Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Friday Fun: My Favorite Pop Culture Reference Sites

Happy Friday, all! This week, I'd like to share three of my favorite pop culture reference sites for those idiosyncratic information needs to which I love to cater [admittedly, usually my own, but I'm always happy to share]:

Second Hand Songs: "Find out who performed the original version of a particular song, or who covered the song." Great to consult before making your iPod playlists. "Great party! Love the three-layer dip! Oh, is this Rob Base? No, wait...it's Lyn Collins!"

The Hype Machine: Aggregates MP3 blogs; you can search for a particular song or artist and/or find the artists that are most often blogged and searched. "Hype Spy" lets you see what other people are doing on the site RIGHT THIS MINUTE! Fun!

Rocklopedia Fakebandica: A great way to kill about eleven hours without even realizing it. It calls itself the "ultimate fake band list" and it's not kidding, despite not being updated since last September. Sure, there's Spinal Tap, but there's also The Bower Family Band, as featured in the 1968 Disney flick The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, the plot of which involves the family band attempting to perform their original hit "Let's Put it Over with Grover [Cleveland]" at the 1888 Democratic National Convention and the stars of which include Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn YEARS before they started permanently living in sin!

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  • At 12:48 PM, Blogger jamie said…

    I have never been stumped by the Encyclopedia Fakebandica. The sheer volume of stuff from Mr. Show alone is impressive.

  • At 9:28 AM, Blogger Karen said…

    Wycked Scepter!


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