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A Spotify soundtrack for gravity waves

Last month scientists announced that, a century after Albert Einstein's prediction of their existence, gravitational waves had been detected. If you're curious for details, we recommend watching these explanatory videos featuring theoretical physicist Brian Greene:

"Gravitational Waves Hit The Late Show" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajZojAwfEbs

"Brian Greene Explains The Discovery Of Gravitational Waves" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s06_jRK939I

At Amos Music Library, we celebrate this momentous discovery in same manner we do other special events: with songs! Some of the tracks featured on our science-themed playlist directly reference aspects of astronomy, physics, or scientists, while others make cheeky references. 

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/10hd4bCh5Xc59WnHHcMsIv

Remembering Sir George Martin: a Spotify playlist

Record producer George Martin passed away Tuesday at the age of 90. He was at times referred to as "the fifth Beatle" for his important production and arrangement contributions to that bands' best work. Linked below is a Spotify playlist, compiled and arranged by the staff at Amos Music Library, which highlights some of Martin's greatest accomplishments in production, both with and without the Fab Four. The list begins and end with early and late Beatles tracks, and you may notice Martin-produced Beatles covers throughout the list.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/5CPK0EatE93Wp3uafXFdab

The road to Hamilton: a Spotify playlist

You may have already encountered Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, a hip hop musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton and his rival, Aaron Burr. (If you haven't heard it, we have the Grammy-winning CD available for checkout. You could also take a trip to New York to see the show live on Broadway, but resale tickets are selling for over $1,000 per seat. Yikes!) One interesting element of the work is how Miranda's wide-ranging knowledge of both rap and Broadway history shaped the sound and lyrics. For this playlist, Amos Music Library shares a mix of musicals and classic hip hop tracks that seem to have inspired Hamilton, as well as some selections from Miranda's earlier works. Some tracks are directly quoted in Hamilton; see if you can spot them!

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/2XUOMySQJpCdWLtEJJuOqN

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And, in case you missed it: Adele's 25 won the 2015 Album poll. The CD will soon be added to the collection. Also, a number of you wrote in Kendrick Lamar; luckily, we already have To Pimp a Butterfly in the collection, as well as his 2013 release Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and his contribution to Flying Lotus' You're Dead! Come to Amos to check them out.

A Spotify playlist for writers, readers, and grammarians

This week, Amos Music Library and Humanities Librarian Erin Vonnahme present a Spotify playlist that celebrates the rules and regulations of the language we all love (or love to hate). Some of these songs ponder whether or not a list really requires that last comma (we're Team Oxford), while others empathize with those who know the agony of a night spent with a blank Word document. Some tracks just celebrate the pure joy of language. Listen to it the next time you power through the last few pages of your paper.

Find the playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/4Bxo8ypzZS2ZaIK1e0H3I8

Also, don't forget to vote in our 2015 Album poll. The voting form is here: http://goo.gl/forms/iAL7IZdSDI. Voting ends February 12th.

Amos Music Library's 3rd Annual Album of the Year Poll & Playlist

For the third year, Amos Music Library is sponsoring an Album of the Year Poll. Lorde's Pure Heroine won for 2013, and the 2014 recipient was Taylor Swift's 1989. As with those two albums, the winning album for 2015 will be added to the library's Spotlight collection of circulating popular music CDs.
This year's 11 nominees were chosen based on the consensus of music critics and year-end sales rankings. Our latest Spotify playlist highlights tracks from each of these releases: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/482pfTr3B30NGnkbPgRYsM
The poll closes February 12th.

Best New Music of 2015, Part 3: Editor's Picks

Over the past few weeks, we've attempted to present an "objective" take on the best new popular music of 2015 by averaging scores from the criticism aggregation site metacritic.com and the user-run database rateyourmusic.com. For our third and final list, your editor (hello!) has compiled a Spotify playlist from some of his personal favorite albums that didn't appear on the first two lists. This list makes for a total of 70 featured albums, and we're still only scratching the surface of great new music.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/5qB03w6SbqO4wpWkJvOTvr

​As a special "bonus" list, here's our sneak peek at some of the albums coming out in 2016: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/2srb3GVw1GVl0MiRqYLlgs

​For finals week, we say (as they do in Italy): "in bocca al lupo!" Have an excellent break and January term.

Here are all of our lists from this semester:

Week 1: First Impressions: Great first album tracks https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/4Ps8ugP6Q8WglxuWiFzQ1o
Week 7: ==Fall break==
Week 8: Modern Classical 1920s-2010s: A Spotify playlist https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/3rU5YxBTcSqYlZqwyuk4Uw
Week 11: Electric Moogaloo: Songs featuring Moog synthesizers https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/3Eaqz3obOiILJUDpVIdAnx
Week 13: Best New Music of 2015 Pt. 1: Consensus https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/6CQQO9UZFI08CpjU9GkxeG
Week 14: ==Thanksgiving==
Week 15: Best New Music of 2015 Pt. 2: Esoteric https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/04urMLcI5TBENsdf9416bj

Best New Music of 2015, Part 2: Esoteric

See Part 1 of our series here: http://www.lib.miamioh.edu/blog/best-new-music-2015-part-1-spotify-playlist

A few weeks ago, Amos Music Library debuted Part 1 of our playlist series featuring the best popular music of 2015. The first list presented the top 20 albums from artists with at least 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Today we share our "Esoteric" list. Once again, these top 20 albums have the highest average scores from metacritic.com and rateyourmusic.com; in this case, however, these artists have fewer than 100,000 monthly listeners. Here you'll find some unusual genres and sub-genres with a small number of enthusiastic fans. Looking for Indie Pop sung in Welsh? A radical environmentalism-themed fusion of death metal and grindcore? Folk music from Mali? They're all here!

