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I love Portishead. I love their twisty, distorted, often '20s-harkening sound. But what happens when you combine Beth Gibbons with a ukulele?

"Deep Water," apparently. Give it a listen:



Even a ukulele will sound eerie when Portishead gets behind it.

Then again, even Portishead will sound hopeful and cheery when there’s a ukulele involved.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (homestuck | bad something rising)
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Want a song about NaNoWriMo to get you through your daily wordcount (or just your day)? Leon Wingstein has you covered.

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | the answer is YES.)
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This Oxford, Mississippi-based hipster sensation shows us how it's done. Apparently in his sophomore album he's moved on from the ukulele, since he doesn't want to be pigeonholed, but frankly he makes it a pretty good hole to be pigeoned in.



(There's also an official music video, but I like this version best.)
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (film | courage! science! truth!)
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Still, who needs to watch Some Like It Hot again? Me, for certain.

(There's not a whole lot of actual ukulele playing in this clip, but... oh well? Happy weekend, folks!)

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (film | courage! science! truth!)
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I've been saying for weeks now that I'm going to bring back Daily Ukulele. No more waiting! Hope everyone's been doing well -- any breakthroughs, people who play? Or people who have begun to play? Sing out! (Redwall made a very strong impression on me as a kid.)

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (film | courage! science! truth!)
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Tom McRae isn't known for being a ukulele player, to my knowledge -- most of what I've heard (ex., "The Ballad of Amelia Earhart," "Me and Stetson") is complex, melancholy-ish, lyrical alt-something. But this popped up on a YouTube search, and not only is it a great song, but the audience interaction gets kind of hilarious.

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (<3 | disrupt all the things)
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I discovered Victoria Vox this morning while looking for Queen covers; as it turns out, this lady is semi-internet/Kickstarter-famous for undertaking some pretty cool projects, including one in 2011 where she challenged herself to learn 52 covers, or one cover a week, over the course of a year.

She also writes original works, and honestly, they're pretty great. She's got a beautiful voice and a killer trumpet impersonation (no really). Here are three songs from a show she did in Wisconsin -- enjoy!

Summertime, C'est Noyé, Tugboat )
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (easy | this guy was handsome)
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Zach Condon, the wunderkind frontman for Beirut, is, from what I understand, kind of a ukulele genius. This is the first song of theirs I've heard, and it came, appropriately enough, from a "ukuleles in alternative pop!" mix I found on Tumblr (RIP Megaupload). The video itself is actually quite lovely, so on that note, I'm going to wish you all a happy weekend. Stay cool/warm, depending on your hemisphere/location!

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | I like it!)
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You may recognize Cliff Edwards as the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Disney's Pinocchio, but apparently we have him to thank the most for the ukulele craze of the 1920s! So says Wikipedia, so it must be true. Below is a neat little clip mixing a fun song with a series of improbable lit cigarette gags. Plus it's in glorious, glorious technicolor -- as should be your weekends! Happy Friday, all.

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (<3 | spanish lace)
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Madame Pamita: spiritualist, singer, ukulele player. The link where I found this calls her part of "old weird America," which, as a fan of Carnivàle, I can totally get behind. Also, this is a wax cylinder recording, for old school upon old school.



She's got more on her website, including neat pictures and more music.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (<3 | disrupt all the things)
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What is it about ukuleles that makes you want to march down a city street singing? And furthermore, what makes people want to follow? Leila Broussard takes a swing at it in her video for her song "Satellite."

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (<3 | who understands me like you?)
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An original to round out the week! I found out about Erica Dreisbach from a mutual friend (who happens to live in Berlin); she was giving a concert in Chicago, and would I be interested? Turns out attending that concert was a really, really good idea. Here's a version of my favorite of her songs from that night, called "Ulysses" and, shockingly, about Odysseus (and more!). Happy Friday, guys!



She's giving a concert in Chicago on April 11 that I can't make, but I'd thoroughly recommend anyone who can checking it out!
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (film | I think it's perfectly clear)
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This (this being "You and I" by Ingrid Michaelson) is one of those songs people put on ukulele mixes, and frankly, I don't blame them. The album version is great and catchy, but to shake things up a little, here's a live version. Two ukuleles and a full crowd of clapping fans! (Be warned: It's a little phone camera/Cloverfield-y.)



Yup, that's Jason Mraz she's dueting with; here's another show and a closer angle.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (<3 | by your own lantern-light)
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A number of sources have picked up this story, including BoingBoing, and I have every hope that the internet will pull together to help these folks get a library that can accommodate them (not to mention refrain from melting the soles of their shoes!).

The M.N. Spear Library ([twitter.com profile] MNSpearLibrary) in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, has created a video to help raise money to build a new library. It's backed with a really sweet ukulele, which is, I think, part of what made people sit up and pay attention. Clearly the uke is a mighty beast! But yes, watch the video (it's only a minute or so) and, if you can, why not throw a few dollars their way? There's a donation button on their website, and continuing with the "tiny" theme, every little bit helps!

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (<3 | soon we'll do this again)
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Breezy and, like the title says, sweet. Happy weekend, everybody!

newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (<3 | organic storymaking)
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I've never actually listened to Jason Mraz, but this track turned up on a mix and I find it really soothing/uplifting. It's one of those songs that keeps popping up in tutorial posts, so if anyone wants to learn how to play it, the available resources are ample.

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There's a great article on CNN's "What's Next?" page about playing rock music on a ukulele. Complete with awesome vid of Jake Shimabukuro that just blew my mind.



*fans self* I don't know if I'll ever play that well.
newredshoes: radio tower on top of the world (asgard | everything deserves ENTHUSIASM!)
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I hadn't seen this live version before, but I'm completely charmed! (Here's a studio version to a really cute fan-made video.)

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