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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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"It's not where you're from, it's where you're at" — Interview: Ted de Oliveira (FRNT BZNZZ)

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"It's not where you're from, it's where you're at" — Interview: Ted de Oliveira (FRNT BZNZZ)

We've got something special up for you. Today we dive into an enriching conversation with Ted de Oliveira, the multi-instrumentalist / producer behind the FRNT BZNZZ moniker. Oddly enough, this is probably the first interview of this kind for the blog: a radio-style discussion between myself and the artist. It felt really good to pick Ted's brain about his process, the music he's been making lately, and just talk story and get to know him better. Several years ago, Ted had the Honolulu music scene's attention not only with his improvisational acoustic guitar-slash-beatboxing performances, but with his "side project" called...

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