My sister is moving from the UK to the San Francisco area in a few weeks. As a goodbye and good luck present I want to buy her tickets to a pop music concert in/near SF. Her tastes are quite broad, but mainly she likes good old sing-along pop music. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious
on Jul 25, 2014 -
I love the minimalism of Young Marble Giants
and The xx
- and in online reviews the term "negative space" describes just what I like about them. So, what else should I listen to?
posted by Paragon
on Jul 24, 2014 -
I'm traveling to a french immersion program this summer for 5 weeks. Nothing but French everything is allowed...even music. Anyone have some recommendations for great french music (with lyrics)? I've listened to Yelle, and have exhausted my Carla Bruni playlist. All genres are welcomed, but I'd especially love some contemporary stuff!
posted by LemonGardot
on Jun 24, 2014 -
I'm looking for pop songs -- dance or hip-hop -- that have the same kind of chilled out almost-but-not-quite-90s-euro-house vibe as Ne-Yo - Closer
, Jhene Aiko - The Worst
The songs should have kind of a relaxed vocal, washed out synths, subtle guitar and/or piano, and an easy groove. I'm especially looking for songs from the past 5 years. (and not Daft Punk).
posted by empath
on May 20, 2014 -
I'm looking for help identifying a song I heard earlier today. I don't have a lot to go on -- I only heard the last 30 seconds or so on the radio at a store. It was jangly and reminiscent of the Susanna Hoffs / Matthew Sweet cover albums. It sounded like a woman and a man harmonizing (but could possibly have been two women) and was upbeat. The last line ended with something like "...to make up for all you left behind", and the song ended abruptly with no fade out.
posted by Blue Jello Elf
on May 18, 2014 -
Being a fan of music, I've noticed most pop and rock from the 1960s and 1970s often carried a recording date of each song in the liner notes. For instance, Elton John's Tiny Dancer
shows a recording date of 9 August 1971. However I almost never see music from 1980 onward carrying any recording dates at all (with a few exceptions such as Prince and Tom Petty's material). Is this information actually printed somewhere in the trade publications, or is it simply not tracked anymore by most studios?
posted by crapmatic
on May 15, 2014 -
Heard the song in a restaurant and liked it, but don't have a copy of Shazam. Here's what I could hear / learned: [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine
on Apr 7, 2014 -
What is the 80s or 90s pop song with a similar melody to the one in Super Freak/Can't Touch This? It sounds like the same intervals, but sung with the "words" da-dee-day-doh. I want to say it could be from the UK, possibly somewhere else in Europe. I think the album cover is black and white and could be a picture of people walking. Sorry for how vague this is! Any ideas?
posted by flod logic
on Mar 13, 2014 -
What are some successful songs that were attempts to write a song like another band? For example, Kurt Cobain was trying to sound like Pixies with "Smells like Teen Spirit" and The Offspring's "All I Want" was an attempt at a Bad Religion song.
posted by michaelh
on Mar 3, 2014 -
I am part of a group of university-age music students who are volunteering at our local Boys and Girls Club to run a music playing-and-teaching program. I'm looking for easy pop songs that kids ages 9-15 would enjoy singing or playing along to on drums or guitar. [more inside]
posted by daisystomper
on Feb 18, 2014 -
We're throwing a house party tomorrow, and I'm looking for a painless way to get some top-40-ish best-of-2013 music playing all night. [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo
on Dec 30, 2013 -
I listen a lot to Radio Paradise for a nice general music radio station but since I stopped driving I've been missing the trashy top 20 radio. Of course I could stream one of those stations on the computer, but listening to that many adds would seem silly. Pandora is fine, but it tends to be too limited in its scope. So does anyone know a good, human curated radio station that mixes in all of the new pop music?
posted by Buckt
on Oct 27, 2013 -
What's the most virtuosic catchy music you know? Or, alternatively, what's the catchiest virtuoso music you know? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich
on Oct 1, 2013 -
I'm looking for some new suggestions for good sad bastard music - that is, stuff that can leave you nice and melancholy when it's late at night and you want to feel comfortably down & depressed. To frame this a little I should note that Nick Drake
, The Softies
, early-period Belle & Sebastian
, and The Mountain Goats
have been go-to choices in the past. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine
on Sep 26, 2013 -
A song came up on shuffle for me the other day (We Had It Right
, by Nellie McKay and kd lang) and listening to it I think the thing I really enjoy about is the interplay between the alto and soprano voices of the singers. Anyone else know of any other pop music duets that share this characteristic? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert
on Sep 6, 2013 -
There are, of course, many ways to define "awesome" when it comes to karaoke, but here are some of the key attributes we're looking for: [more inside]
posted by mccn
on Aug 22, 2013 -
I recently have become very fond of some vocal track only versions of pop and rock songs that someone had reversed engineered from DVDs and posted online, and I would like to find more music like this. [more inside]
posted by jb
on Jun 15, 2013 -
I'm making a Summer Jamz 2k13 playlist for a few BBQs I'll be hosting this month, and I'm looking for more songs to add to the rotation. Despite my best efforts I'm a little out of both the indie/hipster loop and the R&B/rap/pop sensation loop, so I'm turning to you for help. [more inside]
posted by misskaz
on May 29, 2013 -
Looking for more ethereal electronic (is that even what the kids call it these days?)
