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September 23

NCIS New Orleans
The Wikipedia page for NCIS: New Orleans gives two footnotes to the "Futon Critic" who previews the next two NNOLA episodes. Tonight is the network premier. How and where did this site get this information?
posted by CollectiveMind at 9:49 PM - 2 answers
Questions Regarding Artist Agent
I'm a freelance fine artist/illustrator. A good friend suggested an art agent for my work. I'm wondering what the best recourse for this is? [more inside]
posted by Fayrose at 7:14 PM - 1 answers

Just Like Heaven for piano and violin
Are there any arrangements out there for a violn/piano duet of The Cure's Just Like Heaven? Looking for sheet music, if possible. Are there sheet-music web-fora around for such a thing? How would I get this. How would I get my filthy paws on this
posted by Greg Nog at 1:10 PM - 5 answers

In need of a holistic music detective
Can you identify this music from Dirk Gently? [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults at 5:11 AM - 3 answers

I'd like to build a drums out of card board rolls
I'd like to build some drums out of card board rolls [more inside]
posted by jabo at 12:00 AM - 7 answers

September 22

Help me learn to play the piano using modern technology
I've got a Macbook Air, an iPad, an iPhone, and a USB-controlled MIDI keyboard. What's the best way to use this technology to help me learn how to play the piano? I know absolutely nothing about playing the piano apart from chopsticks.
posted by wordsmith at 11:29 AM - 8 answers

Looking for music that sounds like men in makeup.
I like T. Rex, Queen, and the rock-opera parts of the Rocky Horror soundtrack. What other music might I like, in the same vein? I am thinking of pick slides, female backup singers, and bombastic vocals. Should I be searching generally for glam? 70s vintage is a plus, but not required.
posted by juniper at 4:35 AM - 35 answers

Looking for 'sonic environments'.
I just read the Program Notes to Become Ocean, recently the subject of a post on the blue, and it contains the following: "[Become Ocean] gives almost no hint of the kind of linear structure of most Western music — no clearly defined episodes, no building of tension leading to moments of resolution, no sense of a narrative or journey with beginning, middle and end. It is not even a piece with themes and developments in any usual sense. Rather, Become Ocean is more a sonic environment in which to immerse oneself." I really like this kind of music. Can you recommend any more of it? [more inside]
posted by Quilford at 12:59 AM - 13 answers

September 21

Seeking an online forum for dating and identifying Buddhist art
I have acquired a Buddha and am curious about its origins. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 6:27 PM - 6 answers

Largest Choral Ensemble Ever?
Back in possibly the mid-to late 80's, or early 90's at the latest, I caught a bit of a program on television about a choral piece of classical music, which at the time was being billed as sung by (faulty memory may apply here) the largest choral ensemble ever assembled. It's also possible that it was the combination of symphonic musicians + chorus equalled the largest group assembled for a piece of choral music. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher at 12:48 PM - 6 answers

I need to make 200 hand-thrown projectiles that burst upon impact.
I need the projectiles to be heavy enough to be easily thrown 10 yards. I'm planning building broadcloth pouches, but I don't know what to fill them with. I need something cheap and heavy, but not rocks. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall at 11:43 AM - 26 answers

Man was not made to have infinite brush choices
Do you use a casual drawing app or program that constrains your choices in a good way? Tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 9:59 AM - 5 answers

What does "precious" actually mean?
I've seen the term "precious" used to describe artists' style. I'm not sure what it means. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl at 4:12 AM - 23 answers

September 20

Is this a cover of an English-language song?
Here's a German band, The Transsylvanians, and here is a Spotify link to their song "Debrecen," which sounds very familiar to me. Is this a cover of an English-language song? (Sounds Mekons-ish...) [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 5:47 PM - 0 answers

September 19

Help me find this ink blob animation
I recall vivid fragments of a short film that used to be shown as filler on Showtime or Cinemax during the mid 80s (?), around the same time they would show the evolution segment of Allegro non troppo. It was drawn in a minimalist wiggly thickly inked style. The protagonist was a very thin guy in a ridiculously broad suit of armor. He escapes the "boss battle" by slipping out the back of his armor. The princess runs to hug the empty suit of armor and plummets off a cliff. I recall it as being mostly white backgrounds and the transitions were ink splotches. Dialogue was minimal or non-existent. Can you name this short?
posted by benzenedream at 11:54 PM - 0 answers

Help me find songs similar to "Brill Bruisers."
I really love the recent New Pornographers' song "Brill Bruisers" (from the album of the same name). I'm not entirely sure what it is that appeals to me, but I find it very catchy and joyful. I think maybe I like the...wall of sound quality? I'm not even sure that's the right term. I like the repetition in the chorus and the oooo-oooooo-oooo, bo-ba-bo-ba-ba-ba nonsense. I'd like to find more music like this. What else should I try?
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 2:13 PM - 7 answers

September 18

Bowie spins the best of the seventies
In 1979, David Bowie did a desert island discs kind of show on New Years Eve that was broadcast on an indie radio station in DC. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Yuck at 10:13 PM - 7 answers

Sci-Fi short story search
I read a creepy utopia/dystopia sci-fi short story ~5 years ago, believe it was in an anthology and haven't been able to find it since... [more inside]
posted by Schlani at 3:51 PM - 4 answers

Best public domain pulp short stories?
I'm looking for great examples of old, pulpy, short stories in the public domain that, as much as possible, match these criteria: Public domain only, Sci-fi, fantasy, or adventure themed, a small cast of characters, and, bonus if they feature child protagonists (though not a necessity). I want to make either some comic books or home movies with my kids in this vein but don't want to fret about copyright. Thank you!
posted by Mikey51 at 3:06 PM - 4 answers

Question for film buffs
Here's a plot structure that I've seen in many films. A central character in the film is faced with a binary moral choice: (s)he can choose to go through the narrow gate or (s)he can choose the wide gate. (S)he knows that it's morally better to go through the narrow gate, but even so (s)he's tempted to go through the wide gate. We in the audience *hope* that (s)he chooses the narrow gate, and tension builds throughout the film as we wait to find out what choice (s)he makes. In the final scenes of the film, (s)he chooses the narrow gate. We in the audience are relieved that (s)he made the right choice - but there's a sadness too, because we know that the character didn't get to do what (s)he most wanted. Over the fold, I've made a short list of films that have this plot structure (spoiler alert). Please give me more examples! [more inside]
posted by HoraceH at 12:55 PM - 25 answers

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