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Music nerds, please help me figure out chords on the mountain dulcimer

I would like to be able to tune my 3-stringed diatonically fretted mountain dulcimer, typically stuck in the key of D, to other keys such as G, C, A, F, E, and Am. Then I would like someone to teach me how to figure out the notes on each fret so I can build the chords to play whatever song I'm in the mood for. [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Jun 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Need advice for setting up a crowdfunded music festival

A group of friends and I have been considering setting up a small music festival around May next year and are trying to get our heads around what we will need to think about, so that we can work out the cost of it all. Extended explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on Jun 27, 2014 - 3 answers

How can one make an DVD MP3 disc?

My brother's only means of listening to MP3s is with a DVD player. I've many spare DVD-Rs and would like to put them to use by making him DVD MP3 discs to listen to when we get together. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Why do so many retail stores, bars and restaurants play Brazilian music?

Aside from the fact that the music is quite enjoyable, why the over-representation? Can anyone shed light on this perception / observation? I notice that many retail stores, bars, restaurants/coffee shops, etc. play Brazilian music to a disproportionate level as compared to music from other places. [more inside]
posted by LittleFuzzy on Jun 24, 2014 - 13 answers

French music recommendations needed!

Hi! I'm traveling to a french immersion program this summer for 5 weeks. Nothing but French everything is allowed...even music. Anyone have some recommendations for great french music (with lyrics)? I've listened to Yelle, and have exhausted my Carla Bruni playlist. All genres are welcomed, but I'd especially love some contemporary stuff! Merci!
posted by LemonGardot on Jun 24, 2014 - 53 answers

Should I buy a Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC)?

Just wondering if this is something I should invest in, or would it be a waste of money? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Music similar to "Woman Like a Man" by Damien Rice

What other music will I like if I think I've misspent my life for not seeing this live?
posted by dhoe on Jun 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Is there a way to add background music to a Google Hangout?

I'm running a Google Hangout-based D&D game and I was thinking that certain scenes might be nicely enhanced with some background music. [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk on Jun 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Does this musical percussion technique have a name?

I have a vague memory of seeing someone perform a percussion piece where they swung a rope in each hand with a weight on the end. They would sometimes allow the weight to strike the wooden resonating chamber to make a "clack" sound. In so doing, they were able to clack out some surprisingly complex rhythms. Does this instrument/technique have a name? What is it? And most importantly, where can I find some videos of people doing it?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Jun 19, 2014 - 5 answers

I need someone to teach me how to replicate sounds I hear in songs.

Where could I find this person online? Using a DAW, what sound settings produce that type of sound? What instrument is it, etc. [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 on Jun 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Awoken to Striking Chords of Gold

Can you help me find the song that rattled me yesterday morning? [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Best way to get audio from youtube videos into a Sony Walkman?

I just received a Sony Walkman NWZ-W262 for my birthday. I am psyched about filling it up with music and using it at the gym. I'd love to transfer some music from my own CD's, but most of them are in storage. I don't have money to pay for new music. What I do have is a bunch of youtube videos saved whose audio I'd love to use for workouts. [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Jun 17, 2014 - 7 answers

Klaus Schulze vs Jean Michel Jarre

Klaus Schulze vs Jean Michel Jarre - so why is Jarre well known? My question is why Schulze has more than 40 albums to his name (according to the web) or many more than Jarre at least, but is still the lesser known of the two. I only discovered Schulze recently, but I love his music so far from several different albums. I guess this is a question on musical history. [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Jun 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for lovely summer-time instrumentals

I'm looking for suggestions for light, airy, instrumentals that evoke feelings of peaceful, summer afternoons....and that doesn't fit into the all the other summer music questions, ha! [more inside]
posted by barchan on Jun 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Should I go ahead and take this book offer? I'm broke and I need the $$$

I would love to hear from anyone who has experience with book publishing, either as an author, editor or publisher. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Jun 16, 2014 - 14 answers

Songs about ... errm ... disliking someone

Looking for some hatred-filled songs to channel my frustration. [more inside]
posted by leopard-skin pill-box hat on Jun 16, 2014 - 58 answers

Kate Wolf Music Festival

Thinking of going. Could use some tips, hints and tales. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew on Jun 15, 2014 - 1 answer

60s garage-pop in not English? (or French)

I'm making a Spotify playlist of rare 1960s garage pop not in English. French Ye-ye music is well covered online, I'm full up on that. But other than a couple of hints about Italian and Spanish singers from the Wikipedia Yeye page I haven't found much else. Give me your favorite examples of danceable, hip, poppy, swinging 60s tunes from other parts of the world! [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 15, 2014 - 29 answers

Duets to sing with my father

My father's been quite ill and we've been looking for ways to keep his mind off the discomfort he's in. He generally doesnt sing very much but sings marvelously when he does, so today we started singing together—he, I, my brother on the guitar, and my mum humming along tentatively :). It was lovely; we all enjoyed it, and we'd like to do it more. I'm looking for duet suggestions—more details inside. [more inside]
posted by miaow on Jun 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Songs that start off slow and sexy and then go completely off the hook

Okay, I feel like mixtape questions are about the laziest questions you can ask, and yet I'm going to lose my mind if I listen to these two songs back-to-back one more time. I'm listening, non-stop and endlessly, to Hozier's Take Me to Church and Jeff Buckley's Lover, You Should Have Come Over. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Jun 14, 2014 - 36 answers

drinking puns in song lyrics

What are your favorite drinking-related puns in popular music? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Jun 14, 2014 - 14 answers

Show me the 154 (chord progression).

