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Wilson Collection pays tribute…

By , January 25, 2016

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I think it’s safe to say that the year 2016 is starting off a little more bitter than sweet. Not only has the winter weather showed up with a vengeance, but there have been several shocking and heartbreaking deaths already this new year. Though this tribute is predominately focusing on David Bowie and his love for reading, I’d like to first recognize a few other individuals who also recently passed away.

The most recent passing being of the great, English actor Alan Rickman, who passed away last Thursday (the 14th) of Pancreatic Cancer. Though my favorite role he played will Always be Severus Snape in theAlan Rickman Harry Potter films, he was famous for many of his other films including Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, Love Actuallyand of course, Die Hard. No one will ever forget his voice either.

On a more personal note, this next individual that passed away on Jan. 12th is being mentioned because his death was felt by everyone in the Butler Bulldog community – a community I am very much a part of as a proud alumna. At the young age of 25, former Butler basketball player Andrew Smith passed away after 2 tough years battling Cancer.

I could go on about the tough fight Andrew put up, how strong his wife was throughout the battle (and how strong she still is), and what he means to the school, but you’d be reading forever, and as Brad Stevens (former Butler coach-turned Celtics coach) said “it still wouldn’t do him justice.” But I’ll simply say that my thoughts go out to his family and friends, and summarize his character with a message sent out from the school – “He is, was, and always will be a Bulldog.

Andrew SmithSorry to take it down a notch, but like all lives, these are worth mentioning and remembering.

For the last tribute, I’m going to recognize innovative English musician, David Bowie. Bowie passed away on January 10th, just 2 days after his birthday and the release of his latest album, Blackstar.

As sad as I am at his passing like many others, I will halt here on my tribute to Bowie because if you are a regular follower of the Library’s Off-the-Shelf blog, you have already seen the beautiful tribute written by Bryan on January 11th. If not, click here to check it out. Instead, I’d like to share a few of Bowie’s favorite books via the Wilson Collection.

David BowieLike music and art, Bowie enjoyed immersing himself in a book; it was one of his favorite forms of relaxation. When he toured or was filming a movie, he had a large collection of books with him always. And, he was also one of the first celebrities to pose for the American Library Association’s series of READ posters. For the 1987 edition, you can find Bowie jumping for joy (it appears) while he reads Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. 

If you haven’t already seen the many shared articles and Twitter feeds, a list of Bowie’s top 100 favorite books was released (unsure of when and by whom initially). Though I wish we had every single one of them in the Wilson Collection, I was at least happy to find a few.

 

 

Here are 3 of his favorites:

Madame BovaryMadame Bovary
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Water-Color Illustrations by: Gunter Böhmer
LEC: 1938

  • This is a tragic story about Emma Bovary, the wife of a doctor, who indulges in adulterous behavior to escape her provincial life. I say “tragic” because the story ends with Emma taking her own life due to unhappiness.
  • This book is not only considered to be a masterpiece, but is also a seminal work of literary realism. It received strong backlash when it was first published due to its controversial content.
  • This copy of the book is signed by well-known German-Swiss illustrator, Gunter Böhmer. Though he was also known as a talented painter and draftsman, he was best known for his stylistic book illustrations.

The BridgeThe Bridge
Author: Hart Crane
Photographs by: Richard Mead Benson
LEC: 1981

  • It is a long poem with varying scope and style and was written as an ode to the Brooklyn Bridge and New York City.
  • Though he traveled around to different cities while writing the poem, Crane also spent time in an apartment that overlooked the famed bridge. What Crane didn’t know when he was living there was that the designer of the bridge also stayed there during the bridge’s construction.
  • The photographs taken for the LEC copy were by talented photographer, Richard Mead Benson – a longtime admirer of New York’s geographical beauty.

The LeopardThe Leopard
Author: Giuseppe di Lampedusa
32 Photographs from the film by: Giovan Battista Poletto
Arion Press: 2015

  • The story is based on the life of the author’s grandfather, Giulio Fabrizio Tomasi, who was Prince of Lampedusa. It follows the life of a family during the Italian Risorgimento, or Resurgence.
  • Published posthumously after several failed attempts, The Leopard eventually became the top-selling novel in Italian history after initial political attacks, and is now also considered to be one of the most important literary works in the modern Italian literature.
  • The book was also made into a film, the same film that the 32 photographs were taken from.

If you’re interested in visiting the Wilson Collection, you’ll find it on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library in the East Reading Room (between the Fine Arts department and Non-Fiction). The hours are the same as the Main Library hours. If you’d like a personal tour of the collection where you’d get to see the books up close and even get to look through them yourself, either respond to this blog post or call either of the following numbers:

(615)880-2356 – leave a message for Liz.

 

My Favorite Holiday Music

By , December 22, 2015

It’s that time of year, when the world falls in love. And every song you hear seems to say, “Merry Christmas.”

Wait. I think I heard that somewhere before. Anyway, it’s almost here – that magic day that comes just once a year. I hope your shopping is done. (I hope mine is done, too, by the time this posts!) So this year, I want to share with you my favorite Christmas albums. These are ones I listen to every year without fail.

The Christmas Album
The Manhattan Transfer

I blame this one on my dad. He has always been a huge Manhattan Transfer fan as I was growing up, so of course I loved them too. This may be my super-all-time-favoritest album for Christmas ever. If you haven’t heard it – you need to. It’s gorgeous and peppy and fun. Go download it on freegal right now. Go…oh. What? You only have 7 tracks to download and there’s 11 total? Ok, just come by my office and I’ll sing the other four for you so you don’t have to wait until next week to finish your album. That’s how much I want you to hear this album. I think my favorite song on the album is the very first one – Snowfall. It’s sad that we lost lead singer Tim Hauser (he’s the bald guy in the picture) last year. As the founder and driving force behind the group, he has been and will be missed.

Christmas Songs
Jars of Clay

This one’s all me. I’ve been a Jars of Clay fan since high school. You may have heard of them because of the song, Flood, that came out in the 90′s. I think I like this album so much because of their song choice. They picked some standards like O Little Town of Bethlehem or God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. But they also picked songs that aren’t often sung like Love Came Down at Christmas and In the Bleak Midwinter. My favorites are Wonderful Christmastime, written Paul McCartney, and Christmastime is Here from Charlie Brown. If you can’t get the physical CD because some else has it checked out, you can also listen to this album on hoopla. You don’t want to miss this mellow Christmas celebration.

Christmas Collection
The Carpenters

Ok, so I picked one because of my dad and one I liked. This last one has to be my mom’s favorite album. It never feels like Christmas until I hear Karen Carpenter singing “Merry Christmas Darling.” It seems like we always listen to this one in the car as we are travelling places over the holidays. I think Karen is the more famous of the siblings, but Richard has got some musical chops too. He did all the arrangments and played the piano – which let me tell you as a pianist, those parts are HARD! Besides Merry Christmas Darling, I also like their Carol of the Bells arrangement and Nutcracker medley. You can check out the one of the three CD copies if other folks will share, or you can also catch this one on hoopla.

Well, that’s it. Those are my favorites. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Happy listening…and eating cookies…and opening presents…and watching The Christmas Story

:) Amanda

Free Music, You Say?!

By , August 14, 2015

Did someone say free and live music all in one sentence?! That’s right, it’s that time of year again when NPL and local radio station, Lightning 100, begin both of their free concert series – the Courtyard Concerts and Live on the Green. Both concert series provide a wide variety of talented performers for any connoisseur of music…don’t believe me, just watch! Check out the line-ups below along with links to what the Library has to offer…

2015 Courtyard Concerts

All concerts occur in the 2nd floor Courtyard, from 11:45 – 1:00 on nine consecutive Tuesdays from August through the beginning of October. And they are rain or shine, with a secondary location already set up just in case.

Occurred this week – August 11th - Riders in the Sky
“America’s Favorite Cowboys”

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August 18thRod McGaha
Jazz

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August 25th - Marshall Chapman, Malcolm Holcombe & Mary Gauthier
Songwriter’s Session

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September 1st - Sara Sant’Ambrogio
Grammy Award-Winning Classical Cellist

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September 8th - The WannaBeatles
Beatles Music at its best

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September 15th - Jonell Mosser
Americana/Soul

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September 22nd - Andy T Nick Nixon Band
Blues/R&B

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September 29th - Jerry Douglas and Friends
Bluegrass and more

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October 6th - Revolfusion
Latin

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To learn more about each artist and the event, click on the following link to view the Courtyard Concerts’ page.


