A career in libraries can bring enlightening, rewarding, and even fascinating experiences. But once you’ve worked in a library, it’s hard to have that “patron experience,” where you spend time just browsing and hanging out in the stacks, looking for a random book, movie, or CD to enjoy. During a recent Popmatic Podcast discussion we were supposed to share new music discoveries we found in NPL’s CD collection. Since I missed the recording session <sorry comrades!>, I share my picks here.
Glasser‘s (aka Cameron Mesirow) electro pop debut album Ring came out in 2010. Glasser grew up in Los Angeles. Her father is a member of the Blue Man Group, and her mother was in bands during the 70′s and 80′s. She cites Joni Mitchell as an influence, but her music makes me think of Bjork or Peter Gabriel. Glasser’s songs have a very worldly, international kind of vibe. The tribal sounding album opener Apply is my favorite track, and I predict it will be yours too.
The late Esquerita and Little Richard look strikingly similar. While it’s a safe bet you’re familiar with Little Richard, Esquerita may not be on your radar. Little Richard has admitted Esquerita’s major influence on his piano playing, but as far as who came up with the stratospheric pompadour and flamboyant performance style first, we’ll never know for sure. It is certain that Esquerita came on hard times, and in the 1980′s he had been working as a parking lot attendant. He died of AIDS in 1986. Essential tracks: Rockin’ the Joint, and Dew Drop Inn.
Dance music is one of my favorite genres, so I was very excited to stumble upon the British band Friendly Fires self-titled 2008 debut album. It’s a hooky, dreamy, disco-inspired, non-stop dance party! The Friendly Fires are about to release their sophomore effort in May. They performed a well-reviewed set at this year’s SXSW festival, and recently played a single from their upcoming album on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that I’ll post here.
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Click the album covers below to request these CDs, and please share your favorite library discoveries in the comments!