New CD Arrivals!

Little did you know that once again we at the music library are sitting on a big ol’ pile of new CD arrivals! These are all hip hop CDs, and will be on reserve for a college writing seminar that focuses on the language of hip hop. Sounds pretty cool…

And the arrivals are:

Queen Latifah – Black Reign – CD 10382

Monie Love – In A Word Or 2 – CD 10383

Fu-Schnickens’ – F.U. “Don’t Take It Personal” – CD 10384

Jungle Brothers – Done By The Forces Of Nature – CD 10385

Common – Resurrection – CD 10386

Queen Latifah – Queen Latifah and the Original Flavor Unit – CD 10387

Chi-Ali – The Fabulous Chi-Ali – CD 10388

Black Sheep – Non-Fiction – CD 10389

Queen Latifah – Nature Of A Sista’ – CD 10390

Fu-Schnickens’ – Nervous Breakdown – CD 10391

Jungle Brothers – Raw Deluxe – CD 10392

Jungle Brothers – J. Beez Wit The Remedy – CD 10393

Monie Love – Down To Earth – CD 10398

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Four CD’s of Beauty and Wonder

Howdy loyal patrons, friends, enemies, and all other readers who don’t fall into those categories!

We have four new exciting CD’s in for your perusing benefit!

Intimate Letters – Juilliard String Quartet – CD 10394

Hanson Conducts Hanson – Howard Hanson – CD 10395

Toward the Unknown Region – Vaughan Williams – CD 10396

Sprung Rhythm – Inscape – CD 10397

Come by and check them out!

Also, the Hanson and the Vaughan Williams are on reserve since the AU Symphony Orchestra will be performing selections included on these discs on April 24th and 25th.

Sweet New Arrivals: Shadow & Simon

As you saw yesterday, we just procured a large batch of new CDs. I’d like to take this time to highlight two personal favorites. These two CDs are very different from each other but both are tremendously important to the development of popular music. Each represents both a perfection of style and a watershed moment, shaping the sound of their respective genres while representing the best each had to offer.

 

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing….. (1996)

As far as sample-based hip hop production goes, it’s hard to top this album. While other great albums preceding it made use of extensive, creative sampling (Paul’s Boutique, Three Feet High & Rising, It Takes A Nation Of Millions…, etc.), their producers used the samples to create a backdrop for the featured rapper. Endtroducing….. features no rapper, and relies on scores of samples to provide a thematic narrative. DJ Shadow’s creative chopping of drum breaks, sampled rap lyrics, atmospheric pieces and movie dialogue keeps the album interesting throughout.

What truly stands out about Endtroducing….., however, is its compositional ambition. The songs stretch out into epic, jazzy expanses, often far longer than a traditional hip hop record. In fact, this album was such a jump from the traditional use of samples and breaks that it led to the new genre of “trip hop,” sort of a bridge between ambient music, psychedelia and jazz, anchored by rap beats. On this album the line was forever blurred between hip hop grooves and avant-garde musical exploration, and we can thank it for a wealth of creative hip hop that has since followed.

 

Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)

Ah, Graceland. The sight of it in our “new CDs” pile gives me an intense feeling of joy, as this is one of the best pop albums I’ve ever heard and (probably) that was ever made. Suffering from a failing marriage and a commercial slump in the early 1980s, singer-songwriter Paul Simon was inspired by a cassette of South African music and went to the apartheid-stricken country to record with some of the musicians there. After this trip he returned to New York City and wandered the streets, composing an incredible set of soul-searching, heart bearing, romantic but realistic lyrics. These lyrics rest among Simon’s best, often surrealistic, fantastical or futuristic, but all managing to hit upon beautiful understatements on the trials and tribulations of interpersonal relationships. They form a uniquely American point of view that meshes strangely well with the African musical background.

And what a background it is! Unstoppable percussion grooves and liquid bass lines anchor exuberantly twinkling guitar runs, conjuring a dreamlike state. Often the vocalists of South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo sweep in, a tapestry of vocal timbre. These elements, previously unintroduced to American pop music, took Simon’s stellar set of lyrics to the next level, and paired with the occasional electronic drum kit and saxophone were able to create a pop sound that had never before been reached. Graceland truly represents the amazing possibilities of blending international pop styles, and it is a high watermark in pop musical history that has yet to be equaled- it’s hard to imagine such perfect chemistry occurring again.

