Tuesday Night Diner Show #6: The Night of the Ukuleles

This is from a series of blogs I wrote when I was part of Recharged Radio, based in London, UK. I did the radio show called The Tuesday Night Diner. It later changed to The California Diner. I was known as “Chef Mike”. This article was originally posted 1/12/2010.


I’ve noticed that I live in California, and many of you don’t, for various reasons too numerous to explain here. You’ve also probably noticed that you listen to Tuesday Night Diner here on Recharged Radio, mainly because I haven’t been able to fly you all out to Sacramento each week, where we could just listen to all this great music together in the same room. (It’s not that I don’t want to—the finances just don’t permit it—yet!)

So what’s the next best thing? How about if I grant you an honorary California citizenship? That’s a new thing I’m starting up on the show. Just drop me an email at mike(at)rechargedradio.com, and let me know your name—I’ll say it on the air, and put it on the beautiful, hand-engraved PDF file that I’ll email back to you. This certificate may not be valid in most places, but you’ll be an honorary California citizen as far as Tuesday Night Diner is concerned!

Music. Ah yes, the reason why Recharged Radio exists. What a great show we have to start off 2010 with. It’s the Night of the Ukuleles—featuring songs by three different bands led by female ukulele players. We’ll hear my new favorite band the Corner Laughers, from San Francisco. There’s Mad Tea Party from North Carolina. And finally, Tippy Canoe and the Paddlemen, from Oakland, California. Three different styles of music—but all very cool.

More about those Corner Laughers. I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Karla, Angela, Khoi and Charlie, plus fifth Laugher KC, about a week ago when they came through Sacramento. These guys and gals are going to be big—and they’ll be regular fixtures on TND as long as they’ll let me play their music. What do they sound like? Picture alternative rock/pop (the good, early 90’s kind), with perfect female harmonies and zoomy guitars—throw in a tasteful, rockin’ ukulele for good measure, and you’ve got it! We’ll talk more about them next week, because that’s when you’ll get to hear our conversation!

Who else? Joseph Swidenbank, The Taters, Dom Veron, Field, Karim Fanous, Terese Taylor. Did I just give too much away? Naaah. I’m just giving you reasons to listen to the show Tuesday night, 8:00-10:00 p.m. See you there!

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