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by Jan S - 0 Comment(s)

Calgary is fortunate to have a diverse and eclectic music scene. We are lucky to have great festivals like Folk Fest, Sled Island, the Calgary International Blues Festival and many other festivals and great local venues to check out. There is also a plethora of great artists in this city many of whom can be seen at various festivals and shows throughout the city. In the past year there have been a number of new releases from some great local artists. So if you are looking for some new music to check out, why not start with some local talent.

Cowpuncher Ghost Notes

Ghost Notes is local band, Cowpuncher's third full length album. The band recorded the album right here in Calgary and had their album release party on November 22 at the Palomino. The album is a mix of county alt-rock tracks that will appeal to fans of either genre. The album art for the record includes pictures of the band members caked in mud; homage to the volunteers who helped during the Flood of 2013. You can also check out the bands' earlier releases the self-titled Cowpuncher and Call Me When You're Single.

Mission Statement Dragon Fli Empire


Dragon Fli Empire has been active on the local hip hop scene since 2002 and their latest release Mission Statement is their fourth full length album; and the first since their 2009 release Redefine. The video for the first song off the album called "Ain't Going Down" was recently released and features a number of familiar landmarks and icons, including the C-Train, Downtown city scape, the Rockies and a Jarome Iginla jersey on MC Teekay. You can also check out older releases by the band, Redefine and Intermission EP, as well as DJ Cosm's solo effort Time and Space.

My Prairie Home Rae SpoonCalgary born (now Montreal resident) Rae Spoon has had a very busy year. The album My Prairie Home is the soundtrack to a National Film Board production, that documents Spoon's childhood experiences being raised in an Evangelical Christian home and Spoon's experiences with gender identity (Spoon is transgender and identifies by the pronoun 'they'). The film is currently working its way through the film festival circuit and will be shown at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The songs on the album are short, but each song has a haunting, honest, and vulnerable feel to it. If you want to learn more about Rae Spoon checkout their book First Spring Grass Fire, as well as some of their earlier albums including I Can't Keep All of Our Secrets, Love is a Hunter, and Superioryouareinferior.

'Tis the Season for Christmas Music

by Jan S - 0 Comment(s)

'Tis the season for new Christmas music releases! Every year around November is when artists across all genres start releasing their Christmas compilations. For the most part, most Christmas releases feature a mix of classic songs as well as a few winter and holiday originals. What’s nice about Christmas music is with so many artists now putting out Christmas albums there’s something for everyone. This year have been a lot of great new releases, so unless you’re Ebenezer Scrooge, check out some Christmas music and spread some Christmas cheer.

Kelly Clarkson Wrapped in RedWrapped in Red is Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson's first Christmas compliation. This is a good CD is you are looking to hear some classic songs like Silent Night, Run Run Rudolph or Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, but also good if you are looking for some new classics as well. The first single of the album, titled Underneath the Tree is a great upbeat, festive addition to the Christmas season.

Home for Christmas Susan Boyle

In 2010 Susan Boyle released her first seasonal effort The Gift. This year she is back with another Christmas release, Home for Christmas. The album featuring Susan Boyle's favorite classic Christmas songs including Little Drummer Boy, The Christmas Song, and a very special recording of O Come, All Ye Faithful featuring Elvis Presley. This album will delight fans of the Scottish singer who rose to fame after an inspring performance on Britain's Got Talent.

NOW Christmas

What do Nat King Cole, Justin Bieber, Bing Crosby and Bruce Springsteen all have in common? If you guessed that they are all featured on NOW Christmas you'd be right. This is the prefect collection because it has a bit of everything, classic songs including "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" from Gene Autry and newer songs like Happy Christmas (War is Over) by Maroon 5. This is the latest edition in the successful NOW Christmas series.

If you’ve checked these out and still have room for more Christmas music, also available at the Library are Christmas is Here by Brandon Heath, Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends by Joshua Bell, A Mary Christmas by Mary J. Blige, Buon Natale: The Christmas Album by Il Volo, A Christmas Album by Bright Eyes, Home for Christmas – Live from Dublin by Celtic Woman, A Family Christmas by Piano Guys and finally for something completely out there Duck the Halls – A Robertson Family Christmas (and yes there are quacking ducks on the CD).

