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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