Jacob Koller goes by the nickname “The Mad Arranger” because he loves to take relatively straightforward pieces of music and amp up the difficulty to 9000. Here, he takes Rossini’s familiar William Tell Overture and turns it into a supremely tricky jazz version. His arrangement of Mission Impossible is worth a listen too.
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In a bold leaf of faith, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house staged its first concert since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown… to a full house of houseplants. The UceLi Quartet performed Giacomo Puccini’s “I Crisantemi” for 2,292 plants, one in every red velvet seat. Conceived by Spanish artist Eugenio Ampudia.
Singer-songwriter M. Ward sits down on his couch for a truly intimate acoustic guitar set that will transport you a kinder and gentler time and place. Along the way, you’ll enjoy classic tracks like Chinese Translation, and new ones like Coyote Mary’s Traveling Show from his 2020 album Migration Stories.
The last time we got a new Portal game was all the way back in 2011, but we still keep hoping that Valve will give us Portal 3 someday. For now, this Portal-inspired machinima parody of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence from Harry101UK and lyricist Greg Holgate will have to suffice.
Having a tough time waking up and starting your day? Let musician Seb Skelly ease you out of the funk with a cover of The Beatles’ track Here Comes the Sun that starts out slow and smooth, and ramps up into a bright and cheerful ray of light. Sun, sun, sun, here it comes…
Despite being under lockdown, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has been keeping us entertained with a steady series of work from home performances, this time offering up a playful and jaunty cover of The Cure’s 1983 track The Love Cats, with smooth vocals by Laura Currie, who also served as the video’s editor.
We’re already quite familiar with the evolution of Windows sounds. Now listen to a variety of Windows startup, shutdown, and error sounds played on piano, courtesy of Bored Piano, where you can also check out digital piano covers of familiar game console startup sounds. More on his Japanese language channel.
Given all of the horrible news and doomscrolling these days, it’s our pleasure to bring you something a little more cheerful here on The Awesomer, like this guy who sits in the forest dressed like sasquatch, and plays cover songs on the saxophone. We’ve assembled a video playlist of a few of our favorite tunes.
We’ve previously enjoyed pianist Florian Mohr’s medley of hip-hop tunes. Now he’s back with a compilation of 40 themes from cartoon and anime TV series, from Family Guy to The Flintstones, to Spongebob Squarepants, along with a handful of lesser known shows. How many can you name?
Michel Gondry’s music videos, TV shows, and films deftly combine humor, childlike whimsy, and in-camera effects to entertain our brains. In this clip from Polyphonic, essayist Noah LeFevre explains how Gondry’s background as a percussionist has influenced his work through rhythmic, repetitive, and redundant imagery.
Oo-ohh, here he comes… Remixer DJ Cummerbund presents a love letter to Danny Devito’s “Man-Cheetah” from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with a track that manages to blend Hall and Oates, The Strokes, The White Stripes, and Chris Isaak into a deliciously spicy bowl of musical gumbo.
This 31-track cover album pays tribute to the late Adam Schlesinger, with a sampling of some of his many wonderful power pop tracks. The Fountains of Wayne songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist passed away in April 2020 due to COVID-19. All proceeds from the album go to benefit MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Chili’s “I Want My Baby Back (Ribs)” is one of the most memorable jingles ever associated with a brand. Now go inside one of the tune’s recordings session courtesy of singer Alvin Chea of Take 6, along with Louis Price of The Temptations, and the late Willie McCoy aka “Wolf Johnson.” Does anyone want a half slab tonight?
Not everyone knows this, but Naked Eyes’ 1983 hit Always Something There to Remind Me was a cover of a 1960s Burt Bacharach + Hal David tune, sung by Dionne Warwick. Now Pomplamoose is here to give the track their own unique spin, with an electro-beatnik vibe, and the warm, enveloping vocals of Nataly Dawn.
Vocalist Jared Halley is an expert at creating multi-track recordings of his own voice, demonstrating his excellent vocal range and harmonic abilities. Sure, we’ve heard dozens of covers of A-Ha’s 1985 hit Take on Me, but we’re still not sick of it, so here you go.
If we had to pick three movie songs that gave us the most feels, it would be Jiminy Cricket’s When You Wish Upon a Star, Dorothy’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and Willy Wonka’s Pure Imagination. Brendan Finucane played a heartwarming cover of the track to celebrate the Chicago Waldorf School’s 8th Grade Class of 2020.
What happens when put two earworms in a jar, poke some holes in its lid, and leave them to get freaky? You end up with something like DJ Cummerbund’s combo of Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer and Lizzo’s Good as Hell. Toss in a little Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, TLC, and Rihanna, and you have a meta-hit on your hands.
Musician Leo Moracchioli rarely busts out the trumpet for his metal and hard rock cover versions of popular songs, but in the case of Robert Palmer’s 1985 hit Addicted to Love, it was the best way to do the song justice. Though Leo’s video seems to be a little light on long-legged models in slinky black dresses.
Yusuf / Cat Stevens teamed up with director Chris Hopewell and Black Dog Films to create an animated music video for his classic Where do the Children Play?, an ecological anthem which is as relevant today as ever. The revamped track will be featured on Tea for the Tillerman², which celebrates his acclaimed 1970 album.
Typewriters have gone the way of the dinosaur, rarely used by anyone but the most hipster of writers these days. But the Boston Typewriter Orchestra continues to get use out of these mechanical office relics, even when forced to work from home due to their in-person concerts being canceled.
“Thou art like an angel. Thy skin makes me cry.” Hildegard von Blingin‘ is back with another medieval cover of a modern song, this time changing up Radiohead’s 1992 classic Creep with a proper old English vibe. Though it’s too bad the “F” word wasn’t in common usage until the 16th century or so.
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