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Recommendations for swampy fringe folk/americana music?

Looking for music recommendations (particularly instrumental recordings) that capture the mythically haunted swampy vibe of the American gulf coast. Older/obscure/authentic tracks are welcome, but I'm also interested in contemporary americana tunes that capture the spirit of the Louisiana swamps. [more inside]
posted by myrrh on Dec 23, 2014 - 25 answers

Twisted and weird, disturbing but not gory

If I like(d) The Babadook, Confessions, Under the Skin, Gone Girl, and Welcome to Night Vale, what should I read/watch/listen to next? [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp on Dec 21, 2014 - 24 answers

I'm looking for a solid science fiction novel...

I'm looking for a solid science fiction novel to enjoy and then send along to a friend whom I owe a book. Recommendations will be much appreciated; a few details are provided below the fold. [more inside]
posted by mr. digits on Dec 20, 2014 - 36 answers

Chicago/Antioch coffee and vegetarian recommendations

Where can we get excellent local coffee and snacks and a great vegetarian meal while in Chicago/Antioch next week? [more inside]
posted by sadtomato on Dec 17, 2014 - 14 answers

Welcome to the club! Here's your ____________.

So, I was born at a summer camp (well, in a nearby hospital, but that was where we lived when I was born). Since then, there have been 7 other kids born there, and as the oldest I'd like to give them all something as a sort of "welcome to the club" gift. But what?? Requirements inside... [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 16, 2014 - 13 answers

Rediscovering Folksy Classics

I've enjoyed how recent video games have featured old bluegrassy/folksy hymns. Any recommendations for further exploring this sound? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Dec 14, 2014 - 15 answers

More like Insomnia, please!

I just re-watched the 2002 film Insomnia. It was (still) great, and now I'd like recommendations for more things like it. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Dec 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Love-Hate Letters to a genre / trope /idea?

Can you recommend shows or books that act as great "love-hate" letters deconstructing and showing off the flaws in a particular idea or genre while also being loving examples of the genre? [more inside]
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Nov 27, 2014 - 23 answers

How to pick a therapist to help my anxiety (before pregnancy/parenting)

How do I pick the right therapist to help with my anxiety, stress, indecisiveness, and perfectionist tendencies? What kinds of therapy/techniques/approaches might be most helpful? How do I quickly assess whether to stick with someone or look elsewhere? What are reasonable expectations of how much I can improve in therapy and how quickly? I'm terrible at making decisions-- I need help! (Especially since we want to start trying for kids in a few months so I feel real urgency to make progress quickly to feel comfortable going ahead, for both my and the kid's sake.) DC-area, FYI. [more inside]
posted by SockHop on Nov 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Nonfiction Podcast Series for Road Tripping

ISO: Nonfiction podcasts, spread over multiple episodes, not Serial but in that vein of long-form audio storytelling. Help! [more inside]
posted by Stacey on Nov 24, 2014 - 12 answers

More game recommendations

Looking for more iOS game recommendations according to specific requirements. "Games that are more like toys" might be one place to put it. Update on this question. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Nov 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Suggestions wanted for short winter getaway in the Northeast

A close friend and I want to celebrate our birthdays together this winter and are looking for suggestions for a short getaway somewhere near New York City, Boston, or in between. Any recommendations, hivemind? [more inside]
posted by galaxy rise on Nov 21, 2014 - 10 answers

I'm a great listener. Sound me up.

I commute 2 hours round trip, 4 days a week. Sometimes I listen to music, but mostly I like to listen to audiobooks. I'm just about out of ideas. What are some great, really long audiobooks or podcasts I might like? I'm into horror that makes me think, character-driven sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal thrillers (NOT of the vampire romance genre), paleo-lifestyle, and cool/funny non-fiction. [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Nov 15, 2014 - 49 answers

Your Recommended Reading For Stepparents

Books, websites, message boards, pamphlets, magazines, any resources at all! [more inside]
posted by peterpete on Nov 7, 2014 - 1 answer

Poetry recommendations: Similar to Anne Carson?

Anne Carson is an oft-recommended poet/writer here on Ask.Mefi, but if she's your starting point, then where do you go? [more inside]
posted by dearwassily on Nov 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Raw, Gritty, Live R&B Performances

Recently I've been all about Sam Cooke's Live at the Harlem Square Club, Etta James Rocks the House, and James Brown Live at the Apollo. Can you recommend other live soul or R&B recordings that have the same kind of raw energy?
posted by Rinku on Oct 23, 2014 - 17 answers

Spy fiction

I want your book recommendations. I have just finished watching the first season of The Americans, a TV series about two Russian spies who live as an American couple with two children during the Cold War, and was surprised that I loved it a lot. I want more of that, but I don't usually love this kind of tv series. So I thought, instead of looking for other tv shows like this, I could try to find some books that I like. [more inside]
posted by blub on Oct 23, 2014 - 19 answers

More music like this Hal Hartley trailer, please.

I really like the music on this Ned Rifle teaser, for the upcoming Hal Hartley film. What else would I like? [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Oct 20, 2014 - 8 answers

Recommendations for books on the history of science?

