33 1/3 at Pendleton Rock Camp for Kids

Earlier this month we sent a few 33 1/3rds to the campers at Pendleton Rock Camp in Pendleton Oregon. It’s a FREE program run by Pendleton Center for the Arts. So what is rock camp, exactly? It’s five full days of FREE rock & roll learning with teachers from West Coast indie bands. Some people put together bands, write original music and record their songs. Others work on rock journalism, putting together a camp zine and generating video for YouTube. Everyone gets in on the big camp concert on Main…

LaBelle reads at Berlin’s coolest Bookstore

Do you live in Berlin? Lucky… Brandon LaBelle will be reading from his new book Lexicon of the Mouth at Pro qm bookstore on September 2nd. 2. September 2014  20:30 Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary Book Presentation with Brandon LaBelle We are pleased to celebrate the release of Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary, the third publication of Brandon LaBelle’s sonic research and auditory investigations. Following his previous works, Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art…

Text and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll Author Simon Warner on the Beats and Fate

Simon Warner, author of Text and Drugs and Rock ’n’ Roll: The Beats and Rock Culture, just published in paperback, discusses a fateful meeting which would shape not only the world of literature and but also influence the destiny of popular music. SEVENTY years ago, the Western democracies were engaging in a critical campaign to secure their liberation from the forces of fascism. In northwest France, the Allies were plotting, then launching, D-Day, an audacious endgame that would finally dislodge Hitler’s occupying armies from mainland Europe. In that same dramatic…

Excerpt: #100!! Michael Jackson’s Dangerous by Susan Fast

The following is an excerpt from the 100th volume in the series, Michael Jackson’s Dangerous by Susan Fast, out September 25. The book is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and at your favorite independent retailer. Introduction: Telling Stories about Michael Jackson 1991’s Dangerous announced the end of Jackson’s innocence and the command of a complicated, conflicted sensibility.  – Armond White Dangerous is Michael Jackson’s coming of age album. I know this is a grand and seemingly-absurd claim to make, since many think his best work was behind him by this time.…

Excerpt: Danger Mouse’s Grey Album

The following is an excerpt from Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album by Charles Fairchild, out September 25. The 98th volume in the 33 1/3 series, the book is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and at your favorite independent retailer. Introduction: The Grey Album in a Post-Album World The proprietor may, if he chooses, allow his crops to rot under foot; sow his field with salt; milk his cows on the sand; change his vineyard into a desert, and use his vegetable-garden as a park: do these things constitute abuse, or not?…

Video Vault Episode 30: Ramble On

This is Editorial Assistant Kaitlin Fontana’s last day at Bloomsbury. Here she is with her final Video Vault entry. Well, kids, this is it: my last day at Bloomsbury, and the last time I’ll be posting to the 33 1/3 blog. It’s been an utter pleasure and a privilege to be a conduit to information about the Music and Sound Studies list at Bloomsbury, particularly the 33 1/3 series, which brought me here in the first place. I’m on to other things, but I wanted to say a heartfelt thank…

Excerpt: Sigur Ros’s ( ) by Ethan Hayden

The following is an excerpt from Sigur Ros’s ( ) by Ethan Hayden, out August 28th. The 99th volume in the 33 1/3 series, Sigur Ros’s ( ) looks at the Icelandic band’s signature release from the perspective of linguistics, particularly the notion of “nonsense” language and, in particular, Sigur Ros’s “Hopelandic.” The book is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and at your favorite independent retailer. Xenoglossia Just a few months before the premiere of Ball’s lautgedichte at the Cabaret Voltaire, the same venue hosted a series of “Negro Nights” at…

Excerpt: Lexicon of the Mouth

The following is an excerpt from Lexicon of the Mouth by Brandon LaBelle, out June 19. The newest title in our sound studies list, Lexicon expands understandings of voice and the poetics of gibberish, showing how speech is fundamentally shaped by the complex dynamics of the mouth. Lexicon of the Mouth is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and at your favorite independent retailer. Weak The break, cut, scratch, dub, and delay all support a notion of the pause, the disfluent, and the stutter as cultural and linguistic platforms, narratives of what…

Excerpt: Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kirk Walker Graves

The following is an excerpt from Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kirk Walker Graves, out June 19. The book is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and wherever 33 1/3s are sold. Art as Atonement For all his presumptions of being misunderstood, Kanye West has received more critical adoration over the course of a decade than most artists will find in a lifetime. In the lead-up to the deafeningly overhyped debut of Yeezus (2013), his sixth studio album, the New York Times featured him on the cover of its…

Kanye Week: Sic Transit Gloria Kanye

Welcome back to Kanye Week, in celebration of our new 33 1/3 title on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (hereafter MBDTF) by Kirk Walker Graves, out June 19. The last Kanye Week post is a special one. Our pals at Rap Genius have kindly decided to excerpt part of the book in their one-and-only annotated format. Read “POWER (sic transit gloria Kanye)” by Kirk W. Graves on Rap Genius. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is available for pre-order on Amazon, Bloomsbury.com, and wherever 33 1/3s are sold.