Friday Links

A batch of ukulele albums at various stages of release:

Jacob Borshard ghost ukulele t-shirt- Jacob Borshard has just started recording his third album A Glow in the Dark, which should be available before the end of the year. To keep you happy until then, you can download four tracks that didnt’ make the cut on his MySpace. He also has a range of rather fetching t-shirts available.

Janet Klein‘s latest album Ready for You will be released next week.

The UkuLady has released her debut album Banned From Canters.

Interview with Uke Jackson about the New York Ukulele Festival in the New York Times.

This week on Uker Tabs: A-Punk – Vampire Weekend, Tree Hugger – Kiyma Dawson and My Name is Monkey.

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain interview and performance.

Only a few days left to win a Flea and a bunch of other stuff in Ukulele Review’s Play it forward video contest.

Liz and Jim Beloff interviewed on Ukulele Spotlight (link to mp3).

Sixeyes has an mp3 of a Little Bird by Scott Matthew.

You’ll have to prise it out of my cold, dead hands.

Robo-lele.

Does anyone know the name of this song performed by Priscilla Ahn? Any idea where to get an mp3 or some sort of spinning disc of it?

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  1. danarchist March 28th, 2008 2:33 pm

    Priscilla Ahn: No, but here’s a better video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YORR6KohtFU&feature=related

  2. Woodshed March 28th, 2008 3:15 pm

    Thanks, Dan. It’s a better video but there are people talking all through it. If it was at that gig, there’d be fists flying.

  3. LonnaB March 28th, 2008 9:05 pm

    I think she should have given those talking people the Roger Water’s treatment.

    “Ah, for fucks sakes… I’m trying to sing the song. I mean, I don’t care if you don’t want to hear it, you know. Fuck you. I’m sure there’s a lot of people who do want to hear it.”

    And then, a good amount of spitting on talking people would have closed the deal.

    I don’t think there is anything more annoying than people who talk over live music. What the heck do they have to say that’s so important, anyhow? Ukulele players are especially vulnerable to this crowd noise. There’s a Jake show on the internet archive from Skipper’s smokehouse and the crowd is silent through the entire gig. Of course, it was Grateful Dead night at the smokehouse, so that would explain the courteous behavior. :)

  4. Woodshed March 29th, 2008 3:15 pm

    Ah, yes. There’s no problem that can’t be solved with a dollop of spit.

    I think John Peel used to pay people who were talking to leave the gig.

  5. danarchist March 30th, 2008 12:22 pm

    Back when Chris Isaak was an up-and-coming young San Francisco rocker, his band did a long stand at a Haight Street club. All the hipsters would squeeze in — but to see, be seen and to talk loudly. This great band was making great music in front of a packed house, but only a few people were paying attention. Arrrrgh!
    To be fair, some coffeehouse/bar performances are really meant to be talked over. But if I’m within spitting distance of Priscilla Ahn, I’m gonna shut up and listen.

  6. Woodshed March 31st, 2008 5:22 pm

    Damn hipsters. They ruin it for music nerds.

  7. danarchist March 31st, 2008 7:02 pm

    I think we’ve got the germ of a song there:

    Damn, damn hipsters,
    In their black hair-dye herds.
    Preening and posing,
    And crowding out the nerds.

    We want to see the pretty singer,
    We want to hear the rockin’ uke.
    Put down the absinthe, Artsy,
    And put up your dukes.

    We’re a bunch of weakling geeks,
    And we don’t know how to fight.
    But we mght lob some lugies,
    And throw some elbows tonight.
    .

  8. Woodshed April 1st, 2008 5:10 pm

    Sounds like a number one smash hit to me, Dan.

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