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Oct 16 2010

Wizard Rock Redux

by Fran W

Thought about making Decatur Library’s first wizard rock show, but it didn’t fit into your schedule?  Had an amazing time and can’t wait for more wrock?  You’re in luck: DeKalb County Public Library is partnering with City of Decatur Active Living to bring wizard rock back to Decatur!

The Whomping Willows, Lauren Fairweather, Justin Finch-Fletchley and Armoured Bearcub will perform on Thursday, October 21st at 5:30pm at the Decatur Recreation Center.  Click here for the event listing on the library’s website, and here for our original blog post explaining wizard rock.

The bands are touring this fall in the memory of Esther Earl, a 16-year-old Potter fan who passed away recently from thyroid cancer.  Earl inspired those in the Harry Potter community through her positive outlook, witty humor, and her message to love and live to the fullest.  Through their tour, This Star Won’t Go Out: A Tour For Esther, the bands hope to raise money to help Earl’s family pay for her medical expenses.  The Boston Globe recently wrote a wonderful article about Earl; it can be accessed here.

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Jul 1 2009

Your Library of Summer Sounds

by Jnai W

In Memory of Michael Jackson 1958-2009 (that was weird to write...)

In Memory of Michael Jackson 1958-2009 (that was weird to write...)

The Library offers all sorts of great summertime diversions including public use computers,  programs, book discussions and children’s activities–in addition to its vast collection of great books. Heck, the Library even offers a cool and welcoming respite from the blazing summer sun. But I, for one, continue to be amazed and excited by the eclectic and ever-expanding collection of great music here at DCPL.

Here are some of my favorite finds in the  “Wow, I didn’t know we had this!” category:

The Best of Eric B. and Rakim: The Millenium Collection:  Hip-Hop Hooray!I’ve noticed that the Library is steadily expanding its hip-hop repertoire (but rest easy, parents, the selections are still, for the most part, in the PG-13 arena).  As a kid, I missed out on alot of the quote-unquote “old skool rap” (my mom wasn’t having any of it!) so it’s great to explore some of the seminal artists of this musical genre.  Some of my favorite cuts include “Paid In Full”,  “I Ain’t No Joke”  and “Microphone Fiend”.

808’s and Heartbreak by Kanye West: Say what you will about a rapper who’s considered egotistical, even by hip hop standards, but he’s always been able to support his boasts with cutting-edge, exciting music. The Auto-Tuned warbling (tedious in other artists but somehow Mr.West makes it work)! The introspective lyrics! The taiko drums! This is my favorite Kanye album to date. Prime cuts: “Love Lockdown”, “Say You Will”  “Welcome to Heartbreak” and “Heartless”.

Anything Tori Amos:  It seems someone in Collection Management has a taste for Tori Amos. As a teen I found her work a bit esoteric but I’m definitely rediscovering the flame-haired chanteuse. Right now I’m tucking into her 2005 album The Beekeeper.  I’m enjoying the tracks “Parasol” and “Sweet The Sting” so far.  The Library is a great place for really learning more about an artist that fascinates you. But if Amos is already your cup of tea you may want to delve into some of DCPLs Tori-centric literature including her fascinating memoir Tori Amos: Piece By Piece (co-authored by Ann Powers) and Comic Book Tattoo, a collection of graphic novel works based on Amos’ songs.

Leonard Cohen: Live in London: Some cheesy manager ran off with Cohen’s earnings so he has come back to work. Sorry for his loss but it is indeed his fans’ gain. Here’s another artist I’ve been turned on to since I’ve been here at the Library. For people who love writers who happen to sing  look no further than this album. I’d tell you how I like it but since it’s brand new I have to wait in the request queue like everyone else. But you can check out the Library’s other Cohen albums until your turn with Live In London comes around.

I could do this all day long. Literally, I get goosebumpy thinking of all the wonderful music you can find at the Library. Thank you, DCPL, for being awesome!

P.S: If you know anyone who doesn’t remember how awesome Michael Jackson was (and who isn’t still a little heartbroken by his passing) please  direct them to these Jackson classics.

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Jujub_headshot JuJu B. Solomon, a resident of DeKalb County Georgia, was recently named Best Local Singer/Songwriter in the Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta 2007 issue.  His self titled debut album is out on New Street Records and can be found at Decatur CD.  Recently, I caught up with JuJu B. (known simply as Benjamin when he’s not performing).

Q: Thanks for agreeing to do this interview, Benjamin.  I really enjoy the strange and personal musings on your self titled album.  Many of them border on an uncomfortable awkwardness.  Do the songs come out of meditation, or are the songs a meditation in themselves to help you think through things?

My best friend suggested that I sings songs and play the guitar to soothe myself and explore my failures in a safe space. She’s a psychologist trained in a cognitive technique called EMDR, which is similar to hypnosis, in which patients explore painful memories while the therapist provides a bilateral movement for the patient to focus their eyes on (typically a finger moving back and forth across the line of sight).

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