Friday Links

Three videos that had me clutching my sides with laughter: Hilary Clinton and John McCain do the Ukulele Forum Rap, Ukulele en Francais and Unicorn Fantasy (that last one is NSFW and via Zym).

The Guardian Music Blog discusses the ukulele resurgence with Dent May, Jens Lekman (who seems to be a titanic knobhead) and the world’s handsomest ukulele blogger. If you’re at all interested in what I said in the rest of the interview, you can read it here.

The Ukulele Movement comes to Singapore.

Win an Ohana by designing the logo for the Wine Country Uke Fest.

Supernifty Playalong.

Getting Serious… about Ukulele: “The thing is — with a very few exceptions — for my money there isn’t that much creativity around in the world of uke design.”

Come Sail Away by Styx on Uker Tabs.

Ukulele Chord Tool for Palm OS.

WIUO rock the hat and goatee look (and, gosh, doesn’t Megan have hairy shoulders).

I Dream of Ukulennie.

The Ukulele Bible: “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Ukulele shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels. In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not Ukulele, and that obey not the gospel of our Ukulele. Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Ukulele, and from the glory of his power.” (Thessalonians 1:7-9)

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  1. Mike Woodhouse March 13th, 2009 3:34 pm

    Not sure where to put this but I’d really love a tab for ‘Jump’ by Van Halen. I know it’s eighties but it is a keyboard riff and you said you were doing some.



  2. Vincent March 13th, 2009 5:44 pm

    for keyboard riffs not from the 80’s I’d have to go with touch me by the doors

    and maybe the beginning of Ina Gadda Davida, that looks tricky though

    I like Mike’s idea for Jump too, and vampire weekend must have some keyboards

  3. byjimini March 13th, 2009 8:04 pm

    “If there’s two things I will never do, it would be grow a beard and pick up the uke again.”

    And thirdly, you’ll never enjoy this level of media interest/fame ever, ever again!

  4. Woodshed March 14th, 2009 10:11 am

    Mike: Thanks for the suggestion. It’s on the list of possibilities.

    Vincent: Thanks. I was thinking about the intro to Light My Fire – might be a bit tricky. I’ll have to remember In Gadda for the next set of guitar riffs.

    byjimini: And without the beard, he’s going to get no uke girl interest.

  5. Sunt1o July 27th, 2009 2:48 am

    I got my own arrangement for Jump on ukulele. It skips the insane solo and is mostly just for the vocal melody but the main riff is in there. And the ending guitar thing. I made it so I could play the song over my back-up tape. I think i’ll try to make a youtube video out of it. If you’re still interested in the song, contact me (Sunt1o) on youtube.

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