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Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions

Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions

On the first night of their Hanukkah Sessions, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin cranked up the volume for a great cover version of the Beastie Boys hit track Sabotage. Since then, they’ve performed Drake’s Hotline Bling and Mountain’s 1970 Southern rock classic Mississipi Queen.

Tears for Fears Acoustic Cover

Tears for Fears Acoustic Cover

Musician Kent Nishimura turns in a beautifully nuanced and expressive performance of Tears for Fears’ 1985 classic Everybody Wants to Rule the World, played deftly on his acoustic guitar. His Careless Whisper and Rock with You covers are excellent too.

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Fingerstyle Bee Gees

Fingerstyle Bee Gees

Musician Luca Stricagnoli takes on yet another genre and proves that it can sound great on an acoustic guitar. His fingerstyle cover version of The Bee Gees disco hit Stayin’ Alive will have you busting out your white polyester suits and busting out your best dance moves.

Annoying the Girlfriend

Annoying the Girlfriend

(PG-13) Musician YX loves to write original songs and has an amazing singing voice. He especially likes to sing tunes about his girlfriend while she’s in the middle of everyday tasks, and she does not find him amusing in the least.

Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams

Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams

BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams celebrates the life of David Bowie through a series of illustrated comic panels. The 160 page hardcover graphic novel chronicles his rise from pop singer to Ziggy Stardust, and his numerous personas and reinventions. Written by Michael Allred, Steve Horton, and Laura Allred.

Korg Wavestate Synthesizer

Korg Wavestate Synthesizer

Korg packs the awesomely rich and rhythmic sounds of its classic Wavestation synthesizer into a compact 37-note model called Wavestate. Its wave sequencing sound engine generates totally unique tones, and can produce up to 64 stereo polyphony. In-depth demo video here.

Best Christmas Light Show 2020

Best Christmas Light Show 2020

Each year, lighting designer Tom BetGeorge sets up the coolest holiday light show around. And every year, the visuals get more impressive. For those of us unable to visit the display, he’s been kind enough to share the 34-minute extravaganza. All he asks is that you consider donating to the McHenry House Tracy Family Shelter.

Bardcore Daft Punk

Bardcore Daft Punk

The bardcore genre has had quite the surge of popularity, with multiple musicians taking their cut at medieval cover versions of popular tracks. This trio of tracks from Constantine Bard envisions what Daft Punk might have sounded like in the 16th Century, and includes Get Lucky, One More Time, and Around the World.

Pakistani Take Five

Pakistani Take Five

December 2020 marks the 100th birthday of jazz musician Dave Brubeck. To celebrate this occasion, we present this unique version of his track Take Five, as performed by Pakistan’s Sachal Studios Orchestra. There’s something about the twang of a sitar that always draws us in.

How to Talkbox

How to Talkbox

“You make the lyrics with your mouth. But you cannot use your vocal cords.” Ever wondered how musicians like Daft Punk make their voices sound like robots? Lorenz Rhode provides a lyrical instruction sheet for creating the electro-funk sounds of talkbox vocals. We think every “how-to” video should have a song.

Retro Game Music on a 1980s Synth

Retro Game Music on a 1980s Synth

For some reason, music from 8-bit and 16-bit games seems more memorable than most modern games. It probably has something to do with retro synthesizers drilling the sounds deeper into our brains. If you love retro game music too, hit play and listen up as BearKeys performs on a Roland Jupiter-6 synth. Part two here.

The Strokes: The Adults Are Talking

The Strokes: The Adults Are Talking

It’s The Strokes vs. the Robots in the Roman Coppola-directed music video for their track The Adults Are Talking. Donning awesome Houston Astros-inspired uniforms, Julian Casablancas and his bandmates go toe-to-toe with a baseball-playing android. But will humanity prevail, or will the bots win the day?

Every Breath You Tonk

Every Breath You Tonk

There I Ruined It continues to demolish classic tracks by making them much, much worse. This time, the masochistic musician took the perfectly fine Police track Every Breath You Take, and converted into a old-timey honky tonk song. Terrible.

