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We're opening a record shop: AGS

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We're opening a record shop: AGS

It's been a long time coming.  For the past 6 years I've been running the label from the comfort of my home (or homes, considering we've moved apartments a handful of times in the past several years).  And with each passing year, as the label's operations grew — things like pressing more releases, fulfilling more orders, meeting more artists and producers in person — the need for a dedicated physical space became apparent.  I can't tell you how many fans, folks, and friends have asked us where our shop is, only for me to tell them that we run Aloha Got Soul...

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Forty years on, Marvin Franklin’s “Kona Winds” is still making waves

Forty years on, Marvin Franklin’s “Kona Winds” is still making waves

We spoke with Marvin Franklin, from his home in Mountain View, Hawaii, about the enduring magic of “Kona Winds”, the new vinyl remix release on Aloha Got Soul, and so much more.

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Listen to Roger Bong’s island-style Home Grown set on NTS

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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...

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Follow-up set: Aloha Got Soul #4 on VF Live

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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

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Watch our latest all-Hawaiian 7” set for The Vinyl Factory's VF Live

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Watch our latest all-Hawaiian 7” set for The Vinyl Factory's VF Live

For Aloha Got Soul’s latest VF Live show, Oliver and Roger Bong spotlight the sun-kissed sounds of Hawaii during the ‘60s and ‘70s with standout selections in garage, psych, and pop. 

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