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LISTS: Solo Beatles Works

All Things Must Pass album coverThe final announcement that the Beatles had officially broken up came by a Paul McCartney press release on April 10, 1970. The break-up didn’t stop the music from spilling out of the Fab Four. George, Ringo, John, and Paul separately soldiered on.

Click here to see albums by each Beatle when they went solo.

By Readers' Advisor on July 12, 2013 Categories: Lists, Music

Cathleen’s Pick: Peace, Love & BBQ

Cathleen staff picks pictureSummertime begs a soundtrack that can back both active afternoons and sultry evenings. For a fun, bluesy, energizing mix, try Marcia Ball’s Peace, Love & BBQ. The influence of her Texas/Louisiana upbringing gleams in the pep of her piano and in her soulful singing. Just try to sit still!

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on July 9, 2013 Categories: Music, Picks by Cathleen, Staff Picks

That Day Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney Hung Out

Sound City DVD coverDave Grohl, of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame, has made his directorial debut with Sound City, a documentary on the L.A. recording studio where Nirvana made Nevermind – arguably the most groundbreaking album of the ‘90s. Grohl claims that the custom Neve soundboard at Sound City is what helped define Nirvana’s music and gave him his career. Grohl uses archival footage and contemporary interviews with bands who recorded at Sound City, like Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Rick Springfield, The Pixies, and Rage Against the Machine. Not only does Grohl chronicle the history of Sound City, he reunites famous musicians like Stevie Nicks and Paul McCartney with the Neve in a 24-hour marathon recording session of all new songs.

By Readers' Advisor on June 20, 2013 Categories: Movies and TV, Music, Nonfiction

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: Music, Staff Picks

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 TV, 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 TV, 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 Cathleen, 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 TV, Music, Nonfiction