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It’s Valentine’s Day… But let’s keep that Valentine’s vibe going all year long – treat your special sweeties (and all your fellow human beings) with respect and love every day! Ever wondered how librarians celebrate Valentine’s Day? Check out the popular materials department staff picks for favorite romantic movies and songs.
romantic movie: The Time Traveler’s Wife, Pride and Prejudice
love songs: Love is the Drug by the Bryan Ferry Orchestra, I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton
And finally, as for me, Crystal:
romantic movie: Something New
love songs: Unravel by Bjork, Bed of Nails by Wild Beasts
Alright music fans, if you have a library card then you have no excuse not to try Hoopla, the library’s brand new site for streaming content and downloads. It’s being hailed as the library’s answer to Netflix, but it’s also a killer source for discovering new music! (Here’s how to sign up) Since it’s Black History Month, I thought I’d feature some of my favorite African American musicians that you can find on Hoopla. You get 10 albums per month with your library card, so…I present to you a top 10 list for the month of February. I am going to start off with some modern music makers who are carrying on the torch, and circle back to a couple of those innovators (of which there are too many to list, and would just scratch the surface of Hoopla’s expansive back-catalog.)
Album: The Electric Lady
Album: Pushin’ Against A Stone
Album: Dear Science
Album: Genuine Negro Jig
Album: Chamber Music Society
Album: A Live at Central Park
3) Bobby McFerrin : A vocal innovator and composer who moves fluidly between genres. For those expecting more of the same from the singer of “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” you’re in for a surprise and a treat.
Album : VOCAbuLarieS
1) Ornette Coleman : No doubt one of the innovators. But the inventor of free jazz continues to be cutting edge in his old age, having collaborated with the likes of Lou Reed and director David Cronenberg. Also a great example of the depth of Hoopla’s classics (25 of his albums available)
Album: Something Else!!!
Why wait? Listen now!
I’m a sucker for a catchy title, and this one was definitely intriguing. Being a student of music, the word symphony has always had an enjoyable connotation and megalithic to me just means big and bombastic. Loud. Awesome. Which is honestly not too far from the truth.
I didn’t realize how much my music listening habits had changed until I started listening to this album. I used to listen to albums from beginning to end, repeatedly. Now, instead, I listen to playlists made up of favorite single songs. It’s hard to get a good, overall picture of what the artists are trying to say- kinda like reading only one chapter of a book.
I first heard “Sail” on the radio and immediately fell in love. What was this industrial blues thing that DJs actually played? So I did a little research, having never heard of this AWOLNation group, hoping – nay praying, for there to be one more song on the album as cool as “Sail.” But I find myself continually turning up the volume as I’m listening (to the detriment of my desk neighbors – sorry guys), each song better than it’s predecessor – even before I get to “Sail.”
I think Icky Thump from The White Stripes was the last album I enjoyed as much as a whole. ”Sail” is still inexplicably my AWOL favorite, but I’m becoming a pretty big fan of it’s brother and sister songs, especially “Soul Wars” and “Jump on my Shoulders,” and it was interesting to see how they all fit into the artist’s vision.
So for the last post of the new year, check out AWOLNation. This symphony’s not bittersweet – it’s MEGALITHIC! If you can’t find me, it’s probably because I’m listening to this album somewhere.
Happy listening and Happy 2014…
Intrigued by music of Laurel Halo after hearing her track “Carcass” on RBMA’s Headphone Highlights program, I was thrilled to find Halo’s entire Quarantine album, including the track “Carcass,” is available on Freegal. I never thought the words “I, carcass” would be stuck in my head as a melodic phrase. Behind all the fuzzy layers of digital static is Halo’s classical training. She’s knows when to let a melody bleed through to keep you from drifting into the void.
The use of voice as abstract musical building block is reminiscent of Bjork’s (underrated and amazing) Medúlla. The alternating layers of cold ice and warm flannel are straight up Tim Hecker – another electronic composer, whose genre defining, critically acclaimed albums are also on Freegal. On Halo’s most recent release, Chance of Rain, she eschews vocals all together. Let’s explore this new territory together.
Downton Abbey Books:
By Emma Rowley
By Margaret Powell
By Jessica Fellowes and Matthew Sturgis
By Julian Fellowes
By Julian Fellowes
By The Countess of Carnarvon
By The Countess of Carnarvon
By Alison Maloney
By Emily Ansara Baines
By Sarah Warwick
By Jessica Fellowes
By Wendy Wax
Downton Abbey Soundtracks:
Here are some great things from the library that I will not be enjoying today:
1) Downloading “Wrecking Ball” from freegal. I’m not the biggest Miley fan, but when this song comes on the radio I love to turn it up and sing along (this might be because it’s so overly dramatic it’s funny than because it’s poignantly emotional…just saying…). Now you can own it yourself for the low, low price of free. Let the wre…eck…ecking begin.
