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Patty’s Pick: A Bitter Harvest

Patty staff picks photoRachel Brooke sounds like she could be singing in a barnyard as easily as at rockabilly show. There is something dusty and wild about her voice. Lonesome Wyatt lays out a dark drawl. Together, they created A Bitter Harvest, an album for slow nights and thinking on the could-have-beens.

By Readers' Advisor on June 4, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Music, Picks by Patty

LISTS: Post-punk

Boys Don't Cry alternative album coverPost-punk is a rock music genre that can be considered punk’s artsy, more experimental little sister. Eventually, the white noise, synthesizers and moodiness of post-punk turned into new wave, industrial, and alternative rock.

For post-punk albums, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on May 24, 2013 Categories: Lists, Music

LISTS: For METAL!!! Maniacs

No Remorse album cover“We want to be the band that if we moved in next door to you, your lawn would die,” said Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. From hair bands to thrash to Finnish folk death metal, the Library has your heavy metal needs covered.

For metal movies and books, click here.
Click here for classic metal bands.
Click here for 80s metal bands.
Click here for contemporary metal.

By Readers' Advisor on April 26, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Movies and Television, Music

LISTS: Hip Hop

Decoded book coverIn his book Decoded, Jay-Z said, “Hip-hop has always been controversial, and for good reason…The music is meant to be provocative – which doesn’t mean it’s necessarily obnoxious, but it is (mostly) confrontational, and more than that, it’s dense with multiple meanings. Great rap should have all kinds of unresolved layers that you don’t necessarily figure out the first time you listen to it. Instead it plants dissonance in your head.”

Click here for albums from the golden age of hip hop.
If you want to read Jay-Z’s Decoded or other nonfiction about rap, click here.
In the mood for a novel? Click here for fiction involving hip hop.

By Readers' Advisor on April 19, 2013 Categories: Books, Lists, Music, Nonfiction

Watch This, Even if You’ve Never Heard of Fishbone

Everyday Sunshine DVD coverFishbone is a funk, ska, rock band whose mohawked members are as likely to play in zoot suits as naked. They are known for their eclectic, complicated sound and high-octane stage presence. Bands that were inspired by Fishbone, like No Doubt, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, and Primus, became famous, and yet, mainstream success eluded Fishbone. Laurence Fishburne narrates Everyday Sunshine, a documentary that follows Angelo Moore and Norwood Fisher, the two remaining original band members. Vintage concert footage and interviews from admirers like Gwen Stefani, Ice-T, and George Clinton fill out Fishbone’s beginnings, near break-ups, and 30-plus years on the road.

By Readers' Advisor on April 4, 2013 Categories: Movies and Television, Music, Nonfiction

How Many Times

Need You Now album coverLife can be overwhelming. Whether because of personal trials or more public tragedy, we reach a point at which we crave the reassurance of an answering echo. In an effort to honor those affected by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Plumb’s new release underwent a last-minute title change, and Need You Now offers both understanding and hope. The single “Need You Now (How Many Times)” has already claimed top spots in Christian music charts, resonating deeply when there are no good answers. The album features an uplifting mix of tempos and styles, playing to the range of singer/composer Tiffany Arbuckle-Lee. Ballads, dance beats, light pop, and worship tracks combine to speak for soul-searching and celebration alike.

By Readers' Advisor on March 25, 2013 Categories: Music

He Did More Than Put the Lime in the Coconut

Who is Harry Nilsson? DVD coverRingo was best man at Harry Nilsson’s wedding. Nilsson knew all of The Beatles. In fact, when asked who his favorite band was, Lennon said “Nilsson.” Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? is a documentary examining the life of a songwriter who widely influenced popular music of the 20th century, but has since been somewhat forgotten. Using three dozen interviews with family and friends (like Yoko Ono, Robin Williams, and Eric Idle), along with music videos, home videos, and archive audio footage, a moving portrait of a musician is made. Nilsson’s vivid and complex creativity is exposed, along with the wild side that may have hastened his death.

By Readers' Advisor on March 14, 2013 Categories: Movies and Television, Music, Nonfiction

A Honky Tonkin’ Family History

Long Gone Daddies book coverLuther Gaunt is a member of the Long Gone Daddies, a working man’s band that play dive bars. The Long Gone Daddies are on the their way to Memphis, but where the band wants to make it big, Luther mostly wants to retrace the steps of his musical father and grandfather and piece together his family’s history. Luther’s father disappeared years ago and Luther’s grandfather is definitely dead – shot for rambling around with another man’s wife, but what of his life before that bullet? Armed with Cassie, the guitar that has been passed down for generations, Luther is searching for songs, truth, and family in David Wesley Williams’ novel, Long Gone Daddies.

By Readers' Advisor on March 7, 2013 Categories: Books, Music

When Your Band Breaks Apart

New York Doll DVD coverThe New York Dolls were a proto-punk, rock-and-roll band who played hard, loud…and in women’s clothing. They kicked out the jams for five years and fell apart by 1977. New York Doll is a documentary on bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane after his life in the Dolls. Kane describes his alcoholism, drug abuse, and his climb back into normal life – having become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Just when working in a Mormon genealogy library was starting to get mundane, the New York Dolls reunited, giving Kane a chance to rock out without the negative nightlife.

By Readers' Advisor on February 14, 2013 Categories: Movies and Television, Music, Nonfiction

LISTS: Salsa Music

Rough Guide to Tito Puente album coverIzzy Sanabria, a Latin music promoter from New York, was credited with popularizing the term “salsa” to define Latin dance music in the 1970s. Tito Puente hated the term, and supposedly stated, “I’m a musician, not a cook.” Whether you call it Cuban music, Latin music, or salsa, it can really get a joint jumping.

Click here to get your salsa listening party started.

By Readers' Advisor on January 25, 2013 Categories: Lists, Music