Live on the Green

And now for a slightly more crowded yet still as entertaining concert series. Live on the Green takes place in Public Square Park in front of the historic Metropolitan Courthouse, in downtown Nashville. Starting August 20th, the 4-week music festival occurs every Thursday evening, beginning at 6:15 and finishes around 11:00. For the second year in a row, the festival concludes with a 3-day, multi-stage event with many great artists, several of which are local.

Check out the line-up for this year:

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"Moon Taxi" at Ascend Ampitheater on August 6th

Moon Taxi at Ascend Amphitheater on August 6th

As of recently, Lightning 100 has released the last few remaining artists. One of the last headliners that was announced is the local band, Moon Taxi (you can find Moon Taxi’s music on Freegal). Along with the Louisville-native band My Morning JacketMoon Taxi played a show at Ascend Amphitheater on Thursday, August 7th. Lightning 100 sponsored that show as well and announced after Moon Taxi’s performance that the band would be returning for Live on the Green. I know because I was there. I’ve seen both of those bands now several times and every time is different but equally as awesome. Moon Taxi has played Live on the Green many times in the past, only missing out on two seasons in its six-year span. So make sure you don’t miss them this year, they do a killer Pink Floyd cover of “Another Brick in the Wall.”

Without further ado, here is this year’s schedule:

August 20th - Elliot Root, Shakey Graves, and Lord Huron (Freegal)

August 27th - Houndmouth, J Roddy Walston & the Business (Hoopla), and Cold War Kids (Freegal)

September 3rd - Greg Holden (Hoopla), The Delta Saints (Freegal)and Moon Taxi (Freegal)

Three-Day Festival EventSeptember 10th-12th

Thursday - Civil Twilight (Freegal), Humming House, Kopecky (formerly the Kopecky Family Band) (Hoopla | Freegal), JD McPherson (Hoopla), Delta Rae (Hoopla)and Rodrigo y Gabriela (Hoopla|Freegal)

Friday - Smooth Hound Smith, Turbo Fruits (Hoopla|Freegal), Zella Day (Hoopla), The Vespers, Big Data (Hoopla), Colony House (Freegal), and Passion Pit (Freegal)

Saturday (starts at 1:15) - Mr. Steve, The Districts (Hoopla | Freegal), Future Thieves, Lennon & Maisy, Kaleo, Elle King (Hoopla|Freegal), Anderson East (Hoopla), Family of the Year (Hoopla), All Them Witches (Hoopla), another band to be announced on Aug 14th, and the final headliner is…….(drum roll please)…..BEN FOLDS (Hoopla|Freegal)!

Though I’m excited to see all of these bands (a few I’ve already seen and loved), I’m mostly looking forward to:

Elliot Root: Minus the multiple voices, they remind me of Milo Greene and The Lone Bellow a little – and seem like they’ll be great live.
Lord Huron: For obvious reasons, they have such a unique and lovable sound.
Rodrigo y Gabriela: I mean, come on…acoustic guitar duo that did a cover of “Stairway to heaven.” Yeah. 
Passion Pit: 
I missed him when I was at Bonnaroo a few years ago, so I’m glad I’m getting a second chance. With an indietronic sound and high-pitched talented voice, Passion Pit is similar to the bands Empire of the Sun, MGMT and a personal favorite - Matt & Kim
Kaleo: Another awesome band from Iceland, I think of the bands Ásgeir and Hozier when I hear them. Yes, Ásgeir is also from Iceland but the softness of this lead singer’s voice is very much as enjoyable as Ásgeir. And I was reminded of Hozier in their song “Way Down We Go” because of its edge.

Also, fun fact: one of the performers at Live on the Green this year is the daughter of comedian, Rob Schneider. Can you guess who? Here’s your hint, she has a catchy tune about her exes…

Find out more information about the festival, VIP tickets, personalized schedules and more at the Live on the Green website.  

