Stuff I like: Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox

Casey Abrams performing live at Scott Bradlee's weekly "Postmodern Jukebox" music series, at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Hollywood (Los Angeles) California on Wednesday November 26th, 2014 by Justin Higuchi
Casey Abrams performing live at Scott Bradlee’s weekly “Postmodern Jukebox” music series, at Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails in Hollywood (Los Angeles) California on Wednesday November 26th, 2014 by Justin Higuchi

I’ve mentioned before that I am attempting to remove extraneous internet stuff from my life. One of those things that I cut out was Google+. The problem with that is that Google+ is tied really tightly into YouTube. Having removed G+, I can no longer upload or share videos. What I can still do with my YouTube account is watch videos of other people.

Postmodern Jukebox is the brain-child of Scott Bradlee who came up with the deceptively simple idea of doing covers of modern songs in a variety of “old timey” styles. I want to emphasize the credit here. It isn’t a particularly complex idea. What Scott did was make it work. He did the arrangements. He got the musicians together to do the recordings. What he did was the footwork to take an idea and execute it beautifully. And there he is in the background of all of the videos, sitting at the keyboard.

A year ago, Ke$ha’s Timber was one of those popular songs and either through a Facebook link or some deliberate searching, I came across the following cover.

I was immediately sucked in by what I thought of as the ‘Lois Lane’ voice. It took me a little research to discover that it was called a ‘Transcontinental Accent’. My wife has since made fun of me for throwing the term around.

In the time since I first watched that video, they have done a large number of songs including an entire Christmas album worth. I’m including the one below because it has Tambourine Guy in it.

And now they are on tour. Recently they played locally but I didn’t find out that they were playing in town until the day of the concert. So sad. It is awesome to see so many different musicians pulled into this project. Honestly, just go look them up on YouTube. You can buy the albums on iTunes or Google play.

Here is the most recent video. A cover of Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive.