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Anodyne for Aggravation

A charming gentleman covers Kitty Wells' Sugartime (h/t MeFi's own Miss Cellania).
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 14, 2016 - 6 comments

singing fish will wake you in the morning

Scientists have discovered that fish off the coast of Australia sing a dawn chorus just like the birds. They also sing a dusk chorus.
posted by colfax on Sep 22, 2016 - 24 comments

Ellen's Stardust Diner

Two weeks ago, workers announced the highly publicized formation of Stardust Family United under the Industrial Workers of the World, which is supported by over 70 employees of Ellen's Stardust Diner, a restaurant in midtown Manhattan recently profiled for by the New York Times. Ken Sturm, owner, then fired six long-time employees in retaliation for their efforts to form a union to protect and improve their working conditions. Ellen's, a diner which primarily employs Broadway and off-Broadway singers, has been a mainstay source of income for many since 1995.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 14, 2016 - 37 comments

"Person" from the Latin personare "to sound through"

"It's as though we are imagining the sound of our voice as physical stuff we are manipulating." Listen to Jeremy Fisher, Gillyanne Kayes, and Steven Connor demonstrate and discuss the prosody of a laugh, the distinction between healthy and unhealthy vocal creaking (fry), and the dynamics—and difficulties—of Hillary Clinton's oratory. And if you're so inclined, try out a series of voice training exercises from Fisher's and Kayes' new book, This is a Voice.
posted by Taft on Sep 7, 2016 - 4 comments

What. Are. The. Lyrics?!

Four years ago, the US Olympic swim team sang "Call Me Maybe." (Previously) For the 2016 Olympics, they hit the road again for carpool karaoke.
posted by zarq on Aug 5, 2016 - 15 comments

Impressive singing contest breaks out on late-night CTA bus

An impromptu sing-off broke out between two CTA bus passengers late Friday [more inside]
posted by readery on Jul 14, 2016 - 15 comments

1% glitchy, animated superhero nursery rhymes for children, 99% WTF

This is a thing: Hot Cross Buns feat. poplocking Ironman ~ Batman Finger Family ~ Spider-Man, Captain America, and KeanuHulk get their Wee Willie Winkie on ~ Wheels come off the bus on a superhero field trip ~ Spider-Man and Hulk fight and sing. Meanwhile, Superman makes a difficult phone call.
posted by Room 641-A on Jul 3, 2016 - 46 comments


A cover version... of sorts... of Evanescence's Wake Me Up Inside.
posted by Pyrogenesis on Jun 30, 2016 - 17 comments

The pinnacle of home entertainment: Cop Rock DVD set released

Your long wait is over. Public service announcement: as of Tuesday, you can finally own Cop Rock on a triple DVD box. NYT: Sometimes “worst” is a misnomer for “ahead of its time.” On Tuesday Shout! Factory releases “Cop Rock: The Complete Series,” a three-disc package that provides a chance to revisit this TV curiosity. Watching the 11 episodes — the original 16-episode order was truncated when the show didn’t generate ratings — is fascinating, and not always in a train wreck way. When “Cop Rock” worked, though that was only intermittently, it worked quite well. Previously.
posted by porn in the woods on May 19, 2016 - 23 comments

Where have all the gentlemen gone...

on Grindr? [NSFW kinda]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Apr 8, 2016 - 3 comments

I sang it in Iceland, in Greenland, England, Germany, in Czechoslovakia

Marlene Dietrich, live in London, 1972 (SLYT 1:13:00)
posted by The Whelk on Mar 10, 2016 - 4 comments

The Tuneless Choir of Nottingham

"Not everyone who wants to sing can. This is the choir for those who can't." If the BBC link inspires you, you can start your own Tuneless Choir wherever you are. Or you can just follow along with the fun on their Facebook Page. (Here's their version of Living on a Prayer.) The Nottingham Post reports the initiative has been a great success so far.
posted by frumiousb on Feb 27, 2016 - 10 comments

