Music and Movies

Only Lovers Left Alive and the World of Jim Jarmusch

Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 by fillups

Scene from Only Lovers Left Alive Only Lovers Left Alive is the new Jim Jarmusch movie that is about to go into national release. It stars the fantastic Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as Eve and Adam, two lovers living through the centuries as vampires. It is Jarmusch's first movie about vampires however it is not his first movie about semi detached outsiders existing in a separate existence from the mainstream. . . . more »

April is JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month) Time

Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 by TanteTam

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, a time to celebrate the sounds, culture, and history of jazz. Growing out of the late 19th and early 20th century Southern U.S. music scene, jazz has continued evolving into many disctinctive styles for over 100 years. Want to learn more? Click through to the American Jazz Museum or the Smithsonian Jazz websites. And search your library for books, music, . . . more »

Remembering Mickey Rooney

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 by fillups

Mickey Rooney in Love Finds Andy Hardy Actor, Mickey Rooney (above surrounded by Ann Rutherford, Judy Garland and Lana Turner) died on Sunday, April 6, 2014. He was 93. Mickey Rooney's career spanned almost the entire history of movies. His first film was a silent film in 1926 before the first Academy Awards ceremony. He would go on to be the top box office draw in the country and receive four Academy . . . more »

Mystery Woman Plucked From Obscurity

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 by coffeecritic

Vivienne Maier After her death in 2009, the never-before-seen photographs of this unknown street photographer were displayed online, and the photography world went crazy. Who was this extremely private woman whose photographs rivaled those of the masters? Vivian Maier was a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 stunning black and white photographs worldwide—from France to New York City to Chicago and . . . more »

Is There Anything The Roots Can't Do?

Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2014 by fillups

The Roots In a previous blog, I mentioned the endless versatility of The Roots. I knew about their role in popularizing the neo soul movement, their deep sense of musical history and their multi genre approach to music which meant that they were capable of creating all sorts of music. Still, I was surprised to see this: You can actually see Idina Menzel's face light up as . . . more »

Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 by fillups

CD Cover of Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well Throw A Penny in the Wishing Well by Jennifer Gasoi is the 2014 Grammy Award winner for Best Children's Album . If you are looking for fun music for children (and their adults), you will want to check out Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well. Gasoi takes a solid pop approach to kid's music incorporating diverse styles such as klezmer, doo wop, bluegrass and . . . more »

Wes Anderson Watch-Alikes

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 by JANE CRONKHITE

Grand Budapest Hotel The Grand Budapest Hotel, the seventh movie by one of my favorite film directors, has arrived! To celebrate, here's a list of his movies, plus his inspirations, all available through Santa Clara County Library District (except not the Grand Budapest Hotel-- you'll have to go to the theater for that one!) Anderson's first movie, co-written by Owen Wilson. Anderson was called the "new Scorsese" after . . . more »

Doing your summer concert homework

Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Movies_and_Music

Artpop Summer is coming (it really'll get here...eventually) and if you're planning to go to a concert this summer, the library has plenty of CDs to tide you over until the weather warms up. Coming to the SAP Center on June 3rd, and while her more recent music is somewhat of a departure from The Fame, she's guaranteed to put on an amazing show. The . . . more »

Keep Calm and Listen to Irish Music

Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by coffeecritic

Keep Calm and Listen to Irish Music Now that St. Paddy's day is approaching, it's time for some fairy music. This is a piece by the great blind harpist of old, Turlough O'Carolan. I love O'Carolan's music so much, I once built an Irish harp from a kit, and tried to play a few of his tunes. It's also time for a ceili (traditional Irish social gathering, with music and dancing). Here's . . . more »

Liked the Movie? Read This!

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 by JANE CRONKHITE

Academy Award courtesy of Imagequest If you liked some of the Academy Award winners this year, you may want to check out some of these books*. (Many are also available as eBooks, Audiobooks, etc!) Twelve Years A Slave This year's Best Picture winner is based on the true story of Solomon Northup. Packing for Mars Like Gravity? This less-serious yet equally entertaining look at the life of . . . more »