Music and Movies

Travel the world through music!

Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 by Movies_and_Music

Globe with Headphones Music is a great way to explore other lands and cultures. For a quick glimpse of the music of another country or an overview of a musical genre it's hard to beat the Rough Guide CD compilations. With over 60 titles available from your library and dozens of performers - these recordings offer the riches of our globe's talent. Check out the music of these . . . more »

The 2013 Hugo Award Winners!

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by fillups

Redshirts The 2013 Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction and fantasy storytelling were announced, September 1st at the Lonestar Con 3. Check out the winners at your local SCCLD library! --Don Best Novel Redshirts by John Scalzi I had assumed that Robinson's Nebula winning 2312 would be the odds on favorite. However, John Scalzi's dark, comic Star Trek pastiche about how low ranking officers on . . . more »

Celebrate Labor Day with Movies and Music

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 by coffeecritic

Happy Labor Day poster Barbecues, store sales, the start of a new school year. Labor Day also signals the official end of summer, and for me, being from the East Coast, it was the last day that it was acceptable to wear white shoes. But sometimes it seems that we've lost the real meaning of this holiday, a creation of the labor movement, dedicated to the social and economic . . . more »

Remembering Julie Harris

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by fillups

Actress Julie Harris Julie Harris may not be a name that most movie goers immediately recognize. Most of her achievements were in the theater where she received an unrivaled TEN Tony nominations and set a record of five wins equaled only by Angela Lansbury and Audra McDonald. However, during her movie career she managed to co-star with James Dean, receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actress (The Member . . . more »

Remembering Marian McPartland

Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 by mztupelo

Remembering Marian McPartland March 20th 1913 - August 20th 2013 I will miss Marian McPartland. When I worked nights, I looked forward to sharing my drive with Marian while listening to her program Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, which was played on our local jazz radio station KCSM. Her program introduced and re-introduced her listeners to jazz greats, and to some artists not necessarily associated with . . . more »

Introducing...M. Ward!

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 by Movies_and_Music

M. Ward Somewhere between Folk, Rock, Country, Doo-wop, and Rockabilly lies Matt Ward, (or M. Ward, as he is professionally known), a singer-songwriter and guitarist who quietly defies genre labels while collaborating with others and forging his own solo path. A lot of people are familiar with the group 'She & Him' which features Zooey Deschanel as the 'she,' but most people aren't familiar with M. Ward . . . more »

Happy Birthday Claude Debussy!

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 by LoraLibrarian

Photo of Claude Debussy One of the most influential French music composers of his time Achille-Claude Debussy (August 22, 1862 - March 25, 1918) has come to be regarded as the quintessential “impressionist composer.” Just like an impressionistic painting, his music is full of color, poetry, and movement. To learn more about Debussy, visit the online resources listed below, or check out some books, CDs, and DVDs available at . . . more »

Remembering Elmore Leonard

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 by fillups

Author Elmore Leonard Crime and Western novelist Elmore Leonard passed away on August 19 2013. Leonard was an incredibly prolific writer and acknowledged as a master of the lean, mean crime novel by his many, many fans as well as other writers. Despite his tremendous achievements as a writer, the movie fan in me has to talk about the tremendous legacy he left behind in film. His knack . . . more »

Countdown to the 2013 Hugos: The Nominated TV Shows

Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 by fillups

Doctor Who My final Hugo Countdown entry before the Hugo Awards for achievement in science fiction are announced on Sunday, September 1st! Since 2003 the Hugo Awards have separated short form dramatic presentations (TV episodes and short films) from feature length presentations awards. The following are nominees available at the SCCLD libraries. Enjoy! Doctor Who Series 7, Part One Nominated Episodes: "The Angels Take Manhattan" "Asylum of . . . more »

Desire Lines and The Terror

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 by shoshanalibrarian

Desire Lines This year, two of my favorite bands released new albums, and I have just now gotten around to listening to them. Camera Obscura first came to my attention about 10 years ago with their 2nd album, Underachievers Please Try Harder. Their catchy tunes and soft delivery reminded me of a female version of fellow Scots Belle & Sebastian. With each subsequent release, Camera Obscura becomes . . . more »