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Check out this groovy quantification of how these important people spent their days!


A staved blackboard is a dangerous thing.


Fado singer in Portuguese night club, Lisbon, 1946, by Toni Frissell

Interested in fado? SLC has a lot of streaming fado albums!

(via leadingtone)

We’ve been posting clips from our latest new CDs, so take a look:

  • Aden Nti Na Merenna W’ase sung by The Divine Healer’s Church: Nima Assembly from I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds from Accra, Ghana" (Dust to Digital, 2011)
  • Glory, Glory Hallelujah performed by Chester Davis & Congregation; Compton Jones & Group; Furry Lewis in Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey Of Rural Black Religious Music (Dust to Digital, 2011)
  • Zine Mlih (Sublime Beauty) performed by Mohamed Bergam in Kassidat: Raw 45s from Morocco (Dust-to-Digital, 2013)
  • Mushtaq (I’m Yearning) performed by Soni Ahmad in قة، في اند قمبس : رو 45س فرم يم>ن, Qat, Coffee & Qambus: Raw 45s from Yemen (Dust-to-Digital, 2013)
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Sigvards Klava: Latvian Radio Choir,
Rachmaninov: Vespers

This new album of Rachmaninoff’s "All-Night Vigil" (Ondine, 2012)album is breathtaking, and made me wordless. So I’m going to borrow NPR’s fine writeup of it:

In 1915, just two years before the Russian Revolution, Sergei Rachmaninov wrote the breathtaking All-Night Vigil, a high-water mark for Russian Orthodox choral music. But the work had a short shelf life as the Bolsheviks cracked down on religion. These days, recordings of the work abound, but this new version by the Latvian Radio Choir and conductor Sigvards Kļava is among the best. There’s no orchestra, just voices, yet Rachmaninov applies terrific coloristic and orchestral effects. In one section, sopranos ring out like tolling church bells. And here, listen for the rich, symphonic layering he gets with groups of voices shining like rays of light through stained glass.

Check out the whole CD at the SLC Music Library



Janel Kinlaw, a librarian at NPR, and Trevor Muñoz, an associate director at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities will be answering your questions about preserving old technology at 3 p.m. ET on Reddit.

Ask them anything. 

Archivists are my heroes. —Lars

Need research help? Need help finding a CD for a dance or theatre piece? Ask us!

From the NY Phil Facebook (although you should also check out their tumblr, nyphil):

The beautiful “Moonlight” from Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, conducted by Leonard Bernstein. To see his personal score free in the New York Philharmonic Digital Archives, go to

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Suraphon Sombatcharoen,
Luk Thung: Classic & Obscure 78s from the Thai Countryside

Continuing with the recent acquisitions from Dust-to-Digital, today’s post is about Luk Thung: Classic & Obscure 78s from the Thai Countryside (Dust-to-Digital, 2011).

From the website:

Luk Thung features fourteen outstanding funky performances of Thai country groove music from the 1950s and early 1960s. All previously unreissued, carefully transferred and mastered from the original 78rpm records of collector Dave Murray and presented with detailed full color liner notes by Peter Doolan.

Luk Thung translates to “children of the fields” and is pop music from the rural population of Thailand. This particular track is a Ramwong or “circle dance” called Suai Ching Nong, or Truly Beautiful Girl, from Suraphon Sombatcharoen, the “King of Luk Thung.” In this, Sombatchareon woos a woman with his song.

Check out the CD at the Music Library!


National Poetry Month Resources: Tom Waits

Handwritten lyrics to "Blue Valentine" by 2011 Rock Hall Inductee Tom Waits.

Make an appointment with us to come see them in person!


listen to this malouf track, a kind of music based on qasidah and played by small orchestras, originally andalusian music and now part of the tunisian musical heritage. read more about malouf here and listen to more here


up now at the Esther Raushenbush Library near the main entrance! Check it out next time you check out a book of poetry!


(via sarahlawrenceactivitiescouncil)


Watch last week’s engaging and powerful conversation at the Schomburg Center: Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith.

(via nypl)


Ever wonder what goes on in a single day at the world-class performing arts organizations at Lincoln Center? Check out this great photo essay about what happened yesterday at The Metropolitan Opera, from the start of the day through the closing curtain, including rehearsals, mules, set designs and more. Yes, there really is a mule.

(All photos by Marty Sohl and Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera, via BuzzFeed)