Continuum’s 33 1/3 series, in which a book is given over to an appraisal of an album, once again opened the floor for proposals last year, and the publishers got 597 of ’em in response. And our peanut gallery discussed what they wanted to pitch, and what pitches they would like to read. Now the 597 proposals have been whittled down to a short list of 170, running the gamut from two each for the Beatles’ White Album and Slint’s Spiderland to Vampire Weekend, 808s and Heartbreak and M.I.A.’s Kala. Between 20 and 25 of these will make the final cut. [33 1/3]

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