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Seattle in 48 hours!

I'll be in Seattle for 48 hours (Sunday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon) for a brief leg of a solo trip. Help me structure my time there for maximum wandery enjoyable urban exploration, with perhaps a little bit of hiking thrown in? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Oct 16, 2014 - 10 answers

33 1/3 series: What works, what doesn't?

The 33 1/3 series is a formidable list of little books about influential records, written by music writers, musicians, writers and fans. It seems to vary significantly in tone and in the writer's approach. For those of you who have read some of these books, which ones (or particular sections) stuck with you? Which didn't work so well? I would love to write one of these, and I'm trying to calibrate my angle as I hone my pitch.
posted by umbú on Aug 22, 2014 - 18 answers

Business, Murakami, DFW, and Music

Book suggestions for a gift exchange recipient that combine business, Haruki Murakami, David Foster Wallace, and/or music? (here's hoping my recipient isn't also a Mefite!) [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Hit me with your best music macrohistories!

Trying to find the perfect book to scratch a partner's literary itch for macrohistories related in some way to music. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Dec 28, 2013 - 12 answers

How Do I Take in Better Stuff?

How do I practice better taste - in my art, music, and other kinds of cultural consumption - without being a prude or curmudgeon or elitist? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Oct 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Books with mix tapes/playlists?

When I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I made a copy of "One Winter," the mix tape that Charlie made. I find I like this odd way of interacting with a book, and I'm interested in finding other books that have mix tapes/playlists in them. I know some authors have web sites that include playlists of songs that they identify with a book and its characters, but that's NOT what I want--I want the mix tapes/playlists actually IN the books, as part of the characters' activity or interplay. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Sep 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Book about the Stones.

Pretend I came from another planet yesterday. Pretend that today I listened to everything by The Rolling Stones. Pretend that tomorrow I want to read a book about the band/their history/their music. What would that book be? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Sep 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Mid 20th Century American Culture Recommendations

I am interested in the time period right before WWII (late 30's) up to the Counterculture (Mid 60's). I would like some cultural recommendations from that period. I am interested in books (fiction and nonfiction), movies, tv shows, and music that was either created in that time period or takes place in that time period. Any recommendations would be appreciated!
posted by R.F.Simpson on Aug 27, 2013 - 29 answers

Diamonds in the haystack

I'm looking for the unexpected, overlooked masterpieces hiding within conventionally marginal artistic genres: novelty Christmas music albums, mass market cowboy novels, direct-to-video action movie sequels, etc. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on May 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Crossing over with art

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]
posted by divabat on Oct 31, 2012 - 30 answers

Books for three little boys?

I need recommendations for books to give my nephews for their 2nd, 4th, and 6th respective birthdays! [more inside]
posted by Kpele on Jun 20, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I broaden my horizons when I hate everything in sight?

I have pickied myself into a corner. Help me out! [more inside]
posted by darksasami on May 8, 2012 - 56 answers

I love the way you say "diegesis"

In 1Q84, as in many of his other books, Haruki Murakami frequently tells us what music his characters are listening to, providing a de facto soundtrack to the novel. What other authors suggest or provide soundtracks to their works and/or what other written works basically have soundtracks?
posted by davidjmcgee on May 8, 2012 - 28 answers

Books about the history of rhythms?

Does This Book Exist-filter: A Short History of Nearly Everything Rhythm? [more inside]
posted by ropeladder on Jan 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Fiction about a musician

Looking for fiction books about musicians, especially with a single musician as the main character [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jan 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me think of phrases that evoke youthful angst?

Help me think of some phrases, lyrics, or quotes that evoke youthful angst. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Oct 2, 2011 - 27 answers

Entertainment for an extremely long walk.

Help me choose books and music for a solo trek through Sweden, Turkey, Nepal, and Jordan. I'll be on the "road" for six months with a lot of down time and a Kindle, so I need a lot of suggestions. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jul 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Hell is other people, and that's okay

My sister is turning 18. Help me build an Adolescent Crisis Prep Kit! [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue on Oct 8, 2010 - 48 answers

Music for War! (Warhammer, that is.)

I want to make a soundtrack for the Warhammer 40K universe. Maybe you can help. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 9, 2010 - 18 answers

Music database

Are there small databases for music and (less importantly for me), books and movies that are available as sql dumps or flat txt files? [more inside]
posted by rainy on May 28, 2010 - 2 answers

How do you sing a song no one's ever heard before?

Are there examples of made-up songs from books (like the original Winnie-the-Pooh's hums) being put to music anywhere? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Apr 8, 2010 - 16 answers

How to Consume Media without it Consuming You.

How do you find time to consume all the media you want to? [more inside]
posted by lakerk on Apr 5, 2010 - 24 answers

Help me get lost in space.

Help me get lost in space. [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard on Dec 28, 2009 - 28 answers

Publishing a book on rivethead culture

I want to write and publish a book on the industrial music scene from a feminist perspective. I’m a decent writer, but I have no photography, graphic design, marketing, or publishing experience, and no industry connections. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Oct 3, 2009 - 8 answers

Let's say I'm a Russian student in my mid-twenties.

Let's say I'm a Russian student in my mid-twenties. [more inside]
posted by klue on Aug 28, 2009 - 14 answers

I can hez organizeyshun?

Help me find a website/software for making lists about interests like music, movies, books, etc. [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix on Jul 9, 2009 - 5 answers

How to discover new books, movies or other media you're prone to like?

