Feature Fridays: Pure Comedy by Father John Misty

Feature Fridays: Pure Comedy by Father John Misty

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 Jacob Tracey will review the album Pure Comedy by Father John Misty.

Father John Misty (A.K.A. Josh Tillman) is an American singer/songwriter who was
formerly a part of the indie acoustic group Fleet Foxes. Josh split from them after their 2nd album titled Helplessness Blues. In that year, Josh also released his debut album under the name Father John Misty titled Fear Fun. Since then, he has gained a huge following for his music due to his clever lyrics and beautiful instrumentals. Both of these aspects of Father John Misty really show on his 2017 release Pure Comedy. A mix of political questioning, saturated media, evil technology, and hidden love make up this album both in lyrical writing and through the orchestration.

 

The album opens with one of my favorite tracks ever by any artist, “Pure Comedy.” It is a six-minute composition where Josh describes the state of the world today under the Trump Administration as well as how we treat one another. He brings up many questions to the people of the world (and in some instances to “God”) such as “[why are] half of us periodically iron deficient?” and “where did they find these goons they elected to rule them?” It’s a very interesting song that makes you think about the world from many different perspectives. Josh also covers another perspective in his song “Two Widely Different Perspectives.” In this song he brings up two perspectives on different issues that, while they are different from each other, end in the same way. It’s beautiful irony that is twisted as well as perfect at the same time.

 

Two other songs that are great from this album are “When the God of Love Returns” and “Leaving LA.” “When the God of Love Returns” is a beautiful piano ballad where Josh wonders what would happen if the God of Love that created the world were to come back and see the state of it now. One of my favorite lines from this song is God talking to Jesus saying “…you didn’t leave a whole lot for me if this isn’t hell already, then tell me what the hell is.” It’s a powerful song that sticks with you for a while. The other song, “Leaving LA,” is a 12-minute opus where Josh picks up his guitar and in classic Father John Misty style, craps on LA and the phonies that live there. He complains about how people sell out there and nothing feels real in a materialistic world.

 
Father John Misty is a great songwriter and composer who looks at things for how they are. He’s never afraid to call anyone out (even himself) which makes listening to an album like Pure Comedy all that more amazing. Be sure to stop by the Music library and check out this wonderful CD, it’s beautiful from start to finish and fills your brain with some picturesque music for an hour and half.

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Feature Fridays: Saturday Night Fever

Feature Fridays: Saturday Night Fever

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 the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever.

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Bell-bottom jeans, the gleam of a disco ball, and songs brimming with funky beats — in the swing of adopting trends from the past, we are slowly moving back towards 70s glam and proving that disco isn’t dead.

 

The defining film of that decade, Saturday Night Fever, set the tone for boogie nights and stories of unrequited love forming through dance. It featured John Travolta as a working-class Brooklyn boy who finds an escape on Saturday nights at his local disco. After its release in 1977, the soundtrack was the best-selling album of all time until the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

 

The album is chalk-full of timeless classics such as “How Deep Is Your Love” by the Bee Gees and “Disco Inferno” by The Tramps. It also includes themes from the 70s that are familiar but not necessarily famous by their titles, for example, “A Fifth of Beethoven” by Walter Murphy. Each track on the CD whirls you through both scenes of the movie and captures the era itself. The epic sound of brass bands combined with funky rhythms makes for an energizing blast of nostalgia.

 

If you want to hop into a time machine and forget some of your worries, give this soundtrack a listen. The music library is also home to other disco favorites such as Off the Wall by Michael Jackson, The Definitive Collection by ABBA, and the soundtrack to The Get Down on Netflix.

New Semester, New Scores!

With the Fall 2018 semester in full swing, be sure to stop by the Music Library to check out our new scores that just got in (and new CD)!

Schubert Klaviertrios (Piano Trios) M 312 .S38 1973

Beethoven Klavierquartette (Piano Quartet) M 410 .B42 2001

Benjamin Britten Complete Folksong Arrangements M 1620 .B858 W34 2006

Emmanuel Sejourne Losa (Vibraphone & Marimba) M 385 .S45 L67 2002

Phyllis Addison The Room (Woodwind Quintet) M 557 .A286  R6 1996

Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor M 559 .B1186 BMV 565 2002

Paul Hindemith Sonate (Five Parts) M 559 .H562 S6 1980

Zequinha Abreu Tico-Tico (Trombone Quartet) M459 .A27 T5 2005

Alberto Ginastera String quartet No. 3 (Sting Quartet & Soprano Voice) M 452 .G45 no.3 2003

Beghtol Fire And Ice: An Original Superhero Adventure (3 Trombones & Percussion) M 485 .B416 F5 2009 

William Bolcom Trombone Concerto (Trombone & Piano) M1033 .B65 C66 2017

Schubert Trio in B-flat major M 312 .S38 d.898 1975

Dario Marianelli Pride & Prejudice Piano Solo M 1527.2 .M385 P7 2006

Robert Waldman The Robber Bridegroom (Score) M 1507 .W35

Father John Misty Pure Comedy CD 10555

New Scores for Summer

New Scores for Summer

Many, many new scores for your perusal! Check them out on the new stuff cart. Links coming as soon as the library catalog switches over in a few weeks.

