Brand from Home | February 4, 2021


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Music Playlists


Listen to a streaming playlist from Freegal Music, Naxos Music Library, Naxos Jazz Music Library, Hoopla or Music Online from Alexander Street free with your library card. Alexander Street will ask for an academic institution, use Glendale Public Library.


Today's recommending listening is Camila Cabello, Bob Marley, violin sonatas by Prokofiev, and Miles Davis.

Document Records is a record label based in Scotland that reissues old blues, jazz, gospel, bluegrass and other American Roots recordings. Their catalog is massive and Alexander Street's Music Online has 800 titles from their catalog. To listen, log-in with your library card.

Music Podcasts

Sounds To Grow On is a podcast from Michael Asch of Smithsonian Folkways featuring recordings from the original Folkways catalog. The record company was founded in New York by Michael’s father Moses Asch in 1948 and focused on folk, world and children’s music. The label was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in 1987. Folkways Recordings and Smithsonian Folkways recordings are on Alexander Street’s Music Online.




Switched on Pop is a podcast hosted by Musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding. To quote them “We break down pop songs to figure out what makes a hit and what is its place in culture. We help listeners find “a-ha” moments in the music.” Recent episodes have included Korean Hip Hop, power ballads, death of the chorus and the women’s rap renaissance.




Learn About Music

Let’s go on a world percussion journey. Join Delton Davis on a World Percussion Journey Monday February 8, 4:30pm, as he shares all different types of drums and how to play them. You can ask him questions and drum along. Explore more through our Be the Change series.




Streaming Music

The Chamber Music Newsletter for Southern California is weekly and includes lots of local classical concerts you can view online. You can also subscribe via email and it is free.


Add some tropical coral reef vibes to your screens and warm up your day with 12 hours of Indo-Pacific fishes, soft corals, and anemones from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Splash Zone gallery! Want more long - form content to relax to? The Littoral Relaxocean playlist is for you. Looking for Krill Waves Radio with lofi hip hop beats? Here you go. Or try Morning MeditOceans, guided meditations with the ocean.



Online Exhibit

Reckoning: Racism & Resistance in Glendale unfolds through six weekly episodes. A multi-dimensional and multi-faceted virtual exhibition, public art installation and community engagement project that examines and responds to Glendale’s racist history, the resistance to that racism and our current moment of reckoning.




Learn About Art

Explore a wide range of events from the Smithsonian Institute in celebration of Black History Month. Try Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion Group, do some crafts with the African American History and Culture Museum Kids: Joyful Fridays, or try a live, interactive docent tour.





Letter Art

How to be a Street Artist with Apexer. San Francisco-based artist Apexer, aka Ricardo Richey, shares how letters from your signature can transform into “writing in a tag style, to a more three-dimensional form, to fully abstracting letterforms. He also explains the connection between street art sketching and spray painting” in this 2016 KQED Art School video. Watch it as a prompt for creating your own lettering styles.






Check out W. A. Dwiggins: A life in Design from the Letterform Archive. Often credited with inventing the term "graphic design," W. A. Dwiggins was a quintessential maker — fabricating his own tools, inventing techniques, and experimenting with design in areas as wide-ranging as modular ornament, stamps, currency, books, kites, marionettes, and theatrical sets and lighting.




Large Scale Art Dance

Change, follows the artists who traveled to Ferizaj in September 2020 for Mural Fest Kosovo, as they immerse themselves in local life and engage with the city’s youngest residents through workshops and school initiatives that directly involved the children and teens in the creative process. Their resulting artworks are a reflection of these interactions and large-scale depictions of the area’s ecology, citizens, and cultural milieu.





Artist Shantell Martin draws stream-of-consciousness drawings on walls, cars, shoes, shirts, motorcycle helmets, pianos and more, often in front of live audiences. Martin explains her process and her visual language of line drawings, influenced by her experience as an avant-garde live-performance artist in Japan, in the 2013 profile by The New Yorker, Follow the Pen.



Brand Library Staff Reviews

Spider-Man: Miles Morales Vol. 1. Comic book aficionados already know who Miles Morales is, but this collected volume is the perfect introduction for the rest of us. Miles has taken up the mantle of Spiderman, and when he's not busy palling around with the Avengers and saving the universe, he keeps it local and fights crime in New York. He spends his weekdays boarding at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy with