Grammy Nominees in Our Collection

The 59th Annual Grammy awards are on February 12! We have many of the albums and songs nominated, whether on CD or on Naxos Streaming.


As an AU Student or staff, you have free access to the entire Naxos Music Library. Naxos has curated playlists of Grammy Nominated songs and albums in their collection which you can stream at home.

Find the Playlist of Grammy Nominees and the Highlights playlist here


We also have several Grammy-nominated albums on CD!

beyonceBeyoncé-Lemonade Won Best Urban Contemporary Album, Formation won Best Music Video, Nominated for Album of the Year, Freedom nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance,  Formation nominated for Record of the Year, Hold Up nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, Don’t Hurt Yourself nominated for best Rock Performance

Listen: CD 2756



Panic at the Disco-Death of a Bachelor Nominated for Best Rock Album

Listen: CD2724



solangeSolange-A Seat at the Table Cranes in the Sky won Best R&B performance

Listen: CD 2771



fredherschtrio_sundaynightatthevillagevanguard_dm.jpgFred Hersch-Sunday Night at the Vanguard We See nominated for Best improvised jazz solo 

Listen: CD 2742



61lFGUTp9OL.jpgSara Bareilles-Waitress Nominated for Best Musical Theater Album

Listen: CD 2729




Jerry Bock-Fiddler on the Roof 
Nominated for Best Musical Theater Album

Listen: CD 2521



CP-0091C-CastRecording-CD-Cover-Fin.inddThe Color Purple (New Broadway Cast) Won Best Musical Theater Album

Listen: CD 2523



birhgtBright Star-Steve Martin Nominated for Best Musical Theater Album

Listen: CD 2556




John Williams-Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack Won Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Listen: CD 2628



The_Hateful_Eight_Soundtrack.jpgEnnio Morricone-The Hateful Eight Soundtrack Nominated for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media 

Listen: CD 2632



shuffle-along-300x298Sissle and Blake Sing Shuffle Along Won Best Album Notes


Listen: CD 2562

Also on Naxos


71zhk4yfvbl-_sy355_Vladimir Horowitz-The Unreleased Live Recordings 1966-1983 Nominated for Best Historical Album

Listen on Naxos




Music Of Morocco From The Library Of Congress: Recorded By Paul Bowles Nominated for Best Historical Album

Listen: CD 2351



operaLA Opera directed by James Conlon-Corigliano: The Ghost of Versailles Won Best Opera Recording         

Listen on Naxos                           




Happy Listening! We’ll update this post with the winners.



Rest in Peace Leonard Cohen

Poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away last week. Everyone has been touched by his songs and lyrics at some point in time.

Malcolm Gladwell recently did a feature on his podcast “Revisionist History” on the writing of Hallelujah, and the song’s slow ascent to fame.

Take a moment to remember the life of Leonard Cohen, and take a listen:

“Hallelujah” is about the role that time and iteration play in the production of genius, and how some of the most memorable works of art had modest and undistinguished births.


Sony’s New Super Cassette

Until today I thought that the cassette tape, while cute and ~aesthetic~, was 100% unnecessary, the Latin of music-listening technology. The general population listens to music digitally, intense music fans dig vinyl, and CDs still come in handy when you’re driving a pre-audio-jack automobile. However, Sony just announced a new product that will kick the old medium back to life.

This is a new tape, Sony revealed this weekend at the International Magnetic Conference in Dresden, which can hold an astounding amount of data. Here are some jawdropping statistics, courtesy of Consequence of Sound:

-148 gigabytes of data per square inch (185 terabytes total)

-74 times the normal storage capacity of a cassette tape

-the equivalent of 3700 blu-rays, 64,750,000 songs, or 18.5 times the entire Library of Congress.

The Consequence of Sound article linked above also explains the mechanism by which the new tape is able to carry so much data, but I don’t really understand it so if you’re technically-minded, feel free to learn more after that jump.

Sony says that this tape is meant more for high volumes of industrial level data storage, rather than simply listening to music. Makes sense – imagine having to fast forward through this thing to your favorite song among 135,000 days of music… yikes! But I do think it’s cool that Sony were able to reimagine such a nostalgic medium for a new purpose, in an invention that will probably make tapes necessary again, at least for a little while. Plus, it’d be really cool if the world’s major corporations stored their valuable data on a copy of C86. That’s how it works, right?

The New York Philharmonic: Full Digital Archives!

You all know how much we here at the music library love archives, and rightly so! They are a great way to delve into the past, and to witness the evolution of your research topic throughout history.

Speaking of archives, an enormous archive has just been finished, that of the New York Philharmonic. That’s right, they’ve finished the massive undertaking of archiving every single performance program published since their founding year of 1842. So now you can go back through 173 years (count ’em!) of NY Phil concert programs, 13,300 in total.











