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August 15

Concerts & scalpers in 2019

What’s it like to buy concert tickets from a scalper right outside the venue, in 2019? [more inside]
posted by yawper at 9:46 AM - 11 answers

August 14

Stories where the multi-headed creature defeats itself

I am looking for examples of stories in which a multi-headed creature's very multi-headedness is its downfall. The hero tricks the heads into bickering, or ties their necks in knots, or dodges when they attack so that they instead injure each other. Just generally turning this supposed strength into the means of defeat. I am more interested in situations where this is part of a fight or conflict, but examples where the creature essentially bumbles itself to death—the heads can't agree on what to eat, etc.—are also okay. [more inside]
posted by babelfish at 3:36 PM - 9 answers

What's the history of in-flight music?

I was listening to Joni Mitchell's song "This Flight Tonight" from her 1971 album Blue, and the lines "Got the headphones up high/ Can't numb you out/ Can't drum you out of my mind/ They're playing Goodbye baby, Baby Goodbye" made me wonder when in-flight headphones came into use, and what the technology was for playing back the music. When did multiple channels become an option?
posted by larrybob at 11:01 AM - 10 answers

August 13

Podcast Recs: Like true crime but with less murder

I'm looking for recommendations for engaging story and/or investigative-style podcasts that aren't dark. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 7:32 PM - 21 answers

Music for clear-eyed euphoria

I have a yen to be transported by emotional, yet upbeat bangers. Tell me the songs that make you see stars. [more inside]
posted by freya_lamb at 8:31 AM - 48 answers

August 12

Suggest to me movies drenched in New York grit

I’ve recently become obsessed with movies from the 60s and 70s that feature New York City during its “drop dead” years. Stuff like Joe, Midnight Cowboy, and of course Taxi Driver. My appetite is insatiable and now I want/need more. Ideally any flicks from that approximate era that feature the grime, the grit, and lots of street life shot verite if possible. Thanks!
posted by Senor Cardgage at 9:09 PM - 44 answers

Where can I sell a last minute broadway ticket?

I have a ticket to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway (both parts) for this Wednesday. The seat is good (2nd row orchestra!) and the cost is reasonable ($330 for both parts!) but since it’s so last minute I don’t know where to sell them! The added difficulty is that they are mobile/digital tickets - so I have to transfer the tickets from my Ticketmaster account to someone else’s. Ticketmaster doesn’t seem to have a resale option for them, and StubHub won’t approve me because I’ve never sold with them before. Help!
posted by firei at 12:02 PM - 5 answers

Looking for further watching/reading/listening about large-scale scams.

What are some books/podcasts/articles about scams/frauds that I should check out? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten at 10:32 AM - 18 answers

We are the...?

Looking for a post “We are the world” music video about the rainforest. [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 7:11 AM - 3 answers

August 11

Where to start with Ironheart?

I think my fifth grader would dig the Marvel character Ironheart. The preference is to read stuff in batches, via collections. Starting at the beginning is our normal MO, but it's frustrating to jump into an ongoing story midstream. I know that Ironheart came about midway through a volume of Invincible Iron Man. Do I need to get that collection to start her story off right? Or is there an Ironheart-specific title or collection that will let us hop right in without missing a beat?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:33 PM - 2 answers

I feel unhurried

I'm looking for songs like Donna Summer's I Feel Love - songs where the instruments are in a big hurry and the singer is no hurry at all. The tension between the two is really striking. But I can't think of a single other song with that quality! Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 1:27 PM - 25 answers

Looking for the title of an Arabic film from the past 5 years

Hey, I'm having trouble finding an indie (Arabic?) film I saw a few years ago that I want to write about in relation to The Farewell. I remember the premise pretty well. It's a large family get together (maybe in Lebanon?) and suddenly the matriarch grandmother's stash of cash is stolen during the black out. They accuse the young teenage son and the son-in-law down on his luck and the maid who is an immigrant from Africa (maybe?). Anyway, if you find any leads I'm very grateful.
posted by ABlanca at 12:47 PM - 1 answers

What is this melody from?

Here's an approximately accurate piano version: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1taIcFQnEkS7XhW-IlMZKmwd78m5BjRO9 If you recognize this melody, please let me know what it's from, it's been driving me a bit crazy to not be able to ID it, given how familiar it sounds. Thanks -- and thanks for listening+trying, even if you've got no clue what it is. :) [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh at 3:03 AM - 8 answers

August 10

Translation of a Victorian description

Reading a story from approx 1900 (“The Shadow Dance” by Bernard Capes), I came across a description that totally mystified me as the references mean nothing to me. Can anyone explain what is meant? [more inside]
posted by KateViolet at 12:23 PM - 5 answers

August 9

Book Recs: Romance enriched with time and age

I'm looking for books with relationships that are between two people who are mature adults and have a long history with each other. Bonus points if women aren't written as symbols, and if the relationship ends positively! [more inside]
posted by facehugger at 9:51 PM - 12 answers

Watching Fleabag in Canada with a US account

I'm visiting Toronto from the US and want to watch Fleabag on Amazon Prime. It says the content isn't available in my country. I have a US-based Amazon account and credit card which seems to be the problem. But I know Fleabag is available in Canada- is there any way I can watch it? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 9:45 AM - 3 answers

Massively multiplayer music

I'm looking for videos of music being performed by tons of people. Maybe they're just edited together like this video of 40 musicians independently covering Porcupine Tree's Trains or maybe they gathered together like the 1000 musicians in Cesena playing Learning To Fly. [more inside]
posted by Jpfed at 8:51 AM - 14 answers

August 8

Best way to learn pop American music

As in the type of music you hear on the top 70s or todays hits radio stations. I vaguely recognize lots of the songs, but I can't really recognize the artist or the title. And I definitely don't appreciate their history. How can I learn more about that kind of music? [more inside]
posted by earlsofsandwich at 6:24 PM - 12 answers

Older Cantopop/Mandopop hits on Spotify?

I'm going on a road trip with my parents later this year and am tasked with finding music to keep us awake on the drive. My parents are tolerant of 80s-90s U.S. radio hits but prefer listening to Cantonese pop music from that time period. Mandarin's ok, but they tend to like Cantopop more (I'll list some examples under the More Inside). What are some older Cantopop/Mandopop hits from the 70s-90s, available on U.S. Spotify, that I could add to our road trip playlist? [more inside]
posted by rather be jorting at 5:56 PM - 12 answers

Where is our Bob Dylan?

It seems to me that we in the USA are living through a time that is equally disruptive and equally disturbing as the 1960s were. Where is our Dylan? Or to put it more generally: Where are our artists who are helping to guide us through this time? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 12:08 PM - 38 answers

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