Favourites of 2013 So Far

It’s about half way through 2013 so time to run through a few of my favourite things so far this year. I’m sure I’m forgetting something so leave your faves in the comments.

Favourite Posts


Muppet Show Theme
Elvis Costello – Shipbuilding
Pi for Ukulele
Mega Man II – Flash Man Theme


John Bianchi/Eddie Cantor – The Dumber They Come
Kelli Rae Powell – Some Bridges are Good to Burn
Johnny Cash/James Clem – Big River
Daft Punk – Get Lucky

Favourite Videos

Celisse Henderson – Well
Matt Kresling – My Apartments In Order
Catey Shaw – Run, Run, Run
Brendan Maclean – Stupid
The Staves – Facing West
Sarah Humphreys – Why Don’t We Just Stay Home
Sanford and Adrien Sala and Tesia Rhind – As the Living Do
Keston Cobblers’ Club – Beam

Not Songs
Dale Seever – Spending Time With…Cory McAbee
Matt Kresling – The Madagascar Journals, Episode 3

Favourite Records

Spotify: Ukulele 2013

Check out my Ukulele 2013 Spotify playlist.

Albums and EPs
Various – The Ukulele Mixtape – Various
The Flamin’ Mamies – The Flamin’ Mamies
Phil Doleman & Ian Emmerson – Turn
Manitoba Hal – Devil on the Wall
Ukulollo – Devotion

Leftover Cuties – One Heart
Nicholas Abersold – Pollux
Catey Shaw – Run, Run, Run

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  1. The Captain June 26th, 2013 10:50 pm

    I totally agree on Matt Kresling. The Video/Song My Apartments in Order is just brillant and I wish TV was as good as The Madagasgar Journals.

  2. Charlie June 27th, 2013 12:13 am

    Thanks for the post – needed a good run-down of the great videos so far.

    Personally, I can’t get the She & Him tune out of my head – so I’d vote for that.

  3. Woodshed June 27th, 2013 6:38 am

    Captain: It’s killing me the length of time between episodes.

    Charlie: Same here!

  4. Sanford(andsong) June 27th, 2013 2:06 pm

    Thanks Al!

  5. Woodshed June 28th, 2013 10:48 pm

    Sanford: You’re very welcome.

  6. pam June 29th, 2013 3:20 pm

    I’ve got a raging internet crush on Matt Kresling. I’m so glad you posted his stuff here.

    Also: New goal. Make the Uke Hunt favorites list. What? It could happen and you gotta start with goals, right?

  7. Woodshed June 30th, 2013 8:20 am

    pam: You really should be setting your goals higher!

  8. Ron Hale June 30th, 2013 9:10 pm

    Well, Al, let us see…

    First off – Best Brit uke band blown off by Brit (and other) uke blogs:

    Ouse Valley Singles Club. Absolutely shameless that they aren’t plastered all over the ukulele blogosphere. (Kills an old baby boomer to type that last word.)

    No excuses accepted here. One of the best is being totally ignored. It’s really that simple. I’d put them up against any of the favored Brit bands that are endlessly fawned over. Any of them.

    Uke Videos (Ignoring the ones that I know were posted on blogs):

    I Am that I Am – Sunbeam Moonbeam

    Simply one-of-a-kind. One of my favorites ever.

    Scampi and Chips by The Ouse Valley Singles Club

    The naked truth about the English.

    Scratch and Ink Animation Music Video for the Acoustic Song Old Farewell


    DESIREE: Inspirer of Erections and Songs That
    F*cking Shred By Smut Cake
    Smut Cake

    Pretty much sums it up.

    Dreams For Two

    Ray Penfield’s latest.

    paul brennan – temptation’s bite (live)
    Paul Brennan

    Just uke and voice.

    GCEA Ukulele – Tricity Vogue
    Tricity Vogue

    Forget that piece of spit masquerading as a ukulele anthem. This is the real deal. Fun for all but the grumpiest.

    In the light (Love stories HD version)

    But in the light…everything looks beautiful and bright.

    Owl Girl – Rae Sterling

    One for animal lovers.

    Camy Wammy – Dry Climate
    Camy Wammy

    Not for the grumpy.


    Just uke + acoustic guitar.

    Finally, one to make Brit bloggers yank their hair out –

    The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra Plays –
    Walk like an Egyptian

    Now, deserving of special comment are the ukulele background music videos springing up like locusts after a 17-year stint underground.

    Uke-zac. Ukulele wallpaper. Happy, cheerful, upbeat sounds for your corporate clients.

    Why, every time I hear the stuff I’m floating over a rainbow on a unicorn. Gamboling with little baby sheep across a meadow. Oh, what a wonderful world.

    Peace, Love, & ‘Ukulele, baby.

    Speaking of which – Jake gets two pages in the current Guitar Player for a uke lesson. He’s the guitar player’s ukulele player now.

    Gushed over by the GP writer. The uke is such a fab instrument and Jake shows you can do anything on it. Yada yada.

    But stick with high g. Low g is for losers. Haven’t bought that uke yet? Come on, man.

    Jake. Jake. Jake. All the Jake you can take at the All-Jake Buffet. 24/7. Never ending.

    Does no one else play the instrument?

    Now, what do uke blogs have against the guitalele?
    Some very good videos out there and how many of them make it to a uke blog?

    Exactly. GP included the Yamaha version in its current issue listing of ukes under $100.

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