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Choral cultural appropriation

I direct a small choir at a predominantly white church and I'm having some trouble determining whether an exclusively white choir singing certain repertoire is cultural appropriation or not. [more inside]
posted by altopower on Oct 28, 2015 - 40 answers

Exciting, emotional epics - songs for your life's montage?

I recently completed the videogame Life Is Strange, which I liked very much. The game's conclusion features the song 'Spanish Sahara', by Foals. It's an absolute knockout tune - a sprawling, emotional epic that builds, builds, builds and goes somewhere truly breathtaking without resorting to walls of sound or some kind of 'epic' conclusion. It reminded me of my current favourite song: 'No Reptiles', by Everything Everything, which could be the soundtrack to a montage of a complex life. I'm looking for more songs like these. [more inside]
posted by beijingbrown on Oct 26, 2015 - 16 answers

What's That Sound?

Do these types/styles of music have a name, and where can I find similar music? [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Oct 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Is "ding ding ding" really an enhancement?

Please recommend music which would be noticeably worse off without a triangle. I have attended the symphony eight times per year for the past five years, and I've only been thoroughly annoyed by the triangle once*, but I'd like to develop appreciation rather than tolerance and befuddlement. [more inside]
posted by esoterrica on Oct 22, 2015 - 22 answers

Does anyone know know the name of this (Chopin?) piece?

I was listening to Radiolab, and there is a piano phrase that I think is Chopin at 1:06, but I can't identify it. Does anyone know what it is? (And AMAZING episode by the way). Thanks!
posted by It's a Parasox on Oct 21, 2015 - 8 answers

New to teaching piano

Am I qualified to teach piano even though I never went to music school? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Oct 20, 2015 - 13 answers

Seeking a Musical City: Have Sax, Will Travel

I would like to spend the month of February outside North America in a temperate seaside city with an accessible music scene. [more inside]
posted by Jode on Oct 19, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me find that song

I'm trying to locate a Latin/Spanish song from a few years back with almost nothing to go on. Here's what I remember... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Oct 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Trying to find pop song w/ lyrics that sound like "I believe in my self"

Was at Planet Fitness and over the last week they kept playing a new pop song that has a refrain that sounds something like "I believe in my self" or "I be leading myself". It's a guy singing, and it's an upbeat pop song definitely issued very recently. Anyone know this one? I'm going insane trying to find it with no luck. I must have misheard the refrain.
posted by cmp4Meta on Oct 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Audio tracks or MIDI tracks

If I want to try to do a fair amount of editing, is it better to record audio tracks or MIDI tracks? [more inside]
posted by gt2 on Oct 17, 2015 - 9 answers

What is this sax sample from?

What is this sax sample from?
posted by Cosine on Oct 16, 2015 - 3 answers

What's going on on Ayler's Spiritual Unity?

I've been listening to Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity. I like it, or substantial parts of it. However, I do not understand why it's an "important" record, as most people seem to agree that it is. I do not know anything technical about music at all, although I listen to a lot of it, and to a lot of "noise" records. Can anyone explain what this album is doing and why it is important? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Oct 16, 2015 - 4 answers

What does the beginning of "I Will Never Let You Down" sound like?

The first 15 seconds of Rita Ora's "I Will Never Let You Down" is so frustratingly familiar. Do you know what it's reminding me of? [more inside]
posted by peep on Oct 12, 2015 - 30 answers

What is this song that ends with "say my name" but not by Beyonce

After listen to every song titled "Say My Name" on Spotify, I'm out of ideas. Y'all know this one? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Oct 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me music my offspring

Where do music and piano teachers of beginners get their goodies - the piano key charts, the very basics for teaching music theory and the scaffolding that enable the path toward reading (and understanding) music? [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze on Oct 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Please help me find music similiar to this Justice song!

I need to find music that is similar in sound and spirit to the Justice song "Helix," but specifically, close to the feeling of the Gesaffelstein Vision Remix. Industrial dance music, I'm assuming, but WHAT would have the same vibe? Help me, o Hive Mind?
posted by agregoli on Oct 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Birthday songs sung in the US before "Happy Birthday To You"

Looking for music and hopefully audio for birthday songs that might have been sung in the states before ~1860, ideally in English. I feel certain that I have seen a list of such songs in the past, but several decades worth of hubbub about the "Happy Birthday to You" copyright and the generic nature of the possible search terms seem to have have rendered Google helpless. Thanks!
posted by quarterframer on Oct 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Help Me With My Autumn (Music) Mix!

I'm looking for good "Autumn" music. With specifications, of course. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Oct 7, 2015 - 20 answers

What film featues the Eels song "Climbing To The Moon"?

