Remember You (ukulele cover) (YT)
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Molly Lewis' (Previously: 1, 2, 3)
: The Year of the Beard
. Starring a few familiar faces. [more inside]
is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University. He's contributed to a number of interesting tangents from more traditional philosophical subjects including author of Philosopher's Book of Questions and Answers
, editor of Ender's Game and Philosophy
, Facebook and Philosophy
, Philip K. Dick and Philosophy
, Mr. Monk and Philosophy
, and iPod and Philosophy
All well and good, but I sincerely support his Philosophy
. Because sometimes a guitar bandit needs to be flattened. [slyt | via]
is a Japanese-style 彡☆ dating sim ☆ミ that finally lets you date a dinosaur (^_-) [more inside]
It's not the season for this song but it's certainly the right day for it: Summer's the Worst
, a ballad about love and idiocy that's melancholy, clever, and (ahem) really quite lovely.
Ever wonder where ukulele strings come from? It's time for the annual string harvest
. [more inside]
29/31 by Garfunkel and Oates (the sensational Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci)
, a song about the same woman from a perspective two years apart. (some NSFW language) [previously 1, 2] [via]
Young the Giant's excellent cover
of R. Kelly's Ignition (Remix)
kicks off this season of A. V. Club's Undercover series in some style. The song has been covered extensively since it came out, in styles ranging from bedroom ukulele
to ivy a capella
to basement indie
. It was also covered by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
and inspired Dave Chapelle's pisstake
. John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats has been a long-time fan, usually adding a minute of the song as a coda to his cover of The Boys Are Back in Town
. Darnielle, and some friends, gave us 100 Reasons Why "Ignition - Remix" Is So Damned Great
Ukelele street kid revolution!
The band is fantastic live
, a lot of fun in the practice room
, okay in the studio
, but nothing compares to what they do with the children
Meanwhile, we all saw some Indonesian punks get shaved and scolded by the police, previously.
Specimen products is the workshop of Ian Schneller, a Chicago-based sculptor-turned-luthier. His site is worth a look if you are interested in unusual guitars
and other stringed instruments
(like this electic lute
), eccentric amplifiers
, or extreme guitar repair
Currently Schneller is collaberating with musician Andrew Bird
on Sonic Arboretum,
a musical perfomance/installation piece. Here is video
of a performance at the Guggenheim in 2010, and a slideshow
of the preparations for an upcoming performance at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.
Science Fiction / Double Feature
performed by Amanda Palmer, Moby, Stephin Merritt, and Neil Gaiman, on the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. [more inside]
dances in my head.
I am not beautiful and I am not magic yet
I'm a victim
I've got news for you honey; I got pregnant with birds who sing prettier
I could be the sunlight
in your eyes.
My country bleeding me
; I will not stay in your arms.
You have a pool in your chest. Tap it
Everything is better when you're driving
on the median.
There is a natural sound
that wild things make when they're bound. [more inside]
What do you do if you're the lead singer of one of the biggest rock bands in the world releasing your second solo album? If you're Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, you record 16 songs, originals and covers, spanning a short 35 minutes... accompanying yourself with your ukulele
. The entire album, Ukulele Songs
, is available for a free First Listen now
, thanks to NPR. [more inside]
A love song
to Ira Glass.
You may not know who Israel "Brudda Iz" Kamakawiwoʻole was, but you're probably familiar with his medley of "Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World,"
which has been included on several movie soundtracks and used on television shows & commercials throughout the world.... [more inside]
Julia Kotowski, otherwise known as entertainment for the braindead
, has released several rather good albums under a Creative Commons
, Seven (+1)
, Raw Timber
and the banjo-heavy Roadkill
The Beatles Complete on Ukulele
is a surreal collaboration between Roger and Dave, some ukuleles, 185 other artists (many yet unknown!), and The Beatles. New tune and essay every Tuesday through July 2012.
