Tuesday, April 15, 2014

KTUH Playlist for Tuesday 15 April 2013, Noon - 3 PM

Today I subbed in for DJ Zilla and played a random assortment of music. It was an unplanned, eclectic assortment of frenetic fury that I hope someone somewhere enjoyed a little bit. I haven't been on the air in a long time so it was very nice to be back. Hopefully I'll get to do another show or two before I relocate to Mainlandia in mid May.

Artist      -      Song     -    Album    -    Label

--- 1200 Hours ---

Tycho – Awake – Awake – Ghostly International *
Tycho – A Walk – Dive
Thievery Corporation – No More Disguise – Saudade – ESL Music *
The Big Sleep – Ace – Nature Experiments
Ume – Dancing Blind – Phantoms
Still Corners – Into the Trees – Creatures of an Hour – Sub Pop
Yamantanka // Sonic Titan – Hall of Mirrors – Uzu
Tornavalancehe – Only the Nerds Got Pissed – No Money, No Problems
Rob Dougan – Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Variation) – Furious Angels
The Crystal Method – Jupiter Shift – Method – Tiny e Records *
Pretty Lights – Finally Moving – Taking Up Your Precious Time – Pretty Lights Music

---- 1300 Hours ----

Egadz – Disconnected Pt. 2 – Shining Hours
Ernest Gonzales – While on Saturn’s Rings – While on Saturn’s Rings
Little People – Moon – Mickey Mouse Operation
This Will Destroy You – The World is Our ____ - Young Mountain EP
Radiohead – All I Need – In Rainbows – S/R
Graham Coxon – That’s When I Reach for My Revolver – The Golden D
Dinosaur Jr. – Creepies – Farm
The Heavy (UK) – How You Like Me Now – The House that Dirt Build
Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings – Stranger to My Happiness – Give them What They What They Want – Daptone *
Friends of Dean Martinez – Ask the Dust – Retrograde
William Elliot Whitmore – One Man’s Shame – Ashes to Dust
GE Smith & David Lindley – Play It All Night Long (live)
The Tragically Hip – Save the Planet – Phantom Power
Mammut – Leggdu Mit I Salt (live)

--- 1400 Hours ---

Frankie Rose – Heaven – Herein Wile – Fat Possum
Ty Segall – She Don’t Care – Sleeper
Tim Buckley – Once I Was – Once I Was
Jeff Buckley – Eternal Life – Eternal Life
Pixies – Wave of Mutilation – Doolittle
Smashing Pumpkins – Hummer – Siamese Dreame
Vanna Inget – Du Ska Fa Vila – S/T
The Poison Arrows – Unveiled in Sequence – Newfound Resolutions
Red Sparowed – Giving Birth to Imagined Saviors (live)
Russian Circles – 1777 – Memorial – Sargent House *
And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – Gods We Really Are – Tao of the Dead Part III – Richter Scale *

--- 1500 Hours ---

* New song, will be tract for CMJ college radio charts. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Post Nothing: Songs in the Life of Mateo - A Mixtape

Awhile back we did a mixtape swap in a community that I belong to. I made a pretty rad mixtape, but I haven't shared it with anyone but the original recipient until now. Here is the mixtape, for your listening pleasure. You really have to listen to this mixtape in the order as I've compiled because I orchestrated it to have a certain flow.

Post Nothing: Songs in the Life of Mateo, Tracklist:

1) The Wilderness - Marginal Over - Wilderness
This song is something that I listened to a lot in 2011 and 2012. I found it to be a really emotionally powerful track that captured my imagination. It was a favorite for listening while zipping around on my Vespa on Mt Tantalus or around Honolulu.
2) Faith No More - The Real Thing - The Real Thing
This is the song that started it all; this album is what got me into music. I got into Faith No More while I was in Boy Scout Camp in 1989. On of my tent mates had a copy of it on cassette and it blew my mind. I played that album on an endless loop all summer. It reminds me of being a kid in the wilderness and at Cape Cod, sitting around and waiting for life to begin.
3) Creedle - Where the Wind Blows - Where the Wind Blows
I was lucky to come across this extremely obscure band during my first second foray into college radio back in 1997. I was interning my second show at WJUL at UMass Lowell. It was a Jazz show called "A Love Supreme" after John Coltrane. This is a fusion band that blends jazz and rock techniques, but also throws in some Jewish influenced jams just for the hell of it. This song is mindbending and masterful.
4) The Tragically Hip - Yawning or Snarling - Day for Night
In the olden days, before the advent of the interwebs, music fans had to take chances on music. We discovered it through word of mouth, fanzines, magazines, or by searching the underground. I heard about this band on a trip to Canada, but I hadn't acutally heard any music by them. Eventually I went to a Strawberry's record store and bought a copy fo this CD. I just picked one at random because I liked the alubm cover. At first I didn't like the CD, but I kept at it and it became one of my all time favorite albums. This is my favorite song off the release and it's lyrics really speak to me.
5) Calexico - Sonic Wind - Hot Rail
When I was a college DJ at UMass Amherst I used to help out the music department by sorting and labeling new CDs. We had massive amount of discard bins containing stuff we didn't want to bother putting into the stacks for various reasons or stuff that we were getting rid of from the stacks for various other reasons. I found the Hot Rail album in one of those discard bins. I don't know what enticed me to listen to it, but I sure am glad that I did because Calexico became one of my all time favorite bands. Their music makes me thirsty for road trips across desolate, dusty western expanses. Their mix of alt country and post rock with a Mexican flare is ingenious and thought provoking.  I've seen this band live twice, once in Boston and once in Milan, Italy. Never pass at an opportunity to see these guys live as their shows are some of the best I've ever seen.
6) Dirty Three - Red - Horse Stories
This song by this band was recommended to me by a friend when I was researching Australian music for my Post Nothing show on KTUH in Honolulu. This band features Warren Ellis! He's a mad man, you should see these guys perform live. Seriously. Look for videos on youtube. This is a postrock band, but so much more...
7) ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - It Was There That I Saw You - Source Codes and Tags
8) Japandroids - No Allegiance to the Queen - No Singles
This band got me through the hard year in Waialua and was a motivation for me while I lived on Mt. Tantalus and became a student again at UH Manoa. Some of the band's lyrics are a bit sophmorish, but some are actually quite powerful. All together it works nicely. Japandroids music is a sonic catharsis.
9) Avail - Simple Song - 4 AM Friday
One of the best punk albums of all time, in my humble opinion. I think this album is vastly underrated. Just listen to this song. EPIC! This reminds me of driving around with Chris A on a myriad of misadventures creating chaos with Avail on an endless loop. This song exemplafies adrenaline fuled catastrophy on a controled release.
10) Cloud Nothings - Wasted Days - Attack on Memory
Yes. Yes. Yes. This is what indie rock is supposed to be! This was at 2011 or 2012 release, but it's on my all time top 10 list. This album gets me so damn pumped up! Every song sounds like it was written for me and about me. If I could be in a band I'd want it to be just like this.
11) Pixies - U-Mass - Trompe le Monde
This song is about my alma matter, the Univerisity of Massachusetts, Amherst. Frank Black/Black Francis went there as well. This song really catures the ethos of the school, but you'd have to have been a student there to really understand it. This sond makes me reminice about the raucous days of my early twenties.
12) Folk Implosion - Insinuation - Dare to Be Surprised
This is just a really great song by a legendary indie rock band.
13) The Calm Blue Sea - We Happy Few - The Calm Blue Sea EP
Post rock at it's zenith, The Calm Blue Sea is a band that I got into while I was living in Italy. I found out about them on WOXY, a legendary, but now defunct internet radio station. Damn, I miss WOXY. CBS is from Texas and they don't tour a lot. I would love to see this band live.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

KTUH Playlist Friday 1/17/14 6-9 AM, USED BLUES: the "What Could Be But Isn't" edition

I subbed in this morning and played some alt country and new blues from 6-9 AM. Show went well, played some great music and I managed to keep the technical flaws to a minimum. Hell, I even managed to record, save, and upload the surf report for once!

