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Music

Adam Sandler: Chris Farley

Adam Sandler: Chris Farley

(PG-13: Language) Adam Sandler’s Netflix special 100% Fresh is filled with surprises – not the least of which being this heartfelt tribute to his friend, the late, great Chris Farley. It’s a cautionary tale filled with laughter and tears, and may just give you chills.

Drumming with Tape

Drumming with Tape

From pickle tubs to washing machines, there are lots of unusual ways to create percussive sounds. But this clip from Japan’s Open Reel Ensemble is definitely the first time we’ve seen someone using magnetic reel-to-reel tape as a drum kit. More here.

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Bohemian Rhapsody on Boomwhackers

Bohemian Rhapsody on Boomwhackers

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? After amusing us with their performance of Don’t Stop Believin’, HarvardTHUD is back with another charming cover, this time taking on Queen’s Magnum Opus on their colorful plastic noisemakers.

Wu-Tang: Tiny Desk Concert

Wu-Tang: Tiny Desk Concert

(PG-13: Language) The Wu-Tang Clan celebrated the 25th anniversary of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) with this live set at NPR Music. They performed a medley of their hits, both from their discography as a group or from individual releases.

Gourski & Appel: Docks

Gourski & Appel: Docks

Rather than using traditional instruments, performers Daniel Gourski and DJ Jonas Appel headed to an abandoned industrial compound, and sampled sounds of the equipment to create every sound you hear. The good old metal drum seems to be the most versatile.

Star Trek: The Metal Generation

Star Trek: The Metal Generation

If you haven’t heard by now, Captain Jean-Luc Picard is coming back with a new Star Trek series on CBS All Access. In anticipation of the show, we suggest taking in this hard rockin’ cover of the themes from TNG and First Contact by Captain Meatshield.

Eclectic Method: Just One Note

Eclectic Method: Just One Note

With lawsuits taking down musicians for sampling even the tiniest sound bites, remix artist Eclectic Method decided to see if YouTube’s copyright ID system would flag his video for including samples of less than 0.5 seconds each from more than 100 artists.

Comfortably Numb: Piano Cover

Comfortably Numb: Piano Cover

We know Melbourne, Australia pianist Josh Cohen from his fantastic Radiohead and David Bowie piano covers. His emotional cover of Pink Floyd’s 1979 classic is just as captivating, and will have you feeling anything but numb.

Be Above It: A Capella

Be Above It: A Capella

Vocalist Smooth McGroove takes a break from video game tunes to entertain us with Tame Impala’s catchy and crunchy little ditty. As much as we enjoyed the original, Smooth’s version delivers the positive message even better.

Linus and Lucy: Ska Cover

Linus and Lucy: Ska Cover

The Ska Tune Network’s peppy cover version of the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s classic piano track from A Charlie Brown Christmas is sure to have you dancing and tapping your toes at your desk. As an added bonus, you’ll enjoy a little extra holiday cheer along the way.

10 Famous Piano Riffs

10 Famous Piano Riffs

Doctor Mix performs a medley of incredibly recognizable keyboard riffs, from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to Vince Guaraldi’s classic theme from The Peanuts. If you don’t groove along to the music at least a couple of times while listening, we’d be shocked.

Rock Me Debussy

Rock Me Debussy

Archaelogist dusted off Claude Debussy’s famed classical piece Arabesque No. 1 and reworked it as a masterpiece of prog rock, giving it a powerful edge we’re certain the composer could have never envisioned back in the late 19th century when he wrote it.

Wu-Tang Super Friends

Wu-Tang Super Friends

(PG-13: Language) Mylo the Cat is back with an epic new edit, re-voicing the 1970s Saturday morning classic with the sounds of ODB, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Capadonna, U-God, The RZA, The GZA, Masta Killa, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon.

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Jimmy & Saorise: Fairytale of New York

Jimmy & Saorise: Fairytale of New York

Jimmy Fallon and Saorise Ronan perform a duet of one of our all-time favorite Christmas songs, The Pogues’ 1988 track Fairytale of New York. Jimmy’s take on Shane MacGowan’s gravelly brogue is spot on, while Saorise’s lilt pays tribute to the late Kirsty MacColl.

Cantina Organ Band

Cantina Organ Band

Brice Dudouet turns the crank on a classic mechanical pipe organ called an orgue de barbarie as it whips through his spirited arrangement of John Williams’ classic Cantina Band, originally played by Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes in Star Wars: A New Hope.

