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Welcome to Jukebox 2014!

Nominations for this exchange will open on the 18th of April, depending on your timezone.

If you're interested in participating, here is a post to talk about songs you want stories for, and gauge or drum up others' interest in those canons.

From the FAQ, here's what I'm defining as a song.


What counts as a song?

A piece of recorded music that includes lyrics* (in any language) and is shorter than 20 minutes. This may include a video.

Songs nominated for this exchange must be widely available. Preferably, there will be a YouTube link or a link on the artist's website or another publicly accessible link. I will create a table of links and lyrics for use in the exchange.

The song must be able to stand on its own without reference to a longer work. I don’t object to people nominating songs from musicals or operettas – but if it would be necessary to understand the whole musical, or the whole operetta, or to read a contextual explanation in order to appreciate the piece, then that piece of music is not appropriate for this exchange.

Songs must also be able to stand on their own without reference to the artist - unless the song is autobiographical, or self-referential in some other way. This exchange is not the place to request musician RPF. In general, actors who appear in music videos are to be treated as characters, not as their real-life selves.

Covers by specific artists can be nominated separately.

You can either nominate a song on its own, or a song with an associated music video. It's possible to differentiate these when nominating on AO3.

Songs that don’t quite fit these requirements, but that fit the goals of the exchange, can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.


*By request, I am willing to include programmatic music - music that does not have lyrics, but where the composer, performer, and audience can agree upon a strong narrative theme. Yes, that's a broad definition - if you have a piece you think suits that criteria, and suggest it to me, I am likely to agree. I will ask you to provide contextual links (a wikipedia page would do). When you sign up, please include in your requests at least one song that does have lyrics, for ease of matching.

See the AO3 collection page for more information about this exchange.

Here is the same post on the LiveJournal community: http://jukebox-fest.livejournal.com/7559.html

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Date: 2014-04-09 04:46 am (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
WOOOOOT JUKEBOX HERE HAVE THE LIST I HAVE BEEN CURATING ALL YEAR HELP ME NARROW MY NOMINEES LIST

Abraham's Daughter, Arcade Fire
Crossroads, Bekah Kelso
Viva La Vida, Coldplay
House of Stone and Light, Dartmouth Decibelles
Title of the Song, Da Vinci's Notebook
Of Wolf And Man, Metallica
This Tornado Loves You, Neko Case
Cartography, Seanan McGuire
Downhome Aphrodite, Seanan McGuire
How Much Salt?, Seanan McGuire
My Story Is Not Done, Seanan McGuire
Still Catch the Tide, Seanan McGuire
Writing Again, Seanan McGuire
Queen of Argyll, Silly Wizard
Poem of War, SJ Tucker
Shee An Gannon, The CRAIC
Star of the County Down, traditional

and you don't know how tempted I am to add Seanan McGuire's "Darkness Falls" but realistically what I'd get out of that is a Supernatural fanfic ("Darkness Falls" being, y'know, a Supernatural fansong) and that's rather not the point of jukebox
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Date: 2014-04-09 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kaesa
AHAHAH I actually considered "Title of the Song," but decided no one would go for it.

GO FOR IT.

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Date: 2014-04-09 06:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thinkatory
Seconding "Title of the Song" because that could and would be totally amazing.

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Date: 2014-04-14 11:26 pm (UTC)
zdenka: Miriam with a tambourine, text "I will sing." (Default)
From: [personal profile] zdenka
I don't know most of these songs, but I'm happy to see stuff by Seanan McGuire and SJ Tucker!

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Date: 2014-04-09 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kaesa
A few songs I've been considering, in no particular order:

"Reprehensible" by They Might Be Giants (music|lyrics)
This song is about a guy who has apparently done horrible things for thousands of years, and -- this is the important part -- he finds out every night, and then forgets in the morning. I sometimes wonder if he's meant to be the same guy as the megalomaniac dictator/businessman in their other song "Kiss Me, Son of God," but the song stands alone easily.

"I Left The Wolves Behind That Night" by The Tiger & Me (impressive one-take walking music video|music & lyrics)
There's a lot of weird melancholy symbolism in this song. I have no idea what's actually meant to be going on but the images are very vivid, at least. I think the most intriguing part is "The old man took me by the hand / And he led me to the well. / I said, 'I am not a killer or a thief / But there are other pathways to Hell.'"

