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Music

Björk: Tabula Rasa

Björk: Tabula Rasa

Directed by experimental artist Tobias Gremmler, music video for Björk’s latest track transforms the enigmatic Icelandic vocalist into weird and wonderful flora and fauna that look like they were birthed on strange alien planet.

Mariachi Take on Me

Mariachi Take on Me

San Antonio, Texas performers Mariachi Entertainment System take on A-ha’s classic with a bit of Latino flavor. Not only is their instrumentation wonderful, but their vocalist even nails the tricky falsetto bits. Bonus points for playing Flight of the Bumblebee while holding a toddler.

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Ninja Sex Party: In Your Eyes

Ninja Sex Party: In Your Eyes

The cleverly-monikered Ninja Sex Party turns in an epically good cover version of Peter Gabriel’s heartfelt ballad In Your Eyes, capturing the emotional intensity of the original, while giving it a fresh sound of their own. From the consistently entertaining Under the Covers, Vol. II.

1 Finger, 1 String, 10 Riffs

1 Finger, 1 String, 10 Riffs

Most electric guitars have six strings. But it turns out you can play lots of melodies with only a single string. Guitarist Dave Rucci proves just that by performing 10 classic guitar riffs with only a G-string and a single finger. (That’s what she said.)

Giangrande: Free to Roam

Giangrande: Free to Roam

Giangrande’s inspiring folk track Free to Roam is complemented beautifully by Gianluca Maruotti’s stop-motion music video. The claymation imagery was created using with the scenes playing out against a flattened backdrop. Be sure to watch the behind the scenes video too.

Down Under (Pop-Punk Cover)

Down Under (Pop-Punk Cover)

You better run, you better take cover. Punk Rock Factory presents a fun and energetic pop-punk cover of Men at Work’s 1980 Aussie anthem Down Under. While we miss Greg Ham’s flute solos, we were too busy banging our heads to care.

Sweet Piano O’ Mine

Sweet Piano O’ Mine

Musician Ron Minis really loves him some Guns N’ Roses. But when he was growing up, his parents only got him piano lessons. But Ron didn’t let his lack of guitar expertise stand in his way from playing Slash’s Sweet Child O’ Mine solo anyhow.

Bitty Pocket Drum Machine

Bitty Pocket Drum Machine

Curious Sound Objects’ Bitty is a tiny drum machine and synthesizer. You can use it to create beats, melodies, or noise. It has four buttons, a time knob, a pitch knob, two function buttons, headphone in and out ports and an aluminum speaker often used in car door panels.

Bon Iver: An Audience of One

Bon Iver: An Audience of One

La Blogotheque gave one insanely lucky attendee of the 37d03d Festival at Funkhaus a performance she’ll never forget. She was ushered in a dark room and sat right in front of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who sang Heavenly Father with the help of the Cantus Domus choir.

Paranoid Android: Korean Style

Paranoid Android: Korean Style

Musician Luna Lee is back with one of her best covers yet, an arrangement of Radiohead’s Paranoid Android. It’s really amazing how well the melody works on the ancient Korean string instrument. Luna really knows how to rock.

Rolling Stones Gather Moss

Rolling Stones Gather Moss

The Rolling Stones are definitely getting up there in age, so it’s easy to forget what they were like in their youth. This 1964 newsreel is a perfect time capsule of the early days of the band. Is it just us, or was their entire audience 10 years-old?

New Order: 1933 Style

New Order: 1933 Style

The New Order tune Blue Monday isn’t exactly contemporary – it’s over 35 years old, in fact. BBC Arts’ Orkestra Obselete took it back even further, envisioning what it might have sounded like had it been recorded in 1933, using instruments that were in favor at the time.

Alexander Mills: Crash Into Me

Alexander Mills: Crash Into Me

Crank up your headphones and enjoy as musician Alexander Mills turns in an absolutely fantastic cover version of Dave Matthews Band’s 1996 classic Crash Into Me. This is why we truly love the Internet – discovering incredibly talented people we wouldn’t have otherwise heard of.

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Marble Machine X Work in Progress

Marble Machine X Work in Progress

Martin Molin is known for his amazing music-making marble machine. He’s been working on an even more complicated machine for years, and has been documenting the build. This conveyor belt assembly is one of the more enthralling parts he’s completed so far.

Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster

Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was once bequeathed a 1959 Fender Telecaster guitar. With a little help from Page himself, the animators at Nexus Studios share the mystical story of this illustrious and iconic instrument. Fender sells a replica of the psychedelic dragon guitar here.

Lil Dicky: Earth

Lil Dicky: Earth

(PG-13: Language) After an unpleasant encounter with some street urchins, musician Lil Dicky visits a magical animated world where he celebrates all the good things our planet has to offer. The celebrity-packed clip is actually for a good cause – saving our planet.

