Why are some albums missing from an artist's collection on streaming media services like Spotify,
BeatsApple Music, etc.?
For example, Nitzer Ebb's discography is missing Showtime, and Throwing Muses seems to not include Hunkpapa and the first Throwing Muses (reissued as In a Doghouse).
While I'm sure the vague handwavy answer is "because contracts", I'd love to know the detailed rationale. Bonus points if any one actually worked in the sausage factory that hammered out some of the contracts.
What is the most recent piece of instrumental music from a film score that the general public could immediately identify upon hearing, and why is it the theme from Jurassic Park? (many) Details inside! [more inside]
Working on a playlist of fun, catchy pop songs by women whose underlying (or overt) message is simply, "No, seriously, fuck you. FOREVER." Can you help? [more inside]
I recently interviewed a Turkish band who introduced me to the group 'Roadside Picnic', who make fantastic, alluring left-field hip-hop. I've been hopelessly hooked on this live version of what I presume is a new song from the duo. It's titled "Bir Ustamızın Havası", and I'd love to know what the song is talking about. [more inside]
I'm looking for a reputable source for high-quality posters. Is there a "best source" online for these types of things? [more inside]
Doing a design project for a record store and am looking for iconic album covers that only feature text? For instance, Live at Leeds, Masters of Reality, or Ornette! would all be good examples. Looking for ones where if someone were to substitute other words, what was being referenced would be obvious. Thanks!
I am looking for classical music that is fast moving and upbeat. The type that is really great for study, in that kinda wakes you up and is mood lifting. I like violin and cello. I like this, but fast paced, Henry Purcell: The Golden Sonata; Voices of Music
My iTunes car setup is such that when I start my car, iTunes starts playing my songs in alphabetical order. That means I always hear the song "Abacab" by Genesis first. While I like the song, I'm wondering what other songs out there (available through iTunes Music) might be even earlier in the alphabet that I could hear instead. Suggest them to me! [more inside]
I'm trying to remember the name of a band that I got pointed to last year (2014) and really enjoyed but can't remember now. They are a duo, I remember them being Scandinavian, the music was indie pop and vaguely Bon Iver-ish. I remember that the music video for their hit single (such as it is) told the story of a couple at a beach house and ended with a bonfire on the beach. Can anyone hope me? I'd really like to listen to the album again.
What's that 90s song with the guy talking? [more inside]
I just moved to Boston and don't know much of anything about it's history as a music town. I mean I'm generally aware of classic rock bands being from Boston, and then Mission of Burma, but what else? What books, documentaries, websites, magazine archives, etc should I read to find out more about the Boston (and surrounding area) scene? [more inside]
This coming week begins the revisiting of my intro to rock music course syllabus. I will need your help. One key topic is considering transgender issues in rock music, from~1940s to present. What songs and artists are essential to discuss here? [I'm] not quite asking for a list of trans artists, but for songs, themes, and personas that open up to questions of queerness. [more inside]
During Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, during the smorgasbord of visuals and the aggressively modernist music, there is one moment of auditory consonance which I'd like to hear more of: as the red and blue landscape gives way to the false color images of open water, there's a fantastic sound: what is this sound, how is it made, and where can I hear more of it? 7:43 in: stargate sequence
In the 90's, I had an audio CD which was a demo containing an albums-worth of tracks done by various studio musicians on (what I remember to be) Roland products. Help me find it again! [more inside]
I went to Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind on a trip to Chicago in May. During one play called Shred, a super awesome song was played and I really want to find it again! [more inside]
I'm one of the tour managers for a university orchestra tour. We've got a symphony orchestra of 70 students mostly aged 19-21, and we're packing them into a coach and driving them to the Netherlands, which will take a fairly long time. How can I force them to have fun, ideally while they're on the coach? [more inside]
The house we have just moved into has in-wall speakers (Jensen EHT-8) and outdoor speakers all wired to a bunch of jacks in the wall where, as I understand it, they would have had an AV receiver connected. I don't own a TV or video, but I wouldn't mind using them for music if there's a relatively cheap way to do so. Is there? What manner of thing would I have to buy to make the music that is currently on my computer play through these and how would I hook it up? [more inside]
I have a special fondness for the kinds of pretty, moody alt-pop songs you often hear, say, during the closing credits of a CW show, or Grey's Anatomy (or, if you're more my generation, all the way back to Ally McBeal and Dawson's Creek) when somebody gets their heart broken. But I don't normally listen to these bands, so I don't really know how to seek out more. Hivemind: Point me in the right direction! [more inside]
I can't find how to have Google create a playlist using only my music on my phone. Does it still exist? [more inside]
Trying to find a song based on what I remember on the music video. Was sung by a woman, kind of melancholy sounding. Most notable part of the music video was a woman riding a horse and she had dramatically long hair that floated through the sky. [more inside]
What is the optimal speaker set up for a computer playing iTunes and Spotify primarily (quality ~320 kbps)? I primarily listen to music on Spotify, and am looking for a new office speaker setup to connect to my iMac, but I'm not sure what the optimal plan is. Bookshelf speakers? Sonos? Computer speakers? DAC? Receiver? I'd prefer speakers to headphones, and am looking for the best sound out of those files.
