The song "Ride Captain Ride"
has been in heavy rotation around my house lately. There's something about this song that seems . . . different
. I can't quite put my finger on it because I'm not a musician myself. I am not fluent in the language of chords and notes and that sort of thing. That said, I can't help but notice that this seems to stand apart from traditional North American pop/rock music. What distinguishes this song, if anything? You need not explain this to me Like I'm Five (as they put it on another webiste) but please be aware that I don't have a music-theory background.
Many thanks in advance.
posted by jason's_planet
on Mar 9, 2014 -
What are some successful songs that were attempts to write a song like another band? For example, Kurt Cobain was trying to sound like Pixies with "Smells like Teen Spirit" and The Offspring's "All I Want" was an attempt at a Bad Religion song.
posted by michaelh
on Mar 3, 2014 -
So Im sitting in this dive downtown waiting for a friend to show up, and this lady in her 60's is absolutely destroying at Jukebox. I mean Delphonics, Philly Soul, early 70s Quincy (you gotta love the modern Internet jukebox.)
So then, out of nowhere, the greatest song I have never heard comes on. It's Ronnie Laws' "Friends and Strangers" and the song hits me so square-on that I'm on ebay ordering the vinyl before the song even ends. Now I can't stop listening to the album and want more. That's where you come in... [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage
on Dec 26, 2013 -
I always hear the very end of this song on the local rock station, but never any other part! Since much of what the station plays (94.1 WHJY, "94 HJY" in Providence, RI) could be called "classic rock", I'm going to assume it falls into that category. A butchered GarageBand approximation of the outro is attached. (Note that the actual outro is played on an electric guitar - it's actually chords.) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction
on Nov 13, 2013 -
I love epic rock guitar solos. I don't like it when singers scream rather than sing. Can you help me build a Pandora station built around these two preferences? [more inside]
posted by meese
on Oct 24, 2013 -
I'm trying to please a group of friends who have different musical tastes and coming up empty. I'm looking for mixes or DJ sets that blend rock and techno. [more inside]
posted by newpotato
on Oct 2, 2013 -
What are some albums that feature fast and virtuosic acoustic guitar playing/shredding? For example, I really like a lot of the Candyrat
guitarists (Ewan Dobson, Gareth Pearson), and most recently I really enjoyed Paul Gilbert's Acoustic Samurai
album. I also know that Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen have done some acoustic shredding. Any really good ones you could recommend?
posted by archagon
on Aug 30, 2013 -
Mrs. Jeffamaphone and I have a long road trip coming up. We've been watching Copper and she really likes the opening music
and has asked if we can listen to "music like that" on our road trip. So please recommend some? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone
on Aug 26, 2013 -
We've gone to Burning Man for a few years. This year a friend is joining us who is a burgin. We know there are things that have become automatic to us that we won't remember to pass on - and probably things we've never figured out that are great ides. What's your best tip, or tips, for Burning Man?
posted by rednikki
on Aug 16, 2013 -
Who was the cool, female-fronted, lounge-act cowpunk band covering "Workin' For the Weekend" in the Holiday Inn at the beginning of Loverboy's "Lovin' Every Minute Of It"
video from 1985? Were they a real band, or just ringers hired for the part?
I get the feeling they're meant to be mocked, being kind of low-key and feminine and camp compared to the ALPHA DOG CHEST HAIR ARRRR of Mike Reno and his Canadian AOR powerhouse, who will show us the light and the way and the beer, hoser.
1985, so much to answer for.
posted by mirepoix
on Jul 4, 2013 -
I recently have become very fond of some vocal track only versions of pop and rock songs that someone had reversed engineered from DVDs and posted online, and I would like to find more music like this. [more inside]
posted by jb
on Jun 15, 2013 -
I found this rock
by some train tracks today. The rock could be from anywhere since the rock beds for the tracks are often laid with rocks shipped in from everywhere. A Google search hasn't been much help yet. Anyone?
posted by SarahBellum
on May 27, 2013 -
What is this music? It was a piece by a woman composer; I think she had won some sort of important contemporary classical music award or was otherwise highly acclaimed, but the piece had a very postmodern/rockish sensibility. The beginning is a repetitive, kind of Olympo-fascist horn line and I think it resolves into something messier partway through the song. It's very catchy despite being kind of cacophonous. There was a music video for it that somehow involved, I think, horses or pegasi, an MS Paint aesthetic, and things with bright red eyes. [more inside]
posted by threeants
on May 27, 2013 -
I'm looking for rock concept albums from the 70s and beyond that veer towards the mystical, magic(k)al, and otherwise weird. Specimens so far include Poe's (no, not her) Up Through the Spiral
, Black Widow's Sacrifice
, and a whole lot of Hawkwind. I get the sense there was a lot more of this in the 70s, but who knows. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding
on May 17, 2013 -
Hello. I am trying to locate a few recordings by obscure indie new wave bands that got stuck in my head in the 80's that I've been trying and failing to locate ever since. I have no idea the names of the bands or artists that recorded the songs, but hopefully I can provide enough information that someone who is familiar with them can identify them. The songs are "Genghis Khan," "Watch out Franco," and "Heart of a Boxer." [more inside]
posted by glennonymous
on Apr 4, 2013 -
I'm thinking of a music video by a Japanese rock band that starts with a long tracking shot of a huge guitar effects pedal chain. I know it is an amazing song but I can't for the life of me recall the name.
