33 Things: August Edition

Every month, editorial assistant Michelle Chen 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 August?

  1. The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton was released this month, immediately facing much criticism for downgrading Dre’s history of violence against women.
  2. In fact, Dee Barnes wrote a pretty harrowing account of her 1991 assault by Dre for Gawker.
  3. Yet despite the storm of controversy, the movie made $60.2 million at the box office on its first weekend.
  4. In less unpleasant news, brush up on your French because Light in the Attic is reissuing Five Françoise Hardy Albums! Read all about it on our Beat Happening author Bryan Parker’s website Pop Press International.
  5. Speaking of French pop stars, this picture of a 5’9” Carla Bruni with 5’5” trophy husband Nicolas Sarkozy is all the rage.
  6. Does anyone else find this super creepy and weird or am I just a luddite?
  7. Apple has bowed to the Great Empire of Swift.
  8. On the topic of Apple, this is an interesting article.
  9. Someone please burn Miley Cyrus’s Drake outfit please right this instant please.
  10. Frat boys everywhere: fear not for your anthem is forever safe.
  11. QUIZ SPOILER ALERT: “How is ‘SexyBack’ NOT the 2006 Billboard song of year?” is the consensus here at 33 1/3.
  12. Your worst nightmares have come true Michael Bublé is getting his croony fake-French sounding hands on Elvis.
  13. Tesco, home of the best snack food ever invented, will soon also be selling vinyl?
  14. Lollapalooza faced a few hiccups this year with a storm evacuation.
  15. Which is not nearly as horrifying as this. SORRY your skin will never stop crawling now.
  16. What songs have attained longevity past their Billboard rating? Check that out here. Sorry Public Enemy 🙁
  17. Turns out that next time you schedule yourself some surgery you should bring your surgeon’s favorite CD. #Science.
  18. Turns out that next time you schedule yourself for some surgery you should not bring your surgeon’s favorite CD. #Science.
  19. Woodstock Music Lab opening a Popular Music College.
  20. LA. County is considering a moratorium on raves, as though that would prevent raves from occurring.
  21. Twin Peaks revival series! Angelo Badalamenti to score Twin Peaks revival series! But also, Twin Peaks revival series!
  22. Timbaland who himself has done nothing of note musically as of late, has promised us new music from Aaliyah.
  23. Britney Spears, totally a teen at age 33, won a Teen Choice Award.
  24. In sadder news, film director Wes Craven has died. Watch some Nightmare on Elm this weekend, and listen to what happens here when horror movie themes are transposed into a major key.
  25. So this Bowie-Flaming Lips-John Legend-Cyndi Lauper Spongebob musical is real.
  26. Honestly I still don’t know what bitcoin is but this.
  27. For instance, can you use bitcoin to purchase Abba’s grand piano from Sotheby’s?
  28. Or buy a 2-night Bob Dylan themed vacation at Big Pink?
  29. Alanis Morissette is releasing a 20-year anniversary edition of Jagged Little Pill. We’re still loyal to our $1 version from Sonic Boom Records though.
  30. Another throwback: a Spice Girl Reunion may be in the works? But of course Posh will probably ruin everything.
  31. Here are the 17 hottest heavy metal hot sauces (?) for all your taco needs
  32. Having a party? Don’t know what to play? How about Obama’s Spotify playlist?
  33. Although in 2020 perhaps we’ll be listening to President Kanye’s playlist. As long as there’s no Donald Trump.


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