Stories — Mixes
Dedicated to DJ Pratt (a Vinyl Don mix in memory of David John Pratt)
The news arrived yesterday afternoon that DJ Pratt, the founding guitarist of Kalapana, passed away suddenly. Long-time Kalapana member Gaylord Holomalia posted a photo on his Facebook page with the caption, "I Love You DJ". We're not sure what to say, and even if we did, we wouldn't know how to say it. Although I didn't get a chance to meet DJ in person, I've known him as the quiet, driving force behind Kalapana, a behind-the-scenes kind of guy who makes things happen and gets things done. In recent months, we've been revisiting Kalapana's catalog following our reissue of Mackey Feary's...
Listen to Roger Bong’s island-style Home Grown set on NTS
On this latest installment of his monthly NTS 2 show, Roger Bong digs deep into his extensive collection to deliver rare archival oddities and uncovered gems direct from the islands, including a handful of forthcoming releases from the Aloha Got Soul label. “When piecing this month’s show together, I gravitated toward the song ‘Dreary Afternoon’ by John Ka‘imikaua. The sound and feel of ‘Dreary Afternoon’ informed the rest of my set.” This particular song comes from an early 2000s CD released by Hula Records that features several original compositions from the Moloka‘i musician and Kumu hula. The song is available...
Follow-up set: Aloha Got Soul #4 on VF Live
We're back. This latest VF Live set was recorded impromptu immediately following our third installment for the series. Pulling from our crates, we edge away from the previous set's pop and psych sounds to paint a vivid image of Hawaii's range of styles, from tongue-in-cheek Vangelis tributes (see: Doug Lindsay and Pegge Hopper) and out-of-print Seawind covers to the latest AGS 7" (FRNT BZNZZ) and surfer soundtrack gems (Honk). The resulting mix is a trip through the duo's signature ability to highlight Hawaii's music in a refreshing, unexpected manner. Learn more: https://thevinylfactory.com/live/vf-live-aloha-got-soul-4
Watch our latest all-Hawaiian 7” set for The Vinyl Factory's VF Live
Eclectic sounds from Hawaii on NTS Radio: Home Grown with Roger Bong
On this latest installment of his monthly NTS show, Aloha Got Soul label head Roger Bong digs deep into the Hawaiian CD collection at KTUH, University of Hawaii's college radio station to deliver rare archival oddities and uncovered gems direct from the islands. “For me, Home Grown is an opportunity to broaden my scope of digging to compliment the often experimental and leftfield sound of NTS. It’s a chance for me to listen more intently to every crack and crevice of Hawaii’s musical canon and share it with everyone.” Across his expansive 60-minute set, the Honolulu-based selector connects the dots...