The Wilson Collection is music to my eyes and ears

By , July 27, 2015

Music notes

“The drums come in on the beat of one to lift my soul.” ~ Maya Angelou, Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul

Like other forms of art, music represents an expression that’s free, open-to-interpretation, and loved in its many variations. It also has an advantage among other forms of art – its intangible presence allows it to be weaved throughout the rest of the art world (and for that matter, the rest of the world in general). Like many others and many of my fellow staff members, I am an avid fan of all types of music. Without getting too sentimental about what music means to me, I can simply say that if I go a day without listening to music, you know something is wrong. I use it to think, chill out, calm down, get excited, read a book, get work done, to get cleaning done faster, go on road trips, ponder meaning in the world…you get the idea.

So I’m going to combine my love for music with my passion for books, and discuss a few books from the Wilson Collection that are either music-related or musically inspired. I’ve discussed this first book before if you recognize it, but because it’s such a unique part of the collection, it’s worth mentioning again…

Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul 

"Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul" by Maya Angelou

“Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul” by Maya Angelou

by Maya Angelou
LEC, 2003

Of course anything by Maya Angelou is going to be well worth the read, but this one is significant because it is a first edition book created strictly for the LEC. And what about music, you say? Everything about the poem and book is rooted in music. Angelou links joy and pain and music all in one, not as her own but as humanities pain as well. 

An original jazz composition was created by Wynton Marsalis just for the book, as well. The disc includes a 30-minute composition of Angelou reading the poem, with Marsalis on trumpet and a few more instruments in the background. This added feature helps bring the poem alive, along with the 6 colored etchings by Dean Mitchell.

It’s an amazing all-in-one package for the LEC subscribers and even more valuable because only 400 copies were printed, and the book was signed by the author, artist, and musician.  

"Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul" by Maya Angelou

"Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul" by Maya Angelou


A Lie of the MindA Lie of the Mind
by Sam Shepard
Arion Press, 1993

One might say that the author of this play has “The Right Stuff” when it comes to writing. Hahaha, I realize I am probably the only one chuckling at this one so let me explain. Though he is a man of many talents, having won a Pulitzer Prize for a previous play in 1979, Sam Shepard is more commonly recognized as an actor. And more specifically, you can find him playing Chuck Yeager in the movie, The Right Stuff. If you haven’t seen that, then maybe you’ve seen him in Black Hawk Down, Swordfish, August: Osage County, The Notebook, Steel Magnolias…ladies. But if you are still clueless, clearly you don’t watch much tv. Just kidding, just IMDB him.

But anyway, he’s a talented playwright as well, with this play being named the best new play of the season by the New York Drama Critics Circle in 1986. The story is a heavy one following two families as they struggle to deal with a severe incident of spousal abuse. Now for the musical relation – along with the book, subscribers to the Press also received a CD recording by the Red Clay Ramblers from the first production of the play. Actually, the current tapping of my toe is due to that soundtrack, it’s quite catchy being an “Old Crow Medicine Show”-type sound.

A Lie of the Mind     A Lie of the Mind

 

"Requiem" by Anna

“Requiem” by Anna Akhamatova

Requiem
by Anna Akhamatova
LEC, 2000

The power of this poem can certainly be felt in the music that accompanies it. Requiem is a group of short poems written by Anna Akhamatova, a Russian poet whose work was officially prohibited during the Stalin era. The years were tough for Akhamatova and remained that way until the dictator’s death in 1953.

Eventually, the Writer’s Union paid tribute to “the great Soviet poet who for more than half a century devoted herself to the noble service of Russian poetic speech, of the homeland, and of Soviet society building a new world” (LEC newsletter).

Though love was primarily her focus, Requiem focuses on her experiences during the siege of Leningrad. The poems combined include her work between 1935 and 1943. This passionate piece of work focuses on love, shame, and hatred. Subscribers to the LEC received a treat when the CD including Sir John Tavener’s musical rendering of Requiem was included with their book. This recording is from the 1981 rendering played at London’s Royal Albert Hall. This was the first time that the LEC included a musical recording with its books.

