In the 1958 B-picture "Murder By Contract," a woman plays the piano starting about 33 minutes in. Can you tell what she's playing? Clip inside! [more inside]
So I'm slowly building a company (audio and music software), and I'm starting to look at company name and branding. Naming is really hard. [more inside]
Looking for an easy song to learn on the ukulele. I love old jazz and swing from the 20s-40s so I'm especially looking for suggestions from that genre if possible! [more inside]
I'm looking for more songs similar to M. Ward's "One Hundred Million Years" for a 20-minute baby photo/video compilation. I have found plenty of kids' songs and songs written about having children. I'm looking for more indie songs that echo the sentiment, "And this love, this love between you and I, Is older than that burning ball of fire up in the sky." Songs by indie singers about endless love, happiness, joy, the beauty of life, etc. would fit the bill. [more inside]
I've found that my baby goes to sleep easier when listening to Enya. I can only listen to Orinoco Flow so many times before I kill myself. Can you help me find Enya-like music to add to the cue? [more inside]
I need to purchase a copy of the Punch Brothers' cover of Reptilia, but it isn't available on iTunes or Amazon. Anyone know where I can buy it? Obsessive Googling hasn't helped me so far. [more inside]
A few years ago I gave my sister BT's This Binary Universe. I guess it stuck with her, because now she's asked me for similar instrumental music, but it's far enough outside my usual listening that I'm completely stuck. Help? [more inside]
I want to take two songs and mix them together so that it goes something like Song A, Song B, Song A. I'm using Audacity (but am open to suggestions of other programs), and I have a mac. I'm not sure of the correct lingo for what I'm trying to do. Any help would be hugely appreciated.
Try to identify the Spanish-language song I heard yesterday at Don Pablo's, a Tex-Mex chain restaurant. I'll list everything I remember about it. [more inside]
I'm old enough to be sort of out of touch with new music, so when I have a little downtime at the end of the year one of the things I try to do is seek out some of what I've missed over the year. Ideally, what I'd like is some way to listen to to some "best of" from 2014 while I do other things, like trying to clean up or cook, for example, so without having to click each track one at a time. [more inside]
Yesterday I picked up a 180 gram 1995 pressing of A Love Supreme for fifteen bucks. Happy day. Prominant on the spine is printed "GR-155". What does this number refer to? Seems like an awfully conspicuous placement for it to be just a Impulse! catalogue number.
I played piano for over 7 years as a child, quit playing (we moved away from the piano), but stayed in choir well into my 20's. [more inside]
I recently switched to an iMac after a lifetime of being a PC user. It's been great, except for this one mystery: What's the best way to play single MP3 tracks that you don't much care about, without them mucking up your pristine iTunes database? [more inside]
I am mildly obsessed with Odesza's "Say My Name". Thankfully there are literally a hundred remixes of it on SoundCloud, so I can listen to it effectively indefinitely. But I'm looking for more songs that would scratch whatever itch this song does. Others that seem to do it are Chromeo's Jealous and Lizzo & Caroline Smith's Let 'em Say. [more inside]
I've enjoyed how recent video games have featured old bluegrassy/folksy hymns. Any recommendations for further exploring this sound? [more inside]
As part of my job, I'm coordinating an informal memorial service for a young graduate of my school who died this summer in an accident. I'm looking for music to play/have playing at the beginning , as people arrive, and at the end as people leave. Can you help? [more inside]
What are some great songs/albums released this year (2014) by people over 40? [more inside]
Here is the song Starting at one minute, ending at the two minute mark. My Spanish is terrible, especially with the elongated words. Can anyone identify this song?
There is a hilarious parody of the new Star Wars trailer done in the style of Wes Anderson. Does anyone know what music is being used? All I can tell is that the singing is in French. [more inside]
I've been Googling on and off for years now trying to remember the name of this musician/band. I feel like name of the band was Pailhead or Paleface or something close to that, but those searches are coming up with not-my-guy. [more inside]
Where can I get more recordings from the show or set where Bad Religion played the version of "Do What You Want" in the All Ages compilation?
I keep hearing others referring to "sick beats", or something similar, when describing certain music tracks. Every time I ask for an explanation of what "beats" means, I get a lot of hand waving and no satisfactory answer. I always took "beat" to mean a temporal unit that defines a discrete chunk of time. For example a 4/4 will have four beats, and so on. I thought it might have something to do with the rhythm of a track, but apparently it doesn't quite mean this ("beat" might mean this, but "beats" seems to mean something different). I've tried looking on google, but coming up surprisingly thin. Is this a bullshit term, or does it have a useful meaning?
Please recommend pop and/or soul music made by women and/or people of color. [more inside]
In the Concert for George, around nine minutes into "Arpan", a musician plays an instrument that looks like a piccolo but which produces a surprisingly deep sound. What is the instrument? And can you point me to other good examples of it being played?