Supermassive Black Hole: Fingerstyle

Supermassive Black Hole: Fingerstyle

Guitarist Luca Stricagnoli is back to wow us with yet another incredible fingerstyle performance, this time, taking on the incredibly dynamic Muse track Supermassive Black Hole, and extracting way more sound out of single guitar than should be physically possible.

Beatboxing Superhero Themes

Beatboxing Superhero Themes

While Marvel’s theme music has missed the mark lately, there are still classic themes for heroes like Spider-Man and Batman. Listen up as Tom Thum gives these tunes the beatbox treatment. Sure, Knight Rider and Ghostbusters aren’t quite superheroes, but Tom is still super.

You Can’t Take My Door

You Can’t Take My Door

What happens when you load up an artificial intelligence neural network with lyrics to country music’s greatest hits, and then ask it to write its own tune? You end up with this gem, courtesy of Botnik Studios. We have to wonder if this is how Bad Lip Reading creates its song lyrics.

How the Vietnam War Shaped Rock

How the Vietnam War Shaped Rock

Polyphonic lists some of the best classic rock songs that may not have existed if not for the Vietnam War. The list includes hits by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, King Crimson, The Rolling Stones, Credence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Edwin Starr and Marvin Gaye.

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Sabotage: Brass Edition

Sabotage: Brass Edition

Brass Against presents another amazing rock cover track – an appropriately loud and brutish take on Beastie Boys’ 1994 classic Sabotage, led off by the vocals of Sophia Urista, and just the right amount of total chaos.

Henry Hoover Dreams of Africa

Henry Hoover Dreams of Africa

Despite being known as Henry Hoover, the kooky canister vacuum isn’t made by Hoover. But that doesn’t matter right now. Instead, the perpetually-smiling cleaner ponders bigger questions, and dreams about another life – as a musician. And he gets his wish at 2:53.

Weezer: Tiny Desk Concert

Weezer: Tiny Desk Concert

Rivers Cuomo and gang dropped by the NPR office and turned in a wonderfully underproduced, all-acoustic set, including Longtime Sunshine, a rare 1994 track, the Pinkerton classic Across the Sea, and two tunes off of their recent Black Album.

Eclectic Method: #IT

Eclectic Method: #IT

Eclectic Method steals a page from Daft Punk’s Technologic with a track comprised of sound bites in which people use the word “it.” It’s amazing how such a simple two-letter word can be so good at establishing a rhythm. Also, we guess he really wants us to hashtag IT.

DJ Cummerbund: Bird Parade

DJ Cummerbund: Bird Parade

When I was… a young boy… my father… took me into the city… to see a marching bird. My Chemical Romance meets Lynyrd Skynyrd meets Elton John meets Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem in another great musical mashup by DJ Cummerbund.

Device Orchestra: Happy

Device Orchestra: Happy

12 credit card terminals and a small sewing machine, members of the ever-changing lineup of the Device Orchestra, perform a rendition of Pharrell Williams’ hit track Happy, bringing a smile to our faces, and not wasting too much receipt paper in the process.

Avengers Theme: Mariachi Cover

Avengers Theme: Mariachi Cover

Back in 2018, the awesomely-named Mariachi Entertainment System paid tribute to the late Stan Lee with this wonderful cover version of the theme music from The Avengers. Be sure to check out their other covers, including The Throne Room from Star Wars. (Thanks Philip!)

In Bloom: Jazz-funk Cover

In Bloom: Jazz-funk Cover

(PG-13: Language) Metaphump presents a cover version of Nirvana’s In Bloom unlike any we’ve ever heard before. With an big band, jazz-fusion arrangement by Léonard Piacentino, and a freestyle rap vibe, it’s basically a completely different song.

Musician Minifigs

Musician Minifigs

Minifigs.me presents a wonderful series of unofficial LEGO figures inspired by popular musicians from Queen to David Bowie to ABBA. Some are sold only as bands, while others can be purchased individually, like Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, and Freddie Mercury.

Hot Chip: Hungry Child

Hot Chip: Hungry Child

A couple can’t seem to stop their bickering and hostility, and their angst is reflected in the soundtrack which swirls around them constantly. This darkly comic music video gets us ready for Hot Chip’s new album A Bath Full of Ecstasy, due out 6/21/19.

William Tell Melodica Overture

William Tell Melodica Overture

A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty “Hi Yo Silver!” – the Melodica Men are here to save the day from bandits and other Wild West baddies with their frenetic rendition of Rossini’s 1829 overture, most frequently associated with The Lone Ranger.

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