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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

Iranian music and cinema of the 1940s-1970s

I'm looking for the best resources (books preferred but other sources are welcome) on Iranian music and cinema from the 1940s leading up to the revolution. In other words, under the rule of Mohammad-Reza Shah. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 4, 2016 - 2 answers

90s Music Filter: Can you help me track down this song and video clip?

I can't get this dance song out of my head, but I can't find it anywhere. I don't recall it being a particular hit. My memory of the chorus is "Come with me, tonight's the night, come with me, tonight's the night, can't you see I can't do it alone, I wanna be with you tonight". My memory of the video clip was that it was in black and white and set in a club, with various people lip-synching the song.
posted by jjderooy on Aug 4, 2016 - 3 answers

Let's start at the very beginning: sight reading

I've depended on my ear all my life to play music. I learn new pieces by listening, playing back what I've heard, and then slowly correcting my errors in listening by reading the notes in spots I think I'm unclear on. In the past it was a cool party trick, but I want to stop using this approach because it slows down the rate at which I pick up new pieces, it's sloppy, and without a teacher these days, it's difficult to pick up my numerous errors. I am also awful at sight reading. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Aug 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Your favourite well-curated Spotify playlists?

I'm back in a music phase, and I like to use smart Spotify playlists as a point of discovery. Aquarium Drunkard is an example of a list I listen to regularly, and really enjoy. Can you recommend some others to me? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Aug 2, 2016 - 6 answers

Searching for a song

Looking for this song. I don't know the lyrics. Just the tune of the chorus which I've crappily remade. Halp? [more inside]
posted by monologish on Aug 2, 2016 - 4 answers

Why is iTunes being so stupid? Or is it me?

I'm trying to copy large amounts of files from iTunes to a flash drive. My OS is Windows 10. For some reason it's only letting me copy about 50 at a time. WHY [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Aug 1, 2016 - 3 answers

How to Talk to Strangers?

I’m terrible at striking up conversation with people that I don’t know. Some of this is my thought patterns and attitudes, some of it is my anxiety, but I’m realizing more and more that I just never quite learned how to properly do it. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 31, 2016 - 14 answers

What's the music in this video?

Link to video [warning: war footage; people dying]. It could be post punk (eg Durutti Column).
posted by andrewcooke on Jul 29, 2016 - 4 answers

I am completely lost trying to record music on my chromebook

I have two chromebooks and a Yamaha YPT-320 keyboard. I have been trying like heck and failing at finding a way to record sounds from the keyboard to the chromebook. I would like to record multiple instrumental tracks that I could bring together and mess with in a garageband/ableton type program. [more inside]
posted by holmesian on Jul 27, 2016 - 6 answers

Best slap-back vocal echo on Garageband

How do I use Garageband to get the same slapback vocal effect of this Fleetwood Mac song? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Jul 27, 2016 - 1 answer

Cheaters getting a taste of their own medicine

I'm trying to put together a playlist of songs where cheaters get cheated on. I've got two by Denise LaSalle ("Your Husband Is Cheating On Us" and "Paper Thin"), plus "Who's Making Love" by Johnnie Taylor and "I Was Checking Out She Was Checkin In" by Don Covey. Any suggestions for more like this? What I've got is all R&B, because those are the songs that came to mind. I'm open to any genre that fits the theme.
posted by layceepee on Jul 22, 2016 - 34 answers

Where can I find Rock the House Down from the Spies Like Us Soundtrack?

Where can I find/obtain the song "Rock the House Down" written by Peter Aykroyd and Jon Tiven for the Spies Like Us (1985) soundtrack?
posted by circular on Jul 21, 2016 - 3 answers

Can you suggest more music like this?

I recently discovered this rendition of O Magnum Mysterium on tumblr and it took my breath away. I mean that truly - the first time I listened, it gave me goosebumps and then brought me to tears. Something about the vocal harmonies coming together and then drifting apart and the sound resonating off the walls of the bathroom and aaagggh! I need more of this sort of music in my life. [more inside]
posted by meggan on Jul 19, 2016 - 39 answers

Simple CD player for a person with Alzheimer's

My mother-in-law has Alzheimer's. She loves (and has always loved) music. But her old CD player just broke. I need to find a new CD player that is as simple as possible to use. Ideally, it would have just three buttons--open/close (to insert the CD), play, and stop--and it would be possible to connect it to external speakers (with or without a receiver is ok). She has excellent speakers and a huge CD collection. Can you suggest a specific player that meets these conditions? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jul 18, 2016 - 10 answers

Help me find some good Chinese rap?

