Excerpt: Danger Mouse’s Grey Album

The following is an excerpt from Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album by Charles Fairchild, out September 25. The 98th volume in the 33 1/3 series, the book is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and at your favorite independent retailer. Introduction: The Grey Album in a Post-Album World The proprietor may, if he chooses, allow his crops to rot under foot; sow his field with salt; milk his cows on the sand; change his vineyard into a desert, and use his vegetable-garden as a park: do these things constitute abuse, or not?…

Video Vault Episode 30: Ramble On

This is Editorial Assistant Kaitlin Fontana’s last day at Bloomsbury. Here she is with her final Video Vault entry. Well, kids, this is it: my last day at Bloomsbury, and the last time I’ll be posting to the 33 1/3 blog. It’s been an utter pleasure and a privilege to be a conduit to information about the Music and Sound Studies list at Bloomsbury, particularly the 33 1/3 series, which brought me here in the first place. I’m on to other things, but I wanted to say a heartfelt thank…

Excerpt: Sigur Ros’s ( ) by Ethan Hayden

The following is an excerpt from Sigur Ros’s ( ) by Ethan Hayden, out August 28th. The 99th volume in the 33 1/3 series, Sigur Ros’s ( ) looks at the Icelandic band’s signature release from the perspective of linguistics, particularly the notion of “nonsense” language and, in particular, Sigur Ros’s “Hopelandic.” The book is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and at your favorite independent retailer. Xenoglossia Just a few months before the premiere of Ball’s lautgedichte at the Cabaret Voltaire, the same venue hosted a series of “Negro Nights” at…

Excerpt: Lexicon of the Mouth

The following is an excerpt from Lexicon of the Mouth by Brandon LaBelle, out June 19. The newest title in our sound studies list, Lexicon expands understandings of voice and the poetics of gibberish, showing how speech is fundamentally shaped by the complex dynamics of the mouth. Lexicon of the Mouth is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and at your favorite independent retailer. Weak The break, cut, scratch, dub, and delay all support a notion of the pause, the disfluent, and the stutter as cultural and linguistic platforms, narratives of what…

Excerpt: Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kirk Walker Graves

The following is an excerpt from Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kirk Walker Graves, out June 19. The book is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and wherever 33 1/3s are sold. Art as Atonement For all his presumptions of being misunderstood, Kanye West has received more critical adoration over the course of a decade than most artists will find in a lifetime. In the lead-up to the deafeningly overhyped debut of Yeezus (2013), his sixth studio album, the New York Times featured him on the cover of its…

Kanye Week: Sic Transit Gloria Kanye

Welcome back to Kanye Week, in celebration of our new 33 1/3 title on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (hereafter MBDTF) by Kirk Walker Graves, out June 19. The last Kanye Week post is a special one. Our pals at Rap Genius have kindly decided to excerpt part of the book in their one-and-only annotated format. Read “POWER (sic transit gloria Kanye)” by Kirk W. Graves on Rap Genius. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and wherever 33 1/3s are sold.

Kanye Week: The Red and the Black

Welcome back to Kanye Week, in celebration of our new 33 1/3 title on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (hereafter MBDTF) by Kirk Walker Graves, out June 19. Here with his second post, Graves addresses Kanye’s duality, and the importance of a leather-clad comeback. A major part of Kanye’s appeal as both an artist and performer is his creative volatility. Whether it’s a new album, an interview, or a live show, the question is always the same: Which Kanye are we going to get? The very same energies behind his cringeworthiest moments…

Kanye Week: We Need to Talk About Kanye

Welcome to Kanye Week, in celebration of our new 33 1/3 title on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (hereafter MBDTF) by Kirk Walker Graves, out June 19. In this first post, Graves addresses the difficulty of talking about someone who talks so much himself. He’s a poet, he’s a picker He’s a prophet, he’s a pusher He’s a pilgrim and a preacher, and a problem when he’s stoned He’s a walkin’ contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction, Takin’ ev’ry wrong direction on his lonely way back home.  –…

Coming soon! EPMOW, Vol. 12

We’re very pleased to announce a teaser for the publication of the twelfth volume in our critically lauded reference series, Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. We’ve just published this year, Volume 9 which explores genres in the Caribbean and Latin America. Here, as a teaser article for the International Volume (XII), we present an excerpt on Gospel and Christian Popular Music by Dr. Monique Ingalls. International Gospel and Christian Music Dr. Monique Ingalls (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is Assistant Professor of Music at Baylor University. Published in the…

Next weekend in Salford…a conference on Music Festivals

You are invited (if you live in the UK of course) to spend the weekend with a whole host of Bloomsbury authors talking about music festivals. There’s Gina Arnold (author of 33 1/3 Exile in Guyville), Ben Hallilgan (editor of Reverberations and Resonances and the forthcoming book The Arena Concert) and George McKay (editor of the forthcoming book The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture), to name a few.  Symposium 2014 Carnivalising Pop: Music Festival Cultures  an international one-day symposium at the University of Salford Friday June 13, 2014  Guest speakers: Dr Gina Arnold,…