a proposal for a 33 1/3 volume,…

6 Ways Tori Amos Changed My Life

For Tori Amos’s birthday, we are hosting Amy Gentry, author of Tori Amos’s Boys for Pele as guest blogger. For the occasion, Gentry wanted to reflect on the numerous ways in which Tori Amos had a profound effect on her life. Below are just six of them – you can read more from Amy when her book comes out November 1st! On the spectrum of Tori fans, I barely even rate. My feelings about her can best be summed up as “passionate ambivalence”: when Boys for Pele first came out, I panned it for…

Rest in power Aretha Franklin

Today we celebrate the legacy of Aretha Franklin, one of the most remarkable musicians of our time, and one of the most powerful voices of all time. We lift our glasses to the Queen of Soul, and share with you this excerpt from Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace, wherein Aaron Cohen discusses Frankin’s unique marriage musical influences. I suppose the [Black] Revolution influenced me a great deal, but I must say that mine was a very personal evolution — an evolution of the me in myself. But then I suppose that the…

Announcing: The Fall 2018 33 1/3s!

We’re excited to bring you the Fall 2018 lineup of 33 1/3s! This batch is one of our most eclectic yet – from fan favorites like Tori Amos to the religious-secular stylings of Jesus Freak, with feminist and film studies readings, there is a lot to look forward to with these books. We can’t wait to bring you these come Fall ’18! We promise, they’ll be worth the wait. Drive-By Trucker’s Southern Rock Opera The Drive-By Truckers’ Southern Rock Opera takes listeners on a road trip through the American South,…

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…