I know it is out there, I'm just not sure where to look... I tend to like more melodic or verbally interesting stuff. But I'm keeping an open mind, as I don't really know what is out there. Anyone have any good suggestions, or at least good places to look? I'm a Chinese language student at the intermediate level (meaning I'm ok, but can't read pages and pages of Chinese websites)
posted by wooh on Jul 15, 2016 - 5 answers

Looking for catchy steel drum music

I've found myself infatuated with the way steel drums sound, especially as an instrument in a pop / dance-pop context. What are some good catchy songs that use steel drums prominently? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jul 14, 2016 - 22 answers

Seeking songs to laugh at kids by.

I need ideas for G-rated pop music for camp video newsletters! [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Jul 11, 2016 - 18 answers

Does this minor chord progression (i-III-VI) have a name?

Over the past few years, I've developed a sort of obsession with this tense-sounding chord progression and have noticed it in 1980s-present popular/alternative music. I've wasted too much time trying to find its name - or do songwriters just like the way it sounds? Think "Centuries", "Handclap", and "Sunday Bloody Sunday"...(examples inside) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Jul 11, 2016 - 5 answers

What is this song?

What is this song?
posted by DMelanogaster on Jul 10, 2016 - 4 answers

Basic use and navigation of the MelOn iOS app?

My wife and I are really into Kpop. We finally created an account on the MelOn website and followed the instructions on this page to successfully download the MelOn app from the South Korean app store. We managed to get logged into the app, but what's next? [more inside]
posted by starscream on Jul 8, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me find drop-in pop choirs.

This post featuring Choir! Choir! Choir! reminded me of Pop Up Chorus (also featured on the blue). Are there other drop-in, no-commitment pop choirs like these two? How should I search for them? I'm particularly interested in the San Francisco Bay and New York City areas, but would love to learn about these sorts of groups anywhere.
posted by jdherg on Jul 8, 2016 - 5 answers

Looking for anti-police-brutality song recommendations

Help me expand my "Fuck the Police" playlist! [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Jul 7, 2016 - 47 answers

Name that song, electro YouTube clip edition

MeFites, I need your help identifying the catchy song in this video. [more inside]
posted by henryaj on Jul 5, 2016 - 3 answers

What are some of your favorite specialty music blogs? [2016 edition]

I know this question has been asked here before, however, many of the links are now dead, the blogs have become "members only" or the shares are no longer available. Please share your favorites, all genres accepted! [more inside]
posted by ooklah on Jul 5, 2016 - 6 answers

If you could time travel to see a band in 1984, what band would you see?

Hey Me-fites, I'm dipping my toes into the pool of time travel novels. My main character is going back to 1984--because I want to write about 1984 Vancouver, pre Expo, pre Olympics, when it was a hick town on the far edge of the world. When my characters back in time, he's going to check out some bands, preferably pre-famous, you know, $5 cover, one of three acts, tiny clubs, etc. So, oh wise ones, what band should he find himself seeing?
posted by drinkmaildave on Jul 4, 2016 - 40 answers

Michael Mann I like your sound

Okay, friends. It has been nearly an entire year since I discovered the Manhunter soundtrack, and the shine has still not worn off. It is so great. Seriously, go listen to it. I want more movie (or tv, I suppose!) scores/soundtracks like this. Please. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jun 29, 2016 - 32 answers

Instrumental music for a show about bullying

Hi all -- I'm putting together a radio programme about bullies and am looking for instrumental music to use in between the interviews -- somewhat creepy and menacing but not too melodramatic, if that makes sense. Any (and all) suggestions are welcome. Thank you for your help.
posted by DougieGee on Jun 29, 2016 - 9 answers

My mp3, she is busted

A few years ago, I'd amassed an impressive mp3 collection, organized obsessively on an internal hard drive. One day something happened: some of my mp3s suddenly became... other mp3s. Not just one other mp3, but several in a row. [more inside]
posted by dozo on Jun 28, 2016 - 2 answers

Song ID in between acts at a recent concert

I went to see Panic!/Weezer in Va Beach last week, in between bands they were playing music videos on loop. Others included Sia (♥︎), Dangerous (Big Data), Harlem (New Politics), and a bunch of other blah top 40 hits stuff. There was this one video, however, that I loved. Help me find the song! (description within) [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Jun 27, 2016 - 5 answers

Mashup artists similar to Girl Talk?

Looking for skilled mashup artists with a talent level similar to or better than Girl Talk. [more inside]
posted by the bird at the bottom of the tree on Jun 26, 2016 - 27 answers

Musicians who play their signature instruments

Which musicians have actually "real" signature models of their instruments available or previously available? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Jun 25, 2016 - 18 answers

I've had this song chorus in my head since 1990. Please send help.

