New Kids on the Block 2016 Cruise PRESALE

New Kids on the Block fandom is reaching a fever-pitch over at 33 1/3, with one of our upcoming spring titles dedicated to the boy band’s seminal Hanging Tough album. Written by Rebecca Wallwork, the book will explore the group’s meteoric rise to fame as well as the qualities that have made Hanging Tough such an enduring success. If you’re as excited as us about NKotB, and looking for more ways to express it, rejoice. This October the Young Men on the Block will embark on a four-day cruise, featuring theater concerts, photo sessions, and…

Everything You Need to Know About The Super Mario Bros Book

Got 42 minutes to spare? Listen to the Modern Vinyl podcast with 33 1/3 author Andrew Schartmann. Andrew’s knowledge of video game music is staggering and the interviewer here has done his homework. Their shared knowledge here is a joy to listen to. When I first came across Andrew’s 33 1/3 pitch I was hesitant to include it in the series because the Super Mario Bros soundtrack isn’t really an album and it was never pressed on vinyl (yet now appearing on the Modern Vinyl podcast!). I took a chance…

Video Vault 87: He’s Gone, He Was Never Here.

As the David Bowie tributes continue to pour out, we here at 33 1/3 continue to dance around in our overheated apartments to “John, I’m Only Dancing.”  Bowie was prolific in so many ways and there are thousands of hours of music videos, live performances, interviews, and films available to watch for free on YouTube. But I want to highlight my favorite Bowie moment in the film “Fire Walk With Me,” the prequel to Twin Peaks. Bowie enters, as if in a dream, as agent Phillip Jeffries opposite David Lynch as…

Blondie and Max’s Kansas City

Kembrew McLeod’s book on Blondie’s Parallel Lines is one that twists and turns through downtown New York of the late 1970s.  Please enjoy this very short excerpt from the book which is out March 24th at an independent bookstore near you! Or pre-order from Bloomsbury now! Last month Gothamist published a menu from the infamous watering hole and venue, Max’s Kansas City, where Debbie Harry waited tables. This menu, ostensibly from 1976, appeared two years before the release of Parallel Lines. I’m just glad to learn that “fave” was used in 1976.…

UNDER 22 OPEN CALL DEADLINE MAY 1

It’s been about a year since we published How To Write About Music and I’m so grateful to the thousands of people who have picked up a copy. In the book you’ll find examples of music writing, writing prompts and, perhaps most uniquely and practically important, real life advice from working music journalists and editors. Now that the book is out, my co-editor Marc Woodworth and I sometimes worry that we’ve launched our guide into the world with only an extremely positive message and perhaps too few caveats about how hard it is to…

Video Vault 86: David Bowie

Hi all! I’m the new intern over at 33 1/3, here to bring you good taste and good vibes in 2016. More than any other recently-deceased celebrity, David Bowie has been omnipresent in my world since his death on Monday. People I’ve known for years have avowed an appreciation for him I’d never known was there. Public figures have similarly come forward to disclose their histories with the icon, some commenting on the impact of his unparalleled body of work, others on the man himself and his generosity of spirit. Even as I write…

On Bowie

Yesterday we lost one of the greats. A very special human who dazzled us with his music and inspired millions of weirdos to step into the sun. The music press has responded with an outpouring of eulogies and hundreds of thousands of words recounting the amazing life of a true artist. My earliest memory of Bowie is of a Christmas morning. I was five and the evening before my parents had taken me to a party. While we were out, burglars had smashed one of the windows in our mostly…

Video Vault 85: PJ Harvey

Yes, it’s 2016 already, and I’m stuck in the early 90s forever, but whatever—I’m okay with that. And as winter finally descends on New York City plunging my shivering Texan heart into hopeless despair and boundless misery, it’s time to pull out the fuzzy socks and stay inside forever ordering oatcakes from Tesco and listening to PJ Harvey. Maybe because PJ Harvey will never not be the coolest person ever. Or maybe because there are only so any times you can allow your roommate to convince you that deep frying…

An Interview with 33 1/3 Author Michael Stewart Foley on San Francisco, hardcore, and the Dead Kennedys

One of the most recent editions to the the 33 1/3 series, Dead Kennedys’ Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, is also one of the series’ most investigative works. Author Michael Stewart Foley approaches the album anthropologically, detailing environmental influences on Fresh Fruit as well as the sociopolitical and interpersonal factors that led to its genesis. Last month Foley discussed his book with interviewer David Ensminger for the Houston Press, which led to a further exploration of the Dead Kennedys’ history and influence (He also sat down with 33 1/3 for a similar chat, which you can read here). It’s…