2) Reading the Bride Quartet books on my Kindle.
Like Nora Roberts? Me too. Well, actually I really like JD Robb, but those two are so close they’re like twins (ahem). The fun part about being able to download them from Overdrive to my Kindle is that I get all four for the price of 1! There’s no waiting in between each book to see how things turn out. Thanks Overdrive and NPL! You guys are the best. Too bad my day is booked…
3) Watching Glee Season 4.
New York. Ohio. Cory Montieth’s final season. How will it all work out? I must admit I’ve fallen behind on my Glee. Sigh. There are only so many hours in a day. But thanks to the library, I have the whole season just waiting for me to check it out. But it will just have to wait. Today I have bigger things to do…
Like what, you might ask? Well, since you brought it up, I am getting married today (and cue the brass band)! So I won’t be at work to see your smiling face, but come on in any way. Check out a couple of things and we’ll chat when I get back. I’m sure I’ll have some interesting stories to tell from the reception…
Happy listening/reading/watching/singing along,
The Beautiful Unrest
By Sara Bareilles
I’ve got the eye of the tiger, a fighter. Dancing through the fire, cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me…
Wait. That’s not right.
Isn’t that Katy Perry with her latest #1 song that is NOT (boo) downloadable from freegal?
Sorry I meant to do this one:
Say what you wanna say. And let the words fall out. Honestly, I wanna see you be…
Yeah. That’s better. That’s the popular Sara Bareilles’ single that IS (yay) downloadable from freegal!
For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, Katy Perry’s “Roar” sounds quite a bit like Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.” If you’re a fan of either song, you need to hear the other to compare and contrast. Personally, I like both of them. Also, how classy was Bareilles not to drag Perry to copyright court for “stealing her song”?
Admittedly, I did like “Brave” prior to “Roar” coming out, but I haven’t really explored the Sara Bareilles oeuvre before. She actually reminds me more of Sarah McLaughlin (must be something in the name) than Katy Perry. She’s more songstress than pop star. “Brave” is just one solid track on her latest album, The Beautiful Unrest. I’m completely addicted to “Eden” and “Chasing the Sun” is good too.
My only complaint is that Bareilles, like McLaughlin, can lean a little towards the dark and morbid. But sometimes you need a little emotion in your life. Sing a song with your eyes closed and live a little.
Also, I want someone to do a really good mashup. These guys tried, but they’re kinda annoying, even if they did get the singing with your eyes closed thing down.
Happy Brave Roaring….er listening…
Random Access Memory
By Daft Punk
I’ve always kinda hated techno music. Can I say that? It just always seems so repetitively redundant. I get it…your electric box makes the same sounds in a 4-beat count. What else you got? Oh look…a drum loop. Sigh.
So then can someone please explain to me why I love this album so much? The first time I heard “Get Lucky” I kinda liked it, but was not overly impressed. But the more I’ve heard it, the more I’ve grown to like it. And while it is one of THE Songs of Summer 2013, it’s not my favorite song on the album. That is reserved for “Doing it Right.”
And while this song is repetitive – with basically two different riffs repeated over and over – it is completely addictive. I think I could listen to it for hours. I also like “Loose Yourself to Dance.” I may or may not have used this album as a book-pulling soundtrack. They are fun to dance to in the stacks. Ahem. I’m just saying…
Anyway, the best news of all is that RAM is downloadable on Freegal!!! Which means no long hold queues. And Freegal has upgraded. You still get 5 songs per week, but now you don’t have to log in just to browse. You can sample all you want without a library card. Also, Freegal now has music videos to download! This does count towards 2 of your weekly songs, but it’s worth it.
So head over to Freegal to download RAM and browse through all the new changes. Who knows, you might find a new artist that you can’t live without!
Feel free to loose yourself to dance in the meantime. Happy listening…
The Tomato Art Fest is back for its 10th year! Festivities will take place on Saturday, August 10th in historic East Nashville’s Five Points.
While you are crafting your entry for the Tomato Art Show or getting into shape for the Tomato 5k why not do it while listening to Tomato Songs Vol. 1.
Tomato Songs Vol. 1. features funny and clever songs performed by various artists, all singing their hearts out in celebration of the mighty tomato. “Pomme d’Amour” by Tom Mason is a jazzy little number, while Peter Cooper’s “Please Don’t Throw (Anymore Tomatoes at Me)” is more soulful. My two personal favorites are “Tomahter” by Pru Clearwater and the mournful ballad “The Day My Tomatoes Died” by Seth Waltenbaugh.
The Tomato Art Fest has been voted Best Festival by Nashville Scene reader’s polls since 2007…….don’t miss it or this CD.