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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.

Inspector Gadget for 8 Cellos

Inspector Gadget for 8 Cellos

The theme music from the cartoon series Inspector Gadget is etched indelibly into the brains of all 1980s kids. We particularly enjoyed listening to Samara Ginsberg’s version of the tune, arranged for performance on eight cellos. Go Go Gadget Symphony!

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Rick and Morty Karaoke

Rick and Morty Karaoke

Rick and Morty has given us memorable songs like Goodbye Moonmen, The Rick Dance, and Help Me I’m Gonna Die. Now you can sing along to your favorite tunes from the animated series, thanks to the folks at Adult Swim’s YouTube channel. Kudos to Angela Stempel for the accompanying animations.

I’m Still Standing: Metal Edition

I’m Still Standing: Metal Edition

Elton John’s 1983 hit I’m Still Standing has become a bit of an informal anthem in these days of self-isolation. As he’s been known to do, musician Leo Moracchioli made the catchy pop tune all his own, with an ample dose of axe shredding, head banging, and shout singing.

1984: 50 Songs in 3 Minutes

1984: 50 Songs in 3 Minutes

After a bit of a break, The Hood Internet picks up where they left off – with another great medley of music from the 1980s. With tracks like Take on Me, Footloose, When Doves Cry, Like a Virgin, and People Are People, 1984 offered up some of the most memorable music of the decade.

Mr. Roboto on Floppy Drives

Mr. Roboto on Floppy Drives

“My heart is human, my blood is boiling, my brain IBM.” Styx’s 1983 track Mr. Roboto represented the pinnacle of overwrought concept rock. Yet there has yet to be a more appropriate song played by Paweł Zadrożniak’s electromechanical orchestra, the Floppotron and its servo-powered instrumentation.

Art Alexakis: The Hot Water Test

Art Alexakis: The Hot Water Test

In 2016, Everclear bandleader Art Alexakis was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, a degenerative disease that requires medication, injections and positive support to mitigate. In an act of solidarity with other MS sufferers, Art dropped a powerful music video, “Hot Water Test,” from his solo album Sun Songs.

Kawehi: Mashup April 2020

Kawehi: Mashup April 2020

It’s been a while since we heard from musician Kawehi, but from the sound of this clip, she’s still rockin’ it. While staying home, she recorded a medley including Elle King’s Ex’s & Oh’s, Jace Everett’s Bad Things, her own Mona Lisa, and Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black. We love how her dogs slept through the whole thing.

Stuck in the Middle: Korean Style

Stuck in the Middle: Korean Style

Musicians Luna Lee and Han Oh teamed up to record an excellent cover version of the Stealers Wheel classic Stuck in the Middle, melding traditional asian sounds with ’70s folk rock. Of course, we can never hear this song without thinking of Reservoir Dogs.

Powerpuff Girls: Ska Edition

Powerpuff Girls: Ska Edition

’90s kids will surely remember the closing theme music from Cartoon Network’s classic Powerpuff Girls, as our heroes rattle off their names and skills. We think it sounds even better with the joyous instrumentals of the Ska Tune Network and the spot-on vocals of Quil Cauchon.

Feel Good Inc. with Marbles

Feel Good Inc. with Marbles

Remix artist William Maranci did a great job combining the warm and inviting sounds of Wintergatan’s musical marble machine with Gorillaz’ track Feel Good Inc. As its musician and inventor cranks it up, Maranci has to fool with the BPM a bit, but that’s part of the fun.

Run the Jewels: Ooh LA LA

Run the Jewels: Ooh LA LA

(PG-13: Lyrics) “People, we the pirates, the pride of this great republic.” The music video for RTJ, Greg Nice, and DJ Premier’s anthemic track imagines a day when classes, currency, and other arbitrary social constructs burn to the ground, and we all dance and party in the streets to celebrate the fall of the house of cards.

