Weird Al’s Isaac Newton vs. Bill Nye Rap Battle

As a huge “Weird Al” fan from back in the day, I kind of have to post this. It’s not Al’s best work. But I would say it is a unique mixture of hilarious, terrible, and hilariously terrible. There’s a whole YouTube channel of these “epic rap battles from history”. You can watch them all [Read More...]

Elton John + System of a Down = “Crocodile Chop”

This mash up of some of System of a Down’s vocals for “Chop Suey” with the instrumentals and wordless vocals of Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock” is a pretty unnerving and intriguing work of serendipitous art in its own right: Bonus, starting at 1:48 you can watch Elton John play Crocodile Rock on The Muppet Show: [Read More...]

A One Woman Band, Kawehi Covers “The Way You Make Me Feel”

In response to the cool video I posted earlier today in which Anthony Vincent sang Katy Perry’s song Dark Horse in twenty different band styles, one of my former online students has directed me to this phenomenal performance of a Michael Jackson classic by a young woman named Kawehi: See and hear more of her [Read More...]

1 Katy Perry Song In 20 Styles (From Nirvana to Sinatra to Michael Jackson and more)

Anthony Vincent of Ten Second Songs has struck on a novel formula. He has taken Katy Perry’s song Dark Horse and made a version that extremely impressively translates it into the musical and vocal styles of twenty major recording artists one at a time. In order of style they are: Katy Perry, Nirvana, Queen, Michael [Read More...]

Ingrid Michaelson’s New Gender Bending Video Homage To Robert Palmer

Last week Ingrid Michaelson, whose music I’ve loved for a long time, came out with a new album Lights Out. The highly polished pop single “Girls Chase Boys” is a sleek and sexy gender-bending homage to Robert Palmer’s iconic¬†“Simply Irresistable” video from the ’80s. The chorus goes:¬†“All the broken hearts in the world still beat, [Read More...]

Green Day’s Dookie Turns 20, I Turn Nostalgic

February 1, 1994 Green Day released their classic album Dookie. Before going any further, ’70s punk fans are among the most sanctimonious purists and moralists in all of music, rivaling even the worst religious people in their self-righteousness, so if they show up in the comments section decrying the abomination of Green Day’s mainstream power [Read More...]

The Amazing New Interactive Video For Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”

In November, Bob Dylan’s legendary song “Like A Rolling Stone”, received its first official video and it is a masterpiece and innovation in the genre. The video has a fascinating interactive feature that lets you change the channels you are watching. Each channel you play features people on real and imagined TV shows mouthing the [Read More...]

What Happens When You Take Away The Glossy Effects and Just Let Pop Stars Sing. The Results Will Change The Way You See Them Forever.

Sometimes there are real artists underneath all the autotuning and banal vocal constrictions of the pop medium. It can be revelatory when you take out the slick production and just let them perform in a stripped down way. Listen to this ear-opening performance by One Direction for example: I’ll never hear these guys the same. [Read More...]

Lily Allen’s New Feminist Song

It’s really hard to do songs that advocate a moral or political point of view without generating unlistenable lyrics. But Lily Allen pulls it off really well here. On Edit: I should be more careful… After only listening to the song but not watching the video while I was surfing around doing other things, I [Read More...]


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