I am in the early stages of planning my wedding for next spring, and starting to look into who I would hire to play some tunes for the ceremony and party. I have a pretty good grasp of how insanely expensive wedding stuff is, but I'd sorely underestimated the going rate for a dj. Can I skip it, or is that a terrible mistake? Snowflakes within. [more inside]
Did someone at Stax Records recommend "His Band and the Street Choir" as an example of great soul music? (My question is not about whether it qualifies as r&b or soul music, to be clear.) [more inside]
Please help me add to my list of pop songs that have a great low frequencies. [more inside]
There's Jimis legendary original version which lasted one night, there is a John Mayer copy of it that for some reason varies slightly, and then there is seemingly a third version where a rose is replaced by a yellow and pink daisy in the corner with some additional yellow dots and tiny amended details. [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for types of music that I don't know the name of. I guess they are on the continuum of Western classical music, they might be orchestral or choral or composed for small ensembles or single instruments, but they are outside of what I think of as like the top 10 of famous European composers. Examples and details below. What terms should I use to search for these musics? What do you recommend I listen to? How do I find the actual recorded music to listen to? [more inside]
I'm looking for more music that sounds like this Lou Reed bootleg with Don Cherry on trumpet. [more inside]
What are some songs with great guitar licks like in Fleetsood Mac's "Gypsy?" The epic one at the end.
I like Skrillex. I'm sorry, but I do. I especially like it when it's all wub-wubs and computer noises and sirens and screaming or Jamaicans saying random things. On a higher level than that, I love the idea that this is the terrifying lurching and aggressive future-music that our grandparents didn't even have the foresight to fear when Rock and Roll was coming on the scene. [more inside]
I teach teenagers ESL. I've been building a small library including graphic novels and books (The Stonekeeper, American born Chinese, Anya's ghost, Frankenstein makes a sandwich, In real life, The cartoon guides, Adrian Mole, Klutz book of inventions etc. - even drawing manuals) but also DVDS (Simpsons, Futurama, Father ted, Flight of the Conchords, Amandla, Secret of Kells...) and Cds (Elizabeth mitchell, They might be giants, Jack Johnson, The rutles...). [more inside]
What's a good song or songs that have a message along the lines of "yes things got really messed up between us due to your actions but I have thought about it and am willing to forgive your with the hope that things will be good again" or the closest approximation?
I'm more indie rock and my friend is a metal head. I'm trying to make her a mix of indie or pop music that still appeals to a metal vibe. Any suggestions? [more inside]
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.
From the 90s to the early 00s (roughly my teens and twenties), I was a prolific composer and producer of music of all sorts of genres. Eventually I started doing it for my day job and all my creativity went away. Now it's 10 years later, and I haven't really done anything in about 10 years, and I'm getting desperate. [more inside]
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]
I recently spent an evening in a 'related video' YouTube rabbit hole, starting out with this amazing rendition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps featuring Prince from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I'm looking for similar performances where you can see the musicians involved truly enjoying themselves, maybe showing off a little bit, and obviously having a really good time while they're doing it. Other examples inside: [more inside]
Where and when did the trend of ukulele-and-xylophone music for commercials come from? [more inside]
Someone has asked for a trumpet as a gift. I searched on the basics and see that the most common type for beginners is the Bb trumpet, but was not able to easily find out objective information on what brands to seek out (and avoid) for beginners. [more inside]
I've been using snippets and samples of sci-fi/horror/weird movies for station IDs on the weird late night radio show I do. I'm bored with the current crop... help me find some new stuff to sample! [more inside]
Is there a name for the type of song, often found in hip-hop, where the singer brags about how great they are as the main theme of the song? Example: "I'm the Best" by Nicki Minaj. Do you all have song recommendations for this type of song? Any genre of music is fine. Songs by women or gender nonconforming people preferred; no misogyny please. Thank you!
Can I learn to play the guitar? Hope me! [more inside]
What I remember: It was entirely instrumental with the words to the Canticle of the Sun on the video. There were some incredible portraits of St Francis done in ... I think oils? But there were various ones. It was a really powerfully moving piece of music, drums and flutes, I think. I've been through like 5 pages of YouTube search results and they all give me various orchestral or choral versions of the Canticle, which is not what I'm looking for. Thanks, Hive Mind!
I'm looking recommendations of albums or failing that, musicians that are very similar to the Bojack Horseman theme song by Patrick Carney. That is all.
