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Heavy Metal Poetics

Scurrilous

Today’s heavy metal music shares surprising similarities with the classical music of the past. In Beethoven’s day, his music was thought by some to be distasteful and chaotic; Bach and Vivaldi shocked with their upbeat and technical compositions.  How will the future judge musical pioneers of the present?

"Every word ever written will fall short of its intent

Even sung or spoke or screamed they will betray what they have meant

Language is the heart's lament, a weak attempt to circumvent

the loneliness inherent in the search for permanence"

The Decemberists Tonight at The Ogden

The King is Dead Album Cover

Portland based rock-band, The Decemberists, will be rocking The Ogden tonight. Don't have tickets to the sold out show? Don't despair, the library owns many of their albums, including their latest, The King is Dead, which just came out on January 14th.

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Local bands at your local library!

Nathaniel Rateliff

Some of our local music makers have material available at the library. Check them out, and then go see them around town!

For more local music goodness, check out DPL's local music portal. And for even more, scope out local music sites Reverb, Westword, and the AV Club.

(Click here to see all the albums listed below on one page in the catalog.)

Two person bands

White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan

Large bands are trendy right now. They approach the size of a full orchestra and completely fill the stage. The groups listed here though run in the opposite direction by having only two people!

Jay-Z and N*E*R*D save you from programming your iPod for the party.

Jay-Z

Normally the title "Hits Collection..." or "Best Of..." was seen as a gravestone for a popular musician, a last dash at cash before you retired to your castle in upstate New York or vineyard in California. But in the case of once-retired hit maker/CEO/business mogul Jay-Z, and the touch of gold production team of N*E*R*D, it sounds more like just another calm before the storm.

First off if you are a serious Jay-Z or N*E*R*D fan then there is nothing new for you on these releases other than a trip down memory lane without sitting in a pile of your CDs and 12"s. But the twist here is that if you are a rock-solid Shawn Carter fan or actually bought the N*E*R*D's first album before Pharrel scrapped it and re-recorded the whole thing for a second release, then you might start questioning the use of the titles "Best Of.." and "Hits Collection".

Forgotten Heroes

There is nothing quite as exciting as making a new musical discovery - and that discovery is somehow made sweeter when you stumble upon the sounds of a prolific artist you never really considered before. This happened to me recently when I finally got turned onto the music of Bruce Springsteen - somebody who has been a staple in many people's musical rotations for years.

When I was young my only knowledge of “The Boss” was the song "Born in the U.S.A" - I remember it being blasted at sporting events and on television, and I really had no interest in it (and it’s still not a favorite of mine). I think I was a little too young to have been a Bruce convert from the start - I missed the mania and therefore didn’t understand what the fuss was all about.

Scotland Rocks!

When most people think of Scottish music, an image of a man in a plaid skirt comes to mind. But there's a lot more than bagpipes and fiddles going on north of Hadrian's Wall.

I'm the sort of person who really likes music, but who doesn't really care a lot about bands. My friends (who are in a very good band called My God Micah) must get exasperated with me because I never know who sings any song and am totally clueless about which bands play what shows where.

TuneGlue Finds New Music For You

If you are looking to widen your musical horizons based on musical groups or artists that you already enjoy, I recommend using the online tool TuneGlue. Next time you are browsing the library's music collection you will be supplied with new artists to discover and treasure!

When you first pull up the website, you might be underwhelmed at the sheer sparseness of it. Start by searching for a musical artist or group that you like. After searching, a little record icon pops up. Click on the icon and then on "Expand" - you will be given a handful of different artists or groups that you may also enjoy. Click on any of the bands or musical artists to generate even more leads. Sometimes, the connections overlap and create a web of suggestions.

Why do we sing Auld Lang Syne at New Year's anyway?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And auld lang syne! 

What does that mean anyway?

Auld Lang Syne is based on a Scottish poem, attributed to Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns in 1788. Auld Lang Syne translates to "Old Long Since," and more roughly it means "long, long ago" or "days gone by." There are many verses to the traditional song and the deeper meaning lies within these stanzas. These verses expound on the glories of friendship, fellowship and hope for the future, while still honoring days gone by.

You can find Auld Lang Syne on the following CDs, plus many Christmas albums.

Country Christmas

Country and Western music artists bring a heapin' helping of warmth and cheer to the Holidays. Deck the Halls, ya'll!

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