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August 13, 2014 1:13 PM   Subscribe

Your favorite amateur musical performance on Youtube is...

I'm still building a sweet Youtube playlist to watch instead of TV around kids. In my last question I wanted all Youtube live music videos ever and got a bunch of great live performances. But what are some amateur musical performances that really stand out on youtube?

Basically anything that isn't a real concert by a professional is what I'm looking for, whether that's in a bedroom, or a classroom, or a recital hall, or a street corner or a church or a church that is a street corner!

Good sound is nice, but not perfect sound. Nothing inappropriate or scary for kids. All genres, but must be really awesome!
posted by Potomac Avenue to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Mike Massé and Jeff Hall cover Toto's Africa
posted by ODiV at 1:39 PM on August 13 [2 favorites]

You've gotta have Chris Hadfield doing Space Oddity while sitting in a tin can far above the world.
posted by contraption at 2:02 PM on August 13 [2 favorites]

Anything by Jake and the Burtones.
posted by MrMoonPie at 2:08 PM on August 13

Anything from the Latvian Song Festival. It's amazing music, but all the singers are from local amateur groups.
posted by ocherdraco at 2:19 PM on August 13

Adam Fulara plays Bach's Prelude in C Minor on electric guitar

Julia Nunes plays Queen's "You're My Best Friend" on ukulele

Joel Cathey does Joanna Newsom's "The Book of Right On"

Pomplamoose do "Beat It"

Juliana Richer plays Animal Collective's "Summertime Clothes"

Emma Cooper Peterson does The National's "I Need My Girl"

The Bryan Jeffers Band do Phoenix's "1901"

The Small Town Ghosts do the Arcade Fire's "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)"

Ryan Knott does Skrillex's "Bangarang" on cello

Craig Alan Hughes does Vampire Weekend's "Step"

Yeasayer do "2080" in an apartment with a bunch of people

Wilco, Nick Lowe & Mavis Staples rehearse "The Weight"
posted by mbrock at 2:33 PM on August 13

Great collection mbrock!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 2:45 PM on August 13

The Wrens playing an acoustic version of "Everyone Chooses Sides" with a box of Cap'n Crunch as a drum set

Kathleen Edwards, John Roderick, David Bazan, and El May practicing "For the Record"
posted by Maecenas at 2:55 PM on August 13

Sorry Maecenas, but those are definitely professionals!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:12 PM on August 13

Love this ukulele cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic". It's the best sort of Youtube amateur vid: amazingly talented unknown person, poorly framed, just sharing their thing.
posted by apparently at 4:53 PM on August 13

Hallejulah, I'm a Bum
posted by 256 at 5:32 PM on August 13

what do you consider "professional"? like, Diarrhea Planet is a known band, but small enough that I'm pretty sure they all have day jobs. If they count, this live version of Ghost With A Boner might be my single favorite thing on youtube.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:45 PM on August 13 [3 favorites]

PS22 Chorus rendition of Rolling in the Deep (which led to a national Target commercial for the singer, Denise Bestman

Acapella version of Little Secrets by Wesleyan's The New Group

Leave the Lion cover of Wolf Like Me at a bar in Vancouver
posted by The Gooch at 6:08 PM on August 13

Greg that is so incredibly far from what I'm looking for but I've never seen that and it's definitely the best thing on youtube so its getting a best answer. Thanks y'all!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:25 PM on August 13 [1 favorite]

This amazing street performance by Dub FX has been a YT favorite of mine for years.
posted by Falwless at 10:09 AM on August 14

Does Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir count? Whitacre is a professional conductor, and he gets thousands of (presumably mostly amateur?) singers to record themselves singing one of his songs. He then combines all of those videos together, and makes a "virtual choir". My favorite is Virtual Choir 2, "Sleep".
posted by cmchap at 10:25 AM on August 14

This homeless beatboxer is clearly one of the greatest things to appear on YouTube. Make you want to slap your grandmammy.

I guess the word "ass" might disqualify it for kids, but still.
posted by Bookhouse at 11:45 AM on August 14

Actually, there's a lot of swearing that I didn't remember. So terrible choice for kids but still awesome.
posted by Bookhouse at 11:48 AM on August 14

terrible choice for kids but still awesome.

posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:56 AM on August 14

I really love this version of the Mongolian song Naiman Sharag, done by an American college choir. I forget how I stumbled across it, but it is one of the best things I've randomly found on the internet.
posted by Henrietta Stackpole at 7:03 AM on August 16

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