Blood sugar Nandi magic
February 24, 2021

Nice: 10-year-old Nandi Bushell covers 'Under the Bridge'

The 10-year-old wunderkind Nandi Bushell shared her version of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 1991 hit 'Under The Bridge'. This time, she played the guitar, drum, bass, and vocal parts. Bushell operates a looping machine for her instrumentals while simultaneously putting on her Anthony Kiedis impersonation.

Iggy Pop opened this year's virtual Tibet House Benefit with a dramatic reading of Dylan Thomas' classic poem 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' against a soundscape created by Noveller and Leron Thomas. Directed by Simon Taylor, it features Iggy Pop staring straight into the camera lens and reciting for 1 minute 47 seconds.

Pussy Riot shared 'Toxic', a new collaborative single with Dorian Electra, produced by 100 gecs’ Dylan Brady who adds plenty of hyper-pop sonics. Nadya Tolokonnikova said “‘Toxic' is political, because personal is political. The single reflects on the importance of self-care, cherishing your mental health and staying away from relationships that poison you", according to Pitchfork.

"I'm a girl from a cotton field that pulled myself above the destruction and the mistakes. And I'm here for you" - Tina Turner says in the official trailer for the documentary 'Tina', which is set to follow her early life and childhood, People reports. The brief interview clip refers to Turner's youth. At 11, Turner's mother Zelma left her family and the abusive relationship she had with Turner's father Floyd. The documentary also features interviews with Tina in her hometown of Zurich, Switzerland and shows new footage, audio tapes, and personal photos.

De La Soul were the latest guests at the animated show 'Teen Titans Go!' where they had their music eaten by an enormous monster, Rolling Stone reports. It's a direct reference to the band's troubles with their publisher. De La Soul are one of the foundational voices of modern rap, but today most of their catalogue remains digitally unavailable, with everything before 2004 missing from streaming services. The reasons are said to involve issues with sample clearance, bureaucratic feet-dragging across Warner and Tommy Boy Records, and muddled contract disputes.

Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West talked to Beatport about the origination of house and techno by African American creators, going into the philosophy of black music. West argues it is a vessel to travel through time and be connected with time and space. He also discusses the hijacking of music made by black people.

Jimmy Page and John Bonham - in one!
February 16, 2021

Impressive! - finger-picking guitarist Marcin plays Led Zeppelin’s 'Kashmir'

20-year-old Polish guitar virtuoso Marcin Patrzalek has gone viral for his cover of Led Zeppelin’s 'Kashmir' in his distinctive percussive finger-picking style. Marcin recorded the video in a parking garage, as he plays the guitar and drum parts of the beginning of the famous song.

10-year-old sensation Nandi Bushell released s drum cover of The Who classic 'My Generation' describing it as - "one of the most difficult covers I have ever made. I think this song really suits my style. Fast, Fun and Rocking with a Punk edge!”. Apart from showing talent and plenty of practice in the video, she’s a bundle of energy and joy behind the kit.

Going B.I.G.
February 16, 2021

Biggie documentary trailer is out

'Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell' docu on the life and career of The Notorious B.I.G. is officially coming to Netflix on March 1, and the streaming service unveiled the first trailer. The documentary is executive produced by the late rapper's mother Voletta Wallace and his friend and collaborator Diddy, both contributing candid interviews to the film.

Releasing neutrinos
February 13, 2021

A lovely concert by the Manchester Orchestra - watch

Manchester Orchestra have just premiered 'A Black Mile To The Surface: The Global Concert Film' which saw the band perform their most recent album - 2017's 'A Black Mile to the Surface' - live in its entirety in Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC, the same location that they recorded the album. The sound is great, as well as the band and the songs (from their, probably, best album).

An all-around nice guy with a profile name Old Composer does a reaction and a breakdown of 'Passenger' by Deftones and Maynard James Keenan of Tool on his YouTube channel. He goes just slightly into theory and really appreciates how the band has built the song. There's plenty of videos he uploaded, one of the newest was his reaction to Mudvayne's 'Dig' which he really - dug! He also did a video 'Why Led Zeppelin KASHMIR Makes Your Face Melt'. He is a composer, real name George “GiBi” del Barrio.

The ear can't hear
February 01, 2021

Why do people lose perfect pitch?

The YouTuber Rick Beato shares a very interesting video about how people lose their perfect pitch, without even realizing it. Beato realized that this happens to almost everybody when they reach 50 years of age, and, interestingly, it's almost always by half step.The ear can't hear

Never too old to get famous
January 31, 2021

110-year-old great-grandmother becomes TikTok sensation

The oldest person in Wales and quite possibly the oldest person on TikTok, the 110-year-old Amy Hawkins has become an overnight singing sensation on TikTok, The Sun reports. Her rendition of the popular World War One song 'It's A Long Way to Tipperary' was captured by her great-grandson on her milestone birthday., and since then the video has clocked up 100,000 views on TikTok. Ms. Hawkins, aged seven at the end of the war, has sung songs from that era ever since, and she was also a performer as a teenager and toured the UK - but her mother banned her from the stage, as it was not "respectable".

