Did ya catch our post from a couple days ago about this AU musical event on Friday? Seems like a cool jazzy time, but what if it doesn’t work out? Busy that night? Swing ain’t your style? Or do you want more than one on-campus musical event to go to this weekend?
If you answered yes to any of those, WVAU (American University’s very own internet-only student-run radio station) has your back! You see, on Saturday night, WVAU (collaborating with SUB) are bringing none other than rising indie rockstar Mac DeMarco to perform in the SIS Founder’s room.
Mac, hailing from America’s very own hat, Canada, will bring a great night to AU, full of his own brand of slackeriffic indie guitar rock. The thing about Mac is, despite his uncompromisingly chill vibe, he’s hiding quite an incredible musical brain, each one of his songs boasting addictive, sweet hooks and casually pretty guitar arrangements. Since the release of his second album, the sleazy masterpiece of narcotic guitar known simply as 2, he’s been picking up a lot of buzz and touring nearly incessantly. Live, his vibe is supplemented by his goofy antics and a host of hilarious cover songs. Definitely worth missing that frat party!
And don’t fret about the price, folks; it’s free for all AU students! It is, however, closed to the public, so if you’re thinking of bringing your non-AU significant other to the concert, forget it! Local DC band Shark Week is opening, bringing their best faux-Californian surf rock swag. It’s gonna be a sweet time!
And here’s the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/753864981296311/
Hey all! Music Library blogger numero uno here, excited to tell you about a great opportunity to get down with some swingin’ tunes right here on campus, this very weekend!
That’s right, this semester’s AU Jazz Orchestra concert is happening this Friday night, November 15th! Billed this semester as “Jazz Next Door,” the concert marks the culmination of AU professor Josh Bayer’s semester with his jazz orchestra course. This year, the band will be playing through not one, not two but ELEVEN charts. This includes an original arrangement by Prof. Bayer, as well as one by AU senior (and saxophonist) David Komorowski. I’ve heard them, and they’re great.
Also on the bill are the Shepherd University Jazz Big Band, who will be playing five tunes including (ooo la la) an arrangement of Radiohead’s “Kid A.” Definitely excited for that one!
So come on over for a great night of swinging chops! The event begins at 8 PM in the Abramson Family Recital hall in Katzen. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for everyone else. Here’s the event page:
and here’s the event FACEBOOK page whoa whoa:
Happy Tuesday everyone! My staff picks will highlight a segment of the Music Library’s collection that doesn’t get much attention, which is a little surprising, since we actually have quite a good amount of it: classic rock. (Or as I called it when I was little, “Dad’s music”.) Recently I’ve started to get into it though, and in doing so I found that the Music Library carries a decent (and expanding) amount of classic rock. Here, I’ve selected a few records in particular.
Black Sabbath (CD 9984)
Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd (CD 3675)
The Complete Studio Recordings – Led Zeppelin (CD 1871)
Back in Black – AC/DC (CD 9648)
Chronicle, Vol. 1 – Creedence Clearwater Revival (CD 4630)
Hey music folk! Are you, like me, completely devoid of ideas of what to do with your weekend now that the whole Halloween frenzy has ended? Well fear not, because here comes a brand new installment of Cool DC Events!
This week’s featured event goes down at the Kennedy Center, on both Friday and Saturday night. Under the eye of Finnish conductor John Storgard, cellist Sol Gabetta will perform famed Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s first Cello Concerto (op. 107). This concerto is one of the most renowned cello concertos of the 20th century, and is extremely difficult to play. Composed by Shostakovich with thoughts towards Mussorgsky and Prokofiev, it is both technically demanding and musically complex (classic Shostakovich). Who better for the task than Gabetta, who was awarded Gramophone magazine’s 2010 Young Artist Award for her playing?
“who’s playing my concerto now?”
The program also includes works by Schumann and Britten. It is sure to be quite the exhilarating cello performance, so head on over either Friday or Saturday night to get your mind blown!
And if you aren’t able to make it, you can still check out one of many music library CDs featuring this very concerto! Trust us, it’s worth the journey to Katzen.
This week’s staff picks are all the soundtracks from Motion Pictures. Aside from all of these movies being fabulous, the music in them is also downright stellar!
Music from Baz Lurhman’s Film, The Great Gatsby (CD 10106)
“A little party never killed nobody…”
This soundtrack is a compelling mix of contemporary hip hop, rap, and rock blended with the 20′s jazz aesthetic The Great Gatsby is known for. If you’re looking for a soundtrack of 1920′s period pieces you’ll be disappointed. Baz Lurhman and Jay Z have created a slickly produced album that effectively evokes the noir-dance party vibe the glamorously updated Great Gatsby film embodies.
Pulp Fiction (CD 9638)
The soundtrack the Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic combines elements of Americana, rock and roll, surf music, and soul. Often feeling like the soundtrack to a Western, the catchy and distinctive soundtrack packs a pop-culture punch that’s mirrored in the film.
The film “Once” follows the love story and musical collaboration of two musicians (played by real life collaborators Glen Hansard and Marketa Inglova). The music featured in the soundtrack is the heartfelt singer-songwriter compositions of the two musicians.
Moulin Rouge (5401)
Again, in true Baz Lurhman fashion, the soundtrack is an eclectic mix of vibrant pop-culture covers and over-the-top musical numbers performed by the actors in the film. Kitschy and melodramatic though it may be, the Moulin Rouge soundtrack remains one of my favorite albums to have a sassy sing-along too.
What’s up, readers? Did you wake up from Halloweekend Part 2 with a headache and the realization that you had a big paper on American music history coming up?
Well, if you did, or even if you didn’t, we’ve got a treat for you! One of the hidden gems of our library is our membership in different databases that allow our patrons to stream thousands upon thousands of songs and albums, for research purposes or for otherwise. One such database is called “American Song,” a collection of over 7,000 titles that can be streamed.
BMW splash you on your rainy walk home? Stream this compilation, now on American Song!
Why do I bring this to your attention now? It turns out that American Song has just been updated with 210 new albums from labels including Rebel Records, Archeophone Records, Telarc, Thompson Square Records, and Appleseed Recordings. This has strengthened American Song’s already considerable ranks of blues, bluegrass, folk and soul recordings. Some cool new additions include the above compilation, Live at Buddy Guy’s Legends, Liza Minelli at Carnegie Hall, Hellhound on My Trail: Songs of Robert Johnson, and a compilation that sounds particularly interesting and intense, This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 RPM 1957-1982.
This is a great resource both for research (any project regarding American musical folkways in any facet) and for discovering literally thousands of new titles. If this interests you, follow this link: http://subjectguides.library.american.edu/content.php?pid=77758&sid=821793 and choose the link for “American Song.” You can access it on any school computer, and if it prompts you for information, you need only to provide your last name and AU ID. Once you do that, you’ll be on your way to seriously discovering American history through music.
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