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Hospitality (Musical group)


The angular, intricate, and intelligent compositions of Hospitality signal a sophisticated new pop voice. Singer Amber Papini's idiosyncratic songwriting coupled with the band's rich arrangements on their self-titled debut explore youth, New York, and the bittersweet commingling of past and present in a way that feels just right, right now.

Suggested by Dawn

Attack on memory

Cloud Nothings (Musical group)


This is the second studio album from indie rock band from Cleveland, Ohio.

My new favorite band. These guys can really rock out.

Suggested by Dawn


Lucius (Musical group)


Rolling Stone says "Sixties girl-group sounds inform lots of indie rock these days. But it rarely sounds as fresh or thrilling as Brooklyn’s Lucius."

Fun stuff!

Suggested by Dawn

Same trailer, different park

Musgraves, Kacey.

CD U MUS8029

Musgraves showed an intelligent, careful writing style that is as pointed as it is poignant, and even though the song seems to skewer small-town country life, it does it without malice or agenda, and is really more just telling it true than anything else, a trait that ought to be treasured in Nashville but usually isn't. Musgraves has a sense of humor, too, and all of these traits add up to make Same Trailer Different Park more than a collection of songs just aiming for the country charts.

Suggested by Dawn

Gorilla Manor

Local Natives (Musical group)


Local Natives fill their debut album with soaring harmonies, dreamy orchestral melodies, and throbbing tribal beats, creating a unique indie rock sound that is all their own.

Suggested by Dawn

Random access memories

Daft Punk (Musical group)


If you love Daft Punk and disco, you are going to have a lot of fun with this album.

Suggested by Dawn

Can't talk medicine

Pickwick (Musical group)

CD M PIC7952

Fun listen, recommended to me by Kathleen F. from Mukilteo Library.

Suggested by Dawn

Grey oceans

CocoRosie (Musical group)


Kinda odd and ethereal, but also fun.

Suggested by Dawn


Rilo Kiley (Musical group)


A collection or rarities: B-sides, demo recordings, remixes and material never released.

Suggested by Dawn


Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Musical group)


Sassy and rocking, this is a fun album, and nice progress for the YYYs.

Suggested by Dawn


Sigur Ros (Musical group)


I really love Sigur Ros, and get excited any time they have a new album coming out. If you ever get a chance to see them live, do so!

Suggested by Dawn


Foals (Musical group)


Although Oxford, England's Foals didn't release their debut full-length, Antidotes, until the spring of 2008, they had already begun to make quite a name for themselves, thanks to the British singles "Hummer" and "Mathletics," and successful dates in the U.S. the preceding fall; meaning, of course, that the anticipation for the record had plenty of time to grow. Fortunately, Antidotes is able to live up to the hype.

Suggested by Dawn

This machine

Dandy Warhols (Musical group)


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


Smith, Patti.


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

Vinyl Cafe stories

McLean, Stuart, 1948-

CD 791.447 MCL2

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

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

Greatest hits [sound recording]

Green, Al, 1946-

CD M GRE1135

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.

Unity [sound recording]

Young, Larry, 1940-1978.


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.


The ArchAndroid [sound recording]

Monáe, Janelle.

CD M MON2256

"'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

The bluegrass diaries [sound recording]

Lauderdale, Jim.


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.


The sidewinder [sound recording]

Morgan, Lee, 1938-1972. cmp prf


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.

The best of Louis Jordan [sound recording]

Jordan, Louis, 1908-1975. prf


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.

Bebel Gilberto [sound recording].

Gilberto, Bebel.


Gilberto's 2nd album (from 2004) combines a warm, jazz-inflected Brazilian pop with sophisticated electronica. Bossa Nova for the 21st century.

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.


Valleys of Neptune [sound recording]

Hendrix, Jimi. prf


Great compilation of previously-unreleased material from 1968 and (mostly) 1969, detailing the gradual transformation of Hendrix's sound from the psychedelia and blues of his Experience-era albums to the jazzier, more soulful sounds of his later recordings.

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.

Happy trails [sound recording]

Quicksilver Messenger Service


Great 2nd album by these kings of the 60's San Francisco ballroom scene. Particularly recommended is their amazing interpretation of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love" (which filled up an entire side of the original LP), which prominently features the stinging, metallic guitar of the late John Cipollina.

Recommended by Rob at Stanwood Library.


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