33 1/3 Shortlist Drops, And It Is a Pale List Indeed

33 1/3 Shortlist Drops, And It Is a Pale List Indeed

So Continuum has released a 27 album-long shortlist of prospective books for the next 33 1/3 go-round. Those partial to counting might notice that exactly one record on this list could conceivably classified as hip-hop. That'd be Lil' Wayne's Da Drought 3, which seems like a pretty arbitrary random moment in an admittedly very interesting era for the rapper. Women and other not-particularly-marketable commodities also appear to be underrepresented, as do records that came out after 1990. (I suppose if you want a good book on 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, you'll have to write it yourself.) Obviously the whole thing is designed for Monday morning quarterbacking. And the announcement certainly highlights an interesting divide that the Continuum folks usually do their best to efface, i.e. album quality/proposal quality/finished product potential-saleability all chip in to a wobbly final calculus that ultimately must favor the latter way more than the former, no matter how much we all once loved Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly. Full list after the jump. [33 1/3]

AC/DC - Highway to Hell Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace The Beatles - The Beatles Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind The Cramps - Songs the Lord Taught Us David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo Dinosaur Jr: You're Living All Over Me ELO - Out of the Blue Grateful Dead - Closing of Winterland Johnny Cash - American Recordings Kiss - Destroyer Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen Lil' Wayne - Da Drought 3 Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville Lou Reed - Metal Music Machine Neil Young - Tonight's the Night Operation Ivy - Energy Paul Simon - Graceland Radiohead - Kid A Rolling Stones - Some Girls Slint - Spiderland Television - Marquee Moon Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes Ween - Chocolate and Cheese White Stripes - White Blood Cells Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth

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