Listen: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/04urMLcI5TBENsdf9416bj

Also, please note that some well-received albums are not available on Spotify and are not eligible for our lists. Two such albums (by Joanna Newsom and Steven Wilson) are owned by the library on CD, so be sure to stop by and check those out, as well.

Here are the Top 20 Esoteric albums, in order, with their respective genres:

  • Napalm Death - Apex Predator -- Easy Meat [Grindcore]
  • Cattle Decapitation - Anthropocene Extinction [Deathgrind]
  • Kamasi Washington - The Epic [Spiritual Jazz]
  • Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa [Tradi-Modern]
  • Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete [Americana]
  • James McMurtry - Complicated Game [Singer/Songwriter]
  • Deafheaven - New Bermuda [Blackgaze]
  • Protomartyr - Agent Intellect [Post-Punk]
  • Israel Nash - Silver Season [Folk Rock]
  • Hop Along - Painted Shut [Indie Rock]
  • Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Ba Power [Mande Music]
  • Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete [Progressive Electronic]
  • Royal Headache - High [Power Pop]
  • The Bad Plus - The Bad Plus Joshua Redman [Jazz]
  • Gretchen Peters - Blackbirds [Singer/Songwriter]
  • Anna von Hausswolff - The Miraculous [Experimental Rock]
  • Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld - Never Were the Way She Was [Post-Minimalism]
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss [Darkwave]
  • Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf [Indie Pop]
  • Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire [Noise Rock]

Check back next week for our third and final list.


Best New Music of 2015, Part 1: A Spotify playlist

Over the next few weeks, Amos Music library will be presenting Spotify playlists featuring some of the best new popular music for 2015. First up: our Consensus list. To make this list, artists need at least 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Our album ranking was determined by averaging the critical scores found on the websites rateyourmusic.com and metacritic.com. The playlist consists of selections from the top 20 qualifying albums.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/6CQQO9UZFI08CpjU9GkxeG

Here are the Top 20, in order, with their respective genres:

  • Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly [Conscious Hip Hop]
  • Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell [Indie Folk]
  • Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness [Art Pop]
  • The Wonder Years - No Closer to Heaven [Pop Punk]
  • Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love [Indie Rock]
  • Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit [Indie Rock]
  • Susanne Sundfor - Ten Love Songs [Art Pop]
  • Vince Staples - Summertime '06 [West Coast Hip Hop]
  • Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free [Americana]
  • Bjork - Vulnicura [Art Pop]
  • Jamie xx - In Colour [UK Bass]
  • Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear [Indie Folk]
  • Floating Points - Elaenia [Progressive Electronic]
  • Destroyer - Poison Season [Chamber Pop]
  • Grimes - Art Angels [Electropop]
  • Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon [Neo-Soul]
  • Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down ... [Folk Rock]
  • Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart [Bakersfield Sound]
  • Miguel - Wild Heart [Alternative R&B]
  • Tame Impala - Currents [Psychedelic Pop]

Join us in two weeks for Part 2 of our series.

This week's Spotify playlist: A guide to Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens can be a difficult musician to summarize. At times, his music is spare acoustic folk, intimate, nostalgic, and heartbreaking. At others, it's grandiose and exuberant, full of baroque-style horn flourishes or electronic white noise. He has built albums around his youth in the midwest, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the passing of his mother, and the work of schizophrenic artist Royal Robertson. His live shows have featured cheerleader costumes, wings, and giant game show spinning wheels. Themes range from religious allegory to odes to pop culture flotsam. The best way to understand, though, is to listen, and at almost 3 hours, this week's Spotify playlist will give you quite the sampling. We end the list with some selections from his multi-volume Christmas album series.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/6DuzuvjbXu6JzIx5qs8kyu

Sufjan is playing Cincinnati tomorrow (Friday) at the Aronoff Center. Tickets are available here: http://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/sufjan-stevens

You'll see Sufjan's name again next week when we begin our 3-part "Best of 2015" playlist series.

Electric Moogaloo: A Spotify playlist

This week's Spotify playlist from Amos Music Library celebrates the music of the Moog. Moog synthesizers were invented by Dr. Robert Moog in the 1960s; they quickly revolutionized the sound of 70s and 80s popular music. Their ubiquitousness was due in part to the fact that they were smaller and cheaper than prior synthesizer models. The Moog was especially popularized by the pioneering work done by composer Wendy Carlos in the late 60s (whose Switched-on Bach is sadly not on Spotify).

Listen here: https://play.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/3Eaqz3obOiILJUDpVIdAnx

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Here's are the lists we've shared so far this year:
Week 1: First Impressions: Great first album tracks https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/4Ps8ugP6Q8WglxuWiFzQ1o
Week 7: ==Fall break==
Week 8: Modern Classical 1920s-2010s: A Spotify playlist https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/3rU5YxBTcSqYlZqwyuk4Uw