I've been showless for awhile, but I'm trying to rectify that. The problem is that they're hesitant to give me a show since they know I'm going to be leaving again. See, I'm a full time student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, but I'm also a seasonal park ranger for the National Park Service. It's kind of difficult to manage consistency in my life, but I do what I can. Playing music at KTUH is one of the simple joys in my life and I'd really like to continue to bring quality musical programming to the world. Want to help? If you've been listening to my shows and like what you hear, email the bosses and tell them that you want Mateo the Destroyer to get his own show. I don't know if it would make a difference, but it's worth a shot. Shoot along comments to these fine folks: specialties@ktuh.org, pd@ktuh.org, and gm@ktuh.org.
Many mahalos to everyone who tuned in this morning, especially those fine folks who called in with questions and requests!!!

ARTIST    -    SONG     -     ALBUM

--- 6 AM ---

Bran Nue Dae - Long Way From My Country
Willard Grant Conspiracy - Distant Shore
The Angels of Light - Untitled Love Song - How I Loved You
Calexico - El Picador - Hot Rail
Lucero - It Gets Worse At Night
Johnny Cash - I Won't Back Down
Willy Mason - Live It Up (live)
Marshall Tucker Band - Fire on the Mountain - Greatest Hits
Cowboy Junkies Misguided Angel - The Trinity Session
Uncle Tupelo - No Depression - No Depression
Drive By Truckers - Where the Devil Don't Stay - Dirty South
16 Horsepower - Wayfaring Stranger
The Yayhoos - Love Train
Dan Auerbach - Heartbroken, In Disrepair - Keep It Hid

--- 7 AM ---

The Mastersons - Birds Fly South -
BR5-49 - Chrokee Boogie
Wilco - Monday - (Live) - Ashes of American Flags
Sun Kil Moon - Ocean Breathes Salty - Tiny Cities
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Easy Pleateau - Cold Roses
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Let It Ride - Cold Roses
Old 97s -Let the Whiskey Take the Reins - The Grand Theatre Vol. 1
GE Smith & David Lindley - Play It All Night Long (live)
Maria McKee - Life is Sweet - Life Is Sweet
Ha Ha Tonka - Usual Suspects
Leon Russell - Tight Rope - Carney
Jack White - I'm Shakin' - Blunderbuss

--- 8 AM ---

The SteelDrivers - Whe You Don't Come Home
Soggy Bottom Boys - I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow
Old Crow Medicine Wheel - Wagon Wheel
Dan & Paul Kelly with Missy Higgins - Droving Woman
Ralph Stanley - O Death **
Spotted Eagle Song
Jimmy Little - Cattle & Cane (live, Go-Betweens cover)
Wildflower - Galiwin'ku
Kev Carmody - Attack!, Attack!

--- 9 AM ---

I've uploaded a copy of my entire show and you can download it by clicking this link.

 Ranger Danger, lol.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

USED Blues KTUH Playlist 1/8/13, 6-9 AM

Started with some jazz then moved into down tempo electronic music, shifted into some dance pop, and capped off the last hour with a full on barrage of noise.

Artist    -       Song

DJ Arnie's Jazz Picks (several Jazz songs were played at the beginning of the show)
Clams Casino - I am God
Massive Attack - Paradise Circus
The Sound Defects - Take Out
Phaeleh - Should Be True
Quantic - Time is the Enemy
The Jazzual Suspects - This Beat (Original Mix)
RJD2 - Suite 1 - More Is Than Isn't
RJD2 - Temperamental - More Is Than Isn't
Savages - You're My Chocolate
Bonobo - Kiara
Tycho - A Walk
Damu the Fugemunk - Da Coffee Tatle
Jel - You Don't Know
Little People - You Don't Know
Thieve feat Die Heuwels Fantasies - Way to Go
Will Mono ft Jax Panik - Ken My Vie
Jokers of the Scene - Baggy Bottom Boys
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Everything
Savages - She Will
Savages - Shut Up
Destruction Unit - Slow Death Sounds
Sticky Antlers - Blind Horse
Sticky Antlers - I'm Being Shadowed
Make-Overs - Show Us Some Love
Make-Overs - Skeletons
The New Tinnitus live in Potch
PS I Love You - Get Over
Metz - Can't Understand
Palma Violets - Best Friends
The So So Glos - Lost Weekend
The So SO GLos - Blowout

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Used Blues: Broken Hearts Edition - KTUH Playlist January 1, 2013, 6-9 AM

What are you doing to ring in the New Year? I'll be walking the spirit line into a traditional Lakota lodge to sweat my brains out and bake in a womb like oven. Then I'll walk along the spirit line to emerge anew into the New Year.  http://lifeasametaphor.com/ This is how I began the New Year in 2013 as well, but this year is going to be a lot different.

