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Music

Eminem on Guitar

Eminem on Guitar

May I have your attention, please? Musician Luca Stricagnoli is back with his triple-necked guitar to entertain us with another great acoustic cover – this time taking on Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady with some funky fingerstyle picking. As an added bonus, this version won’t offend anyone.

Musical Toothbrushes

Musical Toothbrushes

Device Orchestra previously amused audiences with music played on credit card terminals. Now, they’ve figured out a way to make electric toothbrushes into musical instruments. Sit back and enjoy a buzzy rendition of Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia Hymn, a popular composition in the nation the band calls home.

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David Gray Covers Sledgehammer

David Gray Covers Sledgehammer

Musician David Gray sat down in the BBC Radio 2 Piano Room and turned in an absolutely fantastic cover version of the 1986 Peter Gabriel hit Sledgehammer. The purity of the acoustic performance truly shines a light on Gray’s oh-so-warm and ever-so-raspy vocals.

Inside a Spring Factory

Inside a Spring Factory

Music label INDUSTRIAL JP presents a hypnotic, close-up look at the metal bending machines at Goko Spring Co. which take spools or stiff wire and convert them into tiny springs. We could seriously put this on repeat and watch it all day long. The track is Goko Bane by Sountrive.

Keyboard Drummer

Keyboard Drummer

Say you want to make some beats, but you don’t have a drummer in the band. While you could buy a drum machine or some sampled loops, or you could do like musician Yohan Kim and use your keyboard to perform as your rhythm section.

Mambo No. 5: Movie Edition

Mambo No. 5: Movie Edition

Editor The Unusual Suspect diced up bits and pieces from 156 different movies in order to replicate the vocals from one of the greatest one-hit wonders of all time – Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega, replacing the names of his female conquests with those of various movie characters.

Wang Chung: Orchesography

Wang Chung: Orchesography

Musicians Jack Hues and Nick Feldman, better known as Wang Chung teamed up with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra to record new, symphonic versions of their biggest hit songs, and we think they sound even better than the originals. They even shot new music videos for Everybody Have Fun Tonight and Dance Hall Days.

Music Sounds Better Remastered

Music Sounds Better Remastered

Formed by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, along with Alan Braxe and Benjamin Diamond, the one-off French house band Stardust dusted off and remastered the music video that Michel Gondry shot for them back in 1998. The track is now available on a collector’s edition vinyl too.

Floppy Cars

Floppy Cars

Some songs lend themselves better than others to being played by Paweł Zadrożniak’s Floppotron – a band made up of old mechanical computer hardware. We can think of no better fit than the synth-heavy, robotic sounds of Gary Numan’s 1979 hit Cars.

Video Game Piano Medley

Video Game Piano Medley

Pianist Samuel Fu kicks things off with a rousing rendition of the Green Hill Zone theme from Sonic the Hedgehog, then moves on to Mario, Zelda, Halo, Undertale, and more of our favorite game themes, all sounding stellar as he tickles the ivories.

Super Mario Orchestra

Super Mario Orchestra

The 8-Bit Big Band breathes new life into the soundtrack from the NES classic Super Mario Bros., with an energetic performance of the theme music from the game’s first two worlds by a full orchestra and a chorus providing vocal accompaniment.

Marble Machine X Plays Drums

Marble Machine X Plays Drums

From the looks of things, musician, and instrument designer Wintergatan has nearly completed the build of his long-in-progress follow up to his original marble machine. After showing us the amazing marble elevator, he’s ready to play some percussion with the intricate contraption.

Brooklyn Duo: Mad World

Brooklyn Duo: Mad World

Marnie and Patrick Laird of Brooklyn Duo turn in a wonderfully emotive and pared-down acoustic arrangement of the 1983 Tears for Fears classic, based off of the Gary Jules and Michael Andrews version which gave the track a second life back in 2001. Also, that carbon fiber cello is sweet.

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Prince: Manic Monday

Prince: Manic Monday

While Prince had more than his share of his own hits, he also gave many other artists their big breaks, from Shiela E to The Time, to Sinead O’Connor. He also wrote The Bangles’ hit track Manic Monday, and now we can hear his performance of the track thanks to this rare, just released recording. It’s available on the album Originals.

Light Touch

Light Touch

Jazz Emu is a very shy guy with a love for Coca-Cola Light Lime and showers with his clothes on. But that didn’t stop him from releasing a song and a music video to show us just how introverted he is. This track is so going to be our summer jam for 2019.

Sesame Street Tiny Desk Concert

Sesame Street Tiny Desk Concert

Public television meets public radio with a celebration of Sesame Street’s 50 years on TV, as Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Rosita, Abby Cadabby and a few people from the neighborhood regale us with 15 minutes of our childhood favorite earworms.

