Jake Shimabukuro @Google, Cobain Fools: Friday Links

Jake plays for Google, chats ukulele and – my favourite part – does a Q&A in this hour long appearance at GoogleTalks.

Ukulele April Fool of the year goes to this article from NPR about the discovery of demos from a very young Kurt Cobain including, “”Nixon Must Die (Or Resign)”… “Shazam!”; and the collection’s lone cover, a ukulele version of the Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker.”” Like all good April Fools, it’s just bordering on believable. The ‘news’ was still being reported as fact several days later.

Fluxblog interview Dan Kois about his Israel Kamakawiwo’ole biography. The interview is well worth a read and there’s also a video of Pearl Jam covering Hawai’i ’78.

Guitar Magazines realise what people really want.

Ugulele via Humble Uker

MP3s: Wisdom Tooth has a new EP out (and a lovely cover of Panic on her Tumblr

The ukulele bit on Malcolm in the Middle.

Elliott Brood on Uker Tabs.

Racy ukulele meets Mills and Boon action.

Misery Loves Sherman – getting it wrong on ukuleles and moustaches.

Pictures: Make a Wish, rock out with your spock out, ukulele, another graphical representation of Ukulele for Geeks (this time including me – yay – and ezFolk – boo).

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  1. Dan April 9th, 2010 3:36 pm

    Racy? You know you’re always getting my hopes up with your tersely labeled “ukulele girl” photos, Al, and now this.

  2. JCMcGee April 10th, 2010 11:37 am

    Brilliant stuff here…this could be the best FRIDAY LINKS ever!

  3. alec April 10th, 2010 12:23 pm

    Wait, why did you get banned from ezfolk? I hope it was scandalous. I tried to read the posts from Aug 2008, but when you click on archives by date it only shows the last week of each month, back to the 23rd or so. Unless I’m missing something.

  4. alec April 10th, 2010 3:00 pm

    I love Jake’s earnestness. You never hear, say, guitar players talk like that, or not often. (Ukulele as a means to peace and positive thinking might stretch the potential powers of the ukulele a bit though.)

  5. Woodshed April 11th, 2010 2:37 pm

    Dan: I think use of the word ‘racy’ should have tipped you off.

    Jimmy: Glad you enjoyed.

    alec: Shit! I’ll have to get that fixed. I can’t blame Jake for being idealistic, beats being cynical.

  6. cheerios April 16th, 2010 2:09 pm

    In this video Jake puts paid to the silly
    notion that he takes a backseat to anyone
    else in the ukulele playing world. Anyone else…

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