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Violinist Jeffrey Ding He has mastered the art of handling a lightsaber. Instead of using his saber to defend the Republic from the rising sect of the evil Sith Lords, he uses it to play beautiful music. Maybe there’s a place for him in the Cantina Band or at Maz Kanata’s new place?
I’ve never been a fan of those wretched Ewoks or their “Ewok Celebration” song from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, which was virtually unavoidable on the radio in 1983, some 14 years before it was scrubbed from the special edition (perhaps one of the few good things to come out of the re-release). However, I may be forced to soften my position on “Yub Nub.”
Why? Musician Chris Nandor, aka Pudge, has released a performance of “Ewok Celebration” that’s almost … heartfelt. Seriously, it may be good enough to make you shout, “Allay loo ta nuv!”
In the never-ending parade of Star Wars merchandise (both official and unofficial) that’s ranged from shower heads to porch-light covers to a moving refrigerator, this items stands apart. Although, of course, it can be easily toppled by a tiny snowspeeder and towing cable.
It’s a one-of-a-kind Star Wars AT-BT Boombox (the letters stand for All Terrain Beats Transport, yo), which can stomp out Rebel forces even as it pumps of the jam.
The Pokémon theme is so memorable, and so catchy, that its mere mention can trigger spontaneous, heartfelt outbursts of “I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was.” (You’re humming it now, aren’t you?) But no matter how many times you’ve watched the opening of the animated series, and belted out the song along with it, you’re probably never heard it performed quite like this.
Singer Sara Niemietz slows things down with this terrific jazz rendition of the Pokémon theme, backed by Scott Bradlee & Friends, injecting some sophistication into a cartoon about kids training pocket monsters to battle each other.
Michigan State University’s Spartan Marching Band transformed into the Merry Marvel Marching Society on Saturday, saluting the Marvel Universe during halftime of the game against Michigan.
During the six-minute-plus choreographed performance, the band gave musical nods to Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, The Avengers and, yes, even the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon.
Following its release of the Superman: The Animated Series die-cut vinyl, Mondo has decided to give the Man of Steel’s opposite number some time in the spotlight. Or is that spot-dark? Low-light? Dang it, I can never get the hang of Bizarro-speak.
In any event, the art boutique has announced the Bizarro Superman: The Animated Series single, cut in the shape of the character’s backward-“S” emblem. The purple vinyl features Shirley Walker’s theme music, just like the previous release, but with a twist: The record plays from the inner-most groove out. So, yeah, Bizarro.
Not waiting until Batman Day, Mondo has announced it will release a Batman: The Animated Series vinyl box set, featuring the musical scores from 16 episodes.
As IGN details, Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative created new artwork for each of the episodes, represented on eight vinyl covers, including “Two-Face,” “On Leather Wings,” “Beware the Gray Ghost,” “Mudslide,” “Joker’s Favor,” “The Man Who Killed Batman” and “If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?”
YouTube singer Mr. Dooves of Triforcefilms has taken his love of Saturday morning cartoons to a new level, performing dozens of amazing covers of hit cartoon theme songs in a capella, from Danny Elfman’s “Batman: The Animated Series” to the 90’s “Spider-Man: The Animated Series.” Remarkably, he’s also a solo act, taking on a handful of different parts in order to authentically nail the sound of the original song.
In addition to cartoon themes like “Teen Titans” and “Justice League,” Mr. Dooves has tackled various video game themes, including the “Final Fantasy” series, “Call of Duty” and “Super Mario 64.” Check out a few of his covers below and over a hundred more on his YouTube channel.
Editor’s Note: This video contains mature (and violent) content.
It’s not always easy when you follow a band that’s, say, less than prolific; the wait between release, and tours, can seem unbearable. So pity fans of Batman and the Children of Batman, who haven’t performed since July 2014’s “Batmetal.”
But now Gotham’s finest head-bangers are back with — what else? — “Batmetal Returns,” a no-holds-barred cover of Dethklok’s “Murmaider” that sees horrible things done to beloved childhood favorites Ariel, SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward and Nemo. Oh, and Aquaman, who’s their undersea captive.
In a perfect world, the second standalone Star Wars film, following Rogue One, would star Darth Vader and Boba Fett as a pair of chrome helmet-wearing electronic dance music DJs who set out on their bicycle and skateboard to recruit young Jedi to the Dark Side and conquer the galaxy with killer beats.
But it’s not a perfect world, so instead we’ll simply enjoy “Dark Punk: The Funk Awakens,” which is all that and more. Directed and produced by Brian Curtin, it’s easily the best Star Wars music video/Daft Punk sendup you’ll see, well, probably ever.
Metal rockers and icons Iron Maiden have been melting faces for 40 years, which happens to be just about as long as arcade games. Noticing the similar timelines, Maiden decided to celebrate the history of digital gaming in the music video for their first new single in five years, “Speed of Light”.
In the clip, the band’s loyal mascot, Eddie, takes a journey through video game history in order to complete a sacrificial offering to, presumably, the Gods of Rock and Roll. He battles his way through four worlds created in the style of four different decades of gaming. From a pixelated climbing game akin to Donkey Kong to a classic side-scrolling action shooter, Eddie takes on baddies of all sorts to reach the heart at the end of each level. After taking down The Beast himself in a Mortal Kombat styled fight, he gets behind the gun in a first-person shooter to beat the final boss.
Nothing says metal quite like a green sweater, pink shirt and spectacles, and nothing says Nedal like the Ned Flanders-inspired band Okilly Dokilly.
The Phoenix-based quintet — Head Ned, Red Ned, Thread Ned, Stead Ned and Bled Ned — calls itself “the world’s only Nedal band,” a claim that’s difficult to dispute. “Most of our songs are direct Ned quotes,” states Okilly Dokilly’s Facebook page.
To accompany the release of The Magic Whip, Blur has teamed with a Hong Kong artist to create a comic inspired by the band’s first studio album in 12 years.
Drawn by KongKee of Penguin Lab, Travel to Hong Kong With Blur pays tribute to the city where the album was recorded, and from which it draws influence.
Three years ago, British musician/DJ/producer Akira the Don performed at the first (and, alas, only) MorrisonCon, and even appeared on a panel with Grant Morrison. Now, it seems, the writer is returning the favor.
This morning, Midnitemen — it’s a collaboration between Akira the Don and Wade Crescent — released the video for its debut single “Killer,” starring none other than Morrison, who does very Morrison-esque things, like glare maniacally.
It’s not only Hollywood that wants in on the superhero action — Nashville is cutting off its own little slice.
This week country music singer Brad Paisley debuted the animated video for “Crushin’ It,” which transforms some of Nashville’s biggest stars into the “Agents of Crush.” It’s a mishmash of superhero universes, with Paisley as the Iron Man parody Steel Moonshiner, Keith Urban as Captain Australia, Kenny Chesney as Agua Man, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw as the Timcredibles, Carrie Underwood as Carrie Underwoman, Little Big Town as the Guardians of the Grand Ole Opry, and so on.