The ‘Gum Drop LXXI: Hear New Mirah, Win A Complete Set Of The 33 1/3 Book Series

(a)spera, Mirah’s fourth solo album, is her first since 2004’s excellent C’mon Miracle. It’s solo, yes, but she’s not alone: Longtime collaborator Phil Elverum contributed to three tracks and she collaborated with fellow Portlanders Tucker Martine and Adam Selzer along with Chris Funk, Tara Jane O’Neil and Lori Goldston. The collection’s out 3/10 via K, but we have the lovely “Gone Are The Days” today. We asked Mirah about it. She responded in detail about:

[T]he loss of industrious, bright energy, about the lethargy that modern
life and technology has introduced to our lives, about the forceful human greed to which so many planetary resources have been subject … the struggle between wild perfect nature (perfectly wild, destructive even) and human control…

But as she added, “It’s not all mopey negativity. All those things are part of our reality right now so it’s just realistic to acknowledge them and sing about them.” Read more while you take a listen to “Gone Are The Days.”

And, for those who like to read words on paper, today’s ‘Gum Drop also offered a chance to win a complete set of the 33 1/3 book series. That’s over 60 titles.

To help celebrate the fifth year of 33 1/3, one lucky (and hopefully literate) winner gets a copy of every book ever published in the series. In case you’re unfamiliar with 33 1/3, it launched in 2003 as a series of books written by various authors (both musical and non) on seminal or influential albums. With titles ranging from Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over The Sea, to Nick Drake’s Pink Moon, to Black Sabbath’s Master Of Reality (penned by the Mountain Goat’s John Darnielle), 33 1/3 is known for the unique approaches its authors uses to address their subjects. We personally (and strongly) recommend Drew Daniel’s autobiographical and then oral historical take on Throbbing Gristle’s 20 Jazz Funk Greats. If you win, here’s what you’ll be adding to your library:

Dusty Springfield’s Dusty In Memphis by Warren Zanes
Love’s Forever Changes by Andrew Hultkrans
Neil Young’s Harvest by Sam Inglis
Kinks’ The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society by Andy Miller
The Smiths’ Meat Is Murder by Joe Pernice
Pink Floyd’s The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by John Cavanagh
Abba’s Abba Gold by Elizabeth Vincentelli
Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland by John Perry
Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures by Chris Ott
Prince’s Sign O’ the Times by Michaelangelo Matos
Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground And Nico by Joe Harvard
The Beatles’ Let It Be by Steve Matteo
James Brown’s Live At The Apollo by Douglas Wolk
Jethro Tull’s Aqualung by Allan Moore
Radiohead’s OK Computer by Dai Griffiths
Replacement’s Let It Be by Colin Meloy
Led Zeppelin’s Led Zeppelin IV by Erik Davis
Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street by Bill Janovitz
Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds by Jim Fusilli
Ramones’ Ramones by Nicholas Rombes
Elvis Costello’s Armed Forces by Franklin Bruno
R.E.M.’s Murmur by J. Niimi
Jeff Buckley’s Grace by Daphne Brooks
DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing by Eliot Wilder
MC5’s Kick Out The Jams by Don McLeese
David Bowie’s Low by Hugo Wilcken
Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA by Geoffrey Himes
Band’s Music From Big Pink by John Niven
Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Kim Cooper
Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique by Dan LeRoy
Pixies’ Doolittle by Ben Sisario
Sly & the Family Stone’s There’s A Riot Goin’ On by Miles Marshall Lewis
Stone Roses’ Stone Roses by Alex Green
Nirvana’s In Utero by Gillian Gaar
Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited by Mark Polizzotti
My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless by Mike McGonigal
The Who’s The Who Sell Out by John Dougan
Guided By Voices’ Bee Thousand by Marc Woodworth
Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation by Matthew Stearns
Joni Mitchell’s Court And Spark by Sean Nelson
Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion Vols 1 and 2 by Eric Weisbard
Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life by Zeth Lundy
The Byrds’ The Notorious Byrd Brothers by Ric Menck
Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica by Kevin Courrier
Minutemen’s Double Nickels On The Dime by Michael Fournier
Steely Dan’s Aja by Don Breithaupt
Tribe Called Quest’s People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm by Shawn Taylor
PJ Harvey’s Rid Of Me: Short Stories by Kate Schatz
U2’s Achtung Baby by Stephen Catanzarite
Belle & Sebastian’s If You’re Feeling Sinister by Scott Plagenhoef
Nick Drake’s Pink Moon by Amanda Petrusich
Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love by Carl Wilson
Tom Waits’ Swordfishtrombones by David Smay
Throbbing Gristle’s 20 Jazz Funk Greats by Drew Daniel
Patti Smith’s Horses by Philip Shaw
Black Sabbath’s Master Of Reality by John Darnielle
Slayer’s Reign In Blood by D.X. Ferris
Richard & Linda Thompson’s Shoot Out the Lights by Hayden Childs
Afghan Whigs’ Gentlemen by Bob Gendron
Pogues’ Rum, Sodomy And The Lash by Jeffrey Roesgen
Flying Burrito Brothers’ Gilded Palace Of Sin by Bob Proehl
Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs by LD Beghtol

You can get more info at the 33 1/3 blog. Now make room on your bookshelves. Enter to win the books here. Also, while you’re in the winning mood, there’s still chance to take home a a Kodak Zi6 HD Pocket Video Camera,


[Mirah photo by Sarah Cass]

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