My Google-fu has failed me: the first time I heard the Eels song "Climbing To The Moon," it was over the end credits of a film. What was the film?
posted by Enemy of Joy on Oct 7, 2015 - 7 answers

It coulda been a bonding experience

Please help me ID these two rap songs I heard at the gas station tonight. Yeah I shoulda just asked them but I didn't and now it's killing me. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Oct 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Never Enough Rhodes

Hello, I'm looking for specific instrumental jazz/soul/hip hop tracks involving drums, rhodes keyboards and bass. THAT'S IT. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Oct 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Klassik Metal \m/

In a fit of nostalgia I'm putting together a playlist of 'definitive' metal (ish) cuts. Only one song allowed per band/artist and it has to epitomise what they were about, the distilled essence of the band's sound if you will... [more inside]
posted by Rufus T. Firefly on Oct 1, 2015 - 29 answers

Need help identifying an un-google-able quote

Who said this: "A friend is better than a dollar. Cuz if you have a dollar, but ain't got a friend, then the money won't spend." [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 1, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I affordably start a music/art/educational LLC and non-profit?

I am a known financially developmentally delayed idiot. No really. I hate money. And I want to start a music and art festival on a slim budget and start building a framework to be able to raise funds for it and keep it all clean and kosher and separate while keeping my day job and tax bracket. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Sep 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Name that song / artist

I was listening to CBC Radio 2 or 3 around 5pm or 6pm on Sept 18th and heard a great song that I believe was by a band from Iceland. Knowing my tastes, it would've been a twee little indie rock song. I wrote down what I hoped would be enough of the lyrics to help me to google the band. The words I wrote are: "sweet like honey pie" (possibly from the chorus?), "rodeo" and "songbirds" (probably from the verses?). Google hasn't got me the artist or the song. AskMe, can you name that tune?
posted by monkeymonkey on Sep 28, 2015 - 6 answers

🎺💀 Call of Dooty: Skull Trumpet Ops III

Ignignokt and I are currently obsessed with the Skull Trumpet meme. In that vein, we're looking for the kind of dooty doot-doot trumpet music that Skull Trumpet might play. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Sep 28, 2015 - 20 answers

Why do Tom Petty songs seem not to go anywhere?

Listening to Tom Petty's songs, I've always gotten the sensation that they don't go anywhere -- almost as if an engine is turned on, but the car isn't put into gear and therefore doesn't move. What is it about the tunes that's causing this sensation? [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 on Sep 28, 2015 - 13 answers

Music with fiddly bits

I like music with fiddly bits. Recommend me more of same. [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Sep 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Vaguely remembered Coldplay songwriting checklist?

I have this memory of seeing a behind the scenes video of Coldplay working on songs (maybe somewhere around the X&Y era?) In their working space, they had a checklist on the wall of each element of each song they needed to finalize, like rhythm, melody, lyrics, etc. I'd like to see that list again but I have no idea where I saw it and Googling hasn't gotten me anywhere. Ring a bell for anyone?
posted by frenetic on Sep 27, 2015 - 2 answers

A once great rock band that broke up gets back together

What are some examples of bands that had a long hiatus and then got back together for a significant second incarnation? [more inside]
posted by qhosinyawi on Sep 26, 2015 - 35 answers

Help me get more in touch with music a young American might know.

(Sorry for posting this right on the heels of another music recommendation thread!) This is a music recommendations request with a special snowflakey focus. For whatever reason, but I think mostly due to my weeaboo nature and my social isolation, I like a lot of Japanese music but am largely ignorant of music that a typical young American might be aware of or into. And I mean really ignorant, enough that I specifically made a project of listening to all the Beatles albums last year (and in so doing discovered that one of the songs that I like by one of my favorite Japanese bands was actually a Beatles cover). In short, I'd like Metafilter's help to get me more plugged into music that a young American might know about. [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer on Sep 25, 2015 - 28 answers

Please recommend more music like some parts of Hamilton?

I don't usually like music with vocals, but it turns out I like large parts of the Hamilton soundtrack. Can the hive mind recommend more like it? I especially liked the first number "Alexander Hamilton", and the Cabinet meetings. I also liked "Ten Duel Commandments," "Satisfied" (Angelica's wedding flashback), and "The Room where it happened" but mostly for the parts with one voice singing a simple melody or speaking rhythmically. (Weirdly, it seems like when there's almost nothing but vocals, I turn out to like vocals.)
posted by d. z. wang on Sep 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Spotify vs. iTunes vs. Rdio vs. Google Play vs. Tidal vs....

I’m willing to spend $10 / month on ad-free streaming music. My casual searching has yielded few really thorough comparisons of the different services. Have you done an in-depth comparison, are you aware of tools for doing an in-depth comparison (say, by checking specific catalog entries via APIs), or can you connect me to an in-depth comparison of the different platforms, their content, and their pros and cons? Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 22, 2015 - 10 answers

What are your favorite quotable lyrics?

