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Making waves: Steve & Teresa's "Catching A Wave" now available on 7-inch vinyl and digital

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Making waves: Steve & Teresa's "Catching A Wave" now available on 7-inch vinyl and digital

Steve and Teresa captivated Hawaii in the 1980s with their debut album, Catching A Wave, which showcased the duo's effortless style that blended jazz, Hawaiian, and hapa haole music. Now for the first time, the timeless title track "Catching A Wave" will be available on 7-inch vinyl. Over the years we've befriended Steve Ma‘i‘i and Teresa Bright, who have graciously given Aloha Got Soul the opportunity to reissue their debut album for the world to hear once again. After all, it's been out of print since 1983! (Except for a few Japan-only reissues on CD, which now sell for $100...

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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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Secret Waterfalls and Musical Streams: the Aloha 'Āina series is part escape, part reassurance

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Secret Waterfalls and Musical Streams: the Aloha 'Āina series is part escape, part reassurance

Things have been moving rapidly in our world today, with uncertainty. Every day, new updates alert us to stay safe, stay healthy, and for many of us: stay indoors. Except that so many of us want to be outdoors at a time like this, breathing in fresh air, walking unguided through forests, solitarily striding along ocean shores... So to aide such desires, we're releasing a multi-part series of field recordings captured in Hawaii. It's called Aloha ʻĀina. In other words: Aloha Got Soul is bringing you the sounds of Hawaii, literally. In the five years of the label's existence, I...

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Obscure funk from Liz Damon's Orient Express

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Obscure funk from Liz Damon's Orient Express

As with most artists whose careers spanned more than a decade, Liz Damon's Orient Express left behind a handful of unexpected obscurities in their catalog — most notably, "Woota" or "Feelin Good", a bright yellow-labeled 45 of original funk on Doncey Records, penned by the band's bassist Dennis Osurman and drummer/arranger Randy Isaki. For those unfamiliar, Liz Damon’s Orient Express was the de riguer pop music group in Hawaii, from 1969 to the mid-1980s. Visitors to Hawaii in the early 1970s fell in love with Liz Damon’s Orient Express for its enchanting renditions and captivating stage presence — and, of...

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Repress: Nick Kurosawa's Classic Covers on 7" Vinyl (AGS-030)

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Repress: Nick Kurosawa's Classic Covers on 7" Vinyl (AGS-030)

The story of how Nick Kurosawa's debut EP came to fruition starts with our friendship growing around the same time Mori by Art+Flea organized their first big Tokyo-based market. In 2017, Nick and I first connected on the recommendation from Lei that we link up to do some gigs and collaborations together. She had showed me a YouTube video of Nick singing in a UH auditorium and instantly I was a fan. Soon we started gigging together at the Surfjack hotel regularly. Those Sunday brunch gigs were always pleasant, a little silly, and full of soulful, wonderful music whether coming...

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