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How to Make a Hit Pop Song 2

How to Make a Hit Pop Song 2

Got the basics of making a hit pop song? Brett Domino is back with the advanced techniques for cooking a chart topper. You’re going to need a synthesizer, a washing machine, and provocative lines like, “Who made you the barrister?”

46 Stars
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DJ Jazzy Mario

DJ Jazzy Mario

During Philadelphia’s July 4th Welcome America concert, an old school vs. new school battle broke out between DJ Jazzy Jeff and Jeremy Ellis with the sounds of Super Mario Bros. as their ammunition, with Questlove providing rhythm.

13 Stars
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Wake Me Up Acoustic Cover

Wake Me Up Acoustic Cover
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Xanthocroid frontman Sam Meador uses his lightning quick fingers in his acoustic cover Avicii’s Wake Me Up, turning the country-house track into a math ballad. What is it with metalheads and awesome acoustic guitar skills?

53 Stars
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Bon Iver: Heavenly Father

Bon Iver: Heavenly Father
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The perennially heartbroken Justin Vernon and his band go minimal once again, this time with a dash of electronica. Heavenly Father is from the soundtrack of Wish I Was Here, the Kickstarter-funded comedy directed by Zach Braff.

3 Stars
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29 Voices, 1 Song

29 Voices, 1 Song

While a few too many of his voices sound like Muppets, you’ve got to hand it to impressionist Rob Cantor for singing his song Perfect in the voices of 29 different characters. Surprisingly, his women’s voices are some of the best.

29 Stars
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Led Dulcimer

Led Dulcimer

Musician Sam Edelston rocks out with his dulcimer out in this performance of Led Zeppelin’s classic Whole Lotta Love. His Psycho Killer and 19th Nervous Breakdown covers ain’t too shabby either.

9 Stars
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Warpaint: Ashes to Ashes

Warpaint: Ashes to Ashes

LA indie rockers Warpaint turn in a download-worthy rendition of David Bowie’s 1980 classic in a backstage performance during Glastonbury 2014. Fortunately, you can find the track on the 2010 tribute album We Were So Turned On.

5 Stars
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An Unexpected Voice

An Unexpected Voice

Musician Luc Arbogast’s bald head and tattoos belie his vocal talents, an uncanny ability to sing in a range normally reserved for the most talented female vocalists. He can also sing in a more typical range as well. More here.

63 Stars
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How to Make a Hit Pop Song

How to Make a Hit Pop Song

Musician and vocalist Brett Domino provides a brief instructional video on putting together the kind of formulaic hooks and cheesy lyrics that eventually turn into pop gold. Apparently, all you need is a bassoon and Google.

93 Stars
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Puddles Covers Chandelier

Puddles Covers Chandelier

It’s been a little while since we checked in with Puddles, the Sad Clown with the Golden Voice. Here, he covers Sia’s hit single Chandelier in his own inimitable and soul-stirring style. Damn, now we all we can think of now is Lena Dunham.

22 Stars
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Game of Thrones: ’80s Remix

Game of Thrones: ’80s Remix

We’ve seen the Game of Thrones crew dressed for the 1980s, so now they need a theme song, right? Luigi Donatello scratches that itch with a version of the GoT theme song had it taken place in the decade of big hair and bigger synthesizers.

10 Stars
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20syl: Kodama

20syl: Kodama

The focus is on the hands of the musicians in this mesmerizing performance music video for 20syl’s sonically enveloping electronic track, Kodama. Grab the track and the rest of the EP on iTunes.

15 Stars
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Lewis: L’Amour

Lewis: L’Amour
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Originally released in 1983, L’Amour is a somber album, with a few mumbled and mostly gibberish lyrics, as ethereal as the man behind it. Up to this day, no one knows the real identity of the man behind the pseudonym Lewis. (Thanks Karlo!)

4 Stars
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Eruption Surprise

Eruption Surprise

Guitarist John Denner shreds an impressive cover of Eddie Van Halen’s Eruption solo, but what’s truly impressive is what you’ll see about 25 seconds into the video. Watch, and you’ll be amazed too. More here.

52 Stars
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Brian Williams: Baby Got Back

Brian Williams: Baby Got Back

The Tonight Show returns with another epic edit of NBC anchorman Brian Williams, who cannot lie. This time, he’s on the prowl for some cushion for the pushin’. Dial 1-900-MIXALOT, and kick them nasty thoughts.

50 Stars
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The Writing’s on the Wall

The Writing’s on the Wall

OK Go has set the bar pretty damned high for their music videos, and their new long-take clip is true to form. For The Writing’s on the Wall, the band created a funhouse filled with illusions which disintegrate as the camera moves.

48 Stars
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Work B**ch

Work B**ch

Using low-budget motion tracking effects, YouTuber Gal Volinez replaced Britney Spears with himself in this hilarious sendup of her music video for Work B**ch. At least we’re hoping he did it knowing it was funny.

19 Stars
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Throne: Tharsis Sleeps

Throne: Tharsis Sleeps

(Gore) We’ve seen a music video made with yarn. Here’s one where every frame was embroidered. Directed by Nicos Livesey and Tom Bunker, the video for Throne’s Tharsis Sleeps sees astronauts on a terraforming mission.

11 Stars
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Game of Jazz

Game of Jazz

New Orleans Dixieland jazz band Swamp Donkeys performs the most upbeat version of Ramin Djawadi imposing Game of Thrones theme song we’ve ever heard. Perhaps it’ll come in handy for jazz funerals.

17 Stars
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All By Myself

All By Myself

Richard Dunn found himself stuck overnight in Las Vegas’ McCarran airport, and needed some way to fill the time. So what did he do? He shot a music video with his iPhone. Though we’re not quite sure how he shot it All By Himself.

43 Stars
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Metal Cartoon Medley

Metal Cartoon Medley

Musician PelleK covered classic cartoon theme songs from the 1980s and 1990s with his flamboyant power ballad vocalizations, 4-octave range, and a cheesetastic music video to go along with. Oh, and if you’re craving some DuckTales

4 Stars
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