"But if you try sometimes well you might find you get what you need..." I need chunks of lyrics that you quote all the time. Or, at least, quotable lyrics. Bonus points if they're easily drawn or visualized. Double bonus points if they're on self-discovery & empowerment with a bit of life is good thrown in for good measure. [more inside]
posted by imbri on Sep 21, 2015 - 59 answers

Looking for dark pedal steel guitar

I really like a certain (non-distorted) electric guitar sound which makes use of pitch bend (often pedal steel, but sometimes just a tremolo bar) to create a gothic/apocalyptic mood. It's often heavily reverbed, giving the overall impression that the band is playing wasted at the bottom of a cistern. I'd like to find more songs like this. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Sep 20, 2015 - 12 answers

Putumayo Presents: Yoga track "Bliss" - what is it reminding me of?

I was listening to Putumayo Presents: Yoga, and this track has the same tune as another I've heard, ten or fifteen years ago. Original version was rather shoegaze-y, a midrange man's voice on the vocals.
posted by Guy Smiley on Sep 18, 2015 - 2 answers

You spin me right round baby right round like a what?

I need songs with specific lyrics which I can play for my daughter which represent antiquated technology that she has no real understanding of. [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Sep 18, 2015 - 120 answers

Halloween S'Carols 2015 edition: creepy new songs for the annual mix?

Looking for any new creepy sounding tracks for my annual Halloween mix. New, or new to you; original songs; cover songs; or even soundtrack selections work. (If a recommendation has appeared on a previous AskMeta thread for Halloween mix tunes, less candy for you!)
posted by Unsomnambulist on Sep 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Wouldn't it be nice to learn more about Brian Wilson?

I'd like to learn more about Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. What biographies should I read? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Sep 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Do You Know What Song I Mean?

I've been trying to identify an elusive cover of Lee Michaels' 1971 song "Do You Know What I Mean" that I remember hearing on the radio over twenty years ago, circa the late eighties/early nineties. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Sep 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Sample identification - a small good thing

I'm trying to identify a sample from the first few minutes of this album. The sample occurs at 0:27, 0:47, 1:02, and so forth. It's the muted organ/electric piano chords; one chord played 4 times, followed by another played once. I know it sounds kinda generic, but I swear that this is a sample from a jazz or R&B song that I recorded off the radio in the mid-late 80s; in the original that second chord follows the same pattern as the first. This is driving me bonkers. Help!
posted by googly on Sep 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Unique background music for driving around adult workshop attendees?

For my new job, I collect attendees at the hotel and bring them to the office, then bring them back at the end of the day. I do this every month for a week - in total, 4-5 hours on the road. So far I've been playing Andy Fink's Corporate Report cd, but I would like some more variety. Please recommend equally particular albums that would go in the background of a jovial van ride. Maybe some instrumental 70s rock, or a really solid dub album?
posted by rebent on Sep 14, 2015 - 12 answers

Where classical and pop music collide

I've been listening to Ben Fold's new album So There pretty much non-stop for the past couple weeks. Suffice it to say, I absolutely love it, and I'd like to find more artists/albums that have similar qualities to both parts of the album, but I'm stumped as to where I should look for it. [more inside]
posted by noneuclidean on Sep 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Tom Waits-esque Hip Hop

I'm looking for recommendations for hip-hop tracks that have backing instrumentals that sound like Tom Waits tracks or that are straight-up mashups with hip hop tracks. (This doesn’t just mean sampling. “Oodles of O’s” by De La Soul samples Waits, but it doesn’t sound like Waits track.) Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me ID this song I heard at Burning Man with 'baby elephant' in it?

Heard some song with lines about elephants, now might die if I don't hear it again. Google has failed me. [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Sep 13, 2015 - 9 answers

What's that tune? (50s instrumental)

Lounge Lizards of MeFi, please ID this track. Easy listening, maybe just non-vocal, kinda South of the Border. Link to unknown cover version plus [more inside]
posted by Rash on Sep 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Sample ID: "When I grow up, I wanna be a DJ"

Once upon a time I heard a track which included a clip of a child's voice saying "when I grow up, I wanna be a DJ". The sample popped into my head again last night and I am trying to figure out where it came from. I think maybe Skrillex or somebody like that sampled it recently, but it came from something older. Does this sound familiar? What am I thinking of?
posted by Mars Saxman on Sep 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Live cover of DUNE theme

Who performed that live cover of the opening music and monologue from David Lynch's DUNE? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on Sep 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Das Orchester Nürnberg

I've been tasked with finding a very specific kind of instrumental orchestral theme. VERY specific. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Sep 10, 2015 - 6 answers

Help identify this song! Female upbeat indie pop. Chorus: "Sunny day!"

I heard a song through a festival sound system recently and am trying to find it! It features a female vocalist; it's upbeat and twee-ish but with a fairly well-produced sound; it sounds like there are melodicas in the mix but effected so they're a bit beefier. The chorus refrain finishes each line with words that sound a lot like she's singing 'Sunny day', with the 'day' stretched over three syllables. Help!
posted by Cantdosleepy on Sep 10, 2015 - 3 answers

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