Sunday, November 30, 2008
"HELP SPREAD THE LOVE that I am sending out to the world!
Please CLICK on the link below and LISTEN to my song. The more plays that it receives, the bigger my chances are for national radio air play. And it's all fun, so I hope that you enjoy!"
Good luck, Mary! Link
Poughkeepsie. (Let's call it Pokipiki, just so it sounds Hawaiian.) Link
"Bitch and The Exciting Conclusion, or B+TEC for short, (say ‘be tech’) is a three piece band that combines electric violin, ukulele, bass drums and keyboards. Fronted by Bitch, whom you may know from her former band Bitch and Animal (Righteous Babe Records), or John Cameron Mitchell's movie, Shortbus, and beautifully backed by Gabriel Kubitz and Lee Free (circus amok). The three met in Alaska where Bitch went to look for clues into her mysterious past, and finally met her cousins, defectors from NYC, who were working on a fishing boat and playing in nightclubs and circuses in between sails."
Just in case there's been too much sugar in your diet this weekend. Link
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
was a bitterly cold November night, but the parking lot was full when we arrived.
Where? You ask. It was the CD Release party for Greg Hawkes newest, all ukulele CD called “The Beatles Uke”. The room was crowded with friends and acquaintances. After some drinking and noshing, Greg got on stage with an array of ukuleles and started his set with a Cars tune. After about 45 minutes he called his son and daughter and two other teens up on stage, handed them ukuleles and they all played “My Best Friend’s Girl” to end the set.
There was an intermission and then Greg came back on and was joined by Tim Mann. They did another rousing set of mostly Beatles songs, ending with “Drive”, a wonderful Cars tune that Greg does a tremendous job on.
Get his new CD.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
It strikes me that these folks prolly were in their teens or early twenties in the 1890s, so this would have been revisiting their heyday. A few things I love about this picture:
- How the lady on the far left is copping a feel of her partner's thigh
- The torchiere immediately behind her. (My grandparents' living rooms were filled with them. Now you only see this kind in funeral homes or at Restoration Hardware.)
- The Last Supper print on the wall
- The lady in the print dress to the right of the tiple. (I sat in many laps like hers as a tot. And her bosom frightens me as much today as it did then. That's back when ladies had bosoms. I think today they're prevented by modern brassiers.)
- And Mrs. Myrtle herself. (I think she was my elementary school principal, or her twin.)
(With thanks to Michael "Formerly of the Ukulele Occasional" Simmons for confirming the identity of the tiple.)
Monday, November 17, 2008
Zooey Deschanel better start playing her uke some more or we're going to adopt Kate Micucci as our new Ukulele Sweetheart. Kate is an LA-based actress, artist, uker, YouTuber, and seekrit super hero, and is about as close to a Margaret Keane painting come to life as it gets. Catch her tonight, and every 3rd Monday of the Month at the Steve Allen Theater. Link
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
(via Uke Hunt)
John Hodgman, aka "PC" from the Get a Mac campaign, and recent Guest Blogger on Ukulelia's big sister site, Boing Boing, plays Tonight You Belong to Me at a recent event promoting his book, More Information Than You Require. He's accompanied by Jonathan Coulton on guitar. Link
Yes, the holiday season is upon us and that crafty and alluring ukulele chanteuse, Shelley Rickey, says:"I've just opened an Etsy shop with handmade and vintage musical goods.
Most of them have a ukulele theme as you can tell by the name of the store 'The Jumping Flea Market'"
Monday, November 10, 2008
"A great acoustic finish is thin and vibrates in harmony with the soundboard of the instrument. As an artist and musician, I brought image and sound together by working directly on the surface/skin of stringed instruments. Most refer to them as painted guitars or violins but I don't use paint, which would deaden the sound. More accurately, I use a pigmented nitrocellulose finish with an average thickness of 2 to 4 microns - often thinner than a factory finish. The result - my lacquered .instruments have uncompromised sound quality.Thanks, Jack!
Before I started producing these innovative decorative finishes, acoustic players had limited choice of traditional unimaginative finishes - matte, gloss or sunburst. Now you can get art and a high performance finish that defies tradition and offers a gorgeous instrument with dynamic visual impact - plus excellent tone and volume."
"With the win of Obama and its most appropriate relationship to FDR's first win in bad economic times in 1932, I would like to suggest that you post the best UKE tabs arrangement for the Democrat's Convention anthem of 1932: Happy Days Are Here Again!"From the verse:
So long, sad times!Well, except for the "gay times" part, they are Happy Days, indeed. Well, and the Depression bit. But thanks for the suggestion, Brian. Here's the music. And here's Annette Hanshaw!
Go 'long, bad times!
We are rid of you at last.
Howdy, gay times.
Cloudy gray times,
You are now a thing of the past.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
This will make the perfect stand for that Martin 5-K you're getting me. But a Stradele from fellow Mainer Joel Eckhaus would nestle nicely in one, too.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
The goose is getting fat. Please put a penny in the old man's hat. And if you get me this delicious 5-K Martin, I'll fly to Grand Rapids and play for the folks at this pub in the building where the original owner lived. He paid $60 for it in 1927. About $750 in today's dollars. Not a bad little investment for Mr. MacKercher. Link
"It's time once again for another hour of unique ukulele music that you never knew existed. You won't hear Tiny Tim or much in the way of Hawaiian tunes during this show, what you'll hear is the little ukulele popping up in unexpected places and in rocking good songs!
That's this Thursday night November 6th at 11:59 on KALX 90.7FM in Berkeley. My guest co-hosts for this show will be Holly and Chris of the local San Francisco Uke-centric band Just Henry. Feel the pain!
For those of you not fortunate enough to be in our listening area Kalx streams live on the internet at:" Listen to KALX.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
All of which reminds us that we owe a big Thank You to Mike Dickison, information designer, illustrator, ornithologist, and uker for sending us a copy of his wonderful instruction book Kiwi Ukulele. In addition to being a refreshingly non-Hawaiian, non-Tin Pan Alley approach to the uke, it's peppered with Mike's thoughtful and precisely-rendered keyboard and fingering illustrations. Kinda like Cook's Illustrated for the uke. Paired with online strum sound files to help you find your groove, it's the best beginner book I've seen for anyone over the age of 14.
Highly recommended! Put it on your Christmas list now! Email Mike at the address on his site to find out about ordering.