Feature Fridays: Nuggets

Feature Fridays: Nuggets

Welcome to Feature Fridays! Every week, the AU music library staff will be highlighting a different CD or artist from our collection.

This week, Student Assistant Emily Langlois will review Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era.

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Today I’d like to feature one of the many box sets the Music Library has to offer: Nuggets – Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era. This 4-CD collection features a wide range of rock n’ roll in the late 1960s and early 1970s. With each volume striking a different tone, the listener goes on an adventure through the groovy lyrics and punchy drum kicks.

 

Volume 4 is my personal favorite because it contains catchy tracks like “Get Me To The World On Time” by the Electric Prunes and “Open Up Your Door” by Richard & The Young Lions. These songs are upbeat yet romantic and make me want to boogie on a sunny day. Volume 1 contains the “original Nuggets”, as this collection has apparently been on turntables for a number of decades. My favorite part of this set is that it features artists who aren’t too famously knownbefore listening to Nuggets, the only artists I could name from the psychedelic era were big stars like Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, and The Grateful Dead.

 

The information booklet inside of the box set is almost as interesting as the CDs themselves. It includes explanations of each song, the legacy of the Nuggets collection, and a deeper look into music in the psychedelic era. There is also beautiful art included in the booklet as well as the album covers.
If you’re interested in the history of rock n’ roll or the 1960’s-70’s, I definitely recommend checking out Nuggets. It’s authentic, unique, and informative!

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Feature Fridays (Tuesday Edition)

Feature Fridays (Tuesday Edition)

Welcome to Feature Fridays! Every week, the AU music library staff will be highlighting a different CD or artist from our collection.

This week, Student Assistant Jake Tracey will review The Creek Drank the Cradle by Iron & Wine.

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Iron & Wine (Led by Sam Beam) has become an indie and folk legend ever since the release of his debut album The Creek Drank the Cradle. Not only was the album recorded entirely on his own in his home studio with lofi equipment, but it was also met with high critical appraisal and sent him right out into the modern day folk spotlight. While he has amassed an amazing and diverse discography over the years he has been a performer, this album surely will always stand out as his best.

The album begins with a beautiful finger picked guitar and low but calming voice on the song “Lions Mane.” This song really sets the tone for the album in terms of style, lyricism, and sound recording. I mentioned before that the album used lofi equipment. What this means is that the album sounds almost like it’s coming through a fuzzy T.V. screen, giving it a mysterious but calming feel. Two other songs that are worth to note are “Faded from the Winter” and “Southern Anthem.” Both songs are accompanied with amazing guitar parts, beautiful harmonies that seem to come out of nowhere but leave the listener enamored, and of course the gentle and deep lyricism Sam Beam brings to every album.

Iron & Wine’s The Creek Drank the Cradle is available now at the music library. If you’re looking for some music to relax to, especially during finals time, I recommend immensely giving this one a listen!

 

Feature Fridays: STRFKR

Feature Fridays: STRFKR

Welcome to Feature Fridays! Every week, the AU music library staff will be highlighting a different CD or artist from our collection.

This week, Student Assistant Jake Tracey will review STRFKR’s self-titled album.

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One of the most strange and provocative indie/electronic band names also so happens to produce some equally strange but fantastic indie/electronic music! STRFKR (Pronounced Starf**cker) is a group straight out of Portland, Oregon who hit the music scene by storm back when they began in 2008. Their debut self-titled album is one of my favorite CD’s in our collection and is a stellar album from start to finish.

The album is quite diverse in terms of songwriting and style. The opening track titled “Florida” starts the album off strong with a great synth drum opening leading into the full band coming in with electric guitars and bass. The sound of their guitars almost sounds like a keyboard which gives the band a unique placement different from any other indie/electronic band. One song to note from this album is “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second” which is a highlight for me from this album. One of STRFKR’s most famous songs, it features beautiful dueling guitars, a catchy bass line, and simple lyrics which causes the song to remain in your head for weeks! The closing song for the album titled “Isabella of Castile” is one of the chilliest and most beautifully composed songs taking a more shoegaze approach to electronic music. The guitars have a beautiful dreamy vibe to them making the melody and lyrics echo beautifully.

If you haven’t given this album a listen, make sure to come by and give it one! I promise you will not be disappointed!

More new music!

Be sure to stop by the Music Library soon before school is out to check out these new scores!

