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Henry Hoover Dreams of Africa

Henry Hoover Dreams of Africa

Despite being known as Henry Hoover, the kooky canister vacuum isn’t made by Hoover. But that doesn’t matter right now. Instead, the perpetually-smiling cleaner ponders bigger questions, and dreams about another life – as a musician. And he gets his wish at 2:53.

The LED Piano

The LED Piano

This slick piano has an display on top which shows the upcoming notes a la music video games, and LEDs that light up in reaction to the keys its pianist hits. Sadly, you can’t purchase this custom keyboard, so we’ll just have to drool over Rousseau’s one-off creation.

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Weird Al x Portugal. The Man

Weird Al x Portugal. The Man

Feel it Still from beloved Oregon-based group Portugal. The Man is, as we know, super catchy – but how much catchier is it when Weird Al does a remix? You can decide while you let the happy accordion sounds roll around in your ears.

Namco Museum Greatest Hits Vinyl

Namco Museum Greatest Hits Vinyl

A limited-edition record packed with music and sound effects from classic Namco arcade games like Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Rally-X, Mappy, Galaga, Xevious and more. Each disc is pressed in sweet “pixel explosion” vinyl, and comes with an 8-page booklet about the games.

Harman Audio: Insider Experience

Harman Audio: Insider Experience

We had the tremendous opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Harman Audio facility in Los Angeles, where we learned that it’s not just a bunch of audio engineers pointing and deciding; there is a human element to the products and the passion behind them.

Gonna Fly Now

Gonna Fly Now

Getting strong now! Russian musician Logachev Andrey turns in a memeworthy performance of Bill Conti’s Gonna Fly Now from Rocky, playing all parts of the triumphant track on his trumpet, flute, and accordion. If you don’t feel like a champ after watching this, you’re dead inside.

Angels in Heaven

Angels in Heaven

Wind down that long day of yours by hitting the refresh button in your head and listening to this bluesy gospel tune from Ashville-based artists Chris Rodrigues and Abby the Spoon Lady, jamming right on her porch. (Thanks Rob!)

Haim: Valentine

Haim: Valentine

Think three talented sisters rocking out is cool? Now add a drum circle and an intimate short film from Paul Thomas Anderson and put it all together – it’s Haim’s new LP Something to Tell You being recorded. A valentine (with one f bomb) for the ears for sure.

Deal: Minim Mobile Music Maker

Deal: Minim Mobile Music Maker

Create music on the go with this wireless controller which works in conjunction with MIDI music sequencing software on Macs or iOS devices. It has 8 pads, 15 buttons, a touch fader, and a 3D motion sensor, and is the same width and height as an iPhone 6 Plus or 7 Plus.

Musical Matchboxes

Musical Matchboxes

There are lots of different things you can use to create rhythms, but we find the sounds created by musician Dominik Schad and his boxes of matches to be particularly pleasing to our ears. Even better with headphones on.

Hotel California A Capella

Hotel California A Capella

Cuban group Vocal Sampling turns in a wild performance of The Eagles’ classic Hotel California, creating not just harmonies, but every musical instrument with their voices. Their version of Every Breath You Take might even be better.

Gangsta’s Paradise: 1920s Style

Gangsta’s Paradise: 1920s Style

Vocalist Robyn Adele Anderson and Postmodern Jukebox crank out a jazzy rendition of Coolio’s classic Gangsta’s Paradise, set in the heart of the prohibition era. We kept expecting Nucky Thompson to make an appearance.

Underwater Audio Swimbuds

Underwater Audio Swimbuds

Your favorite swimmer will love the great sound and fit of Underwater Audio’s Swimbuds Sport Headphones. Four different styles of earbuds are included so surfers, runners and bikers aren’t left out. Need a waterproof player? They’ve got you.

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Concert in a Closet

Concert in a Closet

Is there anything that Rob Scallon can’t play? Here he is in a tiny closet, playing a concert with the smallest bass on the market – a tiny ukulele-sized bass thumping out the jams – and the smallest amp and pedal set up too.

Worst DJ

Worst DJ

Kevin Wang, aka Best Drops Ever, collaborated with popular Vine guy Neat Dude to put together this amusing vid of what happens when a bunch of dudes are trying to have some fun in da club – with a horrible DJ. Music has charms, people.

