Asking for a friend who's planning to press some old recordings to vinyl. He knows that album sides can range from 15-25 (even 30) minutes, but he wants to know what the optimum is. In other words, at what point does overall sound quality suffer and/or production challenges start to occur? [more inside]
posted by philip-random
on Oct 4, 2013 -
Two of my favorite albums are Hospice by The Antlers and In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel. What are some more spectacular concept albums?
posted by goosechasing
on Aug 14, 2013 -
Strolling along, enjoying Prince's first album and marveling that he wrote, recorded, and produced the album himself...oh, and played all the instruments. Ditto much of Mike Oldfield's works. It's not hard to find one-person singer-songwriter albums (Neil Young, Tori Amos, etc.), but they rarely go into the complexity or variety of instrumentation that Prince and Oldfield go into. Like if you didn't know any better, you'd think it was at least for or five people in the band. And damn, it's not like this person is a guitarist who can also play bass... he/she is adept at any instrument they touch.
What are some other albums/artists like this? (Credit will also be given for example like Dave Grohl, or other notable multi-instrumentalists)
posted by holterbarbour
on Jun 15, 2013 -
What bands and albums should I listen to now that I'm finally able to stream almost anything ever made? Extended information as to my taste preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill
on Apr 29, 2013 -
We're trying to re-discover an album, but only have a vague description of the the album cover. Does anyone recognize this?
"it was mostly instrumental music, band had an abstract name. The cover art was a faded pink and grey background with a stag disipatiung into flowers or butterflies ...I'm guess it is not a popular band"
posted by missed
on Mar 18, 2013 -
As a mini-resolution, I am going to take a month and listen to one new-to-me album every day. The genre is totally unimportant- I just want them to be good! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz
on Feb 1, 2013 -
This is a case of forgetting to write something down. I was in a record shop in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, and the shopkeep was spinning a record that I enjoyed a made a mental note to look the band/album up when I got home. And now a night has passed and the details I remember are coming up with nada when googled.
The details: 1. The band name was something that ended in "-ex", like Solex or Purex. I remember thinking it kinda sounded like it could be the name of a condom. 2. The clerk said it was released "last year" (he could have meant 2011 or 2012). 3. The album cover was a letterboxed (think Joy Division's "Closer") picture of a rose and a chain, the rest of the cover was red.
posted by R_Kamidees
on Jan 31, 2013 -
I have an album by The Cult called "Electric" that was in Unknown folder in iTunes. I moved it to the proper music group folder in iTunes "The Cult" where all their other albums are. BUT when I open iTunes, it won't show up with the search of The Cult or under their name. I can find particular tracks in iTunes, go an hit Play and it then asks for me to locate that song. There are other screw things going on (like some albums thrown into compilations, but I can probably fix that) but this is the most frustrating. Any ideas? Do I have to go buy Tune Up or some other application? (I am running the newest iTunes on an iMac w/ Snow Leopard)
posted by snap_dragon
on Dec 30, 2012 -
Help me organize hundreds -- if not thousands -- of vinyl and CD albums dating back to the 1970's. [more inside]
posted by lobbyist
on Oct 12, 2011 -
Help me identify this hippy album from my youth from a vague recollection of the inside cover only. [more inside]
posted by Jofus
on Aug 16, 2011 -
I'm an avid music consumer and want to know when the bands I like (there are easily hundreds of them) release a new album. [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler
on Aug 7, 2011 -
Music videos are a dime a dozen. However, it's pretty rare for an entire album to be made into a single video with a coherent narrative. What are some examples of this? [more inside]
posted by schmod
on Jul 14, 2011 -
It's finally warming up where I am. What are your favorite albums and musical acts for summer? [more inside]
posted by Rinku
on May 13, 2011 -
What are some music blogs that post relatively obscure *full* albums (old and new)? Indie, soul, electronica, rock, disco - any and all genres welcome.
No reviews please. I just want blogs that say "Hey, this album is awesome and/or weird. Here is a little bit about it. Now here is a link where you can download it."
posted by blackcatcuriouser
on Mar 13, 2011 -
God, how I love Roxy Music's Avalon
. Can you recommend other albums from that era that have a similar laid-back, late night glamorous feel?
posted by roger ackroyd
on Feb 13, 2011 -
What's the best program to use to quickly and automatically add album art to my mp3 collection? [more inside]
posted by turkeyphant
on Jan 12, 2011 -
Albumfilter: I seem to recall an album that had mostly a painted hand on the cover. It would have been out before 1992 (I am pretty sure I heard it around then.) For some reason I seem to remember the hand was painted red/white/blue, but I could be mistaken.
