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Exciting, emotional epics - songs for your life's montage?

I recently completed the videogame Life Is Strange, which I liked very much. The game's conclusion features the song 'Spanish Sahara', by Foals. It's an absolute knockout tune - a sprawling, emotional epic that builds, builds, builds and goes somewhere truly breathtaking without resorting to walls of sound or some kind of 'epic' conclusion. It reminded me of my current favourite song: 'No Reptiles', by Everything Everything, which could be the soundtrack to a montage of a complex life. I'm looking for more songs like these. [more inside]
posted by beijingbrown on Oct 26, 2015 - 16 answers

Is "ding ding ding" really an enhancement?

Please recommend music which would be noticeably worse off without a triangle. I have attended the symphony eight times per year for the past five years, and I've only been thoroughly annoyed by the triangle once*, but I'd like to develop appreciation rather than tolerance and befuddlement. [more inside]
posted by esoterrica on Oct 22, 2015 - 22 answers

What's going on on Ayler's Spiritual Unity?

I've been listening to Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity. I like it, or substantial parts of it. However, I do not understand why it's an "important" record, as most people seem to agree that it is. I do not know anything technical about music at all, although I listen to a lot of it, and to a lot of "noise" records. Can anyone explain what this album is doing and why it is important? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Oct 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Vaguely remembered Coldplay songwriting checklist?

I have this memory of seeing a behind the scenes video of Coldplay working on songs (maybe somewhere around the X&Y era?) In their working space, they had a checklist on the wall of each element of each song they needed to finalize, like rhythm, melody, lyrics, etc. I'd like to see that list again but I have no idea where I saw it and Googling hasn't gotten me anywhere. Ring a bell for anyone?
posted by frenetic on Sep 27, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me get more in touch with music a young American might know.

(Sorry for posting this right on the heels of another music recommendation thread!) This is a music recommendations request with a special snowflakey focus. For whatever reason, but I think mostly due to my weeaboo nature and my social isolation, I like a lot of Japanese music but am largely ignorant of music that a typical young American might be aware of or into. And I mean really ignorant, enough that I specifically made a project of listening to all the Beatles albums last year (and in so doing discovered that one of the songs that I like by one of my favorite Japanese bands was actually a Beatles cover). In short, I'd like Metafilter's help to get me more plugged into music that a young American might know about. [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer on Sep 25, 2015 - 28 answers

Putumayo Presents: Yoga track "Bliss" - what is it reminding me of?

I was listening to Putumayo Presents: Yoga, and this track has the same tune as another I've heard, ten or fifteen years ago. Original version was rather shoegaze-y, a midrange man's voice on the vocals.
posted by Guy Smiley on Sep 18, 2015 - 2 answers

Do You Know What Song I Mean?

I've been trying to identify an elusive cover of Lee Michaels' 1971 song "Do You Know What I Mean" that I remember hearing on the radio over twenty years ago, circa the late eighties/early nineties. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Sep 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Sample identification - a small good thing

I'm trying to identify a sample from the first few minutes of this album. The sample occurs at 0:27, 0:47, 1:02, and so forth. It's the muted organ/electric piano chords; one chord played 4 times, followed by another played once. I know it sounds kinda generic, but I swear that this is a sample from a jazz or R&B song that I recorded off the radio in the mid-late 80s; in the original that second chord follows the same pattern as the first. This is driving me bonkers. Help!
posted by googly on Sep 15, 2015 - 6 answers

What's that tune? (50s instrumental)

Lounge Lizards of MeFi, please ID this track. Easy listening, maybe just non-vocal, kinda South of the Border. Link to unknown cover version plus [more inside]
posted by Rash on Sep 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Live cover of DUNE theme

Who performed that live cover of the opening music and monologue from David Lynch's DUNE? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on Sep 11, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I Google Music?

I was an early adopter of Google Music with the "all access" feature, and have been generally happy with the service for listening to my own library of music and adding new albums from artists I already know I like. The one thing I really don't care for is the automated playlists. Is there any way to improve its suggestions? Should I try to use some other feature of the service to find music? Or is it just not very good for this task? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Sep 3, 2015 - 2 answers

I like big butts and I cannot lie...

Give me all your songs in celebration of a lady's derrière. Fat or fit, refined or crude -- it's all good, but the more elegant and respectful, the better. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Sep 1, 2015 - 47 answers

Johnny Cash's Grammy Winning Liner Notes.

I am researching liner notes, and would like to see Johnny Cash's liner notes for his album "Live at Folsom Prison" as well as his liner notes for Bob Dylan's "Nashville Skyline." They don't seem to be anywhere online, even in iTunes. I would order hard copies, but I don't have time for shipping. Does anyone know where I can find them online, or would anyone who has them be willing to take readable photos for me? I'm on a time crunch, of course. Please help!
posted by Kimothy on Aug 26, 2015 - 4 answers

Style of music and recommendations for more? - Speakeasy Collective

I once was given an album called Speakeasy Collective, here. I can't find more. [more inside]
posted by jefflowrey on Aug 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Lay your favourite "desert twang" sounds on me

Reverb. Tremelo. A dusty guitar twanging in the shimmering heat. Somewhere out there, in this endless, lonesome expanse, there's a place for me. Help me find songs and musicians who are searching for the same thing. [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Aug 18, 2015 - 52 answers

What record album did my parents listen to every night?

