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Ukulele Project Update

posted by Kyle on April 12th, 2014

Kyle’s ukulele EP is done! Just sent out mp3s to all the Kickstarter backers. Pretty happy with how this sounds!

Here is a behind-the-scenes video:

Mike Debus Fr. Pontifex Spirit Juice

posted by Dan on March 24th, 2014

Popple got to hang out with Mike Debus a few weeks ago in Kansas – he’s awesome. Mike is a live paint performance artist and a solid Catholic dude. Fr. Pontifex is obviously cooler than anyone else I know. Rob Kaz and the folks at Spirit Juice just make great Catholic media. This Lent, I dare you to spend some time searching for and praying with some awesome Catholic art.

Kyle’s Ukuleles

posted by Kyle on December 18th, 2013

Many people have been asking for recommendations on what ukulele to get. Here is what I have and I love every one of them.

 

Tenor

Kala Tenor Cutaway KA-ASMTE-C

This is my first real ukulele. The mahogany looks and sounds amazing. I was living in California and went to a ukulele store and tried every ukulele and this was my favorite. I still prefer it, just because of how many hours I have played it. So many cities, stages, and recordings. It has been a great ukulele. I just recorded “Fanny Pack” with it, and then changed the strings to a low-g set. At first I didn’t like it, but as the strings settle, I am really growing to love it all over again.

Electronics: It came with the shadow pickup

 

Archtop

Kala Tenor Archtop KA-JTE/2TS

This plays very similarly to how the tenor (above) used to play before I changed the strings. This became my road uke, mostly because I had a strap pin put in so I can use a strap. I never used a strap before I got this uke, and now I can’t imagine jumping around on stage without one. This sounds great plugged in and get’s lots of attention from its unique look.

Electronics: It came with the shadow pickup

 

Soprano

Kala Soprano KA-15S*

I got this because I was looking for a less expensive ukulele to recommend to beginners, and I love the sound of a soprano. It just has a smaller sound. Like a tenor is a really cute toddler that can talk well and has such a fun voice, and the soprano is like a baby that might not be able to talk as well, but makes up for it in cuteness and the coos. The electronics in this make it hold up great on stage.

Electronics: *I had the MiSi pickup system installed in this. So the electronics are worth more than the ukulele.

 

banjo uke

Kala Concert Banjo Ukulele KA-BNJ-BK-C

The banjo-uke goes back to the 1920s and has such an old-timey sound and look that is so nostalgic. I had been looking at 100-year-old banjo-ukes on ebay and never pulled the trigger because I didn’t just want something to hang on the wall. This one plays great, stays in tune, and has such a unique sound.

No Electronics…. yet

 

Is it a ukulele?

 

Guitarlele

Kala Guitarlele or Utar KA-UTAR*

They don’t make this anymore but it is a blast. It is like a classical guitar, with a capo on the 5th fret (because of the short scale), and a tenor ukulele body. The body is the exact same size as my tenor uke without the cutaway. It inspires me creatively because it sounds so different and plays differently. It is great for small hands learning guitar. My toddlers already love to play it.

Electronics: *I had the MiSi pickup system installed in this.

 

Ubass

Kala Bass or Ubass KA-UBASSFS

This thing will blow your mind. There are lots of bass players using this now, most notably, Bakithi Kumalo, bassist for Paul Simon. It is a solid mahogany baritone ukulele body, with these fat polyurethane strings. It is the same notes and octave as a regular 4-string bass, but in a tiny package.

Electronics: not sure what the electronics are, but that is what makes this awesome!

 

So, obviously, I like Kala. Ever since I bought my first tenor from them, I have been impressed. Their customer service has been great.  I have become a “Kala Ukulele Artist” and visited their headquarters in California. They don’t pay me to say this, or require it as part of any deal, but I can honestly say that they have the best quality to price ratio of any ukulele company.

I hope this helps. I would recommend any of the ukes I mentioned above, but am hesitant to recommend anything I haven’t played.

If you are just starting out, I think a soprano like the KA-15S or KA-15 are great instruments. But, I do really like the tenor size. As a guitar player turned ukulele player, it really is amazing how nice of a ukulele you can get for the price of a junky guitar.

 

Update: 39 Free Songs

posted by Kyle on December 10th, 2013

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Update: All backers, $20 and up, will get 39 FREE SONGS from my favorite artists in addition to the regular rewards!

Bob Rice, Cory & Marie, Fr. Pontifex, Lee Roessler, manuel3, Move Merchants, Popple, Rich Dittus, Sammy Blaze, and The Thirsting.

11 days to go. 33% raised. Listen to “Fanny Pack.”

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kyleheimann/i-wrote-these-songs-for-ukulele

Kyle’s Ukulele Solo Project

posted by Kyle on December 4th, 2013

Be a part of Kyle’s new ukulele CD

This is going to be something fun, light, and delicious… like a ukulele pie. The more support I get, the more songs I will record. Check it out. You can also listen to the first song, “Fanny Pack,” at this link.

Look Mom! Photos from NCYC 2013

posted by Dan on November 28th, 2013

Popple on Stage in Lucas Oil Stadium

Popple on Stage in Lucas Oil Stadium

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Going to NCYC

posted by Kyle on November 16th, 2013

National Catholic Youth Conference in Indy will be here soon. Come hang out with us!

Friday: 8:30 am – main stage, Lucas Oil Stadium

Friday: 2:30 pm – Coffee House Stage

Saturday: 3:30 pm – Comedy Club

Thursday-Saturday: Stop by our booth for special deals, laughs, and shenanigans.

National Catholic Youth Conference 2013

posted by Dan on November 6th, 2013

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Popple will be at NCYC this year in Indianapolis! Join us, a few hundred priests and nuns and roughly 23,000 high school teens from around the country/world for three days this November! Stop by and say hi to us at the Popple Living Room (our booth).

Popple Performances:
Friday 11/22
8:30am in the Lucas Oil Arena Main Stage
2:30pm Coffee House Stage
Saturday 11/23
Comedy Club

Popple – Good for Digestion

posted by Dan on November 6th, 2013

Popple received a real nice write up in Catholic Digest this month! As far as Catholic circles go this really boosts our street cred. Thanks Catholic Digest! popple catholic digest

Burnt wood = great artwork

posted by Kyle on October 12th, 2013

I recently finished reading a book for single ladies by Katie Hartfeil. It is great and I recommend it for all the single ladies, all the single ladies.

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Then, I was blown away by these really cool crucifixes that Katie is making. You should buy one, and then buy one for me! http://etsy.me/17wUHs4

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