I really like the way Tom Waits' voice works with spiritual-inspired music, like in Come on Up to the House. What other songs (either his or by any similarly gravel-voiced singers) should I listen to? His discography is so big and diverse that Pandora doesn't quite cut it.
I heard a song recently that sounded new and was dreamy and catchy, with a female singer, with the lyrics "grace and symmetry" or "symmetry and grace." Um, help me find her? [more inside]
I would like to know how many pressings for any given recording were produced (with ease). [more inside]
I am looking for late twentieth-century pop music covered in earlier styles. I know The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, I know The Puppini Sisters, I know Big Daddy (although that is kind of an edge case because the song and the style are only a decade apart, but it was a tumultuous decade musically). Tell me more that I have yet to learn about. [more inside]
Please help me find music that's mellow, percussive, and contemplative, but fades into the background and lets me concentrate on my work. [more inside]
I'm craving music that has as little sound as possible. I feel like the music that I've encountered all my life rarely has long chunks of silence. I want music that respects silence, tiptoes around it, and very, very rarely intrudes upon it. I want those intrusions to be perfect as well. Does anything come to mind? [more inside]
For the past few days, I've been listening to the soundtrack from Braid on repeat, and it's just... perfect for the mood that I've been in. Help me branch out, and find other music that captures the exquisite warmth of the Braid Soundtrack. [more inside]
Pretty straightforward, really. What are your favorite songs that speak to grappling with real, significant struggles, keeping your head up, continuing to fight and plug along? Songs that say "things will get better" without minimizing the depth of the current pain? Songs that give you a burst of fight and grit when you're feeling helpless? Not relationship-specific. I've been listening to "Ooh Child" and of course the classic Tupac - any genre welcome.
I've got a buddy who has recently returned to the opposite coast for a while. A big part of our friendship is singing together, which is right nice. The problem is we can't figure out how to do it now. Skype has that delay that always makes it feel like the other person is messing with you (and the volume goes down in my speakers when there's input from my mic?). Phone calls are weird when one person's trying to hold a guitar. Are there any solutions for this kinda thing yet, or are we reduced to sending recordings back and forth? [more inside]
The song has been stuck in my head - I believe it is a Michael Jackson song (it is NOT, I repeat, NOT "Love Never Felt So Good"). I can't seem to find it on YouTube or ISPOT, but it shows people doing "autumn" outdoor activities in various Jeep models. One of the scenes is a pick-up game of football lit by the headlights of two Jeeps.
I realize this is vague and potentially unanswerable but there seems to be a decent sized community of indie bands and singer songwriters in their twenties and thirties. I realize that there are some musicians older than this in those genres but they seem to be a minority. Is this something that people tend to move on from because of a lack of a viable financial living for the majority or does something else explain the abundance of younger people creating this kind of music? Thanks
What websites, blogs, radio stations (do those even exist), newspapers, etc. do I need to look for to keep up with the Dallas music scene? Rock, preferably, some country.
A film professor friend is compiling a list of movies about drug and alcohol abuse in connection to the creative process. Got any suggestions? [more inside]
What's it called when a spoken-word poem has musical accompaniment? And what are some excellent specimens of the genre? To give you an idea of the sound/feel I'm looking for I've included a few examples below the fold, the tracks that inspired this quest for [more inside]
I'm looking to temporarily join a community chorus in Manhattan for a few months this winter. I've found van.org but as far as I can make out it lists mostly pretty serious choirs and chorales. [more inside]
Why won't my music sync and play properly?! I have been struggling with this since iOS 5? 6? Feels like forever - I am so beyond frustrated. So much so that I am ready to just stop using music on my iPhone and iPad completely. Which was the reason I got an iPhone in the first place. [more inside]
Are there any arrangements out there for a violn/piano duet of The Cure's Just Like Heaven? Looking for sheet music, if possible. Are there sheet-music web-fora around for such a thing? How would I get this. How would I get my filthy paws on this
I like T. Rex, Queen, and the rock-opera parts of the Rocky Horror soundtrack. What other music might I like, in the same vein? I am thinking of pick slides, female backup singers, and bombastic vocals. Should I be searching generally for glam? 70s vintage is a plus, but not required.
I just read the Program Notes to Become Ocean, recently the subject of a post on the blue, and it contains the following: "[Become Ocean] gives almost no hint of the kind of linear structure of most Western music — no clearly defined episodes, no building of tension leading to moments of resolution, no sense of a narrative or journey with beginning, middle and end. It is not even a piece with themes and developments in any usual sense. Rather, Become Ocean is more a sonic environment in which to immerse oneself." I really like this kind of music. Can you recommend any more of it? [more inside]
Back in possibly the mid-to late 80's, or early 90's at the latest, I caught a bit of a program on television about a choral piece of classical music, which at the time was being billed as sung by (faulty memory may apply here) the largest choral ensemble ever assembled. It's also possible that it was the combination of symphonic musicians + chorus equalled the largest group assembled for a piece of choral music. [more inside]
Here's a German band, The Transsylvanians, and here is a Spotify link to their song "Debrecen," which sounds very familiar to me. Is this a cover of an English-language song? (Sounds Mekons-ish...) [more inside]
My brain often composes short melodies that float around my head for a while and then dissolve. Since my inner composer is twelve years old, these melodies tend to sound like the background music to old Nintendo games, early Zelda / Mario Brothers and that kind of thing. What they cry out for is to be put on loop while Link ventures out to boomerang Octorocks. I'd like to make this a reality. Presumably we're talking MIDI. Please suggest (a) software for this purpose, and (b) approaches to learning basic harmonization and instrumentation, especially in the context of some specific answer to (a). [more inside]
I really love the recent New Pornographers' song "Brill Bruisers" (from the album of the same name). I'm not entirely sure what it is that appeals to me, but I find it very catchy and joyful. I think maybe I like the...wall of sound quality? I'm not even sure that's the right term. I like the repetition in the chorus and the oooo-oooooo-oooo, bo-ba-bo-ba-ba-ba nonsense. I'd like to find more music like this. What else should I try?
I prefer drinking alone, the problem is I tend to overdue it - what is the zen of drinking alone? [more inside]
So what are the cool kids listening to? What groups and subgenres should I know about? [more inside]
Am I missing a major children's music artist? [more inside]
What are some of the most ludicrous exhortations in pop music? [more inside]
Alternatives to the discontinued iPod Classic 160GB? [more inside]
I'm trying to find a piece of classical music from a few barely-remembered details. It had a number of short-ish solos (in a row?) of parallel structure. I'm sure that there were harp and oboe solos but I think that there were others as well. I think that part the name was some reference to Spain or Spanish (Espanola?). Any ideas?
I want to buy a drum kit (as a gift) and have no idea where to start (this is in Melbourne if you happen to have some location-specific information). [more inside]
I'm looking for a camcorder or camcorder/microphone setup to record my band's practices and shows for uploading to YouTube. [more inside]
I am obsessed with this album by Explosions in the Sky, The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place. I like it because it tells a story without words and is neither boringly adult contemporary nor super metal. It's melodic and beautiful, and somehow both relaxing and energizing. Is there anything else like this? Even their other albums aren't quite what I'm after. [more inside]
Help me find quirky, unusual, interesting music to listen to! [more inside]
Name-that-song filter, hard mode (?)... vintage soul heartbreak. [more inside]
For a while now I've been using Caustic to doodle around ith on my Android phone. It's a wonderful piece of software. I also use Reaper on the PC. However... [more inside]
Some moons ago I found an online vinyl record store that seemingly had hundreds of thousands of records for sale for dirt cheap. I cannot seem to find this link in my bookmarks nor can I locate via standard Google searches. Since I lost my hidden gem, I was wondering where everybody else purchases their records. Musical tastes are varied, but mostly lay in the rock genre with jazz and classical right behind. Thanks!
I'm looking for good curated, genre-oriented streaming radio stations. I'm already a fan of Soma FM and Digitally Imported but am always looking for more variety. [more inside]
I have agreed to a "drop the needle" style exam testing my ability to identify different kinds of heavy metal. Now I have to cram! [more inside]
Music teaching n00b filter. I now have a tablet with ear training software I use in lessons and discovered the kids quite automatically pick up terms like "minor second" which I hadn't dreamt about teaching them yet. Just as they're in the app. Then when they're stuck on a melody on their instrument I say "go up a minor second here" and it works. Holy interval, batman! What are similar ways you use to teach musical concepts without being all obvious about it? Would it be correct to classify this as active/experiental learning and what are your favourite resources? [more inside]
What are some examples of non-Reggae songs with Reggae breaks/solos?
Here's the YouTube version of the video. I tried Google, Shazam, and Audentifi without any results. Does anyone know what the song or artist is? I understand it may be from an audio library or custom made for this video, but I thought I'd see if anyone can identify it.
What is the background music used in the Mitchell & Webb "Inebriati" sketch, between around 2:01 and 5:00?. It sounds like Bartók or Stravinsky, but I can't quite place it.
I want something that will separate podcast tracks into a separate playlist, and then sort that playlist by ‘album’. Does this app exist? I am _not_ looking for a specific podcast app for downloading/subscribing, just something to sort & order existing items. [more inside]
What is the highest number of songs appearing in the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time having butts (or a single butt) as a primary lyrical subject? When was it?
Hi! I'm looking for rock songs that have a distinctive upbeatish piano section or riff in them fir a project I'm working on. [more inside]
I'm going to Riot Fest Chicago next weekend. Which bands that I might otherwise overlook do you think I should check out? [more inside]
I heard a song this morning as I pulled into my work and didn't hear the end of it as I was running a bit late and figured I could Google it later. Well, that didn't work, so now I'm asking you guys. [more inside]