Notes from the MLA Conference | Music Matters, April 1, 2016

“At the beginning of March, I had the immense pleasure of attending the Music Library Association’s (MLA) 85th annual meeting, on my home turf, ­Cincinnati.”

Other Worlds of R&B | Music Matters, March 1, 2016

Though these represent just the tip of the alt-R&B iceberg, they’re a good place to get your feet wet. These are all major releases, mostly from the past five years, and everything should be available in CD format from your favorite vendor.

Collecting Classical | Music Matters, February 1, 2016

There is an audience out there for classical music, but the excessive number of choices can make buying for the collection daunting. Ultimately, have some fun with your choices. Take some risks. It’s music that’s meant to be explored, discovered, and enjoyed.

Best Media 2015: Music

The cast recording of the Broadway musical Hamilton is easily the album of the year, selected (and rhapsodically described) by both LJ music contributors Robin Bradford and Steve Kemple as an essential library purchase. Their other selections include pop, rock, classical, jazz, and more.     Robin Bradford Halestorm. Into the Wild Life. Atlantic. I just […]

1-800-HOTLINE-BLING | Music Matters, December 1, 2015

When recommending music to patrons, don’t be afraid to pull from your own subjective experiences. “Hotline Bling” reminds me of the album Reminisce by the Canadian dream pop duo Etiquette, released earlier this year.

Archivist of the Underground | Music Matters, November 1, 2015

V. Vale talks with LJ about his nearly two score years of independent publishing experience

Lessons Learned in Year One | Music Matters, October 1, 2015

Collection development, whether you’re talking about books or media, is a process. If you’re new to an area, it makes sense to start with the least complicated aspects.

Good Vibrations | Music Matters, September 1, 2015

The theremin is a futuristic instrument literally played by waving your arms in the air. Sound like fun? You can now borrow one from the University of Denver’s (UD) Music Library.

A View from Outside the Box | Music Matters, July 2015

Denver Public Library’s Volume and Madison Public Library’s Yahara are great pathways to discoverability for local artists and are creating more visibility for musicians who may not get noticed in a physical collection.

Jazz up Your Collection | Music Matters, June 1, 2015

Jazz is one of the only quintessentially American art forms, and it’s important. Every music collection in American libraries should contain a solid representation of the genre.