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This week's Spotify playlist: Goblins and ghouls

Today's playlist from Amos Music Library is a winking tribute to Halloween. We have a mix of classic pop-rock, novelty songs, and horror tv and movie themes both new and old. There're some classic treats as well as a few dorky tricks; we'll just say that an MC Hammer movie theme makes an appearance and leave it at that. The last third of the mix is devoted to the "spookiest" classical music one can find.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/0IUvK7a9l8I0OE1E5BWP7g

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend, everyone.

This week's Spotify playlist: A guide to the music of Nick Cave

Today Amos Music Library introduces you to one of the most interesting figures of the last 30 years of rock and roll: Nick Cave. Our Spotify playlist moves chronologically from his early band The Birthday Party, through the arty and challenging early days of the post-punk band Nick Cave & the Bad Days, to his latter-day balladry and blues rock. Plus, we've mixed in some of his film soundtrack work (for movies like The Assassination of Jesse James ... and The Road) and his side act Grinderman.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/3rU5YxBTcSqYlZqwyuk4Uw

​New to Spotify? Sign up here! https://www.spotify.com/us/signup/ There is a free, ad-supported version (or you can pay a monthly fee to go ad-free) and you can listen either via their application or through your browser.

More of our playlists:

Guide to Hard Bop https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/3svcoO4uwKLULaWC8LZh5O

Guide to New Wave & College Rock https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/75ebZRQ1VR7IXB7NhtvzA8

Guide to Disco & Hi-NRG https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/0OAv3ttshgJ9Rdnzsr7xCK

Modern Classical 1920s-2010s: A Spotify playlist

This week, our playlist explores and celebrates "modern classical" music; here we mean compositions that pushed the art of music forward during the past 100 years. Our list begins with Sibelius' Symphony No. 7 (1924), which is Romantic in style. However, its innovative form (a one-movement symphony) is indicative of the modern urge to challenge tradition and expectations. The pieces that follow are by no means easy listening, but they are certainly powerful. Several of them are in remembrance of historical tragedies. 

Listen here: https://play.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/4Cuisv0LoSJ634hazKhTEI

Here is some basic info on the tracks you'll find:

1920s Sibelius - Symphony No. 7 (1924)
1930s Orff - Carmina Burana: O Fortuna (1935)
1940s Schoenberg - A Survivor from Warsaw (1948)
1950s Messiaen - Catalogue d'oiseaux: Le Chocard des Alpes (1956-8)
1960s Penderecki - Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima (1960)
1970s Part - Tabula Rasa (1977)
1980s Glass - String Quartet No. 2 ("Company") (1983)
1990s Carter - Symphonia (1993-96)
2000s Adams - On the Transmigration of Souls (2002)
2010s Luther Adams - Become Oceans (2013)

Week 6 Spotify playlist: Staff recommendations

For this week's playlist we asked our staff and student employees to recommend music they love, with an emphasis on the odd and interesting. We compiled the available tracks into a Spotify playlist, and we'll say with all due modesty that it's spectacular. 

It is, however, exclusively for the musically adventurous. We have live funk, folktronica, art rock, post-grunge, funeral doom metal, turbo-folk, and bluegrass ... and that's just the first 7 tracks. There's more, including modern opera, Irish folk, jazz, indie folk, whatever one would call what The Shaggs are doing, and the best 1 1/3 second song you'll ever hear.

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

A new Spotify playlist: Guide to the Midpoint Music Festival 2015

Midpoint Musical Festival is an annual event in Cincinnati, dedicated to celebrating the best of contemporary music. This year's festival is happening this weekend (September 25, 26, and 27). 120 bands will play on 10 different stages; most shows are in the Over-the-Rhine region, with headliners performing in Washington Park. 2015 performers include Purity Ring, Ride, Iron & Wine, Sylvan Esso, and Tune-Yards. JR JR (formerly Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr) play a free album release show at 5 PM on Friday. You can learn more (and buy tickets) here: http://mpmf.com/.

