New collection of music by local artists added to MnSpin

MnSpin, the online music service from your library, has just released the 2019 collection with more than 90 additional albums by local artists, growing the platform to more than 200 albums in 18 genres.

Anyone can stream music from MnSpin for free, and with your library card, songs and albums are yours to download and keep.

Reflecting the depth and diversity in our local music community, listeners can discover emerging artists Fellow Pynins, Mayda, Monica LaPlante and others brand-new to the Twin Cities scene alongside Minnesota favorites like Atmosphere, Tina and the B-Sides, Maurice Jacox, and Koo Koo Kanga Roo.

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Finding new listeners and building community

Singer-songwriter Vicky Emerson is new to MnSpin, but not to the music scene. Having come back to Minneapolis to raise her family following stints in New York City and San Francisco, Emerson heard about MnSpin through a local music industry contact. “MnSpin is a great melding of forces,” she said, “getting more people into local music and more traffic for the library. It’s a win-win.”

Bluegrass standout Adam Kiesling agrees. “I’m a big fan of the library,” he commented. “MnSpin is a neat thing, and I liked the idea of another way to tie into the local music scene."

Emerson hopes to meet some new ears by sharing her music on the platform, especially fans of Americana music. She also wants to build community for female musicians and hear other women’s experiences. “Even in a progressive city like ours, we need to support women in music.”

A playlist picked for you

For this latest collection, the library worked with seven community curators and three staff members to select the final 92 additions to the collection from nearly 400 submissions. The curators included local music leaders and library staff members who have deep roots in Twin Cities music:

  • Katie Condon, instructor at MacPhail Center for Music and Education Specialist for Classical MPR
  • Anthonia Eboreime, owner and operator of the music and event-based blog, The Litestyle Observer
  • Dan Gaarder, a performer with the Jayhawks, Trailer Trash, and the Roe Family Singers
  • Molly Maher, talent buyer, show producer, singer and songwriter
  • Andrea Pierre, founder and cohost of The Discourse on 98.9 KRSM
  • Malik Watkins, aka MaLLy, independent hip-hop artist, performer and teaching artist
  • Bo Weber, alternative/pop solo artist and creator of the online publication, Music In Minnesota
  • Dean Clyne, Hennepin County Library staff
  • James Leonardo, Hennepin County Library staff
  • Richelieu Morris, Hennepin County Library staff

Condon, who joined the MnSpin team this round, said that serving as a curator was a tough job with so many standout submissions. “It’s so humbling – and encouraging – to realize how much good art is being created in our midst,” she said.

Condon reviewed about 70 tracks in her genre specialties, including classical and children’s. “I listened to music I wouldn’t have stumbled across. It’s a great reminder to seek out new music,” she said. “MnSpin lets listeners do that – go to the platform anytime, and you’re guaranteed to find something.”

For a playlist featuring some of the best new MnSpin music, tune in to the 2019 Sampler.

MnSpin is made possible by Friends of the Hennepin County Library, which along with other support, provided a $200 per-album stipend for each act.