Music at Gold Coast
New information about the music collection - including the Freegal Music Service and Staff & Patron Picks - is added to this page each week, so check back often.
What is Freegal?
Freegal is a downloadable music service from the Gold Coast Library. All you need is your library barcode number. Freegal offers access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Access to Freegal is limited to Gold Coast Library cardholders.
How much music is on Freegal Music’s website?
There are thousands of artists, tens of thousands of albums, and millions of songs. The Freegal Music website has hundreds of genres of music and is rich in many of them. The content is based upon agreements with over 10,000 music labels, including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment.
How does Freegal Music work?
A download usage counter is located in the upper right corner of freegalmusic.com displaying your weekly allotment. For instance, 1/3 means that you have a weekly limit of 3 downloads, and you have used 1 of those downloads. The download counter resets each week at Monday 12:01 AM. You can use the navigation at the top of the page to browse by keyword, artist, or album or try the advanced search page. Freegal Music also offers a collection of Top Download lists where users can browse a variety of music selections.
Are the songs really free?
Freegal Music and the music you download are free in the sense that most things in your library are free to you as a patron of the library. The service is underwritten by your local library.
New CD Releases at the Library
Mavis Staples - One True Vine (Release Date: June 25, 2013)
Coming off the success of her first collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples wanted to make their second album together both a continuation of the joyous spirit of the first, and an evolution. One True Vine is at once a darker and more uplifting album, anchored by reinventions of two 70s classics Funkadelic's "Can You Get to That?" and the Staples Singers' "I Like the Things About Me." The album builds to full tent revival mode, as the dark night of the soul passes and joy arrives in the form of Mavis glorious voice. Closing out with Tweedy's rapturous title track, One True Vine will delight the myriad fans discovering Mavis for the first time though her Grammy wins and performances and her White House performance in the tribute to Memphis Soul.
New To the Gold Coast Collection:
Classic African-American Gospel Music:
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Rogue's Gallery (2006) & Son of Rogues Gallery (2013)
Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys
Producer Hal Willner has made a specialty of matching artists in unexpected pairings with surprising material. In 2006, he offered up a supreme example with the first volume of Rogue's Gallery, hatched up on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean with actor Johnny Depp. That CD and its sequel, Son of Rogues Gallery, feature exclusive performances by Tom Waits, Keith Richards, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Frank Zappa, Iggy Pop, Richard Thompson, and many many more.
New Releases for the Week of June 25, 2013:
Guida - Racey Roller
George Jones - Playlist: The Very Best of George Jones
Let Us In Americana: The Music of Paul McCartney - Various Artists
Mavis Staples - One True Vine
New Releases for the Week of June 18, 2013:
Lou Doillon - Places
Bill Kirchen - Seeds and Stems
Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
Kelly Rowland - Talk a Good Game
New Releases for the Week of June 11, 2013:
Big Time Rush - 24/Seven
Black Sabbath - 13
Man of Steel - Original Soundtrack
Now That's What I Call Country 6 - Various Artists
New Releases for the Week of June 4, 2013:
Dave Davies - I Will Be Me
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County - Various Artists
Megadeth - Supercollider
Warped Tour Compilation 2013 - Various Artists
New Releases for the Week of May 28, 2013:
Alice in Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Dio - Finding the Sacred Heart:Live in Philly 1986
John Fogerty - Wrote a Song For Everyone
Kinky Boots - Original Soundtrack
New Releases for the Week of May 21, 2013:
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
The National - Trouble Will Find Me
Darius Rucker - True Believers
Hi! My name is Liana Babich and I am a Page at the Gold Coast Public Library and I love my job! I am a senior at North Shore High School who makes full use out of the library's incredible CD selection because I love music! Not a day goes by where I'm not singing. These are my top 5 current favorite albums—all available at the library:
Be sure to check out my favorite albums if you're looking for something new to listen to! And don't forget about Freegal, the DRM-free, downloadable music service available to Gold Coast library cardholders:
On this particular day, at this particular time, these are a few of his favorite CDs:
1. Dusty Springfield - Dusty In Memphis
2. Nick Lowe - Labour of Lust
3. Beau Brummels - Bradley's Barn
4. Jeff Beck - Truth
5. Tom Waits - Small Change
6. Groundhogs - Thank Christ For The Bomb
7. Moby Grape - Moby Grape
8. Gene Vincent - Bluejean Bop
9. Fleetwood Mac - Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
10. The Kinks - Something Else
Swamp Dogg - Total Destruction To Your MInd (1970)
Swamp Dogg had been recording music and releasing 45s since the 50s, under the name Jerry Williams. Frustrated by the lack of commercial success, Williams changed his name and persona and unleashed Total Destruction To Your Mind on an unsuspecting world. Swamp Dogg hit on something totally new a very original brew of R&B, funk and rock & roll that still sounds fresh today. A true, underground soul classic.
