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Music

MEUTE: Gula

MEUTE: Gula

A fantastic take on the Deadmau5 track Gula, as performed on brass, drums, glockenspiel, and other traditional marching band instruments by Hamburg, Germany-based techno band MEUTE, while on the streets of Lisbon, Portugal.

Weezer: The Teal Album

Weezer: The Teal Album

Following up on the success of their hit cover version of Toto’s Africa, Weezer dropped a surprise release featuring that track, and nine other solid cover versions, including songs from Eurythmics, A-ha, ELO, and Michael Jackson.

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Marc Martel: Love of My Life

Marc Martel: Love of My Life

Musician Marc Martel has wowed us before with his incredible vocal impression of the late Freddie Mercury. His latest performance is a powerful and heartfelt rendition of the song Mercury wrote for Mary Austin. We’ve seriously got chills. (Thanks Jason!)

Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch: Beat Saber Edition

Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch: Beat Saber Edition

(PG-13:Language) Ruckus created a custom Beat Saber level based on the South Park classic Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch, resulting in one of the most challenging but awesome levels we’ve seen in the popular VR game.

I’ve No More F**ks to Give

I’ve No More F**ks to Give

(PG-13: Language) With his dapper outfit and handlebar moustache, musician Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq. seems like quite the gentleman. But don’t let his looks fool you. He’s got the mouth of a truck driver, and he’s not taking any guff from anyone.

Ain’t Too Shy to Beg

Ain’t Too Shy to Beg

My, my, my, we ain’t too proud to beg. Bill McClintock’s latest musical mashup combines the motown sounds of The Temptations with the wailing vocals of ’80s hair band Great White. However wrong the idea may seems, it comes together brilliantly.

Tesla Coil Rhapsody

Tesla Coil Rhapsody

There’s quite literally something electric in the air with this high voltage performance of Queen’s rock opera. Electronics wiz Fabrício H. Franzoli programmed a duo of solid state Tesla coils to “sing” a portion of the track. His take on Daft Punk is pretty awesome too.

Frank Sinatra & the Concept Album

Frank Sinatra & the Concept Album

Albums are typically a collection of an artist or a group’s new songs. Then there are concept albums, which are centered around a theme. Polyphonic explains how Frank Sinatra’s 1955 release In the Wee Small Hours laid the foundation for the concept album.

Classical Music “A” to “Z”

Classical Music “A” to “Z”

His piercing glance burning a hole through the lens, pianist Vinheteiro performs a brief snippet from 26 different classical pieces of music, each starting with a different letter of the alphabet. We never knew what Gymnopedie No. 1 was called, but we recognized it immediately.

Doctor Who Theme Violin Cover

Doctor Who Theme Violin Cover

Musician Taylor Davis presents a beautiful multitrack violin version of the famed theme from Doctor Who, ready to send us on a journey through space and time without leaving the comfort of our desks.

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

In a video that is the very embodiment of “don’t try this at home,” guitarist Davidlap performs a brief solo while it looks like his hands are ablaze. He created special gloves to protect his hands from injury, and the fire was far enough from the guitar that it didn’t get damaged.

Queen in the ’80s

Queen in the ’80s

After filling our eyes and ears with some of Queen’s most epic performances of the 1970s, the official Queen channel is back with a reel of the band’s best moments in the decade of Pac-Man and big hair. Despite the controversy, we never thought adding synths hurt their sound.

Bill Bailey: Major/Minor

Bill Bailey: Major/Minor

“It makes it sound a bit Russian.” In his segment at the We Are Most Amused and Amazed 2018, comedian and musician Bill Bailey focused on the difference between the major and minor keys, and gamely provided transposed examples to prove his point.

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Floppy to the Danger Zone

Floppy to the Danger Zone

World-famous computer parts orchestra The Floppotron is back with another meme-worthy tune, Kenny Loggins’ track, Danger Zone, best known for its appearances on the Top Gun soundtrack – and its even better use in Archer.

Detroit Rock Lobster

Detroit Rock Lobster

Everybody’s rockin! Get up! Everybody’s gonna move their feet! Remix artist DJ Cummerbund brings us another unlikely pairing: KISS and The B-52s, two groups at their peak of popularity around the same time, but each with something very different to bring to the table.

Thriller: Fingerstyle

Thriller: Fingerstyle

It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark… Fortunately, musician Luca Stricagnoli is here to shine his light on it, with a simply fantastic fingerstyle cover version of Michael Jackson’s 1984 megahit Thriller.

Sounds of a Glass Armonica

Sounds of a Glass Armonica

Composer William Zeitler demonstrates a strange and wonderful musical instrument. The glass armonica was invented by Benjamin Franklin back in 1761, and is a spinning series of custom-blown wine glasses, each of which plays a different musical note based on its size.

Rick and Morty: Jazz Edition

Rick and Morty: Jazz Edition

Get Schwifty with musician Scott Bradlee (of Postmodern Jukebox fame), as he performs his arrangement of the theme song from Rick and Morty, played in a smooth, jazzy style. We’d love to see the versions of Rick and Morty that exist in the jazz quadrant of the multiverse.

Africa on Squash and Sweet Potato

Africa on Squash and Sweet Potato

By now, you’ve heard a thousand and one cover versions of Toto’s Africa, and it’s starting to wear out its welcome. But we couldn’t resist posting Toni “Pupsi” Patanen’s version, in which he performs the track using some delicious veggies and fruits. More edible fun here.

Reggie Watts Does Radiohead

Reggie Watts Does Radiohead

A bit from a 2012 Central Park performance by Reggie Watts in which he replicated the esoteric and offbeat sounds of Thom Yorke and the gang from Radiohead. It’s so spot-on that some are calling it a “cover” rather than a “parody.” Download or stream the track here.

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Shut Up and Dance with Strings

Shut Up and Dance with Strings

Aussie string quartet Dolce Ensembles provides their own upbeat interpretation of Walk the Moon’s 2014 pop hit Shut Up and Dance, performed on violin, viola, and cello. We especially enjoyed the plucky pizzicato bit.

Fingerstyle Movie Music

Fingerstyle Movie Music

While it’s in no way a comprehensive collection, musician Marcos Kaiser’s compilation of 12 classic movie themes performed on his acoustic guitar will bring back lots of memories, and occasionally tug at your heartstrings.

Miserlou: Violin, Piano & Cello

Miserlou: Violin, Piano & Cello

Miserlou was made famous by Dick Dale and Pulp Fiction. But it originated as a traditional mediterranean song. Here, the track both returns to its roots and gets a fresh coat of paint courtesy of violinist Caroline Campbell, pianist William Joseph, and cellist Tina Guo.

Queen in the 70s

Queen in the 70s

Love the music of Queen? Then tune in for the next 43 minutes and enjoy this epic compilation from the official Queen YouTube channel including 11 incredible live performances from their heyday, including Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, and Don’t Stop Me Now.

A Christmas Rock Medley

A Christmas Rock Medley

Enjoy some holiday classics with a little extra edge, courtesy of musician Richard Campbell, who infuses some hard rock verve into tunes like I Saw Three Ships, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and Carol of the Bells with this fun and energetic medley.

A Very Spidey Christmas

A Very Spidey Christmas

A Very Spidey Christmas is an EP consisting of Spider-Man-themed Christmas songs sung by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse voice actors Shameik Moore, Chris Pine and Jake Johnson. We hope they release another one with Spider-Ham and Spider-Man Noir.

The Christmas Chord

The Christmas Chord

Ever wonder what it is about a song that makes it feel “Christmassy?” Vox explores how some secular Christmas hits share a common musical thread through the use of a specific chord progresssion. Guess we better get to work on our big holiday hit for next year.

Heat Miser: Ska Edition

Heat Miser: Ska Edition

Do you prefer your winters warm? Then you were probably rooting for the Heat Miser in the Rankin/Bass classic The Year Without Santa Claus. Now, enjoy the Heat Miser’s song like you’ve never heard it before, courtesy of the Ska Tune Network.

Somebody to Love: Brass Edition

Somebody to Love: Brass Edition

While it’s not quite the spectacle of 28 people playing Bohemian Rhapsody on trombones, musician Seb Skelly’s 10-part brass cover version of Queen’s 1976 classic Somebody to Love is still fantastically entertaining.

Record Props

Record Props

One of the great things about vinyl records is that they’re display worthy. Record Props gives you a variety of options to show off your records and their sleeves. You can set the sleeve on a tabletop, or hang the record and its sleeve on your wall.

Such Great Heights on Marimba

Such Great Heights on Marimba

Music teacher and arranger Michael Charles Smith knows how to get the most out of the marimba, as is demonstrated by his students Preston Bushnell, Sophia Domreis, Tyler Griffith, and Baden VanHuis cover of The Postal Service’s 2003 classic Such Great Heights.

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