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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.

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.

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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.

Omnichord Chill Jam

Omnichord Chill Jam

The Omnichord was an electronic harp and rhythm-maker that Suzuki made back in the 1980s. It’s perhaps best known for its later use in the opening of the Gorillaz track Clint Eastwood. YouTuber Simoneister got his hands on one of the instruments and performed this totally chill ambient track for us to enjoy.

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.

Hello: Jazz Edition

Hello: Jazz Edition

Vocalist and bassist Casey Abrams teamed up with pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee for a great jazz-swing cover version of Lionel Ritchie’s 1983 ballad Hello. We imagine that the blind woman in the original music video might have had a hard time sculpting Casey’s impressive beard.

Bat Out of Hell on Banjolele

Bat Out of Hell on Banjolele

“There’s evil in the air and there’s thunder in the sky, and a killer’s on the bloodshot streets.” These are not exactly the lyrics that you’d think would pair with a guy wearing a bowtie, a vest, and a flat cap, but Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq brings his own flair to a Meat Loaf classic with a cover performed on his banjo/ukulele hybrid.

The Detachable Rag

The Detachable Rag

The Pocket Piano is a modular music-making system that lets you carry an entire 88-key piano in your backpack. Musician Jordan Rudess and his pal Maddi had a little fun with the magnetic keyboard modules by gradually removing octaves in the middle of a performance.

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With The Sneatles

With The Sneatles

Hear The Beatles as you’ve never heard them before. Ghostcar’s experimental digital EP features five classic Beatles tracks reinterpreted as modern electronica. The unconventional sounds might offend die-hard Beatles fans, but so did The White Album.

So Many Bass Sounds

So Many Bass Sounds

When we hear the word “bass,” it conjures up the funky sounds that Flea bashes out for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But there are so many other kinds of noises that basses can make. Musicians Bart Soeters and Joris Holtackers show off some of the distinctive sounds made by the string instruments in this original composition.

The Weeknd: Save Your Tears

The Weeknd: Save Your Tears

During the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, The Weeknd performed in a live music video that must have taken weeks to plan. The sequence features the singer amid a fleet of vintage cars, as stunt drivers performed precisely choreographed maneuvers – both with the singer inside and outside the vehicles.

Star Wars Theme A Cappella

Star Wars Theme A Cappella

The members of Korea’s MayTree continue to wow us with their ability to produce richly-layered music using only their voices. Listen as they take on John Williams’ opening theme to Star Wars, conjuring up images of the opening scroll and that Imperial Star Destroyer chasing down Princess Leia in the Tantive IV.

Super Mario Bros. on Bandura and Accordion

Super Mario Bros. on Bandura and Accordion

We’ve heard a million and one versions of the Super Mario Bros. theme music, but it’s still fun to discover a new take on the classic video game tune. The very talented Ukrainian duo B&B Project performed a live run-through of World 1-1, with the button accordion providing the music, and the bandura creating the sound effects.

Sneeze Cat x The Kiffness

Sneeze Cat x The Kiffness

The Kiffness seems to have found a new niche – turning videos of unusual cat behavior into music. After amusing us with his Alugalug Cat remix, he’s back with a remake of The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights accompanied by Sneeze Cat. Seriously, would somebody get this kitty a Zyrtec?

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