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Coldplay: Tiny Desk Concert

Coldplay: Tiny Desk Concert

Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland dropped by the NPR offices with a nine-member gospel choir, who provided backing vocals for soulful performances of “Cry Cry Cry,” “Viva La Vida,” “Broken,” a cover of Prince’s “1999,” and their 2019 track “Champion of the World.”

Lovely Day + Lizzo Mashup

Lovely Day + Lizzo Mashup

What happens when your Lovely Day is Good as Hell? We imagine it sounds something like this excellent musical mashup by the guys from Pomplamoose, who managed to seamlessly combine the Bill Withers classic with Lizzo’s 2019 pop megahit into one delightfully upbeat tune.

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King of the Hill Cover

King of the Hill Cover

Musician jbrooks95 shows off his multi-instrumental talents with a cover of The Refreshments’ memorable theme music from Mike Judge’s animated classic King of the Hill. We love how he incorporated the beer can, and used a cymbal to make the triangle sound.

Crazy Acoustic Cover

Crazy Acoustic Cover

Musician Kent Nishimura shows off his fingerstyle acoustic guitar chops yet again with a bright, crisp, and richly-layered cover version of Gnarls Barkley’s 2009 hit track Crazy, a song which seems like the perfect anthem for 2020.

Super Mario Bros. 2 Acoustic

Super Mario Bros. 2 Acoustic

Musician Sam Griffin performs an acoustic classical guitar cover of the tricky Overworld theme from Super Mario Bros. 2, and says its “basically the hardest thing” he’s ever played. If you play guitar and think you’re up to the challenge, you can grab the tabs as a Patreon supporter.

Leonid & Friends: Vehicle

Leonid & Friends: Vehicle

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the The Ides of March track Vehicle, Russian band Leonid & Friends proves once again that they can rock out the big sounds of 1970s funk rock with a fantastic performance, packed with thick horns, a crisp rhythm section, and Leonid passionately belting out the lead vocals.

Take Five: Harmonica Cover

Take Five: Harmonica Cover

Cy Leo, Ivan Chong, Jerry Wong, and Ramiel Leung of the quartet Perfect Fourth turn in a perfectly executed cover version of the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s cool jazz classic Take Five, replacing the piano, drums, flute, and alto sax of the original with harmonicas. They also do a mean version of the William Tell Overture.

Sweet Recorder of Mine

Sweet Recorder of Mine

He’s got a flute it seems to me, reminds me of childhood memories… Musician Danilo D’Ambrosio performs an unexpected cover version of the Guns N’ Roses classic Sweet Child O’ Mine using a variety of wind instruments, including a couple of recorders and whistles.

Metal’s Dumbest Videos

Metal’s Dumbest Videos

(PG-13: Language) “This isn’t metal. It’s just kids in Hot Topic clothes… yelling at me.” Comedian and heavy metal fan Brian Posehn stopped by Loudwire studios to peddle his comedy metal album Grandpa Metal, which pokes fun at the clichés of metal music. He also took a little time to roast some truly awful music videos.

James Brotörhead: Superkill

James Brotörhead: Superkill

Sadly, it’s an impossibility now, but what would have happened if James Brown had joined Lemmy and the band on stage during a Motörhead concert? Well, thanks to mashup artist Bill McClintock, we need wonder no longer. So crank up your volume to 11, and rock out with the Godfather of Soul and the Master of Metal.

Feel Good Inc. on Stylophone

Feel Good Inc. on Stylophone

Steady, watch me navigate, ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Stylophone maestro maromaro1337 performs a great multitrack cover of Gorillaz and De La Soul’s earworm Feel Good Inc., using nothing but inexpensive analog synths to take the place of the vocal and instrumental tracks.

Earth, Wind, Fire & Kids

Earth, Wind, Fire & Kids

Control yourself, take only what you need from the 21st day of September. Remix artist William Maranci performed a wild combo maneuver with this track, which seamlessly mashes up MGMT’s Kids with Earth, Wind & Fire’s September.

Bad Guy on Pumpkins

Bad Guy on Pumpkins

Yeah, yeah, we know. Billie Eilish’s megahit Bad Guy has been covered enough times already. But we couldn’t resist posting Pupsi’s version, performed entirely on pumpkins. Enjoy the extended version, complete with pumpkin carving here.

