Ancient & Modern

Posted: August 17, 2012 in Fridge Note, Music nobody listens to, Wa fuckin Ha

Eddie Vedder did a ukelele album?

It’s either genius or stupid, and maybe both.

 

 

FWIW, I have an 8-string ukelele at home (otherwise known as a mandolin).  The intertubas tell me that both instruments are members of the Lute fambly.  First one to make a “Lute!  I am your father” joke gets unceremoniously banned.

 

 

Ahhh, who am I kidding?  I’ll probably end up getting it; I am halfway to liking it already and I have unused eMusic credits.  So just to shake things up a bit and inspire shenanigans and arguments, I will go against tradition and ask for opinions.  We can trash Paul Ryan further next week.

 

Opinions?

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  1. Hah. the music machine just played a Magnetic Fields ukelele song from “69 Love Songs”.

  2. The Vedder-lele album is actually very good – when in a particular mood. Unlikely to get you dancing but quite relaxing and interesting…

  3. Nick says:

    Opinions… hmm… Peter Jackson’s LotR movies were brilliant but there is absolutely no reason to make The Hobbit into two movies, much less three (other than money). Misheard lyrics for Yellow Ledbetter is still awesome (http://www.collegehumor.com/video/1155880/misheard-lyrics). Schroedinger’s Candidate is still the best description of Mitt Romney’s behavior I have heard. I am loving George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice books, but wish I had known it wasn’t complete before I started reading them. And it somewhat presumptious of him to steal Tolkien’s middle initials like that. The ukelele revolution is coming. Possibly before the Zombie Apocalypse (but with less braaaaaaains).

  4. crap. Now I want a Ukelele. Just what I need, another string instrument I can’t play.

  5. mikey says:

    Opinions:
    9mm has gotten a bad rap even as .40 SW is ridiculously over-rated.
    Bulgur is much better than Quinoa.
    Whole Foods is not just expensive, but self-consciously hip – I greatly prefer Trader Joes.
    Cigarettes smell awful, but what the FUCK is the deal with cigars? Christ.
    The mortgage interest deduction is good for any given individual, but terrible for society.
    Air travel has become an extended exercise in torment. Trains are the new planes.
    As much as I love Mendocino and Yosemite, no place makes me happier than Lake Tahoe.
    Look. Seriously. Tacos are NOT authentic Mexican cuisine – put anything you want in a tortilla and enjoy the damn thing. However, weird shit in hummus is an abomination.
    The older I get, the more I like Peanut Butter.

  6. I can see that I needed to be more specific.

  7. Last time I went to the Liquor store, the Sailor Jerry’s was sold out.

    mikey, you did not mention that you were in town.

  8. @Nick – I remember when Martin nicked the initials. I was in the UK at teh time and it was quite the scandal. ‘eadlines like ” ‘ooligan’s Loose In Voldemort – Rash Of Missing Patronyms”. Fleet street at it’s best…

  9. After a visit to Musician’s friend, the ukelele lust has been tamped down in favor of a dirt cheap Ibanez acoustic-electric. There’s even a 12-string with built in tuner!

  10. mikey says:

    “Last time I went to the Liquor store, the Sailor Jerry’s was sold out.”

    Now you’re just trying to frighten me…

  11. I like it! But I really like his solo work. I’ve never been a big “Pearl Jam” fan.
    ((Hugs))
    Laura

  12. SWEET LIVING SHIT. I just maxed the RAM on my MacBook, and I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW FAST SOME OF THIS SHIT IS MOVING. It even made Bouffant’s website load up decently.

    My CAD program loaded like 6 or seven times as fast.

    And just to make it all official and shit, this might as well be an open thread.

    Paul Ryan is a tailpipe-fucker.

  13. Eddie Vedder is sort of a conundrum. A guy with decent taste in a bad band.

    He’s performed this for instance:

  14. Larfing at Canuckinoids. WordPress, Sub, just paste the UTube url into the comment, no html necessary.

  15. I never saw the Frogs, and now one of them died recently.

  16. Billy Corgan is also a big fan of the Frogs, so take that for what it’s worth.

  17. mikey says:

    Frogs are somewhat problematic.

    It is never terribly clear which parts you can eat.

    Legs are good, sure, but what about the rest?

  18. Oh.

    One of the things that kind of bugs me about Vedder is being late on the hipster shit. The uke thing is an example. Singing Masters of War after Mark Arm sang Masters of War was just weird.

