Sunday, November 30, 2008

On The Air Again

WKRP is back on the air in Cincinnati — but this time it's teevee, not wireless.

A low-power TV station has changed its call letters to WKRP, the same as the fictional radio station in the 1970s hit series "WKRP in Cincinnati."

Herb: “I sold Les boat insurance.”
Bailey: “Les doesn’t have a boat.”
Herb: “I sold him mine.”
Les: “You never know when there’s going to be a flood.”

"Bah, Humbug!"

Hawai'i rejects a shipment of Christmas trees from Oregon. SLUGS.

Cheap Eats on Kaua'i


This tour visits 20 cheap eateries, and starts up in Hanalei, circling the island clockwise. Included: the best deal on the island, Sueoka's Snack Shop in Old Koloa Town, where I got a great teri-beef plate lunch in 2003 for the ghastly sum of $4.00

George Harrison-The Undercover Interview

Saturday was the 7th anniversary of George's passing. Here's an interesting interview he did with Paul Cashmere.

Not only does Hari talk about his rare "Wonderwall" album, but claims that he had Ray Charles' voice in mind when he wrote "Something"!

Sunday Music Digest

An interview with Marshall Crenshaw

A Mississippi blues tour

Speaking of blues music, a look at its African origins

Some new pop releases reviewed

And a look at the early touring years of the Fab 4

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Holiday Tune Alert

Public Service Announcement!

A couple of the music blogs I link to on my sidebar, namely Ernie (Not Bert) and also Music You (Possibly Won't) Hear have started to post holiday tunes as downloads.

LOTS of good stuff there, and be sure to follow their sidebar links to some of the other great Christmas Music blogs.

They are worth their weight in frankeincense, incense, myrhh, et al, yada yada, ad infinitum e. pluribus unum

CD Box Set Reviews Part 297

And the reviews roll merrily along...

Small But Dangerous

A visitor from Nevada has been critically injured at Kipu Falls on Kaua'i...this is a rather small waterfall (15 feet?) but has a rope swing which apparently was the root of the problem...

Surf's Up!

26 foot wave faces expected on Kaua'i...

Saturday Music Digest

A Stupid Musician makes the Grammy nominee list

Beatles music on iTunes? Delayed again...

Goon Show legend Spike Milligan's estate gets auctioned

R.I.P. to Bay Area jazz pianist and educator Rae Imamura

And in search of "authentic" New Orleans music

Friday, November 28, 2008

Aloha Airlines To Fly Again?


"Mesa Air Group announced Friday that it has settled an Aloha Airlines lawsuit and will license the name of Aloha if the former controlling shareholder can get it in a bankruptcy court auction."

New Hawai'i Stamp Unveiled

To be issued in 2009, the 50th anniversary of Statehood. Click on the post title for the story, and below to visit the stamp artist.

Roots Rhythm Project Adopts 'Ookelele Program

Teaching school kids music!

"And there's hamburger all over the highway in Greenwich, Connecticut"

From across the pond:

Part of the M42 has reopened after a six-vehicle crash sent marshmallows and beer spilling out onto the carriageway.

Reviewed-New CD Box Sets

Including the new "Box of Danger" set from Firesign Theatre, which the reviewer lovingly describes as "like a wet kiss at the end of a fist.".

Island Mele

Reviews of some new CDs from Hawai'i, including the new release from Kaua'i singer Leilani Rivera Bond. She's great!

Friday Music Digest

Jazz music in the movies

Best (and worst) of the new holiday CDs

"Radio Deluxe"

Remembering Steve Goodman

And Paul is still not dead

Thursday, November 27, 2008

"New" Randall Hall Update

Officially weather-tight now.

Another Music Blog Sighted

For you fans of classic pop music vocalists, here's a great blog by "music fan" Kenny Harrelson. He's not to be confused with the former Boston Red Sox player, who's now a play by play announcer in Chi-town.

Hugh Says Farewell to "Mama Africa"

from London:

"The majestic presence of Hugh Masekela brought proceedings to a vibrant climax. Dedicating the concert to the memory of his late wife, Miriam Makeba, he unwound a smouldering set of intelligent jazz fusion, his flugelhorn sounding more burnished and imposing than ever. I have lost count of the number of times I have heard him perform Stimela, his homage to South Africa's migrant workers, yet this version, full of anguish and thwarted hopes, was the most haunting of all."

Happy Turkey Day!

A New Hampsha tradition!

Future Perfect

A lengthy interview with NRBQ's Terry Adams...

Turkey Day Music Digest

New Orleans music in Taiwan

Alabama Slim sighting

Former Car Greg Hawkes turns to the ookelele

New Orleans piano-pounder Henry Butler, whom we saw at Lowell a couple of years ago, has a new album:

And slack-key comes to Monterey!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


A slack key odyssey...

Sir Paul: "We Love Ringo"

Paul McCartney has defended Ringo ‘the grumpy Beatle’ Starr after the drummer refused to sign any more autographs for fans.

New York Dolls Heading to Hawai'i

Classic 1970s band The New York Dolls, who started a comeback 2 years ago, will travel to Kaua'i in January to start recording a new album at Todd Rundgren's North Shore studio...

Going To The Dogs

A new bike path on Kaua'i will soon allow canines.

Wednesday Music Digest

It's Wednesday, which means that Uncle Tom is gabbin' again...

Looking at this year's crop of Christmas TV shows

A Jamaican review of Taj Mahal's new album:

Another jazz school with a name that starts with "Berk"?

And a review of some gypsy guitar...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Poi Boy Blog

Just stumbled across Ron Jacobs' ono blog, and will include it as a link. Ron of course entertained us via K-POI Radio when we lived in Kailua in the early 1960s.

Up The Creek

(Craig on Saddle Hill photo)

A new review of the Smith's Wailua River boat trip on Kaua'i...

Christmas On Saddle Hill

In honor of our first measurable snowfall (now being washed away by rain) here's a review of some new holiday music releases.

Tuesday Music Digest

A new radio documentary about New Orleans piano professor James Booker

Ray Davies has a new forum devoted to all things Kinky

An all star tribute to Doug Sahm is in the works

African music needs to listen to...Nashville?

And a chat with legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb

Monday, November 24, 2008

Natural Selection?

"The Natural History Museum in London recently opened a new exhibit that features mockingbirds that Charles Darwin collected during his travels around the Galapagos Islands in 1835. He observed they were unlike the mockingbirds in other South American regions."

Monday Music Video

They're nice people, they are!

Island Image

From the Honolulu Star Bulletin, a nice infrared photo of the volcano on the Big Isle.

Fast Food

A look at diners in Jersey...the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton was a fixture of my childhood visits to nearby Nutley!

Monday Music Digest

Monk-Fest reviewed

And another review-Aretha at the LA House of Blues

A rare copy of the Beatles' White Album sells

A chat with Dion

And a look at musical instruments on the International Space Station...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Don't View Before Eating

Or you will lose your appetite!

from the NRBQ e-mail list:

"Some perverse Swede actually collects photos of the Swedish show bands of the 70's and their wonderfully hideous matching outfits....My favorite outfits and most questionable name : "The Schytts" "

Makahiki Mau'i Kine

Dat time of yeah.

Scorsese Does Hari?

Film director Martin Scorsese, fresh off his Rolling Stones movie, wants to do one about George Harrison...

Sunday Music Digest

Belly dancing time...

Nevilles sighted

Christmas Stupid Music in Texas

Elvis sighting

And acoustic blues in Maine

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Green Chri$tma$ Turns 50

A lengthy analysis of a Stan Freberg classic!

Good Read Alert

A great new book tells the true story of a scientist and a parrot...

Classic Music Video

Here's today's birthday boy (and Hawai'i resident) Jesse Colin Young and the Youngbloods, from the old "Hollywood Palace" teevee show. Enjoy!

Saturday Music DIgest

Ookelele babes in New Zealand

Monk meets Mingus

Jazz from Abu Dhabi

Lost George Harrison interview found:

And a review of some recent blues collections

Friday, November 21, 2008

Kaua'i Flood Indictment

Retired car dealer Jimmy Pflueger was indicted by a Kaua'i Grand Jury today on 7 counts of manslaughter in connection with the deadly Ka Loko flood.

Desert Island Flood Alert

The "Forbidden Island" of Ni'ihau, which is mainly desert, is currently under a flood advisory.

The Mother of All Stupid Music Box Sets

The best music Bob Wills ever did, the Tiffany Transcriptions, will be released in their entirety in January 2009.

Friday Music Digest

Concert Vault for iPhone reviewed

Layers of composition

Smooth jazz on the high seas

Tracing the spiritual path of George Harrison,0,705044.story

And another great new band name-Frogs Gone Fishin'!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Current conditions 46 miles to my north...

Temperature -3.9°F

Wind 42.3 mph

Direction 296° (NW)

Wind Chill -34.8°F

Scary Flying Story

A flight attendant helped to land a 767 after the co-pilot had to be "relieved of duty" on a trans Atlantic flight...

Pass the Gumbo!

Coming to New Orleans in December-the 1st Annual Treme Gumbo Fest.

Disney Breaks Ground on New Hawai'i Resort

Complete with the traditional blessing...

Up a Tree

Popular Mechanics looks at some wild tree houses.

Thursday Music Digest

Demystifying classical music

Musicians bringing musicians home:

Unchaining African melodies

A tribute to a tortured soul singer

And a new music blog series from Nevada

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Global Warming

It was a balmy 16 degrees here on Saddle Hill this morning...warmed up to 23 this afternoon, but that's about it.

This is an outbreak of much colder than normal air-it's 15 degrees colder than usual here for this time of year.

Makahiki Time

Lono rules.

Hawaiian Law 101

Did you know that it's illegal to park your car on a roadway and advertise it for sale?

Wednesday Music Digest

A guitar man teaches "critical thinking"...

Speaking of guitars, a new carbon-fibre number:

Botswana remembers Miriam Makeba

Accordion invasion in Moklahoma

And film makers struggle to make music biopics:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

They Travel The Spaceways

A lunar probe from India's first unmanned moon mission Chandrayaan-1 has landed on the moon and started sending back its first images.

Standing Waves

Lockheed Martin will harness Hawai'i ocean thermals to generate power?

Pandolele, Anyone?

Exotic koa wood musical instruments...

We Travel The Spaceways

How decades-old NASA images of the moon are being brought back to life.

"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of magnetic tapes."

The Greatest Layover in American History

A writer gets stuck on a 6 hour layover in Honolulu, so decides to visit Big Mo.

Tuesday Music Digest

A new music licensing firm in New Orleans

Another great band name-"The Old Spice Boys"

Arlo sighted


And Stupid Music pops the pond

Monday, November 17, 2008

"Carnival of Light"

An unreleased, experimental track by The Beatles could be made public 41 years after it was recorded at Abbey Road studios, ex-member Paul McCartney has said.

Honoring King David

The Patron Saint of Hawaiian music.

Monday Music DIgest

A slack-key sighting

The latest from Dave Alvin

Jazz Xmas music

Some new CD box sets:

And Stupid Music news from Arizona

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Gold Coast

This article is a couple of months old, but explores the pricey real estate market on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Guitar Fest

Slack key, explained from a Bulgarian perspective...

Mama Africa Remembered

A major roundup from Jo-Burg.

Sunday Music Digest

New holiday releases

Allen Toussaint Brunch in New Orleans

Ookeleles in Spokane

Jazz made easy

And a sighting of blues great Charlie Musselwhite

Friday, November 14, 2008

Transparent Aluminum

Tequila has been found to be able to generate diamonds...


Uncle Chickie Corea and Johnny McLaughlin (Electric Guitarist) are on tour-hyperlink later

Aerial Photography 102

Hints for taking pics from a helicopter.

We Travel the Spaceways

For the first time, astronomers have photographed individual planets from another solar system. Pics at the link.

Friday Music Digest

Tributes to Mama Africa continue

Belgian jazz in Vietnam

John Goodspeed pays tribute to Stupid Music

R.I.P. Stupid Musician Jody Reynolds,0,3704687.story

And new music from across the river

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Cooking on the Island

Season 5 of "Top Chef" started Wednesday night on the Bravo channel, and this season is set in New York City. Lo and behold, the show kicked off with all of the contestants hopping on the Governors Island Ferry, and then being herded into our old back yard behind Buildings 111 and 112 to compete to see who got to go home first.

This first episode, called "Melting Pot", will be repeated a few times this week, notably Friday Nov. 14 at 12 noon Eastern.

Python Ancestor Found

A direct ancestor of Monty Python's renowned "Dead Parrot" sketch has been found in a book of jokes dating back to Greece in the fourth century AD.

Pass the Spam

A review of the new release of the compleat Monty Python BBC series on DVD.

Non-Scary Flying Story

Coverage of a paper-airplane contest in the Big Apple!

O'ahu's Best Beaches

Including one of my faves, Malaekahana.

Thursday Music Digest

NRBQ's Terry Adams says "Meet Me in St. Louis"

Stupid Music review: Mark Kreitzer

Duke Ellington in Britain

Preview of the "Nearly Famous Festival" in Canada-

And Mac's back, and I don't mean Rebennack...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Heiau New Hampshire Kine

Air Kaua'i Gets Its Helicopters Back

Pau hana!

R.I.P. Mitch Mitchell

Mitch Mitchell, the drummer for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead this morning in his Portland OR hotel room.Mitchell, 61, apparently died of natural causes, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner said.

Air Kaua'i Grounded

Photo by Craig on Saddle Hill, on-location, May 4, 2003

Sad news from the Garden Isle-tour helicopter operator Air Kaua'i stopped flying last week, after the bank reposessed their two helos. The company has since filed for Chapter 11, which may allow them to keep flying. The hearing is today.

The two helos were new ones purchased last year.

UPDATE: AK got the helos back today. See my later post.

Weds. Music Digest

Caz gets cash:

Happy 90th to jazz great Bebo Valdes

KISS's Gene Simmons invents a new guitar toy:

Guns "N' Roses in China

And speaking of guitars, Heidi Klum gets whiplash!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Stupid Music For Your Health

Listening to music that makes you happy, especially if it's country music, may be good for your heart, a new study suggests.

Les Paul Week in Cleveland

93-year-young Les Paul, known as the "Father of the Electric Guitar," will be honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's annual American Music Masters series, a weeklong event that starts Monday.

The Beginnings of Kailua

Before the humans even got there!

R.I.P. Herb Score

(Baseball Almanac photo)

After a great career on the field, Herb had a just as great career as one of the best broadcast baseball play-by-play announcers of all time. Not many of those great announcers are left now...

Honolulu Monorail Update

Interesting how people voted...the project was approved by those living near the proposed route, but opposed by those from other parts of the island.

The Last State Quarter

The final US quarter paying tribute to a US state (Hawai'i) is finally in circulation.

Music Video of the Day

Not bad!

Tuesday Music Digest

Happy Veteran's Day!

The Man with the Golden Guitar

Another appreciation of Mama Africa, this one from Nigeria:

Bristol (the one in England, not the one here in New Hampshire) gets a new pipe organ:

Another preview of upcoming CD releases

And the Chicago Jazz Ensemble announces some "staff promotions".

Monday, November 10, 2008

"Hawai'i Calls" Goes Live

Soon come-a live concert paying tribute to a classic radio show.

Tributes Pour In For "Mama Africa"

Nelson Mandela:

"It was fitting that her last moments were spent on a stage, enriching the hearts and lives of others - and again in support of a good cause."

Monday Music Digest

Cab Calloway's Orchestra seen lurking about...,3_5_EL09_CAB_S1.article

Playing calliope in the Big Easy

A new DVD from Merle Haggard shows his Stupid Music influence:

The first report from Uke-Stock in New Zealand

And an appreciation of T-Bone Walker

R.I.P. "Mama Africa"

South African songbird Miriam Makeba finished a concert in Italy Sunday, then collapsed as she was leaving the stage. She was 76.

Some friends and my brother and I were privileged to see Miriam in concert in the early 1990s in Portland Maine. She was backed that night, which was her birthday, by her ex Hugh Masekela and his great band, but she was even happier to have one of her nieces singing backup.

She will be missed.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Marketing Hawai'i Music

John Berger from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin explores some of the new ways local music companies are marketing their products.

Including candy maker Hawaiian Host, which is now including a music sampler with its candy sampler.

Koke'e Museum Turns 55

Writer Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin visits the top of Kaua'i. Believe it or not, there is actually trout fishing up there! The Natural History Museum there is celebrating its anniversary.

Koke'e of course is the Garden Isle's high-altitude region which includes the Kalalau Valley lookout, Alakai Swamp, and of course Waimea Canyon.

Return of The Fat Man

A new PBS documentary about New Orleans music legend Fats Domino will begin airing this month nationwide.

Pua'a Hunt

Up near the top of Kaua'i, the pigs are running.

Sunday Music Digest

Have a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator? Don't keep your iPod earbuds in your shirt pocket or draped around your neck.

Another one of those "new recordings" reviews:

Fresh thoughts on new music

Jazz in Cape May

And the Mardi Gras goes Down Under:

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Ookolele Music Digest

Auwe! Gonna broke my mout.

Let It Rut!

A very thorough and well-done review of the 30th anniversary reissue of "All You Need Is Cash", which chronicled the Pre-Fab 4. Pass the cheese and onions...

Firesign Funnies!

Part 2...

Saturday Music Digest

Lots of Stupid Music news today...

Another new stupid music band?

Yellow Rose of Texas...

The Ghosts of the Longhorn Ballroom

Latest news from Rock and Bowl in New Orleans

And a new album from South Africa's Sabata Masoka...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Not-Quite-Daily Classic Music Video

Sorry about that.

Teach Your Dog To Dance!

Latest Border Collie news...

Jake Does S.F.

A nice interview with ookelele shredder Jake Shimabukuro, who closes out this year's San Francisco Jazz Fest this afternoon and tonight (2 shows).

The Frogs Are Coming

An update-with video-of the recent discovery of Caribbean coqui tree frogs in Kailua. Apparently they are hitch-hiking from the Big Island on plants.

Friday Music Digest

German jazz piano in the Big Easy:

If I had a Saxophone...

Bob Dylan channels Bob Wills? Now that's Stupid Music!

Speaking of Stupid Music, a new eatery in Texas will feature just that:

And yet another great new band name, the Zydeco Crawdaddys!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Preventing Scary Flying Stories

Speaking of Border Collies...

Election Result From Kentucky

"In Rabbit Hash, Ky., the most hotly contested race of the 2008 election was for the mayor’s seat, and while Travis the cat put up a good fight, it was a Border Collie named Lucy Lou who won the most votes."

Winter Hawai'i Bookings Down

Auwe! Things is broke.

Ko'olau's Story Captured on Film

The story of one of the most famous lepers in Hawai'i is now a movie-in the local language, no less (with English subtitles).

Catch A Wave

A preview of this weekend's California Surf Film Festival. Naturally, the featured film on Saturday night will be Bruce Brown's 1966 classic, "The Endless Summer".

Thursday Music Digest

Laurel and Hardy's silent films set to music?

Promoting "classic jazz" in the public schools in Arizona:

More on the giant uke fest in New Zealand:

A preview from our friends at Hawai'i Magazine of the impending hula conference in Honolulu-

And a preview of the Telarc debut by blues shouter Shemeika Copeland, whom we saw a few years back at the Lowell Fest:

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

R.I.P. Yma Sumac

Legendary Peruvian vocalist Yma Sumac left the building a few days ago.

Believe it or not, she actually appeared on a recording that also featured NRBQ, namely the great "Stay Awake" album of Disney tunes...

Hawai'ian Music Goes South of the Border

November 8 the Makaha Sons will play in Mexico. Click on post title for the info.

And finally there is a photo gallery from the Sons' show here in New Hampshire in September:

Cousin Bruuuucieeeee!!!!!

Catching up with legendary 1960s WABC DJ Bruce Morrow...

Kaua'i Tourism Update

An interview with Rike Burmeister, who manages the Hale Makai Beach Cottages in Haena.

Wednesday Music Digest

Bringing Mexican music back home:

Los Lobos sighting!

This is Wednesday, which means Uncle Tom Moffatt is gabbin'

Jazz/electronica/world music fused:

And new Stupid Music for Christmas...

Brewing Socks Alert

And feet too!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sunlit Path.............................

Here's a classic view down Edge School Road. Saddle Hill Road goes off to the right just down the gravel.

R.I.P. Byron Lee

Byron was one of the true legends of Jamaican music-both as a performer, with his band The Dragonaires, which started in 1956, and later as a producer and recording-studio owner.

Click on the post title for Byron's obit, and below for his background.

Hawai'i Magazine Slideshow: Kilauea Volcano

From the ono folks at Hawai'i Magazine, a slideshow from the Big Island.

Beauty, Eh?

Looks like the cartoon version of Bob and Doug from SCTV will not least not with Rick Moranis...

Tuesday Music Digest

A 65th birthday tribute to Joni Mitchell? We're getting old...

Yet another great band name-The Punch Brothers

Mick Jones sighting:

What does jazz mean to you?

And Stupid Music goes to Alaska! I hope Ray didn't get hit with any bar-room doors...

Monday, November 3, 2008

Our Political Endorsements!

For pResident, Pat is the man. He actually came in second here in New Hampshire in one of the many races he ran in.

And for Vice, George Papoon has likewise run more times than oil thru a hot car.

NOT Your Father's "Uncle Miltie"

A review of Amazonian jazz singer Milton Nascimento, whose first solo effort was produced by Wayne Shorter!

Bad Dog!

A Border Collie's day in court.

Ride The Wild Surf

Large wave time in the middle of the sea...

Happy B-Day King Dave

Royal Hawai'ian Band alert!

Non-Scary Flying Story

Photography From Airliners 101.

Checking Out a Uke?

A library here in the Far East now has a new item available, and it's not a new book.

Daily Classic Music Video

Sorry I've been slacking on these, here's one from the Hardest Working Man in Show Biz from 1971.

Hawai'i Starts Curbside Recycling


Monday Music Digest

Martino unstrung

Music in a box-those darned accordions!

Preview of the Abu Dhabi Jazz Festival

Sighted-pianist (and Hawai'ian slack key recording maven) George Winston:

And the man in Django's seat:

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Frisbee Dog Alert

Border Collie time!

R.I.P. Jimmy Carl

Another one leaves the building-lung cancer in this case.

Click on the post title for the official website. If too lazy, here's the Reader's Digest version from wiki:

Jimmy Carl Black (born James Inkanish, Jr., February 1, 1938 – November 1, 2008) was a drummer and vocalist for The Mothers of Invention.

Born in El Paso, Texas, he is best known for his Cheyenne heritage and his drooping moustache. His trademark line was "Hi Boys and Girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black, and I'm the Indian of the group." He has been credited on some Mothers albums as playing "drums, vocals, and poverty". He appeared in the movie 200 Motels and sings the song Lonesome Cowboy Burt.

Up The Creek

We take coho salmon pretty seriously around here, as our local New Hampton State Fish Hatchery pioneered the re-intro of said fishies into the assorted water bodies here in NH.

Here's an amazing story of their out-West cousins.

Taj In Troy

A review of Mr. Mahal's show last night in a town I lived in as a sprout, Troy NY...

Fergie Benefit Update

More info on the benefit concert next weekend for original NRBQ guitarist Steve Ferguson, which will help him with some of his medical bills.

Music Sleuth Gets Musicians Their Due

Here's the tale of a guy who gets musicians back royalties. Believe it or not, he claims that 95% of the cases he handles don't involve intentional record-company rip-offs-just bureaucratic incompetence!

Unpaid Non-Partisan Public Service Announcement

As it's almost Election Day, head on over to one of the music blogs featured on my sidebar, Probe, who has some amusing "campaign numbers" from decades past available.

Sad to say, a couple of these have already been deep-sixed, no doubt due to copyright issues.

SuperFerry Environmental Report Delayed

The State wants to "get it right", so it will be delayed until January of 2009.

Saving the Chicago Jazz Fest

Gee, I never knew it was in trouble.

Visiting Madame Pele

Hawai'i's Back Yard...

Sunday Music Digest

Songs of Wood and Steel

McCabe's Guitar Shop turns 50:

George Harrison meets Led Zeppelin

Catching a crook with a guitar?

And a tribute to blues great Son House

Octopus Garden RIP

Swiss-based marine explorer and inventor Jacques Piccard, who was part of the deepest submarine dive in history, has died at his home aged 86.

In 1960, Piccard and US co-pilot Don Walsh took a submersible developed by his father to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific. They went seven miles beneath the surface of the sea.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Weather Or Not

No comment!

Kiwi Ukulele

Almost time for the New Zealand Ukulele Fest!

Tree Frogs Make It To Kailua

These are the tiny tree frogs familiar to anyone who's visited the Caribbean-however, in Hawai'i they are an invasive species.

They arrived on the Big Island 10 years ago, but have now finally made it to Lanikai and Enchanted Lake...

Mule Train

Bob Wills did a great Stupid Music song called "Riding On A Hump-Backed Mule". Here's a look at how they train the mules to go down the Bright Angel Trail.

11/01 Music Digest

World music in Sacramento

Connie Francis sighting!,0,573939.story

Going Dutch for avant-garde jazz

Muzak in the workplace

And Van Morrison talks about his classic "Astral Weeks",0,7113777.story