The music video for System of a Down’s classic 'Chop Suey!' has surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube, making it the first metal song to hit that illustrious mark, Loudwire reports. 'Chop Suey!' joins the company of songs in the YouTube billion club that fall into the hard- or alter-rock category - Guns N’ Roses’ 'November Rain' and 'Sweet Child O’ Mine', Linkin Park’s 'In the End' and 'Numb', and Nirvana’s 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'...

Judging the cover by its cover
November 23, 2020

A great video: The power of album covers

YouTuber and album-cover lover Nathan Zed explains the power of album covers, through examples of great and lousy covers, with wit and sensitivity. A great short video.

California singer-songwriter Emily Jane White has shared a new video for her song 'Surrender' from her last-year's album 'Immanent Fire'. White explains 'Surrender' is about "the global connections between humanity's addiction to fossil fuels, resource extractivism, and climate change, specifically highlighting the fires induced by climate change occurring in Northern California between 2018 and 2020". The video was directed, filmed & edited by Bobby Cochran, who filmed it near White's childhood home on the Mendocino Coast as this year's fires commenced.

Saturday night stream
November 20, 2020

Watch the trailer for the first Bee Gees film

The first trailer for the first feature-length film about Bee Gees, 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart' has been released. Directed by Frank Marshall, who produced 'The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button', the documentary promises an intimate look and the stratospheric rise of Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb, Deadline reports. The docu features rare performance and archival footage of the group, as well as new interviews with Barry Gibb (Maurice died in 2003 and Robin died in 2012), as well as friends, collaborators and other pop musicians like Justin Timberlake and Coldplay's Chris Martin, as well as Noel Gallagher and Joe Jonas who talk about being in bands with siblings.

Spanish charity Asociacion Musica para Despertar (Music Association for Awakening), which tries to improve the lives of dementia patients with music, has released a video of Alzheimer’s patient Marta Gonzalez, a former prima ballerina, who is transformed as she listens to Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake'. Madam Gonzalez passed away shortly after this video was filmed.

Josh Dun from Twenty One Pilots & Matt McGuire from The Chainsmokers played a drum-off in which they played together songs by Jay-Z/Linkin Park, Foo Fighters, N.E.R.D. and others. Their kits are set up across from each other creating an atmosphere of competition as well as togetherness.

November 10, 2020

Brian Eno releases his first video

Brian Eno has debuted his first-ever music video - for 'Decline and Fall' from his upcoming compilation, 'Film Music 1976-2020'. 'Decline and Fall' originally appeared in a chilling Brazilian serial killer biopic 'O Nome da Morte' ('A Man Called Death'), by Henrique Goldman, who directed the video. The clip cautions against the evils of greed using two overlapping narratives - one focuses on mankind’s destruction of the Earth for capitalist gain (deforestation, wildfires), while the other follows an assassin who kills for money.

Shadow of the moon
November 07, 2020

That funny DJ Shadow video wins an award

Video for DJ Shadow ft De La Soul’s 'Rocket Fuel' won the Video of the Year award at the UK Music Video Awards 2020, and three more awards, Music News reports. The Sam Pilling-directed video for 'Rocket Fuel' is a comic recreation of the Apollo 11 mission as a staged event that goes catastrophically awry. Anton Tammi, director of four interconnected music videos to accompany The Weeknd’s latest album 'After Hours', won the highly prized Best Director award, and also Best Pop Video International for the video for 'Blinding Lights'.

Reddit user Minh1905 shared a video of a baby crying, with Slipknot coming to rescue. A dad holds his baby in his lap, until he plays 'Psychosocial' when the baby stops crying, actually it seems it really enjoys the song.

Last year 2019 Massive Attack commissioned the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research to report on the live music industry and make recommendations for decarbonisation of live music events. An exemplar show was planned in Liverpool for October 2020 in the form of a collaboration between the band, the City, Tyndall, Ecotricity, The Good Business Festival & other partners, which couldn't have happened. New short documentary reports on their efforts so far.

A great short documentary 'A Sweet Pain: The Rebel Synths of Cabo Verde', based on an amusing myth about a ship headed to Rio De Janeiro carrying keyboards and synthesizers by Moog, Farfisa, Hammond and Korg. The ship gets lost near the Cabo Verde islands, where the descendants of African slaves find the instruments and develop, in resistance to the Portuguese authorities, music that celebrates life and joy, as opposed to Saudade, a nostalgic feel inherent to the Portuguese. ISCHIFI tells the story.

The desert session
October 27, 2020

A cool video: Yawning Man playing in the desert

Pioneering and influential desert rock band Yawning Man decided to do something special for their fans in the pandemic so they performed at the iconic Giant Rock in the Mojave Desert and filmed it for an album/film release coming October 30. Filmed live in the early morning hours of May, in the environment that inspires Yawning Man’s spacious, expansive and cinematic music, it turns out to be the perfect venue for the band.

