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Do the Ostrich.

What are some of the most ludicrous exhortations in pop music? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Sep 14, 2014 - 55 answers

Dinosaur Roar

Alternatives to the discontinued iPod Classic 160GB? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Sep 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Classical piece with harp/oboe solos

I'm trying to find a piece of classical music from a few barely-remembered details. It had a number of short-ish solos (in a row?) of parallel structure. I'm sure that there were harp and oboe solos but I think that there were others as well. I think that part the name was some reference to Spain or Spanish (Espanola?). Any ideas?
posted by quiet coyote on Sep 14, 2014 - 3 answers

A drum kit for a beginner

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]
posted by wilful on Sep 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking to buy camcorder for recording live music

I'm looking for a camcorder or camcorder/microphone setup to record my band's practices and shows for uploading to YouTube. [more inside]
posted by Woodroar on Sep 12, 2014 - 4 answers

More of that music, please.

I am obsessed with this album by Explosions in the Sky, The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place. I like it because it tells a story without words and is neither boringly adult contemporary nor super metal. It's melodic and beautiful, and somehow both relaxing and energizing. Is there anything else like this? Even their other albums aren't quite what I'm after. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Sep 12, 2014 - 16 answers

What little-known (but interesting) music am I missing out on?

Help me find quirky, unusual, interesting music to listen to! [more inside]
posted by humpy on Sep 11, 2014 - 14 answers

The dusties

Name-that-song filter, hard mode (?)... vintage soul heartbreak. [more inside]
posted by naju on Sep 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Best audio recorder / software sequencer combination for PC?

For a while now I've been using Caustic to doodle around ith on my Android phone. It's a wonderful piece of software. I also use Reaper on the PC. However... [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Sep 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for pieces of vinyl

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!
posted by wile e on Sep 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Good curated Internet Radio stations?

I'm looking for good curated, genre-oriented streaming radio stations. I'm already a fan of Soma FM and Digitally Imported but am always looking for more variety. [more inside]
posted by mmoncur on Sep 11, 2014 - 17 answers

Metallurgy 101

I have agreed to a "drop the needle" style exam testing my ability to identify different kinds of heavy metal. Now I have to cram! [more inside]
posted by umbú on Sep 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Teaching on the sly

Music teaching n00b filter. I now have a tablet with ear training software I use in lessons and discovered the kids quite automatically pick up terms like "minor second" which I hadn't dreamt about teaching them yet. Just as they're in the app. Then when they're stuck on a melody on their instrument I say "go up a minor second here" and it works. Holy interval, batman! What are similar ways you use to teach musical concepts without being all obvious about it? Would it be correct to classify this as active/experiental learning and what are your favourite resources? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Sep 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Reggae breaks

What are some examples of non-Reggae songs with Reggae breaks/solos?
posted by ootsocsid on Sep 10, 2014 - 9 answers

What music is used in the reveal video for the new Apple Watch?

Here's the YouTube version of the video. I tried Google, Shazam, and Audentifi without any results. Does anyone know what the song or artist is? I understand it may be from an audio library or custom made for this video, but I thought I'd see if anyone can identify it.
posted by joshrholloway on Sep 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Background music from Mitchell & Webb

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.
posted by Johnny Assay on Sep 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Seeking android music app which will sort podcasts

I want something that will separate podcast tracks into a separate playlist, and then sort that playlist by ‘album’. Does this app exist? I am _not_ looking for a specific podcast app for downloading/subscribing, just something to sort & order existing items. [more inside]
posted by AFII on Sep 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Songs about bottoms.

What is the highest number of songs appearing in the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time having butts (or a single butt) as a primary lyrical subject? When was it?
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Sep 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Good Time Piano Songs!

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]
posted by pipian on Sep 8, 2014 - 15 answers

Clearly, I need a barrage of YouTube links.

I'm going to Riot Fest Chicago next weekend. Which bands that I might otherwise overlook do you think I should check out? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 6, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me identify this song I heard today: Jazz/blues, female singer

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]
posted by sucky_poppet on Sep 6, 2014 - 7 answers

I'm just a caveman. Your modern guitar tech frightens and confuses me.

