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What's it like for orchestra members before a performance?

For some fiction I'm working on, I need to know in some detail what the process is like for members of an orchestra before a performance. How early do they arrive at the orchestra hall? What do they do with their coats? Does everyone have a locker? Where do instrument cases sit during the show? Do people warm up at all before going out onstage to do the more public warmup? Is there a lot of chitchat? Basically, if you could walk me through the process step by step, that'd be a huge help.
posted by the phlegmatic king on Nov 28, 2016 - 17 answers

Help me remember the name of this break up related country love song

I heard it on country radio some time between 2008 and 2011, I think it was on a lot back then. It's sung by a man in first person, about reluctantly going on a date despite still being depressed about a past breakup, and having his world brought back to life by the new woman during the course of the evening. [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Nov 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Toddler car trip audio options?

I am one day and 6 hours into a 4 day, 1200 mile, 18 hour experience alone in the car with my 16 month old. We have listened to (and I have sung along to) the same Raffi album (singable songs for the very young) roughly 11 billion times. Please share some additional downloadable options for toddler friendly audio that will help keep dad sane. She only has about a dozen words, so she won't be doing that much in the way of engaging, but she does find singing along by me to be entertaining.
posted by rockindata on Nov 11, 2016 - 31 answers

Hope me with modern versions of Vegas by Crystal method

Vegas by Crystal method makes me happy and productive. I need a new album! [more inside]
posted by k8oglyph on Nov 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Smooth jazz/pop a la Steely Dan and Sade?

If I've always loved the well-constructed, sophisticated music of Steely Dan, Donald Fagen's The Nightfly and Sade, what else should I check out?
posted by porn in the woods on Oct 26, 2016 - 37 answers

Short story about a composer publishing a piece by another composer?

Please assist me in re-finding this short story I read last year about a composer publishing his friend's unpublished symphony as his own, because his friend faked his death to escape from a crime. [more inside]
posted by Iron Carbide on Oct 20, 2016 - 3 answers

Guitar amp recommendations

Looking for a guitar amp, $200-range, just for messing around. The Blackstar ID15 looks pretty versatile. Good reviews on the Roland Cube 20GX as well. Anything else I should be looking at? Looking for some built-in effects with a good user interface, easy to program. (Good/bad experiences programming with an iOS app welcome!)
posted by starman on Oct 12, 2016 - 9 answers

Which House MD episode?

The song "God, Please Let Me Go Back" by Josh Rouse is on the House MD Original Television Soundtrack released in 2007. What I can't recall and can't find online is which episode it's performed on. Anyone recall? Thanks.
posted by mmw on Oct 11, 2016 - 2 answers

Love your music, hate your name

How do you go about finding more information on music acts whose names are difficult to google? [more inside]
posted by obtuser on Oct 7, 2016 - 9 answers

Hey (hey) Cloud (Cloud) get off of my phone

I didn't ask it to, but my iPhone lately keeps trying to download more music to its library. Any clues? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Sep 27, 2016 - 2 answers

Up tempo/techno/trance music suggestions for concentration

I am looking for suggestions for techno/trance/electronic music to help me concentrate. I thought I'd just look for "focus" music on Spotify and Youtube, but I find mostly classical piano music, and that doesn't help me focus at all. I need music without any lyrics (also no yelling, spoken words, etc), and a somewhat fast beat. [more inside]
posted by blub on Sep 10, 2016 - 22 answers

Da-dadah-dadah-dadah-da-dah-dah-dah-DAH! DAAAAAAAAAAAHH!

So, so, so many songs end with the same repeated, seemingly intentionally hammy flourish. What is this called? Where did it come from? What's the story there? Example: 2:38 in to this Dropkick Murphys song, though I could have used a virtually infinite number of others.
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 4, 2016 - 7 answers

Mixtapecrossing?

A recent question here served to introduce me to Postcrossing, the online service that facilitates postcard mailings between strangers all over the world. Does the same thing exist for sharing "mixtapes" all over the world? Or would that get a cease-and-desist from the get-go?
posted by baseballpajamas on Sep 3, 2016 - 3 answers

Vintage Gorillaz: Live on My Laptop?