"Thomas the Rhymer," traditional, but my favorites are the Steeleye Span versions (one of their three versions?|various lyrics|Wikipedia entry)
tl;dr the queen of Elfland has a crush on Thomas, abducts him, and insists that he serve her for seven years, thinking this will totally win him over! Spoiler: it doesn't. He goes home afterwards, because the seven-year term has been met. As a "reward" she "gifts" him with the ability to only tell the truth. I love Child ballads but I think this one is my favorite.

"Down in the Street Below" by The Divine Comedy (music|lyrics)
At the beginning of the song the main character seems to be coming home, and then it segues to people "praying to the gods of their religions / That they might be spared a little longer" and people fantasizing about being spies, and then suddenly the main character is at this ritzy party full of famous people and it's like a very shiny nightmare. There is a lot going on, is what I'm saying.

"Boo" by Pinback (music|lyrics)
Apocafic? Disaster fic? Taken literally this song is about a guy on a sinking submarine who has no hope left. It's also got creepy vintage voiceovers of people desperately radioing for help and getting no answers, which I'm a sucker for.

"Billy the Kid's Dream of the Magic Shoes" by The Mountain Goats (music|the lyrics don't really capture this, it's a very short song)
"They're gonna fill me full of holes! They're gonna fill me full of holes! I don't give a rat's ass, you rat bastards! I got special shoes on!" Defiance in the face of death, now with extra special footwear. It's just so ridiculous.

"White Unicorn" by Wolfmother (music|lyrics)
Either everyone in this song is extremely high at an anachronism-heavy renfaire or everyone in this song is extremely high in a lush fantasy world. But either way, there are probably drugs involved.

I have no idea how I am going to narrow these down, but hopefully someone's interest will be piqued.

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Date: 2014-04-09 05:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
I gotta acquire more Steeleye Span.

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Date: 2014-04-09 06:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thinkatory
I may come back and add more, but here's what leaps to mind:

Exit Music (For a Film) - Radiohead
Stockholm Syndrome - Muse
Five Years - David Bowie
Doghouse - No Doubt (I don't mean this to be about a pet kink, really! It's more an interesting relationship and perspective I think)
The Noose - A Perfect Circle
Pet - A Perfect Circle
Commissioning a Symphony in C - Cake
The Distance - Cake
Layla - Derek and the Dominoes
Layla (live acoustic) - Eric Clapton (these two are so different I'd consider nominating them separately, maybe, but one could nominate the first and consider the second, which has a very different take on the song :D)
The Dark of the Matinee - Franz Ferdinand (...this song is basically a hilariously hipster tale written long before hipsters were a solid cultural construct, but I like the story in it!)
Two Sisters - Andrew Bird (I'd love to see someone really dig into this mythos and creep everyone out)
Not a Robot, But a Ghost - Andrew Bird
Sleep - My Chemical Romance (This makes sense in the context of the album, generally, but I'd like to hear more about this guy's psychological state and suffering, because I'm awful like that)
You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison - My Chemical Romance (again: the narrator here is clearly in too deep and losing his shit, and I'd love to see someone tackle that)
Hang 'Em High - My Chemical Romance (WESTERNS)
Karma Police - Radiohead (could be awesome for a dystopia)_
No Surprises - Radiohead (another "what the hell is up with this cryptic person anyway" song)

And that's all I have for now. I don't recall if albums are an option, and this would be even weirder if it was, but I'd be interested to see what people could make of the pairing of Radiohead's albums OK Computer and In Rainbows, as explained here and listenable here.

But that's totally insane, and it's late here and I should probably post this comment before I come up with something even weirder and more convoluted. :P

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Date: 2014-04-09 10:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sharpest_asp
I was literally JUST thinking of this on my way home tonight. I've only got one song so far on my head: Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men.

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Date: 2014-04-09 12:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seekingferret
Harrisburg by Josh Ritter

Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofe

Leave My Body by Florence and the Machine

more will come

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Date: 2014-04-09 02:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
FLORENCE

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Date: 2014-04-09 01:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elanya
Man, I have been keeping a liiiiist but now I can't find it.

I have some things from last year that I want to try again:

Scissor Sister - Invisible Light -Crazy drugged out occult mysticism!
Exuma - Mama Loi, Papa Loi - Obeah zombies :D
Tom Waits - Hell Broke Luce Anti-war, or really war fallout song, I suppose.

And some neeeeew things.

