Best Media 2014: Best Music

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The 2014 mainstream and under-the-radar music chosen by Steve Kemple and Matthew Moyer

Q&A: Daniel Bennett | Music Matters

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The Daniel Bennett Group has performed at 20 major public libraries in cities throughout the United States in the last three years. Public libraries are amazing cultural institutions that bring together people from all walks of life.

Cooper & Hemingway, Steve Rude, Modern Warfare, plus What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray | Video Reviews, February 1, 2015

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Cooper and Hemingway’s roles in defining masculinity in 20th-century America, Fischer’s in-depth look at a comic book legend, an intriguing, apolitical meditation on modern warfare, Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes.

Comedian Gaffigan on Food, Homer’s Poems, Millet’s Real-Life Mermaids | Audiobook Reviews, February 1, 2015

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Gaffigan’s narration is perfectly timed and brings his book to life; Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, read by Dan Stevens, are among the best audiobooks of the year; Cassandra Campbell’s deft voicing elevates from good to sublime.

Looking at Vietnam After 40 Years | Oscar Docs 2015

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Each year, Library Journal hopes to review the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. This latest production from Rory Kennedy is vying for that honor. LJ reviewer Cliff Glaviano offers up his vote. Last Days in Vietnam. 2 discs. color. 98+ min. Rory Kennedy, Moxie Firecracker Films/American Experience, dist. by PBS, shoppbs.org. […]

Audiobooks by Cussler, Hamilton, Higgins, McCullough, Matthiessen, & Stone | Xpress Reviews

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Another highly recommended Cussler, more Merry Gentry from Hamilton, an intriguing Irish setting from Higgins, politics Down Under from McCullough, a Holocaust medication from Matthiessen, a father’s quest for justice from Stone

Downton Abbey Double Feature | Video Reviews

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The PBS UK series that has swept our nation is up to its fifth season. Can we hope for many more? LJ‘s reviewer let’s us in on the family and their staff and how they are faring in 1924

Audiobooks from Ebrahim, Huneven, Koontz, Lang, O’Neal, & Raybourn | Xpress Reviews

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An emotional memoir, the compelling nature of obsessive love, a disconcerting mood and spooky atmosphere from Koontz, a family seeking connection, a sweet story without much substance, a romantic thriller set between the wars

Audiobooks from Billingham, Box, Leon, Littlefield, McKinney, & Mones | Xpress Reviews

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A terrific murder mystery from Billingham, some Pickett shorts from Box, more Brunetti from Leon, psychological character studies from Littlefield, McKinney’s latest fails to impress, an unconventional romance and a Chinese setting from Mones

The Digital Einstein Papers and Other New Releases

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The Digital Einstein Papers is an open-access database launched by Princeton University Press. This growing resource of the writings and correspondence of Einstein offers 13 volumes published so far of the Einstein Papers Project.

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