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Music

Hey Ya! Metal Edition

Hey Ya! Metal Edition

Serial screamer and contact wearer Leo Moracchioli’s takes on one of the most infectious earworms of all time, OutKast’s Hey Ya! Leo’s version will almost certainly have the song rattling around your head for the rest of the day too.

I Just Did a Bad Thing

I Just Did a Bad Thing

As one commenter put it “He’s still pretty far from making sense in the traditional way, but I think he’s getting closer.” Bill Wurtz’s catchy little track is all about a guy having a really bad day. We think it’s actually a retelling of Joker’s origin story. You be the judge.

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Senspad Drum Kit

Senspad Drum Kit
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Redison Music’s Senspad is an electronic drum kit that weighs less than 1.5lb and is nearly as thin as a practice pad. It has three programmable strike zones and lasts up to 12h per charge. You can connect it to mobile devices or PCs via USB or Bluetooth.

Woodstock (Trailer)

Woodstock (Trailer)

From August 15 to 18, 1969, an outdoor concert was held on a 600-acre dairy farm in New York, with over 400,000 people in attendance. Woodstock would go on to be one of the most legendary festivals ever staged. PBS’ documentary on the show features never before seen footage.

Europe vs Dvorak

Europe vs Dvorak

Enjoy two strange musical bedfellows, Europe’s 1986 hit The Final Countdown and Dvorak’s 9th Symphony, melded by the Papageorgio String Quartet a. Be sure to listen to their Beethoven vs Metallica and Led Zeppelin vs Bach and My Chemical Romance vs Pachelbel too.

Baby Got Barbershop

Baby Got Barbershop

Barbershop quartet Bank of Harmony don’t want none unless it’s got buns, hun. Sit back, relax, and enjoy Sir Mix a Lot’s 1992 hit Baby Got Back, performed in a way we’re pretty sure you’ve never heard it before. We also enjoyed their cover of Pour Some Sugar on Me.

The Manx: Hateful Goo

The Manx: Hateful Goo

(PG-13: Language) Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland plays a guy who gets sucked into the most visceral video game ever made in the whacked-out music video for the track Hateful Goo by LA thrashpunk-comedy-art group The Manx.

The Mighty DX7 Medley

The Mighty DX7 Medley

Do you love classic ’80s music? Many of the songs of the era relied heavily on Yamaha’s vaunted DX7 synthesizer, which was the first mainstream synth to use FM synthesis, creating a variety of uniquely textured sounds, like the ones in Power DX7’s medley.

Law & Order: SVU Acoustic Cover

Law & Order: SVU Acoustic Cover

Musician Dave Rucci’s wife really likes Law & Order: SVU, so he decided to record something special for her. Listen and enjoy as Dave plays composer Mike Post’s familiar theme song entirely on acoustic guitars. We actually think it sounds better than the original. What do you think?

Brown Eyed Girl in a Minor Key

Brown Eyed Girl in a Minor Key

Musician Marc Durkee took Van Morrison’s 1967 upbeat-sounding classic Brown Eyed Girl and turned it into something more appropos of its lyrics about lost love. Durkee’s version is a supremely sad and emotional ballad, courtesy of a key change.

Star Wars on Boomwhackers

Star Wars on Boomwhackers

The members of HarvardTHUD whack out another entertaining performance with a fun and unusual medley of music from John Williams’ Star Wars scores. We were really hoping they’d find a way to work in Cantina Band though.

Björk: Tabula Rasa

Björk: Tabula Rasa

Directed by experimental artist Tobias Gremmler, music video for Björk’s latest track transforms the enigmatic Icelandic vocalist into weird and wonderful flora and fauna that look like they were birthed on strange alien planet.

Mariachi Take on Me

Mariachi Take on Me

San Antonio, Texas performers Mariachi Entertainment System take on A-ha’s classic with a bit of Latino flavor. Not only is their instrumentation wonderful, but their vocalist even nails the tricky falsetto bits. Bonus points for playing Flight of the Bumblebee while holding a toddler.

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Ninja Sex Party: In Your Eyes

Ninja Sex Party: In Your Eyes

The cleverly-monikered Ninja Sex Party turns in an epically good cover version of Peter Gabriel’s heartfelt ballad In Your Eyes, capturing the emotional intensity of the original, while giving it a fresh sound of their own. From the consistently entertaining Under the Covers, Vol. II.

1 Finger, 1 String, 10 Riffs

1 Finger, 1 String, 10 Riffs

Most electric guitars have six strings. But it turns out you can play lots of melodies with only a single string. Guitarist Dave Rucci proves just that by performing 10 classic guitar riffs with only a G-string and a single finger. (That’s what she said.)