Requiem

Requiem


Other musical tidbits:

Outside of the good music mentioned above, the Library has other means of providing good tunes. For example, the variety you can find if you use Freegal and Hoopla. Freegal is a great service because you can download the music for you to keep (only 7 songs a week, please). And Hoopla is also cool because you can listen to an entire album that was recently released, and then purchase later as I usually do. For example, some of the albums you see below are found on Hoopla

"The Fool" by Ryn Weaver

“The Fool” by Ryn Weaver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you like the Glass Animals, you will like this girl. Her song “Octahate” came across my radar when I was listening to a Glass Animals Itunes station. The album is solid and full of variety. Also look for “Pierre” and “Promises”.

Marina and the Diamonds

“Froot” by Marina and the Diamonds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also another similarity to Glass Animals and Ryn Weaver, Marina has several more albums out prior to this one which I plan to listen to when I get the chance. But to speak for this one, it has a fun, somewhat ‘poppy’ feel to it but infused with Florence-like tones.

"Drones" by Muse

“Drones” by Muse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though I have not listened to this album fully as of yet, I love the band and all of their previous albums. A friend and co-worker recommended this one to me, explaining that it is possibly the best thing that he has ever heard. I don’t doubt him.


The Wilson Room is open during regular library hours. If you are interested in viewing any of the Wilson Collection books individually, you can make an appointment by calling either (615) 880-2356 or (615) 880-2363, or simply respond to this blog post.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for a special Off-the-Shelf post about school next month!

Enjoy!

Popmatic Podcast for June 10, 2015: Bonnaroo vs. CMA Fest

By , June 10, 2015


ZABA by Glass AnimalsBonnaroo and CMA Fest are the same weekend causing a musical vortex unlike anything in the history of the known universe. Welcome to the unknown. We have recommendations.

BONNAROO & CMA FEST

Benjamin Booker by Benjamin Booker

Sturgill Simpson CD | Freegal

Florence and the Machine CD | Hoopla

Glass Animals

Nick Thune

Natasha Leggero

Cameron Esposito

The Kindest Thing Jay Leno Ever Did for Me

Reggie Watts

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

AWOLNATION

Deadmau5 CD | Freegal | Hoopla

Tanya Tucker’s Greatest Hits by Tanya Tucker

TICKLING OUR FANCY

Dear Bitches Smart Authors podcast

From the Desk of Warren Ellis by Warren Ellis

Phenomenal” by Eminem

Go” by The Chemical Brothers

Steve Albini’s Face the Music 2014 keynote

Sewer Goddess

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Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast Post for May 6, 2015: The Saga of a Family Bicycle

By , May 6, 2015

We interrupt this regularly scheduled podcast to bring you the latest consumer safety report: Bicycles – Green Transportation or Human Death Traps?* My name is Amanda and posting with me today are Mike and Jeremy. Bill mentioned something about researching the Manson Family for this podcast, but we haven’t heard from him since. Maybe someone should check on him?

This is the (printed version of the) Popmatic Podcast, where you can rock out with your library card out. For the last couple of months, Nashville Public Library has been celebrating Nashville Reads with Rita Sepetys’ book, Between Shades of Gray.

Between Shades of Gray is a family saga of sorts, but since everyone in Nashville has probably already read this book in advance of Tuesday’s author talk, we here in the land of Popmatic decided to share with you our other favorite family sagas.

Personally, I love family sagas. I love reading 500+ pages (or even better multiple books) about the same family. Yes it’s sad when some family members inevitably die, but that’s life right? A new series has come out that piqued my curiosity. I’ve wanted to read Jane Smiley ever since I found out that she wrote a book called Moo. In the fall of 2014, she released the first book in what she is calling The Last Hundred Years Trilogy entitled Some LuckSmiley follows the Langdon family from rural Iowa in the 1920′s to 2020. Some Luck covers 1920-1953. I really liked it because she didn’t belabor each year. The Dust Bowl came and went. The war came and went. And yet, the Langdon’s continue on.

I grew up in rural Indiana as opposed to Iowa, but I come from hardy German peasant stock, like the Langdons. One of our local grocery stores was called Augsbergers and the maternal grandparents in this book were Augsbergers. Many other names were familiar to me and I felt like I was reading about my own family  - my maternal grandfather was a farmer as well. Honestly, the book started off a little slowly, but by the end I couldn’t put it down and now I can’t wait to see what the next volume will hold for the Langdons! Good thing the library has the second book Early Warning. Put your hold on it today.