  19. Did he play the uke on the Benaroya hall album? Because that was a while ago.

    the way he tells it, he bought the uke on a whim while on a beer run. I find it a questionable story; too strained for cred, and seriously? You spent beer money on a ukelele?

  20. Billy Corgan is also a big fan of the Frogs, so take that for what it’s worth.

    Can’t fault the taste of a guy who rips off Neu!, but you can fault him for his work, which I think is pretty awful. His singing is as much of a pose as any LA hair metal band was. And I like the LA hair metal better.

  21. Hah. Thank you whickiwhackee woo, it appears he did; and it was in 2004. Although Stephen Merritt (speaking of hipsters) was doing it WAY before that.

  22. Of interest is that the Sidney Hih building, which housed the Unicorn, is being torn down this week (it’s a block from my office) The Unicorn played host to Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins and such, many times.

  23. It is never terribly clear which parts you can eat.

    All of ’em, Katie; depending on how picky you are.

  24. Nick says:

    Sent my kids out to San Francisco to visit my brother. They came back quoting a wide range of Python! So, he was not satisfied in totally indoctrinating me into the joyous madness that is Monty Python, now he has corrupted my children as well. Older brothers… what is to be done? <(")
    Oddly, Crunchy Frog was not one of the skits they had memorized. Upperclass Twit of the Year was, however! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSqkdcT25ss

  25. mikey says:

    Hey ZRM. Kinda curious is all.

    How much Pussy Riot do you have on your iPod?

  26. mikey says:

    Via the incomparable David Ferguson at Raw Story (you might remember him as TRex), here’s how they do protest in Russia?

    Occupy? Psssshhhhh….

  27. None, mikey.

    Bad zombie is bad. [hangs head, shuffles away]

  28. Nick says:

    Fortunately for Rmoney and the far-Right, they have Dave Mustaine (lead singer of MegaDeath) standing up for them. Telling the troof and stuff. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/08/16/6-political-musings-from-megadeth-s-dave-mustaine.html

  29. You forget the mighty Sebadoh.

  30. fish says:

    You spent beer money on a ukelele?

    For the lead singer of Pearl Jam, this is probably not an either/or situation. Even if you are buying ridiculously overpriced microbrews.

  31. blue girl says:

    Eddie Vedder’s got a Cat Stevens thing goin’ on with that song “Without You.” Awesome. (Couldn’t listen to the 3rd video cuz there was a :30 unskippable Rmoney ad before the song. And I can’t take it.)

    Because of the Into the Wild soundtrack, Eddie Vedder can do whatever he wants for the rest of his life and I will always be a fan.

  32. blue girl says:

    I just listened to that song twice at full blast.

    Marry me, Eddie Vedder.

  33. BG is getting kind of squishy.

    fish, I got the impression that he was trying to say the beer run was before they were rich. I too doubt that Eddie makes his own beer runs these days.

    Speaking of which, I was unaware that the White House has its own brewery.

  34. blue girl says:

    getting?

    I am Queen of Squish.

  35. It even made Bouffant’s website load up decently.

    SNERK!
    ~

  36. I find it amusing, in an old Bat In Training Gett Offa mah Lawn kind of way, that I just put 16 gigs of RAM in my devil-box.

    Our first computer, a Mac Classic, had 2 MB of RAM. and no onboard hard drive.

  37. mikey says:

    Loadhigh = mouse.com

  38. herr doktor bimler says:

    Speaking of which, I was unaware that the White House has its own brewery.

    Someone reckoned that Obama should brew a Hoesgaarden-style wheat-&-coriander beer so he could call it “Wit House”.

  39. or maybe a BLACK Bavarian style dark lager named “EAT IT, Tea Party!”

  40. I am Queen of Squish.

    …and Cheating.

  41. herr doktor bimler says:

    Also, mikey needs to read “Strong Poison” — if he has not already done so — in which Lord Peter Wimsey realises how a murder was committed because he is familiar with “A Shropshire Lad”.

  42. herr doktor bimler says:

    Brewing a honey ale is a good choice. I mean, it’s not a far-out kind of deviant-flavour beer that says “Fuck you” to mainstream suds guzzlers, but at the same time it’s quite hard to manage the fermentation when you’re using honey, so it scores points with the hipsters.

  43. says “Fuck you” to mainstream suds guzzlers

    you say that as if it’s a bad thing.

  44. “Kenyan Marxist Communist Hawaiian Devil-Baby Ale”

  45. herr doktor bimler says:

    a BLACK Bavarian style dark lager

    Schwartzbier is not a Bavarian style — more Saxony / Thuringia. East Germany, anyway (and Berlin). Not that I’m pedantic or anything.

