Get in the holiday spirit with one of my favorite holiday-themed albums of all time. The perfect balance of melancholic nostalgia, tight jazz improvisation, and plenty of space to think about falling snow. I get tired pretty quickly listening to the songs that sprout like weeds this time of year, but I've never grown tired of this album. I picked up the sheet music a few years ago and try and bang out some of the parts on my piano at home. I like both the original numbers (Christmas time is here, Skating) as well as the arrangements of familiar tunes (esp. Greensleeves and What Child is This). Not sure if I'll watch the special this year, but I sure will enjoy listening and remember poor Charlie Brown and his sad little tree. Check our catalog  and listen now .
Listening to a blues radio show this last weekend I heard an amazing guitarist I hadn't heard before. The DJ said it was recorded live in Belfast in the early 1970's - at a time when Belfast was a very unsafe place. I went to the library catalog and didn't find any CDs I could borrow, but I was delighted to discover a significant number of titles  from our streaming service (hoopla). I was further thrilled to find what I have learned is considered one of his pinacle concerts in a deluxe package prepared last summer for the 40th anniversary. 56 songs, over six and a half hours of music await! I'm listening right now and loving it. I know I'll come back for repeated listenings. Now I just need to find a copy of the film documenting this concert - any tips? Wait, it's on youtube, I'll share it below. Check our catalog 
For no good reason, Sleater-Kinney has been one of those groups that I’ve had on the backburner for quite a while. After hearing that they were reuniting after a decade hiatus, I thought I should finally educate myself with this pivotal band in the riot grrrl and indie rock scene. The Woods is the last album they released in 2005, and it’s an anthem for butt-kicking women everywhere. The opening track “The Fox” is a powerful jam that sets the precedent for hard guitar riffs and catchy vocals. “What’s Mine is Yours” is reminiscent of more classic rock elements with the Sleater-Kinney brand of sharp lyrics. And if it’s possible to be in love with a song upon first hearing, then it’s the 11 minute track “Let’s Call It Love” for me. It’s on repeat. LOUD. (Sorry, neighbors!) I was so mistaken to not have listened to Sleater-Kinney in the naivete of my youth, but as they say, better late than never! I’m looking forward to diving deep into the rest of Sleater-Kinney’s discography available at the library, and needless to say, I can’t wait for the release of their new album, No Cities To Love, in January. Listen to Sleater-Kinney NOW  (with hoopla) and check our catalog  to borrow a physical copy.
Oh the sweet, comforting songs of a strong voice and a soulful electric guitar. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone is her first album on her own label, Highway 20 Records. She's had some famous fights with labels and it sure is great to hear her stretch out her complete control. This is a long album - two cds, just shy of two hours of music, and it feels great the entire time. As the nights get long this will be a good friend. Check our catalog 
As a librarian, with access to all manner of free entertainment, I rarely purchase a CD. I get EVERYTHING from the library. But when I heard the song Avant Gardener and found that it was not available at any of the libraries to which I have access, I had to buy it. I do not regret it. I really love this CD. It's full of great songs that are witty and festive, delivered in a raspy deadpan. The rockers rock and the slow songs are melodic and thoughtful. The Thomas Crane now owns a copy of this CD so you too can experience this excellent work. I can't wait to hear what she does next. Enjoy the live performance of Avant Gardener below and check our catalog  to borrow this great CD.
