Music and Video

Blog posts about AV materials.

Streaming Classical Music

September is National Classical Music Month which makes this a great time to listen to some of your favorite classical pieces or discover some new favorites. The Naxos Music Library database is a vast collection of streaming classical music. It boasts over 2 million tracks with thousands being added every month. You have the option of searching by composer or title of work or you can browse through different geographical study areas and take guided tours through musical eras.

Naxos Music Library can be accessed from the Art databases on the Library’s Research Tools page. If you are using the database from off campus you will need to enter your MVCC username and password.

Additional classical music resources are available in the MVCC Library as well. Click here to see some of our books, CDs and DVDs on classical music. You can also search the Library Catalog for composers or classical works.

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So may I introduce to you Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?



According to the magazine, Rolling Stone, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album is the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time – The Beatles.”

The MVCC library has books, e-books, dvds, and database articles on this band and their music. One way to get a “live streaming” feel to the album’s introduction on June 2, 1967 (U.S.) is to use the historical databases and read the world’s reaction to this historical album.

This short article is full of insights on how Chicago teens reacted to the album.

1967 Chicago Teens weigh in on the album


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#TryPod: The Podcasts We Love

Our Librarians love podcasts, and we are joining the #TryPod effort to promote podcasts during the month of March 2017.


Don’t miss the Library’s two podcasts:

  1. The MVCC Library Podcast: Audio from library events and discussions with faculty.
  2. The Moraine Valley Broadcasting Channel: Student-created podcasts on a range of topics.

Here are some recommended podcasts from our Librarians

Sharon Byerly

  1. Filmspotting: Reviews of films and interviews with actors and others.
  2. Chewing: Discussions of food and health.
  3. Sound Opinions: Great music reviews and interviews.

Tony Dunbar

  1. CodeSwitch: Discussions about race, ethnicity, and culture and how they play out in the real world.
  2. Counter Stories: Discussions of culture, race, identity.

Terra Jacobson

  1. Women of the Hour: Lena Dunham talks about a range of topics aimed at women but definitely open for everyone.
  2. Radio Lab: Award winning show about curiosity and ideas.
  3. Dear Sugar: Honest advice on love, relationships, and all kinds of other stuff.

Tish Hayes

  1. CodeSwitch: Discussions about race, ethnicity, and culture and how they play out in the real world.
  2. Myths and Legends: Ever wonder where popular fairy tales come from? This podcast explores the bizarre and crazy origins of these stories.
  3. Invisibilia: About the invisible forces that control human behavior.

Barb Keleher

  1. Serious Eats/Special Sauce: Interviews with chefs and others about food.
  2. Stuff You Missed in History: Fills in the historic gaps.
  3. Maltin on Movies: Discussion of great films (many you haven’t heard of).
  4. Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: This ain’t no joke! Serious history.
  5. You Must Remember This: History about the forgotten history of Hollywood.

Marie Martino

  1. Nerdette: Interviews with artists, authors, and others about nerdy stuff.
  2. Serial: Listen to a story unfold as the investigators follow the info.
  3. Bad at Sports: Interviews, discussions, and other stuff. Sorta art. Sorta journalism.

Troy Swanson

  1. FiveThirtyEight Podcasts: 538 focuses on using data to understand our world. They analyze politics, sports, and other stuff with numbers.
  2. Nerdist Podcast: Chris Hardwick interviews actors, writers, directors, musicians and tons of other people.
  3. iFanboy: The leading comic book podcast. These guys are funny.
  4. History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps: A full history of Western philosophy starting with the ancient Greeks and moving forward.
  5. I was There Too: Each week Matt Gourley interviews someone who was in the background of a famous movie.

Rebecca Tull

  1. New York Times Book Review: The most well-known book review source.
  2. Guardian Books Podcast: Books with an international flair.
  3. Slate’s Podcasts: Smart and timely topics from Culture Gabfest, DoubleX Gabfest, etc.
  4. The Axe Files: David Axelrod out of U of Chicago’s Institute of Politics talks with political leaders and thinkers.

If you are interested in listening to podcasts but are not sure how, check out this article from Digital Trends.

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New to Collection: Nutcracker(s)

nutcrackerIt’s that time of year again, when the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…and you might want to watch the Nutcracker ballet! Two new versions have been added to our library collection. The first is The Nutcracker featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov and the American Ballet Theatre. It premiered in 1976 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and was recorded for television in 1977. It remains one of the most popular televised productions even until today and earned Baryshnikov an Emmy nomination. Our copy is the Blu-ray version which was released in 2012.

The second version is the Nutcracker choreographed by Helgi Tomasson for the San Francisco Ballet. This was a new version of the ballet, which premiered in 2004 at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. The story is set during the time of the Panama–Pacific International Exposition, a 1915 world’s fair held in San Francisco celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal and the city’s recovery from the 1906 earthquake. Another difference from Baryshnikov’s version is that the main female character of Clara is played by a young girl instead of an adult female dancer. One of the extra features of our copy is a documentary on the 1915 World’s Fair.

Both versions of the Nutcracker can be located in the library’s main floor lounge for a limited time. In the meantime, here’s some fun Nutcracker facts!