Am I hallucinating or is my memory just going?
posted by joshu
on Oct 11, 2010 -
Another "Help me find cello music" question, but this one is pretty specific in sound, and hasn't been supplied in depth by the other question's answers. [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette
on May 1, 2010 -
What album cover featured notable musicians as the twelve apostles of funk, with Lionel Richie as Judas? This was described to me in the early nineties. I think it was the cover of a hip hop album. Perhaps it wasn't an album cover, but some other artwork. Google returns a couple of hits for Richie as "Judas of funk," but other searches led nowhere.
posted by hydrophonic
on Apr 14, 2010 -
As a 10 year old child I went with my mother, myself and my 7 year old brother went to EJ Korvette's on 46th Street to meet an alien. Well, actually it was Leonard Nimoy (in full makeup and costume) as Mr. Spock. It was 1969 and he had just come out with his new album Mr Spock's Music From Outer Space.
We were in a crush of people. My brother was having trouble with the crowd. The store was packed. Finally my mother snapped and dragged us out of the store screaming, "My son is suffocating, get out of the way!"
Anyway, after hysteria by yours truly, we went back. The crowd was gone. Someone took the album from my hands and sliced the covering plastic with a razor. I didn't care. I was looking up at Mister SPOCK from my favoite show of all times!
I wanted to say something, anything. But my throat was dry. My brain useless. He signed the album. He signed it... Spock in cursive.
I still have this album today.
Is it worth anything? Other than my memories and the original price? Leonard. I love your photos. Call me...
posted by Splunge
on Feb 1, 2010 -
What's the name of this new rock/pop album, I recently heard about (on NPR?) that used autotune creatively? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza
on Jan 14, 2010 -
Almost every type of music I love is inspired by blues. What are the quintessential blues artists and albums I should explore to really get a basic understanding of the genre?
posted by DrDreidel
on May 19, 2009 -
I'm traveling to NYC soon and I'm looking for locations of where iconic album covers were shot. [more inside]
posted by phirleh
on Feb 17, 2009 -
Once upon a time (the seventies), there existed a Lincoln Majorca live album that stores used to sell stereo equipment. Help me figure out what it was and where it can be found (on CD or mp3). [more inside]
posted by phunniemee
on Dec 29, 2008 -
I am handling the production and digital distribution of the soundtrack for a movie. Are there any digital distributors that will allow me to exert control over which tracks are album-only on iTunes? [more inside]
posted by caek
on Dec 24, 2008 -
Is there any sort of code available / software / how would I design a digital download distribution model for an independant band? [more inside]
posted by Mali
on Jun 19, 2008 -
I'm driving cross country and am looking to make a mix CD for the road using songs about America. Ask Metafilter has previously tackled similar questions dealing with songs about Los Angeles
, New York
, New Jersey
and even Europe
, but what are some of the best songs about America?
posted by DoorFrame
on May 15, 2008 -
I received a mix-tape a while ago with a really great band on it that I can't find. I'm pretty sure they're called "Album," and I think the song was called "hormigas." The song was quite bleak and beautiful and I think it was sung in Spanish. It sounded a little post-rockish. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog
on Aug 15, 2007 -
Is there a website where you can put in features of artwork from a CD/album, and it'll find what the album is? [more inside]
posted by trampesque
on Feb 19, 2007 -
Grateful Dead/Dylan/Phish/Johnny Cash/Hank Williams lovers. How do you feel about LP albums as art? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo
on Dec 5, 2006 -
I own a copy of Tres Hombres
by ZZ Top. I'd like to get it into mp3 format so that I can listen to it in the car, etc. The problem is that the copy I own is on a record.
Assuming I download with bittorrent, and then the RIAA comes after me, can I use the defense that I actually already owned it, so downloading could not be considered criminal? Would it be different if I owned a record rather than a CD?
In other words, can you legally download the mp3 of an album you already own?
posted by joecacti
on Aug 14, 2006 -
What is the absolute cheapest, simplest, lowest-to-the-ground, home audio recording system I can set up? [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Feb 6, 2006 -
I'm thinking about using the Ipod-for-CD's from milleniummusic.com. You give them 130 cds and they give you a 30gig Video Ipod. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by damiano99
on Jan 8, 2006 -
What are some albums that make good use of the duduk? I've been hearing this instrument crop up more and more in film scores, such as Ronin and The Hulk, and it delights me.
posted by Sticherbeast
on Jan 3, 2005 -
A friend mentioned to me this morning that ACDC's Back In Black album is the third highest selling album worldwide of all time. I found this hard to believe so I set out to verify it with the help of Google. Surprisingly worldwide sales figures appear to be tricky to come up with. Is there a page out there with accurate information?
posted by salmacis
on Oct 22, 2004 -