Dilla Day by Jordan Ferguson

Jordan Ferguson, author of the forthcoming 33 1/3 on J Dilla’s Donuts (Spring 2014) went to Detroit and Toronto to cover “Dilla Day.” This is what he has to say about it…. I have a conflicted relationship with the month of February. On the one hand, it’s terrible: the days are too short, the nights are too cold, the joy of the holidays are long in the rearview and the blooming buds of April just out of reach. On the other hand, February brings Dilla Month, remembering the life and…

Series Update/Open Call News/You’ll Want to Read This One

33 1/3 2014

Dear Readers, For the past 11 years we’ve been publishing these tiny little books on the best-loved (sometimes hated), most popular and often most misunderstood albums in pop, rock, soul, hip-hop and electronic music. And we’re still going VERY strong. Thanks to an amazing crop of books over the past two years, the 33 1/3 series re-launch under Bloomsbury Academic  has been a huge success. Special congratulations are due to Jordan Ferguson for his book on J. Dilla, which was our bestselling title in 2014. And of course to Carl…

33 Things: February Edition

Every month, we try to put together a fun, exciting, and sometimes silly list of 33Things that happened in music. We’ve followed the Twitter evolution of Kanye’s new album and hoped for the return of Wolf Parade; we’ve analyzed Justin Bieber’s sad face and pondered drinking Queen beer; we’ve questioned Sufjan’s fashion choices and Lil B’s Vegan Emoji App; we could not stop talking about Meow the Jewels and the phenomenon of Nickelback hate. But today, on this long short month, it’s my turn to 33Thing you all, and I’ll…

All the 33 1/3s you could want, now 40% off!

UPDATE 2/20: We’ve extended the 100-Volume Bundle sale through and including Sunday 2/22! Do you have a serious case of the mid-week slumps? Good news! Starting tonight at 7pm EST, Bloomsbury will be offering a 40% discount on our website. The sale will run until this Friday, the 20th, midday. For all you UKers, that’s from midnight Thursday – 5pm Friday (London time). You know what that means—two days to get all the 33 1/3s you could ever want! Consider some titles from our Bestsellers of 2014, or go back…

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…

‘How To Write About Music’

A New textbook from the 33 1/3 team How to Write About Music: Excerpts from the 33 1/3 Series, Magazines, Books and Blogs with Advice from Industry-leading Writers Edited by Marc Woodworth and Ally-Jane Grossan DOWNLOAD A SAMPLE SYLLABUS HERE: PDF or Word Doc “It is remarkable that while there have been plenty of music history books and biographies, there has never really been a guide about the profession and just how to get started in it–until now. Edited by Marc Woodworth and Ally-Jane Grossan, How to Write About Music…

33 Things – February 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 February? 1.    It’s Black History Month, and SNL has 28 Reasons you should remember that. 2.    It’s also Open Call Month, which means you only have one more weekend to get us your 33 1/3 pitches. Get it, girls and boys. 3.    Madonna + Pussy…

Letter from the Editor: November 2013

Hello! Things are heating up In 33 ⅓ land, I’ve just sent off a boatload of great writing to the shop (the shop being the copyediting/production department). That would be: Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville by Gina Arnold. Pre-order here before May 22, 2013. Oasis’s Definitely Maybe by Alex Niven. Pre-order here before May 8, 2013. J. Dilla’s Donuts by Jordan Ferguson. Pre-order here before April 24 2013. And in case you missed it on the blog last week, we had a THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS TAKEOVER.   You can buy…

The 33 1/3 Author Q&A: Jordan Ferguson

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. Next Up: Jordan Ferguson. Originally from Windsor, Ontario, he lives and works in Toronto, where he is a freelance culture writer. Ferguson, who calls himself “The Hip-Hop Chuck Klosterman of the North,” takes on J. Dilla’s Donuts–which the late hip-hop artist made…

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,…