Listen Columbus

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Have you tried Listen Columbus yet? It's Ohio’s first digital library collection focused on local music. Anyone can visit to stream music from some of the top musicians in Central Ohio, including The Salty Caramels, Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons, The Andy Shaw Band and many more. Listen Columbus was created by the Upper Arlington Library through a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio. Additional support came from the Friends of the Upper Arlington Public Library.

Freegal Music Downloads

Download your favorite music from Freegal Music Downloads, a new FREE digital download for music. You can download and listen to songs from major artists on your PC, Mac, or MP3 player, smartphone or other portable device.

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  • Two MP3 downloads per patron per week.
  • No due dates or overdue fines, downloaded music is yours to keep!
  • The Upper Arlington Library provides a limited number of downloads per week.
  • Reserve songs for future download by creating a Wish List. The Wish List may be created once the Library's weekly download limit has been reached.
  • Upper Arlington Library Card and PIN number.


GRAMMY Award Winners 2013

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Album of the Year: Mumford & Sons — Babel

Best New Artist: fun.

Record of the Year: Gotye — “Somebody That I Used to Know”

Song of the Year: fun. — “We Are Young”

Best Pop Vocal Album: Kelly Clarkson — Stronger

Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele — “Set Fire to the Rain” [Live]

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Gotye — “Somebody That I Used to Know” feat. Kimbra

Best Alternative Music Album: Gotye — Making Mirrors

Best Rap Album: Drake — Take Care

Best Rap Song: Jay-Z and Kanye West — “N****s in Paris”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream — “No Church in the Wild”

Best Rap Performance: Jay-Z and Kanye West — “N****s in Paris”

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Frank Ocean — Channel ORANGE

Best Traditional R&B Performance: Beyoncé — “Love on Top”

Best R&B Song: Miguel — “Adorn”

Best R&B Album: Robert Glasper Experiment — Black Radio

Best Rock Album: The Black Keys — El Camino

Best Rock Performance: The Black Keys — “Lonely Boy”

Best Dance Recording: Skrillex — “Bangarang” feat. Sirah

Best Dance/Electronica Album: Skrillex — Bangarang

Best Country Solo Performance: Carrie Underwood — “Blown Away”

Best Country Album: Zac Brown Band — Uncaged

Best Spoken Word Album: Janis Ian — Society’s Child: My Autobiography

Best Comedy Album: Jimmy Fallon — Blow Your Pants Off

Beck's new album on Hoopla

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Beck's newest album – and his first in 6 years – was released today. In an interview on Morning Edition, he described the journey, including: falling from a harness and hurting his back, recording most of a country album in Nashville that he didn't release and a short stay in the hospital because of a spider bite.

Luckily, listening to Morning Phase is much easier, you can borrow it today from Hoopla.

Check out an album from your couch

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Even thought vinyl records are making a comeback, music is definitely going digital. The first part of this year, digital music sales increased and over 135 billion songs were streamed, nearly double the amount from 2014.

Streaming is becoming very popular because you can subscribe to a service and listen to anything in their catalog. Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Google Play Music and Songza – to name a few – all give you access to thousands of songs. You don't own the music, but you can listen to just about anything you can think of.

Or you could visit the library website, UAPL has a streaming service that patrons can use. Hoopla has a great selection of music, including new releases every Friday. Create an account using your library card, and you can checkout 10 albums per month. Try something new or to checkout some tunes when the library is closed. Just like all of our other services, it's free with your library card.

You can follow our online guide to setup your account or contact the Media department if you have questions.

100 Years of Sinatra

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Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday was on Saturday and you can check out some of his classic albums from the library. You don't have to Fly (me) to the Moon, go to New York, New York or even leave your home. Our digital media service Hoopla, has a huge collection of his albums.

Once you find an album you like, just click Borrow and start listening. New to Hoopla? Review our full instructions for getting started with Hoopla, or set up a 1-on-1 appointment with a Media Services staff and we can help you download music and more from the library.

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Farewell, Starman

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David Bowie passed away on Sunday, January 10th, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 25th studio album entitled Blackstar.  Bowie greatly influenced the music industry, and popular culture as a whole, with his ever-changing musical style and out-of-this-world personas.

On top of being a legendary artist, Bowie was an avid reader.  He posted a list of his top 100 books to his Facebook page back in 2013. Check out the list here:

You can also borrow and stream most of David Bowie's album collection through our Hoopla streaming service here:

Summertime Music

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Hot weather calls for hot music and we've got your covered like a beach umbrella. Check out the huge collection of summertime music on our digital service Hoopla. You can find tunes that will help you work up a sweat or cool down, something for lounging by the pool or relaxing on your porch with a glass of lemonade.

If you're new to Hoopla, check out our guide to get started, or schedule a 1-on-1 appointment with the Media Services department.

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Find New Music in Your Neighborhood

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I'm very excited to announcScreenshot from listen columbus websitee that UA Library is offering a new service to help patrons discover local music. Listen Columbus is a collection of albums by musicians from Central Ohio. Anyone can visit the website, select an album and start listening to it immediately on their smartphone or computer. This does not require a library card, and there is no limit to the number of times you can play a song or album.

The collection features a wide variety of music including: rock, bluegrass, indie, classical, hip hop and jazz. Playing music is as simple as selecting an album and pressing the play button. There are no apps to download, and you can play music on any device (smartphone, tablet, computer) that has a web browser.

Central Ohio is home to an incredible array of talented musicians. I hope that Listen Columbus will help people discover new music they enjoy and create more support for the artists who live in our neighborhoods.

Happy Listening!


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