Monday, August 2, 2010

The King of Carrot Flowers

According to Spin Magazine the best album of the 1990s was In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel.

What could make the best album of a whole decade even better?

Hearing the whole album played live on a ukulele!

Monday August 16th at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights!

Neutral Uke Hotel’s mission statement is simple: to unite obsessed fans of Neutral Milk Hotel for a live performance of their critically acclaimed “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” album, played in its entirety on ukulele by Shawn Fogel, with accompaniment from members of Golden Bloom and The Motion Sick.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

And now for something just a bit different.

How cool would it be to play PJ Harvey's Man-Size on the ukulele?

I could not find the right chords do it so I dropped a line to my musician pal and fellow PJ Harvey fan, Tom Zav and he replied with this:

There are basically two riffs, first is
G -> Bflat -> Am and then the second is G -> F -> Bflat
now try to figure out the counts. You can follow it until you get to the 'Got my girl.." they they do something really off, adding a beat inbetween the G and F. These counts are insane. I'm amazed at how this is written.

try counting like this
1-2 3-4 1-2 3-4
1-2 3-4

Ya know what? It works! Give it a try.