"99 Red Balloons" played on balloons

Andrew Huang plays Nena's 1983 jam "99 Red Balloons" on actual red balloons. But not 99 of them.

Video: girls singing Georgian polyphonic music

It's part of a huge series of the same girls performing some of the loveliest music you're likely to hear.

(via Reddit)

Afghan Whigs releasing mega-reissue of Gentlemen (1993)

On October 28, my friends in the Afghan Whigs are reissuing their classic album Gentlemen packed with 21 bonus tracks, including almost all the record's unreleased demo tracks, lovingly remastered by bassist John Curley, several B-sides, and three live tracks. A deluxe triple vinyl edition will be available at your favorite independent record store on Record Store Day, November 28. I can't fucking wait.

Above, the video for the title track. Below, a 1994 clip of the Afghan Whigs doing their medley of The Supremes' "My World Is Empty Without You" and "I Hear A Symphony," which will also appear on the Gentlemen reissue! (Rolling Stone)

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Listen to a track from the new Aphex Twin record 'Syro'--his first release in 13 years


A long-awaited new release from electronic music master Aphex Twin is trickling out, with today's release of a first track.

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Beastie Boys meet Joan Rivers (1987)

On January 15, 1987, the Beastie Boys appeared on The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

Bob Mould: new video, tour, and Reddit AMA

Did you dig our exclusive interview/performance with legendary punk Bob Mould below? Well now check out the music video above for his track "The War" from the searing new album Beauty & Ruin. Don't miss the strange surprise cameo at the end!

The video is directed by Dave Markey who also made the documentary "1991: The Year Punk Broke." Bob's world tour starts tonight and he and Dave are doing a Reddit AMA on September 9!

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"In The Mood" for three ukes

Byntje Music's rousing arrangement of Glenn Miller's "In The Mood" for three ukuleles. The YouTube post includes links to tabs so you can play along. (via Laughing Squid)

Oscar Peterson gives a piano lesson (1979)

In 1979, jazz legend Oscar Peterson -- called "the Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington -- gave Dick Cavett a lovely TV piano lesson. (Thanks, Gareth Branwyn!)

Reissues of rare New Orleans funk/soul 7"s

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The first-rate crate-diggers at Soul Jazz are reissuing a series of scarce New Orleans funk/soul 7-inches in sweet packaging including this early 1970s smoking groover by Inell Young, "What Do You See In Her." Listen below!

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Video: The history of the violin, throughout music history

CDZA's latest "The Instrumentals" episode explains the “History of the Violin” through song, with violinist Charles Yang.

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Renovation of power station on Pink Floyd "Animals" cover

The decaying chimneys atop London's iconic Battersea Power Station, recognizable from the cover of Pink Floyd's Animals (1977) will be "painstakingly" reconstructed to precisely match the originals as the building is turned into shops, offices, and, yep, luxury condos.

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Relistening to Bowie's Pin Ups

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At Trunkworthy, my pal Gil Kaufman penned an appreciation for David Bowie's "Pin Ups" (1973), his cover album recorded with The Spiders From Mars.

Video: Tower Records, 1971

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Video below of Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, 1971.

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Negativland's "All in Your Head": illegal art about religion, packaged in a Bible

The upcoming 2-CD set, the band's first studio album in six years, deals with "monotheism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, neuroscience, suicide bombers, 9/11, colas, war, and shaved chimps," and is packaged as CD inserts glued to the inside covers of a "found" copy of the King James Bible.

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Martin Scorsese making a movie about The Ramones

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One of numerous projects underway to celebrate The Ramones' 40th anniversary next year is a film involving Martin Scorsese! (Billboard)