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Lens on Lilliput — searching for the theme

Back in the early days of Australian television — back before I was born — there was a show on the ABC called "Lens on Lilliput". It was a show of its time where basically they showed the view from a microscope. My wife's uncle wants to hear the theme again and although all the family of his age remember the show, they can't remember the theme. Google has been of almost no use to me here and I'm hoping that maybe someone might be able to help.
posted by antipodes on Dec 27, 2015 - 3 answers

What is being sung in this French-language song?

If any Francophones are up for a challenge: can you tell this monoglot what is being sung in The Go! Team's song Ye Ye Yamaha? (YouTube link but should also be on all the streaming services.) He wants to sing along but has to resort to garbled nonsense words. It's a fuzzy pop song with a killer catchy chorus, if that entices anyone!
posted by Quilford on Dec 27, 2015 - 8 answers

what easy, portable, cheap musical instrument should I learn to play?

I've recently gotten involved with some people who like to play jigs, reels, and sometimes strathspeys. It's made me want to learn an instrument. But what instrument? I'd like something cheap enough that I can try it a few months on a whim (which this basically is), small enough to carry in my lap (I often have to beg rides), and easy enough that within a few months I'll feel more like I'm playing music than practicing an instrument. Instructor recommendations in NYC would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Dec 24, 2015 - 51 answers

Where to go after Rdio?

I was a huge fan of Rdio, and am disappointed when it is gone. I used it in part because it fit my needs so well compared to any of the other streaming services out there. Where should I go now? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Dec 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Audience Participation Required

What audio or video recordings are available online of concerts where the lead singer/vocalist stops and the audience takes over to sing the lyrics or chorus of a song without them? Any genre. Kid-safe clips without swearing or explicit lyrics, preferred.
posted by zarq on Dec 21, 2015 - 41 answers

Name this annoying '90s song

Well, maybe it wasn't annoying to you. It was popular in early 1996 (or at least I couldn't get away from it where I was) and I believed the chorus went, "Judy in the way. Judy in the way. Judy in the way-hey-hey-hey-hey-hey-hey-hey. Judy in the way . . ." I suspect there was no Judy in it at all, because I can't Google it. The song was a folk-rockish, powerpoppy blend. There was whistling in it. Do you know it? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Dec 20, 2015 - 9 answers

How can I learn to read rhythm as quickly as possible?

I am way. over. my. head. in a musical project. I need to learn a complicated piece (piazolla) from a score and have no training at all. [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Dec 17, 2015 - 18 answers

Music Jam Group Wants to Share Music Online

A local informal ukulele jam group has regular jam sessions and occasional performances. They would like to share uke tablature (with lyrics) amongst the members online, as well as create songbooks for jam sessions and performances that could be accessed/used via mobile or in hard copy. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Dec 17, 2015 - 2 answers

Your earworm expungers

It's Christmastime, which means stress and endless exposure to certain pieces of music. Consequently, I am dealing with dire earworms. What are your go-to earworm overrides, fellow earworm sufferers? [more inside]
posted by gingerest on Dec 16, 2015 - 47 answers

Looking for a band on KCRW

My local coffee shop has been playing archives of KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic broadcasts this morning. I heard a great band on what I believe was an archived show, but I can't find it on their site. Help? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 on Dec 14, 2015 - 1 answer

Best $500 synth for ambient music

I want to make really spacious ambient pads to score a film. Whats the best synth in the $500-700 range to do this? Preferably an actual physical keyboard.
posted by captainscared on Dec 14, 2015 - 17 answers

What are some of the best karaoke events near you?

I want to host a regular karaoke night in my town, and I want to make it awesome. What are some karaoke events that you know about — either one-offs or regulars — you think are great? And what makes them good?
posted by stokast on Dec 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Looking for some rare groove music recommendations...?

The past several years I've really found myself drawn to rare groove music. This is fairly obscure soul/funk/r&b from the late 70s and early-mid 80s, much of which has been heavily sampled in hiphop but is less known to the general public. I'm looking for more music similar to some favorites I've found. (links below) [more inside]
posted by basehead on Dec 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Who sang this song?

I'm looking for an album/artist. It came out about 5 to 8 years ago and was popular with the NPR-crowd (probably a "first listen"). It was a woman singer and was pretty angsty. I remember one song that had something to do with a woman in a bathtub or in the bathroom; maybe the singer referred to has her wife. Very vague. Too vague for my searching skills.
posted by CMcG on Dec 10, 2015 - 7 answers

android music player that won't play podcasts

Seeking a recommendation for an android music player that will only look in certain folders. My current "Music Player" app looks all over my phone, and as a result it shows me a confusing mix of albums and podcasts. Doggcatcher sees only my podcasts; I want a music player that sees only my music folders.
posted by greptile on Dec 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Highly Specific Portable Music Player Needed

An older relative with a daily train commute has requested a music player for the holidays - but they don't want anything with extra features, novel menus, or - if it can be helped - a shuffle feature. All they want is the ability to listen to an entire album (from a selection of about 20) with very clear and easy to understand menus and buttons. They were given a Zune for this purpose a few years ago and returned it saying it was confusing and had "too many settings". What should I buy? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Dec 10, 2015 - 4 answers

Riot on the Dance Floor

How can I see (or get a copy of) the documentary on Trenton's City Gardens, "Riot on the Dance Floor". (IMDB)(Closed Kickstarter) I grew up nearby, saw Nico here in the 70's...
posted by cosmac on Dec 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Are Off-Shore Music Stores Legal in the US?

