News & Notes

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

See Part 1 of our series here:

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 and; 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!


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: Eric Weaver 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 and The playlist consists of selections from the top 20 qualifying albums.

Listen here:

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: Robert Withers on: October 23, 2017 11:05 am | witherre

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By: Eric Weaver 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:

Sufjan is playing Cincinnati tomorrow (Friday) at the Aronoff Center. Tickets are available here:

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

By: Erin Vonnahme 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: Eric Weaver 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:

New to Spotify? Sign up here 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
Week 7: ==Fall break==
Week 8: Modern Classical 1920s-2010s: A Spotify playlist
By: Eric Weaver 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:

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend, everyone.

By: Eric Weaver 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:

​New to Spotify? Sign up here! 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

Guide to New Wave & College Rock

Guide to Disco & Hi-NRG

By: wallerjl on: October 22, 2015 11:10 am | wallerjl small twitter logo@@jenniferwaller

Open access is all about making it easier for people to share information – especially scholarly information. By making your articles, presentations, working papers, data, and other research products openly available, your impact reach increases! The easier it is to access your work, the easier it is to cite your work.

Miami’s Scholarly Commons is free to the Miami University community, and its new enhancements make it simple to use.  By uploading your work to the Scholarly Commons, your scholarship will be gathered in one location that will be preserved.

Enhancements to the Scholarly Commons include:

  • A new faculty profile option: Create your own scholar’s profile with picture, bio, C.V., links to social media accounts, research interests, etc.  Your profile seamlessly integrates with your collection of full text articles in the Scholarly Commons.  You’ll get a permanent URL that connects directly to your scholar’s profile.

  • Metrics: As people view and download your works, they are counted.  You can now see how many times your work has been downloaded and which countries have your fans.


  It’s simple and easy to get started, and these short videos show the process step by step:

Or go directly to and log in using your Miami unique I.D. and password.

Would you like more information about the benefits of uploading to the Scholarly Commons? Would your department benefit from a short presentation about the benefits of openly sharing your work?

Contact your liaison librarian who would be happy to work with you!

Happy Open Access Week!  Happy sharing!

By: Eric Weaver on: October 15, 2015 8:01 pm | weavered

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:

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)