My question is two-fold, really. First, please recommend to me all of your favorite titles on the history of science, math, technology, and medicine. Secondly, how do you go about searching for good books in these topics? My favorite booksellers don't have a "history of science" search tag, unfortunately. Some of my past favorites and extended explanation below the fold. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible on Oct 19, 2014 - 30 answers

P18 Urban Cuban secret track lyrics

On the excellent album Urban Cuban by P18, there was a secret track. After about 5 minutes of silence, it was appended to the last track, and wasn't shown on the cover. I now found it on youtube, here it is. But I can't find the words anywhere... I'd be grateful if a Spanish speaker helped me out! Information about the origin and style of this song and similar artists would also be welcome, I'd love to find more like it.
posted by holist on Oct 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Dinner recommendations - W 49th and Broadway NYC

I find myself in the Theater District in NYC for the evening with two coworkers. Where should we eat? [more inside]
posted by rocketpup on Oct 8, 2014 - 11 answers

New music recommendations

I need new music in my life. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Oct 6, 2014 - 19 answers

Winter is COMING! What should I watch on Netflix?

Just got Canadian Netflix - loving it. But I need some help choosing what to watch this winter. Must satisfy both me and my guy.... [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Oct 2, 2014 - 40 answers

Seeking fee-based financial advisor in Seattle

I have read all the AskMe answers describing why a fee-based financial advisor is the way to go. The Mr and I want to get advice on planning to pay off our credit cards, save for a home, and plan for retirement in the next 20 years (we are approaching 50). Can you recommend any good financial advisors in the Seattle area that you or someone close to you has worked with? If it would help figure out if someone is a culture fit, we are Gen Xers both from income-strapped childhoods but who are doing reasonably well in the tech industry, no kids, live in the city and don't want to move to the suburbs, have a vaguely hipster lifestyle with lots of foodie activities and travel. I have already seen this thread but it is 7 years old.
posted by matildaben on Sep 25, 2014 - 5 answers

More art, less pop?

I'm in my late thirties and feeling stalled out on new music. My all time favorite musical artist is Tori Amos. I also love Morrissey and Kate Bush. More details, if needed, under the fold. [more inside]
posted by gentian on Sep 24, 2014 - 48 answers

We need a car. And we don't know anything about cars.

We need guidance on a few issues related to getting a car for our family. First of all, what kind of car makes sense for our needs? Second, should we buy or lease that car? [more inside]
posted by JubileeRubaloo on Sep 18, 2014 - 47 answers

Westerns for Newbies

My family and I are looking to watch some Westerns, but we are nearly complete newbies to the genre (other than what can be gleaned from culture white knowledge). We've watched High Noon and Red River, but so far that's about it. Can you give us some recommendations of films to start with?
posted by darchildre on Sep 12, 2014 - 64 answers

Portland, Oregon Auto mechanic recommendation?

As a result of a series of events, it looks like I will be driving my boyfriend's older Bronco as a daily vehicle for a while. Before I start doing this, the Bronco should be tuned up and given a once-over and determined to be mechanically sound. I don't have an existing relationship with an auto mechanic. Can you recommend one in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by Kpele on Sep 9, 2014 - 4 answers

San Diego food/sites/music/etc

Tomorrow night is the first night of my 2-month stay in San Diego. Please direct me to the finest tacos in the land. [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Aug 27, 2014 - 14 answers

In search of Black Comedy

Recently, I've been interested in multimedia featuring aspects of black comedy or cynical characters in otherwise mundane settings. Searching on my own is more or less inefficient and I'm looking for any recommendations which fall into this category. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Aug 22, 2014 - 27 answers

Book Recommendation for my Mom

My mom dropped out of high school when she was 15 and never reads for pleasure. She (inexplicably) started reading the Hunger Games and devoured the trilogy in two weeks. As far as I know, that's the only book she's ever completed. I'm looking for something that she'll enjoy on the same level of the Hunger Games trilogy. I've tried to figure out what it is that she likes about the trilogy but she can't really say why she enjoyed them so much. She just says she just couldn't stop reading them.
posted by R.F.Simpson on Aug 22, 2014 - 43 answers

No violence but dark TV?

I like dark and/or intriguing television shows. I like shows with interesting characters and long pay offs. What I do not like are any sudden scenes with violence against women or children. I have access to all counties of Netflix but no other streaming services. What can I watch? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Aug 21, 2014 - 37 answers

Aging in literature and film

As I approach my fifties and confront the reality that parts of my body are wearing out and will never be young and resilient again, I turn to the arts for deeper philosophical understanding of this aspect of the human condition that I am facing. I'd like recommendations of fictional treatments of physical aging which are realistic but compassionate. Guidelines and caveats behind the fold. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Aug 13, 2014 - 25 answers

iMac Accessories

Purchasing a new iMac, looking for accessories recommendations. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 13, 2014 - 14 answers

If Podcasts Were Hot Dogs, I'd Be Kobayashi

I spend 10+ hours per week commuting, 40+ hours wearing headphones at work (open-plan office: boo!), and ANOTHER 5+ hours wearing headphones at the gym. As such, I plow through an absolutely obscene volume of podcasts. I'd like some recommendations for more (lest I be forced to spend even a single second alone with my thoughts). To help you get an idea of my preferences, here are a few lists: [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Aug 12, 2014 - 63 answers

More music recommendations sought - what music are you passionate about?

