(PG-13: Language) An appearance on Netflix’s Luke Cage is propelling Jidenna to the mainstream. Good thing the rapper and singer has more than enough charm and wit to sustain his success. Watch him perform songs from his album The Chief on NPR Music.
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Musician Amine Ayadi performs the strangest cover version of a Michael Jackson song ever – They Don’t Care About Us played on the mizwad – a middle eastern bagpipe. His performance will pull you in regardless if the instrument sounds like a goat being strangled.
“In my sleep, I build machines. Nobody wants to hear about my dreams.” Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and his band The 400 Unit dropped by NPR and turned in a relaxed, yet soul-stirring set of three songs about life and love from their wonderful album The Nashville Sound.
Coldplay lead vocalist Chris Martin dropped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge and turned in a wonderful cover version of Paul Simon’s award winning 1986 track Graceland, complete with the African backing vocals and rhythms that made it work so well, and a bonus horn section.
Alt-pop hitmakers Portugal. The Man turn in a fantastic acoustic cover version of the Oasis classic Don’t Look Back in Anger that’s every bit as good as the original, in no small part thanks to John Gourley’s voice. We’re going to be humming this chorus for the rest of the day.
You’ll recognize most of these meme-worthy tunes, each of which epitomizes a moment in time as well as just about anything else about the era. Though we think JordiTK should have gone with Yello’s Oh Yeah instead of Trio’s Da Da Da to represent ’80s German minimalism.
Specdrums are electronic rings that let you map notes or sounds to any color around you. You can wear them, put them on sticks, and more. Their app lets you map colors to a variety of instruments as well as your own sounds. You can also use Specdrums with other MIDI apps.
You might think that ending a song with a fade out is a bit of a cop out, rather than finding a conclusive way to wrap up the tune. Vox explores the theory that beyond making songs end less abruptly, gently fading out a piece of music has a positive impact on listeners.
(PG-13: Language) “And all the hits are saying the same thing. There’s only tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight, and life is finite. But sh*t, it feels like forever.” Funny, catchy, and tired of all of this. LCD Soundsystem picks up right where it left off.
(PG-13: Language) NPR Tiny Desk Concert chose the perfect guest for its first DJ set. DJ Premiere and his live musicians The Badder Band performed some of the producer’s best hits, including tracks from KRS-One, his buddy Royce Da 5’9″ and of course Gang Starr.
One of the more entertaining robotic groups we’ve heard was built by FT Mechatronics, whose electronic band consists of a variety of stepper motors, solenoids, hard drives, oscilloscopes, a robot xylophone, nixie tubes, and a tesla coil. Here, it plays Hello by OMFG.
It’s far from a comprehensive collection, but ThePandaTooth’s arrangement of the Rick and Morty theme song, Goodbye Moonmen, Chaos Chaos- Do You Feel It? and Hurt is jampacked with emotion, and just might bring a tear to your eye. Here’s a little bonus from Evil Morty.
Leo Moracchioli continues to rock it out of the park with his heavy metal covers – this time taking on R. Kelly’s 1996 hit ballad, turning it into a legitimate alt-rock track which could stand entirely on its own. Show your support for Leo by buying his tracks here.