Tim Maia Week: Day 3 – Tim & Tibério

Today, Allen Thayer continues his collection of outtakes, chapters, and stories that didn’t end up in his new book, Tim Maia’s Tim Maia Racional Vols. 1 & 2. For his third blog post of the week, Allen remembers the great Tibério Gaspar, who greatly influenced both Tim Maia and Allen himself. I’m so lucky to have met Tibério Gaspar when I did, because less than a year later, on February 15th, 2017 he died at the age of 73. When I met him during the June of 2016, I knew…

Tim Maia Week: Day 2 – Kassin’s late night with Tim Maia

This week, Allen Thayer, author of Tim Maia’s Tim Maia Racional Vols. 1 & 2 shares some of the best outtakes, chapters, and anecdotes that didn’t make the cut into the finished book. He continues with a story from musician Alexandre Kassin, who spent a spontaneous, memorable night with Tim Maia following a show in Rio de Janeiro. This anecdote from contemporary musician and producer Alexandre Kassin is just the kind of story that’s too good not to share. Kassin was the only person from the Racional Vol. 3 project (explored in great…

Siouxsie and the Banshees Week: Day 4 – “Peek-A-Boo” Part 2

To celebrate the recent publication of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow, author Samantha Bennett will be guest-blogging all week. In her final post, Samantha looks at the influence that silent films had on the music video for their critically acclaimed song, “Peek-A-Boo.” Peepshow features numerous references to silent filmmaking, particularly its technical facets, including the use of light and shade and vignette. This influence extends into the ‘Peek-A-Boo’ video, particularly in the way that Siouxsie and The Banshees are depicted as separate protagonists. Sioux is a leading lady, the focal point…

Announcing: The Fall 2018 33 1/3s!

We’re excited to bring you the Fall 2018 lineup of 33 1/3s! This batch is one of our most eclectic yet – from fan favorites like Tori Amos to the religious-secular stylings of Jesus Freak, with feminist and film studies readings, there is a lot to look forward to with these books. We can’t wait to bring you these come Fall ’18! We promise, they’ll be worth the wait. Drive-By Trucker’s Southern Rock Opera The Drive-By Truckers’ Southern Rock Opera takes listeners on a road trip through the American South,…

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…

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…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Spring 2018: Tin Drum

Ladies and germs! May we present Agata Pyzik who will pen the 33 1/3 on Japan’s 1981 album Tin Drum. This book is one of 16 new titles in the 33 1/3 series.  Give it a good long listen… [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVPNUygTmRo?list=PL9BE36C6E59C12149] We caught up with Agata to learn more about her listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? AP: first book, which really impressed me and sort of introduced to grown-up reading was One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez which I read when I was 12. What followed immediately…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Spring 2018: Okie from Muskogee

Ladies and germs! May we present Rachel Rubin who will pen the 33 1/3 on Merle Haggard’s 1969 album Okie from Muskogee. This book is one of 16 new titles in the 33 1/3 series.  Give it a good long listen… [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iYY2FQHFwE] We caught up with Rachel to learn more about her listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? RR: New Era Bookstore, Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 33 1/3: What is your favorite book or record store in the world? RR: Skippy White’s, Boston, MA 33 1/3: What…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Fall 2018: In on the Kill Taker

Ladies and germs! May we present Joe Gross who will pen the 33 1/3 on Fugazi’s 1993 album In on the Kill Taker. This book is one of 16 new titles in the 33 1/3 series.  Give it a good long listen… [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8Pf1jwMCuo] We caught up with Joe to learn more about his listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? JG: Kemp Mill Records in Falls Church, Va. (R.I.P.), where I worked from fall 1989- spring 1992. One of the most important…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Fall 2017: Boys for Pele

Ladies and germs! May we present Amy Gentry who will pen the 33 1/3 on Tori Amos’ 1996 album Boys for Pele. Amy’s book is one of 16 new titles in the 33 1/3 series.   Give it a good long listen! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErccRh9DGcg] We caught up with Amy to learn more about her listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? AG: Growing up in Houston, I bought all my Tori Amos singles and imports at Sound Exchange, back when it was on Westheimer. Half-Price Books…