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What I Like About You: Motown Edition

What I Like About You: Motown Edition

Postmodern Jukebox dusted off The Romantics’ 1980 hit What I Like About You and sent it even further back in the time machine. Their fresh interpretation gives the pop hit a 1960s sound, straight out of Motown, and clearly inspired by The Way You Do the Things You Do. That’s singer Tia Simone belting out the soulful vocals.

Cantina Band: A Cappella Cover

Cantina Band: A Cappella Cover

Celebrate Star Wars Day with a little musical interlude, courtesy of MayTree. The Korean a cappella group performed their playful interpretation of the jazzy tune that Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes’ was playing when we first visited Chalmun’s Cantina in A New Hope.

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Norteño Gonna Give You Up

Norteño Gonna Give You Up

Norteño music is known for its catchy and danceable sounds, and Houston-based EZ Band masterfully melds the genre with popular songs. In this video, they deliver a Mexican Rick-Roll with their fun and original cover of Rick Astley’s inescapable pop hit, Never Gonna Give You Up.

Playing a 27-Note Street Organ

Playing a 27-Note Street Organ

We’ve never heard of the song Bling Bang Bang Born, but it sounds pretty amazing played on this 27-note street organ. Like a player piano, this music-making machine reads notes from a roll of paper, but it plays them on pipes like a calliope. Yuki Kojima has filled his YouTube channel with covers, including Thunderstruck, The Entertainer, and the Nyan Cat theme.

If Black Sabbath Wrote Jolene

If Black Sabbath Wrote Jolene

Musician Otu Suurmunne of Moonic Productions took Dolly Parton’s trademark track, Jolene, and imagined what it might have sounded like if Ozzy Osbourne and his mates from Black Sabbath had created it instead. While Dolly’s softly-sung original will always be a classic, Otu’s angry take seems more appropriate for a tale of jealousy and desperation.

Puddles x Michael Des Barres: Obsession

Puddles x Michael Des Barres: Obsession

Musician and actor Michael Des Barres has had a colorful career that includes co-writing the Animotion hit Obsession. As it turns out, in 2020, Des Barres joined Puddles Pity Party to perform a Bowie-esque version of the track we’re used to hearing as lanky models saunter down the runway. And yes, that’s actor David Dastmalchian hamming it up.

The Beach Boys Sing Jay-Z

The Beach Boys Sing Jay-Z

(PG-13: Language) They’ve got 99 problems, but a beach ain’t one. Thanks to the warped mind behind There I Ruined It, we no longer have to imagine what Jay-Z’s 99 Problems might have sounded like if The Beach Boys had sung it back in the 1960s. The irony of five white boys singing the track isn’t lost on us.

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U.K. Punk Rock Guitar Riffs

U.K. Punk Rock Guitar Riffs

The United Kingdom produced some of the greatest punk rock bands of all time, from The Clash to The Sex Pistols to The Buzzcocks. BLOXSY put together this compilation of 12 potent electric guitar riffs from U.K. punk tracks, which will have you standing up and moshing at your desk.

The Black Keys Live from KROQ

The Black Keys Live from KROQ

The Black Keys dropped by the Helpful Honda Sound Space at KROQ and turned in a fantastic short concert for a lucky few in attendance. The 24-minute set includes classics like Howlin for You, Gold on the Ceiling, and Lonely Boy, as well as three tracks off their latest album, Beautiful People (Stay High), On the Game, and This Is Nowhere.

Panteena: Squareboys From Hell

Panteena: Squareboys From Hell

Get your day started right with this weird and wonderful mashup from remixer Bill McClintock. Combining Pantera’s Cowboys from Hell, Teena Marie’s disco-funk track Square Biz, and Iron Maiden’s Wrathchild makes absolutely zero sense, but as usual, Bill created a delicious musical melange from seemingly incompatible ingredients.

Playing the Cornu de Pompeii

Playing the Cornu de Pompeii

We’ve seen alot of unusual instruments, but this is the first time we’ve come across the Cornu de Pompeii. Evidence of this G-shaped horn were found in the ruins of Pompeii, and María Ruíz and Abraham Cupeiro built a replica of it so we could hear what it might have sounded like. Listen to more here.

Underwater Music Video

Underwater Music Video

To create the music video for his original song Farewell, musician Bernth dove beneath the water with his guitar and performed the track while holding his breath for more than two minutes. It’s a beautiful and emotive track, and the studio recording really was performed with his guitar partially submerged in water to give it a dream-like quality.

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You’re Beautiful But It’s Rammstein

You’re Beautiful But It’s Rammstein

James Blunt’s track You’re Beautiful is about as soft as pop songs get. But thanks to Otu Suurmunne of Moonic Productions, the 2004 hit song just got way more intense. His growly impression of German lead singer Till Lindemann is spot-on. His Rammsteined versions of Baby One More Time and Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! are similarly entertaining.

Lorde: Take Me to the River

Lorde: Take Me to the River

Lorde provides her take on Talking Heads’ cover of Al Green’s Take Me to the River. It’s chill and minimalist, but you can still chicken bop to it. The single is part of A24’s upcoming tribute album, which will feature covers of songs that Talking Heads played in their 1984 concert fil Stop Making Sense. The list of artists is on A24’s Instagram page.

Billie Jean: Tesla Coil Edition

Billie Jean: Tesla Coil Edition

Franzoli Electronics is back with another high-voltage cover of a classic song. This time, his musical Tesla coils performed a version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. Take our strong advice and remember to always think twice before playing with this much electricity.

Dark Side of the Moon Animation Winners

Dark Side of the Moon Animation Winners

It’s been over 50 years since Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon. To celebrate the occasion, drummer Nick Mason asked fans to create their own animated music videos for each song on the classic prog rock album. This playlist is gradually revealing all ten winners plus behind-the-scenes interviews with the artists.

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