Tom Freund has been covering Pete Townshend's 1980 single "Let My Love Open the Door" as a part of his live shows since 2008. Now, with the help of friend and frequent collaborator, Ben Harper, the world has a studio version of this ukulele-driven cover to enjoy. "We’ve played it ‘live” in various corners of the world, from the Alps of Italy to the lower Manhattan subterranean," said Freund of the track, adding that "this year felt like the right time to lay it down in the studio." While a video is said to be in the works, you can check out a stream of the song below...
I've featured the metallic covers of Leo Moracchioli here on the site before, and with each one, I tend to feel that the Norwegian musician is a kindred spirit on the other side of the world. Aside from being a fellow "Rock Father" (he has a daughter as well), his musical inclinations tend to head in a similar direction, with frequent metallic covers of songs that run the gamut from pop to soundtracks and beyond. His latest really hits home as it's a song that I've actually covered myself - Danny Elfman's iconic theme to The Simpsons. The Frog Leap Studios version is admittedly much better than my own Saturday Action Theatre edition (from the 2004 Remakes & Sequels EP), but I'm including both for your listening enjoyment below along with Green Day's 2007 punk version and Powerglove's 2010 metal take!
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When the Netflix Original Series BEAT BUGS made its debut in 2016, families were quickly immersed in a vibrant new world inspired by the timeless music of THE BEATLES. Following the adventures of five best friends -- Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz and Walter -- who band together to discover life's most important lessons in an overgrown suburban backyard -- Beat Bugs encourages lessons of friendship and problem-solving while introducing a new generation to some of the greatest songs of all-time. Mixing classic and contemporary, here The Beatles' music is performed by an all-star line-up of artists including Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, Pink, Robbie Williams, Sia, Rod Stewart, Regina Spektor, James Corden, and late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. With two seasons already streaming in full on Netflix, the Beat Bugs adventures are just getting started...
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is more than ripe for a remake at this point, right? Alright, maybe some things are just best left untouched - but a classic show with such a classic theme song just stays with us, and Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro will never escape the powerful force that is Bel-Air. While said theme has been covered many times over, I always appreciate a good cover, and when it comes from Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios, it's essentially guaranteed to be good... and metallic. Check out this rockin' version of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song" below!
Oddly mesmerizing, and strangely soothing... today popular metal YouTuber Rob Scallon has uploaded a cover of the METALLICA classic "For Whom the Bell Tolls," played in its entirety on bells... or bell-sounding instruments like a children's xylophone. It's a great video to start the week, month, or as Rob calls it - "MAY-TALLICA." Take a look:
The National Association of Music Merchants is best-known for their annual January trade show, one that most people simply refer to as "NAMM." Over the years, the annual gathering of musical instrument and gearmakers to meet with retailers has become a music industry reunion of sorts. The show has expanded into a place where your favorite artists will likely be signing, legendary after parties and concerts will rock the Anaheim area, all while promoting the latest in gear for the year to come. For 2017, perhaps the best video I've seen to come out of the NAMM show comes from one of my favorite cover artists on YouTube - Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios. He's a fellow "Rock Father" (check out his version of "Let it Go" from FROZEN, or Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off"), and for NAMM 2017 he made the trek to California from his home in Norway for a collaboration with some of the best guitarists on YouTube. Check out their version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication."