Friday Links

Friend of Uke Hunt, IanB has set up a new ukulele site Uke Thingy. There’s a pleasing variety of tab there already stretching from YES to The Road to Eldorado via Van Morrison and Frampton.

snowman ukulele weepop christmas cardWeePOP! are my new favourite record label after sending me a Christmas card with a ukulele-playing snowman. I wouldn’t have thought the entire back catalogue of Stax records could be overturned by a small card, but it just goes to show what a cheap date I am. I can heartily recommend The Darlings’ Photo EP which contains a ukulele cover of AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long – judging by the number I got, there’s less than 60 copies left – so get your skates on. Also, if you haven’t already, check out the Not Quite Rocket Science Ukulele Podcast I mentioned earlier in the year (done by the folks who run weePOP!).

Aldrine Guerrero, Danyo Cummings and pals will be doing a live web performance on Sunday 23rd at 10pm (I think that’s 8am Christmas Eve in the UK). You can watch it here.

GUGUG have recorded a CD: This is the Ukulele New Wave.

Ukulele Tonya has an impressively in depth article on humidity and your ukulele.

banjo ukulele sanshinGoogle Patent Search (still in beta) has some weird and wonderful ukulele inventions. It has the original patent for the Swagerty Treholipee as well as less successful inventions such as the world’s most overcomplicated ukulele tuner (requiring three dense pages of expositional text) and a sort of banjo-ukulele-sanshin concoction.

How do you make the most special day of your life that little more special? Ukulele duet – obviously.

The Guardian Music Blog loves the ukulele and Pete Paphides in The Times reckons UOGB is, “the only ukulele-based covers band in Europe.”

Barak Obama Caucus Carol.

Great-great granddaughter of ukulele making legend Manuel Nunes posts a photo of him on Flickr.

“My ukulele has been signed by all four members of Motley Crue and Marky Ramone; I consider it to be an artifact because of this.”

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  1. LonnaB December 22nd, 2007 12:21 am

    As always, Friday links are great.

    I went immediately to the ukes and humidity link. Living in a dry, nasty, winter climate has caused me concern over humidity.

    The problem I have is that my instrument is always out of the case. I work from home and I always have it within reach for a few quick strums. I play it at night until I’m sleepy, and then I tuck it between my bed and night stand.

    It has a case. Should I be making sure it gets some time to re-humidify?

    I’ve talked to guitar players who don’t give a second thought about humidity, but then, I’ve learned not to trust a guitar player when it comes to the ukulele, anyway.

    What the hell do they know?

    What can you tell me, Woodshed?

    Thanks for everything and happy holidays to you!

  2. Jason December 22nd, 2007 6:04 am

    I like the Friday links because I have no idea how you find this stuff!
    The Barak Obama song was great, how in the world did you stumble across that one?

  3. Woodshed December 22nd, 2007 6:53 pm

    Lonna: Nothing. That’s what I can tell you, I’m afraid. It’s not something I know anything about. You could try emailing the guy who wrote the article.

    Jason: I can’t even remember. I think it might have been Google Alerts.

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