I have a special fondness for the kinds of pretty, moody alt-pop songs you often hear, say, during the closing credits of a CW show, or Grey's Anatomy (or, if you're more my generation, all the way back to Ally McBeal and Dawson's Creek) when somebody gets their heart broken. But I don't normally listen to these bands, so I don't really know how to seek out more. Hivemind: Point me in the right direction! [more inside]
I can't find how to have Google create a playlist using only my music on my phone. Does it still exist? [more inside]
Trying to find a song based on what I remember on the music video. Was sung by a woman, kind of melancholy sounding. Most notable part of the music video was a woman riding a horse and she had dramatically long hair that floated through the sky. [more inside]
What is the optimal speaker set up for a computer playing iTunes and Spotify primarily (quality ~320 kbps)? I primarily listen to music on Spotify, and am looking for a new office speaker setup to connect to my iMac, but I'm not sure what the optimal plan is. Bookshelf speakers? Sonos? Computer speakers? DAC? Receiver? I'd prefer speakers to headphones, and am looking for the best sound out of those files.
I'm looking for examples of clever guitar solos/improv that lean towards note selection rather than technical flash. More Louis Armstrong, less Joe Bonamassa. Preferably rock/indie/pop, thinking outside the pentatonic box. Who should I be listening to? [more inside]
I have the only known master copy of an unreleased song by a very famous recording artist. What do I do with it? [more inside]
Please help me find an old(-ish) song featuring Pharrell. Vague explanation inside. [more inside]
Question posted on behalf of Mr. Killian. My husband is using a MIDI controller (ART X-15 Ultrafoot) to control a multi-effects signal processor (ART SGX2000) for his guitar. But he can't seem to figure out how to make the expression pedal perform an octave sweep. He can get it to turn on/off the effect, but no luck trying to get it to sweep (a la Tom Morello in Killing In The name Of and Like a Stone). Any MIDI masters out there can help?
What is the song in this trailer? I usually try not to ask these questions because only a few people benefit from it but this has been stuck in my head for days. There are a few other people asking the same question by the looks of the YouTube comments.
I'm trying to remember a song I listened to many times years ago - it had a great spoken word part at the beginning of a woman talking about how we use wheels and doors for their emptiness - very similar to the Tao Te Ching chapter 11: http://earlywomenmasters.net/tao/ch_11.html [more inside]
Can you pretty please recommend me some music you think that I would like based on the stuff I've linked below the fold that I'm really into at the moment? [more inside]
I'm embarking on an overambitious personal writing project to profile the career of a pair of multidisciplinary artists who've been kicking around underground for 20+ years with next to no fanfare outside of their scene. Can you link me to some SUPER in-depth profiles of other working artists to give me an idea of what to aim for and what to avoid as I work on this? (Really long, career-spanning pieces would be best, but shorter stuff is OK. Bonus points if it's about someone you don't care for/about but the writing was so compelling that you loved reading it anyway, like this incredible profile of Carrot Top in Esquire.) What are some investigative profile best/worst practices when it comes to building something huge from scratch? What do readers love/hate to see in projects like this? [more inside]
I saw this funny and cool YouTube video with two musicians playing on one double-neck guitar. Unfortunately I don't have the link anymore and I've forgotten the names of the musicians. [more inside]
I'm making a playlist for a friend and I'd like your suggestions. [more inside]
What's the instrument that gives this Ry Cooder song its twangy quality? [more inside]
My high energy 4 year old loves Katy Perry to a degree that my ears can no longer tolerate. Roar, Firework, This Is How We Do are often in heavy rotation around our house and in the car. I'm glad she likes music and I appreciate some of the themes in Katy Perry's music (female strength and independence) but I'd like to interest her in some other music as well. [more inside]
I have learned that Beethoven desired to have his symphonies played at specific metronome speeds, but that they are often slowed down. I am thus trying to track down recordings, preferably on CD by mp3 is okay, that are still in distribution, recorded at Beethoven's own fast tempos. Unfortunately, the glut of classical music recordings is making it difficult for me to differentiate them. Any recommendations for recordings at the fast pace would be most appreciated.
What examples are there of classical or popular music inspired by the sounds of industrialization and mechanization in the 19th century? 20th-century rock and electronic musicians from industrial cities like Sheffield, Düsseldorf and Detroit have cited the mechanical rhythms of the factories around them as formative influences on their work. Did anything of this sort happen in the industrial centres of 19th-century Europe or North America? What 19th-Century music was inspired by the rhythms of steam engines, textile mills, mines & foundries? [more inside]
I've been playing piano most of my life, but I don't know how to write a song. I'm looking for:
- Resources that will teach me how write a song - for example, listening exercises that will help me understand song structure, or websites with rules for how to construct a song.
- Software to help in the process.
I often find music without a sung component difficult and frustrating to listen to. Obviously, this means I'm missing out on some great music, and it's probably due to a gap in my musical education. Can you help me learn to better appreciate and understand instrumental - especially classical - music? [more inside]
i have been in withdrawal since the demise of Copy Comma Right years ago. please recommend to me your very most favorite cover songs - any genre, any song. i want it allllllll!
