Phredd, Sangue Brasileiro: UkeTube

A big, fat happy half-century to Phredd for his birthday on Monday. In celebration, him and his buddies playing 42 Monkeys.

Also this week: woodland indie-folk from We Aeronauts, NSFW language from Garfunkel and Oates, some Whokulele silliness from Jo Stephenson, the new one from Sophie Madeleine and the Sophie Madeleines and plenty more.

New rule: I’m allowed to post one video a week that has a uke-related instrument in without having to apologise or explain. This week: Brazilians Sangue Brasileiro.

Steven Courtney, Phredd and Friends – 42 Monkeys

bigfrankiej3211 – You’re a Killer

Kitty Versus Wolf – Paper Plane

Sangue Brasileiro – Samba de Viola

Lex Land – I Wanna Be Loved By You/Hopeful

Garfunkel and Oates – Weed Card

We Aeronauts – Out of the Don Valley

Sophie Madeleine – Song to Fall in Love to

LStrachey – My Gal Sal

Sarah Donner – Going Under

Jo Stephenson – Dr Moo

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  1. Phredd April 23rd, 2011 5:16 pm

    Thank you for the Birthday Wishes Al, and a major big thank you for posting 42 Monkeys!!!

  2. Woodshed April 23rd, 2011 7:18 pm

    Phredd: Always a pleasure. Have a great time.

  3. Craig Robertson April 23rd, 2011 8:36 pm

    Always good to hear Phredd. He’s an excellent example of what true spirituality is about: livin’ it; not just talkin’ about it or excluding everyone else.

  4. pepamahina April 23rd, 2011 10:02 pm

    I think Sarah Donner has been watching too many Baby Einstein videos:

  5. Ron Hale April 23rd, 2011 11:32 pm

    Now, Garfunkel & Oates (horrible name, Garfield and Odie would be much better). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again here: their ‘Aren’t we just the cutest little potty mouths you’ve ever seen’ act may have been hip, hot, and happening back when Adam & Eve were tending their garden, but in these modern days when Adam & Steve tend to their catering empire,
    it’s more that just a wee bit long in the tooth. Apt that they’re an LA act, as their act is as fresh as the La Brea tarpits, Al.

    But they’re hardly the only uke act that’s fossilized into a petrified version of its earlier self, are they?

  6. Ron Hale April 24th, 2011 12:27 am

    Just saw the ukulele described as the “fanny pack of the indie world,” Al. What do you think? I love it, seems the backlash against our excesses has begun.
    And well-deserved it is, too.

  7. Mike Whit April 24th, 2011 7:37 pm

    Apt that they are an LA act? Adam and Steve? I happen to enjoy G&O quite a bit Ron, and nothing about those two girls is old in the tooth or stale.

  8. SamD April 24th, 2011 8:03 pm

    I approve of your new rule, the Sangue Brasileiro video is excellent. Any idea which member of the uke family it is that he’s playing?

  9. Carrie April 24th, 2011 8:30 pm

    Ron, I’m not sure that’s wholly fair. I see what you’re saying, but I think the Garfunkel and Oates girls just happened to be sort of painfully cutesy looking. It doesn’t really seem to me like they play it up the same way say Sarah Silverman does. The point of their act isn’t “we’re adorable girls saying horrifying things.” For the most part, I think their songs are just sort of…aptly observational.

    I’m just saying: feel free to hate their comedy and not think they’re funny, but it’s a little pointless accusing them of being something they’re not because of the way they look.

  10. Lonely Bear April 26th, 2011 2:08 am


    Lex Land-Hopeful. Thank you. Amazing.

    Any chance there would be a tab of this floating around somewhere? Sounds a little jazzier than what my virgin ears can decipher :)

  11. Simbosan April 26th, 2011 10:58 pm

    You can really hear African township music in the Sangue Brasiliero stuff, very interesting and lovely too. Doesn’t that Lex have a stunning voice, hard to make such a ‘done to death’ song sound new and real again.

  12. Ambient Doughnut April 27th, 2011 9:50 am

    Big Frankie – Damn that’s funky!

  13. Fernando April 30th, 2011 4:18 am


    It is a Cavaquinho.

  14. Woodshed April 30th, 2011 9:03 am

    Craig: I think he’s the only kids’ songwriter I can actually listen to.

    pepamahina: Hahaha! Looks like that might be the case.

    Ron: Kate Miccuci isn’t from LA. She’s from Nazareth – like Martin ukuleles (and Jesus).

    Mike: I like them too.

    SamD: Yes, Fernando is correct. It’s a cavaquinho.

    Carrie: If their TV series sees the light of day I’m sure it’ll settle the argument.

    Lonely Bear: Not that I know of, I’m afraid.

    Simbosan: Be sure to watch the rest of the stuff on the Sangue channel – full of great music.

    Ambient: Very much agree.

    Fernando: Thanks!

  15. Fernando May 4th, 2011 5:04 am

    Sangue Brasileiro means “Brazilian Blood”, if someone’s interested. If you are interested in Brazilian music and Cavaquinho, I recommend you to listen to Cartola. He doesn’t play the cavaquinho, but it is present in his recordings. Brazil’s finest.

  16. Woodshed May 5th, 2011 8:16 am

    Fernando: Thanks for the info. And for Cartola.

    Here’s a Cartola song for anyone interested.

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