If I've always loved the well-constructed, sophisticated music of Steely Dan, Donald Fagen's The Nightfly and Sade, what else should I check out?
My question is two-fold: I am looking for songs from the late 90's to now that would be good candidates for reinterprating in vintage Jazz styles from the 20's to the 40's. I am also looking for a name for this group--a portamentaou that combines the name of an entertainer from the 20's, 30's, or 40's with something from the modern era. An example would be "Lauren Bacall Me, Maybe". [more inside]
What are some poppy/jazzy/hard-rocky songs that feature a great flute solo? [more inside]
What do the cool dead kids listen to? I'm looking for vintage spooky pop with a particular flavor: that sparse, echo-y Day-O/Ghost Town mournful message from beyond-the-grave sound. With a beat. [more inside]
What are the best pieces of music journalism/criticism that were written in 2012? [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations of poppy jazz or maybe jazzy pop sort of (kind of) similar to older Hey Ocean! stuff. [more inside]
What Amazon singles should I get? Help me find great individual tracks. [more inside]
What do non-classically trained singers do for vocal warm-ups and conditioning? Looking for information on how untrained pop, rock, and jazz singers practice and keep their voices in good shape. [more inside]
I'm for looking non-karaoke instrumentals to sing over, preferably free. Ideally someone just playing an acoustic guitar or piano with no vocals, limited frills and high recording quality, either jazzy standards or pop. It's actually pretty hard to find all three at once on youtube and other such sites, so I thought I'd give Mefi a shot. Somebody must have a collection...any ideas?
I want to transform my room into a jazz lair! [more inside]
Remember Name that Tune? Here's the Itunes version. Only without prizes or a host in an ugly sportscoat
Help me identify the LAST unknown songs on my Itunes. Mostly jazz, some blues and one or two pop songs. [more inside]