Tomorrow Sunday 1 March The Japanese Society of Canterbury will host the 4th Canterbury Japan Day. On the basis of past experience, this is guaranteed to be an event not to miss, which promises to give Christchurch residents the opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture in all its wonderful variety.

To keep with the Japanese theme, our colleague Tomo, who works at Linwood Library at Eastgate, has selected the following songs that he used to like when he lived in Japan, most of which he still listens to.

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  • Master Low3 by Low IQ 01 – Tomo recommends this entire album of punk rock music.
  • Kemuri by DJ Krush – DJ Krush was a pioneer of Japanese hip hop. Tomo likes “how he established a new genre of hip hop back in the ’90s”.
  • Neva Enuff by Zeebra – Zeebra is another pioneer of Japanese hip hop. His song Neva Enuff is inspired by the 2000 film Brother by Takeshi Kitano.
  • Brand New Sunset by Hi-Standard – Japanese hardcore punk by the most popular band and the driving force in the underground scene in the ’90s.
  • 400 by Shing02 – Shing02 is a multilingual rapper with a straightforward message that addresses social issues.
  • Dreamland by AGQ – A tribute song for Nujabes who died in a car accident in 2010. Nujabes was an internationally respected hip hop producer and DJ.

For a different style of Japanese music, check out Tomo’s selections in the Freegal Friday Lunar New Year post.

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Christchurch music lovers – every week get your Freegal on and download your three free music MP3s.

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Happy Lunar New Year bookmark

Yesterday was the first day of the Year of the Sheep, so this week’s Freegal Friday selection highlights music from some of the countries that celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year.

The albums have been chosen by library colleagues with Chinese, Korean, and Japanese heritage.

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Yang’s Chinese choices

  • Winter Jasmine by Xia Fei-Yun: Yang’s favourite is the song Winter Jasmine, but he says: “Actually I’d recommend the whole album – authentic Spring Festival music played with traditional musical instruments”.
  • Lion Dance by Xia Fei-Yun: Yang highlights Bamboo-Flute Tune because the “bamboo-flute has a fresh and clear sound that makes people feel refreshed”.
  • Jasmine Flower by Guo Gan Trio: Yang’s picks include Mo Li Hua, which is the soundtrack from a famous Chinese song, and Chen Jiang Hua Yue Ye, a famous traditional piece of Chinese music.

Jo’s Korean picks

Tomo’s Japanese selections

How to use Freegal

Not sure how to go about using Freegal? The instructions are straightforward. The key thing to remember is that you can download (and keep for good) three free music MP3s (or one video and one MP3) every week. All you need is your library card and PIN.

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Valentines Day is tomorrow and if you haven’t got your beloved a present yet, Freegal is here to save the day! Make your love a mixtape using tracks from Freegal. Let Paul Anka, Hi-Gravity, Jacques and more serenade your loved one tomorrow:

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Not sure how to go about using Freegal? The instructions are straightforward. The key thing to remember is that you can download (and keep for good) three free music MP3s (or one video and one MP3) every week. All you need is your library card and PIN.

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Cover of Why by No HitterOne of our first questions is why? Why is the sky blue? Why do I have to go to bed now? Why can’t I have lollies for dinner?

Here’s a bunch of albums and songs that ask why?

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Songs

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Christchurch music lovers – every week get your Freegal on and download your three free music MP3s.

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So it turns out January 23 is a highly significant day in the history of music (according to on-this-day.com). Cast your eye down these musical milestones and give them a listen on Freegal:

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  1. Moonglow by Lionel Hampton and his Sextet – January 23 1941 – Artie Shaw and his Orchestra record Moonglow.
  2. Horses/Horses by Patti Smith – January 23 1977 – Patti Smith fell off stage during a concert and broke her neck.
  3. Down Memory Lane with the Ames Brothers – January 23 1978 – Vic Ames died in a car accident.
  4. Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Nirvana – January 23 1988 – Nirvana record its first demo tape.
  5. James Brown Live – January 23 1989 – James Brown sentenced to six years in jail for drug, driving, weapons and assault charges.
  6. The Essential Mariah Carey – January 23 2002 – EMI releases Mariah Carey from her contract after her album Glitter sells only two million copies.

Not sure how to go about using Freegal? The instructions are straightforward. The key thing to remember is that you can download (and keep for good) three free music MP3s (or one video and one MP3) every week. All you need is your library card and PIN.

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Photo of SteffiOur Freegal Friday travel guide this month is Steffi, who works at Upper Riccarton Library.

Steffi is originally from Mexico and has selected songs covering different Latin American and Spanish genres.

  1. El Cascabel by Mariachi America – Mariachi is a form of folk music from Mexico. The word ‘mariachi’ derives from the word ‘mariage’, dating from the French intervention in Mexico.
  2. Mambo Gozon by Tito Puente – Mambo is a musical form and dance style from Cuba. It means ‘conversation with the gods’ in Kikingo, one of the languages spoken by the African slaves taken to Cuba.
  3. Al Mundo Le Falta Un Tornillo by Armando Pontier y su Orquesta Tipica – Tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1890s along the Rio de la Plata and quickly spread to the world thanks to its sensuality and passion.
  4. La Pollera Colora by Chelo – Cumbia is a music genre popular thoughout Latin America that originated in Colombia’s Caribbean coast. It is a fusion of a courtship dance practiced among the African population and the Spanish music brought during colonial times.
  5. Alegrias by Luis Moneo, Antonio Jero and Santiago Moreno – Flamenco is a folk music and dance style from Andalusia in Spain. It includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps).
  6. Danza Kuduro by Boombastic – Reggaeton has its roots in Latin and Caribbean music, but is heavily influenced by Hip Hop and Jamaican Dance Hall. It is most popular in Puerto Rico.

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Not sure how to go about using Freegal? The instructions are straightforward. The key thing to remember is that you can download (and keep for good) three free music MP3s (or one video and one MP3) every week. All you need is your library card and PIN.

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