Young Marble Giants Week – Day 5: Video Vault: Live at the Western Front, Vancouver, November, 1980

To celebrate the recent release of our 33 1/3 on Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth, we’re pleased to bring you the 5th and final installment of Young Marble Giants Week by authors Michael Blair and Joe Bucciero! Video Vault: Live at the Western Front, Vancouver, November, 1980 This video documents Young Marble Giants’ entire November 1980 performance at the Western Front in Vancouver. As far as we know, it’s the only footage of an entire YMG concert available online; this absence of documentation, makes their distinctive fashion style and stage presence (or deliberate lack thereof) entertaining and…

Young Marble Giants Week – Day 4: After Young Marble Giants

To celebrate the recent release of our 33 1/3 on Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth, we’re pleased to bring you the 4th installment of Young Marble Giants Week by authors Michael Blair and Joe Bucciero! After Young Marble Giants What the band’s three members did after Colossal Youth After YMG broke up in early 1981, Alison Statton, Stuart Moxham, and Philip Moxham all went off to pursue their own separate musical projects. Still, they often ended up collaborating together again in various configurations: Philip played bass on songs for Stuart’s solo project, The Gist, as well as…

Young Marble Giants Week – Day 3: “Colossal Youth” Mixtape

To celebrate the recent release of our 33 1/3 on Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth, we’re pleased to bring you the 3rd installment of Young Marble Giants Week by authors Michael Blair and Joe Bucciero! Colossal Youth Mixtape Nine songs not by Young Marble Giants that help shed light on their album’s singular sound Colossal Youth interacts with numerous musical, artistic, historical, and political contexts. Throughout our book, we explore Young Marble Giants’ music within these contexts, referring to music by other people frequently as means of understanding how YMG could have created a sound as simple…

Young Marble Giants Week – Day 2: “Music for the Congenitally Repressed”

To celebrate the recent release of our 33 1/3 on Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth, we’re pleased to bring you the 2nd installment of Young Marble Giants Week by authors Michael Blair and Joe Bucciero! “Music for the Congenitally Repressed” Behind the scenes with Young Marble Giants’ Stuart Moxham and Alison Statton While researching Colossal Youth, we were fortunate to be in touch with Stuart Moxham, YMG’s guitarist and primary songwriter, and Alison Statton, the band’s lead vocalist. Both provided crucial facts, contextual information, and insights that helped us understand what made the band and their sole…

Young Marble Giants Week – Day 1: Young Marble Giants’ Indie Rock Legacy

To celebrate the recent release of our 33 1/3 on Young Marble Giants’ Colossal Youth, we’re pleased to bring you the 1st installment of Young Marble Giants Week by authors Michael Blair and Joe Bucciero! Young Marble Giants’ Indie Rock Legacy The band’s few recordings made an outsized impact on the following decade of underground rock and pop music, particularly in the United States While Young Marble Giants (YMG) broke up shortly after the release of their first and only LP, 1980’s Colossal Youth, their music has inspired many musicians and bands in the following years, particularly…

A New Chapter for 33 1/3

Dear Readers, 2016 is going to be one of the best years in 33 1/3 history. I say that with confidence because I’ve read all 210,000 words of the seven volumes that will be released this year. In March, you’ll be able to get your hands on Kembrew McLeod’s stunning re-framing of 1970s New York in Blondie’s Parallel Lines. You’ll get an intimate portrait of one of the 20th century’s most important bands in Buzz Poole’s volume on The Grateful Dead’s Workingman’s Dead. There’s Rolf Potts’s volume on the Geto Boys’ eponymous album…

New 33 1/3 Title Coming in Spring 2017: Colossal Youth

Ladies and germs! May we present Joe Bucciero and Michael Blair who will pen the 33 1/3 on Young Marble Giants’ 1980 album Colossal Youth. 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=Tbi_wnEbnGs] We caught up with Joe and Michael to learn more about their listening and reading habits… 33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up? JB: Reckless and Permanent for records; Myopic for books – all on Chicago’s north side. MB: My go-to two were (and still are) Vintage Vinyl…

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: 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…

Open Call 2015: The Complete List of Albums Proposed for the 33 1/3 Series

What is this list? This is a list of all of the albums proposed in the open call for new 33 1/3 volumes during June and July 2015. This is not a reflection of books to be published or my opinions as to which books should be published; it’s just data. It was compiled with the help of our brilliant editorial assistant Michelle Chen and our intern Katherine DeChant. Thank you all so much for your hard work, I cannot WAIT to read em. When will you make a decision? With the unprecedented number of…