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Is there a name for this musical theme?

Is there a musical term for a very quick burst of strings in a song? Popular/dance music mainly, sounds very 80s. A couple of examples inside. [more inside]
posted by derbs on Jul 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Dancing and drinking in Montreal

My boyfriend and I will be in Montreal for a long weekend June 25 through June 28, and we're looking for non-pretentious, mixed-crowd bars and clubs with good electronic music or hip hop. This should be easy, no? [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Jul 4, 2014 - 7 answers

More spooky, ethereal (desert) rock to write to?

More spooky, ethereal (desert) rock to write to? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Jul 3, 2014 - 36 answers

Looking for some good belly dancing music

I'm looking for some good music for belly dancing. Essentially, I'd like to find some basic beats that I can practice to. Bonus points if you can provide links to recordings, or links to places where I can buy recordings. [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Jul 3, 2014 - 6 answers

What pitfalls to beware of in disposing of a large music collection?

My wife has inherited a sizable collection of records and CDs. What pitfalls do we have to watch out for when deciding how to dispose of these items? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by zainsubani on Jul 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Solfege: "Let's Start at the Very Beginning"

I'm looking for suggestions for resources to help learn solfege through self study. I'm open to the media whether they be books, websites, software, recordings, or something I haven't considered. I can read music and have moderate proficiency on the keyboard (Grade 8 Royal Conservatory) though I haven't been playing regularly for several years. I have access to a modern Windows PC, an Android Tablet, an aging Mac (1st gen Intel) and a digital piano if that helps at all.
posted by sockpup on Jul 1, 2014 - 7 answers

How much does sampling / licensing cost?

Do you do rights clearance work in the music industry (or know someone who does)? If so, can you satisfy my curiosity about how much it might be expected to cost to license rights in the four scenarios described inside? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Readings on Form and Content

I am writing a piece about the melding of form and content within a certain musician's body of work. (I'd rather not give this artist's name.) I am looking for texts which deal with concepts of form and content in any genre. Denise Levertov's "Some Notes on Organic Form" is likely going to be my main reference, but I haven't been able to think of many other resources despite attempting to search the library databases on this. Can anyone think of other texts to check out?
posted by mermaidcafe on Jun 30, 2014 - 8 answers

A playlist which prefers to play songs I REALLY like over filler?

I'm wondering if it's technically possible to "weight" a song's importance on a playlist so that it has a higher chance of being played. With that weigh ranging from "100% certainty" to "do not care one way or the other." [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Jun 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Similar Music to This?

Being a life-long fan of Neil Finn, I bought his latest album a couple of months ago. I am absolutely head over heels in love with the Divebomber track which is very atypical of him (with a handful of exceptions). I really like the abstract, soaring soundscape and fairly unconventional structure of the Finn song. Seeing as my musical horizon isn't what it used to be, can you recommend music similar to the Divebomber track? [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on Jun 30, 2014 - 7 answers

Long Form Music Journalism

Link me to riveting, long form music journalism online! I want to read case histories of musicians with troubled lives, like these articles about Elliot Smith and Ben Todd. Or maybe a peek at a subculture I barely knew existed, like Kid Rock's Cruise or Nathan Rabin's many recaps of The Gathering. I'll also accept a straight-ahead profile, as long as it's as well written as Elizabeth Gilbert's piece on Hank-3. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jun 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Electronic music similar to Abdullah Rashim?

Just now listening to Unanimity for the first time and picking the pieces of my jaw up off the floor. Need more like this. A LOT MORE like this.
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Jun 30, 2014 - 17 answers

Melodies and Mixed Drinks in Montreal

I will be in Montreal from July 5 to July 11. Anything cool happening? [more inside]
posted by isnotchicago on Jun 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Hippy Shake

Please recommend some newer songs that have that 60s psychedelic sound. (Like the recent Ray LaMontagne album or GOASTT.)
posted by Malla on Jun 29, 2014 - 13 answers

Late 80s indie song ID

I've been searching for various songs I used to have on tape from UK Radio 1's John Peel show in the late 80s (roughly 87-90). One in particular is proving a bit tricky. On the tape inlay I labelled it Imaginary Girlfriend by Mighty Mighty, but if that's true I haven't been able to turn it up on Google, so that could be completely wrong. I don't have the tape anymore so I can't upload a sample. More half-remembered details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by crocomancer on Jun 29, 2014 - 3 answers

What's this Greek song?

Asking for my ukulele teacher: This is, apparently, the favorite song of a Greek lady living in a nursing home he works with. He'd like to sing the whole song with her, but does not know the name, lyrics or even the whole melody, apart from a few parts that she sang for him (and the melody might not be 100% accurate). Here's an approximation on soundcloud. Apparently, the song is about riding the train and/or the bus. Does this ring a bell for anyone? Thanks!
posted by Skybly on Jun 29, 2014 - 2 answers

Music nerds, please help me figure out chords on the mountain dulcimer

I would like to be able to tune my 3-stringed diatonically fretted mountain dulcimer, typically stuck in the key of D, to other keys such as G, C, A, F, E, and Am. Then I would like someone to teach me how to figure out the notes on each fret so I can build the chords to play whatever song I'm in the mood for. [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Jun 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Need advice for setting up a crowdfunded music festival

A group of friends and I have been considering setting up a small music festival around May next year and are trying to get our heads around what we will need to think about, so that we can work out the cost of it all. Extended explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Jun 27, 2014 - 3 answers

How can one make an DVD MP3 disc?