Yann Tiersen, Piano Works (solo piano, includes music from the film Amelie) M22 .T53 P52 2011
Samuel Adler, Four Choreographies (solo piano) M24 .A25 C4 2017
Howard Hanson, Symphonic Rhapsody, Op. 14 (solo piano, ed. Scott Watkins) M25 .H251 S989 2017

Emmanuel Sejourne, Attraction Solo (solo percussion and tape) M146 .S456 A88 2017
Keiko Abe, Works for Solo Marimba (marimba) M175 .X6 A232 1997

William Bolcom, Primer and Other Duets for One Piano/Four Hands (piano four-hands) M204 .B65 P75 2017
Stephen Sondheim, Concertino for Two Pianos (two pianos, four hands) M214 .S694 C6 2017
Fritz Kreisler, Tambourin Chinois (arr. George Hamilton Green, xylophone and piano) M285 .X9 K67 2014
J.S. Bach, Fifteen Two-Part Inventions (saxophone duet, arr. Larry Teal) M289 .B21 I52 1969
Astor Piazzolla, Tango Suite para duo guitarras (marimba duet, arr. Kevin Super) M298 .P53 T36 1998
Ivan Trevino, 2+1 (marimba duet) M298 .T74 T96 2013

Bedrich Smetana, Trio in G minor (piano, violin, ‘cello) M312 .S637 op.15 2008
Carlos Jobim, Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano trio, arr. Bert Ligon) M313 .J612 M87 2016
Peter Schickele, Dances for Three (two clarinets, bassoon) M357.2 .S27 D3 1986

Emma Lou Diemer, Movement (flute, oboe, clarinet, piano) M417 .D558 M6 2017
Philip Glass, Company No. 2 (string quartet, or string orchestra) M452 .G53 C66 2000z
Anton Webern, Langsamer Satz (string quartet) M452 .W37 L41 1965
Flor Peeters, Suite (trombone quartet) M457 .P46 op.82 1959
Paul Lansky, Springs (percussion quartet) M485 .L298 S67 2017

Eric Ewazen, Roaring Fork (wind quintet: flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon) M557 .E93 R63 1997

Shulamit Ran, Violin Concerto (piano reduction and violin part) M1013 .R175 C6 2017
Anders Koppel, Concerto No. 1 (marimba and orchestra/piano reduction) M1039.4 .X9 K66 2015
Chen Yi, The Ancient Chinese Beauty (recorders and string orchestra, score) M1134 .R4 C54 2008
Kiu-Kwong Chung, Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble (solo marimba w/piano reduction) M1206 .C48 C6 2011

Alan Menken, Beauty and the Beast (vocal selections, 2017 film) M1508 .M35 B43 2017
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen (vocal selections) M1508 .P369 D43 2017
Iris Rainer Dart, The People in the Picture (vocal selections) M1508 .S755 P41 2011
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, The Greatest Showman (vocal selections) M1527 .P47 G73 2017

American Art Songs For the Progressing Soprano (piano/vocal) M1619 .A492 2017
American Art Songs For the Progressing Mezzo-soprano (piano/vocal) M1619 .A483 2017
American Art Songs For the Progressing Tenor (piano/vocal) M1619 .A493 2017
American Art Songs For the Progressing Baritone/Bass (piano/vocal) M1619 .A48 2017

Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Complete (piano/vocal/guitar) M1630.18 .D98 B63 1997
Joni Mitchell, Hits (piano/vocal/guitar) M1630.18 .M59 J6 2009
Joni Mitchell, Anthology (piano/vocal/guitar) M1630.18 .M69 J66 1983
Songs of the 2010s
 (piano/vocal/guitar) M1630.18 .S6586 2015

Corinne Bailey Rae, Corinne Bailey Rae (piano/vocal/guitar) M1741.18 .B35 C67 2006

Richard Danielpour, Toward a Season of Peace (soprano, chorus, orchestra; piano/vocal score) M2023 .D36 T6 2017

 

 

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!

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!