The Next 33 1/3 Books

Wendy Carlos, Pharcyde, Japan, and Angelo Badalamenti are in the mix

Back on September 30, when the 33 1/3 series posted the “shortlist” of potential titles, the list had been whittled down by the publisher, Bloomsbury, to 83 prospective titles from the proposed 605. I listed, at the time, the 19 I was especially hopeful for, based on their subject matter. Today 33 1/3 announced the 16 that had been commissioned, and 6 of the ones I was hopeful for made the cut:

The Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde — Pharcyde
Homogenic — Björk
Switched-On Bach — Wendy Carlos
Tin Drum — Japan
Twin Peaks OST — Angelo Badalamenti
Uptown Saturday Night — Camp Lo

And on top of those, there are four more I’m especially interested in that I hadn’t noticed when the shortlist was posted: Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Peepshow, Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, Lou Reed’s Transformer, and Fugazi’s In on the Kill Taker, the latter especially because it’s by Joe Gross, who is sure to do a great job.

Congrats to all the new authors. I’m excited that you’re keeping strong the series that published my book on Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II. I’m happy to see so many albums on the 33 1/3 list I want to read about. And I’m happy, for the breadth and life of the 33 1/3 series, to see plenty of LPs I don’t particularly want to read about.

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