The Aliis Live

The Aliis Live: A Finale to Make Me Smile

Have you ever wanted to rewrite lackluster liner notes of an outstanding album? Explosive, unexpected, fresh—that's The Aliis, a group whose musical talents know no limits. But the liner notes to their 2xLP, The Aliis Live, fall short of proving the band's powerful performance is worthy of royalty. I propose that The Aliis Live needs new liner notes. Here's my take.

Hal Bradbury “Babe I Want You”

"Babe I Want You" by Hal Bradbury If you've been longing for a heavy tune from Hal Bradbury—his previous efforts featured on Aloha Got Soul have been smooth, laid-back, and jazzy—this is it. Sexy, groovy, dancefloor-ready: "Babe I Want You" is ripe for the arsenal of the modern-day, crate-digging DJ, whose turntables crave that obscure rare [...]

Hal Bradubury “You Send Me”

"You Send Me" by Hal Bradbury This song is almost too good to be true, just like that feeling you get when you know you're with the love of your life. Hal Bradbury thrills us with "You Send Me", a smooth, modern soul jam that's not-so-heavy on the synth or drums or guitar riff—which is [...]

Aura “Magic Lover”

"Magic Lover" by Aura Recognize this one? You might, since it's one of the first tracks on the DJ Muro Hawaiian Breaks mix. Whatever beat the band kicks off, Hawaiian funk group Aura struts its prowess in cutting instant dance floor classics. "Magic Lover" is no exception. I love this track because it showcases what [...]

Mike Lundy “The Rhythm of Life”

"The Rhythm of Life" by Mike Lundy What more can I say about Mike Lundy and The Rhythm of Life, a "holy grail" of Hawaiian funk music, where every song is a carefully constructed masterpiece written by the guitarist himself. If you don't believe me, check out the title track, featured on the DJ Muro [...]

Tony Tam Sing “You and I”

"You and I" by Tony Tam Sing One of my all-time favorite YouTube users, ohanakamakame, is always uploading the next best Hawaiian track (He's also published Legacy's "Sun Goddess", as popularized on DJ Muro's Hawaiian Breaks mix). This is my first time hearing anything off of Tony Tam Sing's legendary self-titled release. It's cool, it's relaxing, [...]

Digital Fix: Billy Kaui

New year, huh? What's on the resolution list? 1. Get back to the islands. 2. Eat more lau lau and poke. 3. Find more hard-to-find Hawaiian LPs. Accomplishing #1 means the other two will easily fall into place. But what if I'm not on the islands? Well, there's a few Hawaiian food spots around town. [...]