Back in the proverbial day (2006/2007), the TV channel MHD (later called Palladia, LATER called MTV Live) aired a Gorillaz concert called "Demon Days: Live in Harlem". It was filmed at the Apollo on New Year's Eve, I believe. They performed the Demon Days album straight through, with cartoon visuals. Dennis Hopper narrated one song. I would pay strip club-style SWEATY FISTFULS OF CASH to obtain a decent video of this (digital format is ideal, but DVD is also fine). Any ideas?
posted by julthumbscrew on Sep 2, 2016 - 2 answers

What is the name for the voice of many Mountain Goats songs?

John Darnielle often uses a present tense voice in his songs, sometimes first person, sometimes second person. Additionally, the subject is omitted. What's this voice called? Are there other songwriters who use it often? [more inside]
posted by JoeBlubaugh on Aug 29, 2016 - 7 answers

I need some new running music!

I am looking for some steady, fast, balls to the wallish running music as I'm sick of my current rotation. [more inside]
posted by smoke on Aug 29, 2016 - 15 answers

Improvisational music-making websites?

I'm looking for something like Patatap but with a bit more structure (like record, rewind, stop, that kind of thing), so I can just let a tune flow from my soul and then play it back or save it. Creating music without having to think about it too much, maybe just learning the instrument/website as I go along. I don't want to get sucked into learning a DAW; this is just for temporary fun. Is there anything like that? Thanks!
posted by circular on Aug 26, 2016 - 4 answers

Mmmm bop. Tween edition.

What are your tween's recommendations for Essential Pop Music Tracks for Summer 2016? My second-grade daughter is a nerd (apple, tree, hi) but her buddies seem to know all the latest songs. I'd love to build out a mix/playlist for them all to rock out to. But what goes on it? Taylor Swift? Is Adele too grownup? Is One Direction still a thing? Specific tracks recommended by actual kids (or grownups who know these things) would be very appreciated!
posted by nkknkk on Aug 10, 2016 - 20 answers

Why is iTunes being so stupid? Or is it me?

I'm trying to copy large amounts of files from iTunes to a flash drive. My OS is Windows 10. For some reason it's only letting me copy about 50 at a time. WHY [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Aug 1, 2016 - 3 answers

Where can I find Rock the House Down from the Spies Like Us Soundtrack?

Where can I find/obtain the song "Rock the House Down" written by Peter Aykroyd and Jon Tiven for the Spies Like Us (1985) soundtrack?
posted by circular on Jul 21, 2016 - 3 answers

Simple CD player for a person with Alzheimer's

My mother-in-law has Alzheimer's. She loves (and has always loved) music. But her old CD player just broke. I need to find a new CD player that is as simple as possible to use. Ideally, it would have just three buttons--open/close (to insert the CD), play, and stop--and it would be possible to connect it to external speakers (with or without a receiver is ok). She has excellent speakers and a huge CD collection. Can you suggest a specific player that meets these conditions? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jul 18, 2016 - 10 answers

Name that song, electro YouTube clip edition

MeFites, I need your help identifying the catchy song in this video. [more inside]
posted by henryaj on Jul 5, 2016 - 3 answers

If you could time travel to see a band in 1984, what band would you see?

Hey Me-fites, I'm dipping my toes into the pool of time travel novels. My main character is going back to 1984--because I want to write about 1984 Vancouver, pre Expo, pre Olympics, when it was a hick town on the far edge of the world. When my characters back in time, he's going to check out some bands, preferably pre-famous, you know, $5 cover, one of three acts, tiny clubs, etc. So, oh wise ones, what band should he find himself seeing?
posted by drinkmaildave on Jul 4, 2016 - 40 answers

I've had this song chorus in my head since 1990. Please send help.

I went to summer camp in northern Minnesota in the late 80s/early 90s. I was exposed to all kinds of awesome music there from kids all over the country, which was a huge big thing for young midwestern me. I remember sitting on a cold lake beach listening intently to a mix tape one of the older girls was playing, and there is a song that has stuck in my head ever since. The chorus is something like "So wave goodbye to everything you knew." I can still noodle it out on piano and guitar, but I can't identify the song. Please help. [more inside]
posted by erst on Jun 25, 2016 - 15 answers

Name that Tune!