Bach 6 Suites a Violoncello Solo senza Basso (Cello) M 51 .B1228 S5 S39 2000

Daugherty Jackie O (Sheet Music) M 1503 .D236 J3 2017

Bach Six Suites for Violoncello Solo (Cello) M 51 .B1128 S5 V67 2007

Malcolm Arnold Duo for Flute and Viola M 291 .A78 1985

Earle Brown Music For Violon, Cello & Piano M 312 .B866 M9 1972

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano M 312 .Z98 1990

Bach Suiten für Violoncello Solo M 51 .B1228 S5 L535 2017

Sondheim Frogs (Sheet Music) M 1503 .S705 F75 2011

Steve Martin Bright Star (Sheet Music) M 1508 .M377 B75 2016

Dvorak Te Deum M 2023 .D98 T4 1989

Feature Fridays: Good Ol’ Girls

Feature Fridays: Good Ol’ Girls

Welcome to Feature Fridays! Every week, the AU music library staff will be highlighting a different CD or artist from our collection.

This week, Student Assistant Camille Cote will review Good Ol’ Girls by Paul Ferguson.

Our blogger (who normally sets up these posts) has been out for her wisdom teeth, so apologies for the lateness of this review!

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It is obscure musical Friday again! This week, we bring you Good Ol’ Girls written and adapted by Paul Ferguson. To be perfectly honest, I could not find extensive information on the musical itself, but the songs have that slight old style country flair and plenty of female harmonies, so how could I not be a fan?! The songs are written by various Nashville-based writers including Matraca Berg and Marshall Chapman. These writers wrote songs for musicians such as The Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, and Jimmy Buffett, and you can tell. The slogan of the musical is “come for the music, stay for the stories.” However, truly, I would go for the music. It is full of beautiful harmonies, and truly, it is just full of bops. I have long been a country music hater (sorry to the 5 of you I have deeply offended) but all of a sudden all my favorite musicals have a country flair and I have to admit it, so even if you think this may not be for you, give it a try!

Come by the Music Library to check out this album! If you like it, we suggest other country-tinged musicals like Bright Star, Das Barbecuand King of Hearts, along with country albums like The Dixie Chicks’ Fly.

Feature Fridays: Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens

Feature Fridays: Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens

Welcome to Feature Fridays! Every week, the AU music library staff will be highlighting a different CD or artist from our collection.

This week, Music Library Coordinator Cameron Betchey will review Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens.

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I selected this CD from the collection not just for its singular merit, but also for the evolution of one artist’s journey that it represents. Sufjan Stevens is one of the most innovative and unique artists working today. He is unafraid to bend genres and experiment with new styles of music that one would not expect based on his past work. Each of his albums is completely different from the last and yet they each are as thoughtful and filled with the same emotional depth and purpose. Carrie and Lowell is no exception. Each track on this album is overflowing with emotion and meaning. The general mood of this album could be described as sentimental and reminiscent. Stevens reflects on his past while writing this music. It is in many ways a return to the style of his earlier albums The Avalanche and Illinois, a quieter more thoughtful sound than that of electronic-based The Age of Adz.

 Stevens wrote this album as a tribute to his mother and stepfather, Carrie and Lowell. The album is a reflection on his childhood and on the life of his mother Carrie, who lived with schizophrenia and bipolar. She was also a drug addict and abandoned Stevens when he was a year old. This subject matter alone can explain the heavy emotion displayed in each song on this album. One that stands out is the track Fourth of July that describes the death of a loved one in an extremely intimate and beautiful way. It is a song that the listener could easily reflect upon his or her own life and experience. This is a common theme in all of Steven’s music, no matter the style or genre.

Along with receiving critical praise, this album has a been able to reach a new audience for Stevens. Given his recent Oscar nomination, his popularity and that of this album will surely increase and expand his base in a new way.

Come by the Music Library to check out CDs from Sufjan Stevens, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Cinematic Orchestra and more!

New CDs Are In!

Check out these new amazing CDs from the cast album for the new Spongebob Musical to The Complete Works of Scott Joplin! The Music Library has your next obsession waiting for you!

The Ballad of Little Jo Original Cast Recording CD 10564

Arioso United States Marine Band CD 10554

The Complete Rags, Waltzes & Marches Scott Joplin CD 10553

Zipperz Manoel Felciano and Robin Coomer CD 10563

Alphabetical Ashbery, Fourth Piano Sonata, It Happens Like This Charles Wuorinen CD 10565

Louisiana Stomp Clifton Chenier CD 10559

Kid Victory Orignial Cast Recording CD 10560

Spongebob Squarepants The New Musical Original Cast Recording CD 10561

The Anthology Muddy Waters CD 10556

Mambo Kings Various Artists CD 10558

Off The Record: The Complete Jazz Band Recordings King Oliver CD 10557

For John Cage Morton Feldman CD 10562