Hipster Coffee Shop National Anthem

Hipster Coffee Shop National Anthem

“They got Pop-Tarts for adults!” Novelty jam band The Cooties has a little fun at the expense of people who spend their days hanging out in coffee shops, from the overpriced exotic beans to the weird alternative milks. Oh, how we long for a crowded coffee shop right now.

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Change It All

Change It All

A stoic and inflexible tree monster finds himself alone and depressed after a bad breakup. But when his ex drops his daughter off for a visit, his hardened shell begins to crack. Adam Rose-Levy’s video for Camel Power Club’s track Change It All is just the right blend of quirky and heartwarming.

Eminem Orchestra

Eminem Orchestra

Shortly before going on lockdown in the UK, the musicians of Kaleidoscope Orchestra performed a medley of tracks from self-proclaimed rap god Eminem. The symphonic suite kicks off with Lose Yourself and Just Lose It, and includes classics like The Real Slim Shady, Without Me, and My Name Is.

Rainbow Connection 2020

Rainbow Connection 2020

Feeling a little blue? Kermit the Frog is here to bring a little sunshine into your day with a fresh performance of Paul Williams’ classic tune Rainbow Connection, as he socially distances alongside a country stream. We really need to rewatch The Muppet Movie now.

The Evolution of Piano

The Evolution of Piano

Musicians Scott Bradlee and Tony DeSare teamed up to record a great medley of catchy hooks from the past 300 years of piano and keyboard music. The duo assure us they recorded the close-quarters performance long before social distancing was a thing.

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.

If Electric Guitars Didn’t Exist

If Electric Guitars Didn’t Exist

Most rock and metal songs get their edge with the help of an electric guitar. But what would Nirvana, Metallica, and Slipknot sound like if they could only play with acoustic guitars? Musician Jared Dines is here to show us just that.

Megalovania on Tesla Coils

Megalovania on Tesla Coils

(Loud) The track Megalovania from Undertale is one of the most frantic and challenging to play pieces of music in the history of video games. It sounds especially great when performed on high voltage tesla coils, as demonstrated by Franzoli Electronics.

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The Ultimate 1980s Music Video

The Ultimate 1980s Music Video

The music video for The Treble’s track No Secrets (There For You), features shot-for-shot remakes of dozens of classic 1980s music videos, from A-Ha’s Take on Me to Nena’s 99 Luftballons to Devo’s Whip It. See if you can name them all, then check your guesses in the video’s YouTube description.

Living in a Ghost Town

Living in a Ghost Town

It seems age is no barrier to The Rolling Stones producing quality music. Their April 2020 release is as good as many songs from the height of their popularity, and seems especially timely when set against imagery of empty cities photographed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Typewriter Drum Machine

Typewriter Drum Machine

William Sun Petrus took an old 1920s Remington Portable typewriter and modded it into an electronic drum machine. Basically, it works as a MIDI controller, so it can play whatever sounds he loads into Ableton. He had to remix the live audio so you could hear it over the mechanical clacking sounds though.

Radiohead on Cello

Radiohead on Cello

Something about Radiohead’s music lends itself very well to being played on string instruments. Zack Reaves‘ multi-track performance of Everything In Its Right Place is a perfect example, as the warm and expressive sounds of the cello bring out even more emotion in the track. He also did a great cover of Burn the Witch.

Godzilla at Home

Godzilla at Home

Need your classic rock fix for the day? Well, you’re in luck. While sitting home with their tour on pause, the members of Blue Öyster Cult got together in their own home studios to record a performance of their 1977 classic about everyone’s favorite building-stomping Kaiju. Oh, no, there goes Tokyo!

The Impression That I Get: ’80s Edition

The Impression That I Get: ’80s Edition

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ track The Impression That I Get came out in 1997, but it’s ska sounds are pretty timeless. On the other hand, Mick Mazz’s cover of the track uses the distinctive synth pop sounds of the 1980s to place it smackdab alongside songs like A-Ha’s Take on Me and Howard Jones’ Life in One Day.

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