Mr. Darling found a video on YouTube of a gentleman driving his 1959 Mercury and the perfect song is playing on the car's radio. The question is, what is the tune?
posted by tafetta, darling! on Jun 25, 2016 - 3 answers

Songs to leave Europe to

So, presciently, my apocalypse themed birthday party is happening tomorrow (Saturday). Obviously, the mood has dimmed a bit with Brexit, so I want to put together a banging playlist to cheer my party guests up while we dance. [more inside]
posted by litereally on Jun 24, 2016 - 35 answers

Simple software to print basic music?

My teacher has helped me work out some areangements of public domain pieces suitable for use by an adult onset harper (me). My messy notation is holding me back. Exists there a simple program to let me enter my scrawly notes and produce a tidy, easily read sheet of music? [more inside]
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer on Jun 20, 2016 - 8 answers

How do I get this guitar tone from Bettie Serveert's Kid's Allright?

What gear do I need to achieve this specific guitar tone from Bettie Serveert's "Kid's Allright"? I'm looking to replicate the sound the guitar makes from about 2:29 to 2:42. I really like that heavy, machine-like grinding distortion. I assume there's some kind of effects unit that's key to getting this sound. Any suggestions as to what that might be?
posted by millions on Jun 20, 2016 - 7 answers

What is your favorite* closing track for a music album?

I need some help wrapping up a playlist that I'm working on and the closing track is really giving me a headache, so I'd like to know if any of you have recommendations for songs that close out an album perfectly. More details inside! [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Jun 8, 2016 - 56 answers

What non-string instrument should I learn to play?

For years I have played strings but have a craving to learn another kind of instrument, maybe a woodwind. Help me figure out what the most interesting and fun new instrument for me is. [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on Jun 2, 2016 - 21 answers

Appalachian Translation: What's a railroad man?

I was listening today to Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s “I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground”, which includes the unforgettable line, “the railroad man, he’ll kill you if he can/And drink out your blood like wine”. Who is this guy? Will he? Why? [more inside]
posted by trotzdem_kunst on May 24, 2016 - 19 answers

More like this!

I'm looking for more music that sounds like this Lou Reed bootleg with Don Cherry on trumpet. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on May 23, 2016 - 6 answers

Good beginner ukulele

It's been a while since the last ukulele recommendation question; what are some decent choices today in the $100–200 range? Advice on good vendors also appreciated.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on May 14, 2016 - 8 answers

Discussing minstrel songs with kid's school

I'd like some educational resources that I can share with my kid's daycare to help them understand why I don't want my toddler to learn blackface minstrel songs in music class. [more inside]
posted by medusa on May 12, 2016 - 17 answers

An earworm old enough to drink

So there's a song that's been stuck in my head since about 1991, when I heard Alison Krauss (And Union Station) perform it. I heard her sing it a couple of times in that period, and never again. I'd love to know who wrote it, and if it's ever been recorded anywhere. I've tried googling the lyrics, to no avail. I'm not sure it matters, but I think they stopped playing this song around the time that Alison Brown left the band. [more inside]
posted by SobaFett on May 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Way Back Machine to Early 90's Techno Songs - Skinny Bumblebee

Desperately trying to find a techno / EDM song from the early 90's - all I can remember is a lyric that sounds something like: "skinny bumblebee", but kind of drawn out, like "ski-i-i-innnny bumblebee". High BPM dance song. Had it on a mix tape which is now lost to the sands of time.
posted by mysprocketisborked on May 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Top Song lists

What organizations, real or imagined, put out song lists? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Apr 25, 2016 - 6 answers

Ok, so my entire music library just disappeared from iTunes.

I was noting to a friend the other day that iTunes sucked. Something must have heard me and decided to take revenge, because my entire music library just disappeared in a puff of smoke (not literally, but damn near). Halp! [more inside]
posted by holborne on Apr 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Complex, melodramatic bluegrass/Americana?

