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Help me build the ultimate moody-alt-pop "CW-closing-credits" playlist

I have a special fondness for the kinds of pretty, moody alt-pop songs you often hear, say, during the closing credits of a CW show, or Grey's Anatomy (or, if you're more my generation, all the way back to Ally McBeal and Dawson's Creek) when somebody gets their heart broken. But I don't normally listen to these bands, so I don't really know how to seek out more. Hivemind: Point me in the right direction! [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Jul 6, 2015 - 22 answers

Do "instant mixes" still exist in Google play music?

I can't find how to have Google create a playlist using only my music on my phone. Does it still exist? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Jul 5, 2015 - 7 answers

Finding song based on music video

Trying to find a song based on what I remember on the music video. Was sung by a woman, kind of melancholy sounding. Most notable part of the music video was a woman riding a horse and she had dramatically long hair that floated through the sky. [more inside]
posted by LittleNami on Jul 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Optimal speaker set up for a computer playing Spotify?

What is the optimal speaker set up for a computer playing iTunes and Spotify primarily (quality ~320 kbps)? I primarily listen to music on Spotify, and am looking for a new office speaker setup to connect to my iMac, but I'm not sure what the optimal plan is. Bookshelf speakers? Sonos? Computer speakers? DAC? Receiver? I'd prefer speakers to headphones, and am looking for the best sound out of those files.
posted by quickasfoxes on Jul 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Who are the Louis Armstrong's of guitar playing?

I'm looking for examples of clever guitar solos/improv that lean towards note selection rather than technical flash. More Louis Armstrong, less Joe Bonamassa. Preferably rock/indie/pop, thinking outside the pentatonic box. Who should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by remlapm on Jul 3, 2015 - 31 answers

Owning something amazing but burdening

I have the only known master copy of an unreleased song by a very famous recording artist. What do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2015 - 14 answers

Song Help

Please help me find an old(-ish) song featuring Pharrell. Vague explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by misozaki on Jul 3, 2015 - 6 answers

MIDI controller question

Question posted on behalf of Mr. Killian. My husband is using a MIDI controller (ART X-15 Ultrafoot) to control a multi-effects signal processor (ART SGX2000) for his guitar. But he can't seem to figure out how to make the expression pedal perform an octave sweep. He can get it to turn on/off the effect, but no luck trying to get it to sweep (a la Tom Morello in Killing In The name Of and Like a Stone). Any MIDI masters out there can help?
posted by PussKillian on Jul 1, 2015 - 7 answers

What's the song in this Humans trailer?

What is the song in this trailer? I usually try not to ask these questions because only a few people benefit from it but this has been stuck in my head for days. There are a few other people asking the same question by the looks of the YouTube comments.
posted by anon_for_this on Jun 28, 2015 - 2 answers

Trying to remember a song with a spoken word element

I'm trying to remember a song I listened to many times years ago - it had a great spoken word part at the beginning of a woman talking about how we use wheels and doors for their emptiness - very similar to the Tao Te Ching chapter 11: http://earlywomenmasters.net/tao/ch_11.html [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Jun 26, 2015 - 1 answer

I need new music, pt ii

Can you pretty please recommend me some music you think that I would like based on the stuff I've linked below the fold that I'm really into at the moment? [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Jun 25, 2015 - 36 answers

longform/investigative [music/art] journalism examples & best practices?

I'm embarking on an overambitious personal writing project to profile the career of a pair of multidisciplinary artists who've been kicking around underground for 20+ years with next to no fanfare outside of their scene. Can you link me to some SUPER in-depth profiles of other working artists to give me an idea of what to aim for and what to avoid as I work on this? (Really long, career-spanning pieces would be best, but shorter stuff is OK. Bonus points if it's about someone you don't care for/about but the writing was so compelling that you loved reading it anyway, like this incredible profile of Carrot Top in Esquire.) What are some investigative profile best/worst practices when it comes to building something huge from scratch? What do readers love/hate to see in projects like this? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Jun 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Looking for a YouTube video: two-person solo on a double-neck guitar

I saw this funny and cool YouTube video with two musicians playing on one double-neck guitar. Unfortunately I don't have the link anymore and I've forgotten the names of the musicians. [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe on Jun 23, 2015 - 5 answers

What are the most stunning music videos of the past five years?

I'm making a playlist for a friend and I'd like your suggestions. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Jun 23, 2015 - 50 answers

Can you identify the instrument?

What's the instrument that gives this Ry Cooder song its twangy quality? [more inside]
posted by fishingforthewhale on Jun 22, 2015 - 7 answers

There is only so much Katy Perry a sane person can take...

My high energy 4 year old loves Katy Perry to a degree that my ears can no longer tolerate. Roar, Firework, This Is How We Do are often in heavy rotation around our house and in the car. I'm glad she likes music and I appreciate some of the themes in Katy Perry's music (female strength and independence) but I'd like to interest her in some other music as well. [more inside]
posted by teamnap on Jun 20, 2015 - 35 answers

What are the best Beethoven recordings at his own tempo?

