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S – A – T – U – R – D – A – Y NIGHT!

August 25, 2010
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Turntables and other analogue equipment

August 14, 2010

After buying some new, to us, Martin Denny records at the Antique Fair we were fired up to plug in our turntable. My dad had given me this record player for about 15 years ago,  already somewhat dated at the time but still awesome. I had never successfully plugged it in for lack of proper stereo equipment. Luckily for me Ian had squirreled away a nakamichi amp from the 80s. It took a bit to get everything working together but they were meant to be. The hardest part was hooking them up to our street found stereo credenza. Finally after a few hours it all works, well only on one channel, but it’s better than nothing and you don’t really miss what you can’t hear. It’s so awesome to listen to these classic exotica albums as well as some of the old vinyl I’ve been packing around from apartment to apartment. Especially this clear purple vinyl 12″ from the Delta 72. It’s so rad!

Estate Sale

August 13, 2010
mid-century wall sculpture

Mid-Century wall sculpture.

It’s not often you find a stellar estate sale here in Hawaii but this weekend was the exception and only one week after the fabulous antique fair at the Blaisdell. And  to think we almost didn’t go because it was in Kailua. We arrived shortly after the big rush to find a few gems left. Namely this mid-century wall sculpture pictured above, can you believe it hadn’t already been scooped up? Among other things we scored some two lamps, a couch and a beautiful 3/4 glass coffee table and last but not least, Ian’s prized possession an unusual garden sculpture.

Surf's Up!

July 27, 2010

Well not really. Sadly we’ve had a crappy summer when it comes to surf at least here on the south shore. And what wave action we have had I’ve missed. Thankfully for the 3rd Annual Surf Film Festival I’ve managed to get a tiny bit of surf stoke this season.

Last Thursday some friends and I went to see what I consider to be the best film in the line-up. The legendary Innermost Limits of Pure Fun, a true classic, filmed by non other than the trippiest tube rider ever George Greenough. This film, shot in the 60s, documents the radical shift to the shortboard era including some awesome in-the-tube footage of George himself. Here’s a clip of the man in action.

The festival runs till the end of July so you still have a chance to catch some films. To see what’s showing check out the Academy’s website here.

The Best Gin in Town

May 20, 2010

It’s true, the best Gin, at least in this town, is hand-made by the incredibly talented Dave Power (s?). We were, well Ian was, privileged enough to be the lucky recipient of one of his fine bottles and it won’t last long. We have a bottle of Tanqueray and Bombay at home but they don’t even get touched. It’s hard to describe the difference. The bathtub variety, made by infusing alcohol with a mixture of herbs, is more smooth with fragrant notes of juniper, coriander and other flavours.

By comparison Tanqueray and Bombay seem refined but in a harsh way with less flavour and more edge. This by far is our very favourite drink at Town so if you’re in the neighbourhood you should drop by and try one. Especially if you’re a Gin lover like we are.

Thursday night in Chinatown

May 11, 2010

Thursday night out and about. We were some of the privileged few to be invited to the Jump Offs video party at the Contrast Magazine’s office. We headed downtown around 7:30 since the show was supposed to start at 8 sharp. In true rock n’ roll fashion the band was running late so we stopped in at the Mercury for a drink, or two. gnt

Ian grabbed a slice from jj dolans – truly the best pizza in town – and we headed upstairs to the party. We hung out, finally met the infamous Super CW who is rad, and had a couple drinks.

Finally about an hour later and after another couple of drinks the Jump Offs started playing. The office was small so the space was instantly packed with hipsters of all kinds, if you can imagine there is more than one type even on this little island. It was super cool, the band sounded great and with how many cameras there were in the room they’re bound to get some great footage.

Thanks again to Luke for inviting us and to Contrast Magazine for hosting. We were too tired to stay for the Grl Friends who are awesome but we’ll catch them another time. After all it was a school night

The Bosch 500

May 11, 2010


Only 3 days after we ordered our new fridge it was ready for pick up. It barely fit through the front door but now it’s happily situated in our kitchen. Now to get the old fridge out.