The Impression That I Get 12 Ways

The Impression That I Get 12 Ways

Ska Tune Network takes a break from performing songs in ska style, and instead plays a ska tune in 12 other styles. We’re not sure that The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ track works so well as an R&B song, but we’re suddenly convinced that Owl City could pull off a cover.

Sonic the Hedgehog Polka

Sonic the Hedgehog Polka

It looks like SirTremendous could use a housekeeper, but we’ll forgive the mess in the background because his performance of the Green Hill Zone soundtrack from Sonic the Hedgehog is just too good to ignore. Check out his YouTube channel for more great accordion covers, like Wonderwall and his Star Wars medley.

Freddie Mercury: Time Waits for No One

Freddie Mercury: Time Waits for No One

An amazing recording of the greatest rock vocalist of all time, captured back in 1986 as part of the 96-track Time. With the help of musician and producer Dave Clark, we now get to hear a stripped-down and cleaned up version, backed only by piano, along with HD footage of Mercury which will send chills down your spine.

Red Fang: Antidote

Red Fang: Antidote

(Gore) Director Ansel Wallenfang’s awesome music video for metal band Red Fang’s track Antidote looks like a level from a 16-bit video game, is packed with retro gaming tropes, and culminates with one of the greatest boss fights of all time. We so want to play that van beatdown level.

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Said the Whale: Record Shop

Said the Whale: Record Shop

The video for Said the Whale’s alt-pop track Record Shop is noteworthy for the way its animations were produced. The video was created by spinning 129 vinyl records – each covered with a custom sticker, and syncing up the camera to produce an effect similar to a phenakistiscope. From the album Cascadia.

8-Bit Symphony @Home

8-Bit Symphony @Home

Fans of classic video games will love this nearly 2-hour-long recording, featuring symphonic arrangements of 8-bit game music. The audio was captured during a performance by C64Audio and Hull Philharmonic Orchestra at Hull City Hall. Available for a limited time, so listen now, or better yet, buy the box set!

Playing Other Instruments on a Violin

Playing Other Instruments on a Violin

You’d think that a violin could only sound like a violin, but OddViolin proves that wrong by making his sound like a flute, harmonica, cello, and even bagpipes. Previously, he convinced the string instrument to sound like animals and make various sound effects.

Mmm Mmm Move Along

Mmm Mmm Move Along

What happens when you crash some test dummies, reject all americans, swing a sledgehammer, smash some pumpkins, body slam opponents, and fly like an owl in the city? You’ll get DJ Cummerbund’s latest, a “song who got into an accident and then became more songs.”

Stayin’ Alive: Piano Edition

Stayin’ Alive: Piano Edition

Musician Francesco Parrino splashes a shiny coat of paint on the Bee Gees’ disco classic Stayin’ Alive, giving it a vibrant and jazzy new sound from his piano bench. Be sure to give his arrangement of Elton John’s Rocketman a listen too.

Aerodynamic Symphonic Cover

Aerodynamic Symphonic Cover

Symphoniacs play orchestral arrangements of popular and classical music with a modern flair. Here, they perform an excellent cover version of Daft Punk’s Aerodynamic, on violin, cello, piano, and electronics. We also rather enjoyed their rendition of Coldplay’s A Sky Full of Stars.

Leonid & Friends: Spinning Wheel

Leonid & Friends: Spinning Wheel

What goes up, must come down, even in Russia. Musician Leonid Vorobyev and his bandmates crank out a fantastic cover version of the Blood, Sweat & Tears R&B classic Spinning Wheel, complete with the big, vibrant horn section that makes the original so damned good.

Deborah Harry Does Not Like Interviews

Deborah Harry Does Not Like Interviews

Blondie co-founder and lead vocalist Debbie Harry has been the subject of interviews for 40+ years. As a woman leading a rock band, she’s been subjected to all manner of stupid questions. Meghan Fredrich’s brilliant short film documents some of Debbie’s better ways of handling such off-putting interviews.

Viva La Vida Funk/Soul Cover

Viva La Vida Funk/Soul Cover

An awesome cover version of Coldplay’s hit track, performed by Scary Pockets. The combination of funky instrumentals with the phenomenal lead vocals of Maiya Skyes make it the best version of the song we’ve heard since the original.

Sharp Dressed Korean

Sharp Dressed Korean

Musician Luna Lee is back with another fun cover track performed on the Gayageum – the 1983 pop/rock hit Sharp Dressed Man. We like to imagine there’s a Korean version of ZZ Top somewhere with similarly long beards, hot-rodded Hyundais, and spinning gayageum in place of guitars.

Paranoid Android on Theremin

Paranoid Android on Theremin

Musician Cihan Gulbudak turns in an epic performance of Radiohead’s 1997 hit Paranoid Android using a theremin to replace the main vocal track. The spooky alien sounds suit the song just perfectly. Be sure to check out his cover of Massive Attack’s Teardrop too.

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