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I Wanna Be Sedated by Dulcimer

I Wanna Be Sedated by Dulcimer

The dulcimer usually is associated with the kind of music you’d hear at a renaissance festival. But musician Sam Edelston believes the stringed instrument is “among the world’s coolest.” Listen up as he plays some truly rockin’ cover versions from the Ramones, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie.

Without Me on Guitar

Without Me on Guitar

Guess who’s back, back again. Luca’s back, tell a friend. The very talented Luca Stricagnoli follows up his fingerstyle guitar arrangements of Lose Yourself and The Real Slim Shady with a simply phenomenal cover of Eminem’s 2002 hit Without Me.

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TV Sitcom Classical Guitar Medley

TV Sitcom Classical Guitar Medley

Do you like sitcoms? Then check out this wonderful medley of theme songs from shows like Friends, Seinfeld, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Rec, and The Office, performed on acoustic guitar by Nathan Mills of Beyond the Guitar.

The Cat Concerto Live

The Cat Concerto Live

Way back when, there was a Tom and Jerry cartoon that featured Tom cat attempting to to play a concert while Jerry mouse tried to nap inside of his piano. CANACANA pays tribute to Hanna Barbera’s melding of music and animation by performing Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 synced up perfectly with the cartoon.

Carry on Metal Son

Carry on Metal Son

Set a course for winds of fortune. Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli teamed up with fellow musician Truls Haugen to perform this very well executed cover version of the Kansas prog rock classic, Carry On Wayward Son, donning ridiculous long hair, beards and mustaches to go with the ’70s sounds.

The Sultans of Gayageum

The Sultans of Gayageum

Musician Luna Lee knocks it out of the park with this cover version of Dire Straits classic Sultans of Swing, capturing the energy and nuances of Mark Knopfler’s original lead guitar, while applying the inimitable sounds of her ancient Korean string instrument.

48 Musicians Play Daft Punk

48 Musicians Play Daft Punk

After assembling 28 trombones for an epic Bohemian Rhapsody, Musician Christopher Bill managed to get 48 musicians from the International Trombone Festival to participate in this richly-layered cover of Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. This time, they tossed in a violin to complement the brass.

Moonlight Sonata for Old Elephant

Moonlight Sonata for Old Elephant

Mongkol the elephant has had a rough life. His 61 years included a brutal captivity hauling trees in Thailand. But he’s since been rescued by Elephants World, and gets to live out his days enjoying visitors like musician Paul Barton, who performed this heartfelt concert for an audience of one.

Keller Williams & The Keels: Speed

Keller Williams & The Keels: Speed

Alt-bluegrass band Keller Williams & The Keels‘ latest album features some great, jangly cover versions of classic tracks from Weezer, Presidents of the United States of America, The Doors, Ricky Martin, and Fiona Apple, among others. Let’s kick things off with a little Hash Pipe.

Music Coaster

Music Coaster

Doodle Chaos has an obsession with making visuals that time perfectly with music. In this clip, he built a virtual roller coaster that syncs up beautifully with the finale of Tchaikovsky’s epic 1812 Overture, complete with cannon blasts. Want to build your own coasters? Check out the software he used – Planet Coaster.

Sabotage: Brass Edition

Sabotage: Brass Edition

Brass Against presents another amazing rock cover track – an appropriately loud and brutish take on Beastie Boys’ 1994 classic Sabotage, led off by the vocals of Sophia Urista, and just the right amount of chaos.

Sonic Sounds on Piano

Sonic Sounds on Piano

Sonic the Hedgehog is still one of the greatest platformers of all time, with memorable characters, amazing level design, and a fantastic soundtrack. Pianist Lord Vinheteiro didn’t just cover the Green Hill Zone theme song, but performed it in sync with the action on screen, complete with sound effects.

Video Killed the Piano Star

Video Killed the Piano Star

Ireland-based musician Luke T Duffy shares a wonderful piano cover of the seminal MTV classic, the Buggles’ 1979 hit Video Killed the Radio Star. Be sure to check out some of Luke’s original compositions on Soundcloud.

