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Harry's Music Store Closing, Reopening

Record Shops / Crate Digging

Harry's Music Store Closing, Reopening

Harry's Music Store has given the greatest gift to Hawaii that any business ever could: the gift of music. The now closed and soon re-opening shop offers instruments, sheet music, vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, song books, and some of the island's most knowledgeable and influential musicians and tastemakers.

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Digging in Hawaii: Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts

Record Shops / Crate Digging

Digging in Hawaii: Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts

I took a day off to hunt for records with a few members of the Fitted team to go digging in Hawaii at Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts. Oh, and I spill more details about the upcoming Fitted x Aloha Got Soul project.

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Babadu LP has surfaced online

Record Shops / Crate Digging

Babadu LP has surfaced online

My favorite Stevie Wonder-esque Hawaiian funk and soul singer, Babadu, recently made an appearance online—via download. I. love. this. album. Each song immediately paints my mood with sunny, aloha-inspired energy. Please remember, Aloha Got Soul is not the kind of Hawaiian music blog that willingly uploads Hawaiian music for free download. Every download you see here is found via the web, I did not upload them. Babadu's real name was Solomon K. Davis III. He was married to Nani Kinimaka-Davis. One of their daughters, Kea Milo-Davis, is a R&B soul singer in Hawaii. Kea was part of the entertainment group...

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A Few Finds

Record Shops / Crate Digging

Recent plans to go back to the islands for a short vacation have fallen through, so I'm left digging for Hawaiian records some 2500 miles away from Honolulu. Can't say that these albums satisfied my need to dig through bins at Hungry Ear, Jelly's, Rainbow's, and all the thrift stores on O'ahu. But it was a big relief to find three of these at my doorstep when I got home (i.e. eBay/internet finds). Expect more on these soon (maybe the Kalapana LP is already too well-known to post about, but who knows if something will come of it).

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