Thursday, January 8, 2009

Need New Music In Tough Economic Times? May We Recommend Your Local Public Library?

Image courtesy SF Wiki

Sure, we can hear the groans and eye rolling already: someone suggests going to a public library and there are outcries of "does that place even still exist?!?!?". Well yes, kids, it does. And in San Francisco is happens to be a thriving bounty of free, relevant music that awaits your eager, sweaty hands to take it home.

The bottom line is this: the economy is shit, you have to pay taxes anyway, and the library has free music for you. It's as simple as that. Head over to SFPL (we favor the main branch at Civic Center) and there are literally hundreds of CD's waiting to be browsed, checked out, and enjoyed.

Now, we know what you're thinking: the library probably is loaded up with 60's classics, jazz, and classical. Not the case: SFPL has a surprisingly relevant and current collection. On a recent trip we spied the latest releases by Islands, No Age, and The National, to name a few. What's more there's a solid back catalogue of groundbreaking artists like King Crimson, The Jesus And Mary Chain, and Harry Nilsson. So do yourself a favor, and get your butt to the library, pronto!