The Beach Boys, Carly Rae Jepsen: UkeTube

For a band that has a career’s worth of songs about lazing on Californian beaches, there’s not a lot of ukulele in their songs. But their latest album has a ukulele-heavy song and the uke slides neatly into the Beach Boys sound.

Also up this week is a blistering version of Classical Gas by sanfordandsong, some sound romantic advice from MrJnobianchi, Nicholas Abersold daydreaming of YouTube fame, Carly Rae Jepsen singing that song that’s all over the place and plenty more besides.

Warning: if you’re listening on headphones turn the volume down for Garfunkel and Oates.

The Full Playlist

sanfordandsong – Classical Gas

MrJnobianchi – The Dumber They Come

The Beach Boys – Isn’t It Time

Richard Ho’opi’i & George Kahumoku Jr – Maui Medley: Na Wai Eha, Lani Ha’aha’a & Pono Kamakani

Carly Rae Jepsen, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots – Call Me Maybe/a>

Nicholas Abersold – Youtube Sensation

Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles – Just A Kid

Liz Lawrence – Oo Song

Via @oscarjavier04.

Garfunkel and Oates – 29/31

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  1. Howlin' Hobbit June 10th, 2012 6:03 am

    sandfordandsong stuck to his usual stellar standard. maybe if we meet someday he’ll shake my hand and some of his mojo might rub off.

    the MrJnobianchi tune was delightfully non-PC. is that his own (ala Formby) or is it a genuine Formby? either way I liked it and his banjo uke playing makes me all jelly.

    re: The Beach Boys — clicking play gives the message, “the uploader has not made this video available in your country.”

    the Fallon et al video was surprisingly good. much of that had to do with how much fun they were obviously having, but musically it was pretty spif too.

    I’d seen the Nicholas Abersold video before but he too sets a high bar and maintains it. I’m a sucker for clever, funny lyrics.

    I didn’t need to turn down the G&O song because their one-trick pony went lame some time ago and they’re quite easily skippable.

  2. Chris Q June 10th, 2012 12:07 pm

    Oh, I quite like G&O. They’re just so goddam endearing.

    I downloaded the Nicholas Abersold album (thanks for that) and ’tis very good. Although he seems to put some kind of syrup on his porridge which my granny would NOT approve of. Salt or nothing, laddie!

    The Beach Boys reunion makes me a bit sad. Poor, poor Brian…

  3. Claude June 10th, 2012 3:25 pm

    Nice selection.
    “The Dumber They Come” is an old Eddie Cantor tune.
    The Beach Boys piece is pretty good, and “YouTube Sensation” was fun, but it’ll never replace “Middle Age Guy With a Ukulele”.

  4. Oscar Espitia June 10th, 2012 5:04 pm

    Oo Song… great!!!

  5. Liz June 10th, 2012 5:42 pm

    I went to the Beach Boys concert in Texas on Friday night and they still nail the beautiful harmonies. Really enjoyed all the music but couldn’t wipe the smile off my face when they did the new song with the ukulele.

  6. John Bianchi June 11th, 2012 4:48 am

    Wow! Thanks a lot for posting my latest, and thanks for including me in such august company. G&O are long-time favorites of mine, and Sandfordandsong’s fingerstyle is awesome. Just a great selection this week, with a lot of diversity.

    Thanks, Howlin’ – I appreciate your opinion. Claude is right: the tune is Eddie Cantor, from 1920. I’m trying to use some of the Formby strums in non-Formby tunes, but this one called for the full-out split stroke all the way through, I felt.


  7. ben June 11th, 2012 7:11 am

    Could you get the chords for Beach boys isn’t it time – great song. There seems to be no tabs on the interwebs ( internet)

    Thanks Ben, love the work here.

  8. Woodshed June 11th, 2012 7:53 am

    Hobbit: Bloody VEVO! I’ve changed the video so this one should work for everyone. Thanks for letting me know.

    Chris Q: I hope the syrup was only metaphorical!

    Claude: Glad you liked!

    Oscar: Thanks for turning me on to it.

    Liz: Glad to hear they’re using the uke live too.

    John: It’s a pleasure to feature you. Top playing.

    ben: The main chord progression is:

    A – F#m – A – F#m
    D – E – D – E

  9. Chris Q June 11th, 2012 2:24 pm

    Funny, I was working out ‘Rainbow Connection’ from the Muppet Movie the other day (my daughter is obsessed with Kermit at the moment…), and it’s exactly the same as that there Beach Boys song.

  10. Vincent June 12th, 2012 6:09 pm

    I think Call Me Maybe, the happiest best song ever, has earned a tab on this website.

  11. Woodshed June 13th, 2012 2:34 pm

    Chris: That’s interesting. I hadn’t noticed that.

    Vincent: I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find chords on the net without much trouble.

  12. Iain June 14th, 2012 9:00 am

    I rather like the Liz Lawrence. I’m a sucker for a catchy tune and she’s filmed the vid round where I work.

    I never saw the point of G&O. Smug & annoying (I’m sure it’s the act and they’re probably very nice people. Just not my chosen form of entertainment.)

  13. Woodshed June 18th, 2012 11:00 am

    Iain: I can definitely understand G&O rubbing some people up the wrong way. I still enjoy them though.

  14. Pamela June 23rd, 2012 10:18 pm

    Are tabs available for Classical Gas?

  15. Woodshed June 25th, 2012 11:05 am

    Pamela: Not at the moment.

  16. Jessica August 10th, 2012 1:29 am

    Love G&O!! love all their videos and their humour. thank you for continuing to share them even if some folks feel otherwise :)

    Loving Liz Lawrence as well. thank you!!

  17. Woodshed August 12th, 2012 9:19 pm

    Jessica: Glad I’m not the only one who loves Garfunkel and Oates!

  18. Brian August 21st, 2012 5:30 am

    Liz Liz Liz Lawrence.

    Wow. Oo I love it. This song is perfect.


  19. Woodshed August 22nd, 2012 9:37 am

    Brian: Glad you like!

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