I'm looking for examples of clever guitar solos/improv that lean towards note selection rather than technical flash. More Louis Armstrong, less Joe Bonamassa. Preferably rock/indie/pop, thinking outside the pentatonic box. Who should I be listening to? [more inside]
I have the only known master copy of an unreleased song by a very famous recording artist. What do I do with it? [more inside]
Please help me find an old(-ish) song featuring Pharrell. Vague explanation inside. [more inside]
Question posted on behalf of Mr. Killian. My husband is using a MIDI controller (ART X-15 Ultrafoot) to control a multi-effects signal processor (ART SGX2000) for his guitar. But he can't seem to figure out how to make the expression pedal perform an octave sweep. He can get it to turn on/off the effect, but no luck trying to get it to sweep (a la Tom Morello in Killing In The name Of and Like a Stone). Any MIDI masters out there can help?
What is the song in this trailer? I usually try not to ask these questions because only a few people benefit from it but this has been stuck in my head for days. There are a few other people asking the same question by the looks of the YouTube comments.
I'm trying to remember a song I listened to many times years ago - it had a great spoken word part at the beginning of a woman talking about how we use wheels and doors for their emptiness - very similar to the Tao Te Ching chapter 11: http://earlywomenmasters.net/tao/ch_11.html [more inside]
Can you pretty please recommend me some music you think that I would like based on the stuff I've linked below the fold that I'm really into at the moment? [more inside]
I'm embarking on an overambitious personal writing project to profile the career of a pair of multidisciplinary artists who've been kicking around underground for 20+ years with next to no fanfare outside of their scene. Can you link me to some SUPER in-depth profiles of other working artists to give me an idea of what to aim for and what to avoid as I work on this? (Really long, career-spanning pieces would be best, but shorter stuff is OK. Bonus points if it's about someone you don't care for/about but the writing was so compelling that you loved reading it anyway, like this incredible profile of Carrot Top in Esquire.) What are some investigative profile best/worst practices when it comes to building something huge from scratch? What do readers love/hate to see in projects like this? [more inside]
I saw this funny and cool YouTube video with two musicians playing on one double-neck guitar. Unfortunately I don't have the link anymore and I've forgotten the names of the musicians. [more inside]
I'm making a playlist for a friend and I'd like your suggestions. [more inside]
What's the instrument that gives this Ry Cooder song its twangy quality? [more inside]
My high energy 4 year old loves Katy Perry to a degree that my ears can no longer tolerate. Roar, Firework, This Is How We Do are often in heavy rotation around our house and in the car. I'm glad she likes music and I appreciate some of the themes in Katy Perry's music (female strength and independence) but I'd like to interest her in some other music as well. [more inside]
I have learned that Beethoven desired to have his symphonies played at specific metronome speeds, but that they are often slowed down. I am thus trying to track down recordings, preferably on CD by mp3 is okay, that are still in distribution, recorded at Beethoven's own fast tempos. Unfortunately, the glut of classical music recordings is making it difficult for me to differentiate them. Any recommendations for recordings at the fast pace would be most appreciated.
What examples are there of classical or popular music inspired by the sounds of industrialization and mechanization in the 19th century? 20th-century rock and electronic musicians from industrial cities like Sheffield, Düsseldorf and Detroit have cited the mechanical rhythms of the factories around them as formative influences on their work. Did anything of this sort happen in the industrial centres of 19th-century Europe or North America? What 19th-Century music was inspired by the rhythms of steam engines, textile mills, mines & foundries? [more inside]
I've been playing piano most of my life, but I don't know how to write a song. I'm looking for:
- Resources that will teach me how write a song - for example, listening exercises that will help me understand song structure, or websites with rules for how to construct a song.
- Software to help in the process.
I often find music without a sung component difficult and frustrating to listen to. Obviously, this means I'm missing out on some great music, and it's probably due to a gap in my musical education. Can you help me learn to better appreciate and understand instrumental - especially classical - music? [more inside]
i have been in withdrawal since the demise of Copy Comma Right years ago. please recommend to me your very most favorite cover songs - any genre, any song. i want it allllllll!
I use iTunes on a MacBook Pro, and my music library will soon be large enough that it won't fit on my local HD. On top of that, I'll likely be adding another Mac to my home network, and would like to share the library between them. [more inside]
I used to be obsessed with ambient music. I realized recently that I've fallen away from it. Recommend me some good, newer stuff to nap out to! [more inside]
Based on this motley assortment of songs that I really get the chills from, can you recommend more? [more inside]
I'm a guitar- and banjo-playing first grade teacher looking for new songs to sing with my wee ones. I have a large bank of classics, but I'm interested in new to new-ish music (last 10 years, say?) that I can sing with a group of 6/7 year olds. Caveat: what I'm looking for is music for adults, or at least not specifically geared towards little kids (ie, I know about Caspar Babypants and love him but not what I'm after). [more inside]
On an episode of The Cosby Show, Stevie Wonder asked Theo Huxtable what he would say if he was at a party. His answer was "Jammin on the one". But what does it mean? [more inside]
This post reminded me of a catalog we used to order CDs from back in the early 90's. What was it? [more inside]
I've been really enjoying this Bulgarian Field Recordings album (spotify) that was recorded at the Koprivshtitsa Festival in the mountains of Bulgaria, and I want to find more great stuff like it. Does anyone have any Bulgarian folk music recommendations? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for songbooks my 10 year old might like for playing the piano. [more inside]
Toddler Mouse's great-grandparents gave him a toy that loudly plays music when a button is pressed. Can anyone make out the lyrics or identify the song? [more inside]
I need your best sparkle magic tea party music! If unicorns had a posh tea party while playing croquet and chatting about the best brand of horn glitter, this is what they would be listening to! [more inside]
I listen to most of my music on CD, and want to replace the cheapo Philips stereo and speakers from my student days with a better quality system. Recommendations for receiver and speakers please? Total budget around $500. [more inside]