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    MCA: A memoriam in video

    10.05.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on MCA: A memoriam in video

    I’d like to take a quick break from all the New Zealand Music Month posting to refect on the sad news this week that rapper Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away aged just 47.

    In a career spanning almost 30 years The Beastie Boys had one of the most distinctive, energetic and creative voices in popular music. They released 8 studio albums, all of which are available on our catalogue, along with several compilations and EPs. A good starting point is the excellent, two disc best of The sounds of science (complete with exhaustive and hilarious liner notes) and last year’s Hot sauce committee. part two.

    Although the albums are all great, the best (in my opinion) document of their work are the music videos, often directed by MCA under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower. So what better way to celebrate Yauch’s life than a video retrospective …

    Shadrach (1989)

    So What Cha Want (1992)

    Intergalactic (1998)

    Don’t play no game that I can’t win (2011)

    Great artist, huge loss.

  • Music, Synthesiser Patel

    Grammy winning CDs

    14.02.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Grammy winning CDs

    The 54th annual Grammy awards were held last night in Los Angeles, amongst the 78 winners (78! There used to be more, last year it was 109) were a few that can be found on the YA CD shelves. Read on…

    21 by Adele won six awards or something crazy like that, Album of the year is the most noteworthy. Confusingly, Rolling In The Deep won Record of the year and Song of the year, I couldn’t tell you the difference between those categories.

    Wasting Light by The Foo Fighters was another big winner, with four. They won awards in both the “Rock” and the “Hard rock/Metal” categories, so they are to be commended for being “genre-spanning”.

    Watch The Throne by Kanye West & Jay-Z features the song Otis which won an award for “Best rap performance”. Since it features an Otis Redding sample I suppose that kind of means he wins too. Well done, Otis!

    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West won the other three rap categories. Well done to Kanye by keeping busy enough to release two albums this year, thus doubling his chances of winning Grammys. Shrewd move, Kanye, shrewd move indeed.

    Own The Night by Lady Antebellum won Best country album. In our catalogue it is under “Pop”, but that is probably just because we do not have a “Country” category in the YA section.

    Even though Taylor Swift’s Speak Now came out in 2010, the song Mean came out as a single in 2011, therefore it was eligible to win Best country song and Best solo country performance. Which it did. Grammy voters love Taylor Swift.

    Did any of your favourites win?

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    YA Authors Rock Out

    16.01.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on YA Authors Rock Out

    Hey, did you guys know that Young Adult authors Libba Bray, Natalie Standiford, Dan Ehrenhaft and Barnabas Miller are all in a band called Tiger Beat together? I didn’t! Not until this morning when I saw this video of them performing “YA Song” in the New York Public Library.

    You can play “spot the literary references” with the lyrics as well. They throw in some Hunger Games and some Catcher In The Rye, what else can you pick out?

  • Music, New, Synthesiser Patel

    New CDs with poetic descriptions

    14.11.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on New CDs with poetic descriptions

    Coast To Coast – Cody Simpson
    Talented swimmer
    leaves pool behind for a shot
    at “Bieber status”

    Making Mirrors – Gotye
    Ashton Kutcher and
    Lily Allen cosigned this
    via the twitters

    The Fall – Gorillaz
    Recorded on tour
    with Damon’s iPad, what an
    age we live in, huh?

    The Essential – Korn
    Misspelled cereal
    grain’s discography shoehorned
    onto two CDs

    Neighbourhoods – Blink 182
    Together again,
    “indefinite hiatus”
    over, pop-punk back.

  • Music, New, Synthesiser Patel

    Some New Music That We Have

    05.10.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Some New Music That We Have


    Cults – Cults
    Indie blogosphere
    swoons. “Album of the summah!”
    – Skinny-jeaned critics.

    owl city all things

    All Things Bright And Beautiful – Owl City
    Starting in parent’s
    basement, it stands to reason
    that Mum gets guest slot.


    Junk Of The Heart – The Kooks
    Breezy guitar pop,
    hummable choruses and
    mostly about girls.

    bad meets evil

    Hell The Sequel – Bad Meets Evil
    Which one is which? Royce
    is the “Bad”, Eminem is
    the “Evil”
    . Oh, thanks.

  • Music, New, Synthesiser Patel

    New YA CDs

    19.09.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on New YA CDs

    lmfaoSorry For Party Rocking – LMFAO. After getting a few tracks into this I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re not sorry for party rocking at all. If they were really sorry they’d do something else once in a while, either that or they’re continually wracked with guilt. Fun fact: members RedFoo and SkyBlu are the son and grandson of Motown label founder Berry Gordy.

    triviumIn Waves – Trivium. The American metallers took a welcome and fresh approach with this, their fifth album, focussing on “writing for the specifically for the songs. not to show how well [they] could play”. which results in a less complex, more evenly structured set of songs. Not that this means a scaling back on “epic”, far from it.

    kelly rowlandHere I Am – Kelly Rowland. Fresh off her chart-topping singles with David Guetta, Kelly Rowland has recaptured the attitude and fire that made Destinys Child so compelling back in the day. Here I Am flits easily between pop, R&B and hip-hop and features appearances from Lil Wayne and Big Sean (when is a rapper going to use “Medium” or “Regular” as a prefix?).

    all time lowDirty Work – All Time Low. This is All Time Low’s major label debut and their first to make it onto our library shelves. Hopefully those two (equally important) milestones give them some much needed self-confidence. Seriously, All Time Low, there have been plenty of lower points throughout history than you and your music. Oh, unless it’s sarcastic. Carry on then.

