Manitoba Hal, Lemos: UkeTube

One of those weeks where there were more videos I wanted to include than I could squeeze in. Luckily, Donnie’s covered a few of them. Another I like is this cover of When I’m Cleaning Windows – I think she does a wonderful job of making the song fresh (and a bit Kate Nash-y).

Making the cut this week are: James Hill’s chop stick routine is coming along nicely and now has added comb. It’s still a gimmick, but what a gimmick, Lamos (who mentions Ukulele Hunt before the songs starts), Manitoba Hal (whose new album is essential listening) and Ryan Spendlove.

James Hill – Ukulele Hip Hop and Techno

Manitoba Hal – My Babe

Lemos – Alice

Ryan Spendlove – Fable

Jen Sygit – Race Car #4

Thanks to Oren.

kittenmildew – Hit and Quit

Seryn – Of Ded Moroz

UkesterBrown – Then We Canoe-dle-oodle Along

Krabbers – Stars Guide Our Way

Sanford and Song – In Walked Bud

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  1. Foinnse November 20th, 2010 3:54 pm

    Particularly liked seryn and krabbers this week, very good.

    Cheers, -F

  2. Manitoba Hal November 20th, 2010 6:51 pm

    Thanks for adding me to the list this time around. I’m always happy to be included with such talented artists!!

  3. Howlin' Hobbit November 20th, 2010 7:53 pm

    several here that never disappoint me. in order of appearance: Manitoba Hal, Ukester Brown, Krabbers, Sanford and Song.

    I dug Jen Sygit (and Drew Howard). ukulele and fiddle are the new ukulele and kazoo. or maybe the new ukulele and accordian, I never can make up my mind.

    Ryan Spendlove was a pleasant surprise. for the first few moments he sounded like another dude using one of the 4 or 5 indie boy voices (there are the same amount of indie girl voices and they bore me too) but it turns out he can sing. yeah! and he fingerpicks up a storm on the uke too.

  4. Woodshed November 20th, 2010 10:10 pm

    Foinnse: krabbers has been putting out some top tunes recently.

    Hal: You’re welcome. And congratulations on the album. I’m loving it.

    Hobbit: I like indie boy and girl voices so I liked it all the way through.

  5. Bam November 21st, 2010 11:52 am

    Ryan Spendlove defo my favourite one here. These links pages are always my favourite part of the Ukuweek. Thanks.

  6. Woodshed November 21st, 2010 12:06 pm

    Bam: Glad you enjoyed.

  7. Rodrigo Lemos November 21st, 2010 12:24 pm

    Amazing videos, Woodshed! So nice to meet other artists through UkeHunt!
    Thanx for including a bit of my work into this.

  8. krabbers November 21st, 2010 6:31 pm

    thanks for the shout out Al. i wasnt sure about this one, but its been requested a couple of times live already
    just wish i could hit the high note every time

  9. Howlin' Hobbit November 21st, 2010 7:00 pm

    @woodshed – it’s not that the voices are so horrible, it’s the whole stylistic thing where it seems that they’re slavishly copying some other artist’s style. I couldn’t tell you which artists–cuz I’m an old fart and have no idea who’s fab right now–but the repetition of a few vocal styles is obvious and it gets old pretty quickly. it makes it hard-to-impossible to identify just who’s doing a given song if you’re just hearing them and don’t have like a YouTube vid or the tags on an mp3 to refer to.

    I’m for sure not “fab” but I sound like me (for better or worse). the folks I most admire sound like themselves.

    @krabbers – high notes? tighten your shorts pilgrim and sing like the duke! <– obscure Dr. Demento reference.

  10. J-Hob November 21st, 2010 9:54 pm

    How the hell does James get those sounds out of a uke?

  11. Scott November 22nd, 2010 1:41 am

    so cool… both Manitoba Hal and Sanford and Song are members of the Ukulele Club of Winnipeg.
    awesome guys!

  12. JCMcGee November 22nd, 2010 10:46 am

    James Hill just destroys me.

    Krabbers song is lovely.

    Hobbitt…How many “Jazz/Tin Pan alley” voices are there?

  13. Howlin' Hobbit November 22nd, 2010 3:20 pm

    @JCMcGee – not many left nowadays. though it occurs to me I left out two things…

    1) some blues singers fall into the trap of trying to ape some other persons style (I know I did when I initially started playing in that style, many moons ago) and…

    2) you can pretty much always tell a Bobby McGees tune with your eyes closed too. :-)

  14. sanford(andsong) November 22nd, 2010 4:33 pm

    Thanks Al…and you too HH.

    As far as unique voices go, it’s sometimes difficult to tell whether someone’s vocal style is a contrived apeing or true natural expression. It made me think of something the guitarist Henry Kaiser said about having your own “voice” on the guitar: “Be yourself. Don’t try to be someone else. Your grandmother should be able to recognize your playing if she heard it on the radio.”

    This may be a bit of a stretch (and it depends on how close you are to your grandmother i suppose), but i think it’s very applicable to singers. Do your friends and family immediately recognize you when they hear you sing? Or do they think “who are you trying to fool”?

  15. Woodshed November 23rd, 2010 10:45 pm

    Rodrigo: It’s a pleasure to feature you.

    krabbers: This one is definitely a keeper. High note or not.

    J-Hob: I have no idea. I wish the camera had been in a better position.

    Scott: That’s a fine pair to have in the same place.

    Jimmy, Hobbit and sanford: I’m glad I can’t sing a note so this is one argument I can sit out of.

  16. David Remiger aka Ukester Brown November 26th, 2010 12:57 pm

    I am honored to be among this crowd of musicians. Thanks for the mention.

  17. Woodshed November 27th, 2010 2:26 pm

    David: A pleasure. Thanks for your contribution.

  18. Andy March 15th, 2012 12:07 pm

    Ryan Spendlove, i’m a huge fan. Discovered him on Candyrat site and love his work.

  19. Woodshed March 15th, 2012 10:03 pm

    Andy: I was a bit surprised when he showed up on Candyrat. Not their usual stuff.

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