Korg packs the awesomely rich and rhythmic sounds of its classic Wavestation synthesizer into a compact 37-note model called Wavestate. Its wave sequencing sound engine generates totally unique tones, and can produce up to 64 stereo polyphony. In-depth demo video here.
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After hearing Regina Spektor’s cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, we knew that ballades by The Beatles lent themselves well to an Asian interpretation. Now Luna Lee has driven the point home with this warm and soothing cover version of their tune Michelle, played on the gayageum with her usual aplomb.
The punk rock era kicked off in the 1970s, and evolved from the edge of counter-culture to producing top 10 hits songs. While many point to GreenDay and Blink-182 as the seminal pop-punk bands, Trash Theory explores the many earlier bands who bridged the gap between the genres. Be sure to watch both parts.
De La Soul’s “3 Feet High And Rising” is one of our favorite albums of all time. It simultaneously melded infection grooves and lyrics with esoteric breaks that defied conventions. Now, learn about (almost) every sample that was used on the record in this great clip from nama hecc.
Consistently awesome animator and illustrator Steve Cutts offers up a topsy-turvy take on the destruction of our environment and climate change, envisioning a world in which animals are destroying the place, and humans have to deal with the fallout of their actions. The Track is The Turning Point by Wantaways.
The Mandalorian has a great original score by Ludwig Göransson that suits the western-inspired Star Wars series perfectly. Duo YSSY made an awesome 1980s synthwave version, and it’s like what the show might have been like if Mando and Baby Yoda were being chased by stormtroopers driving Pontiac Trans Ams.
After tickling our ears with songs like “Bushes of Love“, “It’s Not a Moon“, and “Seagulls (Stop It Now)“, Bad Lip Reading has bestowed another silly Star Wars song upon us, featuring Jedi master Yoda schooling Luke Skywalker with his special Force-powered stick as they sit by a roaring campfire.
Saturday Night Live celebrates the holidays with this great compilation of Christmas tunes featured on the late night show over the years. Enjoy classics like “I Wish It Was Christmas Today,” “Office Christmas Party,” “Jingle Barack,” and “Bring It on Down to Wrappinville.”
Christmas arrived early in October when Los Lobos released Llegó Navidad. For a special holiday edition of NPR’s Tiny Desk, the beloved group performed four festive tunes: “Dónde Está Santa Claus,” Freddy Fender’s “It’s Christmas Time In Texas,” the record’s title track, and Llegó Navidad’s sole original, “Christmas and You.”
Everybody’s rockin! Get up! Everybody’s gonna move their feet! Remix artist DJ Cummerbund brings us another unlikely pairing: KISS and The B-52s, two groups at their peak of popularity around the same time, but each with something very different to bring to the table.
The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique is one of the greatest rap albums of all time. As was the case with most of their tunes, they relied heavily on samples to create their beats. In this clip from Nama Hecc, they provide a comparison of each track with the samples they so brilliantly incorporated.
“I’m sure they’d cut it, but the leads are backstage changing, and they need a lot of time…” If you’ve been to the theater to see a musical, you know exactly what Upright Citizens Brigade performer Sarah Smallwood Parsons is singing about in her hilarious parody of that one song that nobody cares about or remembers.
It’s not in chronological order, nor does it list any tracks, but that just means you’ve got to rise to the challenge to identify all the tracks that inspired GMC Guitar’s epic lead guitar medley. Guitarist Ben Higgins was kind enough to provide tabs if you dare attempt it yourself.
Paul McCartney’s song Wonderful Christmastime is a cheerful holiday classic. But editor Andy Rehfeldt thought that the lighthearted, synth-pop original needed a little more edge, so he turned it into a speed metal track – while still preserving McCartney’s original vocals.
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