Lyres on Fyre (1984)
Of the dozens of bands that emerged in the 1980s garage rock revival, Lyres were one of the few that seemed to realize that the point wasn't about how much paisley clothing you could wear, but about playing cool stripped-down rock & roll. As a result, Lyres' recordings have an energy and passion that have stood the test of time. Their debut LP, On Fyre, may well be their best. Includes eight bonus tracks that weren't on the original LP.
Otis Redding - Lonely & Blue (2013)
Lonely & Blue: The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding could pass for a Stax/Volt release from the late 1960s.
The look of the albumreflects Stax’s design themes of the era. Instead, it’s a collection that never existed until now, one that homes in on a single mood and theme — heartbreaking, yearning ballads — of which Redding had many. This new compilation includes hits along with lesser-known songs, all included because they share the tangled theme of sorrow.
R.E.M., The Replacements, The Posies, Teenage Fan Club, Wilco, and The Bangles are just a few of the artists who have acknowledged their debt to Big Star, a Memphis band formed in the early 70s by songwriters Chris Bell and Alex Chilton. Along with Badfinger and the Raspberries, they helped forge the template for Power Pop. But there was always something darker lurking under the obvious pop hooks in leader Alex Chilton's songwriting and lyrics. #1 Record/Radio City reissues their first two LPs on a single CD.
Professor Longhair - No Buts, No Maybes (1949-1957)
Professor Longhair remains one of the most recognizable piano talents to come out of Louisiana. He is often referred to as the ‘father of New Orleans R&B.’ His funky, rumba-based piano style and delightfully deep and wild-edged voice livened up nightclubs and festivals spanning four decades.
This best-of collection gathers a variety of the great recordings he made for different labels such as Atlantic, Mercury, Federal and Ebb Records between 1949 and 1957.
The Triffids - Wide Open Road: The Best of The Triffids (2010)
Though almost unknown in the United States, The Triffids - during their mid-'80s heyday - were a popular band throughout Europe and household names in their native Australia. This best-of compilation provides a good overview of their varied and cinematic body of work.. Band leader David McComb died in 1999 at the age of 36. His romantic vision and impassioned vocals helped create epic music that - once you hear it - will stick with you for a lifetime. Pick this up if you want to discover a brilliant “lost” band.
chosen by Rich Brower, media librarian at Gold Coast Public Library
5. Get Crazy - Director Alan Arkush's years working at the Fillmore East formed the basis for this comedy set at a trouble-plagued New Year's Eve concert. Lou Reed plays Dylan. Malcolm McDowell plays Jagger.
8. Rock & Roll High School - Roger Corman meets the Ramones at Vince Lombardi High School.
9. You're Gonna Miss Me: A Film About Roky Erickson - A man sits in an apartment with four radios, three televisions, two amps, a radio scanner, and a Casio electric piano playing all at the same time. He has three teeth, his hair is matted, and he has a notarized document on his wall declaring himself an alien. This is the story of rock & roll legend Roky Erickson.
12. Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? - Entertaining, star-studded documentary that tells the story of the talented and versatile singer-songwriter.
13. Ladies & Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains - Never receiving a formal theatrical release only seen on late-night cable, poor-quality bootlegs, or on rare occasions at film festivals, this 1981 film about a trio of misfit teenage girls who start a punk band somehow went on to inspire a generation of female rockers.
14. Smithereens - Filmmaker Susan Seidelman's daring and quirky story of Wren (Susan Berman), a self-promoting Jersey girl desperate to break into the downtown Manhattan music scene. With Punk icon Richard Hell and a musical score by New Jersey legends, The Feelies.
15. Velvet Goldmine - Todd Haynes' flamboyant study in glam rock through the kaleidoscopic lens of Citizen Kane. Starring Christian Bale and Ewan McGregor.
Honorable mention: I'm Not There/Masked and Anonymous - The first is a strange biopic about Bob Dylan; the second is a strange fantasy starring Bob Dylan. Non-Dylan fans will find them both unwatchable. Dylan fans might also.
Roots & Branches
8 Classic Albums
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