music with a certain feeling to it - sort of happy, sort of sad, slightly otherworldly, all blending to create a dreamy, transcendant feeling. [more inside]
posted by lunasol
on Apr 25, 2013 -
I really enjoy playing piano as a hobby. I've played in worship bands for 3 different churches, and played in a few local bands as well with live gigs. But I don't think I'm very good, and I'm not sure how to improve. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz
on Apr 19, 2013 -
What's the origin of this sample
from Sweet Nothing? Is it original to the song? I swear it sounds so much like something from the soundtrack of Hotline Miami. Is there a name for this type of beat/sound?
posted by gzimmer
on Feb 7, 2013 -
I wanted to pick the hive mind a bit with regards to Music that deals with global issues. My Daughter is working on a great project about modern songs that would have stories about problems in the world. The first thing I could think of was We are the World but well that just doesn't do it for her (or me really). She had some more criteria as we walked through what she would like... [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler
on Jan 12, 2013 -
Le Pop Super-Bon! Can anyone suggest French bubble-gum pop that's especially au courant
? Like Yelle
(particularly her first album), only more recent? Stuff good for dancing or for cleaning the house. I've seen these threads
, but they're a bit stale. Merci à tous!
posted by Capt. Renault
on Dec 14, 2012 -
Chinese pop music question. What is the background music in this
video? It doesn't identify in Shazam or SoundHound. I looked through 50 pages of the YouTube comments and it's all a lot of arguing about HAARP and ice crystals, so I guess I'll need some help from Chinese MeFites. Thanks.
posted by crapmatic
on Oct 25, 2012 -
What do the cool dead kids listen to? I'm looking for vintage spooky pop with a particular flavor: that sparse, echo-y Day-O
mournful message from beyond-the-grave sound. With a beat. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd
on Oct 16, 2012 -
I'm finding myself quite happily drawn to the Gangnam Style
video. Can you point me towards the best dance/pop/crazy dance videos NOT from the U.S.?
posted by agregoli
on Sep 29, 2012 -
Are there music blogs or Internet radio stations that feature links to reasonably recent English-language pop tracks re-recorded by foreign artists in their native tongue for those foreign markets? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische
on Sep 1, 2012 -
Turns out I really like to exercise to cheerleader/chanting/marching type pop songs. Can anyone recommend songs with that same kind of chorus/chanting and beat that isn't actually marching band music? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Jul 23, 2012 -
I'm really liking female indie-pop vocalists right now (Kimba, Florence Welch, Adele, Marina + the Diamonds). Who else should I listen to? Sorry, I hate Kate Bush.
posted by flibbertigibbet
on May 26, 2012 -
Help me write a research paper all at once by providing me with the ultimate late-night write-a-thon soundtrack. Pop/Dance/Electronica edition, specifications within. [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Apr 24, 2012 -
Source for machine-readable lists of chord progressions of popular songs? [more inside]
posted by unSane
on Feb 7, 2012 -
Looking for a source for DJ dance mixes that lean toward the indie rock/pop side of the spectrum but don't neglect radio dance-pop. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87
on Dec 22, 2011 -
I'm trying to remember the name of a band. They make slow, trippy, synth-y pop songs that are almost ambient. I'm pretty sure they have a silly multi-word name, along the lines of Neutral Milk Hotel or Natural Snow buildings, though it isn't either of those. I remember getting a distinctly hippy/granola vibe from their album art and song titles. They're recent, from the 2000s. That's all I can remember. I lost my whole music library a while ago and their name has been on the tip of my tongue for months.
posted by Rinku
on Nov 13, 2011 -
I'm searching for digitized archives of Joel Denver's 'Future Hits' radio program from 1984-1992. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy
on Oct 31, 2011 -
Pub quiz music question setting. Bands or song titles with the theme of the ten commandments? [more inside]
posted by Jakey
on Oct 7, 2011 -
Name that song! Instrumental. Very recent. Overheard on the radio and in stores/restaurants where they typically play indie/alt rock. Bouncy. Very strong bassline. Kinda reminds me of Air. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco
on Aug 4, 2011 -
Help me find a song! It was on Sirius radio on July 23, between 10am and 3pm mountain time. It was a female singer singing over what sounded like a very Pet Sounds-like arrangement. She sounded like Joni Mitchell to me. (Maybe it was Joni Mitchell!) The song also sounded very familiar. I thought it was Both Siders, Now, but I listened to that song again and that's just guitar. This song sounded just a little more upbeat, more poppy, but equally as beautiful. Any ideas?
posted by ageispolis
on Jul 26, 2011 -