I have a piece of a song stuck in my head and it's apparently not enough for google to be of any use. It's an 80's or 90's song, with a guy's voice sort of chanting "ooh ma ma way" in an african-y sounding way with a heavy bass line. I feel like it was used a lot in soundtracks to represent a journey or something like that, because it reminds me of solsbury hill. if anyone can name this song, i know it's you lovely mefites.
posted by carlypennylane
on Dec 5, 2013 -
As a small birthday gift for a friend, I want to make a mix of birthday songs. I'm looking for rap, hip-hop, R&B, and upbeat pop/dance songs that reference birthdays. I have some already, but not enough for a worthwhile mix cd, which is where I need Mefite help. [more inside]
posted by Fig
on Nov 21, 2013 -
Heard a Sting (The Police?) song at the bar, never heard it before. Funky '80s sound, totally fit my mood that night. My google-fu failing me, I turn to the wisdom of metafilter.... [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg
on Nov 10, 2013 -
There are a couple of scenes in the 1986 Walter Hill film Crossroads
in which Eugene's character plays some really bluesy, laid-back, heavily-reverbed slide guitar. I really love this kind of blues guitar. Unaccompanied (by vocals or other instruments), haunting, chilled-out. Can you recommend similar performances? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Nov 7, 2013 -
The Henry Jackman soundtrack for Wreck-It Ralph has a 10 second section at the start of the "Royal Raceway" scene which sounds maddeningly like the opening to some old BBC sports show. I can't place my finger on it. Does anyone know what the violin part is based on, or sounds similar to? Video here at 0:33 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdnn3mY0tYQ
posted by nevan
on Nov 3, 2013 -
So, say you've got a friend who has never heard anything by Lou Reed or Velvet Underground (seriously, like, not even Sweet Jane or Walk on the Wild Side). And you want to fix this. What is the one album / compilation / playlist you'd give them? Assume this friend has incredibly diverse music taste and is looking for music that remains relevant and powerful today, not so much for music that is "Important" solely
because of the role it played in influencing others.
posted by jmstephan
on Nov 1, 2013 -
What sorts of nice online communities exist for amateur/bad singing sharing? [more inside]
posted by xarnop
on Oct 28, 2013 -
I found this
song kicking about on my computer, and while I'm sure I took it off a record years ago I have no idea what it is. Nothing on Google searches or song identification software; anybody here know?
posted by solarion
on Oct 26, 2013 -
I am about to buy some bluetooth speakers to be used in conjunction with a Windows computer and Itunes. I have heard vague rumblings to the effect that bluetooth has security issues that regular wifi devices do not. Ordinarily, I would buy wifi speakers but the few I can find are awfully damned pricey. Would I be putting myself at risk of compromising my computer's security if I set up a pair or two of bluetooth speakers in my apartment? In general, are there any bluetooth security issues I should be aware of, as a new user of this technology?
Many thanks for your time.
posted by jason's_planet
on Oct 24, 2013 -
Every other year I throw a Nordic-themed winter solstice party to welcome the return of the sun. In addition to Nordic foods like Herring, meatballs, and Swedish fish I like to play music from the north. I want to branch out from Bjork, Sibelius and Abba.
I have already downloaded the album from Árstíðir which was featured on metafilter.
Can you suggest musicians/songs/bands/composers from Nordic countries (or from Arctic regions) that are sung in their native language rather than English?
posted by vespabelle
on Oct 24, 2013 -
When on shuffle mode, do phones try to play songs which sound better next to each other? [more inside]
posted by goethean
on Oct 18, 2013 -
A friend and I, who work as teachers in Chile, are singing a duet for our school's benefit dinner next week and we would really like to hear your suggestions for any fun and upbeat English songs that you think would be a hit with our Chilean crowd. [more inside]
posted by luciernaga
on Oct 16, 2013 -
When Puffy Whatever uses e.g. Kashmir as a background for his own rap
, or Kanye uses
Ray Charles' music in Gold Digger, do they pay them?
What are the guidelines about this, if I want to make some raps with pre-existing background music and put them on YouTube?
Why isn't it like buying the rights to use a song in your movie? (Or is it?) Do you at least have to ask permission?
posted by DMelanogaster
on Oct 15, 2013 -
I would like to build a Pandora station around traditional-sounding Asian music. Flutes, harps, shamisen, koto, guanzi, erhu, etc. Basically, I want to create the kind of setting that you might find in a quiet tea house. Or the ambient music you might hear watching a movie where a monk silently tills the monastery grounds.
But, to get started, I need to provide some particular songs or artists from which I want to build the station. My practical knowledge of music from that area of the world is practically nil, so I could a helping hand.
posted by JimBJ9
on Oct 14, 2013 -
Years ago on some local radio station I heard a silly jazz song with a guy singing about being surprised to encounter a bald woman.
