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Watch Wet Leg perform on the Tiny Desk Concert

The fantastic band Wet Leg, hailing from Isle of Wight, appeared on NPR's Tiny Desk (Home) Concert today. Watch them perform "Chaise Longue," "Too Late Now," "Oh No," and "Wet Dream"
Tags: Video, Music, News, Npr

Stephen Sondheim teaching "Send in the Clowns"

We lost a true genius of musical theater with the passing of Stephen Sondheim last week. This video is a lovely little masterclass in musical coaching and a great way to remember the talent and the sweetness of this great artist of the 20th century. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Obituaries, Stephen Sondheim, Musical Theater

Watch the moment Paul McCartney composed "Get Back"

In one of many magical moments in Peter Jackson's documentary The Beatles: Get Back, Paul McCartney writes "Get Back." "We were sitting in the studio and we made it up out of thin air … we started to write words there and then … when we finished it, we recorded it at Apple Studios and made it into a song to roller-coast by," McCartney said in The Beatles Anthology.
Tags: Video, Music, News, Paul Mccartney, Peter Jackson, Beatles, Mccartney, Apple Studios, Get Back Loretta

Commuter by Ceephax Acid Crew is a treat for the eyes and ears

Commuter is an excellent song by Ceephax Acid Crew, whose music videos never contain a dull moment. The video to "Commuter" is full of trippy surprises, and you should check it out if you're in need of something mind-bending today. Ceephax Acid Crew (born Andy Jenkinson) is the brother of Squarepusher (Tom Jenkinson), who also makes awesome electronic music. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Music, News, Tom Jenkinson, Andy Jenkinson

Legendary photographer Mick Rock, "the man who shot the '70s," RIP

Legendary music photographer Mick Rock, known as "the man who shot the 70s," has died at age 72. Rock captured iconic images of Lou Reed, Queen, Debbie Harry, the Ramones, Iggy Pop, Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett, and, of course, David Bowie, including directing Bowie's videos for "Space Odyssey," "Life on Mars," "Jean Genie," and "John, I'm Only Dancing." — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Photography, Video, Music, News, David Bowie, Photographers, John, Lou Reed, Bowie, Mick Rock, Space Odyssey Life

Listen: Susanna Hoffs covers "Him or Me — What's It Gonna Be?" and "Time Will Show the Wiser" on her new album

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Susanna Hoffs (@susannahoffsofficial) Susanna Hoffs, founding member of The Bangles, has a new album out called Bright Lights and I've listened to it a bunch of times already. Hoffs is great at covers of 60s songs (her three-album series with Matthew Sweet is one of my favorites) and Bright Lights has some excellent reinterpretations of folk rock and garage...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Susanna Hoffs, Hoffs

Man serenades wild fox with his banjo playing. Fox returns for an encore.

I already liked fine banjo playing but now I also have appreciation for wild foxes' musical taste. (Thanks, UPSO!)
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If you're a swinging larva, this coo-coo album is for you!

Songs For Swinging Larvae is a totally coo-coo album by Renaldo and the Loaf. It's part of the Resident's record label, Ralph Records. Gary Panter is the mastermind behind the awesome cover art. If you're a swinging larva and in the mood to have some fun, blast these tunes in your headphones while you walk around town. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Music, News, Gary Panter, Ralph Records, Renaldo

SpongeBob performs "Gansta's Paradise"

Back in January, I posted someone's very short clip of SpongeBob rapping a bit of "Frycook's Paradise," thanks to the deep learning magic of the text-to-speech tool. But that was almost a year ago and the technology, along with SpongeBob's skills, has improved by leaps and bounds as evidenced by the above, produced by Negan Jeffrey.
Tags: Video, Music, News, Funny, Parody, Cartoons

Here are a few guitar scales that sound good over major chords

I always love it when a new short by music aficionado Rick Beato is waiting for me in my YouTube subscriber queue. His simple, under-one-minute videos don't come too often (his educational music videos usually run anywhere from 7 to 50 minutes long), but when they do, I know I'm in for a fun micro-lesson on scales, chords, guitar techniques, or music tips in general. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Rick Beato, Micro-lessons, Rick Beato shorts

