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It seems the things leading me to blog recently are consistently musically motivated. So sorry for any library-land folks who miss my rantings about the field. But hey, there’s always my twitter.

So, fair readers, today I am here to write about a nifty little group I heard about on Studio360 (which is, btw, a NPR show you should probably be listening to, if you don’t already). What happens when you mix classical music nerds and indie pop?


Just watch this and then purchase all her albums. You know you want to:

Hopefully the snow won’t prevent you from doing so.


Stay warm! Stay safe! And have a wonderful weekend fair readers.


Oh my awesomeness

Hello fair readers!

Have you heard of Oh My Rockness?

No? Because you should…because it is *awesome* I wish I could remember who but someone on Twitter led me to this fabulous site (whoever you are THANK YOU!)


While the website itself is useful, the best part about the whole affair are their weekly show list emails. (which you can sign up for right at the top of the screen) They basically just email out updates on who is coming to town, when and where you can buy tickets.

Now I never have to flip out when I realize Sleigh Bells is coming to town again! Plus their email newsletters are hilarious. At the beginning of each email is a little essay of sorts. And they are generally some of the funniest reading I get to do all week.

To illustrate this point, here is what they sent out last:

8 Show Tips For The Casual Concert Fan Wanting To Pass As A Show Pro This Summer

  1. If any band says, “How you all doing out there?!” from the stage, don’t clap and go “Wooo!” or, GASP, “Woo-hoo!” That’s for amateurs. The show pros respond with, “You tell me! The dishwasher just broke! Charles never shows me affection anymore! And just this morning I walked in on our cocker spaniel French kissing some tramp in-between bites of linguine! Maybe it was angel hair, I don’t know!”
  2. Be sure to wear sunscreen at all those free, sweaty outdoor shows. That way, when it inevitably drips into your eyes and begins to burn, all the hot stuffs standing near you will think you’re oh so super sensitive because you cry at rock shows. “There’s just *sniff sniff* something about a G chord….”
  3. Show pros are highly fashionable people. So if you don’t attend all shows this summer in your underwear and fuzzy ear muffs, prepare to be quietly judged.
  4. Drink lots and lots of water before going to outdoor shows; you’ll want to use those refined port-o-potties over and over and over again. All come equipped with coconut hand soap, lavender scented towels, and toilet seats heated to a comfortable 70 degrees. And they even fill the basin with chocolate milk! Gosh, we could squat in there forever.
  5. Don’t bring lots of money to shows! Bring barely any money! The food and drinks at shows (especially the drinks!) are so super, super cheap! They’re practically giving the stuff away!
  6. Don’t forget your earplugs. And then don’t forget your Cracker Jacks. Have you ever eaten Cracker Jacks with earplugs in? Oh man, the bass in each CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH will destroy you! Now THAT’S rock ‘n roll, bro.
  7. If you see a beach ball flying in your direction, don’t casually bop it towards the fan on your left. Act like a show pro and attempt a beach ball bicycle kick. And if successful, shout, “GGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!”
  8. In between sets while the bands set up their gear, talk to your show pro neighbors about how funny that duck is in those AFLAC commercials. Show pros love those commercials and can talk about how funny they are forever. “So there’s this talking duck, right? And it wants you to buy this insurance, right?”

LOVE! It’s hilarious because it’s true! (my favorite part is about wearing your underwear and ear muffs to shows….because I’m pretty sure I’ve seen someone actually do that)

So if you live in New York, Chicago or LA, get thee on the Oh My Rockness emailing list! You won’t regret it.

Have a lovely weekend fair readers.

Winter: A Pathfinder

Hello fair readers,

You see that?

"Chicago Dibs", Chicago - 1/11/09 taken from Flickr

It’s snow. Comes every year round these parts. I honestly wish Chicago had a little more of the white stuff and a little less of the negative degree temps…but I’m tough. A Northern gal, through and through.

So I wanted to share a few resources that might come in handy this time of the year, due to my winter enthusiasm. A pathfinder of sorts.

Gift Guides

Some of my favorite blogs have some excellent gift guides for those of us completely at a loss for what to buy loved ones during the holidays. Here are a few:

Design Sponge

This rockin’ design blog is something you should probably be reading anyways if you are even remotely interested in design. I highly recommend it. But they also do annual gift guides which are always hip (sometimes too much so) and unique. My favs:  Under $25, Under $50, and my personal favorite is when the creator of the blog’s husband AC writes the For Him gift guide…they are always hilarious AC’s Guide for Guys


This techy gawker blog has some really great ones,  you can search by the tag “Gift Guide” for all their guides, but here are some of my personal favs: Combo gifts for people whose birthdays are near the holidays, Geek gifts for weird relatives you have to buy gifts for but don’t want to, and Toys and games to buy smart kids whose parents you actually like

Giver’s Log

This website is just one giant gift guide. You can select by category or occasion and the gifts are always unique and interesting.  I personally love: A small gift for a grown up’s birthday, Gifts from your kitchen, Handmade gifts for grown ups


I find that winter music falls into two categories. Songs that complement the cold and songs that complement the holidays. Using the sweetest mixtape website to ever manage to stay online for more than two seconds, 8tracks I created two mixes that fall into these categories.

Wintery Mix

This mix falls into the first category. Songs that complement the cold. Contains Boards of Canada, Volcano Choir, Cat Power and others. Check it out: http://8tracks.com/leahthelibrarian/wintery-mix

Winter Solstice 2009

It is actually a tradition in my family to throw a big party on the Solistice and then my Father makes everyone a mix cd with holiday tunes. So here is my version, since I’m never able to make it back for Solstice anymore. In case you need to be warned, this contains Christmas songs. If you hate them, then do not click here: http://8tracks.com/leahthelibrarian/winter-solstice-2009


What would winter be without warm crockpot recipes and amazingly dark beers to keep us all fat and happy. Here are some of my favorite drinks/recipes for winter.

Hot Mulled Wine

Moroccan Lentil Stew

My old standby: Guinness

A vegetarian version of this potato soup (tip: sub chipolte peppers and/or smoked onions for bacon)

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Now you have all the tools you need to survive this winter! Well…for the most part. 🙂 Have a lovely wintery week fair readers! And stay warm!

Looking for your Monster Mash?

Hello fair readers!

If you are looking for Halloween plans tonight, might I suggest headed over to the Viaduct Theater for Freak Gala?

Here are the details, straight from their Facebook Event page:

come and get freaky-deaky with us at the Viaduct!

Other bar specials TBA
Doors @ 10:30
Music @ 11:00
$6 if you gotta costume
$10 if you don’t

Performance Art:
Go-Go Dancing by the Janes!
Mae the Belly Dancer
Dead Celebrity Ouija
Zombie Songs!
and…… the Chicago Tin Man!

Horror Montage by Christopher Mondo
Video Installation by Samantha Westerling
Many, many, films being shown!

Live Musical Entertainment:

Earth Program

Blue Ribbon Glee Club

Musical Stylings by:

So check it out fair readers and have a spooky (but safe) Halloween!!