This week's playlist from Amos Music Library highlights some of notable bands playing this year's festival. Perhaps you'll discover something new! Hear here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/3cv9ivX557wKL8hwFmqarA

​And you can explore some of our past lists, as well:

In My Time of Dying: 10 versions of one classic song https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/4upqBQ4NohcaJ5CaeNeiDf

Guide to Postrock https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/3ylWfsBW0msJH7T6VlQoZe

Guide to 90s Alternative Rock https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/39d44BEJOosiXmbEABvhOf

This week's Spotify playlist: Ohio bands

Here's a playlist highlighting some of the best past and present Ohio musicians (or least acts with significant Ohio roots). The list ranges from classics like Cincinnati's Isley Brothers and Akron's Devo to more recent stars like The Black Keys (also from Akron) and Cincinnati's Walk the Moon. Two of the featured bands hailed from Oxford (The Lemon Pipers [60s] and 12 Rods [90s]).

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/74tIjPSntMvvTkrOfzBExY

​Or check out some of Amos Music Library's other lists:

Guide to Protopunk & Punk https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/23TNeyJ1MKRP3uI0DcHxnG

Guide to Postpunk & Hardcore https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/3AyTM10SOqNh63FHEKDUAj

Originals & Covers https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/2MXEXv5RMMLQa4R2wjjJL3

This week's Spotify playlist: A different kind of rap

Abstract hip hop (also called alternative hip hop) is a genre that simultaneously reaches back to '80s turntablism while inventively incorporating influences from rock and jazz, sound effects, and absurdist poetry. Lyrically, the songs reach beyond our everyday, material concerns and consider more existential or sociological issues. Take a listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/0NT1Jsprr1EN2o4coUV2mL


Or, try some of Amos Music Library's other lists:

Guide to Art Pop https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/61ByxuxY1ZVpyEC5gvu1m4

A Song a Year: 1915-2014 https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/7fGM7ZKQAKquAzWcttjBH4

​The Infinite Symphony https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/1thCsIQILoQ2oOVcM93LrE


This week's Spotify playlist: Great new bands 2010-2015

If you're looking for some of the most interesting and inspiring new artists in pop, rock, and hip hop, look no further than this playlist from Amos Music Library. The tracks are by artists whose debut album was released between 2010 and today. The tracks are in alphabetical order and range from the probably-familiar (CHVRCHES, Tame Impala) to the wonderfully obscure (Shabazz Palaces, Oryx & Crake). Take a listen:

2010-2015 Debuts https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/03dLXr9LjVYA8y4a5tQW2M

​And here are some of our other lists:

Lesser-Known 60s Singles: https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/4g2uSmnol44rqr6Tx9LGyL

Guide to Radiohead https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/2AR9dMTqba9db7dN4rcVWX

Guide to Hard Bob Jazz https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/3svcoO4uwKLULaWC8LZh5O

For the first week of classes, Amos Music Library presents a playlist featuring great first tracks.

In celebration of the beginning of the great times and great achievements of the 2015-16 school year, enjoy this Spotify playlist featuring the first tracks from over 40 noteworthy rock, pop, and hip hop albums:

First Impressions - https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/4Ps8ugP6Q8WglxuWiFzQ1o

​Ad-supported Spotify is free to all users; an ad-free version is available for a monthly fee. https://www.spotify.com/us/student/

Need more? Here are some of our past lists; check back next week for more!

Move-In Miami - https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/788X1fupfm3fg9BAGokbLK

​Take a Breath - https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/75ohUmUWGa1LJrVSfCmOt7

​Guide to the Early Blues - https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/2DB4XaF6hPgYM3IDo3ImBJ

Guide to the 1960s - https://open.spotify.com/user/amoslib/playlist/5PNL5MQJ4lviojCECwEJVE

Need to relax before your next exam? Try Amos Music Library's playlist.

Our relaxation mix on Spotify has some of the finest stress-reducing tracks from acoustic pop, chillwave, ambient, and jazz: Take a Breath 

If you're looking for something a bit more energetic and current, we've got that, too: 2015

Good luck to all this week, or, as they say in Italy: in bocca al lupo!