Fresh! Music

by Jan S - 0 Comment(s)

One of my favorite collections to work with at the Library is the music collection. I love finding out what new releases are coming out and new artists to check out. Last fall was a good season for music releases with new music by Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Aerosmith and many more. In the early part of 2013 things have slowed down a bit, but there are some big artists coming out with new albums early on.

Love Songs Destiny

Destiny's Child - Love Songs

Earlier this year Destiny's Child announced a reunion after an eight year hiatus. Of course Beyonce has been busy in the last eight years, but the other girls in the group have held their own with solo releases, although it can't be easy being in Beyonce's shadow. Love Songs is almost exculsively made up of older material, but does feature a new song by the group called Nuclear. The song is produced by Pharell Williams and I was surprised how upbeat and catchy it is. Likely the song will be showcased if the rumors are true and the group takes the stage during the Superbowl Half-time show.

 

Tim McGraw - Two Lanes of FreedomTwo Lanes of Freedom Tim McGraw

If you are a country music fan then you’ll definitely want to listen to Tim McGraw’s latest release. Another singer turned actor this is his newest release after Emotional Traffic which came out just last year. Don’t be fooled by Two Lanes of Freedom when you are listening to it though. The last song on the album is called Highway Don’t Care and features Taylor Swift and Keith Urban; as an ode to Swift the song is listed as track 13 (she has of often said 13 is her lucky number), but there is no track 11 or 12.

Heartthrob Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob

Last but not least is some Canadian (and local) content, Tegan and Sara’s seventh album is my most anticipated album of 2013 so far (it is only February though). I have had the first single, Closer, off the album on constant replay and can’t wait to listen to the full album. With every album the group’s popularity and profile seems to increase, so here’s hoping that Heartthrob continues that trend.

Everly Therapy

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

I lost my i-pod and I’m really upset about it. A perfectly curated archive of podcasts, a playlist of “guilty pleasures” that I would never admit I listen to, and a bunch of other sonic delights: all gone.

So, heartbroken, I visited the 1st floor of the Central library, to pan the CD collection for some new gold. I borrowed 3 Bob Dylan discs (Best of the 60s, Best of the 70s and Greatest Hits), and some “best of” albums by Carly Simon, Paul Simon, and Marvin Gaye. I found two Thievery Corporation albums – “It Takes a Thief” and “Versions”, which are both fantastic, and on a whim, the best of Pet Shop Boys ended up in my basket. But my favourite by far is the oldest recording of the bunch – The Everly Brothers’ Greatest Hits.

These songs are familiar to me because my dad had a penchant for the oldies. The 50s and 60s were the soundtrack to my early years, even though I grew up in the 80s. But I didn’t appreciate those old tunes then, like I do now. The Everly Brothers have incredible harmony, and as one of my colleagues pointed out, the melodies are simple but the harmonies are much more complex.

Give the Everly Brothers a chance, and you’ll see they stand the test of time. Place a hold online, or visit your local library branch and check out the music collection.

I guess I’m starting to perk up about the lost pod. But for now, I’ll do my crying in the rain...

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Music in the Air!

by Katherine - 2 Comment(s)

Calgary’s Folk Fest is in full swing, and I can’t wait until tomorrow night, when I’ll finally get to see KD Lang live! What a treat!

If you’re a music lover, then be sure to browse our extensive music collection. We’ve got thousands of CDs! Every genre is represented – from classical to country, and international, too. We’ve also got live concert DVDs. Be sure to check out our New and Notable section for new releases and artists you may not yet have encountered. Did you know that the Calgary Public Library has a collection of sheet music, too? Check it out, if you play the piano or guitar. Also, scan our program guide for free concerts, drumming programs, and more!

Eno!

by Katherine - 0 Comment(s)

What do David Bowie and U2’s Bono have in common? Well, there’s music and stardom, of course. But in addition, both of them have worked with Brian Eno, musician, composer, artist and man of many talents.

Catch Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings at the Glenbow Museum this month. 77 Million Paintings is a constantly evolving sound and imagescape which continues Eno’s exploration into light as an artist's medium and the aesthetic possibilities of "generative software."

I particularly recommend attending the launch party for this exhibit. The Glenbow has recently begun hosting launch parties for its new exhibitions, and they are really quite fun! If you’re not a “museum person”, these parties are a great way to get you in the door. Admission is pay-what-you-can, and there will be music, performances and a cash bar, too!

Now, what to wear to the party? I’ll have to choose from my 77 Million pairs of shoes...

More information about the Glenbow Museum and the launch party here.

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