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TRACK[S] OF THE WEEK w/ Nicole Naone

April 14th, 2014

Nicole Naone is one of the most productive artists I know. You’ve seen our coverage on her in our print issue, and Naone is already showcasing more of her work at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at the CONTACT exhibition. Naone’s work always exudes intricacy, highlighting her attention to detail and the planning she dedicates to conceptualization. We wanted to find out what tunes were fueling her art as she prepared for the CONTACT exhibition so I bugged her on a Sunday morning.

Landon: Can I do a short interview on you for the Contrast Blog?
Nicole: Can. Gemini. Meat: rare. AB-.

What have you been listening to all week?
“Ballad of Keawaiki” by the Peter Moon Band. It’s the jam. It sounds like a sunset. It sounds like salt smells. Also, “Let It Go” from the Frozen soundtrack and “PDA” by John Legend. It’s been a weird week.

The Frozen soundtrack?
Yeah. Ask your sister, she’ll know what’s up.

She probably does.
Oh also, “Tangerine Speedo” by Caviar. That’s been on repeat. It’s the only song I like on a mixed CD I found from the eighth grade. That one’s just in my car because I still have a CD player. Can I only pick one?

Uhh, I’ll probably just include all of these and also write about your indecisiveness, haha. Fuck it. First thing you feel.
Haha, can. One of my all time favorite songs is “Indifference” by Pepe Delux. Oh, there’s “Guillotine” by Death Grips, that’s what I sanded to with my last piece thats showing now.

Such an interesting mix so far.
What am I saying!? Ambrosia. Dude. That’s been on serious repeat. I can’t believe that wasn’t what popped into my head first. “How Much I Feel” definitely got played the most this week.

So there it is. Naone dropped an entire playlist for all of you this week. Be sure to check Nicole’s exhibition out at the Honolulu Museum of Art showing until April 21st.

Peter Moon Band: Ballad of Keawaiki [via youtube]
Frozen Soundtrack: Let It Go [via youtube]
John Legend: PDA (We Just Don’t Care) [via youtube]
Caviar: Tangerine Speedo [via youtube]
Pepe Deluxe: Indifference [via youtube]
Death Grips: Guillotine [via youtube]
Ambrosia: How Much I Feel [via youtube]

Hawaii wins Gold, USA wins Bronze

April 14th, 2014

In the 50th Anniversary of the International Surfing Association Team Hawaii (@hawaiisurfteam) takes home the Gold Medal of the the Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championships Ecuador.  Hawaii dominated the field comprised of 32 countries to take home their 3rd Gold Medal in the overall team standings.  Team USA also finished a respectable 4th place to bring home the Bronze Medal for their efforts.

The momentum for Team Hawaii came into full swing when they captured the Aloha Cup Tag Team Gold on the second to the last day of competition.  The Aloha Cup Tag Team event is a separate event in which a 5 person team made up of 4 boys and 1 girl surf in a one hour time format. Each surfer must complete 3 rides each and the sum of their total rides deem the winner.  Hawaii came out on top over Teams Japan, Australia and USA.

Maui’s Imaikalani DeVault finished 4th in the Boys U18 division. Helping Team Hawaii gain some valuable points towards Gold.

Oahu’s Mahina Maeda came way with the Gold in the Girls U16 and set a new ISA World Junior record by winning it consecutively.  Mahina also took Gold last year in the Girls U16 when the championship event was held in Nicaragua.

Kauai’s Tatiana Weston-Webb also took the prestigious Gold Medal in the Girls U18 division.  Like Maeda, Weston-Webb set an ISA World Junior record by capturing Gold 2 consecutive years in a row in the Girls U18 division.

Read the full press release here

Aloha Cup

The Grand Budapest Hotel

April 14th, 2014

So good. Thank u Wes Anderson

Girl Talk x Freeway x Waka Flaka

April 12th, 2014

Fun Collab video “Tolerated” for a free new Ep called Broken Ankles available for download at DatPiff. This EP is a continuous mix with no breaks in between songs. It is intended to be listened to as a whole with gapless playback.

Twin Islands Grand Opening

April 12th, 2014

Head down to Kailua today to check out the Grand Opening of Twin Islands Flagship store today Saturday, April 12th from 9 am to 5 pm. A big congratulations to Mike Miller for taking Twin Islands to the next level. Twin Islands is an intimate brand as it represents the legacy of Mike’s twin brother Peter. Their products are made in USA and are a reflection of their humble upbringing in Kailua and share the beauty of Lanikai Beach and the Mokuluas (Twin Islands).

131 Hekili St.

Kailua, Hi 96734


April 10th, 2014

OluKai is pleased to announce the unveiling of its 2014 performance footwear collaboration with The Hawai’i Lifeguard Association. This month, OluKai will outfit over 450 Hawaiian lifeguards with shoes and sandals at several locations on Maui, Kauai, and Oahu ending with a special proclamation by Billy Kenoi, mayor of the Big Island. A portion of proceeds of the thoughtfully constructed HLA footwear goes to support the Junior Lifeguards, an ongoing component to OluKai’s devoted Giveback Program.

For more information: www.OluKai.com/journal

Pizza Party Tonight at Fresh Cafe Downtown

April 9th, 2014

with DJ Compose spinning
1121 Nu‘uanu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96817


April 9th, 2014

A modern master of the one-man band, Netherlands-based Binkbeats (aka Frank Wienk) covers a medley of Dilla classics, including a stripped down “Fall in Love” to get completely lost in.

The 5 W’s with DJ Compose

April 8th, 2014

DJ Compose
DJ & RB3Style Hawaii Champion 2012-2013
Twitter: @Compose_Nocboy
Music: soundcloud.com/dj-compose
URL: djcompose.com

Riana: What made you decide to bring out “Can’t Noc The Hustle vol.2?”

DJ Compose: I just never got around to it, honestly…I recently listened to it and thought it was kinda dope, especially hearing some of the artists that wasn’t as well known then as they are now.

What is the “Can’t Noc The Hustle” series? Where did the inspiration draw from?

Clearly it’s a play on one of my favorite artist and songs of all time…”Can’t Knock The Hustle” from Jay-Z. It’s been like my anthem forever. And our whole attitude with the NocBoys was to keep hustling because nothing was ever handed to us…haha that’s kinda deep.

Anyways, the CNTH series is just dope music. Doesn’t necessarily mean the most popular music or trends. Just how I envision a mix you can listen to years later (like this one.)

Why did you choose these particular tracks?

My dude Ges (KnowXOne), who was working at fitted at the time, is a huge hip-hop blog head…he basically gave me a ton of music I wasn’t even on and told me to mess with it. It was a combo of what I was feeling back in 2008 and his forward-thinking influence.

What were your listeners’ reactions to this mix when you released it back in 2008?

This was the tail end of the whole “mixtape” era. I actually printed up a bunch to try to slang at all the stores (those days are lonnnnng gone!) but it was dope…I did get a really good response.

Will you be doing another series like this again in the future?

CNTH. 4 is definitely on my to-do list, for sure! I just gotta get that right vibe together.

Lost in the Japanese Arcades

April 8th, 2014

“A short film I created on my first trip to Japan, inspired by spring, trains, planes, and all the people that I met along the way. I created the film using every single photo and clip I shot, excluding the rolls of film went through an old Nikon”-Vincent Ricafort IV