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I want more music like this. What do you call it?

What search term would I use to get these three songs and others like them? Ballad of a Prodigal Son by Lincoln Durham (esp. that guitar part at 1:50); Ain't No Rest For The Wicked by Cage the Elephant; Lost in a Crowd by Fantastic Negrito [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Sep 27, 2016 - 12 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

I'm looking for a song, but I only know two lines. Please help.

"It may seem strange to sleep away the day at the firing range / but times they may change, they'll get you up and make you walk / sitting in my room and the walls are turning into water falls." Song has a bit of a lilting, alt-country feel. Wilco / late Beck.
posted by es_de_bah on Sep 27, 2016 - 1 answer

Couch to 5k for playing the piano

I let my piano playing go during college! Are there any incremental systems for re-learning how to play the piano? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow on Sep 26, 2016 - 5 answers

What are good podcasts for discovering music?

So, due to a series of computer hard drive failures and cross-oceanic moves, I have no access to my music collection right now, and may never get it back. I've decided to look on it as an opportunity to start afresh and get into new music. I listen to a lot of podcasts, so I'd like to add one that's new music focused. Do you have any recommendations? Further specifications follow. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Sep 26, 2016 - 19 answers

What are your favorite transcendent, gives you the chills, performances?

I want to feel amazed. Please give me your best examples of transcendent performance (musical, sports, film, fictional stories, etc.) that show people performing at the peak of what's possible and even surpassing their conscious selves. Give me the chills! Raise the hair on the back of my head! Some Youtube links would be great. Thanks!
posted by Gosha_Dog on Sep 24, 2016 - 117 answers

Carnatic (Karnatic?) music on Spotify

I would like to listen to and discover South Indian Classical music (Carnatic / Karnatic music) [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Sep 24, 2016 - 3 answers

I'm not standing still, I am lying in wait

I'm looking for songs about being patient and biding your time, waiting for better days/circumstances that will surely come. From the title, I obviously know Hamilton's Wait For It: can you think of any others along the same line?
posted by btfreek on Sep 23, 2016 - 56 answers

What dongle/cable do I need to make this recording thing work?

I have a cassette deck, a stereo receiver, Audacity, and a late 2012 iMac. I am gearing up for a winter project where I record some cassette tapes, in stereo. I need help completing the circuit. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Sep 22, 2016 - 20 answers

How do I simulate a timpani without buying one?

For home recording, I want a big booming timpani sound — but I can't afford one nor do I have extra space for one. What is a good alternative? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Sep 20, 2016 - 16 answers

Teaching someone to read sheet music over Skype

I may soon find myself teaching a good friend how to read sheet music over Skype. Mostly for singing, as friend doesn't own any instruments. He can carry a tune reasonably well, but he has no idea how printed symbols correspond to notes, rhythms, sounds, etc. Good resources, esp. practice exercises? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Sep 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me find this DJ/composer: Japanese, contemporary, recent

I came across a DJ/composer recently (in the last year / 18mos). He may have been featured on the blue. The work that I remember listening to was 10-25mins long, quite active, and sounded a bit like channel-flipping — very contrasting sections were juxtaposed with very sharp transitions. I'm almost certain the artist was Japanese. I can't remember for sure whether the instruments were electronic, classical, or a mix. Please help!
posted by sixswitch on Sep 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Cheer up! Why does certain music elicit sadness?

Does certain music (like film scores or classical music, not lyrics) elicit feelings such as sadness, fear, or inspiration because we are socialized to respond that way, or is there an innate explanation? Moonlight Sonata, for instance, is beautifully melancholy. Certain film scores prepare you to feel fearful or sad before anything scary or bad even happens.
posted by blackzinfandel on Sep 16, 2016 - 10 answers

What to call 1980's up-sing?

Is there a name for the vocal up-swing at the end of a line in a song? Two good examples of what I'm talking about in Walking in LA and I Eat Cannibals
posted by RobotHero on Sep 16, 2016 - 8 answers

90s CanCon Celtic Trad

I'm looking for a particular version of "Siúil a Rún" that got a lot of play on MuchMusic in the early '90s. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull on Sep 13, 2016 - 11 answers

Please help me find my Stardust Memories.

One of my favorite albums for decades has been Stardust Memories by Willie Nelson. I have used up an LP and several CDs over the years. I used to own a book of the lyrics, music and guitar tabs of the album but have somehow lost it. (Likely loaned and not returned.) [more inside]
posted by txmon on Sep 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Where Can I Find More Buttons to Fuck?

What if I told you that early 70's Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk and Boards of Canada went and made their own little bloopity-bip digital baby? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Sep 12, 2016 - 15 answers

Songs about 'Charlie'

I'm looking for catchy songs which feature the name 'Charlie.' [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Sep 12, 2016 - 43 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

Right now, I'm the child who doesn't know how to ask.

If I'm interested in exploring Indian music, particularly rhythmically and harmonically complex Indian music, are there particularly good places to start? Composers, bands, movements/scenes, whatever. I have no preference between classical/religious/film/pop music—at the moment, I know tragically little about the musical landscape, other than that it's gorgeous and really draws me in. I tend to be drawn to frenetic, intense music, but that's by no mean a need for me right now. I just need help figuring out where to look.
posted by rorgy on Sep 8, 2016 - 8 answers

Bass Guitar App Wanted

Looking for the best app for learning to play bass guitar. [more inside]
posted by klausman on Sep 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Give me songs that are joyfully solemn or solemnly joyous

I'm looking for songs that lift your heart up, but in a... calming way? Examples of what I'm looking for would be Israel Kamakawiwoʻole's cover of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," Modest Mouse's "Float On," or maybe The Magnetic Fields' "The Book of Love." Something that wouldn't be out of place at a wedding OR a memorial service. A joyful solemnity is the best descriptor I can come up with for what I'm looking for. What have you got for me?
posted by MsMolly on Sep 7, 2016 - 63 answers

I want to sing and dance and not argue with the lyrics

I need more music that I can sing along to without cringing at patriarchal, car-centric, or otherwise ideologically questionable lyrics. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Sep 4, 2016 - 24 answers

Did I imagine this lyric?

Trying to find the words to a song I remember hearing as young teenager in a cultural backwater. Google has turned up no results thus far. I thought it was by Garbage, but maybe I just associate it with "Cup of Coffee"... [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Sep 4, 2016 - 1 answer

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

Is there a term or special name for music performed on non-instruments?

The sort of thing where a musician or group of musicians will put on a performance, usually with lots of grooves and percussion, using items like plastic buckets, metal tubes, household items, trash cans-- all kinds of 'not really an instrument' things. Like Stomp Out Loud-- does this style of music or performance have a name?
posted by Pastor of Muppets on Sep 1, 2016 - 16 answers

Music to be rubbed by

My best friend graduated from massage school, yay! I want to get her some background music for her practice and I am at a loss for what to buy. DIFFICULTY: NO ENYA. NO WHALESONGS. [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Aug 30, 2016 - 44 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

Alice Coltrane TV show

I am looking for information and/or a recording of a TV show presented by Alice Coltrane. [more inside]
posted by mahershalal on Aug 29, 2016 - 3 answers

Hunt the Nocturne

Can you help me find this piano piece my Mum used to play? [more inside]
posted by emilyw on Aug 28, 2016 - 8 answers

Is rock music even a thing anymore?

Are there recent rock albums or bands that are of some "universal" or broad interest to a large number of people between the ages of, say, 16 and 24? Or have r&b, rap, and other genres totally replaced rock music? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Aug 26, 2016 - 56 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

Good albums to sing along with on my commute?

I want to sing in the car, both because I won't be overheard and because I'll feel happier driving (an activity that I find inherently tense and unpleasant). But, it's difficult for me to find albums whose songs mostly have a manageable vocal range and lyrics that are either familiar or somewhat accessible. What albums have you enjoyed singing along to while you drive? Thanks in advance for any help.
posted by newtonstreet on Aug 24, 2016 - 26 answers

What's the name of the piece playing in the first half of this video?

