Post by Amanda Mills, Music and AV Liaison Librarian
One of the most fun things we get to do at the Hocken is open new material, so in celebration of Music Month, we thought we would share some of our new popular music acquisitions with an unboxing video. Most of the discs are from Flying Nun artists in the 1990s, though the Chris Knox compilation on cassette (on the Thokei Tones label) is a brand new release and the Ladyhawke discs (released on Modular) date to around 2007-2008. The Flying Nun discs were mostly sourced from overseas vendors, as some of these titles are hard to come by, and finding them locally (or nationally) can often be a challenge. These recordings are a great addition to our vinyl (and other format) holdings, especially as many of them showcase Dunedin musicians.
These titles include:
King Loser – Caul of the outlaw
Chris Knox – KnoxTraxFine
Ladyhawke – Back of the van
Love’s Ugly Children – Cakehole
Martin Phillipps and The Chills – Sunburnt
Straitjacket Fits – Melt
Various Artists – Abbasalutely
You may ask, what are the next steps in the process of putting them in our collections?
The discs are placed into inert polyethylene bags to protect the sleeves, metadata about the recording is input into the publications database (Library Search Ketu), and then items are barcoded and labelled before being shelved into our specially made LP cabinets. They are then available for University of Otago staff, students, and the general public to come and listen to.
We acquire New Zealand music of all genres, time periods, and (most) formats constantly, and this is only a snapshot of the material that is added to the music collections on a weekly basis. All published music can be searched for via the University of Otago publications database, Library Search|Ketu. For more information on the music collections at the Hocken, please see our music guide.