Sweet psychedelic rock from Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Catchy melodies, plenty of noise, and a good beat. It is pretty wild to hear the musical and clear vocal resonance of Sean's famous father (John), but this music also really stands on its own. Lots of stelar tracks. I particularly enjoy Animals (the video is also fun - see below). Check Our Catalog 
Rich is fifteen and plays a mean guitar. One night he is magically transported back in time to the Woodstock Music Festival where he meets many of his idols, including Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. More life shaking, he meets the young man who years later would become his father - and his father’s brother, who died before Rich was even conceived. This is a great book for fans of classic rock music, but its also good for anyone who’s trying to get some perspective on the complex lives that make our parents act the way they do. Rich’s parents never let him do any of the crazy things they enjoyed doing as teenagers. This book isn’t preachy either - there are plenty of things his parents used to do that are acknowledged and not judged overly harshly (revolving specifically around matters of sex and drugs). Check Our Catalog 
Eric Clapton channels J.J. Cale in this newly released tribute to Cale's rootsy, bluesy music. You might know the Clapton hits "Cocaine" and "After Midnight" but not that they were written by Cale. This album showcases Cale's relaxed, laid-back style, perfect listening while sitting on your back deck sipping your favorite summer beverage. Listen now to The Breeze  or go right to the source and check out some of J.J. Cale's own recordings in our catalog .
Fans of Norah Jones (Ravi Shankar's daughter) should not be surprised that her new band (well, technically not new, they've been playing in clubs for several years but this is their first album together) continues her adventures into country music. Unlike her covers of Every Brothers tunes (her last album, with Green Day's Bille Joe Armstrong), this is a mix of covers and originals, performed by Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper. They clearly have a great time playing together (to which I can personally attest, having seen them perform just last Saturday at the Green River Music and Baloon Festival). I particularly like their cover of Neil Young's Down by the River. This is available to listen to right now with our streaming music partnership with hoopla. Listen Now 
I’ll admit that I was drawn to this CD mainly for the vintage photograph on the cover, but it turned out to be exactly what I’ve been searching for: a children’s album that my baby likes, with songs that I’m actually happy to get stuck in my head. Formerly of the indie band “Ida,” Elizabeth Mitchell transitioned into solo children’s music in the late 1990s and has been perfecting it ever since. Mitchell does some beautiful covers of Woody Guthrie and Elizabeth Cotten, and manages to make folk songs soothing, but fun and upbeat at the same time. Throw in a rendition of “Jingle Bells” (hey, who doesn’t love a little Christmas music in July?) and you’ve got a hit. If you like this album, check out Mitchell’s website  for her other work. Check Our Catalog 
Join us on Friday, June 27th at 10:00 a.m. for our summer program kick-off concert!
Two full months of summer library programs for children of all ages begin with an out-of-this-world concert with the Toe Jam Puppet Band . Get ready to take a rocket ship to outer space. All aboard!... Countdown...4-3-2-1-zero... Blast off! ... into outer space with the band. The show features a spacey dress-up puppet show and some crazy anti-gravity dancing! Children of all ages and their families are invited to this high energy kickoff to summer. Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library.
We've got a huge summer planned, with craft programs, science projects, storytellers, music, reading and more! Take a look at our summer events page  for information on what's going on in the library. Looking for summer reading? Try our Summer Reading Challenge  and see the Quincy Public Schools summer reading lists. And for some fun things to try online and at home, take a look at our online fun page  and our blog !
My love affair with Fountains of Wayne began two weeks ago when I heard the song "Acela". When my old supervisor used to tell me that I would love Fountains of Wayne I didn't scoff, but I didn't pursue it either. I'd heard "Stacy's Mom". "Acela" is one of many catchy songs on "Sky Full of Holes", their 2011 release. Others include "Cemetery Guns", "Richie and Ruben", "Hate to See You Like This", and my favorite,"Cold Comfort Flowers". As the titles suggest, these are not all light and fun, but they are about something and have lots of nice musical touches, like the snare drum rolls in "Cemetery Guns" and entertaining lyrics that keep you interested in whatever story they're telling. This band is thoughtful and funny. I like it. I encourage you to check out their other titles too. Check Our Catalog  or use our streaming service to listen now to Utopia Parkway (1990)  and Fountains of Wayne (1996) .