Who Invented Metal?

Who Invented Metal?

From Black Sabbath to Metallica to Mastodon, there are lots of different sub-genres of heavy metal music. But where did it all start from? Polyphonic sets out on a mission to identify when rock and roll splintered off to give birth to an edgier and angrier sound.

The 10 Levels of Jazz Guitar

The 10 Levels of Jazz Guitar

Not to be outdone by bass player Davie504, guitarist Mattias Krantz presents a compilation of acoustic jazz styles performed masterfully as he advances level by level through an arrangement of George Gershwin’s 1935 classic Summertime.

Metal Tubthumping

Metal Tubthumping

YouTube’s resident metalnerd Leo Moracchioli takes on one-hit wonder Chumbawamba’s 1997 track Tubthumping, a song about getting drunk and in bar fights that will infect your ear by simply hearing “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down…”

1000 Harmonics

1000 Harmonics

Guitarist Alan Gogoll lets his fingers fly across the strings and frets of his acoustic guitar, cranking out a whopping 1000 harmonics in just under 90 seconds. Our fingertips developed blisters just watching this.

Batman OST 2XLP

Batman OST 2XLP

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman, Mondo is releasing an expanded version of Danny Elfman’s score for the movie. The double record will have cues never before pressed on vinyl. The release will also be available on a single LP.

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Dancing Queen: Jazz Cover

Dancing Queen: Jazz Cover

See that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen. The multi-talented Gunhild Carling joins Scott Bradlee and Aaron McLendon of Postmodern Jukebox for a fun 1920s jazz-infused remake of ABBA’s 1979 disco hit Dancing Queen.

1,000 Record Covers

1,000 Record Covers

Published by Taschen, Michael Ochs’ 1,000 Record Covers showcases a thousand of the most beautiful and memorable vinyl record cover sleeves from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. Also available on Amazon.

Mayonnaise Is an Instrument

Mayonnaise Is an Instrument

Back in the day, Patrick Star asked the question Is Mayonnaise an Instrument,” and his bubble was burst. But it turns out his inquiry wasn’t as far off the mark as you might think. YouTuber Flamp shows is in this video clip. We’re waiting for the horseradish music video now.

Dot-Matrix Music

Dot-Matrix Music

What you’re looking at may look like an old dot-matrix printer – but it’s been turned into a musical instrument by Midi Desaster. By manipulating the print heads, it plays music – in this case, some classic Foo Fighters. More printer tunes here.

The Look of Jazz Albums

The Look of Jazz Albums

Vox video producer Estell Caswell digs into the design language of album art from Blue Note Records, and how one graphic designer, Reid Miles, working with the photography of Francis Wolff – was responsible for many of the most iconic jazz album covers of all time.

50 Classic Wah-Wah Riffs

50 Classic Wah-Wah Riffs

Uh-oh, here comes a flock of wah-wahs… Reverb.com pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Dunlop Cry Baby Wah pedal, as their guitarist Joe performs a medley of some of the classic riffs that use the iconic distortion effect.

He’s a Pirate: Guitar Cover

He’s a Pirate: Guitar Cover

Musician Alexandr Misko works his magic on Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer’s familiar He’s a Pirate, the swashbuckling theme music from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies. He manages to charm a rich array of sounds out of just a single acoustic guitar and a wooden stick.

PikaMercury

PikaMercury

This little critter may be small, but his voice is mighty. Thanks to animator Joe Vevers, we now know what Bohemian Rhapsody might have been like if it only starred furry little creatures. Magnifico!

Blue Monday on Floppies

Blue Monday on Floppies

Paweł Zadrożniak’s Floppotron performs yet another all-too-perfect tune for its clanky electromechanical instrumentation, the 1983 New Order classic Blue Monday. Those little click breaks on the hard drive servos are just what the doctor ordered.

The Chemical Brothers: Free Yourself

The Chemical Brothers: Free Yourself

It is the distant future… the year 2000… the robots have taken our jobs… and are dancing about it. The music video for The Chemical Brothers’ track Free Yourself, from directors DOM&NIC and effects house The Mill will take you on quite the ride. Boogie! Roboboogie!

John Lewis Xmas Ad 2018

John Lewis Xmas Ad 2018

This year’s heartstring-puller from UK retailer John Lewis & Partners tells the reverse-chronological story of music legend Elton John, and the importance of a single gift that defined his life. Super Bowl commercial makers, this is how you do it.

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