Top New Artist of 2017

Here are Billboards year end charts:

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  1. Lil Uzi Vert

 

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2. Khalid

 

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3. Niall Horan

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4. Kodak Black

 

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5. 21 Savage

 

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6. James Arthur

 

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7. Cardi B

 

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8. XXXTentacion

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9. Harry Styles

 

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10. Brett Young

Check out our catalog at http://fountaindale.org or give us a call at 630-759-2102 and see what albums of these artist albums are available or place a hold.

-DR

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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

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.

Documentaries

The buzz around here the past few days was the Blizzard (complete with Thundersnow).  We’ve made it through this one, but more snow is on the way. Stacks of DVDs have been getting checked out in preparation of settling in during this weather.  Recently, I’ve watched a few documentaries that I enjoyed and wanted to share. So, for those of you who like dance, music, wine, and art put these in your queue. Stay warm!

Ballerina (2006) “An intimate portrait of five ballerinas from the Kirov.”  From IMDB.

Blood Into Wine (2010) website Maynard Keenan, Tim & Eric, Milla Jovovich, Patton Oswalt, Arizona, Wine!

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) website Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. He fiercely guards his anonymity to avoid prosecution. An eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempts to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. Includes footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, “It’s basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed.” Written by Paranoid Pictures

Recently nominated for Oscar for Best Documentary. To quote my friend and artist, Michael Rank, “That movie singled-handedly made me love AND hate art at the same time.” I completely agree.

The Heart Is a Drum Machine (2009) Facebook page “What is music? Many of today’s top artists and scholars grapple with the question in this cinematic look at a uniquely human obsession. The Heart is a Drum Machine is a new feature documentary film project from the producers of Moog.” From IMDB

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2005) website Fans will love this part autobiography, part concert.

All of these titles are availble on Netflix streaming. What are you watching? Let us know!

-Sabrina

Another Top 5 Favorite Christmas Music Albums

Due to popular demand and since it is THAT time of the year again, with misletoe, candy canes, and presents; being the resident music expect here at the Fountaindale Library, I have concocted another Top 5 Favorite Christmas albums!!! These five Christmas albums I am always sure to revisit again and again throughout the holiday season.  Without further ado…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  “Christmas with The Rat Pack″ by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis,  Jr. (2007)

 

A fun, swinging album with those merry mischief makers, The Rat Pack!  Frank (Sinatra), Dean (Martin), and Sammy (Davis, Jr.) bring the fun to the Christmas season with their special brand of cool.  This collection include songs sung by the three individually as well as a couple of duets.  What better way to spend the holidays with three of the coolest cats ever!  And that ain’t no joke, daddy-o!

Key Tracks:  “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Frank)”, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Dean)”, “The Christmas Song (Sammy)”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Vince Guaraldi  (original 1965; updated and expanded in 2006)

 

Music from the popular Peanut’s Christmas special.  Vince Guaraldi brings a nicely understated and jazzy feel to many of the Christmas songs here.  An album that works perfectly well both as an addendum to the film as as well as a stand alone album in its own right.

Key Tracks:  “Christmastime Is Here (Vocal)”, “Hark the Herald Angel Sings”, “Greensleeves”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby  (1995)

 

The first Christmas album of it’s kind in popular music and one that still entices to this day.  Bing Crosby’s renditions of these holiday favorites has long  been the standard in which all others have drawn from and been influenced by.  No one’s voice embodies and has become synonymous with the season and the spirit of Christmas more than Bing Crosby’s!

Key Tracks:  “White Christmas”, “”It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas”, “Mele Kalikimaka”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  “The Andy Williams Christmas Album” by Andy Williams (2004)

 

One of the quintessential and most popular Christmas releases of all time.  Andy Williams does Christmas songs with his brand of charm and sincerity.  A joy for both the young and the young at heart alike!

Key Tracks:  “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “Away in the Manger”, “Silent Night”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  “A Christmas Gift for You” by Phil Spector (2009)

 

Considered to be THE Christmas album of the Rock and Roll era by many, Phil Spector’s “A Christmas Gift For You” features The Ronettes, Darlene Love, The Crystals, and Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans.  Many of these songs have been used in such diverse films as “Goodfellas” and “Gremlins” to great effect.  This album is a great way to rock out to the holidays!

Key Tracks:  “Frosty the Snowman”, “The Bells of St. Mary’s”, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

 

 

So gather the family ’round the tree, bring out the eggnog and hot chocolate and revel and bask in the Christmas Spirit with more Christmas music of the highest caliber!

 

 

-Brian S.

You Say You Want a Revolution?!?! The Beatles on iTunes!

 

 

Tuesday, November 16,2010 will be a day to forever go down in infamy.  Cue the music and put your wigs on…it’s day the Beatles finally popped up on iTunes!!!  After a long debate back and forth, the Fab Four:  John (Lennon), Paul (McCartney), George (Harrison), and Ringo (Starr) aka the most popular band of all the time and some would say the best, FINALLY, reached a deal and their songs, many pop masterpieces, and entire catalog are now available for downloading.

 

 

 

 

Rumors had been circulating for years about when or if at all, they would
appear on iTunes.   Apple, their record company, famously teased and let their arrival or proverbial “cat out of the bag” when on Monday it posted a banner on its website that stated: “Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget.”  The next day, history was made and Beatle-mania was in full swing again just like it had been in 1964.

 

 

 

 

-Brian S.