Musician/designer/video director Yoann “Woodkid” Lemoine created this brilliantly downbeat remix of Pharrell’s upbeat pop hit Happy, which transforms the track into an emotional ballad. Strings are so sad!
A wireless music player that isn’t box-shaped. The Crescendo has a 24-bit 48kHz DSP, a 50W woofer and two 25W Folded Motion tweeters. It works with Bluetooth, AirPlay, Ethernet, USB, 3.5mm aux and optical input. More here.
The musicians of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW play us through a bunch of classic (and a few obscure) cartoons with a jazzy orchestral sound. See if you can name all 43 cartoons, then head to the YouTube page to check your work.
An old man stuck inside roams free in his mind. The music video for Dreamin’, an excellent track from Scott Reitherman aka Pillar Point’s debut album. Directed by Wild Combination. Dance by the incredible Dai Omiya.
Face it. This little Japanese girl can play the guitar better than you or I can. Watch in awe as Li-sa-X shreds a cover version of Racer X’s Scarified, on an electric guitar that looks like its bigger than she is.
Genki Sudo and the rest of World Order’s kempt robots take us on a tour of Akibahara, a district in Tokyo known for its electronics and geeky establishments. Guest starring members of AKB48, who Wreck-it-Ralph fans might know.
Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel play with the iPad app Loopy to create a virtual doo-wop group, performing a charming cover of The Tokens’ classic The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Though neither of them has the falsetto of Jay Siegel’s original.
Instrumental funk band Vulfpeck wants to go on a tour where all of their shows are free to watch. To fund their tour, the band is planning on exploiting a loophole in Spotify. 10/10 would listen again. Experience it while it lasts.
A sublime acoustic guitar cover version of Eurythmics ’80s hit Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), performed by ortoPilot and his pals. Be sure to check out his YouTube and Spotify channels for lots of other awesome covers.
Smooth McGroove’s latest is one of the catchiest video game tracks of all time – the Overworld theme from Super Mario Bros. 2. Seriously, when will they start using this guy for actual game soundtracks? Bubba dubba dubba doo bop bop…
The three-member GAG Quartet performs a rock and roll medley of classic arcade and console games that will have you reaching for your controller and plugging in your old NES or Genesis. Be sure to stick around for the big finish.
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee is challenging enough to play on a musical instrument, so when we stumbled onto opera singer Malena Ernman performing the song with her voice, we were speechless.
Two metal heads combine forces to form… a smooth jazz band. A very good one. Zack Ordway makes the music while Elliot Coleman sings his lungs out. Sadly, they’re on indefinite hiatus. Listen to Elliot sing live here. (Thanks Joe!)
Creation clashes with destruction in this amazing stop-motion video made by Oh Yeah Wow. It serves a music video for Elliot The Bull’s single Colourblind. Whether or not you like the song, the animation is top notch.
Ok, the fact that Mario Wienerroither’s latest Musicless Music Video actually has drums and a guitar in it makes it a bit of a misnomer. But we still enjoyed the even more deconstructed than usual take on The White Stripes in this clip.
Frank Ocean sings over a reggae-punk beat made by super producer Diplo together with The Clash’s Paul Simonon and Mick Jones. Download the track for free at Converse Music’s blog. Check out the behind-the-scenes here.