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Hot Stuff: Eddie Vedder’s Straight-Faced Ukulele Songs

Eddie Vedder proves that the substance of a song transcends its style on Ukulele Songs. Eddie Vedder proves that the substance of a song transcends its style on Ukulele Songs.

We love music here at Rosebud Magazine. And we love sharing the records we love with our fellow hydroponics growers, so once again, we’re coming at you with Hot Stuff to tell you about what’s bumping in the stereo speakers this week. It’s another mixed bag, as Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder comes through with a surprisingly wonderful collection of Ukulele Songs. We’ve also got metal, some classic rock throwbacks, moody instrumentals and gutsy punk rock.

Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs

Eddie Vedder has done a lot to distinguish himself outside the context of Pearl Jam, including scoring films and collaborating with other artists. On Ukulele Songs, Vedder takes it a step further. As the album title makes clear, these are songs played on the ukulele, but this isn’t a novelty act. Or not merely a novelty act. The songs are actually compelling, earnest, and they are played with a straight face. Vedder’s voice adds a haunting quality that contrasts with the happy sound of his instrument. The result is an album of interesting and memorable songs.


Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

One of the biggest instrumental outfits going, Explosions in the Sky bring more haunting post-rock on their latest full-length - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.  The band’s narrative structure remains in tact, with the album sliding into gracefully familiar territory right off the bat. That’s great news for everyone who ever let themselves drift away to the compelling sounds of this Texas quartet, who rose to fame thanks to the soundtrack for Friday Night Lights. But the brilliance of Explosions in the Sky transcends the hype. You can put this record on and listen intently or let yourself drift away. That kind of versatility from a single release is rare, and that makes this a special record to be sure.


Tombs – Path of Totality

The new Tombs album is a bracing blast of metal from Relapse Records, who have been on a tear in 2011, releasing some of the best metal records of the year so far. Path of Totality is an album of punishing heaviness that often sounds like a doom metal record, but adds post-metal touches and shifts tempos enough that it avoids any classification that would be too reductive. Suffice to say that this Brooklyn trio bring it, and bring it hard.


Small Brown Bike – Fell & Found

Back in the early ‘00s, Michigan’s emotive dual-vocal post-punks, Small Brown Bike, whipped up a dedicated cult following thanks to a string of stellar releases on stalwart independent punk labels No Idea Records and Lookout! Records. Eight years after their farewell show, the four-piece is back with Fell & Found, which finds them blistering through 11 songs that sound like they’re straight out of the band’s glory days. Small Brown Bike’s reunion is a boon to long-time fans, and a much-needed heads up for a new generation being raised on the pseudo-punk of auto-tuned fashionistas.


White Denim – D

Texas indie-rockers White Denim have come up with something of a throwback album for 2011. D sounds like it would be quite at home on classic rock radio, with rambling guitar riffs chasing each other over fuzzy basslines. The laid back moments of jangling acoustic guitars and warbling vocal melodies would have been right at home in the early ‘70s, too. White Denim don’t shy away from flights of fancy either, sometimes digging into off-the-wall moments of noodling, but ultimately finding a way to make it all hang together in a heck of a good listen.


Protest the Hero – Scurrilous

This one has been out for a few months now, but it’s in heavy rotation around the Rosebud Magazine office this week. The Canadian wunderkinds are shredding up a storm once again, but have come up with a record that is more song-oriented than previous releases. This one is progressive and heady, but not so much out of left field. Specifically, the vocal melodies (and harmonies) stand out here, making the songs more memorable and making Scurrilous the best Protest the Hero album to date.


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One of Eddie Vedder's other non-Pearl Jam projects was contributing to the soundtrack of Sean Penn's Into the Wild
Last modified on Thursday, 23 August 2012 15:00

Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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