Adele brought a few jokes, including on herself, on the Saturday Night Like. "I know I look really, really different since you last saw me. But actually, because of all the Covid restrictions...I had to travel light and I could only bring half of me," she joked - "and this is the half I chose". She broke into song in a spoof of the reality show 'The Bachelor', where she entered the competition as a female contestant looking for a date; watch that segment below.

Look at all these rap masters posin' on yo' screen
October 19, 2020

Way to go! - Run The Jewels perform online

An awesome performance by the Run The Jewels who did their first live performance since releasing their latest album 'RTJ4'. Killer Mike, El-P, and DJ Trackstar performed the new album in full, and they were joined virtually by several of the album's guests on the big screen behind them - including Zack de la Rocha, Josh Homme, Mavis Staples, Pharrell, 2 Chainz, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Cochemea, and in person by Gangsta Boo and Greg Nice. They did the performance in an empty venue with a full light show.

Apple TV+ has dropped the first trailer for Bruce Springsteen’s 'Letter to You' documentary on the recording of his upcoming album, the first collaboration with his E Street Band since 2014. “I’m in the middle of a 45-year conversation with the men and women I’m surrounded by,” Springsteen says in voiceover - “the years of playing together have created an efficiency in the studio. Ideas tumble around the room, confusion often reigns. And then, suddenly, dynamite. Alright, what can I say? The greatest thrill of my life is standing at that microphone with you guys behind me. Let’s do it”.

Fleetwood Mac singer Mick Fleetwood started a TikTok account and his first video is a recreation of the viral skateboarding video showing TikToker Nathan Apodaca riding a skateboard while drinking juice and lip-synching to Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams'. Apodaca uploaded the post last month, it quickly went viral and now has 22 million plays. Mick Fleetwood's only video already has 3.6 million.

10-year-old drummer phenomenon Nandi Bushell has penned a theme song for her rival-idol Dave Grohl called 'Rock and Grohl, the Epic Battle', following a theme song Grohl wrote for Bushell last month, Louder reports. Sharing her original song on YouTube, Bushell wrote - “Mr Grohl. The song you wrote for me was truly, truly EPIC! You really are LEGENDARY! I wrote a song for you to say THANK YOU! I made up and played all the instrument parts myself, just like you! It’s called ‘ROCK and GROHL, The EPIC Battle’... Whoever wins this round, it’s been an HONOUR to battle you. The Rock Gods of old are happy!".

Billie Eilish shared a music video for 'No Time to Die', her theme song to the new James Bond movie. The black-and-white clip features scenes from the new film, and it was directed by Daniel Kleinman, who has designed every title sequence for the Bond series since 1995.

Fleetwood Mac's 1977 hit song 'Dreams' climbing the charts again after a TikToker Nathan Apodaca went viral on the platform for a video where he's seen chugging a litre of juice while skating around town and lip-syncing to 'Dreams', Billboard reports. Captioned 'Morning vibe', the seconds-long clip currently sits at 3.4 million views on TikTok after being posted only five days ago; Apodaca's Instagram cross-post has an additional 3.1 million views. Apple Music reported 221 percent increase in streams of the song, while Spotify reported an increase of 127 percent and Shazam clocked in with a whopping 1,137 percent increase. Meanwhile, sales of the track have nearly tripled since the weekend. Apodaca himself is seeing increased success in the clip’s wake, as well - he’s received over $10,000 in donations over the last five days; he lives in an RV outside his brother’s home, TMZ reports.

Reality weirder than ol' Weird Al
October 01, 2020

Weird Al makes a 'We're Doomed' political video, featuring Trump & Biden

Weird Al Yankovic has teamed with The Gregory Brothers and made an autotuned remix of the presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Weird Al takes over as moderator, with Trump and Biden's more memorable lines turned into hooks.

Beastie Boys are sharing their final concert ever, their 2009 headlining performance at Bonnaroo, for free on YouTube all weekend long. They didn't know it then, but it was their last concert - barely a month later, Adam “MCA” Yauch was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer, in 2011 the band released 'Red Hot Sauce Committee Part Two', and a year later Yauch died. High-quality audio and considerably detailed camera shots make the video that more special.

MC Don't
September 24, 2020

Why aren't there rap cover songs?

Rockers cover rock songs, jazz musicians play other jazz musicians, whereas in hip-hop it's really hard to find a rapper covering other rapper's song. Music YouTuber Adam Neely tries to explain why.

Canadian indie-rock musician Rich Aucoin made a simply great video for his new song 'Walls' with a simple idea - he recreated 20 of the most iconic music videos of all time, including Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', Prince's 'When Doves Cry', Jamiroquai's 'Virtual Insanity', Beyonce's 'Single Ladies', Radiohead's 'Just', Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody', Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic', Run DMC & Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way' and other. At first, they're separate, but by the end of the video Beyonce ends up with OK Go, Madonna with the Beastie Boys etc.

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