  46. What do I care? Local brewery Sprecher makes a hearty dark called Black Bavarian. I know what I like.

  47. herr doktor bimler says:

    I had Watermelon Wheatbeer once from the 21st Amendment in SF — DO NOT WANT MOAR.

    “Birth Certificate Coconut Porter”.

  48. I can believe that. I am not typically a fan of the flavored beers. Beer flavor is good.

    “New Black Panther Lite”

  49. herr doktor bimler says:

    What do I care?
    Your unconcern for authenticity disturbs me.

    Soren Eriksen (expatriate Danish brewer) was giving out free samples of his latest two beers the other day — his Grand Cru (a Belgian Quadruppel that he’d aged in Pinot Noir barrels and cross-infected with funky yeasts) and Bumaye (an Imperial Stout, also barrel-aged, that tasted of salted liqourice). Did I mention that the Grand Cru had been fermented with sultanas? Did I mention that the stout was 17% alc?

    A few glasses of each and I lost all the feeling in my toes.

  50. Your unconcern for authenticity disturbs me.

    Piffle. Budweiser claims to be authentic.

    “Immigrant Amnesty Jalapeno Pepper Beer”

  51. Did I mention that the stout was 17% alc?

    There’s a point at which it is no longer really beer.

  52. herr doktor bimler says:

    Russian Rapprochement Baltic Stout.

  53. Your unconcern for authenticity disturbs me.

    Take it up with Randy Sprecher over several bottles of his Scottish Ale.

  54. “International Apology Ale”

  55. herr doktor bimler says:

    How many International Bitterness Units?

  56. Your unconcern for authenticity disturbs me.

    ….further.

  57. “Kenyan Marxist Communist Hawaiian Devil-Baby Ale”

    With extra hops.
    ~

  58. “Hops and Suds Death Panel Bitter”

  59. “Death to Squirrels High-Gravity ZomBock”

  60. mikey says:

    How many International Bitterness Units?

    Bitterness Units?

    Dood, you’re gonna need some kind of high volume calculating machine.

    Perhaps we can think in terms of Electron Volts, and just think in terms of GBUs.

    Of course, the DoD already uses that acronym for “Guided Bomb Units”, their precision gravity bomb designations. So unfortunate, but the point is we have an emotional pH of 1.1 and falling….

  61. The DoD takes all the best acronyms.

    “I Killed Bin Laden Celebration Spice Beer”

  62. You could put some chicory in it.
    ~

  63. zombie rotten mcdonald said…

    I think it is a tool of STAN.

    12:17 PM, August 16, 2012

    SAME THING.
    ~

  64. herr doktor bimler says:

    Now I want a Shepard Fairey ‘HOPS’ poster.
    Ah, thank you World.

  65. mikey says:

    I fucking LOVE this!

    The Sounds!

    I’d do it again if I could..

  66. Jennifer says:

    I am not typically a fan of the flavored beers. Beer flavor is good.

    I agree. I had a passionfruit beer recently. I was lured by the promise of cilantro and citrus notes, but somehow missed the passionfruit HAMMER. As someone else said, “It might be good if they just didn’t tell you it was supposed to be beer.” Although I think that would also be wrong.

  67. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    I was expecting Mekons. SHAN’T BE BACK!!!

    White House beer? Kenyan Usurper Sorghum Beer.

  68. mikey says:

    “It might be good if they just didn’t tell you it was supposed to be beer.”

    Also true of tea…

  69. You could put magic shell on the passionfruit beer.
    ~

  70. blue girl says:

    Is that you wearing the blue t-shirt in the last part of that series, ZRM?

  71. fish says:

    Smuttynose for Smut. How apropos.

    Frogs are somewhat problematic.

    It is never terribly clear which parts you can eat.

    I prefer the ones from the south of France, they use more olive oil there. The Normans tend to be a bit fishy tasting and the Parisians are just bitter.

  72. working at home today, sitting on the couch with the stupid orange dog snoring next to me. except when she has a dream and wakes herself up. Weird dog.

    And who is surprised that fish is biased against frogs?

  73. A dog says:

    except when she has a dream and wakes herself up. Weird dog.

    It’s always funny when the humans’ paws start twitching in their sleep and you know they’re dreaming about blogging.

  74. herr doktor bimler says:

    “It might be good if they just didn’t tell you it was supposed to be beer.”
    Also true of tea…

    Earl Grey Beer actually works really well.

  75. How many beers do you get out of one Earl?

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