Friday Links

New ukulele releases: Ukulollo’s Completely Unbroken (you can get MP3s hereThe Beat of the Strum is essential), UOGB’s Still Live (essentials: Hot Lips and Good Sculptures), Howlin’ Hobbit’s Taking the Plunge. And Nellie McKay has an EP available for free. On the way: Aaron Keim’s Quiet American II.

Zach Condon will be releasing a new album in the summer and he has a new outlook on the uke, “this year I buckled down. It’s an interesting instrument. My trouble was taking it seriously myself.”

Bossa is doing her Uke Hunt podcast inspiring ukulele show for Chorlton Arts Radio. So if you want to be involved hit her up.

Uke of Carl has been putting up plenty of TV theme tabs including Dallas, Black Adder and Family Guy.

How Clean Is Your Ukulele?

Ralph Shaw discusses how to be a sensitve banjo-uker.

Acoustic alarm clock.

The Hitachi contest/boob entry hullabaloo continues with the owner of the boobs saying, “I would have expected better from the people at Uruti School who should be teaching their eight students good sportsmanship, not hate.”

Photos: Final image, Me and My Uke, adorable, Prince Charles forgets his ukulele.

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  1. zym May 6th, 2011 3:11 pm

    why dont the people arguing about the competition join forces and make a soft-corn porn ukulele vid featuring two sheep, a pet calf and a farm dog?

  2. Herman Vandecauter May 6th, 2011 8:52 pm

    ‘like the alarm clock very much!

  3. 3dBloke May 6th, 2011 11:07 pm

    I love the “How to clean your ukulele” video. I went back to the start and watched the whole thing :)

  4. Ron Hale May 6th, 2011 11:28 pm

    I’m with Uruti School all the way. The owner of the boobs no doubt is trying to recoup costs, Al, but these kids have made one of my favorite videos of the year, and I hope they learn to never roll over and let people walk all over them.

    And to turn right around and dismiss righteous indignation as bad sportsmanship and hate after pulling a stunt like this and ruining the dreams of children is to give the ukulele and all of its players a black eye and a bad name. We’re not all like this, kids, honestly. Don’t throw your ukes away in disgust. Keep at it, you’ll be glad you did.

    Take the ukulele too seriously, Zach, and you’ll
    end up with a load of insufferable rubbish. Music interesting from a technical viewpoint, perhaps, but rubbish all the same. I call a lot of this sort of thing “ukezak.”

    People chuckle at the sight and sound of the ukulele for a reason. Best never to lose sight of this as you delve more deeply into it.

  5. Howlin' Hobbit May 7th, 2011 3:17 am

    @Woodshed — thanks for the shout-out and for the lovely message from Bandcamp. I appreciate both more than a few pixels worth of type can convey.

    @Ron Hale — I am so stealing the term “ukezak.” I know just where to apply it. most excellent neologism. you should get some sort of award. at least 20 internets.

  6. Sam Lowry May 7th, 2011 5:20 am

    If I had a band, I might change the name to The Soft-Core Porn Uke Band

  7. Woodshed May 7th, 2011 8:27 am


    Herman: I’m against alarm clocks as a rule but if I had to have one, I’d go with that one.

    3rdbloke: I can’t stand that show!

    Ron: I think Boob Lady won fair and square – the rules of the competition were just idiotic and self-serving. Nice work on ‘ukezak’.

    Hobbit: You’re very welcome. Loving the EP.

    Sam: I think we’ve learned that will get you plenty of extra views.

  8. Woodshed May 7th, 2011 8:28 am

    zym: It’s that kind of thinking that won us two world wars.

  9. Carlton May 7th, 2011 9:08 am

    Thanks for t’mention. This has made my day.

  10. Woodshed May 8th, 2011 9:16 am

    Carlton: You’re very welcome.

  11. Ambient Doughnut May 9th, 2011 10:53 am

    I pre-ordered the Aaron Keim CD and have been listening to it for the past week. It’s really quite lovely!

  12. Woodshed May 15th, 2011 12:13 pm

    Ambient: Glad you’re enjoying it.

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