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This machine CD This machine
The Dandy Warhols' searching, contemplative songs have always been a tantalizing yin to the band's brash, sarcastic yang, but it wasn't until This Machine that they devoted most of an album to their thoughtful side. Judging from how well these songs work, it was long overdue; like Earth to the Dandy Warhols, this is one of the band's most consistent sets yet.

Suggested by Dawn

Dandy Warhols (Musical group)
CD MR DAN2522

Banga CD Banga
On Banga, Smith marries together her various forms of literary expression with rock and pop in an iconic assemblage. Her collaborators are (mostly) familiar: guitarist Lenny Kaye, drummer Jay Dee Daugherty, bassist Tony Shanahan, guitarist Tom Verlaine, her children Jackson and Jessi, and guitarist Jack Petruzzelli. Italian band Casa del Vento and Johnny Depp also appear. The album is saturated with poetry, sung or spoken -- sometimes both. Its themes range from a non-didactic reflection on environmental crisis, the dominion of art as man's greatest gift to the divine -- as well as its own species -- homages, elegies, and love songs, all offered with authority and tenderness.

Suggested by Dawn in Teen Services

Smith, Patti.
CD MA SMI2217

Vinyl Cafe stories CD Vinyl Cafe stories
OK, so it's not music, but it's a fantastic recording. If you like stories and love to laugh, pick up this two-CD set. Stuart McLean's weekly radio show, The Vinyl Cafe (on KUOW FM Sunday afternoons from noon to 1:00), includes a weekly tale about the (mis)adventures of a Canadian family. Led by dad Dave and mom Morley, the family's foibles are recounted in good humor. The last story in the set, "Polly Anderson's Christmas Party" has particular resonance at this time of year.

Recommended by Nancy in Collection Development

McLean, Stuart, 1948-
CD 791.447 MCL2

Halcyon digest   [sound recording] CD Halcyon digest [sound recording]
I don't know what to say about this extremely interesting album. Here is what Pitchfork said: "Halcyon Digest is a record about the joy of music discovery, the thrill of listening for the first time to a potential future favorite, and that sense of boundless possibility when you're still innocent of indie-mainstream politics and your personal canon is far from set. In revisiting that youthful enthusiasm, Deerhunter brilliantly rekindle it, and the result meets Microcastle/Weird Era (Cont.) as the band's most exhilarating work to date."

Suggested by Dawn in Teen Services

Deerhunter
CD MR DEE38

Greatest hits   [sound recording] CD Greatest hits [sound recording]
An all-killer-no-filler compilation of sublime gospel-tinged soul, this disc is packed end-to-end with classics, from upbeat floor-fillers like "Tired of Being Alone" and "Love and Happiness" to the elegant melancholy of ballads like "Call Me" and "You Ought To be With Me."

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.

Green, Al, 1946-
CD M GRE1135

Unity   [sound recording] CD Unity [sound recording]
This superb '65 set from organist (5 years before his participation in Miles Davis' legendary "Bitches Brew" sessions) Young is stellar hard-bop with an occasional left turn into more avant-garde, experimental territory. Features Elvin Jones on drums (moonlighting from the John Coltrane band), and trumpet and tenor soloing (from Woody Shaw and Joe Henderson, respectively) that goes from swinging to soulful to abstract, and back again.

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.

Young, Larry, 1940-1978.
CD R YOU828

The ArchAndroid   [sound recording] CD The ArchAndroid [sound recording]
"'The ArchAndroid' is an 'EMOTION PICTURE' brought to you by Janelle Monáe and the Mad Minds of the Wondaland Arts Society. The star-studded featured cast includes the legendary Big Boi of OutKast, renowned poet Saul Williams, psychedelic dance-punk troupe Of Montreal, punk prophets Deep Cotton, and the Wondaland Arch Orchestra."

Some of the freshest and fun music I've heard in a while!

Suggested by Dawn

Monáe, Janelle.
CD M MON2256

The bluegrass diaries   [sound recording] CD The bluegrass diaries [sound recording]
The Bluegrass Diaries picks up where Bluegrass left off allowing Lauderdale to indulge in his passion for intricate picking and foot stompin' with his friends. The album includes Jesse Cobb on Mandolin, Richard Bailey on Banjo, Jay Weaver on bass, Cody Kilby on guitar and Aaron Till on fiddle as well as many other special guests. On The Bluegrass Diaries Lauderdale blends bluegrass chops with his signature turn of phrase. At root, the album is a metaphor for Lauderdale's entire career; switchblade-sharp, honest and starkly American.

If you enjoy bluegrass, you will love this album!

Suggested by Dawn.

Lauderdale, Jim.
CD U LAU158

The sidewinder   [sound recording] CD The sidewinder [sound recording]
A superbly swinging hard bop session from December '63, and one of the best Blue Note albums of the 1960's. While Morgan's soulful trumpet is center stage for all tracks, the backup players (Joe Henderson on tenor, Barry Harris on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums) are fantastic as well. Harris's solo on "Totem Pole" is particularly fine.

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.

Morgan, Lee, 1938-1972. cmp prf
CD R MOR332

The best of Louis Jordan   [sound recording] CD The best of Louis Jordan [sound recording]
This great compilation collects the very best of Jordan's swinging (and often hilarious) Decca-label sides from the 1940's and 1950's. One of the great unsung forefathers of rock and roll, Jordan was a primary influence on - among many others - Chuck Berry and B.B. King (who has recorded an entire album of Jordan songs).

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.

Jordan, Louis, 1908-1975. prf
CD R JOR79

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