Odds and Ends (The Holiday Gift Guide Edition)

  1. Once you’ve seen Billy Ray Cyrus and Stryper rock the Stock Exchange, tune into WFMU’s Music to Spazz by tonight from 8-11pm, where Dave the Spazz will be talking to Joe Bonomo about his book Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found. Archives will go up here shortly afterward.
  2. The folks at the Oxford American, God bless ’em, have put up their “Books We Love” online feature for December, and they have nice things to say about Jerry Lee and Little Richard. Click here and scroll down to the bottom.
  3. The Oxford American’s Music Issue is wonderful, as I mentioned here before, but I think this facebook update from a friend pretty much sums up the vibe: “Listening to the Arkansas Masters CD from the latest Oxford American Music Issue. Kitten on lap. Rain outside. Pork shoulder getting delicous in the crock pot. I like today.”
  4. Nick Rombes, author of A Cultural Dictionary of Punk, is publishing a novel through the US Postal Service (does not come in a Kindle-ready edition). This looks awesome, and like everything included on this page, would make a VERY COOL GIFT THIS SEASON.
  5. Speaking of gifts, this beautiful 800+ page guide to the films in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, America’s Film Legacy is sure to thrill the film buff in your life. (And is easy on the pocketbook, too!)
  6. I should also mention that our biography of Bill Watterson, Looking for Calvin and Hobbes, has been a popular choice this season (and it DOES come in a Kindle-ready version).
  7. Not 33 1/3 related, but these 1-gallon beer brewing kits look classy, and I’ve always explained the joy of brewing as like having an indoor winter garden (that will get you tipsy at harvest time). Give it to a friend and invite yourself over in a month or two. Win-win.
  8. Joe Pernice has a lovely interview in American Songwriter.
  9. To quote Larry King regarding his online prowess: “We have a Twicker.” Unfortunately, unlike King, we don’t have anyone to take our dictation and type it up for us, so it’s a little under-used at the moment. But for you Twicker-minded folk, go ahead and follow us at and we will make it up to you soon.
  10. This seems like as good a time as any to remind you about the 33 1/3 facebook page as well.
  11. How have we not crowed about this yet? We mentioned earlier that Paste Magazine chose Carl Wilson’s 33 1/3 about Celine Dion as one of the top 20 books of the decade from all categories (just a few hairs below Harry Potter, no less), but we neglected to mention that in their top 12 MUSIC books of the decade, Carl’s book came in at #1.
  12. Very very soon–with any luck before the end of the month–you will be able to purchase Dan Kois’ 33 1/3 on Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Facing Future (which is awesome, just started reading it), and Mark Richardson’s volume on The Flaming Lips’ Zaireeka. David will have more on these two titles later.

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