Music Blog

Hop in My Chrysler, It's as Big as a Whale

recent picture of the B-52s

Known for their eclectic sound, energetic live performances, retro fashion sense - and huge bouffant hairdos! - the B-52s were popular on college radio and the live music scene of the early '80s.

After playing their first show at a house party in Athens, Georgia on Valentine's Day 1977, they moved to New York, headlining at CBGB's and Max's Kansas City. Introduced to a national audience after appearing on Saturday Night Live in 1980, they released several successful albums and had a couple of hits - Rock Lobster and Private Idaho.

Me and Emiliana Torrini

me and armini cover

If you were knocked out by the Sucker Punch soundtrack like I was you might want to further explore the work of Emiliana Torrini.

Born in Iceland of Icelandic and Italian parents Torrini has been a collaborator in the dance music scene for some years now. Working with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Paul Oakenfold, she lends her stylish sense and her fairy tale vocals to their works. Her own albums are a departure from the dance music scene and are reminiscent of a funky Tori Amos, or perhaps Regina Spektor.

From her sweet, sad and tender "Today has been OK" to the upbeat "Jungle Drum" her songs run the gamut.

I just need something Soulful!

Amazing Grace, featuring James Cleveland and songs by Thomas Dorsey

Some say music calms the nerves. Sometimes you just need something soothing and inspirational or maybe something jazzy, or a little bit of Rhythm and Blues, and at times you just want to hear the powerful, vibrant voices of gospel's greatest.

 

Have you been in the mood for an inspirational song? Maybe you're going through a difficult time and just need a pick-me-up, something soulful and uplifting.

Hearing Aretha sing "Oh Mary don't you weep" will send chills down your spine. Aretha sings it with such passion and feeling it's like you're jolted back into time, standing in between the pews clapping your hands and stomping your feet.

Connecting the dots

Tom Waits

What do Tom Waits, Hunter S. Thompson, and Steve Jobs have in common? Besides—that is—there being popular new material out by, or about, each? The answer is—believe it or not—the venerable Keith Richards.

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:

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