Black History Month Display

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February 1st is the start of Black History Month.  Black History Month celebrates the people, history, culture and influence of African-American citizens in the U.S.  African-Americans contribute to our nation and economy in many ways, from our government and military, to small business, industry, arts, music, food and education. The Fountaindale Public Library is proud to present this month’s lobby tree display in dedication to Black History Month with a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of DVDs and CDs that take a look at all aspects of this unique and wonderful culture.

Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

  1. Black America: A Photographic Journey by Marcia A. Smith
  2. Creating Black Americans by Nell Irvin Painter
  3. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson
  4. Legacy: Treasures of Black History by John Hope Franklin
  5. Living Black History by Manning Marable

 

…And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

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So, come on in and celebrate the history, people, culture, and contributions of African-Americans and Black History.

 

-Brian

First Ever Music Festival at U.S. Cellular Field!

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According to the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority (ISFA), the owners of U.S. Cellular Field have been looking to broaden the use of the stadium beyond baseball games.

The Chicago-native, Chance the Rapper, will be hosting his Chicago tour date for his Magnificent Coloring Tour at U.S. Cellular Field on September 24th and will be calling it the “Magnificent Coloring Day.”

The “Magnificent Coloring Day” will be the “first ever music festival at U.S. Cellular Field on Chicago’s South Side.” The one day music festival will feature artists Skrillex, John Legend, Alicia Keys (who I’ve been dying to see), Lil Wayne, Tyler the Creator, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, along with special guests.

ISFA Executive Director, Lou Bertuca, says this will be the first of many events outside of baseball to be held at the Cell. “There’s no reason that the stadium shouldn’t be doing one major sporting event outside of baseball,” Bertuca said.

There have only been two previous concerts at the Cell- Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones in the early 2000’s.

Bertuca said ISFA has been working for the past year with Madison House Productions to secure a performer. When the option of Chance the Rapper came to the table, he jumped at the opportunity.

“Chance is the perfect fit because he’s from the South Side of Chicago, he’s really proud of being from Chicago and gives a lot back,” Bertuca said. “To catch Chance the Rapper on his meteoric rise to the top is just a great opportunity.”

With it being my birthday weekend, I will DEFINITELY be in attendance. I can’t wait to see what other events will be held at my second home, the Cell.

-CP-

Step by Step How to on LP to CD Transfer

Growing up for many of us, our first type of exposure to music came either via the radio or from our own or our parent’s record player!!  For a long time there seemed to be a slow decline of LPs as cassettes, CDs, and, eventually, MP3s become more predominate.  It looked like the death of vinyl was imminent.    However, in the mid 2000’s something incredible happened…vinyl was coming back in a BIG way and has seen no slow down or stopping since!  There are many reasons attributed to this but the one that seems to be unanimous among the young and young-at-heart is the SOUND.  Vinyl just has a richness that MP3 and CDs lack.  With that, newbies started purchasing them while other people started dusting off their old collections and/or parent’s collections and started giving them a spin.  However, as it was now as it was then, vinyl is not the most mobile of mediums BUT with today’s technology converting vinyl has never been easier!!  Fountaindale’s own Studio 300 has the means and way for anyone to convert your vinyl to CD to be able to listen to that vinyl quality and vinyl sound…in your car!  Below are the steps needed and necessary to navigate this:

 

1.  Insert blank CD-R or CD-RW into CD recorder.  Then place album on turntable.

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2.  Turn the turntable on, choose 33 rpm, and hit start.

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3.  Press record on the CD recorder. Then drop the needle on the album.

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4.  Press play to start the recording process. The recorder will automatically separate the tracks when it detects a pause.  When the first side of the album is done recording, press the pause button on the recorder.

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5.  Turn the album over and drop the needle. Hit the pause button to continue the recording process.


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6.  When the second side is recorded, press stop, then press finalize. When it asks FINALIZE OK?, push ENTER on the MULTI DIAL knob.

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7.  Once finalized you’ll be able to listen to the disc on any CD player.

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With that you are all set and ready to go, go, go!!

-Brian S

The Ultimate Summer Soundtrack, brought to you by Adult and Teen Services!