Recently I heard Gotta Get Away by the Black Keys. And it took me a couple days to identify Ball and Chain by Social Distortion as the song it sounded like. My resident musician tells me this is a simple 154 chord progression and pointed me to Dead Flowers by the Rolling Stones. Got any others? [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Jun 13, 2014 - 10 answers

So much music, so little time (music without drums)

I'm looking for music without original drums so I can practice my free-playing. Right now I'm using some Eno, Gem Club, and Satie, but I'd like some more punk- and rock-oriented stuff if it's out there, especially stuff approaching a conventional rock song structure so I can work in transitions and different grooves. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Jun 11, 2014 - 11 answers

Motorik/Krautrock playlist for running

I'm putting together a Spotify playlist for running (working my way up to 5K), which so far includes Hallogallo by Neu! and Jenny Ondioline by Stereolab, and some songs by Fujiya and Miyagi. What I like about them is the driving, repetitive, steady motorik beat (or a beat that, if not technically motorik, gives the same feeling). I'd love to get more recommendations for other songs that would go on such a playlist.
posted by matildaben on Jun 11, 2014 - 24 answers

Music that makes me feel big feelings about being small

I love thinking about the vastness of space, the long arc of the cosmic time scale, the complexity of connections in various systems. I find thinking about these big ideas creates a pleasurable feeling in my body, and putting them to music is even more moving. Examples of favorites include Peter Mulvey's "Vlad the Astrophysicist" and Symphony of Science's "We Are All Connected". What other songs combine music and big scientific ideas about how small and insignificant humans are?
posted by spindrifter on Jun 11, 2014 - 13 answers

Tips for shopping for a mid-level acoustic guitar

I have about $300-400 to spend on a new acoustic guitar that will be gifted to someone who is a classically-trained pianist but would be a beginner on this particular instrument, someone who wants to play music in the vein of Cat Stevens (i.e., pop-folk). There are simply so many options out there that I thought I would ask this site for advice. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jun 10, 2014 - 27 answers

Musical instrument that can be stored in a vehicle?

I need a musical instrument that can be stored in a vehicle (no climate control) for months at a time in a climate that is hot (over 100 degrees F during the daytime in the summer) and dry (not humid), without becoming warped or destroyed somehow. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jun 10, 2014 - 57 answers

The Ballad of Hillary Clinton?

I just discovered the awesomeness that is Amelia Earhart's Last Flight [SLYT]. I'm looking for other songs about women who made an impact, historical or modern - if you know of a tune about Catherine the Great, Margaret Meade, Freya Stark, etc please share!
posted by bunderful on Jun 10, 2014 - 10 answers

And the beat goes on...

They left the music running....(snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by intrepid_simpleton on Jun 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me make this awesome playlist!

Looking for songs that would sound good on a playlist with I Am The Walrus (The Beatles) and Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bob Dylan) [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Jun 9, 2014 - 14 answers

Looking for a song that was wrongly tagged "the bravery - time wont.."

I remember a song from around 2008 that was tagged the bravery- time wont let you go. Ive basically listened to both their sun and moon album but its not one of those songs. It starts with a strong piano and and its kinda slow but the drums are prominent in the song. Its killing me and i cant find it anywhere. I can half remember it in my head and it sounds like it could be by the bravery but im not excluding similar sounding artists like the editors. Cant remember any lyrics though!
posted by freddymetz on Jun 9, 2014 - 3 answers

SUPER dense hiphop a la Public Enemy & The Bomb Squad?

I've always loved the dense, claustrophobic productions of The Bomb Squad - the information overload sounds like 2 record stores colliding with one another. Public Enemy's 2nd and 3rd LPs, Amerikkka's Most Wanted, etc., sound fresh to this day. What's gone on in the past 20+ years? Point me towards hiphop that's as thick and mindboggling as "Welcome to the Terrordome."
posted by porn in the woods on Jun 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Moody, pouting, murderous Tango?

My partner and I are intermediate-level ballroom dancers; we're looking to put together our first formal routine, and would appreciate some helping finding the right music. [more inside]
posted by buxtonbluecat on Jun 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Songs that say "You suck" - cheerfully!

I'm looking for songs that sound cheerful and perky but express disdain, loathing, hatred, etc. (Not necessarily directed at a former romantic partner, although there are a couple of break-up songs that may fit the bill.) Two of the best examples I can think of are Lily Allen's "Fuck You" and the Scissor Sisters "I Can't Decide." Genre is irrelevant, although it will probably be hard to find a death metal song that is appropriately sunny-sounding. Got any recommendations?
posted by rednikki on Jun 8, 2014 - 132 answers

I Shot Andy Warhol trailer music?

