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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.

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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.

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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The Kiffness x Throat Singing

The Kiffness x Throat Singing

The latest remix from The Kiffness takes an Altai throat singing video by Bai Terek and gives it a funky new beat. The words of the original track are a blessing of goodwill to their native Siberian land, and we consider videos like this a blessing to the Internet.

Fish Sing La Traviata

Fish Sing La Traviata

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day – fish singing opera. In the CG animated film Turbopera, a school of rather strange-looking marine life gets together after the fish market closes for a dramatic performance of Verdi’s La Traviata. Will they live to sing another day?

Minor Key Jump

Minor Key Jump

The Van Halen track Jump sounds so wrong it’s right when you lower the music’s 3rd and 6th intervals by a half-step. YouTube finally let Andy Rehfeldt post his minor-key revamp of the track after three years of trying. If you like what you hear, buy Andy a cup of coffee.

Electric Piano Wire Instrument

Electric Piano Wire Instrument

Inventor and musician Nicolas Bras continues to expand his collection of unconventional musical instruments with a gizmo that looks like a guitar had a chunk taken out of it. Nic assembled a pair of bass guitar pickups and eight lengths of piano wire on a wooden block, resulting in a wonderfully weird and unique sound.

The Dead South: People Are Strange

The Dead South: People Are Strange

Saskatchewan bluegrass band The Dead South takes on The Doors 1967 classic People Are Strange, giving it a twangy country sound and a music video that reminds us that space aliens are people too. From the EP Easy Listening for Jerks – Part 2, a collection of their rock covers.

Vitamin String Quartet: Fairytale of New York

Vitamin String Quartet: Fairytale of New York

Now that it’s mid-November, we figure it’s okay to start playing a little Christmas music. Let’s start off the festivities with this great instrumental cover of The Pogues’ cynical classic Fairytale of New York, performed beautifully by the Vitamin String Quartet. We love how the fiddle embodies the spirit of Irish folk music.

Friend Like Me on Electronic Organ

Friend Like Me on Electronic Organ

Musician 826aska performs a spirited arrangement of the track Friend Like Me on her electronic organ. While we will always miss Robin Williams, her version serves as a delightful and uplifting tribute. If you enjoy Disney musicals, check out her arrangements of A Whole New World and Circle of Life too.

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Bloodywood: Gaddaar

Bloodywood: Gaddaar

We love it when performers defy expectations, and Bloodywood definitely does that with their spicy blend of Indian culture and heavy metal music. The track Gaddar (Traitor) is an impassioned political statement against fascist government regimes. Their debut album Rakshak is available for pre-order now. (Thanks Rob!)

Building a Mini Marble Music Machine

Building a Mini Marble Music Machine

Inspired by the machines of Wintergatan, Daniel de Bruin, and Matthias Wandel, fellow maker Ivan Miranda created his own musical marble machine. He designed and built it from scratch using 3D printed parts, a resin drum, and an aluminum frame. The ball bearings make notes by falling onto a MIDI controller keypad.

Jack Black + Kids Sing Bowie

Jack Black + Kids Sing Bowie

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Blue Bear School of Music, Jack Black joined a group of talented kids from the school to perform a cover of David Bowie’s Suffragette City. This just makes us want a sequel to School of Rock in which the original kids are now the teachers.

Wake Me Up Before You Ska Ska

Wake Me Up Before You Ska Ska

It doesn’t get more bubbly than the 1984 Wham! hit Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. But Jeremy Hunter of Ska Tune Network cranks the bubble machine up to 11 with his effervescent cover of the track, jamming it full of energy and upgrading it with a great brass section.

SpongeBob’s Paradise

SpongeBob’s Paradise

Because absolutely nobody asked for it, here is a music video of SpongeBob SquarePants singing a cover of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise. Apparently, Negan Jeffrey used an AI-based vocal synthesizer to make SpongeBob sing the words to the 1995 hit track.

Master of Piano

Master of Piano

Obey your master and crank your speakers up to 11 for Gamazda’s latest performance, an absolutely killer grand piano arrangement of Metallica’s Master of Puppets. We never thought we’d bang our heads to a piano concert, but we’re making an exception here.

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