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.


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!



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!


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.

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

Feature Fridays: Jazz Samba by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd

Feature Fridays: Jazz Samba by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd

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 Amanda Steadman will review Jazz Samba by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd.

One of my favorite albums in the library’s collection is Jazz Samba, from tenor saxophonist Stan Getz and arranger/guitarist Charlie Byrd. It was recorded right here in DC at the All Souls Unitarian Church in February 1962. I have fond memories of enjoying bossa nova like this album with my dad during road trips.

Bossa nova, meaning “new wave” or “new trend” slows down and subtly reshuffles the rhythms of traditional Brazilian dance music, like the samba. The style was virtually invented by jazz-influenced Brazilian composers Antônio Carlos Jobim and guitarist/vocalist João Gilberto. Although Getz and Byrd were not the first Americans to try bossa nova, Jazz Samba began a craze for the style in the early 1960s.

This is one of my favorite albums to listen to while working intensely. The rhythms are interesting, yet gentle and Getz and Byrd’s incredible solo work sets them off nicely.

You may be familiar with Stan Getz’s later work with João Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto, including the famous song “The Girl from Ipanema,” the sound of many an elevator on film. This album (titled Getz/Gilberto) is also available at the music library, CD 5397. Stop by the music library to check out these and other great jazz recordings!

Feature Fridays: The Electric Lady by Janelle Monae

Feature Fridays: The Electric Lady by Janelle Monae

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

This week, Matt Francisco will review The Electric Lady by Janelle Monae.


Janelle Monae is known well in almost every facet of the entertainment industry – whether it is through her songwriting, rap, production, acting or modeling. Her second studio album – The Electric Lady, keeps up her high reputation with critical acclaim across the board.

The Electric Lady serves as a follow-up to Monae’s debut EP Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) and album The ArchAndroid. It continues the dystopian thematic elements established in her first two works but presents a much more personal and conventional narrative than its predecessors. The album experiments with Monae’s influences of hip-hop, soul, funk, gospel, jazz, and rock.

The album holds up to its acclaim, with numerous tempo changes and genre twists. Title track “Electric Lady” delivers Monae’s signature downtempo hip-hop ballad. “We Were Rock & Roll” pushes the tempo forward with funk and rock influences, giving Monae the chance to show off her high-flying and powerful vocals. “Dance Apocalyptic”, one of the more interesting tracks, provides high-tempo and funky vibes.

All in all, Janelle Monae’s The Electric Lady is a truly impressive record that will last for decades. Stop by and have a listen!

Feature Fridays: The Centennial Collection by Billie Holiday

Feature Fridays: The Centennial Collection by Billie Holiday

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

This week, Dan McCahon will review Billie Holiday’s Centennial Collection.


This album consists of Bille Holiday’s best works. I honestly do not have many words for this album that aren’t praise. It is spectacular as every song stands on their own. Each piece is distinct with Holiday’s voice sitting atop the arrangements, delivering lyrics that are joyful and sometimes haunting.

There are 20 tracks on the CD, dissecting them all would not do them justice, as the album is a must listen and words cannot begin to illustrate Holiday’s unique and beautiful vocal quality. If I were to pick a favorite song on the album I would be hard pressed to find one. If I had to pick three however, I would pick “Strange Fruit”, “Gloomy Sunday”, and “When A Woman Loves A Man.”

“Strange Fruit” is a more well known piece for those who are not familiar with Holiday’s work, as it was sampled by Kanye West for the song “Blood on the Leaves” off of his album “Yeezus.” “Gloomy Sunday” is a slow moving ballad. I find Holiday’s voice through it to be like rolling waves as the ocean of sound in the song is diverse and ever moving. “When A Woman Loves A Man” opens with a brass riff introducing Holiday’s vocal story-telling. Every track is a wonderful treasure.

Come by the music library to browse CDs by jazz singers like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and more!