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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen: Comma Placement Explained

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen: Comma Placement Explained

Here’s a little Christmas song for the grammar and punctuation nerds out there. Enjoy as RamsesThePigeon sings an a cappella version of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, and plays around with the comma placement to explain why it goes where it does.

Music Solar System Prints

Music Solar System Prints
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Pop art house Dorothy created these prints that celebrate electronic and alternative music. At the center of each solar system is a band that changed everything, encircled by planets and moons representing musicians caught in their gravitational pull. Each print measures 40cm x 50cm. Price show is for the 2-poster bundle.

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DJ Cummerbund: Dirt Shoulders

DJ Cummerbund: Dirt Shoulders

(PG-13: Lyrics) Brooklyn meets Oslo in DJ Cummerbund’s mashup of Jay-Z’s Dirt Off Your Shoulder and A-ha’s Take on Me. Beyoncé, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Marvin Gaye, and Randy “Macho Man” Savage help round out the track.

The Gorillaz Art Book

The Gorillaz Art Book
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Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett presents a 288-page coffee table book filled with new interpretations of 2D, Murdoc, Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs, by 40 fellow artists and friends like Craig McCracken, Jack Black, and Robert Smith. Printed and bound with luxury art paper in Verona, Italy. Pre-orders ship starting 4.2022.

Hamildolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Hamildolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

The talented vocalists of Eclipse 6 put together this great holiday-themed parody of Hamilton which recasts the part of Alexander Hamilton with a similarly brilliant outsider who will someday guide Santa’s sleigh. This story has a much happier ending too. (Thanks, Rob!)

If Blink-182 Wrote Wonderwall

If Blink-182 Wrote Wonderwall

Musician Alex Melton proves yet again that just about any song can be done in the style of Blink-182. His latest take on the pop-punk maestros imagines what the Oasis track Wonderwall might have sounded like if Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus created the song instead of Noel and Liam Gallagher.

Wonderful Christmastime (A Cappella)

Wonderful Christmastime (A Cappella)

The Paul McCartney and Wings song Wonderful Christmastime is one of our holiday playlist favorites. Musician Mike Tompkins puts his festive spin on the tune with an arrangement in which he performs not only the vocals but all of the instrumentation as well.

Kurstin + Grohl: Rock and Roll All Nite

Kurstin + Grohl: Rock and Roll All Nite

Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin wrapped up their 2021 Hanukkah Sessions with a gravelly-voiced cover of the KISS classic Rock and Roll All Nite. Dave went with Gene Simmons’ makeup while Greg donned Paul Stanley’s star eye. Then they tried and put gasoline into a Tesla.

DJ Duet

DJ Duet

Most DJs are solo artists or back other band members, but DJ Fong Fong and Mart One like to perform together on the same mixing deck and turntables. Watch and listen as they absolutely slay this live mix of the UZ track Trap Sh*t V18 and the Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock classic It Takes Two.

Famous Synth Sounds of the ’80s and ’90s

Famous Synth Sounds of the ’80s and ’90s

Are you an ’80s or ’90s kid? Then you’ll want to hit play on Estuera’s two-part video series about the synthesizers and presets that defined the sounds of two decades. Along the way, he performs excerpts from more than 40 tracks and makes them sound just like the originals, thanks in part to Arturia’s synth emulation tech.

DuckTales But It’s Only Duck

DuckTales But It’s Only Duck

The theme song from DuckTales is one of the most memorable in the history of TV shows. While the misadventures of Huey, Dewey, Louie, and the gang were the main point of the series, it would be nothing if they weren’t ducks. So GreyWalf edited the theme song, removing the “Tales” and leaving us only with the “Duck.”

Kurstin + Grohl: Copacabana

Kurstin + Grohl: Copacabana

Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin’s 2021 Hanukkah Sessions continue to entertain us throughout the holiday. On the third night, they performed a faithful cover version of Barry Manilow’s 1978 hit Copacabana complete with a disco ball, shimmer curtains, and a cheesy lens flare filter. (Thanks, Harriet!)

PocketDrum Bluetooth Drum Sticks

PocketDrum Bluetooth Drum Sticks
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AeroBand’s electronic drumsticks let you practice drumming anywhere, working with your mobile device to play realistic drum sounds. They offer an ultra-low latency Bluetooth connection, and the AeroBand app helps you learn drumming via games. There’s also a bundle that comes with foot sensors to complete your drum kit.

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We’re Not Gonna Take Mariah Carey Anymore

We’re Not Gonna Take Mariah Carey Anymore

There I Ruined It wants to Un-Ruin a Christmas by donating the proceeds from their holiday fundraiser to Toys for Tots. All you have to do is listen to their new and improved version of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas as performed by Dee Snider, then open up your wallet and give.

The Wizard of Oz Deluxe Soundtrack

The Wizard of Oz Deluxe Soundtrack

Mondo teamed up with WaterTower Music to create this expanded soundtrack of the motion picture classic The Wizard of Oz. Limited to 3,000 copies, the set includes three colored vinyl records with the original soundtrack, alternative versions, and outtakes, packaged in awesome accordion pop-up jacket by Alan Hynes.

A Very Tuba Christmas

A Very Tuba Christmas

Start celebrating the holidays with this festive medley of Christmas classics performed entirely on brass instruments. Musician Scott Sutherland put together this warm dose of holiday cheer along with 229 tuba and euphonium players from 21 countries around the globe.

Banjo on Bass

Banjo on Bass

A banjo has a distinctive twang often played at a speedy tempo. Musician Charles Berthoud shows how a simliar playing style can be applied to a slap bass, giving bluegrass musicians a backup instrument in case they break a string on their banjo.

Kurstin + Grohl: Stay

Kurstin + Grohl: Stay

Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin are back with a new series of Hanukkah Sessions for 2021. The kicked things off right with this very special performance of Lisa Loeb’s Stay. While it starts with the same folksy charm as the original, things escalate quickly as it turns into death metal. (Thanks Harriet!)

Canada Loves Ryan Reynolds

Canada Loves Ryan Reynolds

“Of all of the Canadian Ryans, you’ve gotta be in our top three!” Ryan Reynolds was honored with the 2021 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and to celebrate the occasion, musician Steven Page performed a song to go along with the prize. We trust that Ryan will wear his gold medal even when he goes out to Starbucks.

Video Game Music on Percussion Instruments

Video Game Music on Percussion Instruments

Musician Joe Porter plays a variety of percussion instruments. Sit back and enjoy as he performs a sampling of video game music on an instrument made from plastic soda bottles, timpani drums, steel pan, and more. He has an earlier video game medley and a collection of commercial jingles that are worth a listen too.

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She’s a Trooper

She’s a Trooper

The 1980s gave us quite the variety of music. Bill McClintock imagines what might have happened if Iron Maiden and Michael Sembello went on tour in 1983 and performed a song together. We would have gone with the title “She’s a Maniac Trooper,” which sounds much more like a 1980s sci-fi action movie.

Man of Constant Sorrow Live

Man of Constant Sorrow Live

The Coen Brothers’ 2000 movie O, Brother Where Art Thou featured a fantastic bluegrass soundtrack, highlighted by George Clooney’s lip-syncing to Dan Tyminski’s version of Man of Constant Sorrow. Nearly two decades later, Tyminski stopped by the Paste Magazine offices for this flawless performance of the tune.

The Invisible Horror of The Shining

The Invisible Horror of The Shining

After a long hiatus, film essayist Kaptain Kristian is back with a great video about the subtle and not-so-subtle audiovisual tricks that Stanley Kubrick and music editor Gordon Stainforth pulled to intensify the horror and suspense of The Shining. As he mentions, it’s a film that masterfully reveals more with each viewing.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams on Harp Guitar

Boulevard of Broken Dreams on Harp Guitar

Musician Jamie Dupuis gets out his harp guitar for another great rock cover. This time he performed a warm and expressive acoustic arrangement of Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams. The peaceful and idyllic location stands in stark contrast to the song’s bleak urban imagery.

The History of Music Trackers

The History of Music Trackers

The 1980s brought the first 16-bit PCs, and advances in hardware brought better graphics and sound. Programmers went on to create music synthesizers and sequencers called trackers, which became a demo and hacker scene staple. Ahoy looks back at the history of trackers and the ear-pleasing chiptunes they produced.

Come Together: Metal Edition

Come Together: Metal Edition

With the help of the WaterBear College of Music, metalhead Leo Morachiolli and his friends Hannah Boulton, Rabea Massaad, Erik Torp, and Truls Haugen scored a recording session at the famed Abbey Road Studios to record a powerful cover version of The Beatles’ Come Together with even more of an edge than Aerosmith’s version.

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