Question title pretty much sums it up. What's the piece? Who's the composer? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. on Aug 23, 2016 - 6 answers

Where to dance to 80s music in NYC?

I love dancing to 80s (and 90s) music, but with Culture Club now closed, I'm not sure where to go in New York City. Are there any new dance places that are devoted to 80s/90s music, or that have "80s nights"? Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Aug 23, 2016 - 11 answers

I Need An External DVD Player For Music, Not Burning

I recently purged most of my music CD/DVD collection. Now, I want to listen to what's left using an external player. Are any players targeting music playback rather than burning/duplication on the market? Should I be looking for specific attributes/brands? Needs to have a USB 3 connection. Currently have an old Amazon Basic USB 2 unit that's noisy enough to hear with headphones on.
posted by justcorbly on Aug 23, 2016 - 7 answers

Asian pop song ID

Dear Hive Mind, my girlfriend and I recently spent an enjoyable couple of hours at a karaoke bar in Bangkok. In between song selections the karaoke system played some fun Asian pop tunes which I'd love to find again: can you help? I managed to record some short video clips, but playing these back to Shazam hasn't helped, so I've loaded them online. [more inside]
posted by TheWaves on Aug 20, 2016 - 0 answers

I shot him in Virginia and he died in Tennesee

I want to learn more murder ballads - specifically American ones (though if you really want to recommend something from another tradition I'm not going to complain). I spend a lot of time singing to myself while doing housework or knitting and so would prefer to learn arrangements that can be easily and satisfyingly sung without accompaniment. Thank you!
posted by darchildre on Aug 18, 2016 - 37 answers

Name This Tune - 1970s Cheerful "Shopping" Music

Hey - I've done my best, can't find it, now I'm turning to Ask Metafilter. Does anyone know what is the music in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stcF2TX-dCc [more inside]
posted by rmmcclay on Aug 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Things to do in Berlin that involve classical music and Jewish history

I'll be in Berlin for 10 days in October [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Aug 16, 2016 - 13 answers

How does one create music on Linux? No clue where to start.

I would like to get started creating music in my spare time. I have a Linux laptop, a mini keyboard, some DAWs, and no idea how to get any of it working together. Please help me! [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Aug 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Female Sad Americana Music - Recommendations?

I've been curating some playlists and realised that some of my favourite genres are really dude heavy. I love most inheritors of Springsteen, as well as his music. My absolute ideal would capture anything from Brian Fallon (The gaslight anthem, the horrible crows, or his solo work) Please recommend me some female or non-male artists that I might enjoy! (More favourites inside) [more inside]
posted by Braeburn on Aug 14, 2016 - 60 answers

Birthday gift: BFF edition (bonus points if Adele related)

My best friend's birthday is at the end of this month. We are going to see Adele in concert next month in NYC. I wanted to get her either Adele or concert related gift to begin the excitement. She is early 30's and her interests include all things pink, concerts and Broadway shows, 90's music and boybands, makeup. Dislikes include trying new foods, sports, driving.
posted by allthingsconsidered on Aug 12, 2016 - 4 answers

Amp my playlist?

Can I get some suggestions for workout / cardio songs on Spotify? I have an ok playlist, but I'm not in love with a lot of them (especially the long fade-in / fade-outs). Major qualification is ~120 bpm, although I guess I'd be up for hearing what an alternative would be like. Current playlist is here! [more inside]
posted by tintexas on Aug 11, 2016 - 6 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

How to stay on top of ambient/psybient music? Blogs? Podcasts?

I'm looking for ways to stay on top of current trends in ambient/psybient/atmospheric drum & bass music. [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Aug 8, 2016 - 3 answers

Record label qualifications/definitions/duties/funding details

I pay for my music to be recorded, marketed, distributed, promoted, and literally everything else to do with making and distributing it. How is this different than me being my own record label? Is there some duty of a record label that I have not included here? If so, what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2016 - 4 answers

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