Watch Billie Eilish sing a duet with The Count on Sesame Street

Inspiring artist Billie Eilish hung out on Sesame Street where she sang a duet with The Count! They performed Eilish's stunning song "Happier than Ever" with reimagined lyrics about "how when they're counting together, numbers sound so much better and it makes them happier than ever!" — Read the rest
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Saturday listening: Peaceful Snow Lounge Corps by Death in June

Lately, I haven't been able to stop listening to the instrumental version of Peaceful Snow Lounge Corps by Death in June, a neofolk group that has been making great music since 1981. Peaceful Snow Lounge Corps (Instrumental) is an enchanting album they released in 2010, featuring 2 hours of piano songs. — Read the rest
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Watch this "Leotallica" music video for a perfect disco-metal mashup

Known for seamlessly mix-matching music genres (like that of country's Hank Williams and rock's Van Halen, or "Vank Walen"), Bill McClintock is at it again. This time, with "Leotallica," his masterful editing skills add edge to Leo Sawyer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" (yes, it's possible) while replacing some of the heavy in Metallica's "Sad But True" with a bump of glitter. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Metallica, Mashups, Van Halen, Hank Williams, Leo Sawyer Meets Metallica, Vank Walen Bill McClintock, Leotallica, Leo Sawyer

Bauhaus's "Bela Lugosi's Dead" stretched into nine hours

Some years ago, Slow Motion Radio time-stretched Bauhaus's 1979 vampire anthem "Bela Lugosi's Dead" into nine hours. Listening to it in its entirety is a piece of goth durational performance art. Oh Belllllaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…
Tags: Video, Music, News, Bela Lugosi, Undead, Goth

Complete instructions for making the "Beatmaster 2000" -sequencer and beat synth

The complete plans for making this amazingly fun synthesizer are available on Instructables. The creator, lonesoulsurfer, provides plans for the circuit board, the colorful front panel, and the wood case. It's beautiful!
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"The Theme For Spirit Halloween" is now an epic musical trilogy, and it's great

In September 2020, songwriter Nick Lutsko wrote a catchy little jingle called "Theme for Spirit Halloween," a sort-of love letter to Spirit Halloween stores. Here's how he describes what happened next: This is the Spark Notes version. And the whole, I guess, kind of joke about that song was it's a theme for Spirit Halloween, but really it was more just a ploy for them to pay me for writing. — Read the rest
Tags: Halloween, Video, Music, News, Musicians, Novelty Song, Nick Lutsko, Spirit Halloween, Theme Songs

Listen to the weirdest Munsters musical album from 1964

Thanks to the ever-delightful Bizarre Albums podcast, I learned that The Munsters release not one but two different albums in 1964. The first one is just some generically delightful 60s music inspired by the show. But the second one, At Home With The Munsters, is where it gets good — a bizarre audio tour of the Munster family home, with songs sung by each of the cast members. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, Musicals, News, Munster, Munsters, Eddie Munster, The Munsters, Rare Albums, Album Art, Bizarre Albums, Halloween Music

The Evil One by Roky Erickson is my favorite album to listen to in October

The Evil One is the legendary Roky Erickson's solo debut album from 1981. Erickson made the album over a two year period after he left the psychedelic rock band, the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, due to his mental health struggles. The album features amazing songs about spooky creatures such as a two headed dog, zombies, vampires, and demons. — Read the rest
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The Wiggles, in their original 1990s line-up, announce reunion tour for "adults only"

childre The original line-up of The Wiggles, the Australian children's musical group that invaded living rooms in the 1990s, are headed out on an arena tour in 2022. No, this isn't a chance for those who grew up Murray, Jeff, Greg, and Anthony to share the, er, magic with their own children. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Music, TV, Kids, News, Australia, Anthony, Children's Television, Murray Jeff Greg

French kids pay respects to Serge Gainsbourg

French pop music legend Serge Gainsbourg was just as famous for his ever-present Gitanes and otherwise perfectly French apparence. On a TV appearance toward the end of his life, he was suprised by a choir of children (Les Petits Chanteurs d'Asnières) in full Gainsbourg regalia—black jacket, gray wig, sunglasses, whisky, cigarette, unshaven—and brought to tears by their homage to one of his classics. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, France, Serge Gainsbourg, Gainsbourg, Ahhhh The French! Champagne, Les Petits Chanteurs

