To prove I don't just cover Half Man Half Biscuit and The Smiths...

... I'm covering another Northern English band which heavily influenced my formative years.

The Wedding Present

This time round, it's "Blue Eyes", track one from the Hit Parade albums, which open the intriguing possibility of covering all twelve hit parade singles in order, if I can muster the dedication required to arrange and learn all twelve tracks.



As is traditional at the moment, the cover was played on my Cordoba tenor ukulele, my aNueNue concert banjulele and my MusicMan Stingray electric bass - with support of Roland amplification - into my Yamaha USB mixer via a Behringer Condenser mic and thence to Audacity, in what I've come to think of as my "low complexity" setup. One mic for everything means less mucking around by far, though the sound quality can suffer a bit (especially with a fan running in the room at the same time as a high-sensitivity microphone).

I'm threatening to add some accordion to this track. Be warned.

UPDATE: declared "ukuleletastic" by David Gedge himself. Which made my fucking weekend, I can tell you.

Shorty Awards 2012: Support #StopAVN

Nominate Stop the AVN for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!Nominate Stop the AVN for a social media award in the Shorty Awards

Yes, it's that time again. Time for the Shorty Awards.

This year, I'm supporting and promoting a Shorty for @StopAVN in the #Activism category.

If you have an existing, active twitter account, please join me in voting for @StopAVN., and help out by promoting this initiative to your followers, the more the better.

Of course, shenanigans have happened before (see the comments trail here), so I'll be following any responses from the antivax side with interest, and I've started a wiki hub page here. Let me know if you see dodgy behaviour from any side.

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