I got this link from @ShelfLifeCC on Twitter. This one was special for me because I was once in a parody white trash rap band and we did a homage to "No Diggity". Although, we sure didn't do it on ukuleles. Touche, Brian Kirby, touche. What's great about the video is that he shows you how he played the song on his uke. So, you can follow right along. If I had any criticisms it would just be about the beat. But, you work with what you are given, right? Sometimes I think that if you want to have a simple drum machine beat, it can be kind of fun to do it on an old school Casio or something. Then it stays simple and charming. But, anyway, it's a minor criticism. I just like hearing Blackstreet on Ukulele!
@bandagentileza on Twitter sent me a link to a video of his band. The guitar on the right is a handmade ukulele (looks to be a cigar box style). Anyway, Mercury Duo is the name of the band, and they are great! Guessing from the link, I think they are possibly from Brazil? "O Sen Sen Sen" is a fun (and yet deceptively complicated) song. It reminds me of music that you might hear in a more recent Mario Brothers video game. You know, when they started to step up the music a little bit. Anyway, I really liked watching/listening to it... in fact... I'm going back for more now.
I'm not sure if I've ever seen any other videos of Gus & Fin, but I can tell you that I'm going to search for it now. They do a freaking great version of Joy Division's "Transmission" (note: remind me to tell you about the steel drum band cover of the same song). I love the cigar box guitar, what a great tone! Apparently, the cigar box guitar guy is Gus and the fella on the Ukulele is Fin. Something tells me I'm going to start stalking these guys.
So, once again I find my way into a ukulele artist that I know absolutely nothing about. What a pleasant surprise this video is! From the tiny bit of information that I've been able to pick up so far, Dent May is apparently from Jackson, Mississippi and he's on tour right now. Fair enough.
I really like the song writing and production. Dent May has the pop sensibilities of Trevor Horn, from The Buggles, and he even looks a tiny bit like him. But, he also seems to have a strong Stephin Merritt leaning as well. That's fine by me. Hell, I named my second born after Stephen Merritt, so I'm pretty much a rabid fanboy in that regard. Anyway, check out the video. It's charming and delightful!
It was only a matter of time until we had this "You got peanut butter in my chocolate" moment. Robots and ukeleles together at last! I'm super psyched on this video and it makes me happy to see young kids
a) Rocking ukuleles
b) writing original songs
c) digging on robots