Popmatic crew shares our Oscar picks and a whole lot of recommendations of things for you to watch, read, and listen to while you wait for the DVDs of the winners to come in. Crystal was so disappointed with this year’s nominees that she called in sick. We give you the skinny on a whole lot of programming the library is doing for African American History Month. We cover so many things in this episode, I’m going to stop typing now.
Raise your hand if you like the title track to this album. Ok, let’s see…that’s 1…2…4…19…yes, I see you…456…9,689,231. (Man, a lot of people read this blog.) Make that 9,689,232 because I think this is my favorite album of the year.
I was a little late to the game finding Fun. – their upcoming concert at the Ryman was sold out before I even knew who they were. Sigh. They’ve gotten 6 Grammy nominations for this year – including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Hopefully, they will perform so I’ll be able to see them play.
Personally, I think the band is kind of a modern day Queen. Their album has an almost operatic opening track. I would call this style Drama Pop. Take a listen…
Isn’t that fun? Some Nights is actually the band’s second album. I may go back and try to find their first, Aim and Ignite from 2009, but I have a feeling if we didn’t hear it then it might not be worth hearing. Time will tell.
Man, I love that drum line. Makes you want to check out the whole album, doesn’t it?
PS This album is not on freegal (sigh) but you can download a knock off version of Some Nights as well as the version heard on Glee, just FYI. Or you can get all three to compare and contrast.
Whew! We made it through another one: another year, another podcast, another apocalyptic cult. In celebration, we tell you about the things we are most looking forward to in 2013. The library will have them or already has things by their creators so you can pregame. First, some events we are looking forward to:
Best of the year show! Ours’ is superior in that you get our favorites from the library. Because we are human, we mention some things we absorbed in 2012 but were not necessarily released in 2012. We end with a teary-eyed look back at the year that was in Popmatic Podcast land. Are those tears of laughter or tears of rage?
Of all the events happening at the library in December, the one that gets us most excited is Amanda’s holiday concert featuring herself and her students.
Somehow discussions of T-Day’s favorite roasted bird ended up being about the best audio books to listen to in your car when traveling this holiday season. You’ll learn what a poult is. We end with what is tickling our fancy and what we really think of ABC’s television series Nashville.
For anyone who came of age in the 1990′s, it is impossible to make a soundtrack of life without something from Dave Matthews Band. I’ve always been a fair weather DMB fan. I love their radio singles like ”Crash” and “What Would You Say” but haven’t really gone deeper into their catalogue. I’ve also heard that DMB gives a great live show, but have never had the chance to experience it.
The early years of this millenia found Dave experimenting with solo work and doing many live concert albums, but I must admit I didn’t follow him and the band kind of fell off my radar a little bit. Recently, though, I was browsing through freegal and came across this latest release. After downloading the first five tracks I knew I’d found something equivalent to their previous 90′s brilliance.
Away from the World debutted at #1 on the Billboard 200 when it was released on 9/11/12 and is the DMB’s eighth studio album. The track listing contains a good mix of more upbeat tunes as well as Dave’s usual run of songs with a message. My favorites are “Mercy” (which was also the first single) and “Gaucho.” Oh and “Sweet” because I love how the song’s meter and feel changes halfway through – another one of DMB’s musical genius/tricks.
Take a listen see whatcha think…
DMB definitely has it share of haters out there, but I dare you to at least try one or two of these and give him another chance. After all, they’re free so what can you lose? I’ve had this album in pretty heavy rotation on my mp3 player since I found it a couple of weeks ago.
The first week of October is Banned Books Week. We celebrate the freedom to read by telling you about our favorite banned books. The Popmatic crew is low on numbers but we have picks from all over NPL. We finish with what is tickling our fancy this October besides Margaret Atwood coming to the library.
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