If there’s one thing you can count on when it comes to James Bond movies, it’s the epic theme music. Musician Seb Skelly, vocalist Emma Skelly, and a number of their friends put together this great cover of Adele’s Skyfall, but with every other James Bond theme cleverly woven into arrangement. Can you spot them all?
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What happens when you combine the power rock vocals of DragonForce’s track Through the Fire and Flames with the ’80s-soaked synth beats of The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights? As YouTube commenter Ozan Emre Keser put it, you end up with a Journey song you never heard before. A stellar mashup from William Maranci.
Once we rose above the noise and confusion, we came across this fun cover of the 1976 Kansas rock hit Carry on Wayward Son, played with way more squeezebox, mandolin, banjo, and upright bass than the original. Performed energetically by the Finnish bluegrass band Steve’n’Seagulls
The harp’s heavenly sounds are typically associated with classical or ethereal fantasy music. But musician Maël Isaac proves rock and alternative are perfectly suited to the sit-down string instrument too. Listen up as he performs classics from David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Joy Division, The Pixies, The White Stripes, and more.
It’s not often that you encounter a musical instrument that you’ve never heard of. Well, here’s your chance to see and hear 72 of them, all played back-to-back by musician and inventor Nicolas Bras, who created each of these unusual instruments from scratch, mostly using things you can find at your local hardware store.
Snapping a guitar string in the middle of a solo in front of a big audience must suck. Apparently, it didn’t phase the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan. Check out this classic bit of concert footage in which he and the guitar tech worked with the balletic smoothness of a Formula 1 pit stop to switch out guitars.
YouTube channel There I Ruined It is in the business of messing with popular songs and, well, ruining them by covering them in a totally inappropriate style. Their bluegrass reworking of Michael Jackson’s “Bad” is so wrong that it’s right. We also chuckled at their swing version of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.”
Musician Tolgahan Çoğulu shows off a unique instrument he put together after his son Atlas gave him the idea. The acoustic guitar uses LEGO studs all along its neck, allowing for microtonal positions throughout the fretboard. The trick was to build a custom 3D printed baseplate for the LEGO bricks to click onto.
One of the perils of living in the big city is being awakened in the middle of the night to the sound of an annoying car alarm that just won’t shut up. Back in 2018, the group Too Many Zooz invited musicians to create something more entertaining with the repetitive noise, and Pittsburgh band Big Blitz rose to the challenge.
Motion artist Dirk Koy teamed up with iconic German group Yello to create a music video that perfectly suits the rhythmic dance beats of their track Out of Sight. Like in his other videos, Koy plays with object geometries in strange and unexpected ways. From the album Point.
“He used his lungs… to breathe in oxygen!” Elliot Mason presents a song about a totally ordinary guy doing totally ordinary things. Accompanied by a playful animation by Justin Mason, the silly lyrics remind us of the sort of thing Monty Python’s Flying Circus might have created. From the album Life Is Like a Movie.
Musician Samara Ginsberg might solve a mystery, or rewrite history as she plays a layered, 8-cello arrangement of the theme from the Disney classic cartoon DuckTales. We like to imagine Scrooge McDuck swimming in a giant pool of money as this plays in the background.
Musician Martyn Stroud can usually be found playing the trombone or teaching students how to play one. He recently performed the notoriously tricky Flight of the Bumblebee using nothing but a plastic watering can and the mouthpiece from one of his brass instruments, for no other reason than a little backyard fun.
For some people, white noise helps you relax, while others prefer the sound of a rainstorm. But if you’re like us, that rain is accompanied by the sounds of the Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis. This 8-hour track made by Cole Phelps offers the perfect ambient background for unwinding your mind and releasing your tension.
“Weird Al” Yankovic has already done a great send-up of the musical juggernaut Hamilton with “The Hamilton Polka.” As good as that is, we also love The Weird Alphabet’s parody, which is more of a prototypical novelty song, changing the lyrics to tell the origin story of the man behind “Another One Rides the Bus.”
Occasionally we ask ourselves if we’ve posted too much from Pomplamoose, but then can you really have too much of a good thing? Crank up your headphones and enjoy a mid-day serenade from Nataly Dawn and company as they absolutely crush a cover of the Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas track Instant Crush.
Part of what makes Daft Punk so iconic is their appearance, with the musical duo donning shiny, high tech helmets for much of their career. Vinyl Rewind digs into the story behind the headgear to explain why Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo choose to conceal their faces in public.
Pomplamoose mashes up three very different tracks into one, combining Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up The Sun,” Sugar Ray’s “Every Morning,” and OMC’s “How Bizarre.” The marriage of these three strange musical bedfellows was the brainchild of guitarist Brian Green and backing vocalist Erin Bentlage, and it worked out brilliantly.
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