Halloween Party Playlist

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Planning a Halloween Party and need some tunes? Here you go…enjoy!

Scarecrow/ Beck

 Ever since his thrilling 1994 debut with Mellow Gold, each new Beck album was a genuine pop cultural event, since it was never clear which direction he would follow. Kicking off his career as equal parts noise-prankster, indie folkster, alt-rocker, and ironic rapper, he’s gone to extremes, veering between garishly ironic party music to brooding heartbroken Baroque pop, and this unpredictability is a large part of his charm, since each album was distinct from the one before. That remains true with Guero, his eighth album (sixth if you don’t count 1994’s Stereopathetic Soul Manure and One Foot in the Grave, (which some don’t), but the surprising thing here is that it sounds for all the world like a good, straight-ahead, garden-variety Beck album, which is something he’d never delivered prior to this 2005 release. In many ways…

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Movie Soundtrack Playlist

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Mombasa/ Hans Zimmer

His excellent work on director Christopher Nolan’s 2008 international blockbuster The Dark Knight, was disqualified for Oscar consideration due to too many cooks (composers) in the kitchen, a handicap that doesn’t apply to Nolan’s 2010 follow-up, Inception. Zimmer’s signature move, a four- to eight-chord round that builds from a subtle breeze to an F5 tornado, serves as the foundation for Inception’s dizzying score, and the addition of Smiths/Cribs guitarist Johnny Marr, who appears on eight of the twelve cuts, dutifully expands the layers of Zimmer’s melodies, much like the dream building that occurs onscreen.  It’s beautiful and heroic, unhinged and unspeakably melancholy, and the finest and most fully realized soundtrack this prolific composer has crafted to date. -All Music Guide

 

Jake’s First Flight/ James Horner

James Cameron’s film Avatar, to judge by its record-breaking commercial take, has managed to communicate with viewers on a basic level…

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WBER DJ David’s Electronic Playlist

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This playlist features electronic, dance and techno music. Enjoy!

 

Derezzed/ Daft Punk

“The Game Has Changed” is the name of one of the tracks on Daft Punk’s score to Tron: Legacy, and it also fits Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo’s  music for the film. When it was announced that the duo would score the sequel to one of sci-fi’s most visionary movies, it seemed like the perfect fit: Their sleek, neon-tipped, playful aesthetic springs from their love of late-‘70s and early-‘80s pop culture artifacts like Tron. However, Tron: Legacy takes a much darker, more serious approach than the original film and Daft Punk follows suit, delivering soaring and ominous pieces that sound more like modern classical music than any laser tag-meets-roller disco fantasies fans may have had. “Derezzed”’s filter-disco and “End of the Line,” evoke ‘80s video games. – All Music Guide

Moar ghosts n stuff

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Music Playlist

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Lots of great new recorded music available in the Arts Division this summer! Here’s a sampling:

Sixteen Saltines/Jack White

Jack White leaves such an indelible stamp on any project he touches that a solo album from him almost seems unnecessary: nobody has ever told him what to do. He’s a rock & roll auteur, bending other artists to fit his will, leading bands even when he’s purportedly no more than a drummer, always enjoying dictating the fashion by placing restrictions on himself. And so it is on Blunderbuss, his first official solo album, arriving five years after the White Stripes’ last but seeming much sooner given White’s constant flurry of activity with the Raconteurs, Dead Weather, Third Man Records, and countless productions. -All Music Guide

Bloody Mary (nerve endings)/ Silversun Pickups

Building upon Silversun Pickup’s Swoon’s layered melodicism and once again showcasing lead singer/songwriter Brian Aubert’s  knack for…

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Summer of Love Playlist

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This month we have a “Summer of Love” book and CD display in the Arts Division and thought it would be fun to put together a playlist with the same theme…and as always, all selections are available to check out or place on hold at your Rochester and Monroe County Library. I can just smell the patchouli!

