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Klassik Metal \m/

In a fit of nostalgia I'm putting together a playlist of 'definitive' metal (ish) cuts. Only one song allowed per band/artist and it has to epitomise what they were about, the distilled essence of the band's sound if you will... [more inside]
posted by Rufus T. Firefly on Oct 1, 2015 - 29 answers

Why do Tom Petty songs seem not to go anywhere?

Listening to Tom Petty's songs, I've always gotten the sensation that they don't go anywhere -- almost as if an engine is turned on, but the car isn't put into gear and therefore doesn't move. What is it about the tunes that's causing this sensation? [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 on Sep 28, 2015 - 13 answers

A once great rock band that broke up gets back together

What are some examples of bands that had a long hiatus and then got back together for a significant second incarnation? [more inside]
posted by qhosinyawi on Sep 26, 2015 - 35 answers

Risks of shipping in lieu of packing it on a plane?

Asking for Gnik Nus. Flying across the country to go rock climbing, a sport which relies on lots of heavy (and need I say pricey) gear. Will also be taking a bus from the airport to the destination. So, in an attempt to avoid lugging all the equipment, thinking about using USPS flat rate shipping boxes to have the stuff go to the house that's been rented specifically for this trip. [more inside]
posted by Neeuq Nus on Jul 21, 2015 - 12 answers

Resources and info on the history of Boston MA pop music

I just moved to Boston and don't know much of anything about it's history as a music town. I mean I'm generally aware of classic rock bands being from Boston, and then Mission of Burma, but what else? What books, documentaries, websites, magazine archives, etc should I read to find out more about the Boston (and surrounding area) scene? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 20, 2015 - 22 answers

What should I use to coat my fossil?

Help me give my fossil the "wet look". [more inside]
posted by Kabanos on Jul 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Square these rocks

Geometric rock formations in West Virginia river. How did they form? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on May 28, 2015 - 6 answers

do do doodoo, do do doodo.... WHAT influenced this SONG?!

"No More Shoes" by Steve Malkmus clearly has a strong 70's influence. Husband and I have been trying to figure this out for an hour. Can any Mefites save the day? [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Apr 2, 2015 - 30 answers

Playlists of Basic Beats for a Beginning Drummer

I bought a set of Roland V-drums recently and I'd like to put together some playlists that focus on basic beats I should be learning as a beginner. The idea is to have each playlist focus on a specific type of beat, starting easier and building in complexity/tempo. I'm mostly into rock music, and my goal right now is to be able to keep a solid groove - nothing fancy.
posted by InfidelZombie on Mar 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Lauren Bacall Me, Maybe?

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]
posted by sourwookie on Mar 24, 2015 - 20 answers

Area Man Seeks Spotify Playlists for Transatlantic Flight

I urgently need long, well-curated Spotify playlists that I can download for listening to on a long impending Transatlantic flight. Preferred genres: shoegaze/nugaze, neo-psych rock, and/or melodic IDM. Basically anything that matches up with (or preferably blows the socks off) this listening profile. Relatively contemporary preferred. Thanks!
posted by Sonny Jim on Mar 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Songs With Animal Samples

Something about the lion's roar at the beginning of the Pet Shop Boys' cover of Always on my Mind really gets me. What other songs use animal sounds to great effect? [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Feb 19, 2015 - 35 answers

Mid-aught and fraught

What would your local indie/alt rock station be playing in 2005? Please give me that (with more specifications after the cut). [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Jan 31, 2015 - 17 answers

Not your everyday drumbeat?

Friends, help me compile a list, would you? I'm looking for pop/rock songs that feature very distinctive beats from the drummer. Anything really ear-catching and creative that departs from more ordinary timekeeping, in some fresh way. As an example, one that falls into that category would be the Zombies' Time of the Season. And please include a YouTube (or other) link if you can, since almost any song ever recorded is now on YouTube. Thanking you in advance.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 20, 2015 - 57 answers

Lieder ohne Worte

Can you recommend some newish instrumental rock/pop songs? I really like it when artists will add an instrumental track to an album, but it's mostly serendipity that I find them. Can you recommend some recent instrumental tracks of note? Or whole instrumental pop/rock albums? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jan 20, 2015 - 11 answers

I love that old-timey contemporary classical prog-choral rock opera

Help me buy music for my extremely eclectic dad! [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Nov 20, 2014 - 27 answers

Everything but the singer!

Where can I find some good hard rock (or hard rock-ish) background music with no vocals? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Nov 3, 2014 - 27 answers

Help me find good working music!

I work a typical 9-5 job. Sometimes my job is routine, sometimes it is project management, sometimes it is complex thought. I am getting tired of listening to the same couple of albums at work, so I am extremely interesting in finding some new music that I could work to. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Oct 20, 2014 - 11 answers

The Greatest Horror Movie Music Hits?

I'm looking for songs that aren't objectively scary or spooky, but due to their use in horror/slasher/whatever movies/TV, they're now associated with scary times. "Goodbye Horses" in Silence Of The Lambs would be the ideal with "Red Right Hand" in Scream just squeeking in.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 15, 2014 - 29 answers

Dallas- what are the best sources for information on live music events?