When I was very young I slept next to my parents' room. Every night they listened to an album of Gospel music. It was an Englishman with a piano. He would tell the story of an old hymn and then sing it. I seem to remember "It Is Well" and "What a Friend We Have In Jesus." It's possible the singer was someone who traveled between churches in the 1970s?
posted by jefficator on Aug 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Not the Marsupials

I really love The Wombats. In particular, the clever (sometimes morbid) lyrics, and the heavy '80s sound. What else should I be listening to? I am well versed in actual '80s music, so please tell me about recent music (2000 - now) that fits this mold.
posted by freshwater on Aug 13, 2015 - 6 answers

Sketchy song ID: early '90's alt rock

Probably early nineties. I recall it sounding like a hybrid of Belly and Green Apple Quick Step. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Aug 9, 2015 - 19 answers

Songs like Raveonettes' "Black/White" -- Bass lines + garagey feel

Hi! It's been awhile, but I am in need of new music and though MeFi could recommend some songs similar to The Raveonettes' "Black/White". I love the bass in it and am looking for tracks like this. Also open to other garagey/old-yet-modern bands too! Thanks!
posted by fleeba on Aug 7, 2015 - 3 answers

How to find new music promotional writing clients

I am a music journalist, and I’ve also done a lot of promotional writing (bios, press releases, etc) over the years for musicians, PR firms, and record labels. I’ve mostly written for rock musicians but have done other genres as well. I want to get more clients but don't know the most effective way. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Aug 6, 2015 - 1 answer

Share your best Spotify genre playlists!

We had great Spotify playlists revolving around a particular genre on the Blue and Ask before, be it naju's huge 90s indie/alt playlist, the power pop playlist linked by Sonny Jim or mountmccabe's shoegaze playlist. Please help me find more! [more inside]
posted by bigendian on Aug 2, 2015 - 14 answers

Who can tell me what this is? (classical music buffs, this is for you)

Hey Hivemind, I'm looking for the name of two recordings on this video: https://​www.youtube.com​/watch?​v=Xni9nYEkSCQ​&index=22​&list=​PLRJgr20Cck​0tbQl4K_Q6​-wE7te20N3ETh The first one starts at 03:36 and the second one at 22:06 Thanks all
posted by Kwadeng on Jul 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Man talking in a 90s song

What's that 90s song with the guy talking? [more inside]
posted by morganannie on Jul 21, 2015 - 41 answers

Resources and info on the history of Boston MA pop music

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]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 20, 2015 - 22 answers

Roland Demo CD?

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]
posted by tomierna on Jul 19, 2015 - 4 answers

What song did I hear at Too Much Light... on May 16th?

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]
posted by tatiana wishbone on Jul 15, 2015 - 7 answers

MIDI controller question

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?
posted by PussKillian on Jul 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Trying to remember a song with a spoken word element

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]
posted by clockworkjoe on Jun 26, 2015 - 2 answers

Can you identify the instrument?

What's the instrument that gives this Ry Cooder song its twangy quality? [more inside]
posted by fishingforthewhale on Jun 22, 2015 - 7 answers

The Art of Listening to (Instrumental) Music

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]
posted by darchildre on Jun 14, 2015 - 14 answers


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]
posted by keli on Jun 11, 2015 - 9 answers

What is this song?

This is driving me nuts: I keep hearing this song in busy loud places and I can't identify the lyrics enough to find it. I haven't been able to ask anyone who the artist is, unfortunately. [more inside]
posted by emcat8 on Jun 5, 2015 - 20 answers

The Ultimate 'Merican Playlist

My partner, MeFi's own Comrade Doll just got her United States citizenship after a long and winding journey. She's very glad of it and to salute her, I'm throwing an all-American cookout this weekend: burgers, barbecue, and apple pie, flags on everything, the works. Help me make the perfect thematic soundtrack for our party! [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 5, 2015 - 44 answers

She gave up all her dreams, so that I could buy ice cream

Many years ago, I heard a song that included the following lyrics: "She gave up all her dreams, so that I could buy ice cream" and I haven't been able to find it again. [more inside]
posted by chara on Jun 2, 2015 - 3 answers

All's Phair in Love and Chords

I've been trying to work out the chords to Liz Phair's "Shitloads of Money," a song which speaks to me in these trying times, so that I might play them on the ukulele. Some of them are eluding me. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 on May 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me find funny, visually interesting, high energy music videos

