33 Things: April Edition

Every month, 33 1/3 editorial assistant Kaitlin Fontana 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 April? Where the hell did April go? We don’t know either. But some stuff happened in it. 33 stuffs, actually. 1.    Courtney Love is about to release a new album, and this song is UNREAL. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=316ZjRu-UEM?rel=0] 2.    Avril Lavigne is about to release a…

Gang of Four Week: Video Vault: The Elusive Lineup

Wrapping up our Gang of Four Week, in celebration of our forthcoming 33 1/3 title on Gang of Four’s Entertainment! by Kevin J. H. Dettmar, with a video vault that tries to reconcile the difficulty of assembling GoF in one place. One of the great tragedies of post-punk history is that there’s very little performance footage of the original Gang of Four lineup. Even less if you’re hoping for the original Gang in its first iteration, rather than in the reunion tour version of 2005; less still if you want…

Gang of Four Week: Now, Where Were We?

Gang of Four Week, in celebration of our forthcoming 33 1/3 title on Gang of Four’s Entertainment! by Kevin J. H. Dettmar, continues with part two of the essential non-Entertainment!  Gang of Four Tracks. 6.    “Call Me Up” (Songs of the Free, 1982). The opening track of the band’s third album is the first Gang of Four song to make brilliant use of female voices. Andy’s guitar has never sounded more Jimi Hendrix military. And we get our first taste of just how those female voices might be used to…

Gang of Four Week: They Were Only Freshmen

Gang of Four Week, in celebration of our forthcoming 33 1/3 title on Gang of Four’s Entertainment! by Kevin J. H. Dettmar, continues. Here’s Kevin on how to make your Entertainment! amuse bouche into an entire GoF meal. There’s something misleading in writing an entire book on a band’s debut album: it might suggest that nothing that follows is worth seeking out. And certainly, in the case of Gang of Four, that’s not the case. While I’m not alone in thinking that none of their subsequent albums represents the consistent…

Gang of Four Week: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Interview

Welcome to Gang of Four Week, in celebration of our forthcoming 33 1/3 title on Gang of Four’s Entertainment! by Kevin J. H. Dettmar. Here, Dettmar discusses overcoming his fears in writing his 33 1/3. The biggest hurdle—well, the biggest hurdle was getting my proposal for a 33 1/3 past the gatekeepers! I teach at a “selective college,” but I think even the odds of getting into Harvard are better than getting the green light from our friends at Bloomsbury. I’m still feeling surprised and lucky that I made it.…