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.
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.
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
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
posted by Kyle on December 10th, 2013
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.”
posted by Kyle on December 4th, 2013
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.
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.
posted by Dan on November 6th, 2013
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).
8:30am in the Lucas Oil Arena Main Stage
2:30pm Coffee House Stage
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.
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