(PG-13 Language) Get pumped for this weekend’s return of The Walking Dead with Mike Relm’s edgy remix of sound bites and Bear McCreary’s familiar theme from AMC’s zombie soap opera. And no, we don’t advise looking at the flowers.
Given the lyric “gravity’s just a habit,” it only makes sense that OK Go would shoot its latest video aboard one of those anti-gravity airplanes. The only thing that would have made it better would have been treadmills. Flight gymnastics by S7 Airlines.
Funk bassist Davie504 visited Google Translate and nabbed a couple of its mechanical sounding voice samples, then turned them into the backbeat for one of his impressive slap bass solos. Sing along! “bschk z pv! zk pv zk!”
One of the more emotionally powerful David Bowie tributes we’ve heard, as Toronto’s open choir of more than 500 singers convened to perform a wonderful cover of Bowie’s 1969 classic. Their rendition of The Man Who Sold the World is excellent as well.
Pianist D Wave mashed up two seemingly mismatched tunes, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee and John Williams’ Imperial March from Star Wars into a single cohesive track. There’s a hint of ragtime jazz in there for good measure too.
(PG-13: Language) “My daddy Alabama, Momma Louisiana, you mix that negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma.” Beyoncé drops the hammer on all manner of haters and uses herself as bait to remind us of her home states’ woes. The song is exclusive to Tidal.
(PG-13: Language) “Just go play it live. Just play it live.” Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl spoke to Off Camera’s Sam Jones about Kurt Cobain, embracing mainstream success, his advice to (good) aspiring musicians and more.
Well here’s something we didn’t know was a thing until today: Siri beatboxing. Here, Chinese beatboxer Heartgrey spits some mad mouth sounds while backed by Apple’s digital assistant reciting the answer to “what is 100 Trillion to the Tenth Power?” Oh, and this guy.
A brief demonstration of the shockingly good audio capabilities of a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero computer, as the bargain priced computer replicates the sounds and music of the iconic Doctor Who theme music. Remember when you needed a $1000 synthesizer to do this?
Prepare to have fun fun fun fun… YouTuber Mike Diva made a parody trap track using clips from the infamous kazoo episode of a little known ’80s TV show called Special Friends. You can buy the extended mix on Mike’s Bandcamp.
Indie folk artist Mendeleyev covers Huey Lewis and the News’ 1984 Vietnam War song Walking on a Thin Line without having listened to it. We prefer the original, but Lev did well bringing out the confusion and rage in the lyrics.
Multitalented musician Kawehi’s latest track is yet another wonderful cover version, made entirely her own. While it might not be immediately apparent, she’s transformed Led Zeppelin’s classic track Ramble On into a punchy electro-pop groove.
During a recent appearance on BBC Radio 2, original Life on Mars keyboardist Rick Wakeman plays an incredibly moving piano tribute to David Bowie. This track and Space Oddity are now available with the artist’s royalties going to Macmillan Cancer Support.
For his latest video redub, Mylo the Cat has Kermit the Frog channeling Rikrok’s vocals, and The Swedish Chef perfectly cast as Shaggy as they take on the classic reggae-rap track. All we can say is that Miss Piggy is gonna murder Kermie this time.
While on a trip to Africa, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard took the opportunity to remake the music video for Toto’s 1982 hit Africa. The end result is part silliness, part picture postcard, and part low-budget home vacation movie. Also, it’s time for a suspicious gorilla meme.
While digging around YouTube, we stumbled onto a true talent. Musician Christian Cuevas has a smooth and powerful voice that will pierce you to the soul, and won’t let go. Seriously folks, this guy deserves a major record deal. Check out more of his tracks here.
(PG-13: Language) The talented jerk that is Mark Kozelek aka Sun Kil Moon goes on barely controlled rambles about being mystified and being grateful for love amidst the droning waves by post-metal band Jesu. Even if the first track isn’t your thing, give the others a chance.
Guitarist Billy Watman turns in a fingerstyle rendition of Queen’s magnum opus which would be impressive if played by anyone, but it’s even more amazing that he’s just 14 years old and can play like this. More on Billy’s YouTube page. (Video by Tony Goode)
Sia, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots cover The Dixie Cups’ acoustic rendition of the Mardi Gras song Iko Iko, with the not-so-special participation of Natalie Portman, who seems to have mellowed down from her Lonely Island days.
Piers Faccini and Dawn Landes perform Heaven’s Gate, a single from their beautiful EP Desert Songs. After their first collaboration in 2013, the two talented folk artists wrote and arranged what would become a calming and mystical collection.