Stories — Review
The Aliis Live: A Finale to Make Me Smile
The Home Grown Series, Volume I (1976)
"Inspiration is where you find it," wrote Wayne Harada in the Home Grown I liner notes, a Hawaiian music compilation released on KKUA Records in 1976. Me? I find my inspiration in music (of course), and I know I'm not alone (hence: this). In 1976, prolific radio DJ Ron Jacobs released Hawaii's first volume in the Home Grown series. Ron had moved back home to Hawaii from San Diego and immediately fell in love with the music of the islands. While living and working in San Diego, Ron Jacobs produced the California city's own Home Grown LPs. But he dreamed...
The Home Grown Series, Volume II (1977)
No Shortage of Good Music: The Glass Candle Band Reunion
A Forgotten Album: Kalapana Plays Southern All Stars
Today is a special day, my girlfriend's birthday! This post is in honor of her and her Japanese roots. It's also a post about a Kalapana album that not many people know about. Enjoy! Kalapana sat down in 1991 to create what should be a monumental album in their long list of recordings, but has been largely overlooked in their discography. My guess is that people enjoy the 1970s and 80s sound of Kalapana, but never really got used to the 90s sound of this CD. Kalapana plays Southern All Stars—featuring ten tunes written by prolific songwriter Keisuke Kuwata—showcases the...