The electric guitar switch in my brain recently flipped itself back to 'On' after 18 years of hibernation, and I'm feeling like Rip Van Winkle. Where and how do the cool kids learn how to shred these days? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Sep 6, 2014 - 5 answers

What is this piece of music?

I need to identify a piece of music based on this tiny portion of sheet music. I entered it into MuseScore and created a wav file (listen here), but SoundHound and Shazam don't return any results. [more inside]
posted by SugarAndSass on Sep 6, 2014 - 2 answers

Strategies for doing the work

A few years ago I decided to pick up making electronic music again after about a 10 year hiatus. Now I'm looking for strategies to keep myself doing the work. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Sep 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Give me random / fun / interesting piano facts!

I'm managing a piano Twitter account. That is, I'm a piano. It would be fun to tweet piano-related facts. So the basic information should ideally fit in 140 chars (tho can be teaser + link of course). Can be useless factoids or actually interesting stuff/research/history. It's a piano at a train station so even better if it's about piano + transport/commuting (or music + trains etc). THANK YOU!
posted by ClarissaWAM on Sep 4, 2014 - 24 answers

Raspberry Pi and Plex = poor mans single room Sonos alternative?

My friend has a multi-room Sonos system. I like the idea that he can pick up his phone/tablet, browse music, select something and have it play to one of the speakers in his house. I'd like to have this experience too - but not spend as much and limit it to only the stereo in one room. Will a Raspberry Pi running Plex plugged into a stereo give me this? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver on Sep 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for a choir to join in Toronto!

I just moved (back) to Toronto, and am looking to meet new people and have some fun by joining a choir! I’m located on Bathurst and Bloor, so something in the downtown Toronto area would be nice! [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Sep 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Fun, easy to read string quartet sheet music?

I'm looking for fun, sightread-able, easily available string quartet sheet music for my wedding. [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe on Sep 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Suggestions for Mother/Son dance at a wedding?

I'm getting married. My mom wants to dance with me. What are some suggestions for songs to dance to? Nice, quiet songs that aren't too long would be great!
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Sep 1, 2014 - 11 answers

Big Happy Music

I'm looking for music to fit into my "Big Happy" playlist. It's kind of a specific sound, at least it is to me... I like really big, synth-y, pop music that has big bursts of noise. Some examples that work for me... [more inside]
posted by xingcat on Aug 31, 2014 - 19 answers

What song is this?

I'm on a mission to find out what song this is. Heard on the HBO series Tell Me You Love Me at the very end of Season 1, Episode 8. Shazaam didn't recognized and I asked a gentleman at Hyped2Death.com and he didn't know. Also tried to decipher the lyrics, some are garbled. Singer is British I think? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by hills_bells on Aug 30, 2014 - 3 answers

What is the name of this verbal beat in "Anaconda"?

Say he don't like 'em boney, he wants something he can grab So I pulled up in the Jag, and I hit him with a jab like Dun da da dun dun dun dun dun dun [more inside]
posted by moonlight on vermont on Aug 29, 2014 - 7 answers

If you really love me, then let's make a vow

Help me find a (Soundcloud?) mix that samples the opening lines of "Me and You and Everyone We Know". [more inside]
posted by gwint on Aug 28, 2014 - 1 answer

Kid-friendly music discovery?

Our 9yo has (finally!) shown interest in searching for and listening to his own music on his iPod. Any suggestions for the easiest way he can do this where the music is either free to stream, or we can place limits on how much he purchases/downloads? [more inside]
posted by ericbop on Aug 28, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me find the song in "Oblivion Sky Tower Exclusive Featurette"

Can anyone help me find the song that plays from 0s to 30s and 1m30s to 2m10s in the aforelinked Oblivion video? I wasn't able to find it in the soundtrack.
posted by anon_for_this on Aug 28, 2014 - 3 answers

San Diego food/sites/music/etc

Tomorrow night is the first night of my 2-month stay in San Diego. Please direct me to the finest tacos in the land. [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Aug 27, 2014 - 14 answers

Reagan-era MTV Contest Madness

Back in the 1980s, MTV ran some pretty wild contests. I found this story about the Lost Weekend With Van Halen, but there were many more. Does anyone have a complete list of those contests, or links to any more of the winners' stories? [more inside]
posted by ktoad on Aug 25, 2014 - 13 answers

A girl on a toy riding horse underwater.. what's that song in the video?

