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January 23

Needz mawr electronic content

My wife is having surgery this month which comes with a likely long recovery period. To help get her through this time we are looking at stocking up on new TV series and podcasts to keep her mind occupied during this time (aka electronic content!). What gripping-crime-drama TV series or that's-a-cool-idea-I-never-heard-about-before podcasts would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by thetarium at 3:40 AM - 48 answers

January 22

Joey Jeremiah, Canada's Answer to Bob Dylan?

Am I hearing things, or are the bass parts in Bob Dylan's Up To Me (Scroll down to Track #37 for excerpt) and The Zit Remedy's Everybody Wants Something very similar? And if they are, is it simply that they share a simple do-doo/doo-doo/do-doo/doo-doo rhythym, or is there something more? And, outside of learning to read music or theory, are there resources out there that could help a not-particularly musical person such as myself articulate the similarities that they hear between songs?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:53 PM - 6 answers

Nick Cave 101

I've always meant to give more of a chance to Nick Cave. The songs of his I know I enjoy, but I have somehow managed to never really give him an extended listen. Where should I start?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:09 PM - 20 answers

Shooting the drought in CA

Hi, I'm headed out to CA over the weekend. I going to be in the Sacramento, San Jose, Fresno, and LA areas over the course of a week. I'm looking to shoot video for a piece I am doing about the drought. I was wondering if there are any locals that might suggest some places to look compelling images. Thanks!
posted by Shanachie at 1:45 PM - 18 answers

Looking for more examples of a movie trope

This question contains spoilers for two movies, Kiss of Death and Gran Torino -- so I'll put it below the fold. [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist at 9:51 AM - 10 answers

Learning Mandolin - Recommended Guide(s)?

I received a much-desired starter mandolin for Christmas and am looking for help on good guidebooks or other starting points for learning. Any recommendations? Preferences/details inside. [more inside]
posted by staccato signals of constant information at 7:14 AM - 5 answers

January 21

telemarketer prank call question

Anyone remember this specific telemarketer prank call? [more inside]
posted by mullacc at 7:21 PM - 2 answers

It's incredible, alright

Who sang the wonderful and terrible "Hip Hop" from The Incredible Machine 3?
posted by KChasm at 6:39 PM - 1 answers

How do I introduce my tween nieces to world of pop music?

So far they're not really into popular music, but I'd like to share a little with them and see if I can entertain and/or pique their interest. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake at 5:32 PM - 20 answers

Luther Vandross: love the voice, hate the production.

I've been hearing a lot more Luther Vandross in my life for a variety of reasons. While there is no denying the man's amazing voice, I am underwhelmed by the schmaltziness of the production surrounding that voice. What are some Luther Vandross songs or albums that showcase his voice without so much electric piano?
posted by palindromic at 4:56 PM - 5 answers

January 20

Trying to ID "Invisible Man" painting

We picked up this cool print of a painting at a thrift store the other day. When I saw it I thought it looked familiar somehow, but googling has yet to turn up the artist. Look familiar to anyone? The signature looks like it says "S. Seppa" but it's not super easy to read. Thanks!
posted by klugarsh at 9:21 PM - 4 answers

Not your everyday drumbeat?

Friends, help me compile a list, would you? I'm looking for pop/rock songs that feature very distinctive beats from the drummer. Anything really ear-catching and creative that departs from more ordinary timekeeping, in some fresh way. As an example, one that falls into that category would be the Zombies' Time of the Season. And please include a YouTube (or other) link if you can, since almost any song ever recorded is now on YouTube. Thanking you in advance.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:08 PM - 55 answers

Lieder ohne Worte

Can you recommend some newish instrumental rock/pop songs? I really like it when artists will add an instrumental track to an album, but it's mostly serendipity that I find them. Can you recommend some recent instrumental tracks of note? Or whole instrumental pop/rock albums? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 4:13 PM - 10 answers

Cool, easy songs in Japanese.

One of the activities in my Japanese class is learning and singing songs in Japanese, and I think I just exhausted my playlist. [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon at 3:00 PM - 13 answers

Art and Chance: A list

I want to compile a list of art works that used chance operations and/or randomness in their creation. I am keen to incorporate pre-20th century, non-Western works, and lots of works by female artists, but anything you can think of will be super helpful. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 10:45 AM - 7 answers

January 19

It's sad and it's sweet, and I knew it complete...

Inspired by yesterdays post about forgotten 90s songs: I have a tantalizing musical memory, on the cusp of being forgotten altogether: [more inside]
posted by Captain l'escalier at 8:08 PM - 10 answers

Sidescrolling adventures for iPhone, take 2

Previously I asked this questions and got some pretty good tips. At this point I'm looking for engaging games, preferably side-scrolling adventures but puzzle games are fun too, which do not rely on sound. Examples of games I've tried and loved: Swordigo, Silent Age, Nihilumbra, Tiny Wings. (Was also briefly addicted to Candy Crush). I don't paying a couple of bucks for something awesome.
posted by bunderful at 2:15 PM - 5 answers

Yellow album cover with three-headed monster sketch?

At least I think it's an album cover. Trying to identify the image on this poster. The photo is from the mid-1980s. It's a black line drawing of a Cerberus-like three-headed monster/dog on a yellow/gold background. Thanks!
posted by obloquy at 1:36 PM - 5 answers

Fiction (books) about single moms being awesome!

Post-divorce, I could use some reading about single moms doing interesting things/ dealing brilliantly with their situation/ generally kicking butt. Fiction preferred, school-aged kids in the picture would be ideal. Thanks in advance!
posted by metasarah at 1:24 PM - 13 answers

No Cowboys in New Jersey

I'm looking for the lyrics of a Mary Chapin-Carpenter song called (I think) "Mama, there ain't no Cowboys in New Jersey". It never seems to have been officially released, and google turns up references to it but no words. I'm really mostly looking for the lyrics, not necessarily a copy. Any ideas?
posted by transient at 11:57 AM - 2 answers

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