Jawbreaker Week: Day 5 – The Reunion

For the last day of Jawbreaker Week, we bring you the moment that all Jawbreaker fans had been waiting for: the reunion. Below, find some highlights of Jawbreaker’s reunion tour and get more Jawbreaker when you pick up 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. There aren’t many genuine surprises nowadays in popular and semi-popular music. But Jawbreaker surprised pretty much everyone by announcing on April 21, 2017, that they were getting back together to play Chicago’s Riot Fest in September. For a thirty-something Jawbreaker fan who had never seen the band in their…

Jabreaker Week: Day 4 – The Jawbreaker Break-up

Jawbreaker Week, Day 4 is a unique moment in Jawbreaker history, as it traces the band’s activity from break-up to 2016-early 2017 when Ronen Givony was interviewing a then-still broken up band. Below, read Givony’s interview with the band and get their first-hand account of the 1996 break-up, through to their recent reunion. Read more in Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Theory, out today!  The first draft of my 24 Hour Revenge Therapy book had a long concluding chapter that traced the lives and musical careers of the band from their break-up in…

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…

Brand New 33 1/3 Title

We have a surprise for you, our beloved readers, that we’re pretty excited to share with you. This week, we will be publishing a new book in the 33 1/3 series on LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver, written by Ryan Leas. The book is a new addition to our original spring/summer 2016 lineup; we wanted to publish a book on Sound of Silver alongside LCD Soundsystem’s recent reunion and upcoming new album release. It seemed to us to be the perfect time for a serious, in-depth examination of this important…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Spring 2017: Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde

Ladies and germs! May we present Andrew Barker who will pen the 33 1/3 on The Pharcyde’s 1992 album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde. Give it a good long listen! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GRPcvFTY4c] We caught up with Andrew to learn more about his listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? AB: Rhino Records (Claremont, CA) 33 1/3: What is your favorite book or record store in the world? AB: Skylight Books (Los Angeles, CA) 33 1/3: What are you listening to right…NOW? AB: Kamasi Washington, The Epic 33…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Fall 2018: 24 Hour Revenge Therapy

Ladies and germs! May we present Ronen Givony who will pen the 33 1/3 on Jawbreaker’s 1994 album 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. Give it a good long listen! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0Ivu6fZzdg] We caught up with Ronen to learn more about his listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? RG: Whitlock’s Book Barn, New Haven, Connecticut. 33 1/3: What is your favorite book or record store in the world? RG: Tower Records Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. 33 1/3: What are you listening to right…NOW? RG: Elvis…

Open Call 2015 Results: The 16 New Books in the 33 1/3 Series

This was an extremely competitive round with unprecedented submission numbers. So first of all, thank you to everyone who submitted and to everyone who keeps us going. From 605 proposal we have selected 16 to become books in the series. I’ll introduce each author and approach to you over the next three weeks but first I’d like to present the complete list of books. You’re bound to disagree with some of my selections but I truly feel that these 16 proposals were outstanding original pieces of thought that will make…

33 Things September Edition

Every month, we will compile the best, weirdest, most interesting music and sound news from the past 30 days and serve it up to you in one handy, easy to digest list. May we present 33 Things that happened in September. This list is brought to you by our 33 1/3 intern, Greta Moran. Pope Francis is dropping a rock album. Just to forewarn you: the remaining 32 things to follow are not quite as momentous. Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series is also dropping a few things, namely Metallica and Beat Happening! The release of these…