If we had to pick three movie songs that gave us the most feels, it would be Jiminy Cricket’s When You Wish Upon a Star, Dorothy’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and Willy Wonka’s Pure Imagination. Brendan Finucane played a heartwarming cover of the track to celebrate the Chicago Waldorf School’s 8th Grade Class of 2020.
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What happens when put two earworms in a jar, poke some holes in its lid, and leave them to get freaky? You end up with something like DJ Cummerbund’s combo of Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer and Lizzo’s Good as Hell. Toss in a little Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, TLC, and Rihanna, and you have a meta-hit on your hands.
Musician Leo Moracchioli rarely busts out the trumpet for his metal and hard rock cover versions of popular songs, but in the case of Robert Palmer’s 1985 hit Addicted to Love, it was the best way to do the song justice. Though Leo’s video seems to be a little light on long-legged models in slinky black dresses.
Yusuf / Cat Stevens teamed up with director Chris Hopewell and Black Dog Films to create an animated music video for his classic Where do the Children Play?, an ecological anthem which is as relevant today as ever. The revamped track will be featured on Tea for the Tillerman², which celebrates his acclaimed 1970 album.
Typewriters have gone the way of the dinosaur, rarely used by anyone but the most hipster of writers these days. But the Boston Typewriter Orchestra continues to get use out of these mechanical office relics, even when forced to work from home due to their in-person concerts being canceled.
“Thou art like an angel. Thy skin makes me cry.” Hildegard von Blingin‘ is back with another medieval cover of a modern song, this time changing up Radiohead’s 1992 classic Creep with a proper old English vibe. Though it’s too bad the “F” word wasn’t in common usage until the 16th century or so.
Vocalist Matthew Van Ness has impressed us with his orchestral vocal covers of the Star Wars and Jurassic Park themes. This time, he did something a little different, but similarly entertaining by turning 100 copies of his voice into the choir from the familiar opening theme from the video game Halo.
Remember that John Hughes movie where Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith engineered their own unrealistic fantasy woman? Well what if her name wasn’t Lisa, but instead was Black Betty? Imagine no longer. Thanks to mashup artist DJ Cummerbund, we have our answer. Bam-ba-Lam, mama-sa, mama-koosa!
“Best ye go, faster than mine arrow…” Hildegard von Blingin’ imagines what pop songs might have sounded like in medieval times. Working with music by Cornelius Link, she revamps the tracks with period-appropriate lyrics and vocals. Here’s her olde tyme take on Foster the People’s 2010 hit, Pumped Up Kicks.
Eight Minutes Upside Down has created a fantastic series of videos which explore the many tracks that sampled sounds from other musicians. In this episode, you’ll hear how electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk influenced artists from Beck to Sir Mix-a-Lot to The Chemical Brothers to Miley Cyrus.
With the NPR offices temporarily off-limits, they’re continuing the Tiny Desk series with new episodes recorded at musicians’ homes. Here, MC Sa-Roc brings her smooth blend of hip hop, soul, social commentary, and spiritualism to bear, with a set of four poetic tracks loaded with meaningful messages. That’s Sol Messiah on DJ duties.
Toto’s 1982 hit Africa has seemingly been covered a million times. But we can say with certainty that this is the first time we’ve heard it played by a pair of high-voltage Tesla coils. We could almost feel the hairs on the back of our neck standing up from the electricity. Performance by Franzoli Electronics.
Music mashup master Bill McClintock is at it again. This time, he managed to combine the Motown sounds of The Isley Brother’s classic Shout! with the metal edge of Motörhead’s Ace of Spades, giving frat boys a whole new kind of chant for their toga parties. Shoo-be-doo-wop-bop.
Musician Luca Stricagnoli continues to wow us with his acoustic fingerstyle guitar performances, this time taking on the 1969 Led Zeppelin rock classic Whole Lotta Love. It’s certainly got a different texture without Jimmy Page’s memorable electric guitar sound, but it’s still pretty awesome.
The Electric Light Orchestra song Mr. Blue Sky is one of the most joyful tunes out there. So it’s no wonder that filmmakers have used it so often to bring a little light into their movies. Editor Jovi Prata compiled this montage of movie scenes that featured the track, from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
Formed way back in 1976, Wire was one of the most influential bands in the UK punk rock scene. So it’s pretty awesome that three of the band’s original members still get together and make music. In this NPR Tiny Desk Concert, they performed a mix of classic and new tracks, which meld as if they were all recorded in the same era.
A crackling fire, advancing a mechanical camera, and a well-struck golf ball are among the most satisfying sounds in the world. Musician Dan Mace recorded and edited together some of these great noises into a soundtrack that’s engineered to be even more satisfying than its individual components.
Jordan Olds of Two Minutes To Late Night put together a work from home rock supergroup, featuring Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, Ryan Primack of Poison the Well, Billy C. Robinson of Cloak, and Chris Maggio of High on Fire and Wear Your Wounds, for an awesome cover version of Guns ‘N’ Roses 1987 classic Rocket Queen.
We were really looking forward to seeing Thom Yorke hit the road this Spring. Sadly, coronavirus caused much of the tour to be postponed. To help tide us over, Thom has released a hypnotic 16-minute mini concert featuring music from his 2014 album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.
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