Musicians We Lost in 2016

2016 was a brutal year for musicians and their fans. Things started out badly with David Bowie leaving us in January, then got worse when Prince suddenly died in April, and became seriously heartbreaking with Sharon Jones’ untimely death in November. There’s still 5 days left in 2016, and I’m a little terrified that we might lose even more legends before the New Year begins. Can someone please check on Neil Young?

In honor of all the greats we lost this year, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite albums by my top 10 favorite artists who passed away in 2016. Here’s a few highlights:

David BowieHunky Dory
It’s difficult to pick just one Bowie album but I’ve always been a big fan of the early Bowie stuff and this one includes so many amazing songs – “Life on Mars?” “Quicksand” and “Queen Bitch” to name three of my favorites. Seu Jorge’s bossanova inspired covers of these songs and others are a wonderful tribute. Continue reading “Musicians We Lost in 2016”

David Bowie’s Favorite Books, at your library.

david-bowie-books-460x420Music legend, movie star, icon, iconoclast, and yes – reader. As part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s 2013 exhibit “David Bowie Is,” Bowie shared an eclectic list of 100 favorite books. Here they are, in reverse chronological order, linked to the library catalog. Still looking for a reading challenge for the next year, or five? This could be your year of reading like Bowie. (Titles we don’t currently own are denoted with an *asterisk).

Here are some films featuring David Bowie, and here are some books about him.

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    – Posted by David W.

 

 

Freegal – Five for Free – Spaced Out Edition

By Cameron M.

As the tag line for the movie Alien goes, “In space, no one can hear you scream.” I’ve always wanted to go to space. Maybe even attend a concert on the moon someday, and call it “Moonstock.” That would be super dope. Except, the absence of an atmosphere prevents sound from travelling across the surface of the moon…. bummer. Maybe the music being performed could be broadcast via radio wave and played through the boss sound system I would have hooked up in my spacesuit. If this theoretically impossible concert were ever to be organized, here are five songs that are all available for free download right now on Freegal that I would request to be played at Moonstock.

Spiritualized – Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space (Can’t help falling in love)

Find Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space in the Freegal DatabaseWhen booking this stellar festival, the band Spiritualized would have to bat leadoff. As The Earth rose above The Moon’s horizon and behind the main stage, their song, “Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space,” would serve to set the tone for the entire show perfectly. The lyrics from Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” are sung in canon behind the main verse, creating a beautifully dissonant, albeit understated, backdrop. Continue reading “Freegal – Five for Free – Spaced Out Edition”