I have learned that Beethoven desired to have his symphonies played at specific metronome speeds, but that they are often slowed down. I am thus trying to track down recordings, preferably on CD by mp3 is okay, that are still in distribution, recorded at Beethoven's own fast tempos. Unfortunately, the glut of classical music recordings is making it difficult for me to differentiate them. Any recommendations for recordings at the fast pace would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Jun 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Sing Me Victorian Techno

What examples are there of classical or popular music inspired by the sounds of industrialization and mechanization in the 19th century? 20th-century rock and electronic musicians from industrial cities like Sheffield, Düsseldorf and Detroit have cited the mechanical rhythms of the factories around them as formative influences on their work. Did anything of this sort happen in the industrial centres of 19th-century Europe or North America? What 19th-Century music was inspired by the rhythms of steam engines, textile mills, mines & foundries? [more inside]
posted by misteraitch on Jun 16, 2015 - 10 answers

How do you write a song?

I've been playing piano most of my life, but I don't know how to write a song. I'm looking for:
  1. Resources that will teach me how write a song - for example, listening exercises that will help me understand song structure, or websites with rules for how to construct a song.
  2. Software to help in the process.
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posted by ShooBoo on Jun 16, 2015 - 10 answers

The Art of Listening to (Instrumental) Music

I often find music without a sung component difficult and frustrating to listen to. Obviously, this means I'm missing out on some great music, and it's probably due to a gap in my musical education. Can you help me learn to better appreciate and understand instrumental - especially classical - music? [more inside]
posted by darchildre on Jun 14, 2015 - 14 answers

Cover songs! I love them! I need them!

i have been in withdrawal since the demise of Copy Comma Right years ago. please recommend to me your very most favorite cover songs - any genre, any song. i want it allllllll!
posted by megan_magnolia on Jun 14, 2015 - 72 answers

OS X based approaches for managing large (>1TB) music library?

I use iTunes on a MacBook Pro, and my music library will soon be large enough that it won't fit on my local HD. On top of that, I'll likely be adding another Mac to my home network, and would like to share the library between them. [more inside]
posted by kanuck on Jun 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Please give me drones to put in my ear holes

I used to be obsessed with ambient music. I realized recently that I've fallen away from it. Recommend me some good, newer stuff to nap out to! [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Jun 12, 2015 - 22 answers

Songs that give me the feels, June 2015 edition

Based on this motley assortment of songs that I really get the chills from, can you recommend more? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jun 12, 2015 - 17 answers

Contemporary non-kids music to sing with kids

I'm a guitar- and banjo-playing first grade teacher looking for new songs to sing with my wee ones. I have a large bank of classics, but I'm interested in new to new-ish music (last 10 years, say?) that I can sing with a group of 6/7 year olds. Caveat: what I'm looking for is music for adults, or at least not specifically geared towards little kids (ie, I know about Caspar Babypants and love him but not what I'm after). [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Jun 12, 2015 - 17 answers

JAMMIN ON THE ONE

On an episode of The Cosby Show, Stevie Wonder asked Theo Huxtable what he would say if he was at a party. His answer was "Jammin on the one". But what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by keli on Jun 11, 2015 - 9 answers

Where were we buying CDs from in the early 90's?

This post reminded me of a catalog we used to order CDs from back in the early 90's. What was it? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Jun 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me get into Bulgarian folk music

I've been really enjoying this Bulgarian Field Recordings album (spotify) that was recorded at the Koprivshtitsa Festival in the mountains of Bulgaria, and I want to find more great stuff like it. Does anyone have any Bulgarian folk music recommendations? [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Jun 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Piano books for a 10 year old

Looking for suggestions for songbooks my 10 year old might like for playing the piano. [more inside]
posted by TedW on Jun 9, 2015 - 6 answers

What song is playing on this annoying kid toy?

Toddler Mouse's great-grandparents gave him a toy that loudly plays music when a button is pressed. Can anyone make out the lyrics or identify the song? [more inside]
posted by mouse noises on Jun 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Tea for Two

I need your best sparkle magic tea party music! If unicorns had a posh tea party while playing croquet and chatting about the best brand of horn glitter, this is what they would be listening to! [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes on Jun 8, 2015 - 26 answers

CD stereo system recs?

I listen to most of my music on CD, and want to replace the cheapo Philips stereo and speakers from my student days with a better quality system. Recommendations for receiver and speakers please? Total budget around $500. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Jun 6, 2015 - 7 answers

What is this song?

This is driving me nuts: I keep hearing this song in busy loud places and I can't identify the lyrics enough to find it. I haven't been able to ask anyone who the artist is, unfortunately. [more inside]
posted by emcat8 on Jun 5, 2015 - 20 answers

What are good examples of songs played during a sporting montage?

