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Streaming classical and jazz music.

I work from home—writing and various bits of research—and always have music on in the background. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus on Sep 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me make a playlist of the best driving songs from 1978-1985!

I'm making a huge playlist of songs from 1978-1985 that represent the best of all music from that time period THAT ARE GOOD TO LISTEN TO WHILE DRIVING -- groovy, upbeat, etc. [more inside]
posted by topsykretts on Sep 2, 2015 - 30 answers

Songs in the Key of Suck Major

I'd like to make a mix of songs that say "everything sucks" for a group of people who I know for sure would appreciate and enjoy it. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Sep 1, 2015 - 84 answers

I like big butts and I cannot lie...

Give me all your songs in celebration of a lady's derrière. Fat or fit, refined or crude -- it's all good, but the more elegant and respectful, the better. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Sep 1, 2015 - 44 answers

Searching for YouTube vid of two little boys singing/dancing in the 60s

I'm trying to find a YouTube video of two African-American boys (brothers, I think) who do a song and dance routine on a TV show from the 60s. [more inside]
posted by sucre on Aug 31, 2015 - 2 answers

In which song does the lyric sound like China a lot?

Which song has a lyric which sounds like "China, china, chinaaaaa...." I think it's from the 90s. Possibly Britpop or indie. I remember hearing it being sung emphatically in an advert for a compilation album.
posted by feelinglistless on Aug 31, 2015 - 24 answers

How can I make the best of voice recording on my chintzy setup?

I'm currently writing a song and part of that includes recording lots of vocals. I have available --my computer, an apple laptop, with a built-in mike --garage band --my headphones with a voice input/mike Help me make it the best it can be! [more inside]
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 on Aug 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Johnny Cash's Grammy Winning Liner Notes.

I am researching liner notes, and would like to see Johnny Cash's liner notes for his album "Live at Folsom Prison" as well as his liner notes for Bob Dylan's "Nashville Skyline." They don't seem to be anywhere online, even in iTunes. I would order hard copies, but I don't have time for shipping. Does anyone know where I can find them online, or would anyone who has them be willing to take readable photos for me? I'm on a time crunch, of course. Please help!
posted by Kimothy on Aug 26, 2015 - 4 answers

"November Rain" is also "Mr Naive Boner"

Has Axl Rose ever commented on the fact that his stage name is an anagram for "oral sex"? [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara on Aug 26, 2015 - 2 answers

That One Missing Track, 80s Skateboard Edition

I have become re-obsessed with a song I heard in a skateboard video back in the 1980s. I have searched high and low for a song but it has eluded me. The song is from Gullwing's Molecules in Motion from 1987. All I have found is that it is from a band called Incomplete Monday. I found one album of theirs called "I Am" but the track in question is not on it. Does any one know this song? Bonus 1980s skating included.
posted by extraheavymarcellus on Aug 26, 2015 - 0 answers

Is there a high quality audio album of this live television performance?

Yasmine Hamdan performed an hour set on Korsa Live, a television show on the Moroccan network 2M. Is there an audio album release of this performance that can be found? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Aug 26, 2015 - 0 answers

Style of music and recommendations for more? - Speakeasy Collective

I once was given an album called Speakeasy Collective, here. I can't find more. [more inside]
posted by jefflowrey on Aug 25, 2015 - 7 answers

Coming straight from the underground

What hip hop artists are making music about current US racial/political issues? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Aug 23, 2015 - 19 answers

Lunatic Cartoon Crazy-making Music

I’m looking to assemble a compilation or reference list for a type of music that I’ve always been drawn to, which is stuff that sounds simultaneously cartoony and loose, maybe a little clangy, almost a bit sinister, like the music has a hold over you and that infects you with this primal energy makes you feel out of control, like you’re going to morph into Animal from the Muppets. [more inside]
posted by Queen of Spreadable Fats on Aug 23, 2015 - 31 answers

Free audio software to automatically equalize different quality songs?

When I use Windows Media Player to bounce around songs in a playlist that basically consists of multiple full-length albums, the volume changes by song because of the audio quality/production of different albums. For example, a song from the '80s will sound fine on one volume setting but a more modern song will sound way too loud at the same volume. Is there a free, or even any such program, that can fix this issue while playing a playlist of different quality songs rather than manually adjusting the volume?
posted by atinna on Aug 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Looking for more recent love songs.

