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Na Hoku Nominations: Maryanne Ito's "Live" album, From These Shores compilation

Na Hoku Nominations: Maryanne Ito's "Live" album, From These Shores compilation

Some positive news during uncertain times — two of our releases from 2019 have been nominated in the upcoming Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. The Anthology of the Year category includes a nomination for our compilation of sun-tinged folk and psych music, From These Shores. This record took about three years to fully license and restore/remaster for release. A good deal of effort went into making FTS possible — not to mention the enthusiasm and trust each artist gave us in re-presenting their music to the world. If you haven't heard From These Shores yet, you can stream in on all...

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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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Mid-winter by the pool: 5-hours of Japanese and Hawaiian music at Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Mid-winter by the pool: 5-hours of Japanese and Hawaiian music at Ace Hotel Palm Springs

I look fondly in anticipation any time we get to play tunes poolside at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Regardless of the season, it's a warm and welcoming place to curate sounds for an audience content on relaxing by the water all day long. So when Ace hit us up to join dublab and Mr. Good Boy for a 3-day "Kyoto Weekender" at the hotel, we immediately said yes. Kyoto in the desert? Ace recently announced the opening of their first location in Japan: the Ace Hotel Kyoto. To celebrate, their Palm Springs location decided to dedicate a weekend...

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