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...
Native Hawaiians cherished salt for its most important use, preservation. And that's exactly what Fitted x Aloha Got Soul are doing with this mixtape: preserving the funky, flavorful music of Hawaii's past.
Why are vinyl records important? When you play a record, the music soothes us in a way that digital can't. Vinyl records have helped me find rewarding friendships. Vinyl records serve as historical documents of timely art, culture, and ideas. Read the full article to learn more.
Sunday Manoa's Guava Jam signaled a new direction in Hawaiian music. The trio's definitive album, released on Hula Records in 1969, defined a new style of Hawaiian music, ushering the start of a new era in the islands known as the "Hawaiian Renaissance"—the revitalization of tradition, culture, and language of the Hawaiian people. But in the early seventies, many found Guava Jam difficult to accept.