The chorus went something like, "Well, looky there. She didn't have no hair.....no hair up there." [more inside]
posted by SarahBellum
on Oct 12, 2013 -
Around 1995 I played a game on the Mac in school that was for educational purposes, supposedly for the purposes of drilling math skills, and had Mozart Symphony no. 40 (1st movement and but I think 3rd as well), Bach BWV 999, and possibly some Paganini as well, as background music. Do you know what it was?
posted by Busoni
on Oct 10, 2013 -
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 -
I heard a kid's song that I would describe as French swing (a bit like the style of the Triplettes of Belleville). I didn't get a good listen to the lyrics, but two things stood out: a chorus that started with the words "Click, Clack...," and a couple of spoken interludes to someone named Michel(le), who may have been a cat. Can you name this song and artist? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise
on Oct 7, 2013 -
Is there any way to listen to songs from the local/regional Michigan band Ad Hoc Troubador? My mixtapes from the early nineties aren't going to do it. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian
on Oct 5, 2013 -
Asking for a friend who's planning to press some old recordings to vinyl. He knows that album sides can range from 15-25 (even 30) minutes, but he wants to know what the optimum is. In other words, at what point does overall sound quality suffer and/or production challenges start to occur? [more inside]
posted by philip-random
on Oct 4, 2013 -
What are your favorite quiet (on a Saturday or Sunday night!) Manhattan bars or lounges that play ambient music, and are good for hanging out? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleGargoyle
on Oct 2, 2013 -
Please turn me on to excellent hip hop tracks produced in the last few years, but not released on any major label -- I'd love to hear stuff you can only get on bandcamp, or soundcloud, or on some scrappy self-produced website. I'll be hosting a 90-minute hip hop show on my local community radio station in a couple of weeks and I need sweet tracks! Suggestions of tracks by hip hop artists from elsewhere than the U.S. also more than welcome. Muchas gracias, amigas y amigos!
posted by slappy_pinchbottom
on Oct 1, 2013 -
Help me find more music like new group John Brothers Piano Company Quintet.
Youtube link inside. [more inside]
posted by bluesky78987
on Sep 29, 2013 -
I love NW Passage
by Stan Rogers, but I am particularly into the backup singer whose voice rises above the rest on the chorus. Do you know who that is? I would love to hear some of his songs.
posted by ohisee
on Sep 27, 2013 -
I'm getting married next month to a guy I dated 30 years ago in college! Help us find the perfect music! [more inside]
posted by Lizlemondrop
on Sep 23, 2013 -
Is there a particular name for that uplifting key change for the ultimate or penultimate chorus of many pop songs? Examples, with video links, behind the cut. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r
on Sep 18, 2013 -
Who is the woman dancing in the film clip of Berlin Chair
, by You Am I? There's plenty of info about PJ the boxer (in the spangly suit), but I can't find anything about the woman. I recall this was the case even when the song came out (almost 20 years ago, gah). Who is she? What has she been up to since 1994? [more inside]
posted by goo
on Sep 13, 2013 -
I'm trying to rebuild a mix tape made for me by a London friend around 1989-1990. One track I'm having trouble finding started out with "Are you sitting comfortably? [Good.] Then I'll begin," which is a sample from the BBC's "Listen with Mother
" radio series (click on the second old time radio for a clip, starts at the :16sec mark). After that it had a very deep man's voice saying "Welcome," over and over again while the music ramped up behind it. I always thought the man sounded like Worf
, from ST: TNG. Any leads?
posted by cocoagirl
on Sep 12, 2013 -
I've always loved the cello and finally started taking lessons on a rented cello about 6 months ago. As expected, I am a terrible cellist. But I'm still enjoying the practicing and the lessons (mostly) even though my progress hasn't been what I'd hoped for.
