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 really like songs like this and this and this. Who/what else should I be listening to? [more inside]
I am currently co-writing a play with music (which may turn into a musical, but we're not sure on that yet) that involves the dynamics of a group of band members, their management, the issues they have with each other, etc. My writing partner is a singer who was in a very successful local band, but I have never been in anything but high school marching band. I would like to watch some documentaries or behind-the-scenes footage of bands in action, bands in practice, etc. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of bands or solo artists which contain non-alphanumeric characters in their name. They must be well known (in the UK) and mainstream. [more inside]
I'm curious about the real-world economics of being a musician who "made it" but is not, say, Sir Elton John or Bruce Springsteen or Jay-Z. For instance, how's James McNew, bassist of the incomparable Yo La Tengo, doing? Is Ken Bethea, guitarist for the Old 97's, comfortable? Ian Matthews, drummer for Kasabian, are you sorted for a comfortable retirement? [more inside]
House of Leaves and Haunted are works in two different mediums (book and album) by two different artists that deliberately accompany each other. What other examples of this are there? [more inside]
Help me figure out this 60s song. [more inside]
This is incredibly vague, but metafilter is equally helpful for stuff like this! I heard a song with a male singer and the chorus was something like "I want to hear a symphony" and then how he wanted more out of life or a relationship. [more inside]
Perplexed, informed, conflicted--Outstanding sources regarding the ethical, economic and legal issues related to music, print copyrights and intellectual property. [more inside]
If you were creating a "work mix" of public background music on Pandora or Last.fm or Slacker for a laid back, progressive retail environment, what artists would you include? [more inside]
Mägo de Oz to Manu Chao...what other awesomeness am I missing out on? Looking for Spanish music recommendations. [more inside]
Dancing about Architecture: Songs about art/artists? I've got to create a mix about visual artists, art, and ect and I have no idea where to start. I've got "Andy Warhol" by David Bowie that's it. [more inside]
Why do professionals in music and art like to use Macbooks? [more inside]
Suggestions for artists (mainly musicians) that a friend should check out. [more inside]
I really enjoy listening to Bob Dylan's older music (pre 1970) and Im wondering are there any other artists (past or present) that would be of any interest to me? Im looking more towards folk than rock, more acoustical than electric but any recommendations would be great! Thanks!
Is there an English listing of all of the artists found in the China 2008 Olympics promotional video/theme? [more inside]
Help me find music about music! What are some songs about music, it's culture, etc.? Songs like The VU's Rock & Roll, Joni Mitchell's Woodstock, Billy Joel's It's Still Rock and Roll to Me, etc...
Are there any sites similar to the old UBL.com? [more inside]
What are the most effective ways to monetarily support my favorite artists? [more inside]
I can't find a cool, graphical web engine for identifying similar bands that I once used -- input a band, and it would generate a neat display of others, with your pick at the center and the others radiating out with the closest being the most similar. [more inside]
Help me re-find a site that shows a dynamic graph of similar artists... [more inside]
Metafilter braintrust: Is there a site I can go to and enter an artist/group of artists and get recommendations based on my listening preferences? Something a little less retail oriented (ahem: Amazon). Thanks!
Are there any good online web services where you enter musical artists that you currently like, and it figures out what artists you would probably also like (based on what other people have entered)?