Bridging the Gap

Weekdays 10pm-Midnight on HPR-1

Bridging the Gap is Hawaii Public Radio's late night eclectic journey into sound, 10-midnight on HPR-1. Anchored by dj mr.nick, and now featuring Paige Okamura on Tuesday nights and Harrison Patiño on Thursday nights. Together they explore a wide range of music from Indie Rock to Electronic, to World, to Jazz, to Hawaiian, and everything in between.

For playlists prior to February 14th, 2017 click here

Tonight we're gonna give the drummer some, and pay tribute to Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb who passed away at 91. Each song featured in this session has Cobb  behind the drums, and is a collection of some of greatest recordings in Jazz.

The title for this session of Bridging the Gap is closer to the picture then the selection, which is a run though textures of latin-electro. With special focus on new music from Dengue Dengue Dengue, Populous, and Buscabulla.

Tonight's show took a decidedly soulful turn. We started off by paying tribute to the recently passed Nigerian drummer and afrobeat legend Tony Allen, but quicky transitioned into some lesser known cuts from the heyday of soul and funk. Expect some tracks you've never head before, and maybe a few that you have.

I couldn't settle on a theme for this session of Bridging the Gap, and it's probably for the better. So it's going to be an eclectic ride with a twist of Hawaiian music.

artwork by Kevin Lau, @klhrdesign

Inspired by the May 8th episode of This American Life titled "Stuck!", which featured stories of people feeling stuck in a time when most of us "feel like we are living in a holding pattern" I wondered that feeling or concept would sound like in music form.

All of the music in tonight's show is about being stuck or feeling trapped and the various situations we find ourselves in during this stay-at-home order.

Throughout the day there's been a steady mist of rain. If you squint your eyes it's almost like gently falling snow. It's also great inspiration for a playlist of mellow, pretty songs for this Monday evening.

Keeping it eclectic for this session of Bridging the Gap, mixing electronic African percussion, soulful creole, a little Hip-hop and other tasty global delights.

Tonight on Bridging the Gap we'll start with some pretty straightforawrd classic soul offerings and then move later on into some indie and psychadelic rock - all while inadvertantly paying tribute to a couple of recently passed musicians.

Working on low hanging, yet extremely tasty low hanging fruit this evening on Bridging the Gap. Selecting songs from my collection, both favorites as well as songs that I haven't heard for a while. These shows are my favorite to do, stringing together memories and killer songs in a free flowing selection.

I always love finding out what my co-workers are listening to and/or what music influences their lives. The other day I asked Russell Subiono, our resident Pledge Drive guru, if he would be so kind as to curate tonight's show and he graciously accepted.

His playlist is aptly named "Memories & Roots" and the songs are nostalgic to his youth and his homeland, Waimea.

Seriously, what's going on? There seems to be a serious uptick of musician deaths. Both from Coronavirus and natural causes. It's almost starting to dominate the programing in the most grim way.

Cinco De Mayo was... earlier this week! But a semi-significant Mexican Holiday widely celebrated in the States only rolls around every so often - so why not use it as an opportunity some really fun Spanish language music? We'll be taking a deep dive into several Latin American genre's - old and new - here on tonight's show. Orale!

Once again, a show prompted by a memorial. This session of Bridging the Gap is going to be an upbeat collection of Ska, Reggae and Rocksteady music paying tribute to singer Millie Small who broke-through with her hit "My Boy Lollipop". She passed away yesterday at the age of 72.

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As the saying goes, "May Day is Lei Day in Hawaiʻi" and it is true. Unfortunately, many Lei Day celebrations across the paeʻāina have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet many of us continued to celebrate in our own ways at home e kui ana, e wili ana, a e haku ana i nā ʻano lei like ʻole. Although it is Cinco de Mayo, I'm not Mexican and could never do a Cino de Mayo show justice. However, I am Hawaiian, and can give you a heck of a good lei day show, so that's what we're doing tonight!

This is one of those shows that starts off as single song that inspires and entire evening of music. I this case it's the tropical swing of John Williams' Cantina Band from Star Wars (May the 4th be with you). So we're going to start there, and swing through steel drums, gypsy swing, and a few other surprises.

In this session of Bridging the Gap we pay tribute to drummer Tony Allen, the foundational drummer behind the texture and rhythm of Afro-Beat music. Allen passed away on April 29th, 2020 from a heart attack.

Things got a little nostalgic for tonight's show. It started as a generally down-tempo evening of modern alternative tracks, before I decided to start throwing in equal parts old-school soul, reggae and jazz. Come take a load off.

Exploring new releases this evening on Bridging the Gap. Heavy on the Indie Latin with releases from Wonderwheel Records, and some Indie Rock, Acid Jazz and more.

University of Hawaiʻi Hawaiian Collection

ʻO ka wā i hala... tongiht's show is intended to transport us to the Hawaiʻi that once was in a time that seems long gone. These recordings are as old as the 1920s, and as new as the 1940s. Sounds that aren't heard anymore, I recently remarked to a good friend of mine that "I wish music still sounded like this." Can you believe, the year 1920 is exactly a century ago from today.

Since we all need to relax dring these COVID times, this session of Bridging the Gap is going to be a chilled collection of Downtempo, Bossa and Cool Jazz.

Since we're all stuck at home, I'm doing another live mix here in the studio and bringing the party to you.  This session is gonna focus on Breaks, Mashups and B-More breaks.

With everything that's going on with the world, sometimes music is a great place to take refuge. For tonight's show, we'll have a roundup of cool, laid back tracks to ease you into your Thursday night.

Happy Earth Day to you and all of us! I'm celebrating it by stringing together a bunch of new music that'll go all over the place.

I love me a good cover song. To me, a really good cover song can give a song a whole new feel and make you hear it like you've never heard it before. Songs that you're used to hearing all your life suddenly become more clear in meaning when someone else sings it in their own way. For example, Nick Kurosawa's cover of Kalapana's "What Do I Do?" takes on a whole new meaning when slowed down and sung acoustic by a smooth crooner and a guitar. Somehow, the gravity of the lyrics had been lost on me all my life until Nick covered it. 

Happy 420 to you. We're wrapping up the day with a collection of songs celebrating gods gift. It's gonna be a hybrid of reggae, soul, sitar, and psychedelic rock.

Since we're all stuck at home, I thought I'd bring the party to you this evening on Bridging the Gap. So I'm mixing a little dance set live in the studio, and adding in a little Deep House melts into, Latin House, and Afro-Funky rhythms.

Today's a special day as it commemorates the kind of media you get to listen to this show on - Public Radio! For tonight's show, it'll be a nice round-up of alternative, indie-rock, garage and a smattering of pysch-rock. 

This entire show is set around the bubbly breaks and swing of the 1st song... April Showers from Proleter. So it's going to be a collection of Gypsy Swing, vintage jazz set to electronic beats and a little Bossa.

The name of the genre game tonight is indie folk rock, which is rather broad and includes music that have influences from country, blues, bluegrass, and americana. The music from tonight's show also works well as a running playlist. Trust me, I tested it out the other day and unexpectedly ran 3 miles.


Jazz is Not Dead! Maybe sleeping a little, but it's not dead. This session of Bridging the Gap is an exploration into the current state of Jazz, experimental, aggressive and totally groovy.