I find that I tend to like new music most when someone explains to me why it's interesting and important. That is, I'm more likely to enjoy [random genre for which I have a narrative] than [more music like what I already enjoy, but without a narrative]. And most of my favorite music is stuff that was shared with me by someone who really, really liked it. What do you really, really like right now? And why? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Aug 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Slow cooker recommendations

I am in the market for a slow cooker, which one to buy? [more inside]
posted by jellyjam on Jul 31, 2014 - 13 answers

Adventures in the Skin Trade, Redux

Short version: help me find a decent dermatologist in the greater Baltimore area. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Jul 31, 2014 - 4 answers

Thoughtful sci-fi recommendations

Looking for recommendations of sci-fi authors who are adept at some technology topics without compromising storytelling. More inside! [more inside]
posted by azazello on Jul 13, 2014 - 24 answers

Tourist tips for Split

We're heading to Croatia for a week at the end of August, probably staying around the Split area. Your recommendations for accommodation and sightseeing would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Jakey on Jul 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Seeking Classical Music Recommendations

I like to think that I have eclectic taste in music... but the one major hole in my repertoire is the (vast!!) field of Classical Music. What can you recommend I give a spin? [more inside]
posted by Philby on Jul 6, 2014 - 41 answers

Recent quirky romantic comedies?

Just saw and really liked The Lunchbox. What are some other quirky, intelligent, modern romantic comedies? International titles appreciated, but not at all necessary.
posted by progosk on Jun 25, 2014 - 27 answers

Sweet and funny movies for my sweet and funny boyfriend.

I need recommendations for movies or shows to watch with my boyfriend, specifically lighthearted goofy comedies and musicals. [more inside]
posted by quincunx on Jun 19, 2014 - 54 answers

Engrossing Science Fiction Recommendations Please!

Help me fill my Kindle with vacation reading! I like well-written doorstop SF, urban fantasy, spaceship books, epic fantasy, deep complicated books but also joyful romps, complicated prophecies that manifest in unusual ways, great worldbuilding, etc. Romantic elements are fine but I'm not as into stuff where the plot is a thin scrim to hang over endless sexy sex. And as a lifelong SF reader, I have now officially read enough books without women in them, so only books that include solid female characters (as opposed to braid-tugging smurfettes). Things I have loved under the cut. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Jun 19, 2014 - 66 answers

Keeping my Kindle stocked

I get an email every month from Amazon with their editors' "Best Books of the Month." I always find some good recommendations there in a number of categories, and I'm hoping for more. Are there other websites that offer curated lists of new books on a monthly basis? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone on Jun 3, 2014 - 7 answers

looking for Marvel Unlimited recs

What comics on Marvel Unlimited should I read? I asked how to read Captain America a couple months ago and read through the Brubaker run and enjoyed a lot of it. I'm looking for more recommendations for what to read that's up on the Marvel Unlimited site-- I'm not really interested in buying issues that aren't up yet. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jun 3, 2014 - 12 answers

Shortish interesting and fun things online to print and read offline

A friend will be in hospital over shabbat and asked me if I could send her links of things she can print out this afternoon and read over shabbes. She is super smart but realized that the serious intellectual/political essays and articles she'd printed are not what she is feeling like. She wants short, fun, easy, diverting, distracting. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on May 30, 2014 - 14 answers

Affordable lodging in Toronto for long weekend vacation

We're in the beginning stages of planning a vacation to Toronto later this year. So far, all the hotels I have looked at online have been surprisingly expensive. Does anyone have suggestions for clean, safe, private (not hostels) hotels or B&Bs located either conveniently to interesting parts of the city (for tourists), or close (safe 5-10 min. walk) to public transportation to attractions? While I am at it, while we've done some research on our own, ideas for not-to-be-missed sights, museums, bookstores, or other attractions (for a middle aged, bookish, art-museum frequenting, ethnic food loving, but only moderately-fit couple) appreciated. Thanks!
posted by aught on May 29, 2014 - 11 answers

Self-aware mommy blogs?

Recently someone on the blue pointed me to Fosterhood, a blog written by a foster mom and I was obsessed--read the 270+ pages of archives in about 3 days. I'm looking for other similar blogs, but googling for 'top recommendations' of parenting blogs hasn't exactly found me what I want. [more inside]
posted by tinymegalo on May 23, 2014 - 22 answers

What comics should I be reading?

Over in this thread, Pope Guilty recommended Rat Queens, and it occurred to me that I haven't paid attention to any comics that weren't manga in ages. [more inside]
posted by rifflesby on May 21, 2014 - 22 answers

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