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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I need help identifying a song I heard this afternoon. Difficulty: in French, and no Google luck. [more inside]
posted by dhens
on Jan 27, 2012 -
Calling all indie music geeks... I need help identifying a band. iPhone update nuked all the downloaded music in my Rhapsody app. I was listening to a band that I liked a lot. Singer had sort of baritone, with interesting lyrics. Imagine a post-punk, slightly less-lackadaisical Leonard Cohen. Pretty sure record is relatively recent and band name has the word 'Future' in it. Any ideas?
posted by Heminator
on Oct 14, 2011 -
I'm fascinated by the double guitar solo in DragonForce's "Through the Fire and Flames". (Video, 3:20 mark.
) What are some other rock/metal pieces that successfully pull off multiple simultaneous soloists?
posted by archagon
on Aug 14, 2011 -
Name that song! Instrumental. Very recent. Overheard on the radio and in stores/restaurants where they typically play indie/alt rock. Bouncy. Very strong bassline. Kinda reminds me of Air. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco
on Aug 4, 2011 -
Can someone locate the complete playlist of a cassette that was included with the purchase of a Mercury Marquis station wagon in 1984? [more inside]
posted by germdisco
on Jul 19, 2011 -
Help! What guitar-filled rock song has the lyrics "won't tell a soul" as the refrain, I think? It is a male singer - I couldn't tell if the song was old or new. My Goog-itsu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by rakim
on Jul 2, 2011 -
A very general question looking for your tastes. I like basic rock with awesome guitar licks/riffs where I can understand what the singer is singing (or at least has something melodic). I am open to any suggestions for bands post 2000, if not recent. I don't know what subcategories there are but am game for your input.
posted by snap_dragon
on Jun 23, 2011 -