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Earworms...Songs You Can't Get Out of Your Head

Treble Clef by wonderlane on flickrEarworms...  According to Urban Dictionary, an earworm is a song you can't get out of your head. Usually these are the "worst" songs and having one running through your head all day can drive you crazy! Other terms for earworm are "tune wedgie", "sticky tune" and "aneurhythm".  If you look up at the top of this page and click on articles and type in earworm, the first article you will see is a scientific study of "stuck song syndrome" that was published in the British Journal of Psychology. In this study, they relate that most people play a different song to get the song out of their head, though a small minority (less than 2%) imbibe alcohol.


A friend of mine from college posted on his facebook status that the song Wildfire by Michael Martin Murphey was on in the elevator and he wished he had his ipod with him. I love that song, but that's just me. And so, my friend was a pony she named Wildfire...busted down his a blizzard he was lost... I just downloaded it on Freegal...and so can you if you know it won't be buzzing in your head hours from now.


Three of my personal earworms are Who Let the Dogs Out by the Baha Men, Sk8ter Boi by Avril Lavigne and Barbie Girl by Aqua.


What songs have you had stuck in your head? How do you get them out?

Step Up 3

Step Up 3 starts with Moose (Adam G. Sevani), who is going to NYU as an engineer, but can’t help his urge to be a dancer! During orientation, he finds himself in a battle against the world's best dancers, the Samurais. Trying to escape from this battle, Moose meets up with Luke (Rick Malambri), leader of the “Pirates”, who finds people that love to dance to join his team. Unfortunately for Luke, a dance club he owns is going bankrupt. Luckily for him there is a $100,000 World Jam competition that would allow him to keep his club! But the plot doesn’t stop here. Luke ends up meeting the love of his life, Natalie (Sharni Vinson), and trying to recruit her to help win this competition. But standing in the way for Luke and the Pirates, the Samurais are also looking to win this competition so they could buy Luke’s dance club! Boy, does Luke have his hands full…


So many different problems these poor characters face:


Does Moose pursue his dream of being a dancer?
Does Luke get the love of his life?
Do the Pirates win the World Jam?

Did any of these people take acting classes?
Does Luke get to keep his dance club?
Does anybody really care?

If you are a fan of energetic music and dance moves, this movie is for you! If you enjoy a great plot and great acting, this movie might not be for you. Although this movie has amazing dance moves that resemble robots, the acting done by the characters is also robotic. I really don’t understand why the director even bothered with a plot or storyline. The audience knows where the movie is going and how it is going to end. He should have taken out the acting scenes and thrown more dance scenes in! The best parts of the movie were the dance scenes, not only because of the amazing choreography and acrobatic moves, but simply the fact that these were also the scenes where the characters didn’t talk. So if you like dancing and want to watch some amazing dance moves, then this movie is for you!

Getting It On with Tron

Tron Legacy coverThe new Tron: Legacy movie opens this weekend, and I'm not ashamed to admit that it's the first movie in ages that I've actually wanted to see in the theater opening weekend. So, why do I want to brave the loud and crazy crowds, sticky floors, and expensive tickets?


First, I am of the Tron generation! I was 5 when the original Tron came out and can still remember images from the film and the idea of being inside a computer network.  Maybe that's one reason why I got into tech!  The idea of a Tron sequel makes me happy.  If you want to experience the original before seeing the new movie, you can check out a copy of Tron on DVD from the library.


Another reason this movie rocks is that the soundtrack is to die for! Disney hired the electronica band Daft Punk (*fan girl squeal*) to compose and perform the entire soundtrack.  Fan girl-ness aside, this soundtrack is Academy-award-nomination-worthy.  You can see the music video for the song "Derezzed" on YouTube (which already has 2 million views).  The Library has copies of the soundtrack almost ready to check out (still being processed) and we have three other Daft Punk albums available for check-out too.  You can also follow Daft Punk on Facebook.


Want to learn more about the new movie?  Get more info on Tron: Legacy at the Internet Movie Database, read its always-changing Wikipedia entry, and read reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.  And, but of course, below is the official trailer. To quote the original movie, "This is the key to a new order. This code disk means freedom."  They were right.  Code is freedom in its purest form.



“We’re just a million little gods causing rainstorms, turning every good thing to rust.”


If you haven't heard Arcade Fire's Funeral yet, then I think it's time you find yourself a Funeral day that doesn't necessarily involve dead bodies but can involve crying (True story. The album is deep stuff.).


The library categorizes the album as alternative rock music, which I guess it falls into; but in my heart, Funeral was categorized under the Awesome label. Yes, in case you couldn’t tell, I’m still more than mildly infatuated with the album. It’s my favorite of more recently released music albums (because in the end, can any thing really compare to Bon Jovi?), so it gets huge recommendations from my corner.


I was studying to music when something caught hold of my ears.


It was this song: (In case you're wondering, the man who looks like plastic is actually David Bowie.)


The band sings with so much energy and so much passion, it would be offensive not to really sit down and listen to their message. So grab a cup of coffee and find somewhere cozy, because the moment you get lost in their metaphors is the moment you can have a little more faith in the direction the music industry is going.


And if you've already heard Funeral, then I guess you can get the next Arcade Fire albums at the library (for reference, Pitchfork rates Funeral at a 9.7:

  • Suburbs (2010) Rated by Pitchfork as an 8.6: "[Suburbs] focuses on this quiet desperation borne of compounding the pain of wasting your time as an adult by romanticizing the wasted time of your youth."
  • Neon Bible (2007) Rated by Pitchfork as an 8.4: "On Neon Bible, the band looks outward instead of inward, their concerns more worldly than familial, and their sound more malevolent than cathartic"

Dance Me To the End of Love


If you miss out on the Leonard Cohen concert on Dec. 5th in Oakland, not to worry. We’ve got plenty of cds to fill your ears with his sonorous voice and high quality songwriting. His career as a musician and poet has spanned several decades, and is still as vibrant as ever.

  1. The Essential Leonard Cohen
  2. Live in London

We also have the documentary on his life and music, which have inspired many other performers: I'm Your Man.


Personal favorites of mine are the songs “A Thousand Kisses Deep,” “Closing Time,” and “Hallelujah” (which has been covered by many other musicians, most notably Jeff Buckley on his debut CD Grace.

Potato Head Blues


cover of book The Young Louis Armstrong on RecordsEver heard Louis Armstrong and his Hot Seven playing Potato Head Blues? Ah yes, let’s talk about the perfect example and undeniable power of early American jazz of the 20th Century.  Interested in hearing it? Well, you should be, dear listener*. 


We carry a multitude of formats from standard CDs to hipster-worthy vinyl for those of you who still spin records on the turntable.


This piece of music from 1927 defines so much about the genius of the young Louis Armstrong and has been hailed as one of the most perfect recordings of jazz ever made, which, when you finally get around to listening to, well, hopefully you’ll understand the praise. To paraphrase Woody Allen’s character Isaac in the 1979 film Manhattan, it’s one of the reasons that life is worth living. The image, however, is from a book in our collection. It might be worth a look too, if not a listen.*