Steeleye Span - King Henry - a traditional story ballad about a king who sleeps with a monster only to find out she was really a beautiful woman all along. Basically - magical healing kingly cock.
Prince - Seven - this is one of those songs that clearly has something very epic going on, but what iiiiis it :V
Puscifer - The Green Valley Sort of an adventure/judgement thing going on here, I think!
Mirel Wagner - this song is really fascinating and creepy. It it about love beyond death. Sort of >.>
Peggy Sue - Idle - this might just be here because it is my favourite new song >.> Probably I will nom something by Peggy Sue though.

I'm sure I'll think of others! There's definitely some good Cohen (well, it is all good, but I meant to write stories from ;), which others have mentioned.

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Date: 2014-04-11 06:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tristesses
The Green Valley gave me goosebumps (and plot bunnies, actually!). What a gorgeous song.

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Date: 2014-04-14 11:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zdenka
Ooh. I wasn't familiar with these before, but there are some really cool choices. I love the ghostly wailing accompaniment in "King Henry," and it's a neat story too.

I don't know what's going on "Seven" either, though it sounds vaguely Book of Revelation-ish.

Aaaah "No Death" is so creepy!

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Date: 2014-04-10 01:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sirvalkyrie
So I have a lot that I am considering. I don't know which I am going to nom, but here are the ones I am considering. If someone really wants to see one of these nommed, then please tell me so that I know someone likes one of these a little.

Advanced Wind - One of my favorite video game songs that I'd love to see turned into fic

Cosplay - Just the joy of cosplaying

G33K & G4M3R GIRLS - a song about geek and gamer girls.

I Ship It - All about crack ships

Just Don't Go - A local traffic man becomes so desperate to stop people from driving in bad weather that he resorts to musical pleading.

Roll a d6 - Girl plays D&D. DM says she's gonna die. Roll a d6.

Shiloh Hill - A haunting song about a soldier in the American Civil War. This isn't my favorite cover, there is a studio version by the same group that I prefer. I am trying to find the other version.

This is the Happiness and Peace of Mind Committee - An English cover. Everyone is happy. Everyone. It is their responsibility. They wouldn't want to let their responsibilities down, would they?

träumerei - Sadly, I can't find the full version on youtube, but this is still a nice preview of it.

Wooden Girl ~Thousand Year Wiegenlied~ - A girl with white hair is friendless because of her hair color. A forest spirit hears the white haired girl praying for a friend and so becomes human. Together, the two live and work and the spirit learns of joy, hardship and love.

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Date: 2014-04-11 06:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tristesses
I really like This is the Happiness and Peace of Mind Committee! Is it related to another fandom, or is it a song that stands on its own?

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Date: 2014-04-10 05:01 am (UTC)
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Chanson de Melisande (Faure) - very spooky song about the king's blind daughters who are locked away, with (as the song transpires) no hope. Rather chilling.

Ordinary Town (Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer) - This is an ordinary town / And the prophet stands alone / This is an ordinary town / And we crucify our own... I find it hilarious to think that Jesus went there and they were like, sorry, dude, you can do your crucifixion stuff somewhere else, we only crucify our own folks...

Der Zwerg (Schubert) (translation here) - Zdenka nominated and requested this last year and I fell in love with it. Also very spooky... an open-ended song of a dwarf and a queen, and he eventually kills her, and what the heck is going on??

And then a couple of repeats from last year:

Chiron Beta Prime (Jonathan Coulton) (Youtube, lyrics) - so many questions! What did they do that sent them to Chiron Beta Prime? What is Earth like? (Apparently not overrun with robot overlords, if they're sending messages there.) Do they ever escape? What was redacted?

They Can't Take That Away from Me - George Gershwin and Ira Gerswin (Song): Youtube, lyrics. I... kind of really really want the dark sci-fi AU where memory wipes are on the table.

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Date: 2014-04-11 05:41 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tristesses
YES I'M SO EXCITED! I've been waiting for this since the last round.

Anyway, songs.

Rumbrave - Murder By Death (lyrics). "When we meet you will see / I will destroy everything of beauty / When we meet then you'll know / I am the ax that clears the forest..." A song about an evil man set in a vaguely Old West world. I personally like the supernatural/demonic interpretation, but there are so many ways to take this.

Witch Hunt - Jack Off Jill (mostly accurate lyrics). Incredibly creepy, violent, and surreal, this is the (possibly metaphorical) story about a modern day witch hunt and murder. Also evil carnivals. It’s almost more of a spoken word piece than a song (though it is music). It would make a great horror/fantasy piece.

Do It Like A Dude - Jessie J (Video) (lyrics). Because fic about an all-female, queer underground fighting ring/dance troupe is exactly what this world needs. I'm also partial to the interpretation of lyrics that says "You think I can't get HER like you" rather than "you think I can't get HURT like you."

