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30 January 2012

FEED (2010)

I'll keep this brief. I don't usually do this to you but I'm sorry to say that I'm giving up on another book. View this post as a warning...

27 January 2012

New Model Army

This week I have mostly been listening to...

New Model Army

I picked up the vinyl 12 Inch of Great Expectations this week. I'm pretty certain that I used to have it. If I remember correctly it was released to cash in on the success of the Thunder & Consolation album of 1989. The songs are some of the first ever recorded by the dream team line-up of Justin Sullivan, Stuart Morrow and Rob Heaton (RIP).

A-side: Great Expectations; Waiting
B-side: Bitter Sweet; Bettcha; Tension

Babylon Fields (2007)

All I've heard on Google+ this past fortnight is SOPA this and PIPA that. It seems to be all that anyone on the internet is talking about. I'm not going to talk about that, but on a related topic, I did see see that the British Student Richard O'Dwyer lost his battle to be extradited to the US on Monday. His crime - one that could land him in prison for 10 years - was to host a directory of links to sites where you can download pirated films. It all seems a bit harsh to me given that there doesn't seem to be any suggestion that he's been involved in piracy. Don't get me wrong - I've no interest in protecting criminals - but has O'Dwyer actually committed a crime here? Does giving directions to a thief make you an accomplice in their crimes? I guess O'Dwyer will find out the hard way.

This topic might seem a bit heavy for the Ukulele Blog, but it just dawned on me that I might have done something illegal last week! I say 'might', because I'm not entirely sure.

I'm dead... and confused... can you help me?
Babylon Fields, CBS 2007

21 January 2012

Black Sheep (2006)

Long, long ago I created a doodle that involved were-sheep. The star of the comic strip was a dashing character called Captain Double De-Clutch. He was a World War One RAF-type with a flyaway white scarf and a devilishly handsome moustache. When he wasn't fighting against the woolly horde - which I seem to remember were Kung Fu masters - he was often to be seen doing barrel rolls and loop-the-loops in his trusty biplane. Oh happy days...

Black Sheep - He's gonna get ya!

17 January 2012

Dreaming of Electric Ukulele Land

I'm on the cusp of something brilliant... I can feel it!

The more observant amongst you may have realised that this blog is called the Ukulele Blog. That's not by accident. I love ukuleles. Actually, I love musical instruments of all descriptions. I always have. I started teaching myself to play guitar some 28 years ago and I've been hooked ever since. I guess it's in my blood.

The Ukulele Furies!

You may also have noticed that I've recently started getting excited about Electric Ukulele. It's a fairly new obsession. Check out my post on fitting a piezo pickup to one of my acoustic ukuleles to see me dipping my toes in the water. A piezo pickup is all well and good, but wouldn't it be cool if I had an actual electric ukulele with metal strings and a real pickup! And wouldn't it be even cooler if I made it myself!

That's exactly what I was thinking!

4 January 2012

Scarlet Street (1945)

Regular readers of this blog will know that I suffer from a rare psychiatric disorder involving dissociative fugues. The condition often results in unplanned travel or wanderings, and can even lead to the establishment of a new identity.

Sounding familiar?

Kitty only has eyes for the moolah
Scarlet Street, 1945 Universal Pictures

I'm embarrassed to say that I had an episode over Christmas. This time the trigger was Film Noir. There wasn't a minute went by where I didn't see the world through a cynical lens, where I wasn't driven by base animal instincts. I saw crime around every corner and scuttled like a cockroach from monochrome shadow to monochrome shadow in search of my immaculate fix. It started with Sin City, but before I knew it, I needed more and I wasn't too choosy about where I got it. Waking up naked on Scarlet Street, I finally realised that I had a problem... This is my story...

3 January 2012

I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

"The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living, dead or possessed, is purely coincidental."
I start the New Year with a quick review of a black and white flick I watched recently called 'I Walked with a Zombie'. This one's almost 70 years old! Wahay!

Check out those eyes... Carre-Four
I Walked with a Zombie, RKO 1943