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Learning the Violin

Learning the Violin

Playing a really, really slow version of the William Tell Overture in a grade school concert was as far as we got learning to play the violin. But POV video maker Buttered Side Down is more determined to build his skills than we ever were, and he’s also got a great teacher.

Rainger FX Minibar Stomp Pedal

Rainger FX Minibar Stomp Pedal

This unusual guitar effects pedal changes its sound based on whatever liquid you pour into it. Unscrew the watertight lid, pour in the beverage of your choice, and the conductive properties of said liquid will influence signal gain, while its opacity affects the equalization of the sound. Demo video here. (Thanks Mike!)

Famous Vocoder Songs

Famous Vocoder Songs

From Earth, Wind, and Fire to Kraftwerk to ELO, the vocoder has been part of some of the most famous dance, disco, and electronic tracks ever. Musician Doctor Mix shows off his vocoder skills along with his nifty Behringer VC340, a modern day synthesizer that replicates the analog sounds of the ’70s and ’80s.

Negative Harmony Covers

Negative Harmony Covers

Musician Steve Cruickshank likes to take classic songs and change them up a bit by replacing the original harmonies with their mirror image. The resulting music is at once familiar and pleasant to the ear, but also completely different from what we’re used to. Let’s kick the playlist off with his version of The Sound of Silence.

Baby Thunderstruck

Baby Thunderstruck

Over the course of a year, Matt MacMillan captured sounds his baby son Ryan made, not just so he’d have the memories, but so he could catalog the samples by pitch, and turn them into a cover version of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck, thus immortalizing his tot in the Internet’s meme hall of fame.

Playing the Electric Fan

Playing the Electric Fan

Electronicos Fantasticos! shows us how an electric fan can be used as musical instrument – first as a sort of electric guitar, and then as a bass. The sounds are generated by a light behind the fan blades that influences a photosensor circuit held by the musician. Their wild performance of Blue Monday is a must listen.

Tears for Fears Acoustic Cover

Tears for Fears Acoustic Cover

Musician Kent Nishimura turns in a beautifully nuanced and expressive performance of Tears for Fears 1985 classic Everybody Wants to Rule the World, played deftly on his acoustic guitar. His Careless Whisper and Rock with You covers are excellent too.

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Disney Acoustic Medley

Disney Acoustic Medley

Judging by their name and their musical prowess, the four members of 40 Fingers have all of their digits intact, and that makes this acoustic guitar medley of Disney songs just that much sweeter. It’s a wonderfully warm bit of ear candy for fans of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Tarzan, Hercules, and Beauty and the Beast.

Psychedelic Accordion

Psychedelic Accordion

When we think of accordion music, we immediately have visions of a polka band, or maybe Weird Al. But musician Beeble proves this underappreciated instrument can sound just as great in some prog rock psychedelia – when in the right hands.

Super Mario Music Live

Super Mario Music Live

There have been tons of covers of music from the various Super Mario games, but the members of the Super NES Band likes to play video game music using the actual tone generators classic consoles. Listen as they perform live medleys of tunes from Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario Land.

Float On: Ska Edition

Float On: Ska Edition

Some songs lend themselves better to different styles than others. But we had no idea how perfectly Modest Mouse’s jangly alt-pop song Float On would transform into ska. Listen and enjoy as Ska Tune Network flips the track on its head.

Bridget Kibbey: Tiny Desk Concert

Bridget Kibbey: Tiny Desk Concert

One of the things we love about NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert is that it embraces all kinds of music. In this episode, musician Bridget Kibbey wows us with her incredible harp-plucking skills, and fills our ears with the most soothing of sounds.

Beastie Boys Book

Beastie Boys Book

Let Beastie Boys members Adrock and Mike D walk you through their story in “revealing and funny accounts”, from their amateur days to the release of their classic albums. Also features contributions from their friends such as Spike Jonze and Wes Anderson.

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