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Revisiting the importance and influence of black music in Hawaii

Reflections

Revisiting the importance and influence of black music in Hawaii

When I first started blogging in 2010, it was sparked by the surprisingly funky, soulful sounds heard on DJ Muro's Hawaiian Breaks mixtape. I'd never heard anything from Hawaii quite like it before, save for the track "A Million Stars" by Macky Feary Band. In fact, until I knew any better, I could've guessed that Mike Lundy was black — his opening tracks, "Nothing Like Dat Funky Funky Music" and "The Rhythm Of Life", were filled with the spirit and sounds of black American music. That is, R&B, jazz, soul, and funk. It was a theme I wrote about more...

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May Day is Waive Day is Lei Day

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May Day is Waive Day is Lei Day

Not sure if the title of this post made much sense, but there's two major happenings that take place this Friday, May 1st. For starters — Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share on all purchases, AGAIN. Friday, May 1st only. From midnight to midnight, PST. So if you've missed a few tracks or have been meaning to grab everything we've released out since 2015, Friday is your day. We're not kidding! Name your price, on all our digital releases. 24 hours only. This Friday. To thank our fans and showcase more fresh sounds from Hawaii, we're dropping some fresh tracks...

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The Simplest Guide to Making a Vinyl Record

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The Simplest Guide to Making a Vinyl Record

Years ago, running a record label was merely a dream for me. Although the idea initally came to me in 2012, it wasn't until 2015 that I finally turned that dream into a reality. It took a while to figure the basics out, especially since pressing a record is a complicated process — one that likely scares away newcomers who are looking for a "how to" guide.

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Going Beyond The Groove for Honolulu's Newest Weekly, Metro

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Going Beyond The Groove for Honolulu's Newest Weekly, Metro

While I've been busy *not* updating the blog here, (sorry, folks!) I've been juggling a handful of other projects. Firstly, I've been prepping for the forthcoming Aloha Got Soul record label—which tentatively launches by year's end with the label's first release, a 7-inch single by Mike Lundy. The music's been mastered and went to the vinyl manufacturer last week, logo design is done, but there are still a few things left to take care of. Packaging, distribution, and likely a redesign of this website to accompany the label launch. Oh, and t-shirts. Gotta get some t-shirts printed up. Logo sketches...

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Finding Peace On Earth (in a Vinyl Record)

Record Shops / Crate Digging Reflections

Finding Peace On Earth (in a Vinyl Record)

One of my latest findings: a Lihue, Kauai high school band LP. The perfect souvenir containing the perfect song to share with you in this moment. It's called "Peace On Earth".

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