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Coming around again?

Are LPs making a comeback? For those of us with stacks of them in the basement, they never left. But statistics show that there seems to be renewed interest in the format. In 2015, revenues from vinyl sales were $416 million, the highest level since 1988. RIAA keeps these statistics and has other information about music sales on its website. And there’s a historical connection for this time of the year—Edison demonstrated the hand-cranked phonograph for the first time near the end of the year in 1877.

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#Hamilton & the Broadway Musical: The Quintessential American Art Form

The Broadway Musical is an American invention that has moved across the world. With roots in the nineteenth century, the Broadway Musical fused together theater traditions, pop culture, pop music, and big production values into a new American standard. Faculty members Tommy Hensel and Craig Rosen explore this art form’s roots and impact. This is part of our One Book, One College program on the musical Hamilton.
The Broadway Musical: The Quintessential American Art Form

The audio of this discussion is available below:

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Silver Screen Shakespeare

With the new Shakespeare Garden being dedicated on July 21st and the upcoming MVCC production of The Taming of the Shrew, we wanted to celebrate the greatness that was William Shakespeare! We’ve got a number of resources in the library that get you in touch with his works directly. You can check them out here.

Shakespeare’s works permeate much of our culture and influence so many movies and TV shows. There are a ton of movie adaptations, many of which aren’t obviously a Shakespeare work in disguise. To give you an idea, here is a listing by Mark Lawson of the 10 best screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s work.

We have many of these movies, along with some not listed, in the library available for checkout. The links below may lead you to a whole new interpretation of one of your favorite Shakespeare plays!

The Tempest

Tempest / Paul Mazursky (1982)


Romeo and Juliet

West Side Story / Robert Wise (1961)

Romeo + Juliet / Baz Luhrmann (1996)

Romeo Must Die / Andrzej Bartkowiak (2000)


Henry IV (parts 1 & 2)

My Own Private Idaho / Gus Van Sant (1991)


King Lear

A Thousand Acres / Jocelyn Moorhouse (1997)


Love’s Labour’s Lost

Love’s Labour’s Lost : a romantic musical comedy / Kenneth Branagh  (1999)



Coriolanus / Ralph Fiennes  (2011)

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New to Collection – “Concussion” Book & DVD

ConcussionWSIt started with an article Jeanne Marie Laskas wrote for GQ magazine titled “Game Brain.” She helped to publicly expose the work of forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu who discovered the brain disease CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) that many NFL football players/retirees were dying from, some committing suicide over.

Omalu’s story began when Mike Webster, aka “Iron Mike,” a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers died suddenly. He performed the autopsy and started doing exhaustive research, paying for tests on Webster’s brain out of his own pocket, to try to figure out what made this former NFL player go mad. “What Omalu discovered in Mike Webster’s brain—proof that Iron Mike’s mental deterioration was no accident, but a disease caused by relentless blows to the head that could affect everyone playing the game—was the one truth the NFL would do anything to keep secret.” (Back cover book.)

MVCC Library has Laskas’s book Concussion, which is based on her GQ article. We also have the DVD motion picture adaptation of the same name, starring Will Smith (as Dr. Omalu). As a librarian who does not enjoy sports, I can tell you the movie and book look riveting! Check them both out in tandem if you’d like. The book is located here in our catalog, and the DVD is located here (both for a limited time located in the main floor lounge area).

Also, check out Laskas’s original GQ article here. Concussion

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New to Collection: “Capitalism: a Love Story” by Michael Moore

MichaelMooreA must see movie this election season is Michael Moore’s Capitalism: a Love Story. IMDB summarizes the film as examining “the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). The film moves from Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan. With both humor and outrage, the film explores the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Families pay the price with their jobs, their homes, and their savings. Moore goes into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal. . .and 14,000 jobs being lost every day. ‘Capitalism: a Love Story’ also presents what a more hopeful future could look like. Who are we and why do we behave the way that we do?”

No matter what side of the political aisle you fall, you will take away various interesting tidbits, such as plutonomy: “a term that Citigroup analysts have used for economies where economic growth is powered by and largely consumed by the wealthy few.” Also, according to Moore, the top 1% are afraid because the middle and lower classes (the 99%) have the larger vote. One person, one vote. . .so use it wisely!your-vote-counts

The DVD can be located here in our catalog. If you are a fan of Michael Moore, check out some of his other movies we have in our collection.

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Check Out Our New DVDs – Including “Star Wars : The Force Awakens!”

freedvdcover_star_wars_the_force_awakens_2015_custom_front-610x410In honor of National Library Week (April 10-16, 2016), come visit us in the library and check out some of the other items in our collection, such as DVDs! We have a wide variety of newly released DVD movies…for instance, Star Wars : The Force Awakens. You can locate it in our collection here.

To search our collection for DVDs, go to our main library page, click on “Research Tools,” enter the search term “motion picture” into the search box which will direct you here. Once on the search results page, you can narrow down your search by clicking on the “DVD” format tag and further narrow your search by “publish date” (year).

*Also to note, our lending policy on A/V materials (which includes DVDs) has been extended to 2 weeks. Our Lending Policy webpage can be located here.*

So come in and pick up a movie or two!

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