Marjinal and Jake Shimabukuro Documentaries: Friday Links

I’ve been dying to hear more about Indonesian protest punks Marjinal since, let me see, the 26th June 2009. They give ukuleles to street kids and teach them to play so they can earn money busking. Now there’s a Kickstarter to make a documentary about them. I kicked in straight away.

Trailer for a Jake Shimabukuro documentary. According to the video description, “the World Premiere of this captivating documentary –PLAYING ONE NIGHT ONLY!” Bummer.

Remember that time in 2012 when someone decided to make a ukulele out of an iPad and and an iPhone and it sounded like a goat dragging a bag of conkers over a sheet of corrugated iron? Yeah, that was pretty funny.

The ‘… for Dummies’ people have an offer on their books every March. Right now on Amazon UK you can pick up a copy of Ukulele for Dummies at half price.

Howlin’ Hobbit has a new album of standards out Standards Issue. You can get it on his website – it’s currently ‘pay what you like’. It’s an excellent record, so great ukulele lines. Well worth throwing something in the hat.

Eff Barzley did a lovely ukulele session for I Am Fuel, You Are Friends.

Bossarocker is starting up a uke-up in Levenshulme (Manchester).

Garfunkel and Oates sum up the Independent Spirit Awards.

Vintage ukuleles (and a mandolin) in old movies (thanks to Ron Hale).

Strings made of spider silk (via HVDC).

On Uker Tabs: Johnny Flynn and Laura Marling, The Fruit Bats, Cake and The B***les.

The uke is so easy to play a chimpanzee or a dog or a duck or a cat could do it.

Keith Allen prepares for his meeting with Nick Griffin by playing the ukulele in the European Parliament (that link might not work outside the UK).

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  1. Dan March 9th, 2012 4:31 pm

    Thanks for the great links Woodshed!

    That iPad + iPhone uke is hilarious… for the price of the Apple devices plus the device itself you could buy a really nice uke – that would sound a lot better. Actually my $120 uke makes a better sound.

    I’m definately going to buy the Howlin’ Hobbit Album! The few tracks I have listened to sound great!

    Garfunkel and Oats always makes me smile.

    Spider silk, eh? If they make a set of uke strings with it, I’m gonna try it.

    I think I play uke better than the chimp… but that dog might have me beat.

    Alright, I should actually do some work, at my real job I mean… ;)

    Have a nice weekend Woodshed!!!

  2. Howlin' Hobbit March 10th, 2012 7:17 am

    thanks, Woodshed! I must point out though, that the page will only be publicly available until midnight (PDT) on March 18th. after that it’ll revert to only being available to the folks on my mailing list (along with other treats waiting in queue to be posted!)

    @Dan — thanks for the kind words. as well as being aware of the time limits I posted above here, please be aware that you’re more than welcome to download the whole album and then, if you like it, you can come back later and drop a donation for it.

  3. Woodshed March 12th, 2012 6:39 am

    Dan: Glad I could distract you from your real job! Hope you had a great weekend.

    Hobbit: Top work on the album. Can’t wait for the extra treats!

  4. Snojimbo March 12th, 2012 8:31 am

    That ipad/iphone ‘uke’ is right up there with the Stylophone (as endorsed by Rolf Harris if I remember correctly) as a wonderful development in musical technology… That’s probably a bit unfair on the stylophone now that I think about it.

  5. Woodshed March 15th, 2012 12:34 pm

    Snojimbo: I like stylophones!

  6. Snojimbo March 15th, 2012 10:03 pm

    At least the Stylophone was supposed to sound like it did! Probably collectors items by now.

  7. Woodshed March 16th, 2012 7:55 am

    Snojimbo: Have you seen the Stylophone Beatbox? I could go for one of those.

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