The 33 1/3 Author Q&A: Marc Weidenbaum

The 33 1/3 Author Q&A: Marc Weidenbaum By Kaitlin Fontana, 33 1/3 editorial assistant with contributions by Mara Berkoff     Over the next few months, we’ll be profiling the authors of the eighteen forthcoming 33 1/3 titles here on the blog so you can get to know them, their writing, and what kind of twisted soul chooses to think about just one album for months at a time. Up now: Marc Weidenbaum, publisher of the webzine Disquie,t focusing on the sounds of ambient and experimental music. Which album had…

33 1/3 Holiday Gift List

Tis the season to spend money.  But maybe everyone on your list isn’t deserving of the complete Beatles Vinyl Remasters (priced at a cool $350).  So why not spend a little less on 33 1/3-approved gear for your favorite music lover?  1. For your lady friend who’s lost control:  Joy Division or Pink Floyd Nail Art From Etsy   2. For the guy/girl who needs new headphones and hates beats by dre:  Rebel Alliance Headphones  From Think Geek 3. For the swooning lady in your life Celine Dion’s “Belong” perfume …

The 33 1/3 Author Q&A: Pete Astor

By Kaitlin Fontana, 33 1/3 editorial assistant Pete Astor, 33 1/3 author and awfully cool gent Over the next few months, we’ll be profiling the authors of the eighteen forthcoming 33 1/3 titles here on the blog so you can get to know them, their writing, and what kind of twisted soul chooses to think about just one album for months at a time.  Up first: Pete Astor, who, aside from being an accomplished UK-based academic, is also a prolific and acclaimed indie musician, both as a solo act and…

Competition: The Winners

So, the goal of the contest was to choose which 18 of the 94 titles on our long-list would make it through to the final stage. We had over 350 entries from around the world – so thank you to everybody who had a go. (Including our dear former colleague who, with a little insider knowledge and a cunning fake name, managed to get 12 correct.) The top non-cheating score was 8 out of 18. And there were 8 of you who hit those dizzy heights. In no particular order:…

18 New Titles

Bloomsbury is thrilled to announce that we’ll be publishing the following 18 titles in the 33 1/3 series during 2013 and 2014: Andrew WK: I Get Wet, by Phillip Crandall Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works Vol II, by Marc Weidenbaum Beach Boys: Smile, by Luis Sanchez Bjork: Biophilia, by Nicola Dibben Bobbie Gentry: Ode to Billie Joe, by Tara Murtha Danger Mouse: The Grey Album, by Charles Fairchild Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, by Mike Foley Devo: Freedom of Choice, by Evie Nagy Gang of Four: Entertainment! by…

Competition Time!

On Friday August 31st, we’ll be announcing the 18 titles that have made the cut out of the 471 that we received back in the spring. To win an entire set of the series (all 86 volumes published so far), we have a simple task for you. Look at the shortlist of 94 possible titles below, and pick out the 18 that you think we’ll end up selecting. The person who gets the closest to getting all 18 right will win the contest. (And in the event of a tie,…

Abbey Road

If you’re in the mood for a stunning, sumptuous, beautifully produced coffee table book about a legendary recording studio, then I do believe we have just the item for you. Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World is by Alistair Lawrence and comes with a foreword from Sir George Martin. It publishes next week in the UK, and in October in North America. Here’s a short piece of descriptive copy about it: The first photographic celebration of the most famous recording studio in the world, publishing in its 80th…

Pitchfork Fest!

For the first time ever, Pitchfork Music Festival, the biggest indie festival in the US, is hosting a literary section. They’re calling it the Book Fort, and it will host several awesome vendors, including McSweeney’s, Chicago’s own Featherproof Books, and many more. Oh, and us–yep, two of us from team 33 1/3 will be there, both repping our books and hanging out for the readings and discussions. P-fork says: Heralded for its innovative publications, Chicago-based Featherproof Books is the perfect host for this year’s PMF Book Fort. Armed with literary…

Big Star documentary gets a blog

We’ve posted here before about Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, a feature documentary on “rock’s first cult band.” We here at 33 1/3 are big fans of the band (and are very proud of Bruce Eaton’s take on Big Star’s Radio City). Now the filmmakers behind the doc–who, it should be mentioned, crowdfunded the doc via Kickstarter–have started an awesomely obsessive Tumblr about the band and its doings, and it’s worth a look not just for Big Star fans but for music fans in general. From the blog: This…

Talking Heads & New York Times Book Review

Hold on tight. “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around.” Jonathan Lethem’s monograph on Talking Heads’ “Fear of Music” isn’t your everyday, step-by-step, track-by-track snapshot of a great record. “This ain’t the Mudd Club, or CBGB, I ain’t got time for that now.” And, most definitely, Lethem’s contribution to Continuum’s “33 1/3” series isn’t a quick spin down memory lane. It’s obsessive, passionate and personal. In short, the name of this new book by Jonathan Lethem is “Fear of Music.” The rest of this…