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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

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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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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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