It may be the beginning of August, but have no fear! There are still 7 glorious weeks of summer left to soak up the sun (with plenty of SPF, of course) and get your beach reading on — and we have the perfect summer playlist to last you until well after Labor Day! Check out some favorites of Adults & Teen Services staff below:

Paradise City — Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction (Tony)

A classic hit from one of the greatest rock bands of all time, ‘Paradise City’ is just one song from the album that has shaped, and continues to shape, the adolescence of many. Also, you’re a liar if you say you’ve never air-drummed the intro.

{Place Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction on hold here}

It’s OK — The Beach Boys: The Warmth of the Sun (Brian & Lynnette)

It’s impossible to create the best summer playlist of all time without at least one Beach Boys tune. After all, they’re an American icon with hit after hit that scream summer. The Warmth of the Sun presents a broad view of their musical legacy, with It’s OK reminding us to “play and enjoy it while it lasts.” Hear, hear.

{Place The Beach Boys: The Warmth of the Sun on hold here}

Girl — Beck: Guero (Debra)

With an NES symphony prologue, ‘Girl’ gives off a Cali-rock vibe that is a perfect addition for The Ultimate Summer Soundtrack. The entire album of Guero, in fact, is highly recommended for reveling in Beck’s eclecticism.

{Place Beck: Guero on hold here}

Pumped Up Kicks — Foster the People: Torches (Christine)

Foster the People’s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ was their breakthrough single that landed on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart at #1 in 2011 – and we’re still loving it two years later!

{Place Foster the People: Torches on hold here}

Hideaway – Passion Pit: Gossamer (Zach)

The synth-pop symphonies presented on the sophomore album of Passion Pit delve into some heavy topics. Hideaway, however, gives listeners the warm fuzzies with its soft Eurodisco pastiche.

{Place Passion Pit: Gossamer on hold here}

Beast of Burden – The Rolling Stones: Grrr (Andrea)

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones, and in my humble opinion, Mick Jagger has still got it! Grrr is a 3-disc set that includes some essential hits including ‘Beast of Burden’, the perfect laid-back jam for lounging poolside.

{Place The Rolling Stones: Grrr on hold here}

Life’s a Beach – Django Django: Django Django (Andrea)

No relation to the new Quentin Tarantino flick, Django Django is a rock group that hails from Edinburgh and played at Bonaroo, Central Park Summerstage, and Firefly this summer. Couldn’t make it to the fests? No worries. Check out their self-titled album at the library or place a hold by clicking the link below!

{Place Django Django: Django Django on hold here}

What are some of your essential summer tunes? Share in the comments below!

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What I’m Diggin…

What I’m Diggin is a quick portion of the XmeetsY blog that just lets our readers know what I am into for that week and what we have to offer at the library on that specific topic. I recently picked up “The Rescuers Down Under” on Blu-Ray. Although I am probably to old for Disney movies, this was one of my favorites as a kid and still is. I bring that up to lead into what I am diggin this week. There is a particular song in “The Rescuers Down Under” that I liked as a kid. I actually forgot about it until recently when I  re-watched the movie on Blu-Ray. There is a part of the movie where Wilbur the albatross is dancing to a song in an airplane hanger, the bird has some moves. Let me clear something up really quick for those of you who might not be familiar with the movie. Wilbur is an albatross who is given the task of flying two RAS agents, who are mice, to Australia to help a young boy who has been kid napped. Wilbur is voiced by the late and great John Candy, which makes the scene so much better. I put the video below so you can first see Wilbur singing the song, it’s pretty funny.

 

The song that he is singing in the first one minute of the clip is called “Black Slacks” and is sung by the late 1950s band Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones. That song is what I’ve been diggin, I’ve recently re-discovered a love for Rockabilly music. I did a little searching and found out that the library actually has a CD with that particular song on it, its on a greatest hits album mixed with a few other well known Rockabilly musicians.   That particular CD can be found in our library’s catalog here.  There’s so many different Rockabilly bands out there. Here’s a few to start out with that I found that we have at our library: Rockabilly Riot, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Elvis Presley and the Original Rock ‘n’ Roll Kings, and Stray Cats.