posted by mhjb
on Mar 24, 2013 -
I'm curious about the real-world economics of being a musician who "made it" but is not, say, Sir Elton John or Bruce Springsteen or Jay-Z. For instance, how's James McNew, bassist of the incomparable Yo La Tengo, doing? Is Ken Bethea, guitarist for the Old 97's, comfortable? Ian Matthews, drummer for Kasabian, are you sorted for a comfortable retirement? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Feb 5, 2013 -
Sorry if this seems like a stupid question, but I'm not TOO familiar with many songs of that era and genre. I'm looking for a song that conveys a sentiment similar to Lisa Loeb's 'Stay' (link to lyrics here
if it helps). [more inside]
posted by Everydayville
on Jan 30, 2013 -
I love playing guitar, and I love British rock/pop/punk (esp. 90s Britpop era). If you were compiling a list of awesome UK music to play on guitar from, say, 1975 to today, what specific songs
would you include? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Jan 22, 2013 -
This ranks up there with "non-anonymous embarrassing questions." If you wanted to feel hipper than someone today, here's your big chance. The last time I really listened to newly-produced rock music of any kind was somewhere between Casey Kasem and Nine Inch Nails. I don't even own a radio right now. I have an iTunes account....I use for free podcasts. [more inside]
posted by availablelight
on Jan 17, 2013 -
Looking for covers of American or British classic oldies (or even some classic rock tunes) in non-English languages--for example a cover of the Ronettes "Be My Baby" in French
posted by dottiechang
on Dec 1, 2012 -
Music filter: Putting together a little surprise for a wonderful someone. Seeking metal, rock, goth, punk, or other loud covers of holiday music to brighten her day. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul
on Nov 28, 2012 -
I'm a huge fan of science fiction book cover art (especially the 50s through the 80s) and I like to use ideas from them to make posters for my band.
If you need examples: this
should explain what I'm looking for.
I'm wondering if there are existing resources for science fiction cover art or general science fiction art that mirrors this sort of style and substance? I especially need resources that are fair use, free to modify etc. etc.
We use these posters to advertise our shows at places which usually have a cover charge -- so I will need content that I can modify to use "commercially". [more inside]
posted by mysticreferee
on Oct 2, 2012 -
Identify this song please! I'm making a mixtape of songs with distinctive vocal flourishes and there's a snippet going through my head that I just can't place. This song's building to a crescendo and the singer yells "Whoo!" followed by three piano chords that sound almost like percussion (bum! bum! bum!) before continuing on. [more inside]
posted by psoas
on Oct 2, 2012 -
Help settle a contentious argument: friend argues that hip-hop/rap requires less talent than rock/pop, and that the true measure of talent is being able to stand on a stage with nothing but a guitar and microphone. This doesn't seem right to me, but I don't know hip-hop/rap well. Is this a valid position? Are there any musicians in rap and hip-hop that defy this? [more inside]
posted by Locative
on Sep 28, 2012 -
What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time and/or by featuring one instrument at a time? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh
on Sep 15, 2012 -
What are some music videos in which rock bands or artists are shown in the studio doing the exact performance that was eventually released on album or CD? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic
on Jul 11, 2012 -
Classic Rock recommendations: I'm looking to go deep into the back catalogs of some of the more well-known names in classic rock (read: tired, overplayed, worn out, trite) to find rock that really rocks. [more inside]
posted by slogger
on Jun 19, 2012 -
An elderly family friend has an original poster (known as BG074) and program from the 1967 Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead concert at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto. He is interested in selling the poster and program, and I've offered to help out. According to Wolfgang's Vault
, "BG074 is among the rarest of posters. There are hard to verify stories that the original cache of posters was confiscated at the Canadian border by border patrol, but whether the posters were seized or simply put away by contented Canadians, this summer concert made a big impression." Accordingly, I've seen auctions and online memorabilia stores listing this poster in the $5,000 and up range, and the program for close to $1,000.
What is the best way to authenticate and sell these items? I contacted Wolfgang's Vault but they don't normally purchase individual items, and the art dealers I've been in touch with don't deal with rock memorabilia. Is there a Sotheby's of rock? Is eBay even worth considering?
posted by Paid In Full
on Jun 15, 2012 -
Looking for more examples of 90s alt-rock songs making heavy use of patter / spoken sections. [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Jun 2, 2012 -
Fifteen years later, Calexico's The Black Light
has finally clicked with me in a big way. I absolutely love the guitar sound in Gypsy's Curse
. Does this sound have a name, and where can I find more of it? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana
on May 21, 2012 -
In the late 90s in Portland, Oregon, there was an AM radio program called the Saturday Morning Rock Show (if I'm remembering right) on (maybe) 1010 AM. Ran for 3-4 hours or so. Switched to Sundays at one point, then back to Saturdays I think, and then was gone. For most of their time they only played local Portland bands. [more inside]
posted by curious nu
on May 18, 2012 -
Where can a rock band get a gig in Manhattan on a favorable night of the week without having recent gig experience? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield
on May 18, 2012 -
Leaving for Destin, Florida tomorrow morning, staying in Niceville. I'll be traveling with my musician boyfriend. We will want to catch a live show Friday and Saturday nights. Are there any great bands playing in the area? Cover bands do not qualify. [more inside]
posted by myselfasme
on Apr 5, 2012 -
I'm a drummer in an indie-rock band with a 5-piece kit who is looking to expand my setup to include a drum sampling pad. I want something that has unique percussion sounds (not just cheesy electronic beats), built-in effects, plenty of storage space to upload my own samples, and the ability to record and loop live drumbeats. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by jonnyalvarez
on Feb 7, 2012 -