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Live at the Atherton x 3: Joelene, Dae Han, Maryanne Ito

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Live at the Atherton x 3: Joelene, Dae Han, Maryanne Ito

We've found ourselves creating music in the Atherton Performing Arts Studio on three different occasions. At least, it'll be three come Monday, May 18th when 27-year-old singer Joelene shares an intimate solo performance of her original music and influential covers. Joelene joins Aloha Got Soul Who is Joelene? She's the newest member of the Aloha Got Soul label family. You might've heard her on FRNT BZNZZ's "Was It Love" single, released earlier this year. It was my first time, that's for sure! And when FRNT BZNZZ played me that tune, I was blow away by her vocal prowess. That's saying...

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Absolutely Mackey: a mix to honor Mackey Feary (and the Facebook Group dedicated to the singer)

Mackey Feary Mixes

Absolutely Mackey: a mix to honor Mackey Feary (and the Facebook Group dedicated to the singer)

The power of user-generated community and content is amazing. Inspiring. Profound, even. In 2011, not long after starting this blog, I decided to "embark" on the beginnings of what would be an all-encompassing project to document Mackey Feary's entire discography, "including special appearances, producer credits, foreign releases and unreleased recordings." So in June of that year, I created this page, and started to compile subsequent pages that recorded album covers, interviews, and related blog posts. The farthest I got with the project — well, it wasn't very far: I managed to create this discography (which I'll re-post below), as well...

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May Day is Waive Day is Lei Day

May Day is Waive Day is Lei Day

Not sure if the title of this post made much sense, but there's two major happenings that take place this Friday, May 1st. For starters — Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share on all purchases, AGAIN. Friday, May 1st only. From midnight to midnight, PST. So if you've missed a few tracks or have been meaning to grab everything we've released out since 2015, Friday is your day. We're not kidding! Name your price, on all our digital releases. 24 hours only. This Friday. To thank our fans and showcase more fresh sounds from Hawaii, we're dropping some fresh tracks...

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Islands Reflected: A collage of found footage from Hawaii (new episodes weekly)

Islands Reflected: A collage of found footage from Hawaii (new episodes weekly)

Debuting Sunday on Public Access, the community broadcasting platform created by Public Records NYC, is a new archival project we've embarked on: Islands Reflected. The concept is to compile archival and found footage that reflects life and music in Hawaii. Vinyl Don and I have spent a lot of time nerding out over YouTube finds and VHS discoveries. But that's been the extent of it so far — nerding out. He'd text me a link, "Check this out!!" at 1 in the morning (which, remember, there's a 3 hour difference between Hawaii and LA). Collectively, we've amassed a bulky playlist...

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A new song every day, for the foreseeable future

Track Video

A new song every day, for the foreseeable future

YouTube is a near endless universe of music discoveries waiting to happen. I've spent quite a bit of time surfing through hour-long mixes of latin grooves, channels that specialize in unearthing ambient gems, and users who've been digging up old video footage from the 1980s and 1990s of local musicians in Hawaii. There are also a few channels from Japan that almost exclusively share music from Hawaii. This is not surprising, especially when you consider that one of the reasons I started this blog was because the only information available online (at the time) about rare, collectible Hawaiian records were...

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