Anthony “Bones” Reid has posted a number of videos on YouTube and Facebook showing his impressive use of Chinese hammered dulcimer known as yangqin to cover rock and pop songs. Reid performs under the moniker Horns of Pan, and among his standout performances are covers of Tool’s 'Lateralus' and 'Descending', along with Nirvana’s 'Heart-Shaped Box', The Cure’s 'Close to Me', Radiohead’s 'Like Spinning Plates', Tears for Fears' 'Mad World', and Billie Eilish’s 'When the Party’s Over'.

The flowers of evil
January 27, 2021

Funny and hard to listen to: Artists make ugly music

Music theorist Adam Neely made a challenge - he asked several musicians to make ugly music using the Lydian scale, which is intrinsically pretty. Music is Win, Aimee Nolte, Shubh Saran, Justice Cow and Adam Neely try really hard to make something ugly with a pretty tool.

Filmmaker Jed I. Rosenberg directed a documentary 'System Shock' which provides an intriguing and insightful overview of how the MP3 set in motion a series of events that completely disrupted the music industry. The bottom line of this docu is that the MP3 technology nearly destroyed the music industry, but that its principle made much more money elsewhere.

Jazzy graffiti
January 26, 2021

Video: How jazz influenced painter Basquiat?

Producer Terrace Martin narrates a video about how jazz influenced New York graffiti artist Basquiat. Martin delves into how the genre, and especially artists like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, played a role in his artistic vision.

"My daddy said I am starting to go through an emo phase as I discovered My Chemical Romance this week" - drum wonder-girl Nandi Bushell said about her latest video where she covers dark-emo band's 'Welcome to the Black Parade'. The 10-year old says she loves "being able to let out all my energy after a stressful week of home learning and online exams".

Bring us meme and music and fun
January 24, 2021

Sea shanty music theory - it's antiphonal music perfect for TikTok

Sea shanties are antiphonal music - one where there is a call and an answer in the song - and as such perfectly fitted for TikTok, music theorist Adam Neely says in his latest video about the latest viral trend. Neely, with help from his mom, explains how it works.

A parrot Tico who likes to "sing" classic rock songs by Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Coldplay, U2, Rolling Stones and more, has achieved internet fame this week after the former NBA player Rex Chapman shared a rendition of 'Stairway to Heaven' with his 1.1 million followers on Twitter. The clip amassed over three million views on the platform. Videos have been captured by its owner Frank Maglio, who has been uploading them to his YouTube since April. The parrot doesn’t sing any of the actual words of the songs it “covers”, but is able to quite accurately replicate each track’s vocal melody. Their latest cover - Neil Young's 'Hey Hey My My'.

Scottish postman Nathan Evans has become a worldwide sensation after he posted a shanty song on his TikTok, which has started a new trend. In late December he shared 'Soon May the Wellerman Come', a sea shanty song about sailors on a whale-boat, which went on to become upgraded by other singers, and has reached up millions of views by now. Sea Shanty TikTok has exploded in the meantime, and Spotify also now has a “sea shanty season” playlist. BBC, Guardian, and many others report on the story.

Two rappers moved to the Colorado desert to grow weed and make SoundCloud rap. Their friend, director Marnie Ellen Hertzler visited them for a week to make a documentary. Animal Collective, also deeply affected by life in the desert, made music for it. 'Crestone' had its debut during last year’s virtual SXSW festival, and it is coming out February 16.

A star is being born...
January 15, 2021

A great video for a beautiful new Julien Baker song

Julien Baker has shared an animated music video for her new single 'Hardline', coming out on album 'Little Oblivions' end of February. The stop-motion video was created by Joe Baughman who said he spent 600 hours making it - "a fun and ambitious challenge creating something that could accompany such a compelling song".

DÆMON combines his intense lyricism with industrial hip-hop production by Endgame, a style the duo describes as “cybernetic warfare melodies”, for their new songs 'Eye Teeth', the Fact reports. The video is equally on that level - director Brandon Tauszik captures both artists in a guerilla trip through a sprawling hardware store.

King Crimson's Robert Fripp and his wife Toyah Willcox are just having fun during lockdown covering rock classics, but not really doing it the usual way. Their last cover was Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' with Fripp playing his Les Paul all buttoned up, and Willcox very much not. And she also rides an exercise bike while singing. Previously they covered Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' with a bit of an S&M theme, Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' while in "prison", The Kinks' 'You Really Got Me' with Willcox dressed as the devil, and more.

Super-group Kings of Quarantine, featuring members of Limp Bizkit, 311, Mastodon, Filter, The Used, Veruca Salt, and In Flames, teamed up to perform a socially-distant cover of Jane's Addiction's 'Mountain Song'. The project is in collaboration with the Roadie Relief effort, in hopes to raise awareness for touring industry workers whose jobs have been affected by the pandemic. Buy the song on Bandcamp.

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