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!)
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.
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.
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.
What’s better than one of Luna Lee’s gayageum covers of popular music? A medley of five of them in a single video. The tracks include CCR’s Have You Ever Seen The Rain, John Lennon’s Imagine, George Michael’s Careless Whisper, Chicago’s 25 or 6 to 4, and Led Zeppelin’s Babe I’m Gonna Leave You.
What happens when you take N.E.R.D.’s banger Lapdance and combine it with AC/DC’s Back in Black? Musical genius, that’s what. DJ Cummerbund works his magic on these two very different songs and added a dash of Big & Rich for flavor. It’s so good that the track scored a spot on the Deadpool 3 soundtrack.
Appearing on the Footloose soundtrack, the Bonnie Tyler and Jim Steinman song Holding out for a Hero is the poster child for 1980s musical excess. Leo Moracchioli swaps synths for screams with a heavy metal cover of the track that would give John Lithgow’s judgmental reverend a heart attack if he heard it.
A hurdy-gurdy is a musical instrument that makes sounds by rubbing a spinning bow against its strings. Vinheteiro made a low-budget approximation of the instrument by combining a fishing reel with an acoustic guitar. His version only has one string, and the sound it produces is like a kind of traditional Asian music.
A few years back, musician Alexandr Hrustevich wowed us with his mad accordion skills. Now sit back and fill your ears with this nearly 30-minute classical solo concert that includes music by Bach, Sibelius, Vivaldi, and Albinoni. All we can say is he must have some serious calluses on his fingertips.
For those too young to remember, Leo Sayer was a maestro of disco-pop music in the 1970s. To make things interesting, mashup artist Bill McClintock melded the pop sounds of You Make Me Feel Like Dancing with Metallica’s Sad But True for a combination as delicious as chocolate and peanut butter.
Radiohead’s KID A MNESIA drops on 11.5.21, and includes reissues of Kid A and Amnesiac, along with unreleased tracks from their 1999 to 2000 recording sessions. The music video for the acoustic track Follow Me Around looks like it was shot on VHS tape, and features Guy Pearce doing everything he can to avoid the camera.
Nottingham UK’s Rofl Audio Recording Studios assembled dozens of talented vocalists and musicians to perform this grand medley of theme songs from all 25 James Bond movies that will have you glued to your headphones. We totally forgot that Madonna and A-Ha did Bond themes.
The Melodicka Bros. took The Animals’ classic House of the Rising Sun and transformed it into a dark and moody song that’s so emotive that it almost certainly will turn up on a soundtrack to set the stage for an intense movie or TV scene. The music video’s direction works perfectly with the gloomy track.
Vineteiro follows up on his comparison of inexpensive vs. fancy-pants pianos with another round of very different musical instruments. After the jump from the $40 hunk of junk to the $600 used upright, the shades of grey become fuzzier and fuzzier to our untrained ears.
It seems like Halloween songs have become a bit of a lost art. But back in the 1920s and 1930s, we had plenty of creepy songs to choose from for our trick-or-treat playlists. History Tea Time with Lindsay Holiday compiled an appropriate quantity of these vintage tracks to set the mood for your festivities.
The ELO track Mr. Blue Sky has turned up in a variety of movies and cover versions over the years. Now, The Muppets join that list with a joyful rendition of the tune by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. The performance is part of the Dear Earth special, celebrating our planet and helping to raise awareness about climate change.