Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Dr Bekken || Feelin' Good

And the Doc tries out a tenor uke with re-entrant DGBE tuning...

The Rustics || A Devine Love

"This is an original song written and sung by Mackie Hockett playing a baritone ukulele. Ryan Miller is accompanying playing guitar and using his Boss RC 300 loop station. The pre-recorded beat box and sounds are all done by Ryan Miller but this is performed live for your enjoyment!"

Morning Star Music || Song Elly Kingdon

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Yva Las Vegass: Tiny Desk Concert [Venezuelan Cuatro]

Published on Oct 10, 2012 At NPR Music, we get stacks of CDs in the mail, as well as countless links to music streams, from bands trying to stand out and get some attention. It's safe to say that we all share similar previewing procedures: At some point, we just sit and listen. 

What are we listening for? I can't speak for the others, but I'm constantly in search of music I haven't heard, but which sounds as if it's been in my life forever. That's exactly what happened when I put on Yva Las Vegass' album, I was born in a place of sunshine and the smell of ripe mangoes. I was knocked out by the way she infuses Venezuelan folk traditions with a punk aesthetic. I heard songs as allegories, songs that told stories and songs that felt like deep primal screams, all accompanied by a traditional Venezuelan cuatro — a small stringed instrument similar to a ukulele. 

 At the NPR Music offices, Las Vegass weaves magic with her presence, her playing and especially her voice. You can't quite see her cut-off jeans and Chuck Taylor high-top sneakers behind Bob Boilen's desk, but in attitude and style, Yva Las Vegass is punk-rock through and through. 

 Set List "Mariposas" "Tonadas Y Cantos" "Polo Margaritenoio" Credits Producer: Felix Contreras; Editor: Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Mito Habe-Evans, Ryan Smith; photo by Lauren Rock/NPR

Fado Lele' || Pono Baritone

Fado Lele' || 1º Encontro das Artes e Do vinho • Palmela, Setembro 22

From the island of Madeira... Thanks to Ron Hale for the research.

Fado Lele' || Noites Da Madeira

Facebook Foto: Lou Armer & Band

The Reentrants || The Reentrant Rag

The Reentrant Rag by Phil Doleman, played by Phil Doleman (uke) and Ian Emmerson (baritone uke).


©Phil Doleman & Ian Emmerson

Matty Dee || Closer (Kings of Leon)

Wow - awesome vocals!

Caribou Bill || Melancholy Baby

Bill with another vintage gem...

Julia Lavery || Dream a Little Dream of Me

Friday, October 26, 2012

Adie (We Happy Few) || Folk Blues Song

Adie sez... "This song is off my forthcoming album which is due for release before Christmas, and is called Own Sweet Time. Played on a Pono Baritone Ukulele and Herrmann Weissenborn style guitar."

Thursday, October 25, 2012

War Jacket || Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez Cover)

Absolutely delicious...

What a great place to play!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Garret Baker || And In Our Way We Each Conform

A rough demo of a song on the baritone ukulele.

EZ Folk || Away in the Manger

Traditional Christmas song, played here on a baritone uke, fingerstyle, in re-entrant tuning (dGBE).

Monday, October 22, 2012

Buke & Gass || NPR: Live From (Le) Poisson Rouge

Modified baritone ukulele and bass. Wild!

Sitting down on stage isn't typical of rock bands, but Buke & Gase is neither typical nor really a rock band. Watching Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez perform feels more like witnessing a divination, as two solemn figures huddle over strange objects, stomp their feet and chant with an intense and eerie focus. Their band was the outlier at this NPR Music-sponsored concert — recorded live Wednesday at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City during the week of the CMJ Music Marathon — as the only act to play all live instruments (the eponymous baritone ukulele and hybrid guitar-bass, plus a smattering of foot percussion) and doing anything that could credibly be called singing. Still, it's clear from this set what the duo shares with its counterparts in Wednesday night's lineup, Death Grips and Flying Lotus: an arsenal of abrasive sounds and hammering beats that pulse away until their hidden subtleties emerge. When Buke & Gase had finished and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad took the stage, he asked how many bassists, guitarists and drummers were in the crowd. "They just put you out of work," he said, smirking. "Fifteen years at Juilliard, and damn." Set List "Hiccup" "Cyclo" "Misshaping Introduction" "Sleep Gets Your Ghost" "Tending The Talk"
Credits: Producers: Saidah Blount, Mito Habe-Evans, Amy Schriefer; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Christopher Farber, Christopher Parks; Hosts: Bob Boilen/NPR, John Schaefer/Soundcheck; Special Thanks: (Le) Poisson Rouge; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Garret Baker || I Leave You Go

Garret is the master of melancholy. I have been listening to his music for about three years and I'm always thrilled to hear another (especially on the bari!) But Garret also plays guitar, banjo and GCEA ukulele.

