Archive for September, 2010

The Ukes of Hazzard

Monday, September 27th, 2010

“There aren’t enough ukuleles on this blog.”  A thought that you, dear reader, have no doubt encountered while wending your way ‘twixt the fertile Shinypixel gardens.  The recent feature on an earnest web engineer extolling the virtues of a styling language may even have prompted it.

It indeed prompted me to dredge back through the last decade, to seek out a couple of US comedians from the turn of the millennium whose twangy comedic pop tickled fresh-faced Uni youngster Rik back in 2002.  The Ukes of Hazzard caused a minor Internet sensation with their unique take on traditional relationship problems;  their trick – singing wonkily atop the enthusiastic rattling of ukeleles – surpassed the desired randomness quotas of early web users and Warwick students alike.

The video sealed the deal.  Produced on a shoestring, with reams of digital production and a whole lot of love, it’s been viewed over 2 million times, which for something predating the YouTube generation by such a long chalk is quite an achievement:

The Ukes of Hazzard – Gay Boyfriend

Those were the days.

As a bizarre footnote, a UK CD single release popped up sometime around the death of pop music in 2004.  Autotuned and cruelly stripped of folksy instrumentation, its cookie-cutter bubblegum pop faded quickly out of the dying charts and into obscurity.  I picked up a copy in Oxfam on Portobello Road – I’m not overly surprised that no-one bought it.

(I’m out of ukelele-based anecdotes now.  I promise.)

CSS3, now with more ukuleles

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I think that this man deserves a little love.  You don’t hear much about Opera these days, which is strange given it’s often the best mobile/console browsing experiences available – even on platforms like Maemo where it’s not officially supported.

They also employ engineers that own ukuleles, and love the web so much that they compose songs about the new features in CSS3.

Next week, a checkout attendant sings a song about conveyor belts, backed by the Latvian Male Voice Choir.

HCLD016 now released

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Long time no see, eh?  Still, here’s a free gift to make up for it.  In between trying to find time to sleep, I’ve been helping the ever-hardworking DJ Pete to get a new version of Hardcore Lives! up and running.  There’ll be more news on some planned music releases soon, but in the meantime to celebrate the relaunch there’s a free 4-track E.P. available from my Russian favourite, T92:

Suffler is my tip – a long, wandering journey through the early 90s in the same style as his previous SensationFlute Jhob builds chunkily around a delicate flute sample to unexpectedly good effect.  It costs nothing, and you can find it on the release thread, so what are you still doing here?