I'm a sucker for the sort of song that is played over montages of action at the end of sport events (important matches, tournaments, championships etc). Definitely not looking for the sort of song that is played to gee up the crowd (Song 2, Wide Open Spaces etc), but stuff like Nothing Stays The Same by Luke Sital-Singh, Run Boy Run by Woodkid, One Day Like This by Elbow or maybe Ane Brun's version of True Colours. [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Jun 5, 2015 - 12 answers

The Ultimate 'Merican Playlist

My partner, MeFi's own Comrade Doll just got her United States citizenship after a long and winding journey. She's very glad of it and to salute her, I'm throwing an all-American cookout this weekend: burgers, barbecue, and apple pie, flags on everything, the works. Help me make the perfect thematic soundtrack for our party! [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jun 5, 2015 - 44 answers

How do I find songs that best showcase my voice?

I'm an amateur singer trying to look for songs that best showcase my voice. I'm not particularly trained in music (I was at a point in my youth but have since forgotten), so I have trouble identifying what it is about a song that makes it well-suited for my voice. Maybe the hivemind can help me figure it out/suggest some other songs that might work? [more inside]
posted by dysh on Jun 5, 2015 - 4 answers

Minimalist music

Can you recommend some beautiful, minimalistic music for me? [more inside]
posted by Caskeum on Jun 2, 2015 - 28 answers

She gave up all her dreams, so that I could buy ice cream

Many years ago, I heard a song that included the following lyrics: "She gave up all her dreams, so that I could buy ice cream" and I haven't been able to find it again. [more inside]
posted by chara on Jun 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Help Me Get With The Funk!

What IS this funky old song? I am here singing the beginning of the chorus:
posted by DMelanogaster on Jun 1, 2015 - 7 answers

All's Phair in Love and Chords

I've been trying to work out the chords to Liz Phair's "Shitloads of Money," a song which speaks to me in these trying times, so that I might play them on the ukulele. Some of them are eluding me. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 on May 30, 2015 - 8 answers

A Catalogue of Novelties

What's your favorite online store (or other source) that puts out well-chosen lists of new stuff (books, music, or anything else) on a weekly or monthly basis? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on May 29, 2015 - 4 answers

What is the name of this music-related song phenomenon?

Whenever I listen to an album many times in a row, I get to the point where when a song ends, I can literally hear in my head the beginning of the next song. [more inside]
posted by caudal on May 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Other bands like ATDI

I recently remembered how much I liked At the Drive-in, especially the album Relationship of Command. Specifically I like the soft / loud dynamic in the songs, the vocal style (some screamed lyrics, but only occasionally used), the driving guitar melodies, and the choruses that lend to singing along. What would you recommend that is similar? I'm fine with recommendations from any time period.
posted by codacorolla on May 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me find funny, visually interesting, high energy music videos

My 10 year old niece and 7 year old nephew really like to watch music videos. The ones they love most are goofy, high energy, and have some type of underlying story. They are particularly into music that is danceable and visually they like bright colors and crazy costumes or interesting outfits. A few they have liked recently are Con Bro Chill and Meghan Trainor. Any suggestions for other artists they might like? [more inside]
posted by ezrainch on May 24, 2015 - 32 answers

What is this dance song in an episode of Frasier?

What is the song at 1:35 in this clip from an episode of Frasier? it also appears in the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode Mac and Charlie Die where Dennis and the European roomate go to the bar for a big sex party or whatever.
posted by atinna on May 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Protocol for raffles

I work at a small music school where we hold raffles at fairs for a big giveaway. We pick the winner fairly and proceed to contact others who participated by offering a free lesson. I'd like to contact non winners only after the winner has claimed their prize but it was suggested to contact everyone regardless if the winner claims prize. What's the best protocol when dealing with raffle giveaways?
posted by InterestedInKnowing on May 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Fiddle with the keys of the keyed fiddle

OK, I realise this is pretty niche, but I may get a surprise. Can you help me find more intense music played on the nyckelharpa? [more inside]
posted by Promethea on May 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Lull me to sleep

I'm putting together a playlist to doze off to most nights. Downtempo probably goes without saying, piano is a plus, vocals are acceptable, and I don't want to lean too much on the ambient genre. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dee lee on May 21, 2015 - 28 answers

Wedding Dance Floor Playlists

Big Band/Motown/Modern Dance songs needed. More info and examples after the jump. [more inside]
posted by thelloydshow on May 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Trying to remember name of Mac 2D animation program from 1985

I can't remember much about it but I'm trying to remember the name of a Classic Mac-era program that let you create animations in the black-and-white style of Dark Castle. It came with a demo that scrolled and had funny stuff happening in it.
posted by johngoren on May 20, 2015 - 9 answers

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