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Songs where the musicians are having fun?

In an attempt to stave off the winter blues, I want to compile a playlist of songs where the artists are clearly enjoying themselves. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by coppermoss on Jan 21, 2014 - 60 answers

Help me find a graph I've lost!

I've been doing research involving the treatment of musicians under repressive regimes. A while back I found a graph that had a list of countries, and for each country listed the number of musicians killed, tortured, abducted, assaulted etc. in a certain period of time. But I've lost this graph!! Can you help me relocate it? [more inside]
posted by switcheroo on Dec 2, 2013 - 2 answers

Live musicians who use everyday items to make music

Are there any bands or musicians out there who perform live featuring the use of everyday or unconventional items as instruments? (ala Stomp?) [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on May 4, 2013 - 45 answers

(Great) lyricists who are similar to Joni Mitchell?

Could anyone recommend me musicians-cum- poets/songwriters who are as talented as Joni Mitchell? [more inside]
posted by ethelwulf on Mar 18, 2013 - 39 answers

# of recording artists per given area

I'm making a chart showing the number of musicians/recording artists per capita in different countries and US states. What I need is a dataset with the number of musicians in each area. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Dec 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Who makes Bad Blake look like Marie Osmond?

This article about the Beach Boys ongoing acrimony made me wonder: who are widely considered to be the absolute worst musicians to work with/for. [more inside]
posted by Optamystic on Sep 27, 2012 - 41 answers

New Orleans wedding musicians

Can anyone recommend a small jazz or blues band (3 or fewer musicians) to play a short wedding reception in a small space in New Orleans in October? [more inside]
posted by Latifolia on Aug 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Your persona here.

Examples of musicians with alter egos? [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano on Jun 30, 2012 - 71 answers

Is there a porn category for that?

Hot male musicians/artists making lots of sexy eye contact with the camera while they do their thing. This is my porn, but I don't have luck finding much of it. Point me to more? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on May 27, 2012 - 39 answers

Fiction about a musician

Looking for fiction books about musicians, especially with a single musician as the main character [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jan 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Resource for itinerant freelancers?

I often find myself in places where I don't know players in the local pro scene (assuming there is one). For example I have had limited success with sites such as LinkedIn and facebook in trying to find potential chamber music partners in Portland for a sightreading session at short notice. Is there a good website for making connections between like-minded people who enjoy making music for fun at the highest level? If not, is this something that would attract any interest from others, not that many classically-trained musicians necessarily read mefi?
posted by cbrody on Dec 27, 2011 - 5 answers

A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Musicians?

Does something like Dr. Sketchy or a hackerspace exist for musicians? [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Dec 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Guitar recommendations, give me yours!

Electric guitar for small hands, help me choose one? [more inside]
posted by dejah420 on Dec 2, 2011 - 17 answers

What is the story of this Jazz story?

Somewhere in the Ken Burns documentary Jazz, a musician who played with John Coltrane remembers a story about Coltrane defending one of his musicians with violence in some way, and then ends the story with the punchline: "You have to be willing to Die for a motherfucker." Who was that speaking? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Music like The Conversation soundtrack?

Hey, did you ever see The Conversation? Remember how the soundtrack was mostly one dude on a piano? Can you recommend more music to me like that, where it's really engaging and moody like The Conversation soundtrack, but it's also just one guy? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Nov 5, 2011 - 17 answers

Why is the accordion so often the busker's instrument of choice?

I currently live in a European capital (Athens) and I've noticed that the accordion seems to be the favored instrument of its street musicians (not exclusively Roma). Ditto for practically all other European cities I've lived in or visited. Why is it this the case? [more inside]
posted by scrm on Aug 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

What notable "creative types" started out late in the game? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Jul 5, 2011 - 34 answers

Rock & Roll Reading List

What is it really like to be in a band? Please recommend reading material! [more inside]
posted by unsub on Jun 22, 2011 - 38 answers

The right vehicle insurance for traveling musicians?

Do traveling musicians in the US need to have commercial vehicle liability insurance? If so, what should we expect to pay and where should we get it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2011 - 5 answers

Organizing a benefit album?

My wife randomly decided to approach a local charity about doing a benefit album. They liked the idea and are supporting her, but she needs to do everything. Where do we start? [more inside]
posted by speeb on Dec 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Jesus Is Just Alright, Oh Yeah!

How many popular singers and musicians became preachers (or other religious/spiritual equivalents) later in life? [more inside]
posted by amyms on Jun 5, 2010 - 13 answers

Blogs Curating the Craft of Music Making?

There are so many wonderful visual design websites/blogs where designers are discussing cool things that inspire them. What about music or audio design blogs that do the same thing? [more inside]
posted by jnrussell on May 27, 2010 - 7 answers

Can I haz a gud metronum?

Hey AskMefi, could you help me find a metronome? [more inside]
posted by GrooveStix on May 20, 2010 - 8 answers

Who are the most innovative bassists?

Which bass players really redefine the instrument? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on May 1, 2010 - 62 answers

Team-building exercises for musicians?

Team-building exercises... for musicians. [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Mar 12, 2010 - 12 answers

How do authors and artists know whether or not they're being cheated by publishers and record companies?

How do authors and artists know whether or not they're being cheated by publishers and record companies? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Feb 8, 2010 - 11 answers

Looking for musical role models

Help me find info on musicians who got their start at later-than-typical ages (especially over 40, especially women). [more inside]
posted by xenophile on Jan 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Great music websites from dead and forgotten bands?

