33 1/3’s Recession List


The folks at Continuum and 33 1/3 continue to put on a clinic in the uninspiring and potentially dire realities of publishing in 2009: The final 33 1/3 slate is out, 11 books as compared to the original, optimistic promise of 20, almost all of which focus on records about which you are already probably pretty sick of hearing. (Although they also ducked proposals for a Beatles book–my informed guess is the unconventional nature of the project had something to do with that decision–along with ones about Paul Simon and David Bowie, which, who knows.) The logic here is pretty straightforward: a book about Jawbreaker has a smaller potential audience than one about AC/DC. Period. Frankly, it’s a miracle 33 1/3 is still afloat at the moment. So though although the dearth of rappers/independents/non-obvious picks here isn’t anything to cheer, let’s be uncharacteristic bloggers and take a moment to say: Be thankful for what you’ve got. Full final list below.

    • Portishead’s Dummy, by RJ Wheaton


    • Johnny Cash’s American Recordings, by Tony Tost


    • Television’s Marquee Moon, by Bryan Waterman


    • Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, by Gina Arnold


    • AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, by Joe Bonomo


    • Ween’s Chocolate and Cheese, by Hank Shteamer


    • Radiohead’s Kid A, by Marvin Lin


    • Dinosaur Jr.’s You’re Living All Over Me, by Nick Attfield


    • Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace, by Aaron Cohen


    • Slint’s Spiderland, by Scott Tennent


    The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls, by Cyrus Patell

The Chosen Eleven [33 1/3]