He writes,
"I'll leave you go", is a parting phrase used in Dublin, but I don't really know about elsewhere. This a demo of a new song on the baritone ukulele.http://www.facebook.com/garretbakermusic

Guru Swami G || Swinging Blue Jeans Shakin' All Over

Are you ready for some 60's retro vibe with a Guru?

Guru Swami G || Time Changes

What is behind Time Changes? More on the meaning of this Song.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Flickr Foto: Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles

Flickr Foto: Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles at the Whole

Flickr Foto: Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles

Flickr Foto: Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles at Memory Lanes Block Party 2010

Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles || Undone

Lucy Michelle and Velvet Lapelles || Just A Kid

Thanks to Alistair Wood for the great find...

Jethro Wilbury || Everybody Talks (Neon Trees cover)

Jethro writes...
"Here I cover a pretty popular tune by Neon Trees...First time using the raunchy guitar solo effect in a video with the baritone ukulele. I'm expanding my horizons, trying to record decent renditions of more recent songs. I apologize to the fandom of Neon Trees who feel I don't live up to expectations. A quick look at my YouTube channel, and you'll see I've recorded more songs from the 1940s through the 1970s than anything else! Haha! But here's something more up-to-date. Enjoy!"

Jeremiah Walker || Dragonfly

Friday, October 19, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

LuaPlug || Since You Said Goodbye

Anon33ify || Paul's Dance

Simon Heffes on baritone uke and Jeffrey Richardson on soprano uke...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Transpose the Nation || Nothing Holding Me Back

Another duet jewel, a bit of Christian folk with a bari uke...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Zoë Bestel || Long Distant Relationship (Original Song)

Jonathan Mann || The Chorus Is Off (Song A Day #1375)

Jonathan creates new songs daily and regularly uses his bari for accompaniment. Now he posts the lyrics and chords too if you click on the video and read the YouTube comments.

Jonathan Mann || More Than One Way To Eat That Kale (Song A Day #1381)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Reprise Flickr Foto: Seth's Blues

Seth's Blues by Phiredog
Seth's Blues, a photo by Phiredog on Flickr.

Sugar the Monkey || Ain't No Quitter

Brasileiro Ukulele

Interesting video of 4-string DGBE guitar, completely in Portugues'...

Isla Norman || Corepse (Music Video)

Click on the video and look at the comments to see the lyrics.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pabrizzer || My Old Friend the Blues (by Steve Earle)

You'll have to click this one yourself it was disabled for embedding. But don't miss it -- Good stuff!


I think he's remedied the SITuAtion now...

Pabrizzer || My Rifle My Pony and Me (sung by Rick Nelson and Dean Martin in Rio Bravo)

PA writes in the video comments...

It's deuce time - 2 minutes - 2 chords. Not sure who wrote the song (Rick Nelson?) but dr bekken has me started on songs sung in the western movie genre. Here is the clip from the movie.

PABRIZZER || Tennessee Blues (Steve Earle Cover Baritone Ukulele)

Muzik Street Classic || Never Say Never (The Fray cover)

Very solid sound, like the vocals and unique strum...

The Real Floyd Blue || Out of Order

TJR Unlimited || Celebrating the Vintage Song

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Emma Tohill || Pan's Lullaby

15 year old Emma makes an excellent song choice. Enjoy this lovely video...

FiStasH || will follow you into the dark (Death cab for cutie)

Uke4U2 || Cielito Lindo (Baritone Ukulele Instrumental)

Unfortunately, I have been brainwashed by my own American commercialism to know this song as "Aye Yi Yi-Yi, I am the Frito Bandito." I have wanted to sing this song in Spanish and strum along for a while. When I was on a cruise of the Mexican Riveira, we had a tour of old town Mazatlan and our tour guide sang Cielito Lindo so beautifully...

Checkout Uke4U2's blog...


Check out Mr. Mysterious' new Ukulele Learning App for iPhone and iPad...

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Andellzov || Acts 2-16 original song

Justine Lucas (sings to plants) || Howl (Original song with Bari-Uke accompaniment)

Desirae Garcia || Dyin' To Break Your Heart

I enjoyed hearing Desirae sing in Santa Cruz with the Haunted Windchimes earlier this year. She almost played my bari when she broke a string on her Vega bari uke. Such a sweet singing voice and those tapping toes. Lovely background in that Minnesota barn. Here's a beautiful song that I'll want to hear over and over again...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012