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Tesla’s Paradise

Tesla’s Paradise

Franzoli Electronics fires up their tesla coils once more with a high-voltage performance of Coolio and L.V.’s Gangsta’s Paradise. The track sounds awesome as it buzzes through the man-made lightning, reminding us not to mess with West Coast rappers unless you’re in a Faraday cage.

Leslie Speaker Guitar

Leslie Speaker Guitar

Look Mum No Computer adds to his collection of unusual musical instruments with a custom guitar that has a Leslie Speaker as its body. These vintage performance speakers had a motorized baffle which created a unique analog warble. In a second video, he added a Perspex enclosure and a Doppler effect.

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Mike Dawes: Jump

Mike Dawes: Jump

When he was 14, musician Mike Dawes heard Eddie Van Halen play guitar and says it rocked his world. Now, put on your headphones and let the sound envelop you as Mike pays tribute to Eddie’s namesake with an acoustic cover of the 1984 hit Jump. Perhaps Mike will inspire some young musicians with his impeccable playing too.

You’ve Got a Friend in Marimba

You’ve Got a Friend in Marimba

Randy Newman’s You’ve Got a Friend in Me is one of the most memorable movie songs of all time. We really enjoyed this soothing cover of the Toy Story tune, performed by Korea’s Pulse Percussion on a marimba. Disney fans will also appreciate their marimba covers of He’s a Pirate and A Whole New World.

Jonathan Davis: It’s a Sin

Jonathan Davis: It’s a Sin

The soundtrack to season one of Amazon’s Paradise City is filled with some great music, including this cover version of the Pet Shop Boys 1987 hit It’s a Sin, performed by Korn frontman Jonathan Davis. The moody approach to JD’s cover suits the weighty subject matter of the track well.

McCartney + Beck: Find My Way

McCartney + Beck: Find My Way

Paul McCartney gets gracefully de-aged in the imaginative music video for the song Find My Way, a track which truly sounds like equal parts McCartney and Beck. We’re not sure Macca ever had those dance moves even when he was younger. Directed by Andrew Donoho, co-produced by digital avatar maker Hyperreal Digital.

Killer Queen Brass Cover

Killer Queen Brass Cover

When Queen created the track Killer Queen back in 1974, they probably never envisioned it being performed by a brass quintet. But here we are, nearly 50 years later, and the operatic rock classic sounds fantastic played on trumpet, solo horn, flugelhorn, soprano trumpet, and trumpet by the talented Seb Skelly.

God Only Knows: Funk Edition

God Only Knows: Funk Edition

The Beach Boys track God Only Knows is one of our favorite songs. We also love Scary Pockets and Pomplamoose singer Nataly Dawn. So let’s see what happens when all three come together. We miss the vocal harmonies of the original, but we dig the funky and soulful new take on the 1966 rock classic.

Can’t Help Falling in Love with Marbles

Can’t Help Falling in Love with Marbles

We love Acoustic Trench’s soothing kalimba cover of Can’t Help Falling in Love. With the help of Cinema 4D and OctaneRender, motion designers TheCritters created a photorealistic CG marble maze that syncs up perfectly with the tune. We can only imagine how much work it took to get everything to line up perfectly.

Mr. Blue Sky Montage

Mr. Blue Sky Montage

The Electric Light Orchestra song Mr. Blue Sky is one of the most joyful tunes out there. So it’s no wonder that filmmakers have used it so often to bring a little light into their movies. Editor Jovi Prata compiled this montage of movie scenes that featured the track, from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

If Daft Punk Played Radiohead

If Daft Punk Played Radiohead

Daft Punk and Radiohead are two of our all-time favorite musical acts. But what would it sound like if the robots decided to play Paranoid Android? Well, Jehan has the answer, and it’s pretty awesome. Between the fat synth beats and the wailing electric guitar, it reminds us more than a little bit of Muse.

Foo Fighters Go Disco

Foo Fighters Go Disco

Yes, Foo Fighters have made a Bee Gees cover album. The special-edition LP titled HAIL SATIN was made for Record Store Day 2021 and features the “Dee Gees” performing five disco tracks on one side, and five live songs from Medicine at Midnight on the other. Enjoy their excellent cover version of You Should Be Dancing.

The Simpsons A Cappella

The Simpsons A Cappella

Korean musical group MayTree continues to crank out perfect A Cappella versions of TV and movie soundtracks. Their latest is a wonderfully-layered version of Danny Elfman’s opening and closing themes from The Simpsons. We challenge them to do the Futurama theme next.