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The Largest Chord

The Largest Chord

Musicians will get a hoot out of this clip from Leon Waves, which in which he explains the largest chord possible in music theory. Even if you could use every finger and toe to play, you’d need extra limbs and digits to perform it.

New Jack Spring Yard Zone

New Jack Spring Yard Zone

The 8-Bit Big Band takes on a track from the 16-bit era, with an appropriately New Jack Swing interpretation of the music from Sonic the Hedgehog’s notoriously tricky Spring Yard Zone level. The only thing it’s missing are the sounds of the bouncy bumpers and gold rings being collected.

SILENZIUM: Enjoy the Silence

SILENZIUM: Enjoy the Silence

Russian string trio SILENZIUM performs a vibrant cover of the 1990 Depeche Mode classic Enjoy the Silence, putting their own unique spin on the ballad with a nod or two to the original’s music video.

Buddy Holly: 1980s Edition

Buddy Holly: 1980s Edition

Weezer’s power pop hit Buddy Holly paid tribute to the 1950s, and was released in the 1990s, but musician Mick Mazz decided to see what the song might have sounded like had it been released a decade earlier. Between the synthesizers, electronic drums, and saxophone, we think he nailed the sound of the era.

The Evolution of Cartoon Music

The Evolution of Cartoon Music

From the Mickey Mouse to Muppet Babies to the latest Japanese anime, cartoons have a long history of memorable theme songs. Stoic pianist Lord Vinheteiro looks takes us back in the rewind machine with a great medley of songs from animated programs from 1928 to the present day.

SNL: Airport Sushi

SNL: Airport Sushi

John Mulaney rounds out his Diner Lobster and Bodega Bathroom trilogy with another thing none of us should ever do – eat raw seafood at New York LaGuardia Airport, or for that matter, even fly out of the place. This time, Jake Gyllenhal and David Byrne come along and take that ride.

Fly Me to the Moon, Kid

Fly Me to the Moon, Kid

Little Miumiu may only be six years old, but she’s got more talent in her tiny little fingers than most of us have in our big adult hands. Here, she works her magic to charm the Internet with an adorable and endearing cover of the Kaye Ballard/Bart Howard classic “Fly Me to the Moon” (aka “In Other Words“)

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Copyrighting All the Melodies

Copyrighting All the Melodies

At TEDx Minneapolis, lawyer and musician Damien Riehl discussed how lawsuits between songwriters can be bad because there are a finite number of melodies. His project AlltheMusic is hoping to help protect musicians by copyrighting all of the unused melodic sequences and putting them into the public domain.

The Colour of Song (2020)

The Colour of Song (2020)

A wonderful piece of wall art for any music fan, Dorothy’s open edition litho print features the titles of nearly 600 colorful songs, each arranged by the hue in its title. The 2020 edition includes 20 new tracks, and you can listen to all of the songs on this Spotify playlist. Measures 100cm H x 70cm W (~39.3″ x 27.6″).

Think About Things

Think About Things

Icelandic musician Daði Pétursson and his band Gagnamagnið made a silly music video filled with pixel art sweaters, strange looking keytars, awkward dance moves, confetti, and most importantly, a funky and soulful electro-pop track which we’re adding to our heavy rotation list right now.

The HU x Jedi: Fallen Order

The HU x Jedi: Fallen Order

If you’ve never seen Mongolian band The HU live, you owe it to yourself to do so. This video is the next best thing, as the throat-singing hard rockers perform an original song they created for the game Jedi: Fallen Order. Note that they’re not singing Mongolian here, but a unique language created for the Star Wars universe.

These Lyrics Do Not Exist

These Lyrics Do Not Exist

Looking to create your next big hit song? This AI-powered song lyric generator will craft the words for you automatically. Simply select a topic, choose a genre and a mood, and it’ll take care of the rest. Sure, your masterpiece might not make much sense, but that never stopped Duran Duran or David Bowie.

Scatman’s Theme

Scatman’s Theme

Things get really, really strange as the world of Mortal Kombat is invaded by 1990s one-hit wonder Scatman John. Mashup maker DJ Cummerbund’s music video is equally as insane as the musical combination, which manages to bake in some Spice Girls and Nirvana for good measure.

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