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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How much do successful, but not megasuccessful, musicians make?

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 - 46 answers

Help me join my generation or at least get more cultural references.

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 - 47 answers

Iconic Album Covers featuring the band

Looking for well known album covers that feature the members of the band. [more inside]
posted by robverb on Jan 9, 2013 - 51 answers

Looking for covers of American or British classic oldies (or even some classic rock tunes) in non-English languages

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 . THANKS! :)
posted by dottiechang on Dec 1, 2012 - 47 answers

Christmas time needs to ROCK

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 - 21 answers

Does hip-hop/rap equal rock/pop as a genre that requires true musical talent?

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 - 63 answers

What are some songs or clips from songs that slowly build up by adding instruments one at a time?

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 - 27 answers

The loose translation must have lost her...

What are some good examples of popular English songs translated into another language? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Aug 30, 2012 - 55 answers

Cold Hard Steel

Tell me about your favorite indie rock songs that have steel drums. [more inside]
posted by benbenson on Jul 15, 2012 - 21 answers

I want my new music track of the day!

Help me find a new 'new music track' podcast! [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Jul 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Mining the back catalogs for classic rock that doesn't suck

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 - 58 answers

How to sell a valuable Grateful Dead poster?

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 - 7 answers

Patter in 90s Alt-rock

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 - 34 answers

What is this sound and where can I find more of it?

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 - 22 answers

Saturday Morning Rock Show

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 - 1 answer

Instrumental Rock to Write To?

I'm looking for album or track suggestions along the lines of Doves' Instrumentals of Rust or their track Firesuite. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Benjy on Apr 11, 2012 - 5 answers


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 - 2 answers

Drum sampling options?

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 - 5 answers

Will rock band help my rhythm?

I have bad rythym. Will playing Rock Band help? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane on Feb 6, 2012 - 20 answers

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