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Istanbul Sessions: Hurri-Mitanni

Istanbul Sessions: Hurri-Mitanni

Backed by the jazzy sounds of Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions‘ track Hurri-Mitanni (Güzel Haber), director Gökalp Gönen’s music video is loaded with eye-catching images, as a series of dancers wander the streets, transforming into surreal and colorful figures with the help of computer graphics tech.

Snacky Tunes

Snacky Tunes

Hungry for more from the trio behind the Snacky Tunes podcast? The book Snacky Tunes: Music is the Main Ingredient chronicles how music inspires 75 of the world’s best chefs. Personal playlists are paired with recipes, plus five chefs worked on an Everybody World capsule collection made from 100% recycled cotton.

Fixing The Cleveland Show Intro

Fixing The Cleveland Show Intro

The opening theme of The Cleveland Show is certainly catchy, but it’s not exactly representative of contemporary music. So producer June Jissle Music got to work sampling and remixing the track into something a little more relevant with a little help from the Kanye/Kenny West episode. Original video on Instagram.

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll & Ukuleles

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll & Ukuleles

The members of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain bring their own unique spin to the 1977 Stiff Records track Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, originally performed by Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Being the afternoon tea-sipping sophisticates that they are, they tweaked the final chorus.

RTJ x Cyberpunk 2077: No Save Point

RTJ x Cyberpunk 2077: No Save Point

(PG-13: Lyrics) “Keanu Reeves, cyber arm under my sleeve… I blast ’em all, watch ’em fall like autumn leaves.” Hip hop masters Run the Jewels contributed a song to the soundtrack of Cyberpunk 2077 under the pseudonym “Yankee and the Brave,” which happens to be the title of one of Killer Mike and EL-P’s other recent tracks.

PlayStation Startup Sounds on Guitar

PlayStation Startup Sounds on Guitar

To celebrate the release of the towering new PlayStation 5, guitarist Davidlap attempted to replicate the startup sounds from each of Sony’s game consoles, dating back to 1994’s original PlayStation. We think he did a pretty good job, but David admits the PS2 sound was really hard to recreate.

Jeremy Messersmith: Video Games

Jeremy Messersmith: Video Games

Jeremy Messersmith’s heartfelt folk tune looks back fondly on his childhood days playing video games. The track is accompanied by a wonderful papercut animation by Eric Power that includes imagery from classic games like Joust, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Tetris, and Asteroids. From the album Mixtape for the Milky Way.

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Playing Flea’s Best Basslines

Playing Flea’s Best Basslines

While nobody can play a Flea bassline quite like Flea himself, we’ve gotta hand it to Charles Berthoud for his efforts, as he performs two handfuls of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ best and most memorable bass riffs and solos. Even more impressive is how he played them on a $85 electric bass.

Brass Against: Pull the Trigger

Brass Against: Pull the Trigger

Brass Against is known for its energetic brass cover versions of rock songs. Led off by the powerful vocals of Sophia Urista, their performances are like a lit stick of dynamite dropped into a fireworks warehouse. In this clip, they bang out an amazing original track that you’ll want to play at maximum volume.

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.

Solar Eclipse Music Video

Solar Eclipse Music Video

Back in 2015, Faroe Islands doom metal band Hamferð performed a moody, acoustic version of their track Deyðir varðar while a solar eclipse played out behind their backs. They timed the live performance perfectly and managed to resist the urge to turn around as day turned to night and back. (Thanks Kartin!)

Ugly Tuning, Great Player

Ugly Tuning, Great Player

Musician Ichika Nito loves to test out unusual guitar tunings. In this case, he came up with a set of notes that sound completely off-key when strummed, but he manages to still make sound good when playing. His EEEEEE and FFFFFF tunes are worth a listen too. (Thanks Craig!)

Transformers x Led Zeppelin

Transformers x Led Zeppelin

The Cybertronic Spree is a Transformers-themed tribute band who plays a variety of cartoon, videogame, and anime theme songs dressed in awesome costumes. During a 2019 concert, they also performed a truly entertaining cover of Led Zeppelin’s emphatically chanted Immigrant Song.

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