Saturday, August 9, 2014


So, file this under This Is Awesome.

A couple weeks ago, a random channel surfing adventure led to my discovery of a pair of young brothers performing on America's Got Talent...

Emil and Dariel. If you happened to catch this episode, you might have also seen their equally charming grandfather watching backstage, whom I'm fairly convinced jumped straight out of a Pixar movie. But seriously, aren't they just adorable in a very Rod and Todd Flanders kind of way? Oh, that is until they summon the rock gods of old and shred up a storm on their electric cellos!

The best part was immediately after, when their gentle-as-a-Russian-Santa grandfather got weepy-eyed with pride. It was kinda like watching a nun be overjoyed because her choir boy son just sang a perfect Slayer cover.

Anywho, fast-forward to earlier this week when a friend of mine shared the following video on Facebook:

This, folks, is cello rock.

I have no idea if this style of string instrument playing has any official label. That's just what I'm calling it for now. Maybe something classier? Cello Badasso. ...I'll stop now. Anyway, I don't have to tell you, this is amazing.

The guys in the video above are Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, also known as 2Cellos. They were signed on to the Sony Masterworks label shortly after they uploaded their cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" to YouTube. And yes, of course, I'm posting that awesomeness here too!

I love musical invention. It's pretty rad to see someone take an instrument and play it in a way you never expected, or take a song and translate it to another form you maybe hadn't even thought possible.

Tom Waits once said that electric guitars were completely overused. "They show up on everything. It almost seems like it's the guiding force of popular music." Granted, I love me some awesome guitar tunes. Still, it's refreshing as hell to see stuff like this. How cool would it be to see cellists, violinists, pianists and so on rocking the F out, making young ladies lose their minds, and getting the rock star treatment on the likes of VH1 or MTV? Wait... do those channels still have anything to do with music at all?

...Maybe a didgeridoo player would have a good shot. Those heavy bass notes could really get some panties a-vibrating in the crowd.

Is there a name for a didgeridoo player? A didgeridooist? A didgerist?

Ok, now I seriously want to see Kanye West get made a fool and shown up by a didgeridoo player at an awards show.

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