Paul McCartney tells the story of writing Eleanor Rigby

From the Beatles 1966 album Revolver, "Eleanor Rigby" embodied a shift for the band from pop rock and rollers to a more mature group eager to experiment and harness the power of studio production and emerging technology. In the New Yorker, Paul McCartney wrote down the story behind all the lonely people. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Music, News, Poetry, Paul Mccartney, Lyrics, Eleanor Rigby, I Went Into A Dream

Love Your Money is an addictive song by Daisy Chainsaw

Daisy Chainsaw were a short-lived English rock band who made awesome music from 1989 to 1994. Their lead vocalist was KatieJane Garside, who has always been mesmerizing to me in the manic way she sings and performs. Here is the promo video for their song Love Your Money, from their 1992 debut album Eleventeen. — Read the rest
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David Lynch's "Crazy Clown Time" is a wild ride

"Crazy Clown Time" (Official Video) is a song and music video by artist and director David Lynch. Lynch is celebrated for his films and visual art, but his lesser-known musical work is pretty awesome, too. The video features a bunch of seemingly intoxicated party people, losing their minds in a backyard together. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Music, News, David Lynch, David Lynch Lynch, Crazy Clown Time

A squeaky glove compartment accidentally sounds like light jazz

In 2016 a YouTuber found that when he opened his car's glove compartment, it made a squeak that sounded like a light jazz saxophone riff. Last month, a musician named The Kiffness sampled the sound and used it in a new song, which he played in his car, a Honda Jazz. — Read the rest
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Watch the only time Vincent Price performed the "Thriller" rap live

On Friday the 13th in February 1987, a full-moon night, Vincent Price was the guest on the Late Show starring Joan Rivers. This was the only time Price performed his iconic rap from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in a live setting. Darkness falls across the landThe midnight hour is close at handCreatures crawl in search of bloodTo terrorise y'alls neighborhoodAnd whosoever shall be foundWithout the soul for getting downMust stand and face the Hounds of HellAnd rot inside a corpse's ...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Vincent Price, Joan Rivers, Michael Jackson, The Funk Of Forty Thousand Years, Helland

Check out Michael Hearst's song: "Ode to Odd Instruments"

Musician Michael Hearst composed a lovely short song using a bunch of instruments I've never heard of: Space Crickets (made by Dan Steinberg)Aquaphone (made by Dan Steinberg)Peavy Patriot electric bass guitar (purchased for $75 from a Navy dude in Norfolk, VA in 1990.) — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Music, News, Navy, Norfolk VA, Michael Hearst, Dan Steinberg Aquaphone, Dan Steinberg Peavy Patriot

This Nine Inch Nails/Hall & Oates mash-up is a wonderful match made in hell

Bill McClintock brings together Hall & Oates's new wave R&B classic "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" from 1981 with the Nine Inch Nails industrial-funk hit "Closer" (1994) into an oddly killer mash-up. The guitar solo is courtesy of Iron Maiden's "Flight of the Icarus" (1983). — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, Music, News, Oates, Hall Oates, Mash-ups, Bill McClintock, Nine Inch Nails Hall amp

Pharmakon is the solo industrial noise project by badass musician Margaret Chardiet

I love this NSFW video that Margaret Chardiet made with collaborators Jacqueline Castel and Caroline Schub for her track Devour, from her 2019 album Devour. Check out how the grain and static works to obscure and then reveal the various scenes of flesh and destruction that flicker throughout the video. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Music, News, Margaret Chardiet, Caroline Schub, Jacqueline Castel

Barefoot string quartet—floating on a giant violin—performs Vivaldi in Venice

What an incredible project! I came across this giant violin-boat while scrolling through TikTok and had to know more. This is what I learned, via Reuters: Music lovers in Venice were treated to a string quartet playing onboard a large violin-shaped boat as it motored slowly along one of the city's famous canals. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Video, News, Italy, Classical Music, Venice, Vivaldi, Reuters, Violin, Livio De Marchi, Violin of Noah

William Basinki's "Watermusic II" helps me focus every time I listen to it

Watermusic II by William Basinki is the perfect album for when you need to unwind or listen to something calming while you work. Basinki is an American avant garde composer, musician, sound artist, and video artist. He's best known for his album The Disintegration Loops.  — Read the rest
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