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The History of the Rickroll

The History of the Rickroll

Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up is closing in on a billion YouTube views, thanks in large part to its use as the world’s number one prank. Alfo Media offers a retrospective on musician Rick Astley, the music video itself, where the term “Rickroll” comes from, and the impact the meme has had on Astley’s career.

Hip to Be the Sandman

Hip to Be the Sandman

Remixer Bill McClintock’s latest madcap mashup combines the music from the Huey Lewis and the News pop hit Hip to Be Square with James Hetfield’s vocals from Metallica’s Enter Sandman. The unholy offspring of the two songs is either the worst idea ever or pure genius.

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The Baroque Entertainer

The Baroque Entertainer

Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer is the most recognizable example of ragtime music. But what if it came out in the 1600s instead of the 1900s? Vinhetiero dons his best powdered wig for this lively harpsichord version of Joplin’s upbeat tune. Be sure to check out Vin’s more faithful rendition played on a 1915 piano.

Kings Of Leon x Depeche Mode

Kings Of Leon x Depeche Mode

Deco is back with another great music mashup from two popular songs. This time, the UK musicians combined the rhythmic synthesizer sounds of Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence with the soulful vocals of Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire.

Snaremaster 9000

Snaremaster 9000

Percussionist Timothy Fletcher shows his snare drum who’s boss in this spectacular demonstration of rhythm, dexterity, and choreography skills. The track is the DJ Smallz 732 remix of Fun.’s We Are Young. We rather enjoyed his Spongebob Squarepants flow too.

Because A Cappella

Because A Cappella

Vocalist Smooth McGroove and his epic beard took a moment between his great video game tunes to perform this beautiful arrangement of the Beatles 1969 track Because. While we kind of miss George Harrison’s sitar, Smooth’s version is still candy for our ears.

Annette (Trailer)

Annette (Trailer)

Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, and Simon Helberg star in this musical film about a stand-up comedian and his love for a famous opera singer. Penned by Ron and Russell Mael, AKA Sparks and directed by Leos Carax, it looks like one wild ride. It’s opening Cannes 2021, in theaters 8.6.2021, and on Amazon Prime on 8.20.2021.

The Killers f/Bruce Springsteen: Dustland

The Killers f/Bruce Springsteen: Dustland

With its rich storytelling and obvious Springsteen influences, The Killers’ Sam’s Town is one of the greatest albums of the 21st century. More than a decade later Brandon Flowers and Bruce Springsteen have teamed up with an amazing remake of the 2008 track A Dustland Fairytale from their subsequent album Day & Age.

Everybody Wants to Rule the World: Jazz Funk Cover

Everybody Wants to Rule the World: Jazz Funk Cover

Scary Pockets presents a sublime new take on the Tears for Fears hit Everybody Wants to Rule the World. With Cory Henry kicking ass on keys and lead vocals, we can’t help but think this is how Stevie Wonder would have recorded this song.

Foo Fighters: Somebody to Love

Foo Fighters: Somebody to Love

(PG-13: Language) During an intimate concert at Agoura Hills, California’s The Canyon Club, Foo Fighters performed an unexpected cover of the Queen classic Somebody to Love. Taylor Hawkins takes on Freddie Mercury’s challenging lead vocals, while a choir of backup singers adds depth to the rock opera sound.

Nirvana on Slide Guitar

Nirvana on Slide Guitar

Musician Dan Dubuque is a master of the Weissenborn lap slide guitar. He’s previously impressed us with his covers of Killing in the Name and Where Is My Mind? Now he’s back with a mindblowing new interpretation of Nirvana’s All Apologies, performed in a idyllic forest setting.

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.

I’m Not Okay in Minecraft

I’m Not Okay in Minecraft

DoodleChaos spent over 100 hours working on this musical Minecraft design. Sit back and enjoy this invigorating mine cart ride which syncs up perfectly with the Vitamin String Quartet’s phenomenal cover of the My Chemical Romance track I’m Not Okay (I Promise).

