Hole Week – Day 4: Symbolism

To celebrate the release of our 103rd 33 1/3 on  Live Through This by Anwen Crawford, we bring you the fourth installment of Hole week. Here is an excerpt from the chapter “Softer, Softest.” SYMBOLISM There are precious few records in the rock canon about motherhood. The very spirit of rock music—bound up as it is with a celebration of the unfettered, sexually voracious masculine ego—seems opposed to it. ‘The rebel is always running away from home,’ observe Simon Reynolds and Joy Press in The Sex Revolts. ‘He defines himself…

Hole Week – Day 3: Groupie

To celebrate the release of our 103rd 33 1/3 on  Live Through This by Anwen Crawford, we bring you the third installment of Hole week. Here is an excerpt from the chapter “Asking for It.” GROUPIE Underlying public antagonism towards Courtney Love is the same suspicion that has dogged female participants in rock ’n’ roll for decades: that, in the end, she is merely a groupie, and fucking is her talent. Groupies reaffirm the phallus worship that lies at the heart of rock culture; they make literal the fantasy of…

Hole Week – Day 2: Injuries

To celebrate the release of our 103rd 33 1/3 on  Live Through This by Anwen Crawford, we bring you the second installment of Hole week. Here is an excerpt from the chapter “Violet.” INJURIES And all the stars were just like little fish. Did you know that amethyst is the birthstone for February? And Kurt Cobain was born on February 20. Pisces, Jesus man: the punk- rock messiah crucified upon his own fame. Yeah, yeah. ‘This is for Kurt, and Kristen, and River, and Joe, and Rob and, today, Joni…

Hole Week – Day 1: A Brief History of American Blondes

To celebrate the release of our 103rd 33 1/3 on  Live Through This by Anwen Crawford, we bring you the first installment of Hole week: a look the prologue that didn’t make it into the book! A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN BLONDES Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our lovely contestants to the stage. Tonight they are competing for the title of American Blonde — a great honour, ladies and gentlemen, a glittering prize. The winner will be part icon, part anti-hero, part sign of the times. Audacity, ambition, determination, poise:…

Video Vault Episode 49: The Hanukkah Song

Hanukkah starts on Tuesday! Hold on to your latkes, here’s a classic! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDV_reO930A] Oh Hanukkah, the festival of lights. Also known as the equivalent of Christmas for Jews! As you may know, the first night of Hanukkah is Tuesday, December 16th and to celebrate, we’re giving away eight 80s 33 1/3 books. That’s right! Each Hanukkah morning on our twitter @333books, we’ll announce the day’s giveaway. One very lucky follower will win a 33 1/3 on an 1980s album! 8 CRAZY nights! Let’s not forget the greatest video vault…

New Daniel Johnston Mural Revealed

As if in anticipation of our upcoming 33 1/3 on Hi, How Are You, songwriter and artist Daniel Johnston has recently emerged from his 20-year muraling hiatus and revealed a new piece in downtown Austin! Commissioned by local ad agency GSD&M, the mural will support Superhero Kids, an organization dedicated to providing support and funding for children with pediatric cancer and blood disorders. Stop by Nau’s Enfield Drug at 1115 W. Lynn St., and GSD&M will make a donation for every photo posted with the hastag #SuperheroKids. Additionally, proceeds from…

Vinyl Me, Please

Here at 33 1/3 we recently became aware of a very very cool record club. It’s called Vinyl Me, Please. Sign up for a monthly subscription and without fail, you’ll receive a handpicked record, poster and other goodies. Each month you’ll get an album on vinyl delivered straight to your door — albums that aren’t just good, but essential for any record collection. The kind of album that will grow old with you. You’ll also receive a custom cocktail pairing (recipe) and an album-inspired piece of art from one of…

Hole’s Live Through This Excerpted by The Lifted Brow

Anwen Crawford‘s 33 1/3 on Hole’s Live Through This is out in just 10 short days! You can buy it now on Amazon (or better yet, on our website where you can take advantage of our ongoing 30% off sale), but while you’re waiting for your book to arrive, here is an exclusive sneak peek excerpted by The Lifted Brow. And that’s not all. You can also listen to Anwen’s contributor mix tape here! Check in with us next week for Hole week, when we’ll be excerpting Anwen’s unpublished prologue…

Video Vault Episode 48: Bobbie Gentry Week

To celebrate the upcoming release of our 102nd 33 1/3 on  Ode to Billie Joe by Tara Murtha, we bring you the fifth and final installment of Bobbie Gentry week. Best known for the 1967 smash hit “Ode to Billie Joe,” Bobbie Gentry left the record industry in the early 1970s to focus on producing and starring in elaborate stage productions. Gentry was a regular fixture in Vegas, where she broke both showroom attendance & paycheck records, and often negotiated her own deals when not hanging out jamming with her…