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 Fall 2018: Switched-On Bach

Ladies and germs! May we present Roshanak Kheshti who will pen the 33 1/3 on Wendy Carlos’s 1968 album Switched-On Bach. This book is one of 16 new titles in the 33 1/3 series. We caught up with Roshanak to learn more about her listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? RK: Phonolux Records, Nashville, TN 33 1/3: What is your favorite book or record store in the world? RK: City Lights Books in San Francisco 33 1/3: What are you listening to right…NOW? RK: South African house music…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming Spring 2018: Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version

Ladies and germs! May we present Jarett Kobek who will pen the 33 1/3 on Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s 1995 album Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version. 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=RHnsDSh8-8w] We caught up with Jarett to learn more about his listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? JK: The Strand, New York, NY 33 1/3: What is your favorite book or record store in the world? JK: City Lights, San Francisco, CA…

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 Spring 2017: The Modern Lovers

Ladies and germs! May we present Sean L. Maloney who will pen the 33 1/3 on The Modern Lovers eponymous 1976 album. 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=8KB_YzJH0Bk] We caught up with Sean to learn more about his listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? SM: Lazer Music, North Reading, MA. It was not the coolest record store and it certainly wasn’t the best record store but it was within walking distance…

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 Spring 2017: Homogenic

Ladies and germs! May we present Emily Mackay who will pen the 33 1/3 on Björk’s 1997 album Homogenic. 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=I8xigb8sbVo?list=PLA89705F79C658488] We caught up with Emily to learn more about their listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? EM: Track Records in York. I moved to York from rural Aberdeenshire when I was 15, and Track seemed like a glittering grotto of lunch-money seven-inches. Closed…

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…

Open Call 2015 Update: Almost There!

Hi! We are at the final stage of selecting proposals from the 2015 open call. Thank you for your patience! With 605 proposals, this round was extremely competitive. Have you seen Miracle? Yeah, it was like that. From the shortlist of 83 proposals it’s likely 16 will become books. You may have noticed that we’ve moved to a seasonal publishing schedule which means that we release 4 33 1/3rds in the spring and 4 in the fall. These next 16 books will take the series through Fall 2018 and volume #134.…

Open Call 2015: The Shortlist

It has been a busy 8 weeks here at 33 1/3. We have now read all of the proposals submitted to our 2015 Open Call. My eyes are bloodshot and I think I’ve gone down -.75 in my contact lens prescription but it was worth it. There are some astounding pieces of music criticism in this list. So first of all, a huge round of applause for every single one of you who submitted. This was an EXTREMELY competitive round with so many submissions but these 83 proposals stood out. We were just blown…