What are your favorite love songs from the last five-ten years? [more inside]
posted by qldaddy on Aug 19, 2015 - 42 answers

Calling all playlists! ISO popular songs w/consent lyrics/theme

I will have some college students in a talk that discusses consent , along with some older folks, and I'm out of touch with recent popular music that has even a whiff of healthy consent and is sex-positive/relationship-positive (MJ's Let's Wait a While also fits the criteria, but has been around for a decade) Oh, and for a bonus the brainstormer said - how about a fitness class with these themed songs that I'm drawing a blank on...flailing thoughts below the fold.... [more inside]
posted by childofTethys on Aug 18, 2015 - 19 answers

Books and websites to tackle the "is it art?" question

My dad and I were recently talking about aesthetics of new and popular music. He was telling me his reasons that he believes 4'33" isn't music. I disagree with him wholeheartedly, but it led to an interesting discussion. I think he'd enjoy reading about it more so I'm looking for some book and/or websites that we could both read and then talk about. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Aug 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Give me the magic words...for an artsy artsy song

I am a composer with a commission to write a song or song set for solo soprano. I had a text in mind, but it turns out the author won't give me permission to use it. I am now looking for other poems or short stories that would work well set to some rather complex music. [more inside]
posted by daisystomper on Aug 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Public domain songs

What are the best songs published before 1923? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Aug 18, 2015 - 11 answers

A History of Hitsville U.S.A.

I'm about to finish Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era, which is a history of the songwriters and musicians who invented the classic "Brill Building Sound." What's the best book to read about Motown Records? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Aug 18, 2015 - 7 answers

Lay your favourite "desert twang" sounds on me

Reverb. Tremelo. A dusty guitar twanging in the shimmering heat. Somewhere out there, in this endless, lonesome expanse, there's a place for me. Help me find songs and musicians who are searching for the same thing. [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons on Aug 18, 2015 - 52 answers

How would I pursue a pseudo-career making music for people who need it?

I’m four and a half months through a six-month (two nights a week, two hours a night) course in electronic music production. Prior to that I did a lot of screwing around in GarageBand, and eventually graduated to screwing around in Ableton. My instructor thinks I should consider doing it for real. But... how? [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Aug 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Italian Singer/Songwriters

I would like to listen to some singer/songwriters who sing in Italian. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Aug 17, 2015 - 10 answers

What record album did my parents listen to every night?

When I was very young I slept next to my parents' room. Every night they listened to an album of Gospel music. It was an Englishman with a piano. He would tell the story of an old hymn and then sing it. I seem to remember "It Is Well" and "What a Friend We Have In Jesus." It's possible the singer was someone who traveled between churches in the 1970s?
posted by jefficator on Aug 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Songs without semantics

So, I'm looking for a thematic playlist, inspired by a few things I got back to back on a random listen: I'm looking for songs with a significant amount of vocals all of whose lyrics are not, and are not intended to be, in any comprehensible language, at least not in a way which makes any sort of sense. [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Aug 16, 2015 - 46 answers

Help me a find a public domain version of "Rub a dub dub"

I am guessing there many recorded versions of the traditional nursery rhyme "Rub a dub dub / Three men in a tub" out there in the wild. The question is, are there any older versions that are part of the public domain and could be used in a song without worries of copyright? Even hints about where to start looking would be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Aug 15, 2015 - 11 answers

What is this new style of rapping?

It seems like lately every single hip-hop song has a particular style of rapping, but I've never seen it acknowledged anywhere, and I don't know if it has a name. I'm no good at music theory, but from my understanding: It's characterized by the rapper constantly doing triplets over a 4/4 bar, and very rarely changing it up. Or another way of looking at it might be a 3/4 verse over a 4/4 beat. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by naju on Aug 13, 2015 - 10 answers

Not the Marsupials

I really love The Wombats. In particular, the clever (sometimes morbid) lyrics, and the heavy '80s sound. What else should I be listening to? I am well versed in actual '80s music, so please tell me about recent music (2000 - now) that fits this mold.
posted by freshwater on Aug 13, 2015 - 6 answers

An ARG I am participating in has an unsolved puzzle, apparently musical.

Here is a photograph. We believe it is a musical puzzle because the circled letters (circled in gray naturally, and I've re-circled them in blue where they appear in found words) are all potentially notes, and elsewhere in the ARG the clue "The message hidden within the grid of letters is not comprised of words, but belongs to the spheres" has been given. Does anyone have any insight? Do you recognize the tune? [more inside]
posted by rifflesby on Aug 12, 2015 - 22 answers

Remember when you put the stars into my eyes?

Please recommend me movies that would be the closest fit to the lyrics of Lianne La Havas’ song “Wonderful”. [more inside]
posted by querty on Aug 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Please suggest some short media for confidence and encouragement.

I’m trying to wrap up some big stuff these days and could use some media to boast confidence, courage, and focus. Brief prose, poetry, non-fiction, religious texts, and music would be welcome. I'd prefer to avoid longer things in order to save time. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Sketchy song ID: early '90's alt rock

Probably early nineties. I recall it sounding like a hybrid of Belly and Green Apple Quick Step. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Aug 9, 2015 - 19 answers

Examples of authors/musicians who began their work in their 40s?

