New Mefi Music Podcast!

Greenish has launched a podcast covering Metafilter Music. Check it out!

Some breakage

I thought I heard frenetic’s “Making Me Nervous” booming through the walls earlier, and when I went to play it here, it didn’t work, due to some outdated links on my part. It looks like the first two months or so here are affected. I’ll try to work on this, but jobhunting takes priority.

The feed is working!

I updated some of the behind-the-scenes tech, and the feed is working again.

Now I just need to find the time to post more music! Unfortunately, I’m booked for the foreseeable future. I’ll let you know as the situation develops.

A new album by The Harvey Girls

The new album by The Harvey Girls is available for pre-order! They were frequently here on the podcast. Check it out!

The feed is borked.

Ah, it looks like the hosting company changed something on the server and broke the feed. I’ll see what I can do about it.

My favorite SXSW tracks

The SXSW music festival features music from hundreds of artists, and I check it all out. If you like this podcast – currently on break – you might like my favorite songs from them, via a Spotify playlist (still in progress), like the one I made last year.

You and San Francisco by unSane

You and San Francisco is a singalong sort of pop rock song, with echoing guitars and harmonizing. And as I live in San Francisco, that shoutout doesn’t hurt!

Today marks the third anniversary of the podcast! I had no idea it would last so long, that I would like so much of Mefi Music, that I’d still be writing these blurbs that simply pale in comparison to the wonderful songs.

For personal reasons, it’s time to put the podcast on hold. It’ll be back when things have settled down a bit. Perhaps in a week or two? No promises.

L’Etoile by malocchio

L’Etoile is a beautifully mellow and ethereal song, with non-verbal vocals.

Nova Dolphin by CarrotAdventure

Nova Dolphin is happy synthpop, with a propulsive backbeat.

Meteors by CarrotAdventure

Meteors is a happy dancy synthpop song.

You Are Somewhere Around Here by jtron

You Are Somewhere Around Here is a remix of a song by the Maybenauts, and it’s largely timestretched: the song is slowed down, which lends the guitars a very heavy sound, like distorted shoegazer guitars.

Duet by Cantdosleepy

Duet is a happy poppy electronic song, not unlike something The Postal Service would do.

The Kids Aren’t Coming by l2p

The Kids Aren’t Coming is a cool punkish song, repetitive but I like the guitar.

Ballad of Steven Slater by cortex

Ballad of Steven Slater is a fun rock song with a subject ripped from the headlines! It’s about a flight attendant who got fed up, walked off the job dramatically, and became a folk hero. A year later, he gave an interview to the Huffington Post, he was in better shape, and avoiding media. Good luck!

Shallow Pool by Jonesisdying

Shallow Pool is a light ambient track, with a sequencer, acoustic guitar, and a singing bowl – which sounds lovely and eerie.

This Was Hardly A Moment by cortex

Romantic comedies have tropes like meet-cutes, and sparks found in a moment of connection. This Was Hardly A Moment is a rock song that takes a look at those tropes and says, “uh, no.” There are songs about love at first sight, and this is like an anti-love song.

After the Summer Has Gone by Karlos the Jackal

After the Summer Has Gone is a chamber pop song – think Magnetic Fields, with autoharp and marxophone. It was also part of the “summer song” Music Challenge, but it’s more about how the summer in the past tense.

Edit: The feed isn’t updating. I’m checking it out.

Edit: Something’s up on the server – perhaps there are too many songs? I’ve updated software, plugins, and the server type, and it’s working again. I’m leaving this as the song for tomorrow too.

Viral by Babblesort

Viral is some relatively spare electronica, with a synth line and percussion; it works as background music, or a soundtrack. It sort of rolls along.

It samples a speech from “The Matrix” and a commentary for “Brazil.”

Listen to Your Heart by dacre

Listen to Your Heart is a clubby dance song, with pulsing synths, autotuned vocals, and a piano outdo. It’s like a muscular and relentless steamroller. It’s fun and ridiculous.

The original version, by Roxette, is a pop ballad. It’s really sedate by comparison.

Summer’s Calling (remix) by unSane

Summer’s Calling (remix) is cheerful garage pop rock. It was part of a Music Challenge about summer songs.