My brother's only means of listening to MP3s is with a DVD player. I've many spare DVD-Rs and would like to put them to use by making him DVD MP3 discs to listen to when we get together. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Why do so many retail stores, bars and restaurants play Brazilian music?

Aside from the fact that the music is quite enjoyable, why the over-representation? Can anyone shed light on this perception / observation? I notice that many retail stores, bars, restaurants/coffee shops, etc. play Brazilian music to a disproportionate level as compared to music from other places. [more inside]
posted by LittleFuzzy on Jun 24, 2014 - 13 answers

French music recommendations needed!

Hi! I'm traveling to a french immersion program this summer for 5 weeks. Nothing but French everything is allowed...even music. Anyone have some recommendations for great french music (with lyrics)? I've listened to Yelle, and have exhausted my Carla Bruni playlist. All genres are welcomed, but I'd especially love some contemporary stuff! Merci!
posted by LemonGardot on Jun 24, 2014 - 53 answers

Should I buy a Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC)?

Just wondering if this is something I should invest in, or would it be a waste of money? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Music similar to "Woman Like a Man" by Damien Rice

What other music will I like if I think I've misspent my life for not seeing this live?
posted by dhoe on Jun 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Is there a way to add background music to a Google Hangout?

I'm running a Google Hangout-based D&D game and I was thinking that certain scenes might be nicely enhanced with some background music. [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Jun 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Does this musical percussion technique have a name?

I have a vague memory of seeing someone perform a percussion piece where they swung a rope in each hand with a weight on the end. They would sometimes allow the weight to strike the wooden resonating chamber to make a "clack" sound. In so doing, they were able to clack out some surprisingly complex rhythms. Does this instrument/technique have a name? What is it? And most importantly, where can I find some videos of people doing it?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Jun 19, 2014 - 5 answers

I need someone to teach me how to replicate sounds I hear in songs.

Where could I find this person online? Using a DAW, what sound settings produce that type of sound? What instrument is it, etc. [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 on Jun 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Awoken to Striking Chords of Gold

Can you help me find the song that rattled me yesterday morning? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Best way to get audio from youtube videos into a Sony Walkman?

I just received a Sony Walkman NWZ-W262 for my birthday. I am psyched about filling it up with music and using it at the gym. I'd love to transfer some music from my own CD's, but most of them are in storage. I don't have money to pay for new music. What I do have is a bunch of youtube videos saved whose audio I'd love to use for workouts. [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Jun 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Klaus Schulze vs Jean Michel Jarre

Klaus Schulze vs Jean Michel Jarre - so why is Jarre well known? My question is why Schulze has more than 40 albums to his name (according to the web) or many more than Jarre at least, but is still the lesser known of the two. I only discovered Schulze recently, but I love his music so far from several different albums. I guess this is a question on musical history. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Jun 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for lovely summer-time instrumentals

I'm looking for suggestions for light, airy, instrumentals that evoke feelings of peaceful, summer afternoons....and that doesn't fit into the all the other summer music questions, ha! [more inside]
posted by barchan on Jun 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Should I go ahead and take this book offer? I'm broke and I need the $$$

I would love to hear from anyone who has experience with book publishing, either as an author, editor or publisher. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Jun 16, 2014 - 14 answers

Songs about ... errm ... disliking someone

Looking for some hatred-filled songs to channel my frustration. [more inside]
posted by leopard-skin pill-box hat on Jun 16, 2014 - 58 answers

Kate Wolf Music Festival

Thinking of going. Could use some tips, hints and tales. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Jun 15, 2014 - 1 answer

60s garage-pop in not English? (or French)

I'm making a Spotify playlist of rare 1960s garage pop not in English. French Ye-ye music is well covered online, I'm full up on that. But other than a couple of hints about Italian and Spanish singers from the Wikipedia Yeye page I haven't found much else. Give me your favorite examples of danceable, hip, poppy, swinging 60s tunes from other parts of the world! [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 15, 2014 - 29 answers

Duets to sing with my father

My father's been quite ill and we've been looking for ways to keep his mind off the discomfort he's in. He generally doesnt sing very much but sings marvelously when he does, so today we started singing together—he, I, my brother on the guitar, and my mum humming along tentatively :). It was lovely; we all enjoyed it, and we'd like to do it more. I'm looking for duet suggestions—more details inside. [more inside]
posted by miaow on Jun 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Songs that start off slow and sexy and then go completely off the hook

Okay, I feel like mixtape questions are about the laziest questions you can ask, and yet I'm going to lose my mind if I listen to these two songs back-to-back one more time. I'm listening, non-stop and endlessly, to Hozier's Take Me to Church and Jeff Buckley's Lover, You Should Have Come Over. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Jun 14, 2014 - 36 answers

drinking puns in song lyrics

What are your favorite drinking-related puns in popular music? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Jun 14, 2014 - 14 answers

Show me the 154 (chord progression).

