João Fuss’ YouTube channel is loaded with great classical guitar performances. Among our favorites is this cover of the Muse track Uprising which not only shows off João’s talents but the musicality of the original’s composition. His covers of Radiohead’s Karma Police and Dire Straits Your Latest Trick are also fantastic.
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(PG-13) “Everything is crumbling.” The man behind Oingo Boingo and the music from The Nightmare Before Christmas among other things unwraps another Halloween present. Elfman created the track in 2020, saying “The cynical nature of the lyrics echo how I feel about living in a semi-dystopian world turned upside down.”
Better known to most as the theme music from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, John Philip Sousa’s The Liberty Bell March suits the sounds of a pipe organ very well indeed. Turn up your speakers and enjoy this enthusiastic performance by Jonathan Scott on the big Wurlitzer in Neuadd Pendre, Tywyn, Wales.
(PG-13: Language) Halloween is nearly here, and to celebrate, DJ Cummerbund is here to bring us some holiday cheer. Combining Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP with Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s Monster Mash, and a dash of Elton John’s Crocodile Rock is something only a truly warped mind could come up with.
The 1991 Nirvana track Smells Like Teen Spirit is considered to be a classic by many. But we didn’t know it was this classic. The Miracle Aligner posted a cover of the breakout grunge hit with its lyrics translated into Latin. If you think that’s strange, try their ancient Norse cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song.
When the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile turned up in Memphis, Tennessee, members of Opera Memphis decided to pay tribute to the iconic hot dog on wheels by singing a grand operatic rendition of the brand’s familiar jingle. That’s tenor Dane Suarez and baritone Jake Stamatis, conducted by Michael Sakir.
“She knows where you got your legs.” After collecting a number of the Southern rock band’s song lyrics into a database, Funk Turkey pointed an AI bot at the file, and asked it to create words for a new ZZ Top song. The result: the ridiculous, but catchy tune “Funky with My Baby.”
Ain’t nothin’ but a heartache. The Backstreet Boys track I Want It That Way gets a new sound courtesy of The Petersons, who transformed the 1999 boy band hit into a twangy bluegrass song, complete with the requisite fiddle, banjo, upright bass, and steel resonator guitar.
Journey to the final frontier with VioDance for a heartfelt medley of theme music from the Star Trek universe, starting with The Original Series, with classics like The Next Generation, Voyager, and DS9, and culminating with Discovery and Picard. When you hear them all together, you can really tell how connected they sound.
(PG-13: Language) Skateboarders Tony Hawk, David Loy, and Keire Johnson spent a little time in the studio and on their boards, helping to record more than 650 different sounds that skateboards (and skateboarders) make. Then, the creative minds of Bonamaze set to chopping up the audio into rhythmic music track.
One of the most memorable bits of music in the history of video games has to be the background track that plays while you sit in the lobby of Nintendo’s Mii Channel. Musician Beanzo decided to pay tribute to this catchy little ditty with a fun four-part viola cover.
The Hood Internet continues their awesome series of retrospective music mixes, as they dive a little deeper into the 1990s. This time out, expect to be serenaded by the likes of Big Audio Dynamite, PM Dawn, Nirvana, De La Soul, Blind Melon, Haddaway, Whitney Houston, Radiohead, Faith No More, and more.
Despite their relatively short lifespan, Nirvana certainly left their mark on music forever. In this video from guitarist yourauntstripe, he reminds us just how many memorable guitar riffs the band produced. If you’re not banging your head or pogoing at some point during the clip, you’re doing something wrong.
We know from our past encounters with musician Carolina Eyck that she’s one of the world’s greatest theremin players. In this clip, she amps up the pace to that of a buzzing insect with a captivating performance of Flight of the Bumblebee on the gesture-driven electronic instrument.
You’ve gotta fight… for your right… to beach party! If The Beastie Boys sang like The Beach Boys, it might sound something like Kevin Miller’s clever rework of Fight for Your Right set to the tune of I Get Around. We can totally imagine a video with the Beasties riding the waves on surf boards.
Who ya gonna call? The Beastie Boys, that’s who! For his Halloween 2020 mashup, remixer William Maranci managed to combine Ray Parker, Jr.’s Ghostbusters theme with Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock’s hit Intergalactic. We can totally see them wearing proton packs with their white and yellow uniforms.
Wonder World shows us an unusual guitar that uses a motorized wheel to strum its strings, so the person playing it only needs to worry about the frets. Anthony Dickens‘ unique instrument has a other interesting innovations like the ability to output sounds one string at a time with the push of a button.
(PG-13: Language) Freestyle rapper Harry Mack likes to hang out on video chat platform Omegle, where he asks the people it pairs him up with to give him three words to incorporate into his rap. This clip includes a few of his sessions, but if you’re short on time, skip to 12:36.
“Suddenly, I’m not half the man I used to be.” UK rapper slowthai’s smooth and emotive ballad borrows a line from The Beatles’ Yesterday, but its accompanying one-shot music video by Oscar Hudson is anything but derivative, as it follows the story of a man experiencing one very strange fever dream.
One of The Flaming Lips’ trademark theatrics is for lead singer Wayne Coyne to crowdsurf the audience inside of a plastic sphere. Thanks to COVID, they decided to perform their entire NPR Tiny Desk concert inside of the bubbles as well. Next up, the band plans on performing for an entire audience inside of bubbles.
Radiohead’s 1997 classic Paranoid Android always cuts deep when we hear it, and it’s as power-packed as ever with this amazing cover version by UK brass band Old Dirty Brasstards. The trumpet does a surprisingly good job standing in for Thom Yorke’s vocals.
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