Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Golden Globe At Home

Make what you will of award season ramble, but it's a great time to be reminded of some worthwhile cinema you might have missed over the past year. If you didn't catch the Golden Globe Awards ceremony last weekend and haven't already heard about the winners (and losers) you can start getting caught up here. Of course, not to worry. We're already quickly careening toward the 82nd Academy Awards ceremony on March 7th (with the nominations to be announced on Tuesday, February 2nd) so there's ample time between now and then to catch up. The good news is that your library card offers a great chance to catch up on some of the films you may have missed, including Golden Globe Winners (and losers) that have now been released on DVD. Grab your library card and head over to pick up Inglourious Basterds, (500) Days of Summer, Up, Julie and Julia, Duplicty, Coraline, and much, much more. Stayed tuned for brand new DVD releases and frequent new additions to the collection. And don't forget about our new policies.

The end of the year/decade also had many music types clamouring to assess the best releases of both '09 and the 00's, at least in the rock and pop categories. You can peruse a few links here, starting with All Songs Considered, Pitchfork, Spin, The Wire, and Rolling Stone. For total and complete year-end overload check out Metacritic.

Me? I didn't make any year-end lists, but I really enjoyed 2009 releases from Yo La Tengo, Blues Control, The Fruit Bats, Kurt Vile, Times New Viking, and Ilyas Ahmed. On the reissue front, the Big Star box set Keep An Eye On The Sky took up a lot of my time. So did the Fire In My Bones compilation of early Gospel and Sanctified Blues. A heaping mess of totally rediscovered greatness.

What about YOU? What are you listening too and watching these days? What were your favorites of 2009? OR the 2000's? Stop by the Periodicals desk and let us know!