The Vinyl Factory invited Aloha Got Soul to create a film about Hawaiian records and vinyl culture in the islands. The film showcases local record shops and my current Top 5 favorite Hawaiian records. Watch, share, enjoy, and when you get the chance, make a trip out to Hawaii.
Welcome to the first installment of Shack's Sunday Selections, where I'll be featuring a fine 45 from the collection of one of the nicest guys I know. He goes by Shack.
There couldn't have been a better name for this obscure disco-funk band. Lead by keyboardist Checo Tohomoso, Nova bursts with power and positivity on every track, gradually bring it full-circle at he end of each song. "Can We Do It Good" is a shining example. But where the hell did this record come from?
Back when Mackey Feary split from Kalapana to form his own band, Hawaii's music scene was reaching incredible heights with new releases from talented artists. The debut LP from Macky Feary Band is certainly one of the greatest examples of the era, fueled by influences from all over the spectrum: jazz, funk, Latin, and soul. [...]
Wofford-Keat's "Cheri"—which has been performed by artists like the Kingston Trio and the Peter Moon Band—is a nostalgic love song that transports listeners to a paradise high above the clouds, where Cheri and her silver bird glide gracefully. Listen to "Cheri" and hear for yourself.
Here's a nice jam. "Terrie & Me" grew from the local music scene in the 1970s, a time when acoustic guitars and harmonizing vocalists could be found in almost every contemporary Hawaiian band. Country Comfort, Cecilio & Kapono, Olomana—these were Hawaii's big-name-bands of the era, often influenced by mainland acts such as America, The Eagles, [...]
Michael Paulo ushered a rotating string of artists up to the stage at Jazz Minds Café in Honolulu. He traded drummer for drummer for drummer, bassist for bassist plus another bassist. Michael added a guitarist to the mix, also switching out the pianist and adding another keyboardist, and all the while taking his five to 10 minute-long solos to new heights. This is Michael Paulo's Java and Jazz.
Talented songwriters keep your attention, but gifted songwriters capture your imagination. When Steve and Teresa released "Catching a Wave", they gave Hawaii one of the greatest gifts of all time. Their classic acoustic jam transports you inside the barrel of a perfect wave filling your spirit with what can only be described as poetic energy.
Leave it to the Japanese to have (and know) all the good stuff—here's a surprise that woke me up to the warm sounds of Summer's sophomore release. "Weekends In Malibu" is a classic AOR album that combines elements from mellow pop, disco, rock—and of course, sounds of the islands. Even if Ron Yuen and Tim Hurley were jamming 3,800 miles away from home.
"Brand New Day" by Ron Ka-IpoHow you begin your day is up to you, but I prefer to wake up to sounds of Hawaii, like this breezy, jazzy track: "Brand New Day" by Ron Ka-Ipo.Ron's music inspires his listeners to reach for the clouds, laugh with your friends, and spend more time with the ones [...]