Jelly’s Music – Honolulu

May 3, 2012 at 8:01 am
20120428-140108.jpg Holy crap this place has a lot of records...and comics, and musical instruments, and dvd's, and all sorts of fun things to geek out on!  I spent about three hours at Jelly's literally going through every single record that they had, with the exception of their 45 section because there were just way too many and I didn't see anything really solid in the first couple boxes that I went through.  Plus, I had such good luck at Hungy Ear Records that I just didn't feel like searching for 45's anymore.  I started with their regular bins, which I suppose might've been a mistake as those were the more expensive records. They had a really great Latin section, with lots of records from the Fania, Combo, and Discos Fuentes labels. While I'm not extremely familiar with all of these labels, I was able to pick and choose the ones that look pretty good, based on what I did know.  Jelly's has a listening station, too!  That made a huge difference.  I was able to take stacks records and kind of sift through what really was worth buying and what was something I can live without, based on sound and price.  After spending about an hour and a half going through the main bins I finally discovered the 45's section, which looked like this. 20120428-140144.jpg It was just too much for me to really go through after already spending that much time in the other sections.  I ended up going through the lower bins for the next hour and a half, which were all $2, and I found a few gems including albums from Raydio, Players Association, Quincy Jones, and much more. Somehow, someway I only ended up spending about $75 at the spot, closing out a great day of diggin!  I was hoping to pick up a last minute gig where I could play my new finds, but unfortunately that did not happen.  I had to wait a couple of days to get home and throw them on the tables in the lab.  I can't wait to share them with you at one of my events!

Hungry Ear Records – Kailua, Honolulu

May 2, 2012 at 10:54 am
20120429-103734.jpg I heard from a couple different people that if I was going to be in Honolulu I should definitely check out Hungry Ear Records, which is located in Kailua.  It is a relatively small shop, but very well organized with high quality, good condition records.  This calls for a little bit of a higher price but nothing drastic.  I started going through their jazz section and found quite a few really good pieces for about $5-$10 each.  Then, I found a small mini crate of funk and soul 45's below the main bins.  I combed through a couple of them and they all looked interesting, and then I realize that the whole crate was good. I ended up buying practically the entire crate which was about fifty 45's.  Did I mention they were all a dollar each?  I'll post some of my finds later... 20120428-135356.jpgThe owner, Ward, and his wife were mad cool.   We started talking about jazz records. They were okay with me taking pictures of the place, and told him I would do a little write up about my digging excursion there.  It's really cool to meet record store owners who love music, and are quickly open to geek out on music with you.  I felt very welcome there! 20120429-103715.jpg

Aloha!

April 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm
20120429-103858.jpg Aloha from Honolulu. I'm sitting here on the beach thinking about how crazy this last week has been. It all started on Thursday as we (Trina and I) headed out to the Coachella music festival in Indio. We saw an amazing lineup of artists. Too many, in fact, to see them all (sorry DJ Shadow). There were quite a few people there as well!   Outside of the festival, we hung out at the Ace Hotel as well as the Saguaro Hotel, where there was a KCRW pool party on Sunday afternoon. Once we came home from Coachella, we were off to Maui for a couple of days to celebrate my birthday, and then on to Honolulu to go digging and whatnot while Trina worked a conference. More to come…
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