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…

Bob Mould Week – Day 1: The Making of the Book

Bob Mould's Workbook

To celebrate the recent release of our 33 1/3 on Bob Mould’s Workbook, we’re pleased to bring you the first installment of Bob Mould Week by authors Walter Biggins and Daniel Couch! Our book, Bob Mould’s Workbook, emerged as a series of handwritten letters to each other, which were then expanded by phone, Skype, and email conversations with the album’s musicians and producers. Last week, we had yet another exchange—a phone call in which we discussed our process. Enjoy. —Walter Biggins and Daniel Couch Walter Biggins: Do you remember how we decided…

Get 30% off our new 33 1/3s (and more!) all through September

It’s publication day for our three latest 33 1/3s, and what’s more, you can pick them up at 30% off all this month in our Back To School sale! Just published and now only £6.99/$10.49: Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, by Eric Eidelstein Eidelstein looks at portrayals of the suburbs in film and TV to explore how this album creates such a relatable sense of nostalgia. Buy now at 30% off Bob Mould’s Workbook, by Walter Biggins & Daniel Couch Explores the music, production and contexts of Workbook, and uses it as a key to…

33 1/3 Global editor highlight: Noriko Manabe

Photo credit: Scott Gilbard For this editor highlight, we’re introducing you to Noriko Manabe, the series editor for 33 1/3 Japan. Noriko is an Associate Professor of Music Studies at the Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University, having previously taught in the Department of Music at Princeton University. She has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and CUNY. About Noriko Manabe Noriko Manabe first began researching the Japanese music industry when she was working as a technology analyst in the Japanese stock market. In 2005, she began…

Supercell’s Supercell featuring Hatsune Miku

This week, author of Supercell’s Supercell featuring Hatsune Miku, Keisuke Yamada, guest writes to tell us more about Supercell, Vocaloid music, and what you can look forward to in his book. Read on for all of this plus featured music videos from songs mentioned in the book. The Japanese eleven-piece group Supercell’s eponymous first album features the virtual pop idol Hatsune Miku, a Vocaloid character created by Crypton Future Media with voice synthesizers. Today over 100,000 songs, created mostly by amateur users and fans, are attributed to her. Supercell consists of…

New series announcement: 33 1/3 Global

We are excited to announce the launch of 33 1/3 Global, a new series that will run parallel to 33 1/3, taking everything you know and love about the original series – amazing authors, iconic albums, and a wealth of music history – and expanding it, focusing in on popular music that hails from various regions throughout the world. Going global means that we are taking on more editors who will focus on these regions, creating a comprehensive collection of popular music volumes. Each region itself will yield its own…

On the docket: announcing the newest 33 1/3s to come

We are thrilled to announce the next two 33 1/3s that are due to be added to the series: David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs and D’Angelo’s Voodoo. Though you’ll have to wait until circa Spring 2020 to snag these, we’ve got cover mock-ups and some words from the editors on why these will definitely be worth the wait. David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs Series Editor Kevin Dettmar says: We’re very excited to add a second David Bowie title to the 33⅓ series—Glenn Hendler’s book on Diamond Dogs. Hendler will look at Bowie’s almost-rock opera in the…

Introducing: our 33 1/3 on Bob Mould’s Workbook

Ahead of its publication on September 7, authors Walter Biggins and Daniel Couch share exactly why Bob Mould’s Workbook has had such an impact in their lives, and why it took them almost 25 years to be able to fully appreciate its message. Hi. We’re Walter Biggins and Daniel Couch, and we are fans of Bob Mould. We started listening to his music in high school, and our friendship was cemented through decoding Mould’s distinctive mix of searing lyrics, noise barrage, and melodic pop. We were 15, 16 years old at the time, and at once…

Series editor Q&A: Daphne Brooks + a forthcoming book in 33 1/3!

For the 4th edition of our 33 1/3 Series Editor Q&A feature, we spoke with Daphne Brooks. In the interview below, Daphne talks about her role in the 33 1/3 series, what she looks for when reviewing book proposals, and also discusses a forthcoming book in the series, currently slated for publication in spring 2019. What do you do outside of being a 33 1/3 series editor? I’m a professor of African American Studies, Theater Studies, American Studies, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale University. I teach courses in the fields…

Young Marble Giants Week – Day 5: Video Vault: Live at the Western Front, Vancouver, November, 1980

To celebrate the recent release of our 33 1/3 on Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth, we’re pleased to bring you the 5th and final installment of Young Marble Giants Week by authors Michael Blair and Joe Bucciero! Video Vault: Live at the Western Front, Vancouver, November, 1980 This video documents Young Marble Giants’ entire November 1980 performance at the Western Front in Vancouver. As far as we know, it’s the only footage of an entire YMG concert available online; this absence of documentation, makes their distinctive fashion style and stage presence (or deliberate lack thereof) entertaining and…