I'm looking for examples of authors and musicians who lived artistically unremarkable lives for their first four decades, only beginning to express themselves creatively in their 40s, and who subsequently received critical or popular acclaim for the work they produced during that fifth decade. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Aug 9, 2015 - 17 answers

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

I want to make a playlist for a loved one that is getting out of a bad relationship. I want to include songs that are upbeat, positive, female friendly/pro-female with messages of it will get better/you can do this/you are strong/he's not worth it/he doesn't deserve you etc. [more inside]
posted by Lay Off The Books on Aug 8, 2015 - 49 answers

ID a beautifu song - lost in the streets in front of a statue or chapel

I think the song is about two people who lose each other in a crowd in front of a the church, basilica, or statue of a saint. I think the song is named after that saint. This song is hauntingly beautiful, the rhythm twinkles and meanders throughout, and in the middle, any classical melody or rhythm completely lost for a minute, the parts/layers of the music overlapping out of phase. Then the same parts are played together, locked in phase at the end. [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Aug 8, 2015 - 1 answer

Songs like Raveonettes' "Black/White" -- Bass lines + garagey feel

Hi! It's been awhile, but I am in need of new music and though MeFi could recommend some songs similar to The Raveonettes' "Black/White". I love the bass in it and am looking for tracks like this. Also open to other garagey/old-yet-modern bands too! Thanks!
posted by fleeba on Aug 7, 2015 - 3 answers

How to find new music promotional writing clients

I am a music journalist, and I’ve also done a lot of promotional writing (bios, press releases, etc) over the years for musicians, PR firms, and record labels. I’ve mostly written for rock musicians but have done other genres as well. I want to get more clients but don't know the most effective way. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Aug 6, 2015 - 1 answer

More Volume = More Detail

Is there a term (scientific or musical) for that thing where you turn up the volume on your headphones (or whatever) and suddenly you can hear something that you couldn't hear at all at the lower volume? Like, "Oh, there's bells in there. I had no idea."
posted by Etrigan on Aug 5, 2015 - 8 answers

Indie Go-go Music (NOT indiegogo music, haha)

Are there any small, unheard of musicians out there you can recommend who are doing go-go music nowadays?
posted by ferdinandcc on Aug 5, 2015 - 3 answers

What songs/albums have a similar beat to Girl Talk's "Feed the Animals"?

This is my perfect running album (especially the first track) but I don't want to get tired of it. Please help me give my runs some variety! [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Aug 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Looking for iOS music apps with specific hard-to-find features

I'm looking for an iOS music app that has one or more specific features and my searching hasn't turned anything up.. it could be that these things aren't technically possible. I'll accept that as an answer. But what I would like is the ability to see the date last played for each song and be able to view and/or edit the iTunes Comments field. I would also like to be able to edit the stars rating AND view the lyrics (the official music app doesn't let you do both).
posted by bleep on Aug 4, 2015 - 2 answers

Recommended songs for a travel-themed playlist?

I am looking for suggestions for songs that are available on Spotify that I can put into a playlist. What I need is walk-out music for the last day of a large travel consortium conference. All songs need to be safe for work. The attendees are from all around the globe, so the songs do not necessarily need to be in English. Bonus for songs that are fun/interesting covers of well known songs. [more inside]
posted by Lokheed on Aug 2, 2015 - 16 answers

Share your best Spotify genre playlists!

We had great Spotify playlists revolving around a particular genre on the Blue and Ask before, be it naju's huge 90s indie/alt playlist, the power pop playlist linked by Sonny Jim or mountmccabe's shoegaze playlist. Please help me find more! [more inside]
posted by bigendian on Aug 2, 2015 - 14 answers

Same catchy pop song, better lyrics

Someone took a chatchy pop song and turned the lyrics into something way better. Not in a weird al way, more like this and this. Can you share more examples?
posted by divina_y_humilde on Aug 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Who can tell me what this is? (classical music buffs, this is for you)

Hey Hivemind, I'm looking for the name of two recordings on this video: https://​www.youtube.com​/watch?​v=Xni9nYEkSCQ​&index=22​&list=​PLRJgr20Cck​0tbQl4K_Q6​-wE7te20N3ETh The first one starts at 03:36 and the second one at 22:06 Thanks all
posted by Kwadeng on Jul 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Great songs that discuss unequal emotional labor?

Strongly overcome with the desire to compile a playlist that discuss and highlight emotional labor and when it's unequal. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by yueliang on Jul 30, 2015 - 52 answers

Why are some albums missing from streaming services?

Why are some albums missing from an artist's collection on streaming media services like Spotify, BeatsApple Music, etc.? For example, Nitzer Ebb's discography is missing Showtime, and Throwing Muses seems to not include Hunkpapa and the first Throwing Muses (reissued as In a Doghouse). While I'm sure the vague handwavy answer is "because contracts", I'd love to know the detailed rationale. Bonus points if any one actually worked in the sausage factory that hammered out some of the contracts.
posted by snortasprocket on Jul 30, 2015 - 1 answer

Where have all the instantly recognizable film scores gone?

What is the most recent piece of instrumental music from a film score that the general public could immediately identify upon hearing, and why is it the theme from Jurassic Park? (many) Details inside! [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel on Jul 30, 2015 - 42 answers

time can heal, but this won't: the playlist

Working on a playlist of fun, catchy pop songs by women whose underlying (or overt) message is simply, "No, seriously, fuck you. FOREVER." Can you help? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Jul 30, 2015 - 72 answers

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