Recently I heard Gotta Get Away by the Black Keys. And it took me a couple days to identify Ball and Chain by Social Distortion as the song it sounded like. My resident musician tells me this is a simple 154 chord progression and pointed me to Dead Flowers by the Rolling Stones. Got any others? [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Jun 13, 2014 - 10 answers

So much music, so little time (music without drums)

I'm looking for music without original drums so I can practice my free-playing. Right now I'm using some Eno, Gem Club, and Satie, but I'd like some more punk- and rock-oriented stuff if it's out there, especially stuff approaching a conventional rock song structure so I can work in transitions and different grooves. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Jun 11, 2014 - 11 answers

Motorik/Krautrock playlist for running

I'm putting together a Spotify playlist for running (working my way up to 5K), which so far includes Hallogallo by Neu! and Jenny Ondioline by Stereolab, and some songs by Fujiya and Miyagi. What I like about them is the driving, repetitive, steady motorik beat (or a beat that, if not technically motorik, gives the same feeling). I'd love to get more recommendations for other songs that would go on such a playlist.
posted by matildaben on Jun 11, 2014 - 24 answers

Music that makes me feel big feelings about being small

I love thinking about the vastness of space, the long arc of the cosmic time scale, the complexity of connections in various systems. I find thinking about these big ideas creates a pleasurable feeling in my body, and putting them to music is even more moving. Examples of favorites include Peter Mulvey's "Vlad the Astrophysicist" and Symphony of Science's "We Are All Connected". What other songs combine music and big scientific ideas about how small and insignificant humans are?
posted by spindrifter on Jun 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Tips for shopping for a mid-level acoustic guitar

I have about $300-400 to spend on a new acoustic guitar that will be gifted to someone who is a classically-trained pianist but would be a beginner on this particular instrument, someone who wants to play music in the vein of Cat Stevens (i.e., pop-folk). There are simply so many options out there that I thought I would ask this site for advice. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jun 10, 2014 - 27 answers

Musical instrument that can be stored in a vehicle?

I need a musical instrument that can be stored in a vehicle (no climate control) for months at a time in a climate that is hot (over 100 degrees F during the daytime in the summer) and dry (not humid), without becoming warped or destroyed somehow. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jun 10, 2014 - 57 answers

The Ballad of Hillary Clinton?

I just discovered the awesomeness that is Amelia Earhart's Last Flight [SLYT]. I'm looking for other songs about women who made an impact, historical or modern - if you know of a tune about Catherine the Great, Margaret Meade, Freya Stark, etc please share!
posted by bunderful on Jun 10, 2014 - 10 answers

And the beat goes on...

They left the music running....(snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by intrepid_simpleton on Jun 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me make this awesome playlist!

Looking for songs that would sound good on a playlist with I Am The Walrus (The Beatles) and Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bob Dylan) [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Jun 9, 2014 - 14 answers

Looking for a song that was wrongly tagged "the bravery - time wont.."

I remember a song from around 2008 that was tagged the bravery- time wont let you go. Ive basically listened to both their sun and moon album but its not one of those songs. It starts with a strong piano and and its kinda slow but the drums are prominent in the song. Its killing me and i cant find it anywhere. I can half remember it in my head and it sounds like it could be by the bravery but im not excluding similar sounding artists like the editors. Cant remember any lyrics though!
posted by freddymetz on Jun 9, 2014 - 3 answers

SUPER dense hiphop a la Public Enemy & The Bomb Squad?

I've always loved the dense, claustrophobic productions of The Bomb Squad - the information overload sounds like 2 record stores colliding with one another. Public Enemy's 2nd and 3rd LPs, Amerikkka's Most Wanted, etc., sound fresh to this day. What's gone on in the past 20+ years? Point me towards hiphop that's as thick and mindboggling as "Welcome to the Terrordome."
posted by porn in the woods on Jun 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Moody, pouting, murderous Tango?

My partner and I are intermediate-level ballroom dancers; we're looking to put together our first formal routine, and would appreciate some helping finding the right music. [more inside]
posted by buxtonbluecat on Jun 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Songs that say "You suck" - cheerfully!

I'm looking for songs that sound cheerful and perky but express disdain, loathing, hatred, etc. (Not necessarily directed at a former romantic partner, although there are a couple of break-up songs that may fit the bill.) Two of the best examples I can think of are Lily Allen's "Fuck You" and the Scissor Sisters "I Can't Decide." Genre is irrelevant, although it will probably be hard to find a death metal song that is appropriately sunny-sounding. Got any recommendations?
posted by rednikki on Jun 8, 2014 - 132 answers

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