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The Edmonton Downtown Men's Choir
Milner
20 Sep  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Sing with us on Saturday afternoons! No experience is required. Hot beverages will be provided …
Makerspace Robotics - Lego Mindstorm
Milner
20 Sep  1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Do you love Lego? What about robots? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then you will lo…
NFB Film Club
Sprucewood
20 Sep  1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
This monthly film series brings you the best in animated and documentary film from the National…
Family Storytime
Woodcroft
20 Sep  2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Share stories, songs and games for the whole family. …
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Here is a list of my top ten favorite guilty pleasure albums and maybe, just maybe, we all have a few in common.","language":"en-CA","item_count":10,"created":"2014-08-19T23:47:44Z","updated":"2014-09-08T18:07:50Z","list_type":{"id":"TOPIC_GUIDE","name":"Topic Guide"},"details_url":"http://epl.bibliocommons.com/list/show/201423523/319304567","user":{"id":"201423523","name":"EPLGreatStuff_Mandy","profile_url":"http://epl.bibliocommons.com/collection/show/201423523"},"list_items":[{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"348426005908","title":"Millennium","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"MUSIC_CD","name":"Music CD"},"details_url":"http://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/348426005908","publication_date":"1999","authors":[{"name":"Backstreet Boys"}],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"I was born in the '80s. And I'm a girl. Therefore, I had no choice but to grow up amidst the boy band craze of the mid-'90s. We all had a favorite, and mine was the Backstreet Boys. I giggled with my girlfriends for hours about Brian's red shoelaces, Kevin's mesmerizing eyebrows and whether or not Nick wore lipstick. Despite all the childish swooning, I truly loved the music and still, to this day, when I listen to "I Want it That Way," I recognize what a well-written song it is, and why the group captured my 13 year-old heart (red shoelaces notwithstanding.) "},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"347910005908","title":"Last Chance for A Thousand Years","sub_title":"Dwight Yoakam's Greatest Hits From the 90's","format":{"id":"MUSIC_CD","name":"Music CD"},"details_url":"http://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/347910005908","publication_date":"1999","authors":[{"name":"Yoakam, Dwight"}],"upcs":["081227986216","081227986216"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"Speak to many die hard country music haters and a lot of them will tell you the same thing: \r\n"I hate country music. Well, except for Dwight Yoakam." \r\nIt's hard to say what it is that gives Dwight such a wide appeal to so many different people. Could it be the twang? The subject matter? Perhaps it's simply the tight jeans...Regardless, Dwight Yoakam has a lot of rabid fans, though not all of them will necessarily be proud to admit it. So close the door, paint on those tight jeans, and get your twang on. I won't tell anybody."},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"682726005908","title":"Black Velvet","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"MUSIC_CD","name":"Music CD"},"details_url":"http://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/682726005908","publication_date":"2008","authors":[{"name":"Myles, Alannah"}],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"Perhaps I have a special place in my heart for Alannah Myles because "Black Velvet" was the first non-Chipmunk cassette tape I ever owned. Oh, how I wanted to be Alannah with her supercool leather jacket and massive late-'80s curls. She was dark, edgy, and Canadian, and "Black Velvet" sounded ultra cool coming out of my double sided boombox. The album holds up as a classic Canadian gem and I still bust out the cassette every few years."},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"630280005908","title":"Life in Cartoon Motion","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"MUSIC_CD","name":"Music CD"},"details_url":"http://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/630280005908","publication_date":"2007","authors":[{"name":"Mika"}],"upcs":["602517205871","602517205871"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"There's something about a man that can sing higher than I can that makes me a little bit uncomfortable. Maybe that's why it took me so long to check out Life in Cartoon Motion by Mika. The songs are about as bubblegum as it gets, and Mika's sky high vocal range approaches that of Mariah Carey. But, once you finally go there, you'll love it. Envious as you may be."},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"534179005908","title":"Has Been","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"MUSIC_CD","name":"Music CD"},"details_url":"http://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/534179005908","publication_date":"2004","authors":[{"name":"Shatner, William"}],"isbns":["0738928836"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"William Shatner takes a lot of flak. We make fun of his campy acting, his distinctive vocal phrasing and his strange spoken-word albums. One thing about William Shatner, however, is that he's unashamed of his projects and is the first to laugh at himself, which makes him truly quite lovable. That said, the album "Has Been," is an unbelievably good album, regardless of any affinity we might have for old Bill. First of all, the album gains instant respect for having Ben Folds as the producer and co-writer. The songs are fantastically written and while many are super funny, the rest are surprisingly quite honest and, at times, heart-wrenchingly sad. It's not what you're expecting at all, and I implore you to check it out!"