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Gerald V. Casale: I’m Gonna Pay You Back

Gerald V. Casale: I’m Gonna Pay You Back

DEVO’s Gerald V. Casale presents an impassioned solo track about “gaslighting and betrayal at the hands of a toxic narcissist.” Accompanying the song is a phenomenal music video by director Davy Force with a cool animation style inspired by the work of illustrator TOMO77.

The Object-Spawning Keyboard

The Object-Spawning Keyboard

DoodleChaos loves to create visualizations of music. While they usually use programs like Minecraft, Planet Coaster, and Line Rider, they made this video with a custom Unity program that reads MIDI files and drops an object each time a key is pressed. As the music progresses, the density of the falling Tetronimoes goes insane.

40oz on Violin

40oz on Violin

The Polyphia track 40oz is known for its insanely difficult lead guitar part. But violinist Lu Szu Chien aka The Wasteland Studio rose to the challenge, performing a small part of the prog rock tune that’s every bit as impressive as Tim Henson’s original performance. Her cover of O.D. is similarly excellent.

Korean Ring of Fire

Korean Ring of Fire

We’ve always loved the Johnny Cash song Ring of Fire. While the original version will always be a classic, we have to say that Luna Lee’s cover version played on the gayageum sounds great, replacing the mariachi-style trumpets with an Asian-flavored country twang.

Welcome to Whatever This Is

Welcome to Whatever This Is

(PG-13: Language) Musician Akintoye spits an incredible sequence of rhymes about inequality and current state of affairs after years of oppression. His rapid-fire rap gets faster and faster as it reaches its apex. In case you needed any help pronouncing his name, he’s got you covered.

The Kiffness x Numnum Cat: International Mix

The Kiffness x Numnum Cat: International Mix

Musician The Kiffness continues his trend of remixing funny-sounding cats, this time creating a groovy backbeat for the gurgly Numnum Cat. After making his solo remix, he was once again joined by musicians from around to globe to add a little international flavor to the track.

Tenacious D Sings The Beatles

Tenacious D Sings The Beatles

(PG-13: Language) Jack Black and Kyle Gass add their trademark over-the-top stylings to The Beatles double-header You Never Give Me Your Money and The End, with all of the swearing, scat singing, and goofball embellishments you’d expect from the duo. Downloads of the track help support Doctors Without Borders.

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Shia LaBeouf Goes Metal

Shia LaBeouf Goes Metal

Musician Andre Antunes dusted off actor Shia LaBeouf’s impassioned green-screen motivational speech and added the angry heavy metal soundtrack it’s deserved since day one. Hit play now. Just Do It! STOP GIVING UP!!!

Music Widget for MacOS

Music Widget for MacOS

Remember the iTunes Mini Player? Thanks to engineer Mario Guzman, it’s back. His Music Widget uses MacOS Scripting Bridge and Distributed Notification Center to send and receive commands from Apple Music and works with live streams. It can even float above other windows. It’s currently in beta but works great.

Super Marc at the Supermarket

Super Marc at the Supermarket

German supermarket chain EDEKA enlisted musician Marc Rebillet to create a song about shopping for groceries in their stores. The result is this delightfully silly commercial spot. Naturally, the robe-wearing performer turned the fruit and veggies into musical instruments.

Electric Feel: Funk Edition

Electric Feel: Funk Edition

The guys from Scary Pockets teamed up with singer Corey Frye of The Main Squeeze for an uplifting funk cover version of MGMT’s 2007 hit track Electric Feel. The smooth grooves and soulful vocals will brighten even the darkest day.

DJ Cummerbund: Dr. Dinosaur

DJ Cummerbund: Dr. Dinosaur

Boom boom, akalaka laka boom! Remix master DJ Cummerbund goes prehistoric with this mashup, combining music from Mötley Crüe, Was (Not Was), The Gap Band, Pantera, and Soundgarden. Featuring bonus cameos by Jeff Goldblum, Mario and Luigi, Bob-Omb, the cast of Dinosaurs, and of course Randy “Macho Man” Savage.

Feet Child O’ Mine

Feet Child O’ Mine

Brazilian musician Johnatha Bastos was born with partially-formed arms. But he doesn’t let that get in his way. As he proves in this awesome guitar cover of Sweet Child O’ Mine, talent and tenacity can help overcome any physical challenge. Oh, and he plays keyboards too.

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