Summer Break

Time for a blog break. I’m off to aestivate for a few weeks.

If you want to keep up with me I’ll still be posting on UkeToob, Tumblr and Twitter.

Have a good one!

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Jillian Johnson, ukulele player with The Figs, was one of one of those killed in the Lafayette shooting this week.

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Friday Links

Uke Go Girl! are running a GoFundMe campaign for their Summer 2015 Workshop.

New Releases

– Another lovely, tuneful album from Ukulollo: AWARE. Take a listen here.
– I really slept on badass, low-fi punk ukulelist S.L.F.M. when she was putting records out in 2010-12. I thought I’d missed out entirely but a new record has just shown up on Bandcamp: Perks of People.

Videos

Daniel Hulbert’s ukulele collection.
Ukulele feel good crap. (Thanks to Ron Hale.)
Jerry ‘The King’Lawler smashes Tiny Tim’s ukulele.
Chimp gets to grips with a ukulele.

Theme Tune Tab Round Up

Now the Tories won the election it’s only a matter of time before they ban ukuleles in retaliation for this. So before that hits I’ve posted a bunch of short/obscure theme tune tabs that have been piling up:

Brain Scoop
The Red Flag
Klovn
Quizeum
BBC Snooker

And the best theme tune tabs on the blog.

BBC Snooker Theme (Tab)


Doug Wood Band – Drag Racer (BBC Snooker Theme) (Tab)

With the pub rock of Drag Racer and Winifred Atwell’s version of Black and White Rag snooker has a claim to the sport with the best theme music. Or it did until the BBC started remixing all its theme tunes to replace anything recognisable with bleeps, bloops and swooshes. So now the snooker theme sounds like this.

Doug Wood must be spinning in his grave. If he’s dead. Or he’s alive but enjoys hanging out in his grave. There’s very little information about him on the net. I assume he’s the same person as Douglas Wood who made “spacey folk electro-horror” soundtracks like this and this at the same time.

The tune doesn’t fit all that neatly onto the uke. I did have to do a fair bit of octave shifting. The most obvious one being mid-lick at the start of bar 7.

Links

Buy it on iTunes
More theme tune tabs and chords

Quizeum Theme (Tab)


Quizeum Theme (Tab)

The Quizeum is BBC4’s traveling museum panel show and my new favourite quiz. How could you not love a high-brow quiz show not afraid to use the phrase, “You’ve got a face full of dicks”?

It also has a pleasant, bouncy theme tune that works well on uke.

Links

Quizeum on bbc.co.uk

Klovn Theme (Tab)


Klovn Theme (Tab)

Klovn is Denmark’s version of Curb Your Enthusiasm. As far as I can tell. I stumbled across it during an international tour of Netflixes. There were no English subtitles so I couldn’t make out much of the show (judging by the comments I got on the video, all Danish Uke Hunt readers hate it). But I really loved the theme tune.

In a rarity for me, the arrangement uses low-G tuning. The picking hand is a bit tricky in this one. I’m playing alternating bass notes with the thumb (on the G-, C- and E-strings) and melody notes with the index and middle fingers.

Links

Buy it on Amazon

The Red Flag (Tab)

Red Flag (Tab)

A simple arrangement of the UK Labour party theme tune The Red Flag. If you’re not a Brit and a pinko, it’s the same tune as O Christmas Tree.

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Brain Scoop Theme (Tab)


Brain Scoop Theme (Tab)

The Brain Scoop is one of my favourite YouTube channels. It’s the channel of Emily Graslie who was working in a tiny museum in Missoula when Vlogbrother Hank Green featured her in a video and talked her into starting a YouTube channel. Now she works in the massive Field Museum making videos on everything they do from slicing open animals, to expiditions, to searching through their collections (including their ukulele). I highly recommend checking it out.

It also has a catchy theme tune (by general Nerdfighteria producer Michael Aranda) that I had to do a uke version of. I’m very excited that it got the Brain Scoop and Hank Green seal of approval.

Links

The Brain Scoop on YouTube
Michael Aranda on Bandcamp
John Green Swindon Town medley (Tab)

The Trews Theme (Tab)

TrewsTheme

A quick tab of the theme to Russell Brand’s YouTube series. Dead easy to play.

Links

The Trews on YouTube
The Trews Music

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