From the Desk of Mike:

Rowan Atkinson is most famous to American audiences as Mr. Bean, but he also played various members of a British family in another British import called Blackadder.  In the late early eighties, Atkinson and writer Richard Curtis were working on a show called Not the Nine o’Clock News, when they came up with the idea of a historical sitcom.  BBC executives told them that sitcoms and history don’t mix.  Seeing this as a challenge they developed the first Blackadder series, a sort of alternate history where Richard III won the battle of Bosworth Field.  Edmund Blackadder (Atkinson) plays a dim-witted cowardly prince who is constantly scheming to seize the throne.  His servant, Baldrick, played by Tony Robinson, assists him in his plans.

Each subsequent series would feature another Edmund Blackadder in another point in history, from the Elizabethan age all the way to an hour long TV special set in 1999 called Blackadder Back & Forth.  The Blackadders would progressively become cleverer, but each generation would become lower and lower in social status.  He is always assisted in his plans to rise in the social ladder by another loyal Baldrick, and sometimes helped by a none-too-bright aristocrat (in two seasons his best friend is played by Hugh Laurie, who would go on to star in the series House).  Of course, all of his carefully thought out plans backfire, and they try to fix them, which backfires yet again.  Usually at some point Baldrick exclaims “I have a cunning plan!” and then says something completely unhelpful and nonsensical.  Here is an exchange from the fourth series:

Private Baldrick: It’s part of a cunning plan, sir.
Captain Blackadder: Of course it is.
Private Baldrick: You know how they say that somewhere there’s a bullet with your name on it?
Captain Blackadder: Yes?
Private Baldrick: Well I thought that if I owned the bullet with my name on it, I’ll never get hit by it. Cause I’ll never shoot myself…
Captain Blackadder: Oh, shame!
Private Baldrick: And the chances of there being *two* bullets with my name on it are very small indeed.
Captain Blackadder: Yes, it’s not the only thing that is “very small indeed”. Your brain for example- is brain’s so minute, Baldrick, that if a hungry cannibal cracked your head open, there wouldn’t be enough to cover a small water biscuit.

One giant perk of getting Blackadder from the library and watching it on DVD instead of streaming is that there are special features to explain some of parts of British history that Americans may not get (for example, I had no idea about rotten boroughs.) We even have the completely remastered edition of the entire run of Blackadder on DVD. Why haven’t you checked it out yet?

Just Jeremy:

None of the Ramones are actual Ramones, but they were brothers in every sense of the word. Being in a band is like being in a family, and touring the world in planes, trains, and automobiles is like sharing a tiny room. Tensions will inevitably flare, especially when someone doesn’t shower regularly or abstain from heroin.

A good place to start with the saga of the Ramones is the box set Weird Tales of the Ramones, which features gems from all the band’s studio albums. This will give you all the buzzsaw guitar, mispronunciations of “massacre” and “basement”, and Burger King references you need.

To see the dynamics behind this unique clan, check out the movie End of the Century. This movie features interviews with the band, footage from some of their earliest shows, and insights into the group’s successes and failures from insiders and famous fans.

There are plenty of books by and about the Ramones. My favorite of these is probably Johnny Ramone’s Commando. Though technically not that good of a book–it reads like a transcript of a long interview/monologue–Johnny is fascinating because he was stubbornly committed to the his idea of how the band should be, and he was a Ted Nugent-level conservative in a music scene generally associated with more progressive ideas.

*So the reason we are posting instead of podcasting is that Bryan had a slight disagreement with his bicycle and the road that resulted in an injury to his arm, which then resulted in his doctor having to lock Bryan up in his office because the new robot arm tried to take over the world. Don’t worry, it’s under control, but please bear with us in the meantime. If you miss us and want to hear our voices, you can always listen to classic episodes of the Popmatic Podcast here, or subscribe to the Popmatic Podcast on the iTunes. Hopefully, we’ll get Bryan fixed up and rescue Bill in time to be back for next week’s glorious podcast where we discuss Australia.

That’s not a knife…

 

Popmatic Podcast for March 11th, 2015: A Robot By Any Other Name

By , March 11, 2015


Kraftwerk Computer WorldHollywood is banking on robots. So is this episode. Plus what is tickling our fancy this week.

ROBOTS

Cybermen in Doctor Who: 1-4 The Doctors Revisited

Forbidden Planet

Cult Movies: the Classics, the Sleepers, the Weird, and the Wonderful by Danny Peary

The Robot Hall of Fame

Outer Limits Season 1 Episode 19 “I, Robot

I am Not Spock by Leonard Nimoy

I am Spock by Leonard Nimoy

My Incredible, Wonderful Miserably Life: An Anti-Memoir by Adam Nimoy

Robots

Moon

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Kraftwerk CD | Hoopla

R.U.R. by Karel Capek

TICKLING OUR FANCY

Lone Wolf McQuade part of Movies @ Main

Chris Offutt on Fresh Air

Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Where Are Ü Now” (featuring Justin Bieber) by Jack Ü aka Skrillex and Diplo

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Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Sound City

By , January 18, 2015

SoundCityThis gem can be found on Hoopla and is certainly worth watching. If you read the recent Rolling Stone cover story  (December 4, 2014 – available via Zinio!) on Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters (and of course, former Nirvana member) you know he’s an intensely busy guy and that he loves the history and uniqueness of American recording studios.

Grohl produced and directed this full length documentary on the Van Nuys, California landmark, Sound City in 2013. It will have to hold me over until I can view, somehow, Sonic Highways, the eight part HBO music studio/city travelogue series he recently completed.

Sound City Studios and its legendary Neve sound mixing console saw numerous excellent bands and recordings throughout the seventies and into the nineties (a modern highpoint being Nirvana’s Nevermind) and beyond until the digital age/Pro Tools and other changes affected it’s ultimate demise in 2011. From Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors, Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedos, Hard Promises (and others) to  recordings by Rick Springfield (you’ll learn more about his famous dog too), War, Cheap Trick, Johnny Cash and many others this place reveled in a no frills / do it live ethos that resulted in some truly solid recordings. Was it the room dynamics that lead to the terrific and much sought after drum sound? Or a combination of magic and luck…

The film is a flowing trip of first hand recollections, great footage, interviews with musicians and those that worked there or helped make the recordings – Butch Vig, Ric Reuben among them along with Grohl’s own animated appearances. Find out what eventually happened to the legendary sound board, see Stevie Nicks laying down vocals with the Foo Fighters and Paul McCartney jamming on what appears to be an electric cigar box guitar! Great stuff.

-Phil

Sound City

Popmatic Podcast October 1st, 2014: Artober

By , October 1, 2014


Pollock DVD coverMuch to their parents’ chagrin, all the Popmatic crew turned out “artistic.” It’s a good thing October is Artober in Nashville. During the Tickle My Fancy segment, Mike initiates his own version of Artober, SHOCK-TOBER! Muhahahahahaha!

ARTOBER

Artober Nashville

Artober events at NPL

Play It Again: An Amateur Against the Impossible by Alan Rusbridger

4 Ballades by Frédéric Chopin performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy (including “Ballade No.1 in G minor”)

Finding Vivian Maier

Eye to Eye: Photographs by Vivian Maier

Pollock

Jackson Pollock: Energy Made Visable by B.H. Friedman

Portrait of an Artist: Jackson Pollock documentary

The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan

TICKLING OUR FANCY

House of Windows by John Langan

Walk Among the Tombstones

King of New York

Litographs

Proud Too Be Weird by Ralph Steadman

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Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast September 3rd, 2014: Work, Work, Work

By , September 3, 2014


Intern's Handbook by Shane KuhnIt’s back to business after Labor Day. Unironically, we do a work themed episode and we all choose to talk about books. We’re librarians – get it? During tickle my fancy, a debate flares up about whether Popmatic is about high or low culture. Amanda settles it with an appreciation of Drunk History.

WORK

The Interns’ Handbook by Shane Kuhn

High Plains Drifter

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People interactive infographic

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Carsick by John Waters

TICKLING OUR FANCY

Shakespeare in the Park

David Olney

Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey

Drunk History

Go” by Grimes and Blood Diamonds

video for “Go

Work” by Iggy Izalea

Blutengel

VNV Nation Hoopla | Freegal

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Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

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