What websites, blogs, radio stations (do those even exist), newspapers, etc. do I need to look for to keep up with the Dallas music scene? Rock, preferably, some country.
posted by myselfasme on Sep 27, 2014 - 3 answers

Mysterious Beach "Rock" Find

I expect this will turn out to be something akin to a lump of interesting concrete, but please take a gander at this object from a beach near Port Townsend, Washington, and tell me what you think it might be. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Sep 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Good Time Piano Songs!

Hi! I'm looking for rock songs that have a distinctive upbeatish piano section or riff in them fir a project I'm working on. [more inside]
posted by pipian on Sep 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me find a strange outsider rock band

I've searched and searched to no avail, and I'm starting to think this whole thing was a fever dream. I could swear that I read an article a few years ago about a Japanese rock band which was formed by a few schoolgirls who had never actually heard rock music. Everything they knew came from reading about it in magazines. I believe this took place during the 1960's. Of course, I may have some or all of the details wrong. Can you restore my sanity?
posted by stephennelson on Aug 17, 2014 - 16 answers

Recommended songs for a happy young woman?

Hi. So a good friend of mine is a happy young woman, about to have her 23rd birthday. She's asked her friends for songs to play. I found a list of songs referring to being 23, here on Metafilter - but they're all generally pretty depressing and negative about being 23. Do people have songs they recommend, for happy young women in general? Her tastes are modern, rock-oriented and eclectic - she's a big fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Pretty Reckless, MGMT, and dance music, for example. thanks!
posted by metasailor on Jul 29, 2014 - 22 answers

rock lobster

what is rock lobster about. has fred schneider ever said it was based on actual events. did he see a lobster at a party and is the song based on his own experiences
posted by Greg Nog on Jun 18, 2014 - 4 answers

What happened to music recording dates?

Being a fan of music, I've noticed most pop and rock from the 1960s and 1970s often carried a recording date of each song in the liner notes. For instance, Elton John's Tiny Dancer shows a recording date of 9 August 1971. However I almost never see music from 1980 onward carrying any recording dates at all (with a few exceptions such as Prince and Tom Petty's material). Is this information actually printed somewhere in the trade publications, or is it simply not tracked anymore by most studios?
posted by crapmatic on May 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Trying to remember the name of a rock song/video...

I'm trying to remember the name of a rock song that was released perhaps as long as eight years ago. In the video are several high school males who lose their tempers; I don't think that the song is by Andrew WK, but as I recall it'd be classified in the same genre. Please help.
posted by mr. digits on May 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Playlist Filter: Help me find some fight music?

I'm writing a sci-fi novel and I've come to an extended battle scene. Music without lyrics is a MAJOR plus (lyrics can distract me and slow down the writing... but music is good for blocking out noise from outside my study.) Any suggestions? Guitar-oriented hard rock music and VNV Nation-style modern sounds would really help! [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on May 5, 2014 - 13 answers

I want to know more about '60s-'70s concert poster design.

Please educate me about 1960s-1970s concert poster design. Specifically, the style with black printing over a vibrant gradient, like these. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Apr 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Slice and Polish Petrified Wood

I have a piece of petrified wood. I would like to have the top surface sliced cleanly & polished. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Apr 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Songs to close the set with

Playlist: Big, anthemic, epic, unapologetically earnest rock songs about struggle and perseverance. Born to Run, The Boomtown Rats' Joey's On The Street Again, just about anything from The Hold Steady, esp Separation Sunday. Now you go. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Apr 5, 2014 - 35 answers

What makes "Ride Captain Ride" so different?

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 - 10 answers

Here we are now, emulators

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 - 48 answers

Suggest unto me more records like Ronnie Laws' Friends And Strangers.

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 - 6 answers

Identify a classic rock song by outro (butchered approximation attached)

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 - 4 answers

Hey, Soul Sister, is that Mr. Mister?

You guys have been awesome answering my slightly weird music questions, so, I turn to you again for help with another playlist. I'm looking for songs that reference other artists. [more inside]
posted by hanov3r on Nov 8, 2013 - 157 answers


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 - 16 answers

Techno/Rock mixes?

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 - 11 answers

Lucifer Sam loves you!

Please help me find songs that sound like Lucifer Sam (Pink Floyd) and We Love You (Rolling Stones).
posted by evil otto on Sep 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Acoustic guitar shredding?

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 - 31 answers

Recommend music similar to the Copper theme song.

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 - 9 answers

What's your best tip for Burning Man?

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 - 16 answers

Loverboy's "Lovin' Every Minute Of It" video -- who was the cover band?

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 - 5 answers

Looking for stripped down versions of pop and rock songs

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 - 12 answers

In need of awesome flute solos.

What are some poppy/jazzy/hard-rocky songs that feature a great flute solo? [more inside]
posted by 3FLryan on Jun 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Help me identify this symbol?

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 - 4 answers

name that song

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 - 9 answers

Mystical Rock Concept Albums

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 - 38 answers

Obscure 80's Indie New Wave songs

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 - 7 answers

Help me identify this music video

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 - 4 answers

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