Music Blog

Folky Songstresses

Laura Marling

I'm using the term "folky" somewhat liberally here, but I didn't know how else to group this contingent of amazing female artists whose siren songs have been dominating my music listening as of late.

Here's a Spotify* playlist with some sample tracks or order their albums to be sent to your local library if you're interested in full listen.

Yasiin Bey is Mos Def

Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def)

Mos Def, who announced last month that he will now be known as Yasiin Bey, is back with Talib Kweli performing as the unique hip hop act, Black Star. These guys are both amazing on their own, and together they're dynamite. They've gone underground and independent now, but they've each built up a strong legacy of albums and films to study up on while we await whatever they might come out with next!

Yasiin's solo debut in 1996 was called Universal Magnetic. In 1999, he teamed up with Talib Kweli, known for being a "conscientious rapper" whose lyrical focus is on black self-worth and social empowerment. They came out with one of the greatest rap albums of the day, Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are...Black Star. The same year, Yasiin came out with the solo album Black on Both Sides.

BOO! It's a Beiber Christmas.

Pumpkin wearing Christmas hat

Can't get your hands on Halloween music at the Library due to high demand? Avoid serial disappointment and embrace the frighenting reality that now is the time to think about your holiday playlist.

The Library is stocking up on new holiday favorites of popular artists past and present.  Sometimes hold lists are unavoidable so don't delay and get on hold today!

Here are a few first holiday albums by the following artists: 

Classical Guitar

Marc Teicholz

Grant, one of our valued Library volunteers, is a member of the Denver Classical Guitar Society and shared the news that Marc Teicholz is coming to Colorado! Teicholz has been called both "technically gifted and musical to the core," playing more than 18 different historic guitars.

Teicholz will be performing in Denver on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the South Broadway Christian Church. While currently on faculty with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Teicholz makes the classics his own.

Music For Kids That Adults Can Love Too

As both a parent and a librarian, I recognize the importance of--and usually enjoy--fun and vibrant music made for children. Classic songs like "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," "The Hokey Pokey," and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" are wonderful for helping kids learn about the sounds of words through repetition, get ready to read, as well as develop a love for music.

But sometimes we as parents need something a little different--something for the kid in us to enjoy along with our kids.

Heavy Metal to Medal

The band Godsmack

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon (and half marathon) is rolling into Denver on October 9, 2011.  The race will have bands performing at various points throughout the course and rap up with a post run concert.

The idea of running makes me *cry* so I sought recommendations for music that will push and pump me up!  Friends tell me my regular diet of Broadway show tunes won't cut it and I need some music that will help me *roar* even if I am walking, moshing, and thrashing my way through.  Here are a few heavy metal recommendations from the Library's collection:

Spending Time with The Boss

Springsteen and the E Street Band

After years of hearing respected musicians and music-loving friends laud Bruce Springsteen, I've finally resolved to give him a chance.

My previous experience with Springsteen is limited at best.  I know most of the hits, his rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" actually stops me from flipping past the Christmas radio station, I own a well-worn vinyl copy of Nebraska, and I had a brief, but intense love of Born In the USA during elementary school (although mostly just the song, "Da

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

SSLYBY art

I liked this band's name so much that I just had to check them out, and hey--they're all right! Now is a good time to discover them, too, because they're coming to the Hi-Dive in Denver on November 30th after releasing a new album, Tape Club, on October 18th.

I heard about five snippets of SSLYBY's songs and decided in spite of myself that their indie pop tunes were fun, contagiously upbeat, and pretty awesome. Check out their Myspace page to listen to free mp3s, and don't miss their bio, which is worth a read for laughs (on the right side of the page above "contact"). You can also find them on Facebook. If you like what you hear, try out some of these bands through the library and see what you think:

"Beach" Music

beach

When I think of beach music, the sounds of Dick Dale or the Ventures quickly fill my head. This post, however, results from a mental tangent of trying to conjure up an image of a day at the beach using band names found in my record collection.

Here's what I came up with:

The Thievery Corporation Invite You To Pick Up A Protest Sign And March Into The "Culture Of Fear" Alongside Them....

Album Cover to Thievery Corporation's - Culture Of Fear

Like James Bond returning to England, the slick and stylish duo of Eric Hilton and Rob Garza return to our nation's capital to unleash a soundtrack of hope and truth, this time focused on another region in peril: their own backyard.

As the opening track 'Web Of Deception' begins you can almost picture a black 1976 Gran Torino pull up outside the Eighteenth Street Lounge in Washington DC. The doors open slowly and two gentlemen in dapper suits, dark shades, and briefcases get out, they both turn to the pulsing cities nighttime profile, settling on the elegantly lit Capitol building and shake their heads in unison before silently striding into the club to get to work.

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