I don't remember a spoof ever being so much better than the original (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AJmKkU5POA) and unline Weird Al's parodies, the music in this isn't at all related to the original.
Some of the "BLR"s are the funniest stuff on YouTube (Like their Spiderman one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7jtpy0lfBU)
Dave Grohl talks with Kyle Gass (of Tenacious D) about writing hits.
This is a series of 6 brilliant lectures Leonard Bernstein gave at Harvard in 1973 on the subject of music theory. He goes so deep, yet in such an approachable way. Anyone with an interest in creating or appreciating music should listen to them
The Quoperative has a tool/utility/app that deconstructs the 9 tracks from the Rolling Stone's song, 'Gimme Shelter' into an interactive playback toy.
The woman who sang on the song was named Merry Clayton. The song, and her singing in particular, was a prominent part of my musical experience as a child in the 70s. Supposedly she suffered a miscarriage as a result of the effort she put into her singing on that song.
This is indy-folk singer-songwriter + stop-motion animation + papercraft + Star Wars, so I am obligated to link to it.
When we were kids, my brother and I were convinced that the proper pronunciation was Tatoonie
Dan Shiman has a radio show at KRTS public radio in Marfa, TX where he plays lots of obscure and forgotten 45s from the 50s and 60s. He runs a blog with lots of great tracks at officenaps.com
He keeps a subset of his collection at exoticaproject.com
"The index is a registry of exotica's familiar cues: its Afro-Latin percussion, its jungle and Eastern themes, its flutes, vibraphones and bird calls. These are the cliches of the phenomenon. They might be considered prime indicators of exotica. Other cues - wordless vocals and tremolo guitar, for instance - are less of an exotica stereotype, though, and, interestingly, are hardly less prevalent. Each individual record's character, too, assumes a certain shape in terms of its instrumental and aesthetic constituents. Some records collect larger subsets of the style's parameters together. "Jungle Slave Dance," "Sunset Mood," "Tobago" and "Maui Rain" are, by this logic, the most exotic."