Coming up on the podcast this July: Christmas songs!

Waltz #2 by chococat

Waltz #2 is a pretty if downbeat acoustic ballad, with lovely harmonizing.

It’s a cover of a Elliott Smith tune. The lyrics, and the biographical details behind them, are dark.

Sin and Vice Vice by l2p

Sin and Vice Vice is a lovely bit of garage rock with a 60’s vibe. It’s l2p’s first time on the podcast.

Happy New Year!

Edit: Whoops, I put down 2013. This will be tomorrow’s song too!

Happy Bunny by ageispolis

Happy Bunny is a fun dance song, with a few layers – a staccato synthetic gamelan, a cosmic boing, and other synths galore. I like its metronomic rhythm.

Airy by dunkadunc

Airy is an instrumental synthpop song, with cold and somewhat piercing synths.

Lean Back by dunkadunc

Lean Back is a lovely, dreamy, layered and instrumental track, with fuzzy synths.

Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom by cortex

Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom is a dumb, fun, and short punk rock song. Oh, and it’s catchy, too.

The title’s inspired by a weird news item.

Nightlights by dunkadunc

Nightlights is a sorta synth poppy song. It reminds me of the soundtrack to Drive, with colder synths.

Edit: This is weird: this song isn’t showing up in iTunes for me. I’ll try to dig into the problem later!

Edit: It’s working now.

Bad Romance by ZsigE

Bad Romance is a one-man indie pop ukelele and synth cover of the Lady Gaga song, which I now recognize prefigures a couple of elements of Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball video – namely, some nudity and the crying close-ups. Is this a stretch? Sure it is, but I felt like linking the Chatroulette version of the video. It’s like an early Christmas gift!

A Nighttime Song by malocchio

A Nighttime Song is a dreamy pop song, with a bit of a dark side to it. The background “pipe organ” makes me think of a carousel in a nightmare.

It’s malocchio’s first time on the podcast, with their first song!

Republic by Cantdosleepy

Republic is a charming, weightless, and wordless electronic piece.

This is Cantdosleepy’s first posted song, and also song #750 on the podcast!

No No No (The Ballad of Gina and Bobby) by uncleozzy

No No No (The Ballad of Gina and Bobby) is a fun punk rock song. I love the guitars!

(Nothing But) Flowers by askmeaboutLOOM

(Nothing But) Flowers is a relatively straight cover of the Talking Heads tune, with nice world music instrumentation. It’s about, well, someone who finds themselves in a bucolic and pastoral setting, and misses technology. “If this is paradise, I wish I had a lawnmower.”

Today by willc

Today is a goofy little, slightly disjointed, sorta-college rock song, with absurdist (and not entirely work-safe) lyrics, and music including a ukelele and drum machine. And, I think, a bass guitar groove.

It’s willc’s first time on the podcast, with the latest song he’s posted.

bitquake 2 by loquacious

bitquake 2 is a lofi electronic song, with rumbly bass and glitch sounds and a nice instrumental flow. Ooh, and metronomic pacing, which I’m pretty fond of.

Caerse Muerto (cyan mix) by sleepy pete

Caerse Muerto (cyan mix) is like a world music soundtrack to an action movie, with much asskicking. It has throat singing, stabbing strings, drums, and a lush and layered atmosphere with other fun instruments.
“Caerse Muerto” means “drop dead.”

womankind by edlundart

womankind is a slow and sincere ballad to the awesomeness of women. It’s acoustic; melodica, piano, and the lap steel that I love.

HighSchoolSweethearts by CarrotAdventure

HighSchoolSweethearts is a happy bouncy synthpop song.

Follow Alexandria by multivalent

Follow Alexandria is a cool and acoustic “indie folk” song, with guitar and ukelele. This band hails from Glasgow.

Cold Dip by Corduroy

Cold Dip is a cool folksy acoustic song, with harmonizing. I find it pleasantly relaxing.

You Can’t Ignore My Techno by COBRA!

You Can’t Ignore My Techno is a chill electronic song, with accents of noisy guitar and that sort of steel-guitar-in-the-desert feel. It’s laid-back, happily noodling along.