London Riots: Friday Links

One of the many victims of this week’s riots was the UK’s independent record industry. The Sony/PIAS warehouse was burnt to the ground taking with it many labels’ stock. That included Sophie Madeleine’s label Xtra Mile. So if you were considering shelling out for it (and it is well worth it) now would be a good time to do it and show your support. There are many other labels affected. There’s a list here and suggestions of records to buy here and here. I highly recommend Finders Keepers’ world funk records.

Ukulele for Dummies has made it’s way to the other side of the globe and is available in Australia and New Zealand.

The 50/90 Challenge (to write 50 songs in 90 days) is turning out plenty of ukulele songs. Some of which you can hear in Kiwafruit‘s very enjoyable 50/90 podcast.

WFMU discuss Ukulele Ike.

Lord love-a-duck, the guy out of Train said something about ukuleles I agree with:

“The truth is that everybody has basically warned us, ‘Please don’t put the ukulele on the record,’ but I struggle with that,” Monahan says. “That song is super island-y and I love it, and (ukulele) just feels right for it. So I don’t know what the rules are going to be with the ukulele, but you put on whatever feels right.”

Pictures: Godzilla’s ukulele cruise, ukulele bear (and banjo badger and banjolin armadillo).

UPDATE: Get a free UOGB track on their Facebook.

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  1. Ambient Doughnut August 12th, 2011 2:22 pm

    Banjolin Pangolin would have been much better, they missed a trick there!

  2. The Captain August 12th, 2011 2:52 pm

    As always cool links and I think it is a shame about the loss for the independent record industry.
    About Ukulele for Dummies: it is the first ever book I preordered and I like it a lot. BUT it feels like a blessing and a curse: now I have no excuse not to practise every day …

  3. Carrie Griffin August 12th, 2011 9:52 pm

    Some people trying to rally the music industry/music fans together to raise the cash to help see the affected indie labels through these tough times:

  4. Woodshed August 13th, 2011 8:54 am

    Ambient: I had to look up ‘pangolin’.

    Captain: Thanks! Hope you enjoy it.

    Carrie: Thanks for the link.

  5. s2art August 14th, 2011 11:49 am

    Just a heads-up on the NZ link to Ukulele for Dummies on Fispond. Table of contents reads:
    “Table of Contents
    Introduction I So You Want to Be a Manager
    1 You’re a Manager – Now What?
    2 Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way II Managing People
    3 Recruitment and Selection: …” etc.

    You might want to get that fixed up.

  6. Woodshed August 15th, 2011 2:41 pm

    s2art: Thanks for the heads-up. Not the first time I’ve seen that text used.

  7. RobNY August 16th, 2011 3:31 am

    I’m amazed by the patience of the London cops during this savage destruction. Cameras or not, the cowardly opportunistic rabble should have received a serious ass kicking from the very beginning. This the proud country that withstood the daily blitz perpetrated by the Nazis.

  8. Woodshed August 16th, 2011 10:20 am

    Rob: Some people certainly do deserve to get their heads kicked in for some of the stuff that happened.

  9. Simon August 16th, 2011 9:17 pm

    I clicked on the link to this blog expecting some Kaiser Chiefs, Sex Pistols (Anarchy…) or Bob Marley (Burnin’…). I feel robbed, or should that be looted?

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