},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"603023005908","title":"Greatest Hits","sub_title":"","format":{"id":"MUSIC_CD","name":"Music CD"},"details_url":"http://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/603023005908","publication_date":"2006","authors":[{"name":"Journey (Musical group)"}],"upcs":["828768588925","828768588925"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"Ten years ago, you could call Journey a guilty pleasure band, and people would nod, knowingly. However, with the surprising resurgence of "Don't Stop Believin'" in the past few years, the band has reached new heights. Amazingly, it topped out as the number two single in Canada in 2008. Anything with that kind of staying power can no longer be considered a guilty pleasure. The newfound popularity of "Don't Stop Believin'" has brought the music of Journey to a whole new generation of listeners. Unfortunately, if you weren't sick of the song before, well, you probably are now."},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"744844005908","title":"Greatest Hits","sub_title":"The Real Thing","format":{"id":"MUSIC_CD","name":"Music CD"},"details_url":"http://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/744844005908","publication_date":"2009","authors":[{"name":"Loverboy (Musical group)"}],"upcs":["827912066920","827912066920"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"To this day, when I hear "Working For the Weekend" by Loverboy, I picture the SNL skit that features a Chippendale's dance-off between Patrick Swayze and, shockingly, Chris Farley. It was such a classic skit, I can't hear the song without seeing those images in the back of my head. It made me love and appreciate Loverboy, however, and if you can get past a certain degree of Canadian '80s cheese, you'll love them too. And be sure to look up that skit as well."},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"169669005908","title":"Dirty Dancing","sub_title":"Original Soundtrack for the Vestron Motion Picture","format":{"id":"MUSIC_CD","name":"Music CD"},"details_url":"http://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/169669005908","publication_date":"1987","authors":[],"upcs":["078635640823","078635640823"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"When I was a kid, I was forbidden to watch Dirty Dancing with my parents. In hindsight, they definitely had a point. As a child, though, I couldn't understand what could possibly be so inappropriate about a dance movie, so I hid behind the couch and listened to the music. When I was old enough to watch it, you can imagine how shocked I was to see what I'd been missing from behind the couch. However, even without seeing the pictures on the screen I loved how the soundtrack fused music of the '60s with "new" songs of the '80s. While a lot of people think they're cheesy, I'll love "Hungry Eyes" and "(I've Had) the Time of My Life" until the day I die."},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"546864005908","title":"Greatest Hits","sub_title":"My Prerogative","format":{"id":"MUSIC_CD","name":"Music CD"},"details_url":"http://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/546864005908","publication_date":"2004","authors":[{"name":"Spears, Britney"}],"upcs":["828766563023","828766563023"],"primary_language":{"name":"English"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"Mainstream pop music is unavoidable. We're inundated with it wherever we go. We hear it on the radio, in public places, in commercials and a multitude of places you would never expect. It's everywhere, and therefore, it becomes a part of our collective consciousness. Pop music is also backed by some of the best songwriters and musicians in the world. As much as you might complain about it, a few gems are bound to sneak through, and one of those gems was "Toxic" by Britney Spears. My Prerogative is a greatest hits collection that sums up many of the Britney Spears earworms we were subjected to in the mid-'90s, including the aforementioned tune. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em..."},{"list_item_type":"title","title":{"id":"708783005908","title":"Twilight","sub_title":"Original Motion Picture Soundtrack","format":{"id":"MUSIC_CD","name":"Music CD"},"details_url":"http://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/708783005908","publication_date":"2008","authors":[],"upcs":["075678970610"],"primary_language":{"name":"Undetermined"},"original_script":{"sub_title":""}},"annotation":"When choosing the soundtrack for a movie aimed at teenage girls, the director of Twilight could have easily opted to go with mainstream pop music in order to make the film even campier and more appealing to its younger viewers. Instead, Catherine Hardwicke chose alternative rock songs from Paramore and Muse as well as cool indie tracks from bands like The Black Ghosts in an effort to ramp up the dark, edgy feel to the movie. It definitely worked, and while the Twilight fanbase still consists mainly of teenagers, the soundtrack has reached a much wider audience. It still requires a bit of explaining, however, when the Twilight soundtrack is lodged between Led Zeppelin and Radiohead in the glove box of your car."}]}}
Greatest Hits
My Prerogative
Spears, Britney
Music CD - 2004
Black Velvet
Myles, Alannah
Music CD - 2008
Twilight
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music CD - 2008
Last Chance for A Thousand Years
Dwight Yoakam's Greatest Hits From the 90's
Yoakam, Dwight
Music CD - 1999