News & Notes

By: weavered on: December 07, 2015 4:35 pm | weavered

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
 
 
By: sullive4 on: December 02, 2015 10:01 am | sullive4 @muElibrarian

Need some help with statistics before a final?  Whether you can't get software to do what you want, you don't quite understand what the software's actually doing, or you want to talk through a problem with someone, stop by our Stats Help Desk located in B.E.S.T. Library (Laws Hall) for help from a qualified associate! The desk will be staffed during the following hours during Fall 2015 Finals Week:

Sunday, December 6th : 2p - 5p
Monday, December 7th : 1p - 7p
Tuesday, December 8th :  4p - 7p
Wednesday, December 9th :  4p - 7p

No appointment necessary - just drop-in!

By: weavered on: December 01, 2015 3:30 pm | weavered

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.

 

By: weavered on: November 19, 2015 4:56 pm | weavered

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.

By: witherre on: November 18, 2015 9:53 am | witherre

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By: weavered on: November 12, 2015 4:49 pm | weavered

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.

By: vonnahee on: November 12, 2015 10:57 am | vonnahee

 

New to our holdings for Fall 2015!

The BBC Shakespeare Collection is a series of 37 British television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, created by Cedric Messina and broadcast by BBC Television between 1978 and 1985. Actors featured in these plays include:Laurence Olivier, Brenda Blethyn, Colin Blakely, Leo McKern, John Gielgud, Jonathan Pryce, Michael Hordern, Felicity Kendall, Cyril Cusack, Anthony Andrews, Diana Rigg, John Hurt, Bernard Hill, John Cleese, Trevor Peacock, William Hurt, John Fortune, Robert Lindsay, John Bird, Julia Foster, Annette Crosbie, Zo Wanamaker, Mark Wing-Davey. All plays are close-captioned for accessible viewing. 

 

Connect to the BBC Shakespeare Collection today!

By: weavered on: November 05, 2015 9:06 pm | weavered

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

New to Spotify? Sign up herehttps://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.

 

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
 
 
By: weavered on: October 29, 2015 4:23 pm | weavered

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.

By: weavered on: October 22, 2015 5:40 pm | weavered

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 herehttps://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