What's the vibraphone-led latin jazz number on the I Shot Andy Warhol trailer? It's not on the soundtrack album.
posted by morganw on Jun 7, 2014 - 1 answer

Help me start making music!

I don't know where to start engaging with the process of actually making music. I know a little bit of music theory and can read music. I think I'd really enjoy exploring the structure of music by actually playing around and making music. I'm totally lost about where to start though and I'd be grateful for ideas or resource suggestions—books, websites, etc. Maybe a book that teaches music theory through composition? [more inside]
posted by miaow on Jun 6, 2014 - 13 answers

What are your favorite Deeply Satisfying songs?

What are your favorite Deeply Satisfying songs? [more inside]
posted by gt2 on Jun 6, 2014 - 42 answers

The World Has Turned and Left Me Here... without concert tickets

I am following my favorite band on Facebook and Twitter, and somehow I still missed that they're performing a gig near me tonight. How can I track when my favorite bands are going to be performing near me? [more inside]
posted by jeoc on Jun 5, 2014 - 20 answers

Beating a Dead Horse but, is flac worth it?

Well is it just a placebo or does it actually sound even the tiniest bit better than an mp3 encoded with the highest quality settings possible? Only about 1/3 of my music is currently on cds though and not sure if it's worth hunting down the rest at garage sales etc just to upgrade from mp3s averaging 256kbps. Most of the time I listen to music is when walking around town, sitting at the computer, doing household chores,or playing videogames
posted by mamamia88 on Jun 5, 2014 - 26 answers

Where to they get that awesome music from?

Where do private DJs/stations for streaming music sites get their awesome electronic/dance remixes from??? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by WinterSolstice on Jun 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Songs about starting to falling in love

I'm working on a mixtape and looking for songs about starting to fall in love with someone. It seems like most of the songs I have are either about starting to like someone or about someone you've already fallen in love with. I want songs for that in-between stage. [more inside]
posted by considerspace on Jun 4, 2014 - 31 answers

Mike Read plays Venom's single "Warhead" for charity (Radio 1, 1984)

I'm trying to find an online recording of Tommy Vance's challenge to Mike Read: he would pay £100 to charity if the DJ played Venom's single "Warhead" on his breakfast show on Radio 1. 1984 sometime, I think. I'm after a recording of both the challenge and the acceptance.
posted by dry-jim on Jun 4, 2014 - 1 answer

Making original music

How do you know that the music you are making hasn't already been written? I have a decent level of proficiency with one instrument and recently branched out and have started learning the basics of a few others. I have never made original music and recently have started tooling around and playing my "own" songs on a combination of a few instruments. It seems unlikely that I am playing anything unique which leads me to wonder how does one know when they are? Thanks.
posted by mrdrummed on Jun 2, 2014 - 9 answers

If you've got the answer, honey, I've got the time.

I am looking for a recording of Hank Williams, Sr. doing the song "If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time)." I have exhausted all the resources I can think of. Anyone out there have a clue?
posted by ronofthedead on Jun 1, 2014 - 8 answers

What is a great preamplifier to pair with a Rega RP1?

I've decided I'm going to purchase a Rega RP1 because I so desperately miss having a turntable in the house. I need recommendations for a good, appropriately priced preamp. By appropriately priced I mean I think it'd be just as silly to put a $400 turntable on a $2000 preamp as it would be to put it on a $50 preamp. I would be interested in preamps in the $200 to $600 range I think. Oh, and it needs to have banana jack outputs.
posted by matt_od on May 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Is there a venue calendar aggregator site for music shows in SF?

In New York I often used OhMyRockness for a comprehensive list of upcoming indie/rock/comedy shows at different venues, but I can't seem to find a similar site for San Francisco. I end up going to each individual venue website (The Independent, The Fillmore, The Chapel, Slim's, etc) for info but this isn't ideal. Is there a site I just don't know about? Thanks!
posted by blackcatcuriouser on May 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Summer Jams: When I Want Them, How I Want Them

What is the best way to make a mix and have it appear as an album in iTunes? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on May 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Finding a specific choral arrangement for Paul Simon's "Spirit Voices"

The King's Singers did a beautiful version of Paul Simon's "Spirit Voices" back in 1997. You can listen to the mp3 here - it's track 2 on the album also titled "Spirit Voices." I want to sing this song with some friends, just for fun, but can't find sheet music/a choral arrangement anywhere. Are there secret choir-only websites I don't know about that might have the music? If it was just one tune I'd be fine just singing along with the track, but there are multiple harmonies.
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on May 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for music video

Hi So once upon a time I saw a music video in which will.i.am and fergie apperead and will.i.am was driving through what I thought was Japan. Has anyone an idea which song this could be? Regards marius
posted by rndmusr on May 28, 2014 - 1 answer

Website with English Translations for Vietnamese Songs?

I'd like to know the English translation for this specific song: Muoi Nam Tinh Cu, however if there is a good site that has a listing of classic Vietnamese songs with English translations, I'd love to know!
posted by travellingincognito on May 27, 2014 - 0 answers

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