At once timeless and brand new, this beautiful album invokes my favorite Pink Floyd (circa Dark Side of the Moon) and Neil Young (Down By the River), while being true to its own sensibilities. As is to be expected with The Black Keys, the drumming is stellar - spot on, crisp, and not overwrought at all. There's a great NPR interview  with Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach (the core of The Black Keys) that sheds light on how they pulled together the "gently strummed acoustic guitars. Lovely falsetto vocals. Tinkling bells and dreamy atmospherics" that bring new flavors, while staying grounded in the swagger, thumping bass lines, and rumbling beats we expect. Perhaps it has something to do with their continued collaboration with Brian Burton a.k.a. Danger Mouse (famous for his own work including Broken Bells and Gnarls Barkley, as well as producing Beck, Gorillaz and Norah Jones). Listen NOW . Check our catalog .
So much more than the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon . The Roots have won Four Grammys (and been nominated for 12). This is their newest album, just released yesterday, May 19, 2014. Less than half the length of any of their previous studio albums, it contains an amazing diversity of voices and will reward repeated listenings. Like the art that graces the jacket, this album is a collage of guest artists, borrowed sounds, and the band's amazing original contributions. Conceptually, it is an examination of the self-destructive forces of materialism and modern living. Available to listen to now .
Released May 12, this is the first collection of original material from Tori since 2011's Night of the Hunters (not an album that caught my ear). Tori is now 50, looking back and bringing the mix of comfort and pain that is her calling card. What's super exciting is we have this album  and Tori's entire catalog  available to listen to right NOW with our new streaming service, through our partnership with hoopla . This is her 14th studio album and a return to the unique brand of singer songwriter style that catapulted her to stardom over two decades ago.
During her career Tori Amos has sold over 12 million albums worldwide.
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With a mix of Portuguese and English lyrics, Ana Moura's album "Desfado" puts a spin on traditional fado (see below), creating songs that have a jazzy, folk feel. Moura also covers Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" with a sweet, melodic voice that will instantly win you over. Check Our Catalog  or simply Listen Now !
1. a type of popular Portuguese song, usually with a melancholy theme and accompanied by mandolins or guitars.
One of the reasons Beck is beloved by critics is that he doesn't just put out warmed over versions of his "sound;" although, his music is certainly identifiable. Morning Phase is recognizably Beck, but the more atmospheric, reflective Beck. Almost every one of his albums has had a song on it that I've loved instantly and forever and this album is no exception. In this case that song is "Heart is a Drum." That's not to say that there is only one good song, there are many: "Say Goodbye", "Blue Moon", "Morning" and "Blackbird Chain" among the best. Throughout there is an overriding melancholy to the lovely instrumental arrangements and if there is one quibble, it is that the lyrics are opaque at best. But overall it is a lovely work that really grows on you after a few listens. Check our catalog  or Listen Now .
Remember Luka? Suzanne Vega has just released her first album of original material in seven years (her 8th album for those of you counting). These ten new tracks instantly sound familiar and comfortable, like reuniting with an old friend. I hadn't realized I missed her, but her voice takes me back and the simple guitar work is the perfect accompanment (this is not the Tom's Diner remix!) Ms. Vega has great industry connections. She started her own label in 2010 and this album was mixed by Kevin Killen (who has worked with Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush). The recently recorded clip below (from NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts  - check them out if you've never heard of them!) uses her classics as bookends for the new material. Check our catalog. 
Retro r&b belter Sharon Jones remains in fine form on her latest album of funky, soulful, horn-punctuated songs, backed up by the fabulous Dap-Kings. Whether or not you remember the heyday of 60s r&b and soul music, you'll be hard put not to love this stuff. Exciting and ecstatically fun to sing along with, dance to, drive to, or just listen to! Check Our Catalog 
With a sound that could have been recorded by Blue Note in 1954, this album is sure to delight vocal jazz fans. Three years after winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist competition  this twenty-something rising star has been lauded by luminaries including Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, and Dianne Reeves. Stephen Holden, writing for the New York Times positions Cécile McLorin Salvant  in the direct lineage of the Big Three - Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald. Watch the live clip below for a sample. Check our Catalog