Artist       -        Song                -           Album

--- 6 AM ---

Creedle - When The Wind Blows - When The Wind Blows
MC 900 Ft. Jesus - The City Sleeps (acousitc) - KCRW Presents
Peeping Tom - Don't Even Trip - Peeing Tom
Pedro the Lion - A Mind of Her Own - Winners Never Quit
Local Natives - Wild Eyes - Gorilla Manor
Local Natives - Sun Hands - Gorilla Manor
Loudermilk - Estrogen Oxygen Aches in the Teeth Again- The Red Record
Smashing Pumpkins - Raindrops + Sunshowers - Machina
Faith No More - Underwater Love - The Real Thing
Seaweed - Go Your Own Way - CLerks OST

--- 7 AM ---

Against Me! - Baby, I'm an Anarchist - Reinventing Axl Rose
Rise Against - Swing Life Away - Siren Song of the Counter Culture
Snow Patrol - Velocity Girl - Songs for Polar Bears
Spoon - Got Nuffin - Transference
Sponge - Plowed - Rotten Pinata
Japandroids - Shame - Heavenward Grand Prix
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart - Substance
Alabama Shakes - Heartbreaker - Boys & Girls
Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Kill Bill Vol. 1
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite - I Don't Believe a Word You Say - Get Up!
Jack White - Love Interruption - Blunderbuss
The Dead Weather - The Difference Between Us - Sea of Cowards
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Red Eyes and Tears - B.R.M.C
Male Bonding - The Saddle - Enless Now
Marriages - Ten Tiny Fingers - Kitsune
Milemarker - Sex Jam Two:Insect Incest - Frigid Forms Sell
Misfits - Dig Up Her Bones - American Psycho
Morphine - Gone For Good - Yes

--- 8 AM ---

Nine Inch Nails - Hurt - The Downward Spiral
The Perishers - Weekends - Let There Be Morning
Pretty Girls Make Graves - Pyrite Pedestal - Elan Vital
Public Image Ltd. - Covered - That What Is Not
Rainer Maria - I Love You Too
The Ravonettes - Let Me On Out - Raven In The Grave
The Dandy Warhols - Sleep - Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia
120 Days - Get Away - 120 Days
Deer Tick - Ashamed - War Elepthant
Aloha - Summer Away - Here Comes Everyone
Bon Iver - Skinny Love - For Emma, Forever Ago
Vic Chesnutt - Free of Hope - Is the Actor Happy?
The Replacements - Answering Machine - Let It Be

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BONUS: Here is a playlist that I put together on youtube of songs that I wanted to play on this show, but I just didn't have time for-

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

KTUH Playlist: XMAS, December 25, 2013, 6-9 AM

 I subbed in for Arnie's show, The ABCs of Zoocryptology again. I covered his show last year as well. This year it went alright, but nowhere near as well as last year. I think that last year had a much better playlist (which happened to have lasted for 6 hours), but this show was a lot more random. I had a lot of technical foul ups as well which made me very disappointed in myself. Also, I got several calls last year telling me they enjoyed my programming, but this year I didn't get a single caller. I hope that there was at least one person somewhere who enjoyed what I was pumping out into the airwaves.

Artist   -   Song   -   Album   -   Label

--- 6 AM ---

The Cult - Black Sun - S/T - Sire
Volton - Meltdown - Incitare - Fantasy *
Ministry - NWO - Psalm 69
Fight or Flight - If It Hurts - A Life By Design - Warner Bros *
Decide - Conquered By Sodom - Scars of the Crucifix - 29:32
Deadlock - The Arsonist - The Arsonist - Napalm *
Deadlock - The Pretender- The Arsonist - Napalm *
Machine Head - A Nation on Fire - Burn My Eyes - Road Runner
Mastodon - White Whale - Leviathan
Machinemade God - Friendster is Sooo Two Months Ago - The Infinity Complex - Metal Blade
The Sword - Veil of Isis

--- 7 AM ---

Helix - Running Wild In the 21st Century - R-O-C-K! Best of 1983-2012 - Dead Line Music *
Andre Tonelli - Edge of the World - Fill the Sky - S/R
Che - Sounds of Liberation - Sounds of Liberation - Man's Ruin
Sacred Mother Tongue - A Light Will Shine - Out of the Darkness - The End *
Better Left Unsaid - Snake Oil - S/T - Epochal *
Arsis - Let Me Be the One - Unwelcome - Nuclear Blast *
Napalm Death - On the Brink of Extinction - Time Waits for No Slave - Century Media 
Louna - Fight Club - Behind a Mask - Red Decade *
Kittie - Spit
Owl - Destroyer - The Right Thing - Over It *
Amorphis - A New Day - Circle - Nuclear Blast

--- 8 AM ---

Bleed from Within - Escape Yourself - Uprising - Century Media *
Ghost B.C. - Ghuleh/Zombie Queen - Infestissumam - Republic
We Came As Romans - Never Let Me Go - Tracking Back Roots - Equal Vision *
Vehement Serenade - Between Seasons - The Things That Tear You Apart  - Fast Break *
Suicidal Tendencies - Make your Stand - 13 - Suicidal Records *
Device - You Think You Know - S/T - Warner *
The Resistance - I Bend...You Break - Scars - Armoury Records *
Pushmen - Child from Chaos - The Sun Will Rise Soon on the False & the Fair - The End *
Karnivool - Asymmetry - Asymmetry - Workhouse *
Sarkill - This Is Our Battle, This Is Our Day - Fires of Life (Century Media) *
Death SS - Come to the Sabbath
Jaw Kneecap - Pariah - Prime - S/R *

--- 9 AM ---

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

USED BLUES: KTUH Playlist 12/7/13, Saturday 9 PM - Midnight

So, I'm back in Aloha Land (I arrived at HNL on 10 November) after a 6 month stint on Mainlandia working for one of the government's various branches of the great and grand Alphabet Soup. Now that I'm back I'm looking to graduate from UH Manoa after the Spring 2014 Semester and then I'll be moving on to bigger and better things, namely more alphabet soup and then the French Foreign Legion. In the meantime I'll hopefully be getting a new show on KTUH which I will call USED BLUES. The name for the potential show is derived from a second hand clothing store that existed on Route 9 in the bleak downtown section of some nameless borough in Western Massachusetts in the early 2000s. I had always been amused by the word play (the sign for the store had a logo featuring a pair of blue jeans) and double meaning in a term like "used blues," and I had always thought it would be a good name for a band, a record, a radio show, or some other project and now that time has finally come to retrieve that phrase from Ye Olde Memory Banks of Doom and deliver it unto worldly prominence which it so dearly deserves. So, now at this time and place and this KTUH the time is finally right to bring Used Blues to the masses, and a more fitting time could seldom be derived.

Used Blues will be a program focusing on Alternative Country (Alt Country for short), New Blues, Americana, and other alternatives such as Cow Punk, Country Rock, Blues Rock, Country Blues, and maybe even some Indie Folk/Folk Rock and Soul. This is meant to be a modern take on Roots music and I think it's going to make a very musically interesting radio show.

Why alt country? Why not alt country? To me it seems like an under represented genre in and of itself. Alt country is to country what alt rock is/was to rock, simply stated in its title, it's an alternative to the more formulaic, mainstream commercialism that is present in pop country and rock. Alt country is a more stripped down, lo-fi, back to basics version of the contemporary version of the country genre that most people are more familiar with. It infuses elements of rock and roots music with a punk ethos that creates a totally different experience than the fare one might experience on country music radio station.

Why new blues? Well...because blues music is an American art form that is vibrant, alive, and evolving into a new 21st century sound. Modern blues is raw and powerful. The sound has evolved a lot from the traditional roots of blues music, but the depth of sound and meaning of the music continues to resonate in  the same way spirit of the genre's original purveyors.

With alt country and new blues, I'm bringing modern contextualization of  traditional American roots music into a textured landscape of sound of raw, powerful music that isn't being featured elsewhere. The show that I'm trying to put together should expand people's musical horizons and get them tapped into new old sounds from all around and the underground. It should be pretty interesting.

Artist      -      Song     -    Album    -    Label

----- 9 PM ------

Bran Nue Dae – Long Way from My Country
Willard Grant Conspiracy – Distant Shore – Let It Roll – Loose Records
The Angels of Light – Untitled Love Song – How I Loved You
Sun Kil Moon – Ocean Breathes Salty (Modest Mouse cover) – Tiny Cities – Caldo Verde Records
Ryan Adams – Wonderwall (acoustic cover)
Horse Feathers – Curs in the Weeds – House With No Home
Willy Mason – Live It Up
Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson – (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
Johnny Cash – Hurt - American IV: The Man Comes Around – American
Wilco – Sky Blue Sky – Sky Blue Sky – Nonesuch
Band of Horses – Is There a Ghost – Cease to Begin – Sub Pop
The Flying Burrito Brothers – Christina’s Tune (aka Devil in Disguise)
The Mastersons – Birds Fly South – Birds Fly South – New West Records

----- 10 PM --------

Steve Earle – Copperhead Road – Copperhead Road – Uni Records/MCA
Whiskeytown – Nervous Breakdown (Black Flag cover) – Alt. Country Exposed Roots – K-Tel
The Old 97’s – Jagged (Live in 2000 on the Late Show) – Fight Songs
GE Smith & David Lindley – Play It All Night Long (live)
Son Volt – Methamphetamine – The Search – Transmit Sound
Uncle Tupelo - Moonshiner – March 16-20, 1992 – Rockville Records
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – What Sin Replaces Love (Live from Henry Rollins Show)
The Drones – Jezebel – Gala Mill – ATP Recordings 
Dead Confederate – The Rat – S/T – The Artists Organization

----- 11 PM ------

The Tea Party – Sun Going Down – Splendor Solis – EMI
Crosstops - Old Milwaukee *
The Long Ryders – Looking for Lewis and Clark – State of Our Union – Island Records
La Plebe - Por Vida - Hasta la Muerte *
Ha Ha Tonka – Usual Suspects – Death of a Decade – Bloodshot Records
Drive By Truckers – Birthday Boy (live) – The Big To-Do – ATO
The Del Fuegos – I Still Want You – Boston, Mass – Slash Records
Cowboy Junkies – Ooh Las Vegas – Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons – Almo Sounds
Shearwater – Rooks – Rook – Matador Records
Doves – Kingdom of Rust – Kingdom of Rust – Heavenly Records
The Weight – Dragged Back In – Ten Mile Grace – Sabot Productions

* This song was played by request. :)

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Taste of Things to Come

November's gone, and so comes December.
All these days of infamy keep repeating
Over and over
Right in front of me

The winter's here
And I depose the season
destroy the cheer
Sit composed  and calm
To disguise the fear

Some days you shave 
and some days you don't
My secret disdain is a rosy cliche 
that I greet with a smile in the morning

The seasons change with no repose
and time marches onward
inexorable as the day's end
Push on forward
and are deign disdain
without care for right or wrong 
until our time is done and gone

Lucero - Drink 'Till We're Gone

Ife is short
Despite of your plans
So tell the girls they're pretty while you can
'cause one day they're gone
And all you got left
Some empty bottles and an old country song
Plays on and on

I wasted my time
With these cigarettes
And these ashes are all i got left
Watch this old town
Nothing's left for me
Wash downstream
And into the sea

Because this big old river
Will kill us in time
'till then we'll drink it's weight
In cheap beer and wine
We can drink just as fast
As the river is strong
And we'll drink 'till we're gone

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


People are often really confused about the ideas of race and identity in Hawaii. Race and identity are complex issues and and of themselves, but in a place like Hawaii such issues become quite convoluted, especially for outsiders who may becoming from more ethnically homogenous locales. Even for someone such as myself who has dwelled in this archipelago for a number of years, questions of race and identity are often times still very daunting (even more so for those of us trying to figure out how we fit into this tiny melting pot in the Pacific).
I am often at a loss to explain the Hawaiian situation to outsiders. Many of them simply cannot seem to grasp the intricacies of how race and identity fit into a place like Hawaii, especially when they try to view Hawaii as merely another state in the United States, adapting the purview of privileged people living at the top of society in a land that was long ago colonized and had its original people scattered to the hinterlands where they may be forgotten so those whom inherited the land may live with a clear conscience. In truth I am over simplifying, but in fact Hawaii is not like any other state. Hawaii is/was a nation of people. What is now a state was once a free, sovereign kingdom that was creating a niche of power for itself in the Pacific when its rulers were illegally overthrown by a cabal of rich foreigners even before it was illegally annexed to the US by a rogue military officer's coup d'etat. I must digress, as I'm getting off topic.
A common occurrence frequently take place when people find out that my ex-wife was born and raised in Hawaii:

"Oh, is she Hawaiian?" they ask.
"No," I reply in short, deadpan brevity.
"But, she was born in Hawaii?"
"So, she is Hawaiian."
This is the point where I start getting blank stares from heads cocked with confusion.
"But people from Hawaii are Hawaiian," they start to stammer a bit with uncertainty.
"No," I reply, "HAWAIIANS are Hawaiian."
*Blank stares and lack of comprehension*
"Hawaiian is an ethnicity..." and this is where people's eyes start to gloss over, "...so people born in Hawaii aren't necessarily "Hawaiians" unless they're actually Hawaiian," and this is the point where they begin to drool à la Homer Simpson.
"...ok, so she's not Hawaiian. What is she?"
"Well, she's mostly X and Y."
"Are her parents from Hawaii?"
"No. They're from N and F mostly, but they've lived in Hawaii for almost 40 years."
"And you've lived there for about 7 years. Well, you guys are all locals anyway."
"Um no, "local" is also an ethnic designation in Hawaii..."
"Wha..." heads now begin to implode.
"Are Hawaiians local?"
"Sort of, but it's really complicated."
"Well, if someone is born in Hawaii they're Hawaiian."
"NO!" at this point I strangle the person or walk away shaking my head.

Understanding race and identity in Hawaii is complicated and confusing, but you can at least get a firm grasp on it if you really try. People like me are referred to as kama'aina. I don't know what the proper term for someone born in Hawaii who is not Hawaiian and no one has been able to give me a reasonable answer for that. However, those issues are vastly less important than understanding what a Hawaiian is. In Fall 2011 I took a class with Daviana McGregor called "The Hawaiians" at the University of Hawaii and I have reprinted the following technical definitions so that others may gain a slight bit of clarity.


 NATIVE HAWAIIAN: In 1921, the U.S. Congress created the Hawaiian Homes Commission and defined the "native Hawaiians" who can apply for leases to the lands which it administers as: "Any descendant of not less than one-half part of the blood of the races inhabiting the Hawaiian islands previous to 1778." The Admissions Act defined the beneficiaries of the ceded public lands trust as "native Hawaiians as defined in the Hawaiian Homes Commission act, 1920." Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, Pub. L. No. 67-34, 42 stat. 108

 HAWAIIAN: The Native American Programs Act, passed by Congress in 1974 defined Hawaiian as "Anyone, any of whose ancestors lived in the area known today as the Hawaiian Islands, prior to 1778." This is basically the definition used by Bishop Estate, Alu LIke, and Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center in defining their beneficiaries. The Naive American Programs Act of 1974, Pub. L. No. 93-644 § 801, 88 Stat. 2291

 NATIVE HAWAIIAN: In November 1993, Public Law 103-150, The Apology Law, defined "Native Hawaiian" as "any individual who is a descendent of the aboriginal people who, prior to 1778, occupied and exercised sovereignty in the area that now constitutes the State of Hawai'i." Pub. L. No. 103-150, 107 Stat. 1510.


The Unites Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted September 7, 2007, recognizes the rights of all indigenous peoples, including native Hawaiians. The United Nations considered for adoption the Draft Declaration of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Population at its Eleventh Session in 1993. The Cobo Report, "Study of the Problem of Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations," was completed for the United Nations in 1987, after an eleven year study of indigenous populations in 37 different countries throughout the world. It stated the following definition of indigenous populations:

Indigenous communities, peoples, and nations are those which, having a historical continuity with preinvasion and pre-colonial societies that developed on their territories, consider themselves distinct from other sectors of the societies now prevailing in those territories, or parts of them. Thy form at present non-dominant sectors of society and are determined to preserve, develop, and transmit to future generations their ancestral territories, and their ethnic identity, as the basis of their continued existence as peoples, in accordance with their own cultural patterns, social institutions, and legal systems.


The U.S. Congress has recognized the sovereignty of over 550 American Indian, Eskimo, and Aleut nations, tribes, and peoples up to 1999. There are more than 2 million Native Americans and Alaska Natives, 20 percent of whom live on 314 reservations. Native Hawaiins are not yet formally recognized as a sovereign nation.

Noha ana ke akua
I ka nāhelehele
I ‘ālai ‘ia e ka k ī ’ohu’ohu
e ka ua koko
O nā kino malua i ka lani malu e hoe

E ho’oulu mai ana o Laka
E kona kahu
O mākou noa
The god/deity dwells
in the wilderness/forest
hidden away by the mists
and the low-lying (red) rainbow T
he entities who offer protection in the sacred heavens
Increase the presence of Laka
and her protectors/guardians
We are free

* The following material was produced by Daviana McGregor for her ES221 Hawaiians class at the University of Hawaii. It was reproduced for educational purposes without permission.

Jet Set

On this Earth, everything comes to an end in due time.
We try not to mourn too much at the passing of an epoch,
but each era closes in bittersweet sorrow none the less.
We here in Honolulu bear witness this evening to the passing
of an era.
In the past decade there haven't been more things that have
kept me going than KTUH Honolulu. In times good and bad, Ktuh Honolulu has been a
constant source of motivation and inspiration, and it has provided
my inner warrior with a much needed soundtrack to fight forward and
keep marching steadily forward.
In all that time, Dj mr.nick has been a mainstay on the Honolulu
airwaves. His show, the Jet Set, brought me a lot of much needed joy
and comfort. For years I was excited just at the opportunity to be able
to tune in to his show, but then when it finally became time for me to
become a part of the KTUH ohana, I was privileged to have been trained
by him. Now, after all this time, Nick's time to pass the torch along has
finally come.
Tonight is truly the end of an era, but instead of wallowing with a saddened
heart I strengthen my resolve. We're all extremely fortunate to have had Nick Yee
share time and music with us. Now that the Jet Set has come to a close on KTUH we
can only be thankful for what he's shared with us and in his wake we wait for the
greatness that the next generation of his successors with bring to enrich both the
community and the world at large.
Aloha nui loa and many mahalos, Mr. Nick!
Viva KTUH!!!

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Phineas Gage - Insect Stars

Insect Stars

Pull you in
You're drowning again
In a chair across the room
I can see
When you sink it chokes me
I hope you're better soon
It's three o'clock
It's getting dark
It's two o'clock
It's fine...

And I can't understand
Mistakes made by the man
I'm sure that they'll defend
The reasons you pretend
And I will not complain
It's too hard to explain
The feeling, what I say
It's just a waste of time
And I can't remember
How I made amends
And I can't remember
How I made amends

Insect eyes
I can't recognize
The red and blue and white
When no one cares
When nobody stares
Insect eyes
I can't recognize
The red, the blue, the white

It's four o'clock
It's almost dark
It's three o'clock
It's night...

And I can't understand
Mistakes made by the man
I'm sure that they'll defend
The reasons you pretend
And I will not complain
It's too hard to explain
The feeling, what I say
It's just a waste of time
And I can't remember
How I made amends
And I can't remember
How I made amends

It's five o'clock
It's almost dark
It's four o'clock
The music stopped
It's three o'clock
I'm getting lost
It's two o'clock
And now we're gone

And I can't understand
Mistakes made by the man
I'm sure that they'll defend
The reasons you pretend
And I will not complain
It's too hard to explain
The feeling, what I say
It's just a waste of time
And I can't remember
How I made amends
And I can't remember

How I made amends