My 10 year old niece and 7 year old nephew really like to watch music videos. The ones they love most are goofy, high energy, and have some type of underlying story. They are particularly into music that is danceable and visually they like bright colors and crazy costumes or interesting outfits. A few they have liked recently are Con Bro Chill and Meghan Trainor. Any suggestions for other artists they might like? [more inside]
posted by ezrainch on May 24, 2015 - 32 answers

Protocol for raffles

I work at a small music school where we hold raffles at fairs for a big giveaway. We pick the winner fairly and proceed to contact others who participated by offering a free lesson. I'd like to contact non winners only after the winner has claimed their prize but it was suggested to contact everyone regardless if the winner claims prize. What's the best protocol when dealing with raffle giveaways?
posted by InterestedInKnowing on May 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Trying to remember name of Mac 2D animation program from 1985

I can't remember much about it but I'm trying to remember the name of a Classic Mac-era program that let you create animations in the black-and-white style of Dark Castle. It came with a demo that scrolled and had funny stuff happening in it.
posted by johngoren on May 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Song called "Man With the X-Ray Eyes"?

Trying to find a song, released between 1988 and 1992, called "The Man With the X-Ray Eyes", or "Man With the X-Ray Eyes", or something like that. [more inside]
posted by UrineSoakedRube on May 19, 2015 - 14 answers

Waltz identification

The main melody goes something like G# A G# F# D# G# (the last G# is lower), which is then repeated several times transposed to different notes. What is this piece?
posted by dilaudid on May 19, 2015 - 2 answers

Please give me a different pop song, please.

I'm co-writing a theme and blurb for a conference with a colleague. The theme is "Convergence|Divergence." My pal has added an opening that is driving me insane, but I see his point. What images come to mind with this theme? There are two from the music of our youth...The Beatles' "Come together right now," and $BandName "Song Title" Trigger warning: Annoying earworm inside. [more inside]
posted by Gotanda on May 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Female singers with male backing vocalists?

I really can't think of good examples of songs where women have the lead vocals and a man / group of men only jump in for the chorus / the la-la-las / whatever. (There's a song on Exile In Guyville, but that's all I've got.) Please help me out with some tunes. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on May 15, 2015 - 46 answers

Good resources or tips, or both, for learning sight-singing?

I'm going to be auditioning for a chorus in August, and I'd really like to brush up on my sight-singing, since that's part of the audition. I had rather not take a class, so I'm looking for other resources. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by holborne on May 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me find an mp3 of a song?

I am trying to find the mp3 of a song from a youtube video. Is there a service like TinEye, but for music? Alternately, is this something you wonderful MeFites could help me find? I'm looking for the music in this video. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on May 13, 2015 - 6 answers

How to deal with a diva? This is really freaking me out...

A few years ago I interviewed a locally-based but internationally-known folk musician about her life and work. Her stories were great and I thought she should write a memoir, but she said he didn't have the time. So I volunteered to help. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on May 13, 2015 - 18 answers

Name this drum sound of the late '90s

I'm trying to identify the drums used on a lot of music of the late '90s. Three songs that have this drum sound are Lullaby by Shawn Mullins, Short Change by E-Z Rollers, and Woke Up This Morning by Alabama 3. [more inside]
posted by Megnusin on May 12, 2015 - 12 answers

giving away music free for a film -- ruins future sync deals?

An indie film maker wants to use a song my band recorded and released for free. It's written by a friend's band and used with their permission. The film maker is asking to use it for free for a low-ish budget indie film. They have a contract, which states that they will use it for free and how they can use it (and that they do not have exclusive rights). We're pretty much ok with it, and so are the original songwriters. BUT... we've had interest in the past for commercial sync deals with this song. On two occasions, a sync company approached us to present the song to a client for commercials. Although these deals didn't work out, it's not unforeseeable that we get approached again, since this particular song seems to have commercial appeal. My question: if we give the song away for free to this film, will that ruin our chances of selling the song in the future? I know that legally, we can do whatever we want. However, would a sync company or their clients not want to use it if it had already appeared in a film? [more inside]
posted by cejl on Apr 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Un-solicited original music

How can I get my original music published? What companies will take UN-solicited original music? [more inside]
posted by rapport1951 on Apr 26, 2015 - 4 answers

Please help me transfer my itunes library to my ipod

My old laptop died, and I purchased a new laptop. I was able to recover the purchased songs from my itunes account, and they show up on my new laptop in my itunes library. However, my ipod won't load songs from my itunes library. It will only load the songs I have imported by cd, not the purchases from itunes. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Apr 26, 2015 - 4 answers

Choosing the right fit for undergraduate ethnomusicology

I'm an older student transferring from community college to a four-year to study ethno/musicology. I've been admitted, and now it's time to make the final decision. Do I go for a pretty attractive program at a good school (UCSB), or for a potentially less attractive program at one of the top schools in the country (Berkeley)? [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Apr 26, 2015 - 13 answers

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