There are a lot of ukulele players covering well known songs on the internet but my favorite is Ken Middleton
, a man in his late fifties from Northern England. Here are some of his videos: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
, Just Like Heaven
, Wild Horses
and After the Goldrush
. But he specializes in Leonard Cohen covers, even teaching a lesson on how to play Cohen songs on the ukulele
. Here are three of my favorites: Take This Waltz
, So Long, Marianne
and Sisters of Mercy
. He also asks and answers the question, what would Mmmbop sound like if it had been written by Leonard Cohen for the ukulele
Usagino U (ukulele, lead vocal) and Kumano 900 (ukulele, pianica, theremin, bongos) play American surf rock in Japan -- Isogabamaware
ll Diamond Head
ll Crazy G
Sure, every band geek has heard of the mythic contrabass sax
. But I bet you didn't know there were contrabass clarinets
and french horns
, and... uh... this thing
On the other end of the spectrum you've got the sopranino recorder
, and ukulele
Regular mefites will know that The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
are renowned for having their wicked way with any piece of music that takes their fancy: from Smells Like Teen Spirit
to the theme from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
nothing is sacred.
On 18 August they played the 45th Prom of 2009
at the Royal Albert Hall: 6000 people were in the audience
, of whom 1000 brought their own ukuleles — lessons
provided by the BBC online for novice players — for a massed rendition
of Beethoven's Ode to Joy. [more inside]
Have Love, Will Travel
is a song with an instantly recognisable opening that was originally recorded by Richard Berry
in 1959 and subsequently covered by The Sonics
, Paul Revere and the Raiders
, Bruce Springsteen
, Jim Belushi & Dan Akroyd
, The Black Keys
and at least two ukulele duos
to name a few. (single song, MLYTP)
Julia Nunes can sing. And she plays ukulele.
But what won me over: her charming, silly demeanor. She videoed herself playing Queen
, Destiny's Child
, Bright Eyes
and others and posted it to YouTube. Now she's got an album (eMusic
) and is playing Bonnaroo
John King, likely the world’s only classical ukulele virtuoso, died last month at the age of 55
. Here he is performing a Bach prelude
, playing more Bach
, and playing Chopsticks
Europe's "The Final Countdown" played on a combination kazoo, baby keyboard, and ukulele. Single link YouTube awesomeness. (Via
The Ukulele Podcast
What do you call two (or more) songs with overlapping verses
? I don't know. But here's a great example
. (Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Single link youtube post. Enjoyment not guaranteed. Your mileage may vary.)
The band Beirut
released the Flying Club Cup
on October 9th
, and La Blogothèque
has filmed unique, one take, on the spot, mostly public 'music videos
' of each track. [more inside]
Is it a banjo? Is it a ukulele? No, it's a banjolele
! [more inside]
Catchy bitter ukulele break-up song
by Duncan Pflaster. Video with song. Simple and excellent. Found via Cat and Girl
You really shouldn't miss the snazzy ukulele stylings of the great Roy Smeck
, strummer and showman extraordinaire, who was not only fast as greased lightning, but for whom the ukulele also occasionally functioned as a wind
instrument. The man was indeed a wizard of the strings
: just give him a slide and watch him lay down that Hawaiian
sound. And as you'll see here
, he was still going strong in his later years. [most links to YouTube]
Here we are now, entertain us.
An all-ukulele cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
. From their Web site, "Sugar Plum Fairy"
[mp3]. But can UOGB hold a candle to "While My Ukulele Gently Weeps,"
We know his quavering, tentative, high tenor voice from his voice work as Jiminy Cricket
, but Cliff Edwards -- aka Ukulele Ike -- was much more than that. Wikipedia offers a brief introduction
to the man, his life, his works, and his lonely death. But, to my tastes, the best introduction to this once hugely popular singer is the man's own voice
While My Ukulele Gently Weeps
Kick off the weekend with some crazy uke playing from Jake Shimabukuro
Brudda Bu's Ukulele Heaven
has excellent info on ukulele creation and history. If you want to play, you can learn all of your chords at Ukulele Strummers
. If you are looking for some easy songs, try Ukulele Boogaloo
for an eclectic songbook with tablature right on the page. Ukulele Beatles Fun
provides strum-along Beatles tunes in a flash app. Finally, for the more advanced, Dominator
provides beautiful transcriptions of songs (scroll down) by artists like Herb Ohta
and Jake Shimabukuro
All songs sound better when performed on a ukulele
Whether you call it the "Jumping Flea"
or "that Hideous Portugese Instrument,"
I'm sure we all have come to know, if not love, the ukulele. Of course, the best known uke player of recent times was Tiny Tim,
though you may also remember performances in certain films.
This last contains
a very famous song
. Converted? Then why not learn to play?
Don't have an instrument? Build one for $12.