Aphex Twin’s Monkey Drummer is almost 20 years old and it never fails to blow me away

Almost 20 years ago,  Aphex Twin’s Monkey Drummer was born. It’s one of my all-time favorite music videos and never fails to transport me to another dimension. 

Video artist Chris Cunningmham is the mastermind behind this unforgettable video of a robot-monkey banging on the drums with 6 arms plus a drumstick attached to its mechanical crotch. — Read the rest

Watch Debbie Harry and Kermit the Frog sing together

In 1981, the great Debbie Harry of Blondie joined the great Kermit the Frog on The Muppet Show to sing the latter’s iconic song "The Rainbow Connection." Below are two other performances from that same episode. Open Culture quotes Muppets creator Jim Henson’s son Brian:

…I was in high school and my father knew that Debbie Harry was, like, the biggest thing in the world to me.
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Is “Rain” the quintessential Beatles song?

To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the recording of The Beatles’ "Rain" (and its A-side, "Paperback Writer") on April 14 and 16, 1966, the YT channel, You Can’t Unhear This, takes a look at the radical studio innovations of the track and asks if it’s not the most perfect Beatles composition. — Read the rest

Looking back at electronic music pioneers Silver Apples

Silver Apples, the New York electronic duo from the 1960s, never gets enough credit. A collaboration between Simeon (Simeon Oliver Coxe) and Danny Taylor, the band was mainly active between 1967-1970, but their music caught the attention of artists of the time such as Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon and they influenced everyone from German electronic music pioneers to Suicide, Radiohead, Stereolab, and Portishead. — Read the rest