Did I sell these well? Come check them out and see if they’re worth my hype. Or don’t, and I’ll keep listening to them during my shifts, it’s okay.

A Bunch of New CDs!

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Hello, hello, happy Thursday evening, hope it doesn’t find you too thirsty! Guess what, we’ve got a bunch of new CDs for you to check out for the weekend, all kinds of genres! I’ll be covering a couple of them in further detail tomorrow, but for now here’s a list.

NEW CDs

Jean Grae – The Attack of the Attacking Things – CD 1960

The Slits – Cut – CD 8287

Paul Simon – Graceland – CD 2365

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing – CD 2435

Aaliyah – One in a Million – CD 4473

Soli Chamber Ensemble – Música, Por Un Tiempo – CD 2504

Fort Worth Opera – With Blood, With Ink – CD 2270

Delfeayo Marsalis – The Last Southern Gentleman – CD 2273

The President’s Own United States Marine Band – Be Glad Then, America – CD 2100

Mason Bates – Stereo is King – CD 8288

Massilia Sound System – Massilia – CD 2097

More New Arrivals!

Yeah, you read that right. If yesterday’s flood of arrivals somehow didn’t satisfy your musical needs, we’ve got a whole second day’s worth! Here ya go:

 

SCORES:

28 Italian Songs and Arias (High) – M1619 .A173 2010 (includes CD)

28 Italian Songs and Arias (Medium High) – M1619 .A1735 2008 (includes CD)

28 Italian Songs and Arias (Low) – M1619 .A174 2010 (includes CD)

28 Italian Songs and Arias (Medium Low) – M1619 .A1745 2008 (includes CD)

28 Italian Songs and Arias (Medium) – M1619 .A175 2010 (includes CD)

Bolcom – Concert Songs v.1 (High) – M1620 .B668 C66 2014 v.1

Bolcom – Concert Songs v.2 (High) – M1620 .B668 C66 2014 v.2

Bolcom – Concert Songs v.1 (Medium/Low) – M1620 .B668 C662 2014 v.1

Bolcom – Concert Songs v.2 (Medium/Low) – M1620 .B668 C662 2014 v.2

Leipzig Church Music from the Sherard Collection – M2 .C64362 v.20

Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde – M3 .M25 Bd.2 Suppl. 2012

Meldert – Il Primo Libro de Madrigali a Cinque Voci – M2 .R2384 v.161

Rorem – 50 Collected Songs (High) – M1620 .R67 C65 2008

Rorem – 50 Collected Songs (Medium/Low) – M1620 .R787 F52 2008

Seventeenth-Century Italian Motets with Trombones – M2 .C64362 v.19

 

CDS:

Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, vol. 4 – CD 2360

This Heat – Out Of Cold Storage – CD 1529

Salt-N-Pepa – Best of Salt-N-Pepa 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection – CD 1488

Tanya Kruse Ruck & Elena Abend – Over The Fence: Songs of Elsa Respighi, Lori Laitman, and Modesta Bor – CD 2434

Stockhausen – Complete Early Percussion Works – CD 2471

Ringing in the New Year with New Arrivals!

As 2013 picks up pace, it’s the perfect time to for new resolutions, new goals, and new arrivals at the music library! Pop by to check out some of our great new CD and DVD additions:

  1. Matthias Pintscher — Funf Orchesterstucke; Musik au Thomas Chatterton; Choc — CD 10023
  2. Mark Stewart — Exorcism of Envy — CD 10020
  3. Blood, Sweat, and Tears — Greatest hits – CD 10021
  4. Various Artists — Now. Here. This.: Original Cast Recording — CD 10024
  5. Various Artists — Bring It On The Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording — CD 10025
  6. King Crimson — In the Court of the Crimson King — CD 10022
  7. Various Artists — Leap of Faith The Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording — CD 10025
  8. Various Artists — Call Me Madam — CD 10018
  9. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition; Concerto for Orchestra — CD 10019
  10. Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap — DVD 349