As another wet weekend looms for us on this side of the pond, we’re all left wondering what’s happened to the Great British Summer! Apparently we’ve had the wettest, coldest and darkest couple of summer months for the last twenty years in England. This song should be the soundtrack of summer filled with lazy days and long, light evenings. Hopefully there’s some “summer vibe” still to come this year:
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Before we continue; This is my 50th blog post! 🙂 Woot!
Now, back to it… Folowing my post about Nirvana this month, I thought I’d share some tabs from their now-20-years-old album, Nevermind. All self disrespecting 90’s grunge heads should be able to rock out a couple of Nirvana riffs/chords and one of those should be the riff for Come As You Are. A pure classic in it’s own right. This is one tune that transfers well to the uke and is easily recognisable to any Nirvana fan.
Full credit to ukulelehunt.com for this one!
Original here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YyDg9tT0Vw
I can’t believe it’s October already… Halloween just around the corner and then the countdown to Christmas… Speaking of “I can’t believe” moments and on the back of the Pearl Jam anniversary, I also can’t believe it’s been 20 years since Nirvana’s massive Nevermind album was released!
Another big one from my early years (yeah I was a proper grunge head) this album brings back many crazy memories. Not to mention of course that the late Kurt Cobain was a fellow left handed strummer!
Ask any long haired 90’s grunger and they’ll tell you Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As You Are are the standout tracks, but my personal favorite has always been Lithium. Cobain’s drawn out, haunting, almost self loathing lyrics backed by that melodic Novoselic bassline.
Twenty years on, the grunge scene is all but dead, but certainly not forgotten with the anniversary edition of Nevermind shooting into the Top 5 album charts! Now, I’m going to throw on a dirty old chequered flannelette shirt, crank up the volume on some Nirvana and mosh out like crazy in my imaginary pit.
Oh well, whatever, nevermind…
I know there’s been a few Eddie Vedder posts here of late but as he just released his ukulele album, can you really blame me? I promise this’ll be the last one for a while. Here’s the video for track one, a cover of Pearl Jam’s Can’t Keep.
So Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s latest solo outing “Ukulele Songs” finally landed on my doorstep today! Needless to say I’ve had it on endless rotation since it’s arrival. This is not a hard thing to do as while the album is amazing, it’s also amazingly short coming in at just shy of 35 minutes.
Length aside, each song is still its own masterpiece in stripped down melodic magic. The tracks drip with Vedder’s familiar haunting vocal tones accompanied by the simple yet soulful sounds of his faithful ukulele.
The album opens with Can’t Keep, a Pearl Jam cover stripped back and laid bare but still retaining a modicum of rock from the Seattle grunge days.
Goodbye is fast becoming my personal favorite. A sweet yet saddening track which melts in classic Vedder style a combination of yearning for more whilst saying farewell “and for what feels like the first time, I don’t know where you are tonight, I guess that this is goodbye.”
The first single “Longing to Belong” is one of the smoother songs on the album and and definitely a showcase of Vedder’s strengths. Tonight You Belong To Me is another surprise as Chan Marshall of Cat Power joins to flirtatiously duet in this cover of a 1920’s classic.
Other tracks sway in style from the uplifting You’re True through to the mellow Hawaiian hula-esque harmonies of Sleepless Nights.
Ukulele Songs really is an accomplishment is bringing out the trademark rich and raw tones of Eddie Vedder’s voice, then backing it with the often friendly, sometimes sorrowful strummings of the much underrated ukulele.
Eddie Vedder has finally released the cover artwork for his Ukulele Songs album which is due to drop at the end of May! Check it out first right here…
The sculpture adorning the cover is titled “The Lost Correspondent” and was created by famous underwater artist Jason deCaires Taylor.
According to Jason, the sculpture “depicts a man sitting at a desk with a typewriter. The desk is covered with a collection of newspaper articles and cuttings that date back to the 1970s. Many of these have political significance, a number detail Grenada’s alignment with Cuba in the period immediately prior to the revolution.”
Thanks goes to TwoFeetThick for getting the picture online first!
If you haven’t read about the album or listened to the debut single then you really need to catch up! So click here to read my write-up from earlier this month and of course stay pinned to my blog for a full album review!