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April 20

List of Songs That Feature Fast/Prominent Hi Hat Percussion?
Could you list me a few songs that feature significant, heavy, or otherwise noteworthy/distinctive use of the hi-hat cymbal(s) within the general percussion setup of a song? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 9:08 AM - 8 answers
Returning to writing and painting after a long depression
I am a writer (poetry, fiction, essays) and painter (mostly abstract art done in acrylics). I am normally quite prolific, but I have been dealing with a ferocious depression for months now and pretty much stopped creating altogether. However, I am feeling hopeful that the end of the yuckiness is in sight, and I'd like to get back to work. Yesterday I went to a cafe to write and sent out some submissions but really didn't know where to begin with writing. I made a list of potential projects, but none of them really grabbed me, and I didn't either feel any great ideas or the patience to sit with them until I got an idea. A similar thing happened when I was thinking about painting. So, does anybody have any tips for getting back into creative work after a long time away with something as crippling as depression can be?
posted by mermaidcafe at 8:47 AM - 3 answers

April 19

BzzBzz Teach me to tattoo!
I am teaching myself to tattoo (NOT ON PEOPLE!! Are you crazy! ... on fruit :D ) I'd love some great online resources or books for this process! Help me be awesome at this. [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne at 1:01 PM - 0 answers

Designing reports graphica that can be printed b/w or photcopied
Is there an online tool, or function in Word, to see what a design would look like when printed in black and white, or how it might turn out when photocopied? [more inside]
posted by troytroy at 12:02 PM - 9 answers

Do kids still do The Dougie?
I want to have some fun with my 7th grade students. I'm looking for clean and school-appropriate songs to let them sing and dance to. Do they still do The Dougie, or is that over? What are some other song/dance crazes that the kids are into now that wouldn't get me fired from my school for playing it for them?
posted by archimago at 5:27 AM - 11 answers

April 18

Design advice needed! Odd picture size inside a standard picture frame.
20 3/4" (w) x 28" (h) poster, can't afford to custom frame it. Which is better: 1) a standard 22x28 frame, with a little extra space (or matting) along the width of the poster; 2) a 24x30 frame with 1 1/2" mat on either side and 1" of mat at top and bottom each? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleGargoyle at 12:58 PM - 9 answers

SF/Fantasy books with a 'big reveal'?
RecoFilter: I'm looking for recommendations of books, preferably in the sci-fi/fantasy genres, that have a 'big reveal' somewhere in there that changes the whole perspective of the book or protagonist. Examples would be The Inverted World, The Prestige, or Ender's Game, for example, or the first Star Trek film, or some Lovecraft stories — the whole thing, and all events narrated, appear in a different light after, you know? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:30 PM - 38 answers

It's been a while since I've been to a concert without assigned seating.
My spouse and I are taking my 16-year-old daughter to a concert tomorrow night: Ellie Goulding, with Conway, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. I have some random questions, and would appreciate any tips on having a great experience. [more inside]
posted by expialidocious at 11:05 AM - 10 answers

Beautifully Produced Albums - What haven't I heard?
I'm looking for examples of very well produced and engineered rock/pop/folk albums. Perfect acoustic guitar tones, great sounding drums, clear vocals all mixed and balanced well. If you had access to a super- duper audiophile sound system for an hour, what album or songs in your collection would you immediately NEED to hear through it? Some examples inside: [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop at 8:33 AM - 56 answers

April 17

The Art Book - Phaidon Press
I have been unable to turn up a list of the artists included in this book. I've tried Google Books, Amazon, and the publisher's own website. None of my local stores or libraries have it available. Can anyone tell me which artists are included in this book? I realize it's a really long list, but maybe the table of contents are out there somewhere, scanned or otherwise. Thanks!
posted by lolo341 at 6:36 PM - 3 answers

Which Seinfeld episode is this animated GIF from?
Help me, Metafilter! Which episode of Seinfeld is this animated GIF from?
posted by waxpancake at 5:29 PM - 2 answers

Name That Tune -- 1990s edition
I have been wondering for month about a song I sometimes heard on the radio sometime between 1992 and 1997. The chorus is very close to the instruments, beat, and tempo in D.C. Talk's "Just Between You And Me" opening verses (starting at this spot here) but the singer sounds kind of like Seal. It's sung kind of wistfully, but I don't know any lyrics, just how it sounds. Any idea what it could be? I went through Seal's discography one by one, and it's not him. It sounds closest to "Prayer For The Dying", the same sort of delivery and tempo, but that's not it.
posted by crapmatic at 3:02 AM - 16 answers

April 16

Move Me
Favorite pairings of music + imagery? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 12:08 PM - 13 answers

Really engaging books on 70s (prog-ish) rock music?
Can anyone recommend a really excellent book, preferably one with lots of illustrations, wacky anecdotes, and/or other intensely engaging content about 1970s rock music? Specifically music of the "prog-ish" type, e.g., early Genesis. I poked around on Amazon a bit but nothing really stood out... [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 10:50 AM - 10 answers

What is this song?
What is the name of the song / artist of this song? [more inside]
posted by dilaudid at 10:05 AM - 7 answers

April 15

How to Sell Fine Art?
My mother owned some art from the 60s-80s, and she passed a little over four years ago; since then, it has been in my spare closet. I would like to sell it, if possible, because I believe some of the work is valuable, but the closed art market makes that impossible to assess. I understand that to sell art, the broker/seller/?? will take a percentage of a sale, which is fine. But I've asked around (here in Portland, ME) and I haven't received a reference for someone who can help me with that. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.
posted by miss tea at 2:25 PM - 7 answers

I just watched two seasons of Toddlers and Tiaras. I need help.
I'm sick. I'm watching a lot of Netflix. Specifically, I've been watching a lot of Toddlers and Tiaras. At first I didn't know what had come over me, but I think...I just like watching kids get interviewed about their lives? Even if their lives are ridiculous? I'm in my early thirties and I'm also super into those AT&T commercials so maybe it's a biological clock thing, but I'm too exhausted to second-guess myself about it. I know John & Kate + 8 exists, but that's just as gross and exploitative as T&T, as far as I can tell. I loved the 7 Up documentaries and also enjoyed Babies. What other recommendations for reality TV/documentary film about kids, pitched to adults, do you have for me? Bonus points if it's online. Thanks!
posted by pretentious illiterate at 2:00 PM - 26 answers

Short TV series with short episodes!
I'm looking for good TV shows that have a short season (9-10 episodes absolute maximum) with episodes that are 30 minutes or less. A mini-series of 3-5 episodes that is available on Amazon Prime would be ideal. Does this exist?!
posted by aaanastasia at 12:14 PM - 31 answers

April 14

BookFilter: Apocalypse novels for children
Back in 1987 or so, I read a children's/YA book that begins with a young girl who survives an end-of-the-world event (nuclear? meteor?) alone with her father and brother in a huge nuclear bunker. The second half of the book is about a girl with the same name who is a descendant of the survivors. Can you help me figure out what this book was? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle at 4:29 PM - 7 answers

Recent car commercial - guy driving hears NASA or other space talk?
Couldn't Google this successfully - a recent car commercial in the US, guy is driving on a highway at night maybe. It sounds like NASA or other mission control and space noises are coming out of his radio giving the effect that he is driving a space ship. [more inside]
posted by cda at 9:46 AM - 3 answers

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