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Kalapana - June 30, 2014

Doctor Sparkles plays one of the songs to be on his next album (Silhouettes of Aloha) - "Kalapana" - on lava flow near Kalapana's new Black Sand Beach (Big Island, Hawaii)...

Learn How To Play The Ukulele - Reggae - April 8, 2013

Learn how to play the ukulele with Doctor Sparkles on the song "Rastaman Santa"...

Predoctorate Recordings Now On - February 29, 2012

Before Doctor Sparkles... "Dirt & Divine" was released in 1991 as a student project... "Fool's Gold" was released in 2003 as a musical tarot, one song for each of the major arcana... and now each of these is posted online to listen...

San Francisco Bay Blues in... San Francisco! - April 26, 2011

Lil Doctor Sparkles performs San Francisco Bay Blues at the Powell Street Cable Car Station in downtown San Francisco.

Doctor Sparkles Top 10 Video Countdown! #1 - March 29, 2011

Coming in at number 1 - Beethoven's 5th Symphony:

Doctor Sparkles Top 10 Video Countdown! #2 - March 28, 2011

Coming in at number 2 - There's A Special Place (original from "Sail Away" album):

Doctor Sparkles Top 10 Video Countdown! #3 - March 27, 2011

Coming in at number 3 - Oompa Loompa (from the original movie version of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory):

Doctor Sparkles Top 10 Video Countdown! #4 - March 26, 2011

Coming in at number 4 - Military Town Blues (original from "Scary Country" album):

Doctor Sparkles Top 10 Video Countdown! #5 - March 25, 2011

Coming in at number 5 - American Processed Cheesefood Monsters (original from "Scary Country" album):

Doctor Sparkles Top 10 Video Countdown! #6 - March 24, 2011

Coming in at number 6 - John Lennon's "Love"

Doctor Sparkles Top 10 Video Countdown! #7 - March 23, 2011

Coming in at number 7 - Sail Away (original from "Sail Away" album):

Doctor Sparkles Top 10 Video Countdown! #8 - March 22, 2011

Coming in at number 8 - Practice Suspicious Behavior (original from “Scary Country” album):

Doctor Sparkles Top 10 Video Countdown! #9 - March 21, 2011

Coming in at number 9 - Ghost Chickens in the Sky!

Doctor Sparkles Top 10 Video Countdown! #10 - March 20, 2011

Coming in at #10. Swingtown (aka “Alphabet in Reverse” – original from “Monkey Swing Monkey Doo album):

Scary Country Review in FAME - March 14, 2011

Review by Mark S. Tucker (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange)

"Having started my critiquing career in the weird hell of the 80s Sound Choice magazine with sniveling idiot editor David Ciaffardini (ex-OP-associate of a-holes Scott Becker and Ritchie Unterberger over at OPtion), you'd think I'd have had a crawful of DIY strangeness, enough to last a lifetime, but what that brief stint engendered, following a spate of off-the-wall, creative as all get out, and just plain goofy musics was a love for talented oddballs, because, well, that's where most of the truly intriguing stuff comes from. In that milieu, acts like Ham Sandwich, John Wiggins, The Trouble with Larry, John Zawacki, and a roster of garage maniacs and daunting tunescrafters leavened my appetite for progrock and jazz with a sharpened craving for exotic side dishes. Hopefully, I'll never lose that jones, and cats like Doctor Sparkles show just exactly why no one should.
The gent's promo-lit head shot depicts a Mad Hatter who turned to the light but refused to divest the looniness he'd grown so fond of over a suburban career of entertaining. Then a scattershot liner melange of photos of the good minstrel in various guises injects a syringe of kickapoo joy juice prepping the listener to the ukelele cabaret recording artist's decidedly off-kilter but very righteous ditties. Drenched in humor, a predominantly Left point of view (okay, he digs Ron Paul, a decided conservative, but, hey, given the choice between Moron McCain, CorporObama, and Ayn Paul, who would *you* choose?), and a not-so-distant cousin of jug band music, Scary Country is indeed cabaretic, hitting a very wide range. Something Pretty, f'rinstance, strays into balladic tones in semi-classical Romantic refrains before progressing into an almost Alice Cooper-ish vein a la the archly mellowesque side of Nightmare, Goes to Hell, or DaDa. This lithe turn of events, thank Gawd, finds itself unrestrained by big label pressures or agents fretting about whether or not MTV might find teen-dream idols within.

"Then there's Sparkles' wielding of not just the uke but also banjolele, balalaika, and the ever-popular home-made Dinty Moore Stew Canjolele (no, really, it's right there on the cover!!), and, as you listen, you'll uncover elements of The Firesign Theater, Nash the Slash, Swami Beyondanda, Ian Whitcomb, and sundry way-cool wackos. The Freakin' Fifth is a riff on the Bill of Rights, not Beethoven, and Homeland Security Chum extols Sparkles' views of TSA while Rescue Pig (Episode 1?) is a lighthearted ditty a la the ol' Underdog theme. In voices theatrical and melodic, you get a nonstop dizzying parade of great satires, commentaries, smartassery, zaniness…and, oh yeah, a buttload of wonderful music too, everything quite impressively rendered. Put this guy in a studio with a few bucks for a budget, and I guarantee you'd be astounded at the result.

"Move over, Weird Al."

Read Entire Review at:

Live "Without Freedom" Video: - February 15, 2011

Scary Country nominated in Hawaii Music Awards - January 15, 2011

It’s time to vote in the Hawaii Music Awards! This is an online people’s choice awards poll that anyone can participate in. Simply visit:, enter your email, then vote. (Make sure you click on “Review Votes” and “Submit Votes” after you’ve made your choices.)

Scary Country has been nominated for FOLK album of the year. So please consider voting for: DOCTOR SPARKLES: SCARY COUNTRY.

"Scary Country" now available for purchase online! - December 15, 2010

Now you can buy Scary Country CD from CD Baby:
Doctor Sparkles: Scary Country

Dr. Sparkles plays Black Hole Sun - May 26, 2010

Doctor Sparkles on balalaika - December 1, 2009

Doctor Sparkles practicing a new song on balalaika - entitled "2012".

What Do Ukulele Players Eat? - October 26, 2009

Ever wonder what ukulele players eat? Rose Ertler has put out a new book answering that very question, and it is now available for purchase online. This book has some great recipes, including Dr. Sparkles' recipe for Nondairy Chocolate Cream Pie! Order your copy today!

Doctor Sparkles covers Weird Al Yankovic - October 9, 2009

Monkey Swing Monkey Doo nominated in Just Plain Folks Awards! - June 30, 2009">Just Plain Folks nominee
In the largest music awards of any kind in world history, Doctor Sparkles latest CD release "Monkey Swing Monkey Doo" has been nominated from 42,000 albums for Best Cabaret Album, and its lead track "The Golden Age of Swing" was nominated from 560,000 songs for Best Cabaret Song. The winners will be announced at the awards show on August 29th in Nashville, TN.

Doctor Sparkles performs "Francisco El Gato" - April 10, 2009

Artistic Pursuit Interview - December 23, 2008

Artistic Purstuit Magazine interviews Doctor Sparkles in Artistic Pursuit Magazine
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