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Interview: Liz Damon on "Woota (Feelin Good)"

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Interview: Liz Damon on "Woota (Feelin Good)"

Last year on our quest to find Liz Damon in hopes of securing permission to reissue her band's underrated funk gem, "Woota (Feelin Good)", we discovered that Liz had been living and working in Las Vegas for several years now. No one I knew had her contact info, so I took to the Facebook fan page and asked if anyone could put me in touch. Thankfully, someone did! And soon enough, I was hearing from Liz Damon herself. She'd recently retired and, although keeps a low profile herself on social media etc, was pleasantly surprised to hear from us about...

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Interview: Richard Reb'll talks about Reb'll Message, ETS Records, Honolulu studio sessions

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Interview: Richard Reb'll talks about Reb'll Message, ETS Records, Honolulu studio sessions

An excerpt of my interview with Richard Reb'll appears on Aquarium Drunkard, in anticipation of the new From These Shores compilation. You can listen to the compilation here. Looking back at all the amazing Hawaiian records Oliver Seguin has hipped me to over the years, I can quite distinctly remember the time and location of when he’s shared particularly mind-blowing tracks with me. We were at Kakaako Waterfront Park in 2015, a sunset picnic with our families. Oliver played a digital rip of Richard Reb’ll’s "Reb’ll Message" from his phone. Blew me away. It’s a highly unusual, poetic mix of...

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Interview: Linda Green & Fred Kobashikawa (The Tempos)

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Interview: Linda Green & Fred Kobashikawa (The Tempos)

A conversation with Linda Green and Fred Kobashikawa, members of Linda Green & The Tempos, a rock band from Honolulu formed in the mid-1960s when they were teenagers. The band entered a contest called Blast Off, hosted by the local radio station KPOI, and the won 1st place. The prize included the chance to record a single for Reprise Records — and they did, cutting an original tune written by Fred, called “Bossa Nova Love”. Aloha Got Soul · Interview: Linda Green & Fred Kobashikawa (Linda Green & The Tempos) Their most popular song was “My Little Japanese Boy”, released on...

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Interviews with 1970s disco bands from Hawaii: Power Point, Odyssey, and Peter Rivera of Rare Earth

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Interviews with 1970s disco bands from Hawaii: Power Point, Odyssey, and Peter Rivera of Rare Earth

This has been a long time coming: audio interviews with local artists. I've been interviewing artists since this blog's inception, but never took the extra step to create podcast-like interviews for people to listen to. And as my pal Jon Kirby of Numero Group told me via email, "People love some dang podcasts." The idea sparked when Ted de Oliveira and I sat down in the Central Pacific Time studio to do an impromptu interview on the evening of his 7" release, July 10, 2018. That interview (which you can listen to here) was so much fun, I wanted to...

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Interview: ʻĀina's Howard Shapiro Leads Us to "Your Light", Spirituality, and Life In Hawaii

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Interview: ʻĀina's Howard Shapiro Leads Us to "Your Light", Spirituality, and Life In Hawaii

"There is only one world and one race upon this earth. We all are children of the light knowing within our hearts that love will bring us all together again. To all of you who are sharing with us and seeking the light, I send you all the love in my heart and spirit." This is an excerpt of Howard Shapiro's introduction to the liner notes printed on the inner sleeve of the 1980 LP, Lead Me To The Garden, by the group known as ʻĀina. "Aloha ʻĀina, love the land Aloha ʻĀina, your fellow man Aloha ʻĀina, share as...

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