India's first all-trans-women band

The 6-Pack Band, a collaboration between Bollywood composer Shamir Tandon and Indian tea brand Brooke Bond Red Label, consists of 6 women from the hijra community in India. They have two singles out: Hum Hain Happy, a remix of Pharrel Williams's Happy, and Sab Rab De Bande (with playback singer Sonu Nigam) based on a central Sikhism tenet of "we are all children of God".
posted by divabat on Jan 28, 2016 - 15 comments

Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff, Karaoke style

Want a fun way to see which singers can still hit it outside of a studio and without a mixing board? Carpool Karaoke, hosted by James Corden (as part of The Late Late Show) who is driving, takes a singer and has them sing along with their own work (and others) while driving around. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Jan 16, 2016 - 39 comments

Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree.

Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree. As explained by the AP: "It's not that an oversized tree adorned with ornaments is uncommon as a student choir sings carols in the days leading up to Christmas. It's more that the towering steel tree is decorated with garland, twinkling lights ... and hundreds of teenagers. [...] The Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree combines the usual elements into an unusual show that will draw thousands of spectators this weekend. The 67-foot-tall tree features 25,000 lights, 5,000 linear feet of greenery, and 15 tiers on which about 220 choir members stand. About 50 other students sing from positions near the base of the tree."
posted by feelinglistless on Dec 4, 2015 - 4 comments

Proving that "One Day More" from Les Miserables is absolutely bombproof.

One Man One Day ("One Day More" Cover - Les Misérables) [SLYT]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 9, 2015 - 51 comments

Ladies and Gentlemen, This is Tom Jones

Courtesy of Turkish YouTube user Burç Arda Gül, highlights from This is Tom Jones, a variety show that ran on ATV in the UK and ABC in the US from 1969-1971.
Raise Your Hand, with Janis Joplin
Delta Lady, with Joe Cocker
Medley, with Stevie Wonder
Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home, with Tony Bennett
I Walk the Line, with Johnny and June Carter Cash
Hard to Handle, with some enthusiastic audience members.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Aug 15, 2015 - 30 comments

They Lied to Me in Song

The Indian Government will pay 3000 Mumbai beggars to sing about its initiatives. All-India Radio will help with training, though most singing beggars are apparently trained in music, up to degree level.
posted by Segundus on Aug 4, 2015 - 6 comments

A Trans Duet

"I found this song I started working on last year before I started hormones, and I decided to sing a duet with my Pre T self." [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Jun 20, 2015 - 31 comments


The LiederNet Archive is the world's largest reference archive of texts and translations of art songs and choral works, currently cataloguing 135,129 vocal pieces and 25,078 translations. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jun 14, 2015 - 8 comments


The Singing Sailor Underwater Defense System - the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society sends out a message of peace, love, understanding and respect to Russian submariners cruising through the Stockholm archepelago
posted by a lungful of dragon on May 12, 2015 - 8 comments

The Wonder Of The Age

The Edison Talking Doll is just what it sounds like: a doll, with a small phonograph in its body, mass-produced by Thomas Edison’s lab in the 1890s -- and it … shrieks. It’s like an unearthly Carol Kane screaming in a wind tunnel, trapped in the body of a lifeless totem. Listen at your own risk. Even more Edison Talking Doll recordings.
posted by The Whelk on May 6, 2015 - 32 comments

It's like a dog meowing...

Once in awhile an unusual voice shows up on one of the many TV talents shows these day, a countertenor. Greg Pritchard first appeared on Britain’s got talent in 2007. Though he has disappeared from limelight, he brought the existence of Countertenors back onto the public radar. Since then every few years one pops up, causing confusion, disbelieve, then applause from the audience and judges.

Andrew De Leon Singing starts at 2:05.

Travis Pratt Singing starts at 1:05

Artur Vasiliev This version only shows the judges reactions.

Last but not least, the professionals.

