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    1. I got a piano

      My aunt is moving to a smaller apartment and her piano does not fit there, so I offered to take it. Not because I intended to play, but she wanted to keep it in the family out of nostalgia and...

      My aunt is moving to a smaller apartment and her piano does not fit there, so I offered to take it. Not because I intended to play, but she wanted to keep it in the family out of nostalgia and emotional attachment.

      It is under renovation and should arrive perfectly tuned.

      But now that I have it, I ask myself: why not play it? I had piano lessons as a kid, and I like classical music.

      Is there a straightforward way to learn piano by myself that doesn’t feel like much of a chore? Otherwise, the piano will just linger in my living room.

      11 votes
    2. What is some noteworthy music that is quarantine/COVID-specific?

      I'm curious to know what music is out there that: is explicitly about the world's current COVID-related situations, or had its recording/production significantly influenced by those situations....

      I'm curious to know what music is out there that:

      • is explicitly about the world's current COVID-related situations, or
      • had its recording/production significantly influenced by those situations.

      Examples of the former would be Koffee's "Lockdown" or Chromeo's Quarantine Casanova, which have their influences right there on the label.

      An example of the latter would be Charli XCX's How I'm Feeling Now (mildly NSFW album art), which was created in self-isolation while collaborating over Zoom with producers and fans.

      I'm interested in seeing what's out there, not necessarily getting specific recommendations for music, so you don't have to consider anything you post an endorsement.

      11 votes
    3. What have you been listening to this week?

      What have you been listening to this week? You don't need to do a 6000 word review if you don't want to, but please write something! If you've just picked up some music, please update on that as...

      What have you been listening to this week? You don't need to do a 6000 word review if you don't want to, but please write something! If you've just picked up some music, please update on that as well, we'd love to see your hauls :)

      Feel free to give recs or discuss anything about each others' listening habits.

      You can make a chart if you use last.fm:

      http://www.tapmusic.net/lastfm/

      Remember that linking directly to your image will update with your future listening, make sure to reupload to somewhere like imgur if you'd like it to remain what you have at the time of posting.

      6 votes
    4. FEVER 333 - WRONG GENERATION (new EP release)

      Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/wrong-generation/1535816008 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0ENzm2HTf7mfFjWZ7CaB5u YouTube:...

      Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/wrong-generation/1535816008
      Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0ENzm2HTf7mfFjWZ7CaB5u
      YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8Nm3JIPr3w&list=OLAK5uy_knEEYCSEk8ai9vRtXwRnbrJ_bSVR_5JA8

      The hardcore meets hip-hop trio FEVER 333 are back to their roots with a new EP called WRONG GENERATION. While their last release, STRENGTH IN NUMB333RS, tended to lose their punk influence in exchange for more nu-metal influences, WRONG GENERATION ditches that side-step and continues from where they first started when the broke on to the scene in 2018 with Made an America. In my opinion, this is a welcome return to form. These guys seem most comfortable when they are making rebellious music that may not appeal to everyone, rather than their attempt at mainstream acceptance by employing more accessible song structure and instruments.

      Drummer Aric Improta has never sounded better so far. While he's always been able to dial into a groove a bit, he feels more like the mover you'd like the drummer to be in a hip-hop band, rather than just playing keep up with the melody section. This does mean guitarist Stephen Harrison isn't quite as prominent in the tracks, but that doesn't mean he's not doing great work. Harrison takes more of a cue from Tom Morello in this album, following the rhythm section and getting in the groove. Vocalist Jason Aalon Butler sounds best when he's doing his high pitched screams and spoken word-type rap rather than his cleans (which sound a bit too much like a bad Chester Bennington impression), and he mostly stays away from cleans on this album.

      Butler's lyrics still feel a lot more than STRENGTH IN NUMB333RS and are probably the one thing where you can see a through line from the beginning of FEVER 333 to now. His focus on LA culture, black liberation, police violence and more gets shaper with every release.

      For fans of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Stray From the Path.

      3 votes
    5. The Tildes Best of 2020 Music Dropbox - please bookmark, or ignore

      I sense some folks are chomping at the bit so let's get this party started. Think of this thread as a gigantic pile of records. This is our pile - there are many like it, but this one is ours....

      I sense some folks are chomping at the bit so let's get this party started.

      Think of this thread as a gigantic pile of records. This is our pile - there are many like it, but this one is ours. Don't waste a second worrying about what anyone else thinks. Got a record, even an EP that you've been spinning since it dropped? Find some random album from a /mu/ sharethread that blew your hair back? Throw it on the pile. Tracks for the stacks, just keep dropping them in the comments. If it's enough for you to spin repeatedly or to buy, it's worth sharing.

      Stick to one comment per album, so that each album can be voted on individually. All we need is the artist and album name, brief/generalized genre tag (folk, metal, rock, indie, etc) and a listening link. Oh, and just a short sentence-to-paragraph size plug telling us what you're digging so much about the record. No need to go all war-and-peace on it, listening is always better than reading. ;)

      Don't forget to name a favorite track (or two, three) from the record so the rest of us can easily dip a toe in.

      No singles as top level comments. I'll leave a special comment below (mark it as joke/noise to keep it at the bottom) and you can drop your singles in there. The circumstances around covid-19 have lead to an absolute glut of singles coming out this year, even from artists who don't usually bother. I have a hunch it's worth keeping track of this year.

      What we need here is albums, ears, and votes. We've got two months until the next thread, these things are best done slow so people can fit the listening time with their schedules. Dust off your favorite listening nook and make a date with some excellent albums, you might even feel better. :)

      Bookmark this post if you plan to keep tossing albums in over the next two months. Also bookmark it if you want to comment and vote on the albums, find the best. We need all the ears we can get, and there is no such thing as layman opinions in music - you know what you like and that's all you should think about when voting.

      Ignore it if you don't, because this thing is going to bump a lot as it builds.

      If the album is on Bandcamp then that's the preferred stream source. If it isn't, then go with whatever streaming link floats your boat. You'll find most albums are on youtube (as playlists) this year due to their progress replacing google play music with youtube music. Hardly ideal listening with all the ads, but it is the most accessible to people who aren't paying for streaming services.

      Right now this is more about building the library than it is about voting and vetting on the posts. We'll have another thread for that during the first week of December, and to collect late releases. The goal is to get the final set up as nice easy-to-consume playlists on most streaming services, and that's a job for late December, not right now.

      When voting - upvote if you dig it, simple as that. If after listening, you think it's epic as hell and should be at the top of the list (a must-listen pick) then hit it with your exemplary token and thank the folks who brought you all the shiny gems to brighten up this wreck of a year.

      2020 releases only, of course. Some albums may have been released in 2019, then pulled down and re-released in 2020. Those are just fine too since we didn't do one last year. Generally best to err on the side of inclusion.

      28 votes
    6. Looking for songs like Kentucky Route Zero soundtrack

      Ever since the first few songs from KR0 came out, they've been a regular part of my rotation. They're very lonesome sounding, primarily an old country sound with a little bit of gospel. Kind of...

      Ever since the first few songs from KR0 came out, they've been a regular part of my rotation. They're very lonesome sounding, primarily an old country sound with a little bit of gospel. Kind of like some of Johnny Cash, particularly his American albums. Here are examples:

      I've poked around at blues and old country and gospel but just haven't found anything I like as much. These songs are all covers, but compared to the originals they're stripped down, more sparse. Someone help me out in listening to something new for once? Spotify and YouTube's recommendation engine just points me to other video game soundtracks, not stuff that sounds similar.

      12 votes