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Jawbreaker's 24 Hour Revenge Therapy

Ronen Givony

Ronen Givony is the founder/producer of New York's Wordless Music series and orchestra (wordlessmusic.org), which has presented concerts around the world with artists from the sound worlds of so-called classical and contemporary music since 2006, and was named by the Village Voice as New York's "Best Moderately Snooty Concert Series." A native of South Florida, he has worked for Nonesuch Records and Lincoln Center, and received his bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature from Yale University. His favorite Jawbreaker song is "Do You Still Hate Me?". Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Two and a half decades on, Jawbreaker's 24 Hour Revenge Therapy(1993-94) is the rare album to have lost none of its original loyalty, affection, and reverence. If anything, today, the cult of Jawbreaker—in their own words, "the little band...

Caetano Veloso’s A Foreign Sound

Barbara Browning

Barbara Browning is Associate Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, USA. She is the author of two academic books (Samba and Resistance in Motion) as well as the ficto-critical novels The Correspondence Artist and I’m Trying to Reach You. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...What makes a song sound foreign? What makes it sound “American,” or Brazilian? Caetano Veloso’s 2004 American songbook album, A Foreign Sound, is a meditation on these questions—but in truth, they were questions...

Supercell's Supercell featuring Hatsune Miku

Keisuke Yamada

Keisuke Yamada is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is currently working on a long-term ethnographic project involving the shamisen (Japanese three-stringed instrument) in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and North America, especially focusing on the transnational circulation of the materials from which the instrument is made. His work has appeared in Asian Music, Ethnomusicology Review, and the Journal of World Popular Music, among others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The lead singer on Supercell’s eponymous first album is Hatsune Miku—a Vocaloid character created by Crypton Future Media with voice synthesizers. A virtual superstar, over 100,000 songs, uploaded mostly by fans, are attributed to her....

Fugazi's In on the Kill Taker

Joe Gross

Joe Gross has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, the Washington City Paper, Radio On, and more. He covers culture, popular and un-, for the Austin American-Statesman, among other places, and lives with his family in Austin, TX, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...By June 1993, when Washington, D.C.’s Fugazi released their third full-length album In on the Kill Taker, the quartet was reaching a thunderous peak in popularity and influence. With two EPs (combined into the classic CD 13 songs) and two...

The Raincoats' The Raincoats

Jenn Pelly

Jenn Pelly is an editor at Pitchfork. Her work has appeared in SPIN, Nylon, and The Village Voice. She is an alumni of WNYU 89.1 FM, where she hosted The New Afternoon Show and most recently Crucial Chaos. A native New Yorker, she now lives in Brooklyn. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...In 1979, from the basement of a London squat, the Raincoats reinvented what punk could be. They had a violin player. They came from Portugal, Spain, and England. Their anarchy was poetic. Working with the iconic Rough Trade Records at its...

Belle & Sebastian's If You’re Feeling Sinister

Scott Plagenhoef

Scott Plagenhoef is Managing Editor for Pitchfork Media, the world’s most popular and influential alternative music website. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...If You’re Feeling Sinister shows how Belle & Sebastian transformed themselves over the space of a decade, from a slightly shambolic cult secret into a polished, highly entertaining, mainstream pop group. Along the way, the book shows how...

Abba's Abba Gold

Elisabeth Vincentelli

Elisabeth Vincentelli is music editor of Time Out New York. She has also written for the Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly among many other publications. She grew up in France and has loved Abba since watching them triumph at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

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...Perhaps more than any other Greatest Hits compilation, Abba Gold has come to define a band’s career on one disk. More than that, itsrelease in 1992 heralded the critical rehabilitation of a group which had, since its demise a decade...

Celine Dion's Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste

Carl Wilson

Carl Wilson is the music critic at Slate and also writes for The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, The New York Times Magazine and many other online and print publications. He lives in Toronto, where he is the doorman at the Trampoline Hall Lecture Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...Non-fans regard Céline Dion as ersatz and plastic, yet to those who love her, no one could be more real, with her impoverished childhood, her (creepy) manager-husband's struggle with cancer, her knack for howling out raw emotion. There's...

Steely Dan's Aja

Don Breithaupt

Don Breithaupt is a studio musician and songwriter based in Toronto. He is the co-author of Precious and Few: Pop Music in the Early 70s and Night Moves: Pop Music in the Late 70s. A Berklee College of Music alumnus and three-time Juno Award nominee, he has written extensively on music and film for the National Post. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...Aja was the album that made Steely Dan a commercial force on the order of contemporaries like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Chicago. A double-platinum, Grammy-winning bestseller, it lingered on the Billboard charts for more than a year...

Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace

Aaron Cohen

Aaron Cohen is associate editor of DownBeat magazine. His writing on gospel music has been featured extensively in the Chicago Tribune, and he lives in Chicago, IL. He recently won the 2011 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for his article on Ray Charles in Downbeat. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Continuum, 2011

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...A fascinating and thoroughly researched exploration of the best-selling gospel album of all time....