I've been out of college for about 15 years, where I minored in music composition, but I wouldn't say it was a complete education, although I'm pretty good on basic theory, counterpoint, modulating, etc. In the meantime I've done a bit of film and video game music on the side, but I really want to have a rigorous education in modern composition. [more inside]
I absolutely love the vibe of the song "I'm Not the Only One" by Sam Smith. Would like more songs like this, please. [more inside]
My favorite musical genre boils down to "upset women with pianos." Where can I find more of it? [more inside]
ahhh, ooo oo aHH! ahhh, ooo oo aHH! There's a song that starts this way! I thought it was an M83 song but that doesn't seem to be the case. Any ideas?
I am looking for examples of musical performances in which the performer uses a natural break or pause in the song and stretches it out to the breaking point creating tension for dramatic effect before diving back into the song.
Name this song! It was on 9.07 WFUV in NYC at 2pm a few Sunday's back during a Gaelic music show. Pretty sure it's in Gaelic. But I can't find the playlists for that show on WFUV. It is funky .
Anywhere from Dixieland to Penguin Café Orchestra, via Django Reinhardt and something Latin, what musicians/tracks/albums can you suggest for a 4-hour playlist to make a happy, potentially boppable score to a cocktail party? Would be nice to divide it into intro, main and outro parts - but all suggestions are welcome for a fun, refined, vocal-less (or at least mainly so), non-pop soundtrack to a charming, light-hearted evening. (Bonus points if sourceable via Rdio.) Thanks!
My entire cosmology of music fell apart when I found out how much I love Taylor Swift. I grew up on cheesy 80's pop and still love it to this day. What music did I miss because I was haters gonna hating? Are there great songs by boy bands?
When I was on vacation in Chicago last year I stopped by the Field Museum and happened to catch a video in the Senegal exhibit of a musician playing and singing a song that I thought was really beautiful. I recall that he was playing the kora and that the lyrics pertained to a shaman or similar person. I have tried looking on the Field Museum website and sending them an email but no dice so far. Does anyone know who is in the video and/or the name of the song?
I have a friend who is trying to decide how to distribute his latest music. As I'm a software engineer, he thought that we could build a custom app to process payments and deliver the music to the customer. I couldn't find too much info online about people who tried to do this so I'm looking for some guidance here. [more inside]
when they don't seem to be changing the note proportionally? [more inside]
Hey, hip mefi-ites, what, according to you, constitutes the cutting edge of music today? [more inside]
The harmony singing of Pacific Islanders is very distinctive. It has a brightness to it, almost an artificial loudness. Why? [more inside]
I'm looking for music videos that feature amazing dancing in any style. Must be kid friendly/G rated, fun and engaging. [more inside]
In August of this year, I heard a French (presumably Quebecois) song in a karaoke bar in Montreal and for some reason it's been bugging me that I can't remember at all what it was. Can someone help me identify it based on the following sketchy and probably mis-remembered details? [more inside]
Recently I've been all about Sam Cooke's Live at the Harlem Square Club, Etta James Rocks the House, and James Brown Live at the Apollo. Can you recommend other live soul or R&B recordings that have the same kind of raw energy?
I work a typical 9-5 job. Sometimes my job is routine, sometimes it is project management, sometimes it is complex thought. I am getting tired of listening to the same couple of albums at work, so I am extremely interesting in finding some new music that I could work to. [more inside]
I need new music in my life. [more inside]
I heard a song recently that sounded new and was dreamy and catchy, with a female singer, with the lyrics "grace and symmetry" or "symmetry and grace." Um, help me find her? [more inside]
I want to buy a drum kit (as a gift) and have no idea where to start (this is in Melbourne if you happen to have some location-specific information). [more inside]
I'm looking for a camcorder or camcorder/microphone setup to record my band's practices and shows for uploading to YouTube. [more inside]
Some moons ago I found an online vinyl record store that seemingly had hundreds of thousands of records for sale for dirt cheap. I cannot seem to find this link in my bookmarks nor can I locate via standard Google searches. Since I lost my hidden gem, I was wondering where everybody else purchases their records. Musical tastes are varied, but mostly lay in the rock genre with jazz and classical right behind. Thanks!
What is the background music used in the Mitchell & Webb "Inebriati" sketch, between around 2:01 and 5:00?. It sounds like Bartók or Stravinsky, but I can't quite place it.
Hi! I'm looking for rock songs that have a distinctive upbeatish piano section or riff in them fir a project I'm working on. [more inside]
I heard a song this morning as I pulled into my work and didn't hear the end of it as I was running a bit late and figured I could Google it later. Well, that didn't work, so now I'm asking you guys. [more inside]