I saw a music video this weekend featuring a girl with longish blondish hair riding on a toy riding horse underwater, possibly in a pool. I was really chill, instrumental possibly. It was in a youtube playlist with similar types of music: sleep party people, gold panda, clams casino, youth, grimes, tycho etc. Please, oh please, help me find it!!!
posted by tenaciousmoon on Aug 25, 2014 - 2 answers

I'm a boring person and I want boring music to go with my life.

I want boring music to listen to. Not even elevator music: hallway music. Dull, faceless corridor music. Cheesy, soothing, soft. Commercial music, the kind of music that men in the 1970s thought would induce people to feel groovy and buy stuff. The music that plays in Animal Crossing while you get your haircut. Ceefax music. Music you'd hear in an old Mad Men episode. Music that just sits there and doopey-doops while I concentrate and get important stuff done.
posted by glhaynes on Aug 23, 2014 - 54 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

Booty Call Song

Name a song that unambiguously and sexily says "let's get it on." (omit the obvious answer, please). Is there a song that, if sent to you, would immediately raise your pulse and get you looking forward to delights to come? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow on Aug 22, 2014 - 74 answers

Help me find a strange outsider rock band

I've searched and searched to no avail, and I'm starting to think this whole thing was a fever dream. I could swear that I read an article a few years ago about a Japanese rock band which was formed by a few schoolgirls who had never actually heard rock music. Everything they knew came from reading about it in magazines. I believe this took place during the 1960's. Of course, I may have some or all of the details wrong. Can you restore my sanity?
posted by stephennelson on Aug 17, 2014 - 16 answers

Sheena is a punk rocker now (and in the year 2875)

Help me make a punk rock playlist for the distant future. [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Aug 16, 2014 - 31 answers

What other songs have the same tempo AND meter as this one?

I recently learned a dance (contemporary ballet) to "Scare Away the Dark," by Passenger, but the song's not really up my alley. Can you suggest other songs that are the same tempo (71-72 bpm) and meter (3/4 or 6/8, not sure), especially with female singers? [more inside]
posted by nevers on Aug 15, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I get a copy of the MP3 that was included on the W850?

I once briefly owned a Sony Ericsson W850 mobile phone. There was this really cool music MP3 pre-loaded on the phone that I found to by hypnotic. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Aug 15, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me find some slow guitar songs with simple melodies

I really like playing the song "Claudia's Theme" from the Unforgiven soundtrack. I'm not a very good guitar player but it's a slow enough pace and it's so deceptively simple that I can really concentrate on performing the piece or I can just pluck away at it without having to give it a ton of thought. [more inside]
posted by VTX on Aug 15, 2014 - 6 answers

UK Childrens' songfilter

Hullo, I am trying to identify the names of these songs I learned to play years ago. According to my music book they are childrens' songs from the UK. Google (and Baidu, since these are from a Chinese music book) are not helping. Names and song lyrics are awesome. Here are links posted on Flickr (since YT doesn't wanna work with me): 1. Big Geese song 2. Calendar song
posted by ditto75 on Aug 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Youtube Amateur Night

Your favorite amateur musical performance on Youtube is... [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 13, 2014 - 19 answers

Electronica-scored "Fantastic Planet"/"Planete Sauvage"?

Years ago I saw a version of the classic weird animated sci-fi movie Fantastic Planet (Planete Sauvage) where the sounds and dialogue had been completely replaced by electronic music from Venetian Snares, Matmos, and the like. I can't find it anywhere - all the sites that blogged about it link to the same outdated video link. Anyone have a line on it? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Aug 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Techno for baby?

I'm putting together an extended mix for some friends, focusing entirely on electronic music that's unusually well-suited for infants. Anyone have thoughts on appropriate tracks? [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Aug 12, 2014 - 24 answers

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