Pussy Riot’s new video “Police State” released on today’s anniversary of the 2016 US presidential election

On this anniversary of 2016 US presidential election, Russian punk activists Pussy Riot have released their rather provocative new video for the track "Police State." Directed by Matt Creed, the clip stars a police baton-wielding Chloë Sevigny. https://youtu.be/oaZl12Z5P7g “What was in fact blown up on 8th of November 2016 was the social contract, the paradigm…

Listen to this 1930s jazz style cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ by Wayne Brady, Postmodern Jukebox

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox band teamed up with Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) to bring us this 1930s jazz style cover of Michael Jackson's 1983 hit "Thriller," complete with zombie tap dancers. https://youtu.be/td-_pUPVjdo The band is currently on a worldwide tour. For nostalgia's sake, here's the music video for the original: https://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaA Source: Boing…

More songs’ emotional moods inverted with key changes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=31&v=J-gf_bxV00s The Week catches up on a few years' worth of "minor to major" edits to well-known sad or dark songs, upsetting the mood to happy or humorous effect. Embedded here is The Godfather theme, which when modified sounds rather like the theme tune to the arcadian British show Last of the Summer Wine, about…

A fun, multi-instrument cover of ‘Hey Ya!’ by Walk off the Earth

You probably remember indie Canadian band Walk off the Earth from their 2012 viral cover of Gotye's "Somebody that I used to know." In the video, five band members cover the song by playing just one guitar... all together. https://youtu.be/Z7R8XRKqHAI Well, they're still doing their thing, and by "doing their thing," I mean "covering pop…

How musician Dan Deacon collaborated with real rats for the Rat Film soundtrack

Today, Dan Deacon, composer of avant-EDM, freaky electro, and contemporary classical works, released his score for Theo Anthony's new documentary Rat Film, about the history of Baltimore told through its rodent population. Deacon's collaborators for the score? Actual rats. From NPR's All Things Considered, Deacon's explanation of how the rats worked with him on the…

Hear Radiohead and Hans Zimmer’s collaboration “(Ocean) Bloom”

In collaboration with Hans Zimmer, Radiohead reworked their track "Bloom" from The King of Limbs into an epic orchestral number that seems just perfect for its intended use, in the soundtrack for Sir David Attenborough's new BBC documentary Blue Planet II. According to Thom Yorke, "Bloom" was originally inspired by the first Blue Planet series…

For the song’s 40th anniversary, Depeche Mode covers David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’

The story goes that David Bowie wrote "Heroes," with Brian Eno, after spotting a couple kissing at the Berlin Wall. The couple was Bowie's producer and engineer Tony Visconti and his girlfriend Antonia Maass: https://youtu.be/q6yzrZfgQvI Visconti went for a walk by the adjacent Berlin Wall with backing singer Antonia Maass, and this couple then unwittingly…