Sugar Magnolia/ Grateful Dead

A companion piece to the luminous Workingman’s Dead, American Beautyis an even stronger document of the Grateful Dead’s return to their musical roots. Sporting a more full-bodied and intricate sound than its predecessor thanks to the addition of subtle electric textures, the record is also more representative of the group as a collective unit, allowing for stunning contributions from Phil Lesh (the poignant opener, “Box of Rain”) and Bob Weir (“Sugar Magnolia”); at the top of his game as well is Jerry Garcia, who delivers the superb “Friend…

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LGBT Pride Month Playlist

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A recent article in Billboard magazine entitled “Gay & R: Marketing, music and the LGBT community’s mainstream clout,” by Andrew Hampp talks about the buzz being created by bands and artists who play gigs at gay clubs and have impacted the culture. Here is a playlist of songs and artists to celebrate Pride month.

True Colors/ Cyndi Lauper

here were a few years in the mid-’80s when one couldn’t go out for a cup of coffee without encountering Cyndi Lauper in one form or another. Her videos were playing constantly on MTV, her music was everywhere on the radio, and, best of all, children were even dressing up as Cyndi for Halloween. In retrospect, it was a Lauper-ish time but it was all over quite quickly; in fact, the period in the ultra-limelight didn’t even span the period covered by two album releases, which means that this follow-up to her…

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Rochester Summer Music Scene Playlist

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The city of Rochester comes alive with music every summer with some great events that showcase a variety of bands and artists that are as diverse as the community. The 16th annual Party In The Park kicks off every Thursday evening from 5-10 PM  for ten weeks starting on June 7 through August 9 at the Riverside Festival Site on the corner of Court Street and Exchange Boulevard across from the Blue Cross Arena. All concerts are FREE! The Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest starts Thursday July 12 and continues through Sunday July 15: lunch, dinner and live music! Highland Bowl concert highlights include Wilco and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. Here’s a sampling…

I might/ Wilco

The Whole Love is the work of a band that’s stylistically up for anything, from the edgy dissonance of “The Art of Almost” and the moody contemplation of “Black Moon,” to…

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The Jazz Starts Here!

It’s that time of year again when the city’s highly anticipated Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival brings jazz lovers out of the woodwork and onto the streets and into the many venues that will feature over 200 musicians and bands.

The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County at 115 South Avenue in Rochester NY 14604 celebrates XIRJF 2012 with free noon lunchtime concerts daily from Monday June 25 to Friday June 29!! No tickets are required! Join us at the library for performances by:

Monday, June 25th
Dan White Group

Tuesday, June 26th
Doug Stone Group  

Wednesday, June 27th
Sean Jefferson Group 

Thursday, June 28th
Bob Sneider & Friends    

Friday, June 29th
Bill Tiberio Band    

The Arts Division also celebrates XIRJF 2012 with displays of jazz books, CDs and albums. Our recorded jazz music collection is the largest in the Monroe County Library System. For those looking for great vintage sound recordings on vinyl, we have pulled out some classics that we hope you will enjoy.

For a playlist of Jazz Festival recordings that are available at the library visit our playlist blog BiblioPod.

Donna Summer Homage

Ordinary Girl is legendary singer-songwriter Donna Summer’s delightfully candid memoir about her journey from singing in a Boston church to her unexpected reign as the Queen of Disco.

Playlist

Bad girls

The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer

Remix & Early Greats

VH1 Presents Donna Summer Live & More Encore!

I’m a Rainbow

Christmas Spirit

Endless summer

The Donna Summer Anthology

BiblioPod Music Advisory

What is BiblioPod?

The Rochester Public Library Central Arts Division offers Music Advisory services to help our users find the music they love in the library’s collection. Our Advisory Panel includes music and non-music Librarians, musicians, DJs and staff who are passionate about music.

How it works…

Looking for something to listen to? Want to hear the latest release from a new band? Do you just have to get your hands on all your favorite bands CDs? Planning a reunion or anniversary and need to put together a mix of genres and artists?

The Rochester Public Library’s music advisory team is here to help.  Our team is made up of experienced librarians and local DJs and talent.

Simply fill out  form and our team will search out the music you love in the library’s collection. The more information provided, the more specific will be our recommendations. Please allow 3-4 days for a response to your request.