Dollhouse - Melanie Martinez (Video) (lyrics). A song about what happens in the dollhouse when you’re not looking. Kind of melancholy, lovely pop music. It could work both as a metaphor or as a story about literal dolls - or both! I love the aesthetics of this video, and her voice is perfect for the tone of the song.

Stellar Alchemist - The Impossible Girl (lyrics in the video description). Literally about star formation! It feels very hypnotic and mystical to me, like a song from an alien religion or something. Lots of things you could do with it.

Pale Horse - John Vanderslice (lyrics). I'm not actually sure what this song is about, but man, I want to know. It's so haunting and has this building power to it - aspects of it are both frightening and inspiring. "Free the blood that must ensue / We are many and they are few." What kind of revolutionary post-apocalypse is this set in, and who's rising up?

And these are some others I'm considering but am not sure about.


The Haunted Phonograph - ThouShaltNot
Kill My Boyfriend - Natalia Kills
Lolita - Lana Del Rey
The Culling of the Fold - The Decemberists
The Burning - Ghoultown
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Date: 2014-04-13 01:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moetushie
I had an entire DW about this just a few weeks ago! Here it is.

The list:
1. Go Long - Joanna Newsom
2. O Shenandoah - Traditional
3. Wolf Like the XX - TV on the Radio vs. the xx
4. I'll Be Seeing You - Billie Holiday
5. National Anthem - Lana Del Ray
6. Son of a Preacherman - Dusty Springfield
7. Paparazzi - Lady Gaga
8. The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us! - Sufjan Stevens
9. Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars
10. A Better Son/Daughter - Rilo Kiley
11. Diamonds and Rust - Joan Baez

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Date: 2014-04-13 01:18 am (UTC)
moetushie: Beaton cartoon - a sexy revolution. (Default)
From: [personal profile] moetushie
Also:

Whipping Boy - Shearwater. Because I feel like that interaction with the boy and the wolf is fandom-ready tbh.

Please, Mister Postman - the Carpenters. Why isn't she getting those damn letters?!

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Date: 2014-04-14 11:24 pm (UTC)
zdenka: Miriam with a tambourine, text "I will sing." (Default)
From: [personal profile] zdenka
Here's what I'm currently thinking about:

Songs that are in English:

1) Cheshire Moon - "Snow White, Red Road"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzGXZlpvMmc

"The castle is on fire tonight; with no one to rescue, the prince is gone . . ."

2) Colin Devlin - "Raise the Dead"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BovvI8IrMsU

"But you can't raise the dead from the ever after . . ."

3) Sharon Knight - "Fire in the Head"
http://sharonknight.bandcamp.com/album/neofolk-romantique-2

"There's some wake mad, and some wake dead, and some will rise with fire in their head."

4) Nightwish - "Planet Hell"
http://youtu.be/_q6chUtSef4

"Welcome to Hell, little saint . . . welcome to Paradise, soldier."

5) Josh Preston - "Counting Backwards"
http://youtu.be/zfzekezwZwE

"Even when man was on the moon, he couldn't wait to come home soon, so he could feel it rain."

6) Trad. (performed by Peter Bradley Adams) - "London Bridge is Falling Down"
http://youtu.be/TMEFHXHHq3Y

"But iron and steel will bend and wheel and break before the morning."


Classical/art songs:

1) "Am Donaustrande" (On the Banks of the Danube) by Johannes Brahms.
http://youtu.be/A60AoJuf4gg

Text and translation here:
http://www.recmusic.org/lieder/get_text.html?TextId=4244

2) "Svarta Rosor" (Black Roses) by Jean Sibelius
http://youtu.be/tddQXqHky7Q
(There's a link to a translation under the video.)

3) "Verrat" (Betrayal) by Johannes Brahms
http://youtu.be/7d70b8cOhKQ

Text and translation here:
http://www.recmusic.org/lieder/get_text.html?TextId=9967

4) "Der Zwerg" (The Dwarf) by Franz Schubert
http://youtu.be/VfNfUNQCNb4

Text and translation here:
http://www.recmusic.org/lieder/get_text.html?TextId=3952

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Date: 2014-04-14 11:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alexseanchai

OOOH OMG "SNOW WHITE RED ROAD" AND "FIRE IN THE HEAD" WHY ARE THOSE NOT ON MY LIST. I ASK YOU. WHY ARE THOSE NOT ON MY LIST.

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