I was Googling an obscure 1960s recording that's never been released digitally and was surprised to find an mp3 of it for sale on a music store website I'd never heard of before. The store seems legit as it's pretty comparable in catalog and services to the iTunes or Amazon stores, is not on the "dark" web but is out in the open, and they accept credit cards but their prices are crazy cheap. The site I found appears to be based in Ukraine but I've found a few others based in other countries. Can I legally buy from these places?!?
posted by Jamesonian on Dec 9, 2015 - 16 answers

Zero-Tolerance Policy

An emotionally unstable & potentially dangerous acquaintance is renting out part of our living space for 4 days, starting this week and I am not okay with that. How do we rescind the offer in a safe way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2015 - 37 answers

What music streaming gadget am I looking for?

I need something that can connect to the internet by WiFi, and to my receiver by standard RCA connectors. Ideally, I'd like to be able to select and control the music by a web interface or phone app, and be able to play music from my laptop as well as from various internet streaming services. What's the best option out there? [more inside]
posted by Zonker on Dec 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Invitation to illustrate music program covers, no idea what to charge.

I was recently asked by the conductor of a well-known classical music ensemble if I'd be interested in illustrating the programs for some of his upcoming performances. A collaboration like this would be a cherry gig for me, and I'm very excited, but I'm worried about messing it up. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Dec 4, 2015 - 4 answers

And you thought the Grinch would never pay $5.

I'm going to be cranky this Christmas. Assume it's unavoidable and no ghosts will be visiting me to convince me otherwise. What should I watch, read, and do that will help me feel less alone in my crankiness? [more inside]
posted by superfluousm on Dec 1, 2015 - 83 answers

Songs That Teach Something

I'm looking for songs along the theme of teaching -- the only example I can think of right now is "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music... Not finding Google helpful so far. There must be more! Any type of music is fair game.
posted by trillian on Dec 1, 2015 - 24 answers

The Live Music Industry: Who Pays and How Much?

Can someone please explain a few things to me about how the live music industry works? I have two basic questions... [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Dec 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Hit me with your favorite holiday record!

Having stumbled across the utterly delightful It's A Holiday Soul Party, I'm on the lookout for any interesting Christmas/holiday music. I've searched past questions, but would love to hear from folks this year! Nothing is off limits - we love everything from traditional to Klezmer Nutcracker to Vince Guaraldi to the South Park Christmas record (don't you judge me). Thanks so much!
posted by ersatzkat on Nov 30, 2015 - 46 answers

looking for a recording of the song "Run Run Run (through the sunlight)"

Hi, mefi! I am looking for a song (ideally a recording that I can listen to) called "Run Run Run". It was in an elementary school music textbook in the mid-eighties, but I have currently found only one mention of it on The Web, on this page. [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Nov 28, 2015 - 2 answers

Music for cleansing, venting, and catharsis in under an hour

It’s Thanksgiving, and that means drama and tension. It also means that I don’t get much alone time to vent said drama and tension. What is some good music that I can listen to in between ten minutes (time for stage setting) and an hour (private time before sleep) that will cathartically purge all of my tension? Could be sad, could be relaxing, could be angry, but after hearing it I want to feel completely wrung out and serene. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on Nov 25, 2015 - 23 answers

Looking for the name of a double CD from the early 90s.

I believe the cover had an illustration of a kid on a tricycle. And it was an independent breakout, double CD, by a guy who I believe was a carpenter or machine worker. It was singer/songwriter or alt.country style. It’s haunting me that I can’t remember.
posted by captainscared on Nov 24, 2015 - 2 answers

Songs where the singer vocalizes the instruments

I'm looking for songs where the singer vocalizes part of the instruments in the song. [more inside]
posted by Twicketface on Nov 24, 2015 - 60 answers

How to teach a kid to play the guitar

I need some advice on teaching a 10 year old kid to play the guitar. Complications ensue: he's not my kid, and I'm not a professional teacher. Lengthy stuff after the fold: [more inside]
posted by Thistledown on Nov 23, 2015 - 16 answers

I'm Pretty Sure It's Not J.Lo

Who's singing "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" in this Shades of Blue promo? [more inside]
posted by brittanyq on Nov 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall

Does anyone have experience or knowledge (first-hand or otherwise) of the Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall? My kid has been nominated to audition, and while it sounds like a great experience, it's also costly. I guess I'm partly wondering if this is a legitimate and competitive audition or something more like a Who's Who publication where the main criterion is whether you are willing and able to pay for it.
posted by oakroom on Nov 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Podcasts requested!