I am looking for examples of great "from beyond the grave" music available online; the band split but the music lives on... [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Jan 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Music/musicians or music & kids related charities?

This season I would like to raise funds for a music/musicians or music and kids related charity. I'm aware of Sweet Relief, Music Box Children's Charity, and Rock for Kids. What are some others that you would recommend? In addition, there was a music/kids related post on the blue I can't find... an older guy who makes instruments for free--hundreds over the years... anyone recall? Thanks!
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Dec 1, 2009 - 8 answers

A musician for Uncle Sam?

My nephew, who definitely needs structure and self-discipline, is considering joining the military. He would like to become part of a military band, as he is a trained and talented musician and performer. What should he ask for and look for and how can he get an assignment he wants? [more inside]
posted by Jenna Brown on Dec 1, 2009 - 18 answers

mustaches

Could you point me to pictures of musicians in the 1970s with mustaches? Lots of pictures, please.
posted by Pants! on Sep 18, 2009 - 27 answers

Modern Rock for the Classic Rocker?

Best modern bands for a classic rock fan and musician who wants to hear some genius? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Sep 13, 2009 - 49 answers

Who were these jazz musicians - if they were jazz musicians?

Who are the jazz musicians I flew with from Los Angeles to DC today? They were talking about performing at the White House (maybe), and had fangirls (well, two). [more inside]
posted by Xere on Mar 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Is it possible to introduce my kid to NYC's musicians?

NYC music filter: How can I find musicians who would be willing to let my kid hang with them? [more inside]
posted by agentwills on Mar 12, 2009 - 11 answers

How can my friend's band promote themselves?

A good friend of mine just wrapped up a full length album. They are a trio with a little bit of live experience, but no real contacts. How should they go about promoting themselves, both to play in bars/clubs or for possible label representation?
posted by patientpatient on Feb 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Tickling the Ivory

Who are the keyboard players who are really wowing you these days? I'm looking to enhance my listening pleasure. Any style or genre is fine. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Nov 13, 2008 - 17 answers

Rock My City

How do you make a town more local-music-friendly? What things can individuals, businesses, and cities do to encourage a better local music scene? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Oct 27, 2008 - 20 answers

The Jam: That's Entertainment?

How can I break up a jam session tastefully? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Sep 21, 2008 - 8 answers

Musicians in "Mixed Marriage"

My music theory professor challenged our class to identify a married couple where one plays the violin and the other the trumpet. His theory is that the personalities of violin and trumpet players clash. Can anyone name a prominent musical couple where one plays a bowed instrument and the other brass? I would imagine that a saxophone player or drummer would be equally incompatible with a string player.
posted by swarkentien on Sep 1, 2008 - 14 answers

Where can I spread the word about my project to musicians who might be interested?

How can I reach independent musicians? My friends and I have built a great service for artists who promote their music online. The people who use it rave about it. But we'd like to grow to serve a lot more people in a more eclectic range of music. [more inside]
posted by racecar on Jul 23, 2008 - 13 answers

English listing of artists from promotional video of Chinese 2008 Olympics?

Is there an English listing of all of the artists found in the China 2008 Olympics promotional video/theme? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jul 14, 2008 - 4 answers

How much overall do the major record companies pay to artists?

What portion of major record label gross income goes to pay artists and how much does the average American spend on music each year? A few years ago I heard that (1) the major record companies paid 4% of their income to the musicians, and that (2) the average American spent $20 a year on music. I've tried and failed to find these figures again. The first seems especially difficult to find (or maybe I'm just being dumb). There is plenty of information about what the average contract gives to the artist, but I'm not interested in that -- I'm looking for aggregated figures. Help? [more inside]
posted by johnsu01 on Jul 9, 2008 - 9 answers

Max Axe

Who are the most talented guitar players alive today? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jun 27, 2008 - 92 answers

LA LOCAL MUSIC

LOS ANGELES LOCAL BANDS, recommend me. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Apr 24, 2008 - 21 answers

Celebrity Pixel Art?

Who created those 8-bit pixel art graphics of many famous characters? [more inside]
posted by stevil on Apr 3, 2008 - 3 answers

Music to politics

What musicians have successfully made the leap to politics? [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Apr 2, 2008 - 29 answers

Getting music out of my brain away from home.

How do you, fellow musician, capture musical ideas when you're nowhere near a recording device? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Feb 22, 2008 - 15 answers

Jazz on the Flute?

My niece, a freshman in high school, is interested in playing jazz on her flute and in convincing her teacher that there is a role for the flute in the school's jazz ensemble. I'd like to get some really good C.D.s of jazz flautists for her enjoyment and to enlighten the teacher, so I am turning to MeFi for help. Please help me find C.D.s of good jazz played on the flute. (No need to mention Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio; we already know about that one.)
posted by pasici on Jun 11, 2007 - 28 answers

How can I find young musicians to hire in London?

I'm interested in hiring some musicians for some steady part time work in the West London area. Other than Craiglist and Gumtree, are there any free or inexpensive places I could advertise? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on May 24, 2007 - 8 answers

How to find a long-distance musical partner ?

Singer / songwriter looking for producer / arranger / multi-instrumentalist type for a serious collaboration over the internet. I have given up on the people in my hometown: is there a site that would help me find a musical partner anywhere else on this planet, someone who doesn't mind not being able to meet face-to-face? [more inside]
posted by dinkyday on May 17, 2007 - 9 answers

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