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Summer of Soul (Trailer)

Summer of Soul (Trailer)

Questlove’s filmmaking debut is a concert doc about the legendary 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, held just 100 miles from Woodstock. Featuring Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, and more. It’s a testament to the power of music during times of unrest, both then and now. Debuts 7.2.2021 in theaters and on Hulu.

Smells Like Seth Everman

Smells Like Seth Everman

Stone-faced musician Seth Everman is back at his synth with a performance of Nirvana’s 1991 classic Smells Like Teen Spirit done in a bunch of different styles. The steel drum version makes us want to lie on a beach sipping Piña Coladas while the sun beats down on us.

Jay-D DIY DJ Mix Table

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Learn about electronics, soldering, coding, and more with this DIY DJ kit from CircuitMess. The mini DJ console can play and crossfade between tracks, control BPM, and apply equalization. It has a built-in Class D amp and two 5-watt speakers. Also available with a tool kit. Save 20% with code WELOVEDAD through 6.20.2021.

Best-selling Songs 2010 to 14,000 BC

Best-selling Songs 2010 to 14,000 BC

Did you know that Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You was the best-selling song of the 2010s? Nope? Us either. Comedians Adrian Gray and Archie Henderson presents what starts out as a serious reverse-chronological listing but quickly descends into madness as things take a wrong turn between Cher and The Bee Gees.

Queen Piano Medley

Queen Piano Medley

Eshan Denipitiya celebrates his love for the music of Queen with a virtuosic medley of tunes performed on a Yamaha grand piano. Watch and listen as his fingers fly across the ivories with classical arrangements of We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, and We Are the Champions.

Writing Beatbox Lyrics

Writing Beatbox Lyrics

When you sing a song, there are usually lyrics written down somewhere. But we never thought that way about beatboxing until now. Vocal master verbalese takes notes on the mouth sounds he makes to help explain his process, and to document his tunes so they can be replicated. More beatboxing lyrics here and here.

One Pound Fish Man x The Kiffness

One Pound Fish Man x The Kiffness

After blowing up the internet with his musical version of Alugalug Cat, musician The Kiffness is back with another gem. This time, he created a live-looped beat to go with 2012 classic The One Pound Fish Man. Come on ladies. Have a, have a look.

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KOSMusic: Sirius

KOSMusic: Sirius

KOSmusic is a master of the synthesizer, but in this clip he makes it clear he can play the guitar too. Crank up your speakers to 11 for this perfect extended cover version of The Alan Parsons Project’s epic 1982 track Sirius, also known as the entrance music for the Chicago Bulls.

Without Me: Bluegrass Edition

Without Me: Bluegrass Edition

There I Ruined It have outdone themselves, turning Eminem’s Without Me into a twangy bluegrass song that sounds like it could have been the theme to The Beverly Hillbillies or Hee-Haw. We suppose that’s what you get when you start your song with square dance instructions, Marshall.

Blink-182 in the 1980s

Blink-182 in the 1980s

Blink-182 is already the poppiest of pop-punk bands, but they sound even more bubbly in this synth pop cover version. Mick Mazz imagines what it would have been like if the band recorded All the Small Things sometime between 1985 and 1990, and used a lot more synthesizers.

Tom Jones Tiny Desk Concert

Tom Jones Tiny Desk Concert

Singer Tom Jones has been performing since the early 1960s. In this intimate NPR Tiny Desk Concert, he proves he’s still got it. At age 81, his smooth and soulful voice gives us chills as he belts out three introspective songs: One More Cup of Coffee, There’s No Hole In My Head, and I’m Getting Old.

Alugalug Cat: International Symphonic Edition

Alugalug Cat: International Symphonic Edition

A little while back, The Kiffness added music to that weird-sounding Alugalug Cat. When the video went viral, musicians around the world submitted their accompaniments to the tune, adding an unexpected amount of depth to what started out as a kitty sounding like he was about to cough up a hairball.

Don’t You Want Me on Brass

Don’t You Want Me on Brass

Musician Seb Skelly turns The Human League’s 1981 new wave hit Don’t You Want Me into a jazz tune, performing all five parts of his arrangement for brass quintet. We kind of miss the synthesizers, but Seb’s version is pretty great too.

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