I recently came across the Bad Apple String Band, an awesome Sonoma-based bluegrass band. What I like about their particular flavour of bluegrass (if this is in fact bluegrass, I'm far from knowledgeable about this) is how complicated and frantic it is, while still being minor key and kind of melancholy. In particular, I like the song "Countin' Cards". Can you help me find similar music?
posted by superquail on Mar 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Can you help me find this "Sound of Silence" cover with a female lead?

I'm looking for a "Sound of Silence" cover I used to listen to ~7 years ago. The lead singer was female. I believe the band's name started with a W. The feel of the song was largely unchanged (not a rock/metal/etc cover if I remember correctly.) Not the Nouela version that's found on Youtube. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Mar 27, 2016 - 2 answers

Speaker for damp noisy environment

Looking for a <$100 speaker that will play music loudly in a big greenhouse with lots of noisy fans (more than twenty regular fans for air movement and three giant fans that run the heating system). I'd like to either plug in or bluetooth a music source and I'm okay with plugging in the speaker. Do I want a portable bluetooth speaker or can I get something cheaper and better in terms of sound volume if I go the non-portable route? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Mar 19, 2016 - 7 answers

Help me find a since-deleted YouTube video

I noticed that many of my old favorites have been deleted, and there's one in particular that I've been itching to see again. I'm looking for a link/name/LoC listing??? of an old video clip from what seemed to be an anthropology documentary about indigenous music. My google-fu failed me. Description inside. [more inside]
posted by coolname on Mar 10, 2016 - 3 answers

Lyrics to "Sermon" by Ed Schrader's Music Beat?

My search fu is weak. Does anyone have the lyrics to "Sermon?"
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Feb 26, 2016 - 3 answers

Writing Shirley, Lori, Danny, Tracey and Chris

5 people need to learn the non-Keith Partridge parts of this song. For me, it's easiest to listen to the song over and over and learn by ear, but others can would rather learn it by sight. [more inside]
posted by Duffington on Feb 26, 2016 - 5 answers

Front end for a kitchen stereo

My lovely friends have a boom box in the kitchen. They use it a lot and it is getting old and battered. They also have a powered 2.1 speaker set. What's a good, inexpensive, WiFi-connected tablet or the like with which they can stream audio to the speaker set? [more inside]
posted by jet_silver on Feb 23, 2016 - 10 answers

You got a TIGHT PAIR, how did it get that way?

I know nothing about recording or making music. How is something like Tight Pair by LIPPS, Inc recorded? When Cynthia Johnson comes in @ ~30 secs, she sounds like she is singing really loudly. At the same time, she sounds further away from the front of the music than the instruments. I'm curious how this effect is achieved, what volume Ms. Johnson was actually singing at in studio, and any other interesting things I don't know to ask about.
posted by OmieWise on Feb 12, 2016 - 10 answers

Name those tunes

Hivemind... what two songs are these?
posted by starman on Feb 5, 2016 - 5 answers

What is the best new video game music to listen to while programming?

I find that video game soundtracks are particularly good background music for programming, but I rarely have time to play new games and discover new music. In the past, I have enjoyed the Superbrothers soundtrack, the soundtrack to Hotline Miami, FTL, certain tracks from Kentucky Route Zero, and the last Deus Ex Machina. Can you recommend post-2014 video game soundtracks that help you to achieve a state of flow?
posted by Svejk on Feb 3, 2016 - 29 answers

Now that's DEEE-LUX!

What Deluxe or Anniversary or Expanded Re-issues have really great extra content? Many albums from my youth have been reissued as two disc sets, with the second disc containing good, interesting, or even vital information. I would like to hear about your favorites among these reissues. Genre is not a concern. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Feb 1, 2016 - 18 answers

Name of musician interviewed on NPR recently?

I'm trying to remember the name of a female singer-songwriter who was interviewed on NPR recently (or at least I heard part of the interview a few weeks ago). She played a simple folk guitar style and her Quaker (pretty sure, definitely a philosophical Christian minority sect) faith was part of her writing inspiration. [more inside]
posted by 3urypteris on Jan 18, 2016 - 3 answers

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