I went to summer camp in northern Minnesota in the late 80s/early 90s. I was exposed to all kinds of awesome music there from kids all over the country, which was a huge big thing for young midwestern me. I remember sitting on a cold lake beach listening intently to a mix tape one of the older girls was playing, and there is a song that has stuck in my head ever since. The chorus is something like "So wave goodbye to everything you knew." I can still noodle it out on piano and guitar, but I can't identify the song. Please help. [more inside]
posted by erst on Jun 25, 2016 - 15 answers

Name that Tune!

Mr. Darling found a video on YouTube of a gentleman driving his 1959 Mercury and the perfect song is playing on the car's radio. The question is, what is the tune?
posted by tafetta, darling! on Jun 25, 2016 - 3 answers

Name that Music Video: '80s New Wave/Pop Edition

The band is playing in the middle of a (house) party and the video pans around the party. I want to say I remember there being general 80s weirdness/fashion and maybe some skulls? I also want to say the song was one of those that could seem like a double-entendre for masturbation, or else kind of sexually suggestive in some way; unfortunately googling "80s songs about masturbation" didn't help. Also, the band may or may not have been British. Can anyone decipher which song I'm thinking about?
posted by sevenofspades on Jun 25, 2016 - 10 answers

Longshot filter: current, updating, blogs about French music in Quebec?

I'm finding it harder than I figured to keep up with Quebec music, two years after moving to Ontario. I'm looking for websites or blogs that are currently active, and focus on French-language music in Quebec.
posted by Shepherd on Jun 24, 2016 - 2 answers

Songs to leave Europe to

So, presciently, my apocalypse themed birthday party is happening tomorrow (Saturday). Obviously, the mood has dimmed a bit with Brexit, so I want to put together a banging playlist to cheer my party guests up while we dance. [more inside]
posted by litereally on Jun 24, 2016 - 35 answers

Song with lyric: "The lights are out all over Europe"?

Thoughts of Brexit tonight put a song in my head — or, more accurately, a line from a song that I just can't place. I've tried to Google the lyric with no luck. Can you pin it down for me? [more inside]
posted by Mothlight on Jun 23, 2016 - 2 answers

My music tastes are stuck in 2004. Find me new music to love!

I used to really love being up on new music, but I got old, got boring, had a kid, and got out of touch. I'm getting kind of sick of my music collection and would love to find some new tunes. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jun 23, 2016 - 26 answers

Suggestions for a roadtrip songbook?

My friends and I are working on a fairly large project of assembling our favorite songs to sing along to, plus a book of lyrics that can live in the backseat of the car so that people don't actually need to memorize the song. I was hoping people might have suggestions for the book that fit the following criteria: [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Jun 23, 2016 - 24 answers

What are some great music theory blogs?

I'm getting deep into music theory and I'd like to update my RSS feed accordingly. So what are some great blogs that post things like discussions of music theory books, musicological analysis of popular music, music theory related trivia, etc? How can I be more of a nerd in this way?
posted by everythingyoudoisaballoon on Jun 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Simple software to print basic music?

My teacher has helped me work out some areangements of public domain pieces suitable for use by an adult onset harper (me). My messy notation is holding me back. Exists there a simple program to let me enter my scrawly notes and produce a tidy, easily read sheet of music? [more inside]
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer on Jun 20, 2016 - 8 answers

How do I get this guitar tone from Bettie Serveert's Kid's Allright?

What gear do I need to achieve this specific guitar tone from Bettie Serveert's "Kid's Allright"? I'm looking to replicate the sound the guitar makes from about 2:29 to 2:42. I really like that heavy, machine-like grinding distortion. I assume there's some kind of effects unit that's key to getting this sound. Any suggestions as to what that might be?
posted by millions on Jun 20, 2016 - 7 answers

Finger Picken

So, I really like a rolling finger-picked guitar (and/or other strings). Song's like Steve Miller's I Love You, The Dead's Friend of the Devil, and I suppose anything that Leo Kottke ever did, ex. Ojo. But al of those are almost fifty years old. Help me update my listening.
posted by rtimmel on Jun 17, 2016 - 9 answers

What song starts the Classic Album: Physical Grafitti documentary?

Right as the Classic Album Under Review: Physical Graffiti documentary starts, there's a lovely instrumental playing. What is it? [more inside]
posted by freebird on Jun 11, 2016 - 4 answers

Energetic, melodic drum and bass recommendations?

I'm looking for some good, exciting drum and bass to listen to as I exercise. The problem is, I'm looking for a specific type, and I don't know what it's called or how to find it. [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Jun 10, 2016 - 4 answers

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