Their site notes that among these programs are such historically significant ones as “those from the 1865 memorial concert for Abraham Lincoln; the 1893 World Premiere of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World; the 1928 World Premiere of Gershwin’s An American in Paris, with program notes by the composer; the concert that took place on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor Day; for the free downtown chamber concerts given after 9/11 for those working near the ruins of the World Trade Center; and from the Philharmonic’s national and international tours, including Toscanini’s 1930 European Tour and the 2008 tour to Pyongyang, D.P.R.K., led by then Music Director Lorin Maazel.” Not quite actual audio recordings, but we’ll take it!

They also make sure to mention that these archives are free and accessible online to all researchers. I have a feeling this will be of major use to many music students at AU and worldwide. And even if you’re not researching for any specific purpose, it has to be exciting to walk down American classical music’s memory lane and hear the language of these classic documents. Check them out here!

So proud of our Grammy winning CD, St. Vincent!

So guess what, readers? We have, on our shelves, a Grammy winning album (in CD form). No, not the Beck album; we’re staying out of that debate. No, we’re talking about the best Alternative Music Album, aka St. Vincent’s self-titled fourth full length, and it is a BEAST.

This album is a well-deserved winner, the clear best choice of 2015’s nominations, and an example of an artist in her prime, and continuing to evolve. 2012’s Strange Mercy, her previous album, was the perfect crystallization of sounds she had been developing on her first two releases. St. Vincent is the logical next step, seeing her pursue a darker, funkier sound and a new, cult-leader alter ego (seen below on the album cover):

However, in her excitement at becoming a Grammy-winning artist, the artist formerly known as Annie Clark stepped out of her persona to write a sweet thank you note to all of her fans. It describes, briefly, her musical journey from the outset of becoming “St. Vincent” to the present day. Read it here:

She also held a brief interview with Pitchfork and a longer one with i-D immediately after her win, revealing her excited mood in the wake of such a triumph. While the Grammys often seem out-of-touch and archaic, this award shows that they still possess a shred of “with it.” We’ll see what they pick next year. Meanwhile, celebrate with St. Vincent by checking out her album and seeing what’s so special about it yourself!

DC Music News: Punk at the Public Library!

Hello readers! First of all, welcome back to another semester of posts from me, your music library blogger. Woop woop. And now, our featured story:

So if you pay any attention to our blog (which you should be doing, duh), you’ll know that we’re pretty interested in D.C.’s punk heritage/scene. We are fortunate to exist in a city so central to the development of the punk genre and movement, and we get excited about the various punk-related happenings that continue to make D.C. so musically interesting. Also if you pay attention to us, you’ll know that we are, indeed, a library. So we’re pretty excited to share today’s piece of news with you!

Which is: the D.C. Public Library has established a “Punk Archive,” a comprehensive collection of media and artifacts related to the original D.C. hardcore scene of the 1980s. Last year, the Library began crowdsourcing both central texts (CDs, LPs, original footage and photos) and more apocryphal curiosities (t-shirts, concert posters, zines). They did this, in part, by holding events in which performers old and young played punk sets, with the request to bring an item of punk history as an admission fee. This was an excellent way to reunite the D.C. punk community of old and bring its feeling into a new millennium.

Now, the archive has been established as a part of the Public Library’s Special Collections and will continue to be built into the future. The Public Library’s website states that they are working on an “online portal for access to collections, and will further engage the public in the project through programming, volunteer training, exhibits and concerts.”

Sounds awesome! As a fellow punk-loving library, we tip our hat to this excellent venture, a new and unorthodox method of preserving some essential musical history, and an effort that seems right in step with the community-building potential of the original D.C. punk scene. A cool BBC video segment on the collection here.

AU Musical Events: Jazz in the Fall, 11/21

Awesome quick show announcement, folks! This Friday, join the inimitable Josh Bayer as he leads a group of AU jazz aces through a bunch of rip-roaring big band tunes for our “Jazz in the Fall” semesterly jazz show!

Bayer’s band this semester are really a good group (and I could tell you, I’m the drummer!). This year we’ve really achieved a balance of lush instrumentation with brash bombast. If I do say so myself.

For this show the band will feature world-class pianist Robert Redd (and I could tell you, he played with us on Saturday!). His superchops prove to match well with the band, whether we’re playing swing, bossa, big band or funk; all will be played at this concert. Redd will also be featured in a more intimate combo-style ensemble to lead off the night (also featuring yours truly).

This awesome event will go down this Friday (11/21) at 8pm in the Abramson Recital Hall in Katzen. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students and AU community members. What a steal! Hope to see you there!

And heeeere’s the all-important facebook event, which includes a link to pre-order tickets. Make sure to click “attending!”