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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: All Mixed Up

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: All Mixed Up

Fatboy Slim dropped this awesome 27-minute DJ mix celebrating the 25th anniversary of his 1998 album You’ve Come a Long Way, BabyThe mix incorporates excerpts from Right Here, Right Now, Praise You, and The Rockafeller Skank, as well as music from Gorillaz, Eminem, The Rolling Stones, Ramones, and more.

The Ultimate ’70s Medley

The Ultimate ’70s Medley

Martin Miller and his bandmates take us on a journey back in time with a mini-concert of classic rock, disco, prog rock, and adult contemporary songs from the 1970s. The medley includes memorable tracks from Kiss, The Bee Gees, Gerry Rafferty, Toto, Earth, Wind & Fire, Pink Floyd, and John Miles. We’ve always been suckers for the sax in Baker Street.

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Elvis Likes Big Butts

Elvis Likes Big Butts

Artificial intelligence can be used for good or evil, and we can’t decide which category this falls into. There I Ruined It took an AI trained with Elvis Presley’s voice and programmed it to sing the lyrics to Baby Got Back. To further complicate matters, it’s now set to the tune of Don’t Be Cruel.

Ghost of Vroom: Still Getting It Done

Ghost of Vroom: Still Getting It Done

Mike Doughty is best known for his time leading Soul Coughing in the 1990s. But he’s still making great music as both a solo artist in Ghost of Vroom with Andrew “Scrap” Livingston. Produced and mixed by Beastie Boys collaborator Mario Caldado, Jr., the alt-rap track Still Getting It Done offers a groovy electronic rhythm and a fun vertical music video by SWIVS.

Heavy Metal Drunken Sailor

Heavy Metal Drunken Sailor

We always thought the line “shave his belly with a rusty razor” was pretty metal. Now, thanks to musician Leo Moracchioli, the traditional sea shanty Drunken Sailor has the proper soundtrack to go with its lyrics. Also, Leo is the only guy we know who can make a banjo sound this badass.

Knights of Cydonia Acoustic Cover

Knights of Cydonia Acoustic Cover

Guitarist Luca Stricagnoli performs one of our favorite Muse tracks, applying his extraordinary fingerstyle technique to Knights of Cydonia. His acoustic version plays right into the spaghetti western theme of the original’s music video. Want more? Luca previously covered Supermassive Black Hole and Starlight.

Donkey Kong A Capella

Donkey Kong A Capella

The A capella group Maytree is really good at making mouth sounds. In this clip, they replicate the music and sound effects from Nintendo’s classic 8-bit arcade game, Donkey Kong. Though like many of us, they couldn’t make it past Level 1.

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Playing Music on Bald Heads

Playing Music on Bald Heads

The members of the Japanese group Bozestyle are proud of their bald heads. In fact, they’ve made them part of their performances. To bring their music to life, they rig their heads with buttons that can be used to trigger electronic sounds. Their version of The Imperial March is one of our favorites, but check out their Instagram for more.

DJ Cummerbund: The Single Lady Blitz

DJ Cummerbund: The Single Lady Blitz

Ready, Steve? Andy? Mick? Now put your hands up! DJ Cummerbund combined two tracks that have been dying to be mashed up for a long time – Beyoncé’s All the Single Ladies and Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz. If this isn’t playing in every dance club in the next two weeks, there’s something wrong with the universe.

Danny Elfman on Making Music for Tim Burton

Danny Elfman on Making Music for Tim Burton

Danny Elfman is one of our favorite musicians. From his groundbreaking work in Oingo Boingo to composing some of the most memorable film scores of all time, he is a true master of his craft. Elfman sat down with GQ to discuss his collaborations with Tim Burton on movies like Beetlejuice, Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Edward Scissorhands

Metallica 64: And Justice for All

Metallica 64: And Justice for All

We know how great Radiohead sounds played using the sounds from Mario 64. Now enjoy MawinSwag’s 64-bit chiptune version of Metallica’s 1988 album And Justice for All. We can totally imagine Blackened playing during the Dark World level while Bowser laughs maniacally, and One would be perfect as Mario explores Princess Peach’s castle.

State Bicycle Co. x The Beatles Collection

State Bicycle Co. x The Beatles Collection

State Bicycle’s collaboration with The Beatles is our favorite thing from them since their National Parks collection. We love the limited-edition Beatles cycling apparel and eye-catching bikes: the 8-speed 4130 Road Bike with Brooks Saddle and cool Abbey Road design elements and a Klunker cruiser in a Yellow Submarine motif.

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Sultans of Swing on Electric Harp

Sultans of Swing on Electric Harp

Amy Turk is an incredibly talented harpist and performs everything from classical to pop to video game music. She knocked it out of the park with the solo from Dire Straits’ Sultans of Swing, played on the Harp-E, an electroacoustic harp great at producing bends and microtones. Dave Stanton accompanies on guitar and bass.

The Beautiful People on Acoustic Guitar

The Beautiful People on Acoustic Guitar

Musician João Fuss arranged and performed this fantastic classical guitar version of the Marilyn Manson track The Beautiful People. It’s still got the great staccato sound of the original but with a stripped-down fingerstyle approach. His acoustic covers of Black Hole Sun and Otherside are similarly wonderful.

The Kiffness x Lonely Cat: Sometimes I’m Alone

The Kiffness x Lonely Cat: Sometimes I’m Alone

If you’re a cat left home all day, you might feel lonely. Musician The Kiffness spotted a video of a seemingly forlorn house cat and wrote music and lyrics for the kitty’s melancholy thoughts. Seriously, he’s only got two crumbs of food left! Kiffness fans and cat lovers can grab the track on Spotify and Apple Music on 6.16.23.

DJ Cummerbund: Oohwa Mahna

DJ Cummerbund: Oohwa Mahna

Get up, come on, get down with the Muppets! DJ Cummerbund cleverly combined Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s Muppet Show version of Mahna Mahna with scratchy wails of Disturbed’s lead singer David Draiman to give us another musical mashup we had no idea we needed so badly.

Set Fire to the Rain: Arabic Style

Set Fire to the Rain: Arabic Style

The Adele track Set Fire to the Rain is an awesome song all on its own. But we bet you’ve never heard it like this. Musician YAD Oud takes popular tracks and gives them a Middle Eastern flair with unique arrangements and the lead parts performed on the oud – a fretless string instrument that dates back to 3000 BCE.

Medieval Nine Inch Nails

Medieval Nine Inch Nails

The Johnny Cash version of Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt will go down in history as one of the greatest covers of all time. That version served as the inspiration for Hildegard von Blingin’s medieval take on the track. It’s every bit as much of a gut-punch as the previous versions, only with more harp.

Stayin’ Alive on Pipe Organ

Stayin’ Alive on Pipe Organ

If there’s one genre of music we never thought we’d hear on a pipe organ, it’s disco. But it’s the internet, and here we are. So put on your boogie shoes, click play, and listen as organist Vincent Thévenaz plays the 1977 Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive on the Great Organ at Geneva, Switzerland’s Cathédrale Saint-Pierre.

Forgot About Dre on Banjo

Forgot About Dre on Banjo

Musician Luca Stricagnoli trades his guitar for a banjo for this wonderfully unexpected cover version of Eminem and Dr. Dre’s track Forgot About Dre. Even without the acerbic lyrics, Luca’s pizzicato plucking cuts sharp as a knife.

Yodeling Triple-Threat

Yodeling Triple-Threat

Now here’s something you don’t see every day… a guy playing the accordion, yodeling as fast as humanly possible, and smoking a cigarette at the same time. We’d only wish we could have been there to see the performance in person while we glugged down a giant stein of beer.

Super Mario Guitar Sounds

Super Mario Guitar Sounds

Musician Davidlap has become quite the expert at replicating various sounds on his electric guitar. In this video, he does a mighty fine job reproducing sound effects from the Mushroom Kindom, from the satisfying coin collection “ding” to the urgency-instilling “hurry up” music that kicks in when you get a star power-up.

Electric Shock Piano

Electric Shock Piano

There are lots of ways to learn to play the piano. Joel Creates and his friend Eric came up with the cruelest method. Their electric piano keyboard uses negative reinforcement, zapping students with high-voltage electricity if they mess up. It has electrodes on every key, so it shocks the same finger that played the wrong note.

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