I feel like it's time I stop renting and look into purchasing, but I'm not sure if it'll be worth it. I don't want to flake out and have a $1500 instrument collecting dust in my closet, but if it doesn't start sounding more like music
and less like cats in heat
I know it'll stop being fun. Experience has shown that I can only practice 30-40 minutes four or five times a week - at that pace do I have any hope of ever actually sounding good? Is the investment worth it now, or should I give it another 6 months to decide? [more inside]
posted by unlapsing
on Sep 12, 2013 -
Which 1962 studio albums have stood the test of time? I have 248 studio albums released between 1962 and 2013. Last night I ordered them by release date, and discovered that my most under-represented year is 1962. What else is good from that year? Any genre. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Sep 11, 2013 -
I am a bass player, and I have recently returned to playing loud, noisy rock and roll after a 4-year hiatus from the stage. I have always eschewed earplugs on stage, on the grounds that they keep me from hearing all of the nuance I need to hear to play effectively with a group. But I ain't no spring chicken anymore, and now I recognize that the real reason I never wore earplugs before, even in mind-bendingly loud bands, was mostly out of misplaced machismo. I can tell that I have lost some hearing over the years, especially in the ear that usually faces the drums, and I want to avoid losing more. I have tried using cheap, disposable foam ear plugs, but I am not satisfied with the sound quality I am getting with them. Are there better ear protection alternatives out there? [more inside]
posted by vibrotronica
on Sep 9, 2013 -
I have the desire to be a musician, and I have some pretty nice resources, but I can't stick to anything! Help? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast
on Aug 31, 2013 -
I'm looking for an iphone app that will allow me to make playlists easily while listening to music. In the standard music app there is no way to add the song that I am listening to onto a playlist without going back to the playlist, clicking edit, searching for the song in the list then adding it. There has to be an easier way to do this, aside from just going into iTunes on my computer. Any suggestions? I have downloaded a few different music players but none of them seem to do this. Thanks!
posted by photoexplorer
on Aug 28, 2013 -
Accordionfilter: tunes for civil partnership wedding? Specifically a 5 minute part in which documents are signed. [more inside]
posted by yoHighness
on Aug 28, 2013 -
I have read that John Zorn and Unsuk Chin, among others, learned music composition by transcribing music. Am I correct in thinking that this means copying an existing score? Is this a good way to learn music composition (and are there any others)? Does one copy the piece verbatim, or is there a strategy for targeting significant parts?
posted by myitkyina
on Aug 26, 2013 -
I recently watched a music video with someone, and am trying to locate it. It features a highly photogenic man and a woman in their 20s/30s wandering around sunlit fields, looking at various objects. At one point something happens involving the woman in front of car headlights, and perhaps a horse head(?). I think it was probably filmed relatively recently, less than 5 years ago, and the music is probably from a smaller independent band. The band name was probably two words, and the song title was one word, if that helps.
posted by suedehead
on Aug 20, 2013 -
I don't know a whole lot about dance/DJ music, but I was recently introduced to Depth Charge
, and it really hits my sweet spot as far as stuff like that goes. Who else should I check out to find more music
New, old, it's all good.
posted by The Card Cheat
on Aug 12, 2013 -
We're looking to play music and other audio at a cottage. Do we want a mini system, powered speakers or what? [more inside]
posted by bonehead
on Aug 10, 2013 -
I know of a couple of duets from the 80s that resurrected old musical careers. Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by hanov3r
on Aug 7, 2013 -
I think I read something online once, a scan of an old magazine interview, in which Warren Zevon says of Randy Newman: I don't like him because he's so talented and he's not really trying, it's so frustrating for another songwriter to see someone squandering so much of their potential. [more inside]
posted by pete_22
on Aug 4, 2013 -
Can anyone discern what is being sung at 0:30 in this song
? The line starts "Forget the books, forget the pictures your/you're..." but I do not know what the words that follow are, except that the line ends with "bottle of wine". Can you make them out?
posted by Quilford
on Aug 3, 2013 -
I'm looking for examples of musical traditions or performances centered around (i) the human voice, and (ii) an instrument (or instruments) played by blowing (flute, trumpet, pan pipes, whatever). It's okay if other instruments are involved too, but they have to be secondary to the breath + voice combination. The platonic ideal of what I am after would be a thriving folk tradition in which a single performer alternates between singing and playing a flute. [more inside]
posted by No-sword
on Jul 31, 2013 -
OK, I've got two tunes that have been bugging me for ages, so I finally tried to get them roughly into MIDI so that maybe they can be identified. First: I could have sworn this was a round by Moondog, beginning with the approximate lyrics "Birds are singing in the morning, in Gotham, where I live" [mp3
], but I can't find it. Second: I think this might be a jazz standard or something? Please pardon the terrible timing. [mp3
posted by moonmilk
on Jul 28, 2013 -
Can anyone identify this song
? I’ve been told it’s sung by Nana Mouskouri and written by Mikis Theodorakis, but I don’t know the name or source. (There is a few seconds of silence at the beginning) [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects
on Jul 5, 2013 -
I have a song lodged in my head, and need help identifying it so I can get it the hell out. Fairly recent release and getting airplay on the "alternative" radio stations in Sydney. [more inside]
posted by arha
on Jul 5, 2013 -
I have to submit my favorite "high energy, rock song" for a corporate retreat. Somehow I don't think my standard music choices will suffice. [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty
on Jul 3, 2013 -