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December 15

It's another "identify this [alternative, techo-poppy] song" question!

I woke up this morning to a song on a radio station I had playing overnight. It was super catchy, catchy enough to wake me up. The only part I remember was the end of the song, where the phrase "we don't sleep" or "we can't sleep" was repeated over and over. Deets inside. [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus at 6:20 AM - 6 answers

December 14

Seeking book suggestions for Read Harder 2019 challenge

Bookriot has an annual "Read Harder" challenge, suggesting 24 categories of books to read. I need good recommendations for 18 of them. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 5:43 PM - 26 answers

Books of or about photography for a precocious teenager

Help me, photographers! My excellent nephew is a very academically gifted kid who hates school and most organized activities...except photography. I want to give him a good photography book but that’s not my art form of choice. Details within! [more inside]
posted by centrifugal at 5:40 PM - 8 answers

I'll cry me a river that leads to your ocean

Sheesh do I ever dig Emotion as recorded by Samantha Sang. What else would I dig that I am not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 1:49 PM - 12 answers

Book recs for a precocious twelve year old

I'm looking for some non-fiction books for my twelve year old. [more inside]
posted by Tabitha Someday at 11:24 AM - 15 answers

Help me pick a new not-too-nerdy ringtone.

I'd like a new ringtone for my phone, something distinctive and easy to hear, as I often fail to hear softer, subtle ringtones when my phone is in my pocket in a noisy environment. I'd like it to be slightly nerdy, but not too nerdy. [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:25 AM - 34 answers

December 13

What’s this riff that starts this song?

What’s the name of this riff in the first five seconds of Two Full Moons and a Trout remix? Bonus question: wasn’t this riff in a lot of movies from the 80s and 90s, as a crappy motif signifying martial arts or something?
posted by Monochrome at 9:47 PM - 4 answers

Ghosts + cops

What are some films in which ghosts give clues to a (living) policeman trying to solve an unsolved murder? I feel like I've seen this before but can't recall where. Thanks!
posted by egeanin at 7:17 PM - 14 answers

First-person songs that use bigoted language pointedly/satirically?

What other songs have a point-of-view and tone that's similar to that of the Dead Milkmen's "Stuart" or the extended/banned version of Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing"? Doesn't have to be class-based homophobia like in those examples, they're just the only ones I could think of. I'm curious if there are more like that, specifically where there's no third-person commentary on the person being portrayed.
posted by unknowncommand at 5:43 PM - 24 answers

What graphic novel do I want for Christmas?

I want to receive a graphic novel for Christmas. In the past I have loved Maus (like who didn't?), Bechdel's Fun Home, Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? and Sattouf's The Arab of the Future. Given these favorites, what others might I like?
posted by DMelanogaster at 5:07 PM - 23 answers

Media about living alone

I'm moving into my very first studio flat all alone in the New Year. Yay! I want books/movies/etc to get into over the holidays where the protagonist lives alone (doesn't necessarily have to be a positive representation). A focus on the lived reality of the space and detailed descriptions/visuals of environments would be a bonus. Thanks!
posted by mymbleth at 11:36 AM - 37 answers

Help me find a Dr. Demento 12 Days of Christmas Song

I need some help identifying / tracking down an old Christmas song. It's a version of 12 Days of Christmas, but it's sung by a collection of old cartoon characters like Bullwinkle, Popeye, Elmer Fudd, Felix the Cat, Mr. Peabody, Scooby-Doo (or Astro, I don't remember,) with each character altering the lines (the 5 gold rings line was changed pretty much each time it was repeated.) [more inside]
posted by arniec at 11:13 AM - 8 answers

December 12

Christmas music for misanthropes and weirdos

I know we recently discussed "not especially joyful" Christmas music. Great! I want actively miserable or screwy Christmas music. Think Sufjan's "Christmas Unicorn" (the final third is a cover of "Love Will Tear Us Apart", the middle third is EDM, and the first third is cynical musings). Think "A Christmas Duel" by The Hives and Cyndi Lauper (NSFW, opening lines: "I bought no gifts this year / and I slept with your sister", and it escalates from there). Think the delightful, absurd cacophany of All I Want for Christmas is Midi. Any recs? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 6:15 PM - 57 answers

Best beginning art set and books for a 10/11-year old?

My 10-year-old niece has requested a "sketch book" for Christmas. I'd like to oblige, and perhaps encourage this little spark of artistic interest buy augmenting with some art supplies. Alas, I am not a visual artist, and therefore don't know what to buy, and what to avoid. [more inside]
posted by Dorinda at 4:31 PM - 16 answers

Film Recommendations for Fan of Time/Space Smart Horror/Thriller Movies

HUGE fan of movies/shows like The Endless, Black Mirror, Primer, Coherence, etc. and want to make sure I'm not missing out on any great films or new directors to follow. Streamable is much appreciated. What would be on your must-see list for movies similar to these?
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 3:20 PM - 26 answers

prog beyond Tom Sawyer

I'm officially in my late thirties and have decided it's time to get into progressive rock music. I was thinking of doing a deep dive into Rush to start, what's a good album to check out first? Or is Rush a hopelessly obvious choice and there's a better gateway artist? Blow me away!
posted by cakelite at 1:30 PM - 44 answers

Help me find more cooking shows

I want to watch more cooking shows that are home kitchen focused (I'm not really interested in chefs or how restaurants make things) and procedurally detailed (show me all the steps). Your recommendations are requested. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 1:24 PM - 26 answers

Advertising an Artist's Studio Space

Where do I advertise an artist's studio space in NYC? I've advertised in several places already, but I worry I'm not connecting. How do I find my audience or how can I help them find me? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 10:39 AM - 19 answers

Who wrote this poem

I remember one stanza that went something like "Some say the South will rise again, But I say "not in my presence."" Alice Walker? Zora Neal Hurston? Maya Angelou? Who wrote this because I can't even find it on Google, thanks.
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 2:22 AM - 2 answers

December 11

Odd Holiday Album From the 80's

My husband said he had an music album as a child that had a song for every holiday. I'd like to find it for him. [more inside]
posted by Garm at 4:34 PM - 5 answers

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