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January 21, 2013 8:43 PM   Subscribe

There is so much music here. Here's the annual torrent of all the songs from Metafilter Music, gathering everything from 2012. There were 558 songs, taking up 3.1 gigabytes. Massive, massive props to all the musicians who shared their music! Check it out, and remember, the song threads never close, so if you find a song you love, please drop by and let the artists know!

Also, my thanks to the people who are helping to get the files around the world quickly. This would go much more slowly without them. With them, there are even now seeds available for the first 5000 songs, 2010 Q4, and 2011 - see the original torrent thread, which is still open.

Incidental plug: this Thursday marks the second anniversary of Start to Finish, my song-a-day podcast that draws from Metafilter Music - over 500 quality songs and counting! It leans toward indie and electronic music.
posted by Pronoiac to MetaFilter-Related at 8:43 PM (23 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

This is great, thank you for putting it together!

For those of us who don't hang around Music regularly, what are some of the awesome songs from the last year?
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 9:01 PM on January 21, 2013


Wow, that's downloading faster than expected. I'll be seeding this for a few weeks.
posted by Lemurrhea at 9:15 PM on January 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Great stuff, thanks Pronoiac.

Pronoiac: "Check it out, and remember, the song threads never close,"

I still can't get used to this. You'll get exchanges like:

5 years later and I still love this song.
posted by csimpkins at 15:53 on June 20, 2011

Me too!
posted by Roger Dodger at 3:59 on July 15, 2011

i'm just now hearing this.

i was so missing out.
posted by batmonkey at 18:25 on November 4, 2011

Gotta agree with batmonkey on this one. Also, thanks very much chococat! This was a lot of fun to listen to and I hope it still brings you good memories.
posted by librarylis at 21:17 on November 4, 2011


It's the slowest conversation ever.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (staff) at 10:25 PM on January 21, 2013


For those of us who don't hang around Music regularly, what are some of the awesome songs from the last year?

O Holy Night on banjo

Radiohead's Airbag on pianos

That Time
posted by John Cohen at 10:29 PM on January 21, 2013


Seeding from a pretty fast seedbox. Perhaps the first legal thing I have done from it.
posted by johnpowell at 3:39 AM on January 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Gonna hop on and help seed.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 4:35 AM on January 22, 2013


Gonna hop on and help seed.

yup!
posted by dubold at 6:03 AM on January 22, 2013


the song threads never close

the song threads never close
we're waiting for you now
to drop on by, and say "this rocks!"
or ask one of us "how?
how do you get that kick drum sounding like a cannon blast?"
or "how the hell d'ya play that bari sax so goddam FAST?"
or "hey, it's cool, but I'd prefer a slightly brighter mix"
or "hey, I wish you'd tell me all your cool recording tricks!"
or even "hmm, you know, this kinda thing just ain't my bag,
I'd much prefer a ukulele dubstep polka rag"
or "man I can't believe how fucking brilliant your songs are!"
or "this is what I'd like to hear while driving in my car"
or "hey, you got a day job? like, something to fall back on?"
or "just what software did you use to make this groovy track on?"
or "this song sounded better on my Altecs than my Bose"
but anyway, stop by today
cause song threads never close
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:44 AM on January 22, 2013 [7 favorites]


Cortex, I sense someone wants catchy jingle written, and they are looking right at you.
posted by wheelieman at 7:09 AM on January 22, 2013


...a ukulele dubstep polka rag

Goddammit. ALL DAY LONG that idea is gonna be in my head. I'm shaking my fist at you.
posted by davejay at 8:48 AM on January 22, 2013


I might be able to coax some wubwub out of the accordion ...
posted by uncleozzy at 8:58 AM on January 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


Pronoiac, Thanks for your pretty tireless efforts to shine a light on the dark murky back alleyway that is Music. Also, apologies in advance for my outsize contributions to the massive data load. Maybe some day, we'll learn to craft songs that don't "kick in at the 9-minute mark."
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:10 AM on January 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


a ukulele dubstep polka rag

aka Borschtstep. Everybody standing around waiting for the beet to drop.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:21 AM on January 22, 2013 [20 favorites]


Ouch. Did Ukraine your neck making that terrible pun? You better Czech.
posted by chococat at 9:42 AM on January 22, 2013 [5 favorites]


It was just another one of those bloc-rockin' beets.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:18 AM on January 22, 2013 [8 favorites]


Geez, this is really appalling, you guys, Russian in here to make puns when there's so much music to appreciate.
posted by Pronoiac at 11:06 AM on January 22, 2013


Why is the torrent file zipped? It's a minor nit, but I have to download the file, unzip and then start my torrent client, whereas with just the torrent, it's all in one go.
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a at 3:20 PM on January 22, 2013


I have been listening to this over the past few days, thanks so much for putting it together.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 5:33 PM on January 22, 2013 [1 favorite]


922257, they're zipped for boring technical reasons, involving my host's mime types, and this was the obvious workaround. It only takes an extra couple of double-clicks in my browsers - one to open the zip file, and then one to open the torrent.
posted by Pronoiac at 6:56 PM on January 22, 2013


Ahhh, didn't mean to come off as snippy, was just curious really.
posted by 922257033c4a0f3cecdbd819a46d626999d1af4a at 7:49 PM on January 22, 2013


No problem! I'm relieved that it wasn't too serious - it bothered me, but I'd thought it was completely out of my hands, and using zip was much simpler to download than the alternative.

Aaand there's good news - I just found a workaround. Try it out!
posted by Pronoiac at 12:13 AM on January 23, 2013


Thanks for taking me back to Music - so many treats lurking there!

Having a listen-and-comment fest as I write.
posted by greenish at 7:28 AM on January 23, 2013


For those of us who don't hang around Music regularly, what are some of the awesome songs from the last year?

here's a few, just from January -

Public Transport's remix of The Bilinda Butchers

Katine's trumpet chorale based on "O Promenach Sveta"

koeselitz's cover of Benny Golson's elegy for Clifford Brown


cortex performs an ode to a buttered cat

posted by dubold at 8:29 AM on January 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


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