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…

Video Vault 110: Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde at 25

On the 25th anniversary of The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, 33 1/3 author Andrew Barker gives us a glimpse at the greatness of this hip-hop foursome and their debut album. Twenty five years ago today, Los Angeles’ inimitable oddballs The Pharcyde released Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, their first and unquestionably greatest album. There’s something bittersweet about watching such a touchstone of youthful exuberance and melancholy cross the quarter-century mark. Not only because the album was so pioneering that it would probably be an even bigger hit if it were…

Nothing Has Been Done Before, Day 5: Alternate Takes and Outtakes

For the portion of author Robert Loss’s guest spot, he takes us through the music and artists he could not quite fit into the book. You can read his more on his study of newness and popular music in Nothing Has Been Done Before: Seeking the New in 21st Century American Popular Music. Nothing Has Been Done Before is the second book in a new series from Bloomsbury, Alternate Takes: Critical Responses to Popular Music. The point of the series is “to examine popular music from critical perspectives that challenge the…

Nothing Has Been Done Before, Day 4: American Studies

Today guest blogger Robert Loss writes about the multifaceted notion of “American-ness” and how it unfolds across genres of popular music. Whether they mean to or not, every American artist tells his or her version of the American story. The “American” descriptor in the book’s subtitle (“Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music”) winds its way throughout the book as a constantly changing narrative, a set of beliefs, a place, a people, visions of the past, and visions of the future. Sometimes the American-ness is treated explicitly. In “Revivals…

Nothing Has Been Done Before, Day 3: Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize for Literature

We continue with guest blogger and author Robert Loss, whose new book Nothing Has Been Done Before explores the idea of newness in popular music. Today, read about how he wrote his Bob Dylan chapter and how Dylan’s Nobel Prize win changed the course of his writing. Plus, a Dylan playlist. The situation is always changing. The book you might have written five years ago about Prince would be very different from the book you’d write today. We could say the same about Taylor Swift, or retro music, or newness in general.…

Nothing Has Been Done Before, Day 2: An Extended Timeline

Even though Nothing Has Been Done Before centers on music made since 2000, it is, at times, intensely historical, tracing stories and ideas that reach back to more than a century ago. Author Robert Loss explores some of the defining moments in pop music history on that extended timeline.   1859—Let’s start in the year that minstrel-show innovator Dan Emmett debuts “I Wish I Was in the Land of Dixie,” a song he likely stole from Ellen Snowden, the matriarch of a Black American family of musicians who were his…