I'm returning to work from maternity leave, and my daily 2 hours in the car is the only time I'm guaranteed to myself. Help me make it the best time possible with podcasts! I'm looking specifically for podcasts on: yoga, running, cooking (bonus points for vegetarian or vegan), music, and history. [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass on Nov 20, 2015 - 24 answers

'80s music video ID help needed.

Looking for a music video from the '80s. Pop/dance music, features a guy and a girl on a swing facing each other with the camera mounted on the swing as it moves back and forth. Interesting spinning effects as I recall. Had heavy play probably on BET (possibly MTV or VH1) for a short period, my guess is mid 80's.
posted by cosmac on Nov 16, 2015 - 1 answer

Seeking simple album-oriented music player for my iPhone and iPad

I like to listen to albums and playlists from my music collection on my iPhone. I don't need a streaming service, or radio, or recommendations, or social networks. I just want a simple user interface that lets me pick out an album (or maybe a playlist) and listen to it. Does such a thing exist for iOS? The built-in music app has gotten way too complicated, and does not work well for me or my family. [more inside]
posted by alms on Nov 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Burial, FKA Twigs, ______?

I'm looking for more music that combines spare, dub-steppish beats with soulful-but-altered vocals, in the vein of FKA Twigs and Burial. I am not looking for sick drops. I have a dim idea that there is a lot out there, or that this genre even has a name, but am in need of clues.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Nov 16, 2015 - 22 answers

Obscure, outsider, or non-profit record labels

One way I like to explore and discover new (rather, new to me) music is by sifting deep through a record label's back catalog. I'd love to hear about labels I don't already know about or that I may have overlooked. My taste spans all genres, but I'm specifically seeking labels that feature world music/music of the non-West, field recordings, lost gems and rarities, non-commercial/non-profit, and generally obscure and/or outsider recordings. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Nov 15, 2015 - 33 answers

Looking for repetitive music of a certain sort.

Hello there. I'm looking for music with certain attributes. I want it to be electronic (is that even the word?), with a decent amount of energy but not too fast, and most of all, repetitive. Prefer no vocals but if they are repetitive and as monotone as possible that's fine too. [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on Nov 15, 2015 - 31 answers

Why does this sound like it does? (Guitar and music theory question)

Why is it that when staying in the same key, when the backing band / bass changes in some way, the notes that "feel right" on the guitar change? (Lots more inside) [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Nov 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Looking for some free/public domain patriotic-sounding music

Seeking examples or links to some cheesy, bombastic, super-patriotic instrumental music that is free to use. It should be old-fashioned, like 1930s-1940s style. Thanks for your help!
posted by Enemy of Joy on Nov 12, 2015 - 13 answers

What's the best set up for streaming music in our house?

We want to stream music to our living room. Maybe throughout the house later. What set up should we look at? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Nov 12, 2015 - 24 answers

I'd like to find the ALLMUSIC.COMs best albums by user rating?

I love Allmusic.com and its pretty wonderful gang of critics opining on various music albums. Allmusic has a feature where it permits you to see the best albums arranged by genre and star rating. I'm looking to see if anybody knows a way to find the best albums arranged by user ratings that albums also get. [more inside]
posted by caudal on Nov 10, 2015 - 1 answer

Club-style mix of crowd-pleaser dancing songs

I host parties sometimes and would like to play a mix that my guests will love dancing to. I am looking for an app/service that plays DJ-mixed music similar to what I often hear in dance clubs, i.e.: (1) A mix mainly of pop, hip-hop, R&B, dance, and EDM; (2) Many chart-toppers & crowd pleasers; (3) Mostly recent songs but maybe some old ones too; (4) Song transitions are professionally done (mixed into each other to keep the energy level high, and match in BPM) [more inside]
posted by ElEmigrante on Nov 7, 2015 - 9 answers

Identifying a techno song that featured Carl Sagan's "Contact"

In the late 90s to early 2000s, I found on Napster a techno (possibly trance?) song which had a quote from Carl Sagan's "Contact". It was not a sample from the movie. This dialogue does not appear in the movie. [more inside]
posted by wivy on Nov 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Suggest me some contemporary-ish music involving player pianos.

I noticed that Dan Deacon uses player piano on some of his tracks. So now I'm curious about how contemporary musicians are using player pianos (contemporary defined fairly broadly) in their music. Also open to music involving other computer controlled real-world instruments! [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork on Nov 1, 2015 - 8 answers

Open Source 8-bit Music?

Son needs open source, 8-bit music for his youtube page. Creative Commons doesn't really guarantee that their search results in music that you can use, royalty-free. Any suggestions? We don't want to get sued or get a take-down notice!
posted by brownrd on Oct 30, 2015 - 3 answers

How do you fix a cd player that skips in the same spots for all cds?

I have a small boombox that I bought brand new. After a while (we're talking Emerson here), it started skipping when playing cds and it skips in the same spots on every cd you put into it (around song #2/3 for most albums). What's the cause of that and can anything be done to fix it? [more inside]
posted by atinna on Oct 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Can you identify this music?

It's a page of sheet music, found without context. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Oct 28, 2015 - 13 answers

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

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