Are there similar sites such as last.fm and the likes for other media types? I'm thinking sites which can recommend e.g. books and movies based on what I've recently read or watched. I'd prefer non-commercial sites, thus eliminating amazon.com and sites which recommend other titles based on what other users also bought together with a selected book/movie. Thanks.
posted by kissan on Apr 29, 2009 - 9 answers

Where to sell used books, CDs, DVDs, and gaming stuff in Chicagoland?

What are the best places in the Chicago area to sell used books, CDs, DVDs, and tabletop gaming materials? [more inside]
posted by korpios on Apr 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Book recommendations for learning to play musical instruments

Which books do you recommend for learning to play musical instruments? [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Oct 29, 2008 - 12 answers

January, it's just this month, you know?

I have a month in which to do a project. What kind of project, you ask? Good question. Perhaps something fun, perhaps something educational, perhaps something mind-expanding. The options, they are endless. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Oct 13, 2008 - 10 answers

Do you know of small towns in the Adirondacks?

What are some small towns in the Adirondacks (NY)- with nice community, local food, and art? [more inside]
posted by Nillocsoc on Aug 29, 2008 - 16 answers

Works About The Relationship Between Fathers and Sons?

I'm the first-time father of a one-year old boy. Having recently finished "The Road" and "The Prince of Frogtown" and enjoyed the movie "The Kite Runner", I'm looking for suggestions of other books (or movies or songs) that are about the relationship between fathers and sons. [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Aug 4, 2008 - 32 answers

Thirty-three and a third books.

Which are the best books in Continuum's Thirty-Three and a Third series? I just read Daydream Nation and ended up frustrated and and a bit disappointed. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jul 24, 2008 - 18 answers

Physical cut-ups: Making Frankenstein vinyl records and books

I want to physically cut-up vinyl records and books into pieces, which I will then glue back together in various, alternate combinations. What are the best methods of doing this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 25, 2008 - 10 answers

Following artists, sans spam.

Is there a service that will let you to subscribe to notifications of new artist (music) and/or author (books) releases, but is not spammy?
posted by dmd on Mar 14, 2008 - 2 answers

The Wire... what next?

The Wire's finished (wipes tear)... what do I watch/read/listen to, now ? [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 10, 2008 - 35 answers

Need Books/Movies for Kids Going to Rome

I'm looking for recommendations for books, movies and even music that might be relevant for a group of middle school (7th & 8th grade, ages 12-14) kids who are going to Rome over spring break. [more inside]
posted by bjennings on Feb 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Sing Me This Book!

What are some good children's books that have been put to song? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Jul 12, 2007 - 16 answers

Recommend Some Books For Breaking In To The Music Industry

Can you recommend some books on the recording industry that would be helpful to someone wanting to enter the field? [more inside]
posted by DudeAsInCool on Jul 11, 2007 - 13 answers

International favorite books, movies, music?

Where can I find lists of other countries' favorite books, music and movies? [more inside]
posted by sLevi on May 29, 2007 - 5 answers

Book about Rock Music

I don't remember the original question, but someone answered a post a while back with a recommendation for a book on the history of rock music. Lots of others chimed in and agreed that the book was great...so what was it? Sorry I can't remember any other details.
posted by richmondparker on May 14, 2007 - 5 answers

American Popular culture from the early 20th century?

I'm looking for sites related to American popular culture from the early 20th century: books, films, radio, magazines, music, dance, comic strips, celebrities — you name it. I'm particularly interested on the period between the wars, but open to great stuff from before (and during) World War I, as well. Little Nemo, Keystone Kops, the Lindy Hop, Enrico Caruso, Fatty Arbuckle, Al Jolson, Clara Bow, Flash Gordon, Alice blue, Teddy bears, etc. These are all the sorts of things I'm after, especially as they're represented on the web. Bonus points for sites with RSS feeds. [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Nov 3, 2006 - 10 answers

Used CDS, records & books in/around Waco TX?

I'm in Waco TX for tonight and tomorrow (Fri 6th October - Sat 7th Oct) visiting family. Anytime I travel I like to visit the local record shops. I'm staying close to Baylor University. Are there any decent cool shops in the area (20 mi radius) for second hand CDs & Records? Books too while I'm at it.
posted by horseblind on Oct 6, 2006 - 8 answers

Darling -the're playing our playlist!

Do you think you could choose a future partner purely on the basis of his or her music (or book) collection? Have any of you, in fact, ever done this? If so what were the deciding factors and did it work out? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on May 26, 2006 - 66 answers

need help remembering a childrens book

ok heres a toughie, im 24, when i was really younger say around 10 i had this childrens book, i vaguely remember anything about it ... [more inside]
posted by airnxtz on Oct 23, 2005 - 5 answers

Learning Music Theory

How should I go about learning music theory? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Jul 19, 2005 - 15 answers

What's a good cheap bass/bass amp, and a good pop/rock theory book?

I'm looking to purchase a bass, bass amp, and bass or general music theory book. [more inside]
posted by Frankieist on Jul 18, 2005 - 10 answers

Staying Current

KeepingUpWithTheKidsFilter: How do you keep up with new books, music, films, etc.? More inside. [more inside]
posted by eatcherry on Jan 12, 2005 - 19 answers

Best-of Chatfilter: books, music, and movies

I find that I never really relate to year-end "best-of" lists because much of the best movies, music, and books I encounter during the year are older works that I hadn't discovered before. So what are the Top 10 Best Things that you discovered in 2003, that weren't made in 2003? [more inside]
posted by adrober on Dec 17, 2003 - 8 answers

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