The Listening Tree

The Listening Tree

Near the burgeoning Fremont East District in Las Vegas sits The Listening Tree from George Zisiadis. It invites the public to discover the joy of music through tree-suspended headphones, each playing a continuous unique song.

PMJ: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

PMJ: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

We’re enjoying this alternate old-timey, BioShock Inifinite-styled waltz arrangement of Cyndi Lauper’s pop anthem Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by the Postmodern Jukebox. No Elizabeth or Captain Lou Albano either. (Thanks Molly!)

Thunderstruck on White Lightning

Thunderstruck on White Lightning

The moment that you hear the first twang from the banjoist of Finnish bluegrass group Steve ‘N’ Seagulls as he furiously plucks out the familiar opening riff of the standard in AC/DC you know you’re about to be Thunderstruck.

Weird Al: Tacky

Weird Al: Tacky

We are so pleased to share Weird Al’s parody of Pharrell’s Happy from Nerdist, featuring Aisha Tyler, Kristen Schaal and Jack Black, among others. It kicks off his 8 videos in 8 days project. We have missed you, Al. (Thanks Chris!)

History of Rap 5

History of Rap 5

Every time Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake get together it’s a crowd pleaser; their latest collaboration is no exception. Take a break for five minutes and luxuriate in their kooky choreography for Outkast and Drake.

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A History of Recorded Music

A History of Recorded Music

Lovers of Rube Goldberg, music and history, have we got the thing for you – a clever 90 second chronicle of recorded music, told through spoken word and a chain reaction show made from assorted musical equipment. (Thanks Steve!)

Every Trent Reznor Song

Every Trent Reznor Song

Fred Scott professes that Trent Reznor is one of his musical heroes but that doesn’t keep him from playfully but perfectly calling out the Nine Inch Nails frontman on his rather reliable songwriting process. (Thanks G. Pelabras!)

Guitar Wing

Guitar Wing

An innovative add-on for guitar and bass players, the Guitar Wing lets you wirelessly control DAWs, MIDI effects units and even synths from the edge of your instrument. It offers pads, buttons, faders and a 3-axis motion sensor.

Dad Metal

Dad Metal

Just because your partying days are behind you doesn’t mean you can’t continue to rock. See for yourself as the best death and grind metal is gently combined with parenting reminders in this hilarious Funny or Die vid. (Thanks Spencer!)

James Brown Soul Train Megacut

James Brown Soul Train Megacut

Put on your hot pants, get up offa that thang, and crank up your speakers for the next 45 minutes to honor The Godfather of Soul in this great compilation of all of his performances from Soul Train back in the 1970s.

NYC Trumpet Player

NYC Trumpet Player

(NSFW: Language) Ah, Gotham. If you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere. Or get lambasted by a random stranger while practicing your musical instrument. This is why we love New York. (Thanks Disco Chicken!)

Muppets: Blurred Lines

Muppets: Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke’s song is still rattling around in our brains, so we’re enjoying this minute long Sesame Street/Muppet video version. Also Grover as Pharrell is pleasing us.

Duke Dumont: Need U (100%)

Duke Dumont: Need U (100%)

The music video for dance DJ Duke Dumont’s Need U (100%) is about a man who somehow ends up with a cassette tape player inside his belly. It doesn’t bother with the how or why; and neither should we.

Phoenix: Trying to Be Cool

Phoenix: Trying to Be Cool

Directed by CANADA, this energetic video for the new song from Phoenix was shot live with two separate camera crews who kept having to run and set up for the next shot before the visible countdown timers ran out.

Blurred Lines Improv

Blurred Lines Improv

The Collective Cadenza is working on a series of videos that are conceived of, rehearsed, and performed in less than one hour with songs currently hot in pop culture. We especially enjoy the festive horn section and Pharrell substitute.

SOTRW: Stratospheric

SOTRW: Stratospheric

We thought this was pretty great, but then we saw Todd Edwards’ spectacular homage to 80’s movies and music in Story of the Running Wolf’s latest video. Limahl, Laura Branigan and A-Ha would be so proud. (Thanks Ben!)

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