I use iTunes on a MacBook Pro, and my music library will soon be large enough that it won't fit on my local HD. On top of that, I'll likely be adding another Mac to my home network, and would like to share the library between them. [more inside]
I used to be obsessed with ambient music. I realized recently that I've fallen away from it. Recommend me some good, newer stuff to nap out to! [more inside]
Based on this motley assortment of songs that I really get the chills from, can you recommend more? [more inside]
I'm a guitar- and banjo-playing first grade teacher looking for new songs to sing with my wee ones. I have a large bank of classics, but I'm interested in new to new-ish music (last 10 years, say?) that I can sing with a group of 6/7 year olds. Caveat: what I'm looking for is music for adults, or at least not specifically geared towards little kids (ie, I know about Caspar Babypants and love him but not what I'm after). [more inside]
On an episode of The Cosby Show, Stevie Wonder asked Theo Huxtable what he would say if he was at a party. His answer was "Jammin on the one". But what does it mean? [more inside]
This post reminded me of a catalog we used to order CDs from back in the early 90's. What was it? [more inside]
I've been really enjoying this Bulgarian Field Recordings album (spotify) that was recorded at the Koprivshtitsa Festival in the mountains of Bulgaria, and I want to find more great stuff like it. Does anyone have any Bulgarian folk music recommendations? [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for songbooks my 10 year old might like for playing the piano. [more inside]
Toddler Mouse's great-grandparents gave him a toy that loudly plays music when a button is pressed. Can anyone make out the lyrics or identify the song? [more inside]
I need your best sparkle magic tea party music! If unicorns had a posh tea party while playing croquet and chatting about the best brand of horn glitter, this is what they would be listening to! [more inside]
I listen to most of my music on CD, and want to replace the cheapo Philips stereo and speakers from my student days with a better quality system. Recommendations for receiver and speakers please? Total budget around $500. [more inside]
This is driving me nuts: I keep hearing this song in busy loud places and I can't identify the lyrics enough to find it. I haven't been able to ask anyone who the artist is, unfortunately. [more inside]
I'm a sucker for the sort of song that is played over montages of action at the end of sport events (important matches, tournaments, championships etc). Definitely not looking for the sort of song that is played to gee up the crowd (Song 2, Wide Open Spaces etc), but stuff like Nothing Stays The Same by Luke Sital-Singh, Run Boy Run by Woodkid, One Day Like This by Elbow or maybe Ane Brun's version of True Colours. [more inside]
My partner, MeFi's own Comrade Doll just got her United States citizenship after a long and winding journey. She's very glad of it and to salute her, I'm throwing an all-American cookout this weekend: burgers, barbecue, and apple pie, flags on everything, the works. Help me make the perfect thematic soundtrack for our party! [more inside]
I'm an amateur singer trying to look for songs that best showcase my voice. I'm not particularly trained in music (I was at a point in my youth but have since forgotten), so I have trouble identifying what it is about a song that makes it well-suited for my voice. Maybe the hivemind can help me figure it out/suggest some other songs that might work? [more inside]
Can you recommend some beautiful, minimalistic music for me? [more inside]
Many years ago, I heard a song that included the following lyrics: "She gave up all her dreams, so that I could buy ice cream" and I haven't been able to find it again. [more inside]
What IS this funky old song? I am here singing the beginning of the chorus:
I've been trying to work out the chords to Liz Phair's "Shitloads of Money," a song which speaks to me in these trying times, so that I might play them on the ukulele. Some of them are eluding me. [more inside]
What's your favorite online store (or other source) that puts out well-chosen lists of new stuff (books, music, or anything else) on a weekly or monthly basis? [more inside]
Whenever I listen to an album many times in a row, I get to the point where when a song ends, I can literally hear in my head the beginning of the next song. [more inside]
I recently remembered how much I liked At the Drive-in, especially the album Relationship of Command. Specifically I like the soft / loud dynamic in the songs, the vocal style (some screamed lyrics, but only occasionally used), the driving guitar melodies, and the choruses that lend to singing along. What would you recommend that is similar? I'm fine with recommendations from any time period.
My 10 year old niece and 7 year old nephew really like to watch music videos. The ones they love most are goofy, high energy, and have some type of underlying story. They are particularly into music that is danceable and visually they like bright colors and crazy costumes or interesting outfits. A few they have liked recently are Con Bro Chill and Meghan Trainor. Any suggestions for other artists they might like? [more inside]
What is the song at 1:35 in this clip from an episode of Frasier? it also appears in the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode Mac and Charlie Die where Dennis and the European roomate go to the bar for a big sex party or whatever.
I work at a small music school where we hold raffles at fairs for a big giveaway. We pick the winner fairly and proceed to contact others who participated by offering a free lesson. I'd like to contact non winners only after the winner has claimed their prize but it was suggested to contact everyone regardless if the winner claims prize. What's the best protocol when dealing with raffle giveaways?
OK, I realise this is pretty niche, but I may get a surprise. Can you help me find more intense music played on the nyckelharpa? [more inside]
I'm putting together a playlist to doze off to most nights. Downtempo probably goes without saying, piano is a plus, vocals are acceptable, and I don't want to lean too much on the ambient genre. Suggestions? [more inside]
Big Band/Motown/Modern Dance songs needed. More info and examples after the jump. [more inside]
I can't remember much about it but I'm trying to remember the name of a Classic Mac-era program that let you create animations in the black-and-white style of Dark Castle. It came with a demo that scrolled and had funny stuff happening in it.