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]
What is the legal position here? Can a band actually deny someone the right to use a song of theirs in public? Or - providing the appropriate royalties are paid - does the band relinquish all control of the song's usage as soon as it's out in the market? Similarly, could a band bar someone from covering one of their songs? In this case I'm thinking of a case like Noel Gallagher objecting to The Smurfs' plans to cover an Oasis song. [more inside]
My parents live in San Diego. This year is their 50th wedding anniversary. My idea, since they love music, is to find a concert or show that they could enjoy together. [more inside]
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.
Violinists of mefi, can you suggest any etudes, scale studies, or other exercises that you have found helpful in preparation for playing the d minor partita? Thanks [more inside]
Looking for songs where the girl (or boy) is telling the boy or girl who left them - even though the two had found true love - for an opportunity to be financially or societally secure - to come back to their relationship and to real love.
I am pastor of a church that does many weddings each year. For years, we've provided couples a CD with 20 brief samples of classical/sacred music recorded by our church organist. This allows the couple to easily select music for every part of their ceremony, but I think it might be easier and cheaper to just post these online. Can you guide me in posting 20 or so samples of 1 minute or less on our website so we avoid the cost of copying CDs? [more inside]
Reading Sasha Frere-Jones's 2007 article about the lack of audible bass frequencies and syncopated bass parts in indie rock again recently got me thinking. What contemporary indie rock bands bring the bass? [more inside]
What organizations, real or imagined, put out song lists? [more inside]
In the early/mid 90's I found a random CD at a record store that had a compilation of middle eastern electronica [more inside]
I'm looking for songs that are essentially anthems for maintaining the status quo: they are about just getting by in the world (Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees); question the efficacy of pushing for change (Revolution by the Beatles); or promote watching (For What it's Worth by Buffalo Springfield), waiting (Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer), and imagining (Imagine by Lennon) change instead of acting for it. [more inside]
I somehow believe there was a THING going on in the 1990s/2000s that involved all kinds of pop stars and presenters and performances that were deliberately intended to be edited into one continuous stream that would fit together (going forward and backward, too). [more inside]
Should I buy a CD or just DL the album from iTunes?? [more inside]
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]
Asking for my father - Does anyone remember seeing a jazz fusion music video set in Paris during the night, featuring bridges? [more inside]
I'm in need of some new additions to my kitchen dancing playlists. Who should I be listening to? [more inside]
Hi I'm looking for more examples of dreamy indie folk psychedelic music. Not shoegaze, but like Galaxie 500. [more inside]
Please share your recommendations for music rooted in an ethnic background, but brought post-modern in a techno/trance/dubstep/electro etc. version or rendition. [more inside]
Hi MeFi, I recently upgraded my PC and snagged an i7 4790k / 4.00Ghz with 30GB of RAM. Much to my disappointment, I noticed that my new sound-card from Bang & Olufsen is super quiet and nowhere as loud as my previous Beats card that came bundled with my older HP machine. I record via Ableton Live/Reason and really miss the rich sound I used to get with Beats and no longer get with Bang & Olufsen. What are my options besides replacing the Sound-Card all together? Are there any headphone amplifiers for PC's that will give me more volume? Is there a stand-alone hardware I can buy and run via USB that will allow for richer sound? Thanks for your tips!
I'm going to be in Montreal from 4/10 to 4/24, and I'm looking for the weirdo hotspots! [more inside]
You know how a player piano uses a roll with the music inscribed on it? I'd like such a scroll, but for a regular piece of sheet music. One song and one treble clef. All of the notes in a continuous line. Does such an item exist? If not, how might I best go about having one made?
I'm looking for the best app to help a middle-school age kid learn the very basics of music theory. Assuming virtual lessons + practice mode and a virtual keyboard of some kind?
I stumbled across a female musician a while back, forgot her name, and am trying to find her music again. Please help! [more inside]
Are there any other "free form" and eclectic radio stations that stream besides WFMU and KFJC? [more inside]
I'll be working outdoors most of the summer (yaya!) so I've been looking to stock up on music mixes. A lot of the work will be remote so I won't be able to stream, thus it needs to be downloadable. A few more details underneath. [more inside]
So this is a bit of a weird one: I need to figure out a piece (or adaptation of one) by a Russian composer that I can learn in three weeks. How and why under the fold... [more inside]
I'm setting my 80-year-old dad up with a laptop. All he wants from this is to hear classical music and opera online. What can I bookmark on this laptop for him?