Music-lovers of Metafilter, we would like to extend an invitation to you all to join us over at MeFiMusic for the latest challenge: record a song about a city.
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MeFiSwap 2014-1 - The Songbird Swap - Sign-ups are OPEN!
From the archives: three years ago, metafilter member Miko put together an exhaustive post about Thanksgiving classic Alice's Restaurant, which is basically the perfect thing to disappear into if you need to gird yourself for family or ruminate in a postprandial stupor.
MeFiMu: The Great Song Request Raffle
"I am excited to announce that the new Music Challenge will shortly be launched: the Great Song Request Raffle, as suggested by Jessamyn and fine-tuned (lulz) as a concept by some of us MeFiMufites. When the challenge launches we'll start getting requests in, so roll up, roll up - if you think you can take on the challenge of fulfilling someone's wish, please comment here...."
Eyebrows McGee talks about listening to her great-grandmother's piano rolls.
My great-grandmother, under a false name, recorded several piano rolls during the Depression to help feed her family. This is one that she played, Never Again, that has been rereleased as a historically important recording and they're making new copies of the roll.
It makes me a little teary to be listening to my great-grandmother playing piano via the magic of the internet. The gentleman who collects, curates, and re-releases this got in touch with my family several years ago because he'd managed to track down my great-grandmother's real name, and wanted information to add to her biography, as she recorded a LOT of rolls and was fairly well-known for it. The curator was able to send us audio files of a bunch of her rolls playing on the roll piano, and my grandfather, who was quite elderly at the time, was able to hear his mother play piano again before he died last year. It meant an awful lot to him, and to us, and it makes me teary to be able to listen to this one on YouTube.
HuronBob tells a jukebox story that spans 35 years.
It was ready, I dug out my box of 45's and we loaded it up, hit the switch on the back and watched the lights come on. Sean punched two buttons, the mechanism started to work, picked up a 45, place it on the turntable, and we listened to that Wurlitzer spit out Louie Louie, a record I had purchased used over 20 years ago.
South African MetaFilter member 00dimitri00 gives a bit of background, history, and insider perspective on the band Die Antwoord:
It's like we're all in on Waddy's Joke and it's a gas seeing the rest of the world trying to figure it out.
Neil Young has a new album out and MeFi member yourcelf breaks down all the tracks with some background info on how much more there is to common folk songs we sing around the campfire.