Before SNL and Portlandia, Fred Armisen drummed for the post-hardcore band Trenchmouth. After a taping of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, he proved that he still had it in this drumoff with ?uestlove.
Check out Compressorhead kicking out the robot jams in their cover of Motörhead’s Ace of Spades. When the Country Bear Jamboree is in ashes, you have my permission to rock. (Thanks everyone!)
Unlike high end self-tuning guitars that have motors on their tuning pegs, the AT-200 uses pitch correcting software to digitally adjust the sound coming from its strings. A great kit for beginners.
(NSFW: Language) We want to know why Mystikal kicked off his first album in more than a decade with some same ol’ same ol’ when he already had a freakin’ gold mine in this James Brown-inspired dig.
Walk Off the Earth, the talent behind the one guitar Gotye song, is back with an acapella rendition of Taylor Swift’s pop ditty. KRNFX’s beatboxing complements it nicely. (Thanks Christopher!)
(NSFW: Lyrics) Looking for some music for your post-New Year party party? Azealia Banks helps us pop the top off of 2013 with her new single BBD, co-produced by Apple Juice Kid & Sup Doodle.
Invented by Jun Fujiwara of Tama Art University, Re:Sound Bottle is a concept device that records everyday sounds and automatically mixes them together upon playback to create original music.
This 10-year-old percussionist transforms his family’s washing machine into a complete drum kit with nothing more than his hands and an excellent sense of rhythm. (Thanks Dan!)
Multitalented artist Jocelyn Pelichet pays tribute to 15 musicians we lost too soon – from a wide variety of genres ranging from jazz to metal to rap, from Ravi Shankar to MCA to the Trololo guy.
Watch the pancake-rapping, grammar-correcting, crowd-feeding rapper play Beatbox + iPhone + Guitar + Fast Rap = Win using Everyday Looper. Come for the gimmick, but stay for his lyrics.
Another potential star from England, the Brighton duo known as IYES is making heads bop all around the Web with their first single, an intimate track injected with bangin’ electronica.
James Lecker’s website contains sound bites of the Metallica front man’s distinctive singing growl. Yeai-yeaaaaah!!! Yoo-oo-ohwa!!! Anthony Kiedis deserves one too. (Image credit: Zoiudozoiao)
French indie rockers Stuck in the Sound are back with another video that’s just as good as its track. The moral of the story for Let’s Go might be to be careful what you work for. (Thanks Hadrian)
English indie pop trio The xx dropped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge program to perform a cover of Wham!’s Last Christmas. This is probably the only time we intentionally listened to this song.
Samplr is an iPad synthesizer designed to make it easy for the user to manipulate samples via multitouch. The user can use up to 5 sound effects and 6 samples at once in 7 different play modes.
A mashup of 25 of the biggest pop hits of 2012 by DJ Earworm. Similar to what he did last year, DJ Earworm took the music and videos of the songs and turned them into one song. Grab the mp3 here.
Hey Now is a song by Hannah, Daniel and Dot, aka London Grammar. The London trio make icy cool pop, as if the voice from Holy Other learned to speak English. Watch them play here.
Comedy duo Rhett & Link and a handful of other YouTube celebrities teach us a trick about dressing for the Holidays. They sound like early Hot Chip, except you know, a lot sillier.
It’s Jamie Foxx turns the Brady Bunch theme song into something good enough to make love to, even appropriating the styles of underwear-melting singers Babyface, Luther Vandross and Prince.
(NSFW: Language) Andy Rehfeldt replaced the instrumental of Killing in the Name with “less angry” versions. The result is Rage Against the Machine meets Steely Dan. Hilariously confusing.
The much-hyped speaker is finally available. The “sound deliverer” has two 6″ woofers, two dome tweeters, a 100W PWM amp and the classic Marshall cabinet design. It’s as beautiful as it is expensive.
In celebration of 50 years of the mixtape, Ithaca Audio created this brilliant 16-track live mix performed entirely on a 23-year-old Tascam 1″ reel-to-reel tape deck.
Here’s OkaySamurai with his latest treatment of pop songs as sung by what must be a Thesaurus-loving English professor. We demand the rest of Extraneous Gangnam Style. (Thanks everyone!)
A new song from up-and-coming electronica whiz kid M4SONIC. Watch the 21-year old play Virus live using two Novation Launchpads cued with original samples as well as effects and vocal loops.
We were just talking about Michael Winslow, and now here he is with some fresh content – a lighthearted track backed by DJ Yoda, and plenty of Winslow’s trademark wacky vocal sound effects.
Accomplished blues guitarist and vocalist Matt Andersen belts out an impressive and creative performance of Bill Withers’ all-time classic Ain’t No Sunshine. Hear more from Matt here.
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