-J-

The Top 5 Albums by The Beach Boys

 

With today being the first day of summer and acclaimed musical genius, Brian Wilson’s 70th Birthday , what a more appropriate time to take a look at Wilson’s famous band’s top 5 albums.  Wilson, his brothers Dennis and Carl, Cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine formed The Beach Boys over 50 years ago and in doing so created timeless music filled with fun, sun, girls, and surf.   The wave they created shows no sign of waning, in fact just this year, The Beach Boys have reunited for their 50th Anniversary to sold-out shows and critical acclaim.   The band’s music has provided a cultural bedrock and has left such an indelible mark that they are known as and simply referred to as “America’s Band”.  Here is a list of their top 5 albums:

 

 

1.  “Endless Summer” (1974)

This greatest hits album sparked the resurgence of The Beach Boys popularity and helped turn them from has-beens to legends.  A #1 album in 1974, it contains all their greatest hits (at the time) and the songs they are best known for.

Key Tracks:  “California Girls”, “Good Vibrations”, “Surfin’ USA”

 

2. “Pet Sounds”  (1966)

This legendary album is found on many “Greatest Albums of All Time” lists, usually in the #1 or #2 spot.  This album showed that the band was more than just a surf group but were actually artists on the level of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Key Tracks:  “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”, “God Only Knows”, “Sloop John B”

 

3.  “Sunflower”   (1970)

While Pet Sounds is considered Brian Wilson’s masterpiece, this album is considered the band’s masterpiece.  With Brian retreating from the band, music industry, and the world at the time; this album shows the band picking up the slack left by the oldest Wilson.  This album showed that the other Boys could definitely make amazing music in their own right even with the long shadow cast by older brother Bri.

Key Tracks:  “Forever”, “This Whole World”, “Cool, Cool Water”

 

4.  “The Beach Boys Love You”  (1977)

This is the album that has long divided the group’s fans.  It may be a “love it or hate it” type of album but one that all will agree is the most unique Beach Boys album ever made, before or since.  In fact, no other album by any group sounds quite like this.  It shows Brian Wilson returning with full force, back writing and producing all the material.

Key Tracks:  “Roller Skating Child”, “Honkin’ Down the Highway”, “The Night Was So Young”

 

5.  “That’s Why God Made the Radio”   (2012)

This is the band’s most recent album.  It is the band’s first album since 1992 and the first with Brian Wilson since 1985.  Again, it shows Brother Bri returning with full force, back writing and producing all but one track.  The album debuted at #3 on The Billboard Top 200, showing that age hasn’t diminished the group’s talent nor their popularity.

Key Tracks:  “That’s Why God Made The Radio”, “Isn’t It Time”, “From There to Back Again”

 

So take a listen to a band, who’s music has defined popular culture and provided many with an endless Summer.   Surf’s up!!

-Brian S.

2011 Grammy Winners – Part III

Some more winners from music’s biggest night!

42. Best Country Album

Need You Now

Lady Antebellum

43. Best New Age Album

Miho: Journey To The Mountain

Paul Winter Consort

44. Best Contemporary Jazz Album

The Stanley Clarke Band

The Stanley Clarke Band

45. Best Jazz Vocal Album

Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee

Dee Dee Bridgewater

46. Best Improvised Jazz Solo

A Change Is Gonna Come

Herbie Hancock, soloist
Track from: The Imagine Project

47. Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

Moody 4B

James Moody

48. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Mingus Big Band Live At Jazz Standard

Mingus Big Band

49. Best Latin Jazz Album

Chucho’s Steps

Chucho Valdés And The Afro-Cuban Messengers

50. Best Gospel Performance

Grace

BeBe & CeCe Winans
Track from: Still

51. Best Gospel Song

It’s What I Do

Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters (Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway)
Track from: The Gospel According To Jazz Chapter III

52. Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album

Hello Hurricane

Switchfoot

53. Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

Love God. Love People.

Israel Houghton

54. Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album

The Reason

Diamond Rio

55. Best Traditional Gospel Album

Downtown Church

Patty Griffin

 

56. Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

Still

BeBe & CeCe Winans

57. Best Latin Pop Album

Paraiso Express

Alejandro Sanz

58. Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album

El Existential

Grupo Fantasma

59. Best Tropical Latin Album

Viva La Tradición

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

61. Best Tejano Album

Recuerdos

Little Joe & La Familia

62. Best Norteño Album

Classic

Intocable

63. Best Banda Album

Enamórate De Mí

El Güero Y Su Banda Centenario

64. Best Americana Album

You Are Not Alone

Mavis Staples

65. Best Bluegrass Album

Mountain Soul II

Patty Loveless
More to come….
Brian S.