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Low Budget Gangsta’s Paradise

Low Budget Gangsta’s Paradise

Everybody’s runnin’, but half of them ain’t lookin’. KestrelTapes does his best Seth Everman impression as he busts out a low-fi cover of Coolio’s hit Gangsta’s Paradise, performed on a car door, a garden sprayer, a dumbbell, a Casio, and a Stylophone.

The Ultimate James Bond Theme

The Ultimate James Bond Theme

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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BRONSON: Keep Moving

BRONSON: Keep Moving

BRONSON is a collaboration between the members of ODESZA and Golden Features, and the music video for Keep Moving perfectly suits the track’s industrial beats, thanks to StyleWar’s deft juggling of stock corporate videos and insane visual effects.

Through The Fire and Blinding Lights

Through The Fire and Blinding Lights

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.

One Man Rush

One Man Rush

While his singing certainly isn’t on Geddy Lee’s level, musician Dominic Fragman more than makes up for it with his ability to perform Tom Sawyer’s drums, lead guitar, and vocals all at the same time. Be sure to check out his Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin too.

Carry on Wayward Bluegrass

Carry on Wayward Bluegrass

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

Harp and Roll

Harp and Roll

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.

72 Homemade Instruments

72 Homemade Instruments

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.

Walking on the Moon on Harpejji

Walking on the Moon on Harpejji

Musicians Mathieu Terrade and Tom Drevet perform a great cover version of The Police track “Walking on the Moon,” highlighted by the use of the Harpejji K24, a unique 24-string, 12-fret instrument with an impressive 5-octave range.

How to Swap Guitars

How to Swap Guitars

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.

Bad Bluegrass

Bad Bluegrass

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.”

Black Eyed Peas: Action

Black Eyed Peas: Action

Superpop group Black Eyed Peas pays tribute to Bollywood with a fun music video that features footage from six awesomely over-the-top action flicks from India, then deepfaking themselves into the sequences. From the album Translation.

LEGO Microtonal Guitar

LEGO Microtonal Guitar

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.

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Car Alarm Sax Jam

Car Alarm Sax Jam

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.

Yello: Out of Sight

Yello: Out of Sight

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.

Du Hast My Love

Du Hast My Love

Musical mashup genius William Maranci envisions what it might sound like if Justin Timberlake and Rammstein collaborated on a track, combining the hard rock hit “Du Hast” with the pop hit “My Love,” resulting in an angry, high energy dancefloor banger.

The Legend of Neil Norman Wilkinson

The Legend of Neil Norman Wilkinson

“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.

DuckTales for 8 Cellos

DuckTales for 8 Cellos

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.

Bumblebee on a Watering Can

Bumblebee on a Watering Can

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.

Blade Runner Blues + Rain

Blade Runner Blues + Rain

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.

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Alfred Matthew Yankovic

Alfred Matthew Yankovic

“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.”

Pomplamoose: Instant Crush

Pomplamoose: Instant Crush

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.

Imperial Medieval March

Imperial Medieval March

No, I am Thy Father. Musician Samuel Kim has been building a library of Star Wars tracks reimagined in a medieval style. Among the collection is this version of John Williams’ Imperial March that feels right at home among the knights and castles.

Zeroelectrodrum and the Chickens

Zeroelectrodrum and the Chickens

Musician and street performer Zeroelectrodrum introduces two honorary members of his one-man band, Mr. Green and Mr. Pink, a pair of rubber chickens that he uses to add an extra layer of sound when playing his Blue Man Group-esque PVC pipe xylophone.

Why Daft Punk Wears Helmets

Why Daft Punk Wears Helmets

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.

Sheryl Crow + Sugar Ray + OMC

Sheryl Crow + Sugar Ray + OMC

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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