Here you'll find information about our Popular Music collections - have a browse! If you have any feedback or questions, we'd love to hear them - email us.
"But what if I don't like it?" Well, it's true one's meat is another's poison, so why not double check with allmusic.com first to see if it sounds like your cup of meat/poison/tea.
Interested in our old archive of Previous staff picks? You can find them at the link above.
Recommended by Wellington City Libraries staff members, these CDs are chosen from all genres of our wide collection and are displayed with gold Librarian's Choice stickers on the cover. Watch out for the display of Librarian's Choice CDs and DVDs in the Sound & Vision Centre. A list of the CDs chosen is available here (Word) and from the Central Library Sound & Vision Centre desk.
Recent popular music books
The underlined titles will take you directly to our catalogue. Some featured items are linked via a book cover to enable you to read more reviews.
Popular music collection
At Wellington City Libraries we have a ridiculous number of CDs (well, over 20,000) for you to borrow at the altogether reasonable price of $1 each. Whether Matmos or Minogue, Strokes or Stockhausen, RZA or AWB you may very well find just what you were looking for in our collection.
Try these searches for the latest CDs in these categories:
- A full list of music genres is available on our Catalogue Quicksearch page.
Of course we also take care of classical music.
'Select: Sound & Vision' collection
Get the latest CDs & DVDs faster! The 'Select' collection is designed to make it easier to borrow heavily used and reserved items within our AV Collection. The items in this collection have a reduced loan period of 3 days, meaning you can access the most popular CDs and DVDs faster for the same price and find them on the shelf more often.
Sick of reserving the latest copy of Mojo, only to find a seven-page feature on Val Doonican? Tired of trudging up the stairs to get Rolling Stone, only to find that Yanni review cruelly missing once again? Avoid nasty surprises with our music magazine roundup.
Here's what's happening in:
- Acoustic Guitar website
- Bass Player fulltext
- Downbeat fulltext
- Froots website
- Guitar Player website
- Modern Drummer website
- Mojo website
- New Zealand Musician website
- NME website
- No Depression website
- Q website
- Real Groove website
- Record Collector website
- Remix website (requires Flash)
- Rip It Up website
- Rolling Stone fulltext
- Songlines website
- The Source website
- Uncut website
- Wire website
For more magazine links, visit our online music resources page.
"Music Ad Lib" radio show
Some previous interviews:
7th August: The music of Edmund McWilliams
Listen to an interview with NZ popster Ed Cake on the albums Bresser Creeting Cake, Downtown Puff and The Fearsome feeling (10 mins).
27th November: Songs of Tama Waipara
Listen to an interview with Tama Waipara. Tama talks generously about his inspirations, lyrics and songs and the interview includes 6 songs from his 3 albums so far. (35 min.)
- Aquarium Drunkard
Another great blog, which takes its name from a line in a Wilco song, 'Aquarium Drunkard' is also a record label under the name 'Autumn Tone'. Featuring daily music, reviews, news, and podcasts, as well as a SIRUS satellite radio show - the Drunkard bridges the gap between contemporary indie with vintage garage, psych, folk, country, New Orleans funk, R&B, soul, and everything that falls in between.' Nominated in 2008 for 'Music Blog of the Year' at the Plug Awards.
- Cat Bird Seat
Indie, indie & more indie... indie music, culture & commentary
- Heartache with Hard Work
Another interesting music blog... a bit of political commentary and a lot of good writing about the response to artists and songs
- Music Is Art
One glimpse is all it takes to tell you that Music Is Art is something different. For one, Danielle, the 'designer' behind MIA, focuses not only on excellent music, but on art, photography and writing and how they all intersect and inform the music
News, videos, random stuff.
- I Am Fuel, You Are Friends
Taking its name from a line from a Pearl Jam song, this is a great music blog out of Colorado, USA. While it started off small in 2005 with music fan Heather Browne wanting to share her relationship with music 'Fuel/Friends' has become one of the best blogs out there. With her 'Monday Music Roundup' from new albums, and eclectic posts on pretty much everything from Pete Yorn to Yael Naim, this is definitely worth checking out.
- The Perfumed Garden
An audio tribute to the late great DJ John Peel. This site archives many of his live sessions.
- Pop Justice
Giving pop music the disrespect it deserves.
Take two nationally respected rock critics from Chicago, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions, the world's only rock and roll talk show. From Podcasts, to MP3 streams they talk to everyone from Peaches to Steve Earle...
- The Hype Machine
The Hype Machine is an MP3 aggregator - essentially a music blog that trawls others music blogs and archives all the MP3 tracks collected therein. It then archives these tracks chronologically, by popularity, and by artist. If you're after that Mazzy Star B-side, that rare Ryan Adams track, or a taste of something new by your favourite band, this is the place to find it.
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