Giangrande: Free to Roam

Giangrande: Free to Roam
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Giangrande’s inspiring folk track Free to Roam is complemented beautifully by Gianluca Maruotti’s stop-motion music video. The claymation imagery was created using with the scenes playing out against a flattened backdrop. Be sure to watch the behind the scenes video too.

Down Under (Pop-Punk Cover)

Down Under (Pop-Punk Cover)

You better run, you better take cover. Punk Rock Factory presents a fun and energetic pop-punk cover of Men at Work’s 1980 Aussie anthem Down Under. While we miss Greg Ham’s flute solos, we were too busy banging our heads to care.

Sweet Piano O’ Mine

Sweet Piano O’ Mine

Musician Ron Minis really loves him some Guns N’ Roses. But when he was growing up, his parents only got him piano lessons. But Ron didn’t let his lack of guitar expertise stand in his way from playing Slash’s Sweet Child O’ Mine solo anyhow.

Bitty Pocket Drum Machine

Bitty Pocket Drum Machine

Curious Sound Objects’ Bitty is a tiny drum machine and synthesizer. You can use it to create beats, melodies, or noise. It has four buttons, a time knob, a pitch knob, two function buttons, headphone in and out ports and an aluminum speaker often used in car door panels.

Bon Iver: An Audience of One

Bon Iver: An Audience of One

La Blogotheque gave one insanely lucky attendee of the 37d03d Festival at Funkhaus a performance she’ll never forget. She was ushered in a dark room and sat right in front of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who sang Heavenly Father with the help of the Cantus Domus choir.

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Paranoid Android: Korean Style

Paranoid Android: Korean Style

Musician Luna Lee is back with one of her best covers yet, an arrangement of Radiohead’s Paranoid Android. It’s really amazing how well the melody works on the ancient Korean string instrument. Luna really knows how to rock.

Rolling Stones Gather Moss

Rolling Stones Gather Moss

The Rolling Stones are definitely getting up there in age, so it’s easy to forget what they were like in their youth. This 1964 newsreel is a perfect time capsule of the early days of the band. Is it just us, or was their entire audience 10 years-old?

New Order: 1933 Style

New Order: 1933 Style

The New Order tune Blue Monday isn’t exactly contemporary – it’s over 35 years old, in fact. BBC Arts’ Orkestra Obselete took it back even further, envisioning what it might have sounded like had it been recorded in 1933, using instruments that were in favor at the time.

Alexander Mills: Crash Into Me

Alexander Mills: Crash Into Me

Crank up your headphones and enjoy as musician Alexander Mills turns in an absolutely fantastic cover version of Dave Matthews Band’s 1996 classic Crash Into Me. This is why we truly love the Internet – discovering incredibly talented people we wouldn’t have otherwise heard of.

Marble Machine X Work in Progress

Marble Machine X Work in Progress

Martin Molin is known for his amazing Wintergatan music-making marble machine. He’s been working on an even more complicated machine for years, and has been documenting the build. This conveyor belt assembly is one of the more enthralling parts he’s completed so far.

Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster

Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was once bequeathed a 1959 Fender Telecaster guitar. With a little help from Page himself, the animators at Nexus Studios share the mystical story of this illustrious and iconic instrument. Fender sells a replica of the psychedelic dragon guitar here.

Lil Dicky: Earth

Lil Dicky: Earth

(PG-13: Language) After an unpleasant encounter with some street urchins, musician Lil Dicky visits a magical animated world where he celebrates all the good things our planet has to offer. The celebrity-packed clip is actually for a good cause – saving our planet.

Supermassive Black Hole: Fingerstyle

Supermassive Black Hole: Fingerstyle

Guitarist Luca Stricagnoli is back to wow us with yet another incredible fingerstyle performance, this time, taking on the incredibly dynamic Muse track Supermassive Black Hole, and extracting way more sound out of single guitar than should be physically possible.

Beatboxing Superhero Themes

Beatboxing Superhero Themes

While Marvel’s theme music has missed the mark lately, there are still classic themes for heroes like Spider-Man and Batman. Listen up as Tom Thum gives these tunes the beatbox treatment. Sure, Knight Rider and Ghostbusters aren’t quite superheroes, but Tom is still super.

You Can’t Take My Door

You Can’t Take My Door

What happens when you load up an artificial intelligence neural network with lyrics to country music’s greatest hits, and then ask it to write its own tune? You end up with this gem, courtesy of Botnik Studios. We have to wonder if this is how Bad Lip Reading creates its song lyrics.

How the Vietnam War Shaped Rock

How the Vietnam War Shaped Rock

Polyphonic lists some of the best classic rock songs that may not have existed if not for the Vietnam War. The list includes hits by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson, The Rolling Stones, Credence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Edwin Starr and Marvin Gaye.

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