Category Archives: 33 1/3 Odyssey

33 1/3 Odyssey: Pretty Hate Machine - A Conversation With Author Daphne Carr

A mopey, diffident teenager named Michael Trent Reznor played Judas in his school’s version of Jesus Christ Superstar. He would become an international rock star but his image was so sinister and sexually provocative that his hometown of Mercer wouldn’t honor him in any overt public way. Reznor’s band Nine Inch Nails was inspired byRead more...

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33 1/3 Odyssey: Spiderland

Being released twenty years ago, Louisville indie rock band Slint’s album Spiderland has been one of the most influential albums of the time since its release. With its angular guitar parts, loud-quiet-loud texture and unusual time signatures, Spiderland has been arguably the most important album of the post-rock era despite never being a top sellingRead more...

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The 33 1/3 Odyssey: “What does any of this have to do with our conception of time?” - Kid A and the fear of the voice

33 1/3 is a series of pocket-sized books, each volume focusing on a single album. This is the twelfth installment of one person’s quest to read all 57 (and counting) of these things, and to scribble some impressions of each. As always, please keep in mind that it’s just one opinion, often skewed, and somewhatRead more...

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33 1/3 Odyssey: Highway To Hell

At first, I questioned covering this volume of the 33 1/3 series on the KEXP Blog. But then I remembered. When I was growing up in a “teenage wasteland,” AC/DC was as subversive and divisive as the Sex Pistols. Seen as drink-celebrating sexaholic bruisers by the more technical heavy metal fans I knew and mostRead more...

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33 1/3 Odyssey: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Beat is the father of your rock and roll: talking with critic Christopher R. Weingarten about Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back “All in, we’re gonna win” says Chuck D on his group Public Enemy’s 1988 masterpiece, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, and it’sRead more...

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33 1/3 Odyssey: Facing Future

It’s about the song, but maybe not the one you’re thinking of. When stations like KCCN and KINI excitedly sent “Hawai’i 78 Introduction” out over the air, with its spoken word narrative of personal and national destruction and redemption, the locals loved it. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole was back, literally the biggest and most loved member ofRead more...

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33 1/3 Odyssey: Wowee Zowee by Bryan Charles

“You shrugged it off initially,” novelist Bryan Charles writes about his selection for the 33 1/3 series. “Returned to it later. When you did it blew your mind. You think probably other share this experience. Early resistance followed by rabid embrace.”

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33 1/3 Odyssey: You Have Three Friends, Right? And Do They All Have Stereos They Can Bring Over?

Zaireeka seemed like a stoned party joke taken too far when the four CDs under its title simultaneously appeared in 1997. The Flaming Lips were already well known for psychotropic humor and subverting marketplace expectations, evoked by release titles such as Providing Needles For Your Balloons and Finally The Punk Rockers Are Taking Acid. LongtimeRead more...

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Design and Damage: A chat with author Geeta Dayal about Brian Eno’s Another Green World

According to music, art and science writer Geeta Dayal in her new 33 1/3 series book on the 1975 album Another Green World, several things went through Brian Peter George St. Baptiste de la Salle Eno’s mind when he was struck by an automobile shortly after finishing it. As he was leaving Basing Street, hisRead more...

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33 1/3 Odyssey: Madness’ One Step Beyond

by Chris Estey 33 1/3 is a series of pocket-sized books, each volume focusing on a single album. This is the 23rd installment of our attempt to read as many of the books in the series as possible, and to scribble some impressions of each. As always, please keep in mind that it’s always justRead more...

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