Bill Wurtz latest little ditty has a decidedly “glass half-full” vibe to it, as he does his best to convince us to look on the bright side of (or simply turn a blind eye to) some of the more catastrophic possibilites in life. It’s gonna be a fine swell day!
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“It’s the stuff that’s organic, and the stuff that’s not. It’s the cars that won’t fit in the parking lot.” If you’ve ever shopped at a Trader Joe’s, you will immediately relate to every single word in carlsfinefilms‘ little ditty that dates all the way back to 2009.
YouTuber t.p. took animator Guy Collins‘ amazing Kaizo Trap video, and reworked it with a fresh electronica soundtrack that fits perfectly with the protagonist’s challenging journey into a platform video game world. Even if you’ve seen the original already, it’s worth a rewatch.
Michael Jackson truly lived up to his “King of Pop” nickname. Nerdwriter1 looks back on the musical mastermind, and attempts to deconstruct what made his tunes so popular. As we previously learned, repetition and variation in rhythms had something to do with it.
Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma lights up the NPR offices with a moving solo performance, playing three pieces from J.S. Bach, Prelude (from Suite No. 1), Sarabande (from Suite No. 6), and Gigue (from Suite No. 3), regaling us with a story about why each piece is meaningful to him.
In talking about his book Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction, Derek Thompson explains the balance of repetition and variation which drive us to enjoy some songs more than others. He goes on to show how similar patterns apply to language.
Synthesizer fanatic Look Mum No Computer (of Furby Organ fame) turns in a crunchy and funky electronic cover version of TLC’s 1999 hit track No Scrubs, with a fantastically analog sound provided by his wall of modular synths, and an audience of Furbies looking on.
(PG-13: Language) “I ain’t walking in a trap with a crowd of mobsters, this is a comprehensive rap all about lobsters.” Mac Lethal is sick and tired of played-out rap themes, so he’s decided to do something about it. In his new series, he’ll rap about anything but the usual tropes.
“Jupiter is the largest, all the planets could fit inside…” Learn a thing or three about the planets in our solar system with this catchy little ditty by Clare and Si Bennett of Planet Custard. A kid-friendly track that’ll have adults tapping their feet and singing along too.