Previously on the blue:
Machismo is basically a drag act
Deller on the Threshold
posted by KaizenSoze on Apr 20, 2015 - 18 comments

"Good evening, Vienna. This is Sydney calling!"

While a few still fret about the ongoing fisticuffs in the eastern parts and the reluctance of Greece to repay a few bucks borrowed for the weekend from Germany, the real surprise, anger and confusion enveloping contemporary Europe is the admittance of Australia. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Feb 10, 2015 - 64 comments

"Something different? What can we do different? Okay..."

​​Ella Fitzgerald - Air Mail Special (Club Des Belugas Remix) [SLYT]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 18, 2015 - 9 comments

10 Centuries of Music in 4 Minutes

A cappella group Pentatonix offers us the Evolution of Music in four minutes. [playlist]
posted by quin on Oct 16, 2014 - 61 comments

He's like a Freight Train Coming

Jim Gillette, best known for his work as lead singer for the band Nitro, and their hair-metal masterpiece Freight Train [Warning: Loud. Embarrassing. Potential and unexpected earworm.], has also helped out the Mythbusters, and now, the intent has provided his greatest gift; Vocal Power Voice Lessons.
posted by quin on Oct 10, 2014 - 16 comments

Overtone Singing

Polyphonic overtone singing - Anna-Maria Hefele. "Overtone singing is a voice technique where it seems like one person sings two notes at the same time. You can sing the overtone scale on one fundamental. Another fundamental has its own overtone scale, so in order to have more overtones to sing nice melodies, you can use different fundamentals and change them while singing." [more inside]
posted by homunculus on Oct 6, 2014 - 66 comments

People should wear and eat seal as much as possible

Tanya Tagaq, an Inuk throat singer, has won the 2014 Polaris Prize for her album Animism. The Polaris goes to the best Canadian album of the year based on "artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation". Her acceptance speech was a little more controversial than usual for the Polaris, with Tagaq saying "People should wear and eat seal as much as possible" and "Fuck PETA." Her performance. Her acceptance speech.
posted by GuyZero on Sep 23, 2014 - 92 comments

Ah dubba wevwa, aaah ... ACH!

Baby sings the baby blues. In baby. "Flipo" is accompanied by his father, Flavio Rigatozzo, on guitar.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich on Sep 18, 2014 - 11 comments

Rise Up Singing Project by Matthew Vaughan

Here are many videos of songs from the Rise Up Singing songbook, a song reference book described as a large collection of chords and lyrics to folk songs, topical songs, children's songs and rounds as well as some showtunes and country, rock and blues songs all meant to be sung aloud in groups. It's a pretty invaluable resource to songleaders, and useful for anyone who likes to sing with friends or strangers. Rise Up Singing is most useful when you already know the tune, which is where ALL THESE VIDEOS come in: [more inside]
posted by aniola on Sep 12, 2014 - 15 comments

"Marceline, is it just you and me in the wreckage of the world?"

Remember You (ukulele cover) (YT) Click Finn and Jake if you want to try the chords yourself. | (• ◡•)| (❍ᴥ❍ʋ)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Aug 8, 2014 - 7 comments

The Sexiest Baritone Hunks from Opera

Barihunks. A blog about hunky baritones. That is all.
posted by Orinda on Jul 2, 2014 - 9 comments

Action movies are just musicals with knuckles.

Don JeVore: You Hate Musicals Because You Are Dead Inside.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 8, 2014 - 210 comments

Wait... Axl Rose?

So some lunatic put together an interactive chart of the vocal ranges of the most popular musicians of the last couple of generations (based on their studio albums), and it turns out that Mariah Carey only came in second... to Axl Rose. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on May 21, 2014 - 139 comments

"I was able to help shape a type of heroine that I wanted to see."

