Thurday: 33 1/3 The Jesus & Mary Chain's "Psychocandy" by Paula Mejia

Oct. 27

The Jesus & Mary Chain's "Psychocandy" is an all-time great debut album, and as many critics have said over the years, it's as much a great work of pop as it is rock. The 14 songs are streamlined, brisk, and filled with sugary sweet hooks, but what makes it a landmark is the dissonant guitar noise and feedback enveloping the album with in a fuzzy bliss. Critic Paula Meija, who has written for Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, SPIN, and many others, says that "[t]he record also has this hypnotic effect on the ear and the body," and that's totally true if you've ever seen the band live or listened to "Psychocandy" with good headphones. Mejia is the author of a new 33 1/3 book—a series in which authors write about a single album—on "Psychocandy," and she'll be appearing in town to discuss her work on the album with CP's own Brandon Soderberg. Come learn more about a truly great band and album. 7-9 p.m., Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, (410) 662-4444,, free. (Brandon Weigel)

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