The Kuricorder Quartet are the modern day Beatles of the eccentric happy novelty instrument quartet world. I came across them on a compilation a few months ago and have found out they’ve done a ukulele album called, you guessed it, Ukulele Kuricorder. It reached number 6 in the Japanese charts when it was released in 2006. It looks excellent, however, the album’s forty odd quid in the UK which is a bit of a blow.
Oh well, here’s an excellent video about their recent trip to London, I particularly love busking in Regent’s park. Enjoy.
Not sure the translation’s correct but it’s a great title for a song. Katsuhiko Haida is one of the originators of the Japanese Hawaii scene and he plays ukulele while sporting fine threads. I get the feeling, there’s a whole world of japanese ukulele awesomeness out there, if only I could read Japanese.
Whenever I start to lose faith in the world, normally after reading the comment pages on any newspaper on any article ever published, I no longer comfort myself by drinking pints of wine. No, instead I look for the weirdest and greatest japanese people playing ukulele on youtube. It was on one of these voyages that I discovered ultraman ukulele. Looking like Ferngully with ukes, it’s the artistic statement that James Cameron wish he had made.
While the internet has the ability to break my faith in mankind, it also has the power to heal it as well. Check out the video.