Music Sundays: MYNAME – Message

Everyone knows I’m a huge fan of kpop and in 2013, I really started getting into it again. I posted about my favorite group last year, but if I had to pick a second favorite, it’d be MYNAME. There’s something about their music that I just love, almost as much as I love Block B. This is my favorite song of theirs (first in Korean, then in Japanese — I love both versions).

Music Sundays: Lights

Several years ago I was trying to increase the number of lady singers I listened to and came across Lights. I had a couple of her early singles, but hadn’t bothered to see if she had anything new. Turns out she’s done A LOT of stuff! Her music is still pretty great, but I especially like her album called Siberia Acoustic. Here’s a performance of one of the songs and a playlist of some others and a few interviews. Enjoy!

Staff Review: Wheelmen

Originally posted on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 at ROPL.org.

By Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell
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Review by Sarah Nagelbush, Adult Librarian

If you know nothing about the sport of professional cycling, you know the name Lance Armstrong. During the late 90s and early 2000s, his name was everywhere. He endorsed everything from Nike to ESPN to the USPS. You also knew he’d won seven yellow jerseys at some race called the Tour de France. If you were a casual fan of cycling and and American, chances were you were also a fan of Armstrong. If you were a hardcore cycling fan (as your reviewer was), you probably weren’t a fan — but you could respect what he did for the sport.

Over the past few years, since Armstrong’s final retirement from professional cycling, he’s had a rather spectacular fall from grace. Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell, journalists for the Wall Street Journal, spent several years trying to get to the truth of Armstrong and what would be his eventual downfall — doping. Their book, Wheelmen, is the fruit of their efforts. They gathered all sorts of evidence, conducted many interviews and poured over transcripts, court proceedings and everything in between. What results is a spectacular story that could only ever happen in the sport of professional cycling.

You need not know a thing about professional cycling to read and appreciate Wheelmen. Albergotti and O’Connell do an excellent job striking a balance between those of us who know and understand professional cycling and everyone else. Their book is less about the sport than it is about Armstrong, but it’s not even just about Armstrong. It’s about how doping shamed one man’s career and how it brought down the sport of cycling n the United States (it’s still going strong elsewhere in the world).

If you like a good sports conspiracy or you like exploring the at times seedy underbelly of professional sports, Wheelmen has a lot to offer. If you’re looking for the truth — about Armstrong and about doping, Wheelmen will also be just what you’re looking for. But you don’t have to be a cycling fan, or even a sports fan, to appreciate the work that went into the book or the book itself. It’s a good, if depressing, read and well worth your time and effort.

Death of an Acting Icon: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Originally posted on Friday, 03 February 2014 at ROPL.org.

Hoffman was born in Fairport, NY on July 23, 1967 and died on February 2, 2014. This article was originally published on the day after his death, the library still has many of his movies available for check out. 

Sunday, before the glittering lights of the Super Bowl and all the commercials, the world lost one of it’s greatest actors and a family lost a father and son. Philip Seymour Hoffman, know for both acting and directing, was found dead in his apartment. Hoffman was known for inhabiting the roles he took — and everything he was in (not just film, but also television and on stage) was made better by his presence. From Boogie Nights to Doubt to his most recent still-in-theaters role, Catching Fire, Hoffman was a genius on screen. He also directed the 2010 film, Jack Goes Boating and was nominated and won, in 2006, an Oscar for his performance in the title role of Capote.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is an actor who will be missed. He has several films coming out in 2014, including Mockingjay Part 1. The library also has many of Hoffman’s films, you can see a full listing here. You can also visit the library and check out our display in Hoffman’s memory.

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Best Books of 2013

Originally posted on Monday, 03 February 2014 at ROPL.org.

Now that the holidays are over and you’re looking for something to read, we’ve complied a list of links for you! Here are some of the best books of 2013. If we don’t have them (and we have a lot) give the library a call and we can place the books on hold for you.

Enjoy! Keep warm and snuggle up with a good book.

And, for the younger set!

Music Sundays: One Direction

Seriously. I can’t believe it either, but I really like One Direction’s new album, Midnight Memories. My favorite song (Happily) wasn’t officially released as a single, but you can listen to it here. Here are the music videos for the two singles they released:

 

I can hear y’all judging me, but don’t knock them until you listen to this album. I’m not interested in their older stuff, just the new album. It’s pop music, but it’s more fun than your average boy band pop music (plus, I can get that from kpop without any problems). So, enjoy (and don’t feel guilty about it).