Scandinavian metal cover of Toto's "Africa"

Since everyone's doing posts about their favorite cover of Toto's "Africa," here's my frontrunner, because it's very Norwegian: metal and ironic and funny all at once. Read the rest

Watch this fingerstyle guitar maestro cover a-ha's 'Take on Me'

Known worldwide for his incredible fingerstyle guitar covers of popular songs, Alexandr Misko performs a-ha's 1985 hit "Take on Me" in his latest video.

The 20-year-old Russian musician writes, "This song is a tough one to play, but i tried my best!" (He's humble to boot!)

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Mii Channel background music performed by saxophone quartet

Bari S:

My arrangement of the Mii Channel Music for a saxophone quartet. Uses one soprano, one alto, one tenor, and one bari. Video was compiled in Premiere Pro and audio was compiled in Audition. If you like it, make sure to hit that like button and share with friends, family, and strangers alike!

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Listen to a ragtime piano medley of Super Mario Bros. music

Pianist Scott Bradlee gives the old ragtime treatment to Super Mario Bros. It's as if the music was always meant to be played that way.

Here's the obligatory death metal version from the Bowser Castle music:

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My adult novels are being reissued with covers to match Walkaway!

When I first saw Will Stahle's cover art for my novel Walkaway, I was pleased beyond all reason (and not least because I am an unabashed Stahle fanboy, as he is behind some of the greatest covers of our era, from Yiddish Policeman's Union to Autonomous to A Darker Shade of Magic to All the Birds in the Sky). Read the rest

The Floppotron: reclaimed computer hardware as a musical instrument

Paweł Zadrożniak, aka Silent, created The Floppotron, the greatest new musical instrument in recent memory. Here is it playing Through the Fire and Flames from Dragonforce. Read the rest

Metallica's "For Whom The Bell Tolls" played on bells

Rob Scallon performs ingenious and odd Metallica covers, including this new one, "For Whom The Bell Tools" played on bells of all kinds. Perhaps he could encore with a similar reimagining of AC/DC's "Hells Bells."

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Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer as a '50s rhythm and blues song

This peppy little cover by Postmodern Jukebox turned out quite nicely. Read the rest

Peter Sellers recites the Beatles (in funny voices)

Robbo writes, "Peter Sellers recorded a series of performances, in a variety of voices, reciting the lyrics of popular Beatles songs. It is demented weirdness - and perfect in all its madness." Read the rest

Bulgarian guitarist covers Aerosmith's "Dream On."

Guitarist Eva Vergilova, from Sofia, Bulgaria, posts videos of herself playing classic rocks songs on the electric guitar. Here's her rendition of Aerosmith's "Dream On." Last year she covered Prince's "Purple Rain." Read the rest

Blue Monday performed with obsolete instruments

This "olden style" rendition of the New Order classic Blue Monday uses only instruments available in the 1930s. Performed by Orkestra Obsolete, it features a theremin, a musical saw, a hammered dulcimer, a zither, and singing glasses.[BBC via Open Culture] Read the rest

"Break On Through (To the Other Side)" performed on vintage electronic equipment

Here's bd594's catchy cover version of the Doors' 1966 hit, “Break On Through (To the Other Side)” performed using old computer equipment. The first half of the video is an instrumental version. The second half has a version with vocals provided by a speech synthesizer.

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Music: "Mama Told Me Not to Come," Stereophonics feat. Tom Jones

A great cover. They are having fun, son. Read the rest