  • Competition, Music, New, Synthesiser Patel

    Win A Cut Off Your Hands Bag!

    31.08.11 | Permalink | 1 Comment

    Auckland natives, Cut Off Your Hands, released their second full-length album, Hollow, recently. It’s really good. A more fully realised version of the new wave/post punk sound they’ve been producing since 2006. But why listen to me when you can preview some of the new tracks below? They do a much better job of describing the sound, since they are the sound.

    If you read the title of this post and then expected a competition to win a bag, fear not, I didn’t mislead you! Simply be the first to comment on this post (and also have a valid Wellingon Libraries YA card) to win a swell Cut Off Your Hands tote bag. It’s official. You could carry library books and the other Cut Off Your Hands CDs the library has (You & I, Blue On Blue and Cut Off Your Hands) home in it. Do it!

  • Music, New, Synthesiser Patel


    25.08.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Music!

    Ok, it turns out that the entire time I was doing haiku reviews I was actually writing senryu. You see, haikus are about nature and are serious, while senryus are about human nature and are more humorous. How about that? Excuse the lack of poetry in this post, I need to come to grips with this revelation.

    b in the mixB In The Mix: The Remixes – Britney Spears. Are your favourite songs on Britney Spears albums always the dance numbers? Do you always skip past the ballads while saying, “Pffft, this lacks a certain energy and I just can’t feel it, yo.”? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re in luck. All of these songs are the dance numbers, only they are even more dancetastic thanks to Justice, Jason Nevins and various other DJs.

    ben harperGive ‘Til It’s Gone – Ben Harper. The prolific singer/songwriter has enjoyed such a long career that some of his albums are no longer eligible for a YA card! Sorry, Pleasure And Pain, that Justin Bieber CD is going to cost you $1 now. Ex-Beatle drummer and voice of Thomas The Tank Engine, Ringo Starr guests on this latest effort.

    beyonce4 Beyonce. Even though her last album I Am… Sasha Fierce broke the record for most Grammys won by a female artist in one night, I’d like to put it out there that this is even better. Beyonce always has great singles, but on 4 every track is strong, making it one of those rare pop albums you prefer to listen to start to finish, rather than simply cherry picking favourites. #sashafiercewho? #team4bb!

    danger mouseRome – Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi. Danger Mouse is not a man who is afraid to take some left turns on the way to crafting a pop album. From inventing the mash-up genre by making unlikely bedfellows of The Beatles and Jay-Z, to spending the early years of his career in a mouse costume, it shouldn’t  really surprise that this project is a soundtrack to a spaghetti western film that doesn’t exisit. Jack White and Norah Jones “guest star” on a couple of tracks.

    More new CDs coming soon…

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    26.07.11 | Permalink | 1 Comment

    Are haikus getting old? Is there another form of poetry you would like to see music reviews in? Comment away.

    mastodon live

    Live At The Aragon – Mastodon
    Crack The Skye in its
    entirety, plus other
    concert favourites

    liam finn

    Fomo – Liam Finn
    Displaying usual
    consistent quality with
    added “spaciness”

    eddie vedder

    Ukulele Songs – Eddie Vedder
    Pearl Jam front man jumps
    on bandwagon. What have you
    wrought, uke orchestra?!?

    flaming lips stardeath etc

    The Dark Side Of The Moon – The Flaming Lips & Stardeath And White Dwarfs
    Pink Floyd opus by
    way of Wayne Coyne’s musical
    circus plus Peaches

    kitty daisy and lewis

    Smoking In Heaven – Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
    As a child of the
    nineties, musical siblings
    recall Hanson bros

    neon trees

    Habits – Neon Trees
    American alt-
    rock band from Provo, Utah.
    Good ole wiki, eh?

  • Music, New, Synthesiser Patel

    Some New Things To Hear

    07.07.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on Some New Things To Hear



    arctic monkeys

    Suck It And See – The Arctic Monkeys
    You shouldn’t take the
    title literally, tastes like
    plastic and cardboard


    Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
    How they resisted
    temptation to include Pink
    Floyd is beyond me

    i see stars

    The End Of The World Party – I See Stars
    Someone’s primary
    instrument is listed as
    “screams” in liner notes

    paloma faith

    Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? – Paloma Faith
    But, Paloma, you’re
    beautiful. Does this mean you
    don’t exist? #confused

    lady antebellum

    Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
    “Antebellum” is
    an architectural style.
    The more you know, huh?

    emily osment

    Fight Or Flight – Emily Osment
    Hannah Montana
    franchise spawns another
    teen pop sensation

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