Leftover Cuties, Crystal Fighters: UkeTube

A Dylan cover from the Leftover Cuties to belatedly celebrate his birthday (much overshadowed on the net thanks to him sharing it with Maru). Also this week: Arborea do a session for NPR, the steam-punk Posh and Becks sing a murder ballad and Herman VDC picks up a timple.

At the behest of JimUke, I’ve put this week’s videos into a YouTube playlist so you can listen through without any interruption. If you find it useful and want me to do that every week leave a comment letting me know.

Full Playlist

Leftover Cuties – Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Crystal Fighters – Xtatic Truth

Sarah Humphreys – Jesus Etc.

Thanks to Alec.

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman – Psycho

Herman Vandecauter – Passameze

Po’ Girl – Sans Souci

Miranda Ceara Rix-Hayes – Shit, I Know

Arborea – A Little Time

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  1. Ben Mealer May 26th, 2012 7:08 pm

    Herman Vandecauter… amazing.

  2. Alec May 26th, 2012 10:22 pm

    I find it useful and want you to do it every week. Very good and insightful book reviews too, by the way.

  3. Ron Hale May 27th, 2012 1:53 am

    Like We Were Evergreen, Al? I do.
    They make high quality videos for various music channels.

    Just found two nice ones the other day on the YT channel ‘tokillakinguk’. The series is ‘Ralph’s

    Think Dylan going electric caused a fuss? Wait’ll
    he goes uke. Pete Seeger will look for another cord to cut.

    This version sounds like a dirge, though. Like he’s dead and they’re playing at his funeral. Not quite yet, people.

    Well, I recognize the princess. But what is that she’s playing? If it ain’t red, it don’t count, Mandy. And where’s that playing card?

    Herman should try guitalele, if he hasn’t already. Put a KoAloha or Kanile’a in his hands
    and he’d work wonders. As always.

  4. Peter May 27th, 2012 7:22 am

    great stuff this week al!

  5. Woodshed May 27th, 2012 9:47 am

    Ben: He certainly is!

    Alec: Thanks very much!

    Ron: I do like them. But I put one of their videos on UkeToob and other people obviously aren’t so keen.

    Peter: Glad you enjoyed it.

  6. alec May 27th, 2012 10:47 am

    Hey, Woodshed, or anyone who knows: There was a video on here about a year ago, probably on a Satruday uketube. He was about 50 years old, with a beard (maybe) playing some jazz song. But he was accompanied by an iphone app (or something) that was playing backing tracks while he did a solo (or something) over it. Before or after the song he described the backing track app. I’m trying to track down that app, so if anyone knows the video I’m talking about (or good apps that let you program backing tracks) I’d appreciate it

  7. Chris Q May 27th, 2012 1:28 pm

    I love that Wilco cover. Great song to begin with, mind you…

    I do quite like We Were Evergreen, in small doses. Saying they’re twee is like calling Slayer ‘a bit heavy’.

  8. Keith Jensen May 27th, 2012 1:37 pm

    Love the new format, usually I would just pick through the vids but this week I might have missed some gems. Also, still learning from my “Ukelele for Dummies” although I am prefer “Challeged” oh well, thanks again.

  9. Woodshed May 28th, 2012 6:48 am

    alec: I think you’re talking about David Beckingham. The app is iReal Book.

    Chris Q: Yeah, I can understand We Were Evergreen grating on people.

    Keith: Thanks. I’ll keep doing it a while see how it goes.

  10. JimUke May 28th, 2012 9:35 am

    Thanks Woodshed, I (obviously) like it, same as Keith, usually I did just listen to some of them, now I just had in playing in the back, listening to everything.

  11. Herman Vandecauter May 28th, 2012 9:59 am

    Thanks to add me Al!
    Nice singers this week?
    And I say no to the guitarlele ‘Less is more” The timple is actually closer to the charango.

  12. alec May 28th, 2012 10:33 am

    Ding ding ding. That’s the one. Thanks. I got the ‘chordbot’ app but I’m not crazy about it.

  13. The Captain May 28th, 2012 7:23 pm

    Wow, with this song I think Neil Gaiman is as creepy as with The Sandman, really nice … but I might not sleep tonight …

  14. pepamahina May 29th, 2012 4:32 am

    I want to vote “yes, please” for doing the youtube playlist every week, I think that is a delightful way to do it, much preferred in my case.

  15. Woodshed May 29th, 2012 6:35 am

    JimUke: Thanks for giving me a kick up the arse!

    Herman: Always a pleasure to feature you.

    Captain: It’s a fantastic song! Teddy Thompson did a great version of it.

    pepamahina: Glad you enjoyed it. I’ll keep doing it.

  16. ndonabedian May 30th, 2012 6:24 pm

    very cool. great playlist. this site in general is just great. just wanted to let you know I put a link to your site one of my blogs pages. check it out if you like!


  17. Woodshed May 31st, 2012 9:00 am

    ndonabedian: Thanks very much for the mention.

  18. pepamahina May 31st, 2012 9:37 pm

    I’m very intrigued by Herman’s timple. It seems like you could use a traditional ukulele tuning, and then either add an additional “higher” string alongside the A string in order to extend the upper range, or instead add an additional “lower” string next to the G string to act as a base string, kind of like a harp ukulele. It’s very lovely, and the sort of cape like covering over the upper part of the instrument is interesting. It seems like this would decrease the resonance but it sure doesn’t sound like it.

  19. Herman Vandecauter May 31st, 2012 9:55 pm

    pepamahina, good observation but easier to look at it as a higher tuned instrument. It is a bit longer then a concert ukulele and it the sound is terrific. Watch also the newer youTube i made with the G C F A D tuning instead of G C E A D on this recording.

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