RIP MusicGuyMike: Friday Links

Sad news this week that Michael Aratani has died. Better know as MusicGuyMic, he was the internet’s most loved ukulele seller. His eBay store always had the newest and most interesting ukuleles. After illness and eBay fees forced him to shut that down he returned and had recently been working with Hawaii Music Supply. He’s a big loss to the ukulele world.

T-shirt update: The standard black Uke Hunt t-shirt has reached its goal and will be made. So if you’ve ordered one of those you’ll definitely be getting one. And if you order one between now and 13th November you’ll definitely get it. Find out more about the t-shirts here.

New Releases
– A new book from The Idler’s Tom Hodginson and Gavin Pretor-Pinney The Ukulele Handbook covering uke history and starter advice.
– Free ebook from Uke of Carl: Hanon for Ukulele.
– Get Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk’s Over Land and Sea for free.
Pre-order Sweet Soubrette’s Burning City.
– An album of ukulele covers of Smiths songs in German from Perrecy: Du bist das Opfer.

Amy Crehore’s Tickler Twitch Uke is close to finished.
Mighty Boosh ukulele.
Ukulele urn (Thanks to Shireen).

West Midlands police fighting crime with Formby parodies.
Can’t decide which size to get? Get all of them in one uke (Thanks to Ron Hale).

Exciting but expensive ukulele jaunt in Mexico with James Hill: The Ukulele Carnival.

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  1. Howlin' Hobbit October 25th, 2013 8:17 pm

    sorry to hear about MGM. never met him, but I did business with him and talked to him on the phone a few times.

  2. Phredd October 25th, 2013 9:07 pm

    I bought a couple ukes from him too, and also talked to him on the phone. I also always enjoyed his videos. He seemed like a Prince among men and was much loved by the uke community.

  3. RobNY October 26th, 2013 2:52 pm

    RIP MGM. A kind person.

  4. Ron Hale October 26th, 2013 6:29 pm

    Bet MGM’s joined the staff at Paradise Ukes, Al. Shop’s a bit shorthanded what with John King busy with his history of Heaven.

    On the subject of uke history: Let those two idlers deal with the past. It’s been done to death already. In excruciating detail for connoisseurs of such.

    The crying need now is for someone to pick up the threads from earlier accounts and bring them up to the present day. Modern ukulele history for dummies.

    With a thriving 3rd Wave, social media, videos and such a ripping yarn could be made from what’s happening right now.

    Your job, should you decide to take it…

    On new releases: Was browsing CD Baby for uke stuff the other day (infinitely better than Amazon with its Jake/Eddie Veddar/Surf Zombies emphasis) and came across Zahra’s 2013 album, “Postmortem of a Monster.” Didn’t know she had one.

    Download only. Don’t know if you’ve mentioned it here but know you like her.

    And just in time for your holiday shopping how about the Quad-a-Moe?

  5. Woodshed October 26th, 2013 9:24 pm

    Hobbit, Phredd and Rob: Thanks for the tributes.

    Ron: I didn’t know she’d released a CD. I’ll give it a mention in the next links post.

  6. Mike P. May 22nd, 2014 1:32 pm

    So sorry to hear about MusicGuyMic. I bought my first Kala from him. So much more than just a seller — he cared about ukes and he cared about people.

  7. Woodshed May 22nd, 2014 1:37 pm

    Mike P.: He’s definitely missed. There’s no one else like him around.

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