"To Celebrate the Phenomenal Music of Disney's Frozen, Cast Members took to the Stage to Treat a Small Audience to a Live Performance." Kristen Bell took it one step further, by performing her song, Do You Want to Build a Snowman with each stanza done as the main character Anna at a different age.
posted by quin on Apr 4, 2014 - 82 comments

Welcome to the SHINee WORLD

EVERYBODY every every body 네 맘을 흔들어 [more inside]
posted by one teak forest on Mar 19, 2014 - 12 comments

60th Birthday Surprise

Woman exits elevator on her 60th birthday and is given a lovely surprise. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Mar 9, 2014 - 26 comments

Every Major's Terrible

The Simon Fraser University Choir performs "Every Major's Terrible" by Randall Munroe (xkcd.com)
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Jan 19, 2014 - 29 comments


Watch as Billy on the Street's Billy Eichner and his Parks and Recreation pal Amy Poehler terrorize people on the streets of Manhattan by forcibly conscripting them into an ad hoc caroling group.... (Begins at 1:25)
posted by The Whelk on Dec 21, 2013 - 67 comments

μὴ ζῴην μετ᾽ ἀμουσίας

How Did Ancient Greek Music Sound?
The music of ancient Greece, unheard for thousands of years, is being brought back to life by Armand D'Angour, a musician and tutor in classics at Oxford University. He describes what his research is discovering.
Song Of The Sirens [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 19, 2013 - 12 comments

Music Is The Shorthand Of Emotion

Mother sings, baby reacts. [SLYT]
posted by gman on Oct 29, 2013 - 51 comments

Not fancy like Levittown

Ellen Greene sings Somewhere That's Green for Little Shop Of Horrors in 1983 in London
posted by The Whelk on Oct 15, 2013 - 50 comments

Singing is Serious Business Until You Find a Stick

Dog Sings Along with Accordion [slyt | cute | via]
posted by quin on Oct 1, 2013 - 19 comments


Pitch Battles: How a paranoid fringe group made musical tuning an international issue.
The petition had its origins in one of the strangest conflicts to have overtaken classical music in the past thirty years, and many of these luminaries were completely unaware of what they’d gotten themselves into. The sponsor of both the petition and the conference that featured Tebaldi was an organization called the Schiller Institute, dedicated to, among other things, lowering standard musical pitch. ... But behind this respectable front lurks a strange mélange of conspiracy, demagoguery, and cultish behavior. At its founding in 1984, its chairman Helga Zepp-LaRouche laid out the Institute’s role in surprisingly apocalyptic terms
Originally published at The Believer.
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 9, 2013 - 51 comments

A taxonomy of high male voices, both classical and popular

Men Getting High: Falsettists, Countertenors, Pop, Rock, and Opera
posted by rollick on May 19, 2013 - 31 comments

This is like Guitar Hero on expert, but with your voice.

You know the blue alien lady that sings that crazy techno opera song in The Fifth Element? Said to be humanly impossible, Laura sings it without any digital enhancements. The original singer's voice is sung by Albanian soprano Inva Mula.
posted by Blasdelb on Feb 22, 2013 - 32 comments

Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight

Puppies fall asleep with a little help.
posted by nadawi on Jan 22, 2013 - 33 comments

I've drowned and dreamt this moment

You may love Paul F. Tompkins (previously) for his stand up comedy, or his character acting, or his internet hilarity across many media or his startlingly good style, but did you know you can love him in a different way? Namely for his ability to cover Adeles "Skyfall"? (previously) Now you do.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 3, 2013 - 39 comments

Beatles harmony tutorial videos

Galeazzo Frudua, of Bologna, Italy, possesses an uncannily good ear for harmony, and has produced a series of videos that painstakingly and expertly analyze and demonstrate for you the vocal harmonies employed in various Beatles songs. His perceptive commentary, his very, very capable singing voice, unassuming manner, impressive video editing skills and, hey, his charming Italian accent all combine to create tutorial videos that are fun and educational viewing. Start with the first one he made, for Nowhere Man, and then, well, just check 'em all out. You won't be disappointed.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 23, 2012 - 36 comments

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