Björk Week – Day 3: The pleasure is all mine: Björk and remixing

To celebrate this week’s release of Björk’s Homogenic, we’re pleased to bring you the third installment of Björk Week by author Emily Mackay! The pleasure is all mine: Björk and remixing. Björk’s love of collaboration is not, to her, a sideshow to the main ego feature; it’s a core part of her work. “That’s my biggest turn-on,” she said in the book that accompanied the release of her second album Post. “To meet someone who comes from a completely different place than I do. I’ll show them everything; I’ll give them everything I’ve…

Björk Week – Day 2: Björk’s musical past lives

To celebrate this week’s release of Björk’s Homogenic, we’re pleased to bring you the second installment of Björk Week by author Emily Mackay! Bjork’s musical past lives. Björk presented herself as fresh-faced ingenue on 1993’s Debut – for its 2015 reissue, she chose the words ‘beginner’, ‘shy’, ‘humility’ and ‘virgin’ to describe its character. In reality, although she was a new face to much of the global audience that album captured, the 27-year-old had been queen of the Icelandic scene for many years. Most music fans, especially we of advancing age, know…

Björk Week: Day 1 – Why it had to be Homogenic

To celebrate this week’s release of Björk’s Homogenic, we’re pleased to bring you the first installment of Björk Week by author Emily Mackay! The same year I began writing this book, I finally took my old stereo back from my parents’ house. I’d got the system, a 5-CD changer with two cassette decks and a turntable, in 1997, the year Björk’s album Homogenic was released. I was 16. I can remember how it was when I first played Homogenic on that stereo, the great dizzying swoop and a fillip in the…

Love for Sale – Caetano Veloso’s cover beats out all others

This week we welcome guest blogger Barbara Browning – author of 33 1/3 Brazil’s first entry, Caetano Veloso’s A Foreign Sound – to talk about Caetano Veloso’s cover of “Love for Sale”. “Love for Sale” was written by Cole Porter for the 1930 Broadway musical The New Yorkers, and in the first staged version it was sung by Kathryn Crawford, a white actress, with a trio of friends in front of Reuben’s Restaurant. But the public, it seems, wasn’t quite ready to hear white womanhood besmirched in the jaded self-accounting of a sex worker. Critics and audiences…

Aja: Steely Dan’s Crown Jewel, 40 years on

This week, Steely Dan’s Aja author Don Breithaupt joins us to speak more about Aja, Steely Dan, and the legacy Walter Becker left behind, just weeks before the seminal album’s 40th anniversary. By Don Breithaupt Walter Becker, the younger, more enigmatic half of Steely Dan, died September 3rd, 2017 of an undisclosed illness. That left him just three weeks shy of making the scene for the recent 40th anniversary of Aja, the most popular, most acclaimed, and, let’s just say it, best of the Dan’s nine meticulously crafted studio albums. Becker might…

33 1/3 Origin Stories: Camp Lo’s Uptown Saturday Night

In this 33 1/3 Origin Stories, read about how authors Patrick Rivers and Will Fulton met, collaborated, and came to literally write the book on Camp Lo’s Uptown Saturday Night. We each have a variety of musical experiences outside of reifying the energy of music into words, but we’ll save our middle school recitals for another time. Our research and writing collaboration began at a 2011 academic conference in Cincinnati. We were each in the midst of our doctoral studies at the same institution but had not met each other. Circumstantially, during…

Bob Mould Week – Day 5: Interview with Dusty Hanna of Silence and Skull Fest

To celebrate the recent release of our 33 1/3 on Bob Mould’s Workbook, we’re pleased to bring you the fifth and final installment of Bob Mould Week by authors Walter Biggins and Daniel Couch! An interview with Dusty Hanna of Silence and Skull Fest Though Workbook is Bob Mould’s debut as a solo artist, it’s by no means his first record. He was the guitarist, a lead singer, and primary songwriter for Hüsker Dü, the legendary 1980s post-punk band that was one of the first underground acts to sign with…

Bob Mould Week – Day 4: Four takes: “See A Little Light”

To celebrate the recent release of our 33 1/3 on Bob Mould’s Workbook, we’re pleased to bring you the fourth installment of Bob Mould Week by authors Walter Biggins and Daniel Couch! Four takes: “See A Little Light” In retrospect, Workbook’s “See A Little Light” feels like the quintessential Bob Mould song. Since its introduction in 1989, the song has never really left his live set; it’s shown up in a TV commercial and a movie; and it’s so associated with him that his 2011 memoir shares the same title.…

Bob Mould Week – Day 3: Interview with Cordon Simons of the Gentlemen Rogues

To celebrate the recent release of our 33 1/3 on Bob Mould’s Workbook, we’re pleased to bring you the third installment of Bob Mould Week by authors Walter Biggins and Daniel Couch! An interview with Cordon Simons of the Gentlemen Rogues Though Workbook is Bob Mould’s debut as a solo artist, it’s by no means his first record. He was the guitarist, a lead singer, and primary songwriter for Hüsker Dü, the legendary 1980s post-punk band that was one of the first underground acts to sign with a major label.…

Bob Mould Week – Day 2: Bob Mould: A 33 1/3 Playlist

To celebrate the recent release of our 33 1/3 on Bob Mould’s Workbook, we’re pleased to bring you the second installment of Bob Mould Week by authors Walter Biggins and Daniel Couch! If you’re new to Bob Mould’s music, his catalog can seem both bracing and overwhelming. At this point, he’s nearly four decades and over twenty albums into a pioneering career, and he continues to write and tour. So, here’s a Spotify playlist featuring one song from each album for which he’s a principal musician and songwriter, with our…