Bridging the Gap

Victor Castillo
Victor Castillo

Turning out a pure AAA show this evening... which means I'm picking most of the music on the fly, and stringing the songs together on loose themes and ideas.

DJ Mermaid comes back to us from a weekend spent in Waimea, on Hawaiʻi island, also known as the "Moku o Keawe" or the "Island of Keawe", for its famed chief.

For tonight's show she pays tribute to Hawaiʻi island in song, taking us all on a musical huakaʻi (journey) from Kona, to Hilo, with a nod to some of the famed ʻohana paniolo of Waimea.

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Aug 19, 2019

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Let's explore together shall we?
Digging through new music and a few new re-issues tonight on Bridging the Gap, weaving back and forth betwen Indie Rock, Jazz, and a little Latin.

This week and weekend marks the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival. So I'm using this show to showcase some of the best known and unknown performances from the festival.

In the world of butchery, the "off cuts" are the harder to find or less desirable cuts that prove just as juicy and just as desirable when given the proper appreciation. I'd like to think the same goes for music, so tonight we'll be playing some musical off cuts: lesser known tracks by well known artists and really great tracks by artists that are virtually unknown in the mainstream.

Working out the playlist for another Hawaiian Airlines inflight radio show this evening on Bridging the Gap... which means it's a collection of favorite songs entirely from independent artists.

DJ Mermaid puts together an eclectic, multi-genre collection of her favorite cover songs and re-works, some of which may even be better than the original - but you can be the judge of that for yourself.

Mary Ellen Matthews
Mary Ellen Matthews

The diffrent styles and influences of Paul Simon anchor this session of Bridging the Gap (ahead of his two nights at the MACC).

I'm been on a Hip-Hop kick the last few days. So the majority of this session of Bridging the Gap is going to be a collection of Jazz influenced Hip-Hop, and a few artists that are currently trending.

Babak Tafreshi

We've got a week of hot, muggy, generally awful weather ahead of us here in Hawaii, so in an effort to cool down (at least musically speaking) we'll be playing some really interesting indie soul/jazz tonight.

Catrin Welzstein
Catrin Welzstein

This session of Bridging the Gap is picked on the fly with a few target songs spread out over some really unrelated categories. So we're doing the weave together and fishing for sound.

The theme for tonight's show is "Cool, Calm, and Collected." It's the perfect playlist to have in the background while working or relaxing, as well as a good playlist to have whenever you need a little lift to your mood. The perfect pick-me-up to your Tuesday evening.

Digging through selections of vintage soul, gospel and world all re-released from The Numero Group.

So we had some problems with the studio this evening... So I'm gonna Hana Hou last Friday's intersection of Jazz, Blues, Latin and Hip Hop.

Tonight's Bridging the Gap is pretty straightforward: tons of indie new releases. We start the night off mellow and finish up the show with some heavier garage and psych rock tracks.

It's been busy, very busy here at HPR. And to be honest... I haven't had the time to really pick out a proper show. So we're going with the flow this evening... and picking music from the gut and from the heart.

What originally started out as a "Protest Songs" theme, morphed into a "Songs Against the System" theme, until it finally bloomed into a theme of "Patterns of Oppression". Tonight's show highlights some of the music that gave voice to those within the struggle, and those who stood up against it. These songs were written and performed during various events (past and current) in world history such as the Apartheid, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Tulsa Race Riots, and much more.

This session of Bridging the Gap is going to be a mellow psychedelic swirl of chilled beats and independent rock/folk... all anchored by Khruangbin.

Tonight I'm exploring the intersection between electronic dance beats, boogaloo, hip-hop, blues and other tropical elements.

Is there a filmmaker with better soundtracks than Quentin Tarantino? As his new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is set to release tomorrow, we take a look back at the whole of his repertoire to showcase some of the best tunes from Tarantino's flicks.

No serious theme is planned for this session of Bridging the Gap, and I'm going to weave back and forth between Jazz and Indie rock for most of the night. All killer, no filler.

Sometimes the most powerful form of protest is music. In light of protests here in Hawaii, as well in places like Hong Kong, Puerto Rico and generally all over our tumultuous world, we'll be taking a look at protest in song - spanning genres, generations and social causes.

I'm breaking this session of Bridging the Gap in half. The 1st hour is wrapped around the funk of Art Neville of The Meters who passed away today at 81.  The 2nd hour will be filled with (mostly) mellow new releases including some Khruangbin, Leon Bridges and Moonchild.


Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with music about Space in this session of Bridging the Gap.

This week we're commemorating the 50th Aniversary of the Lunar Landing. More specifically, here on Bridging the Gap, we'll be playing nothing but moon-related songs and tracks. Believe it or not, plenty of artists have at least one moon-related song. 

Deathwish Skateboards
Deathwish Skateboards

This session of Bridging the Gap is entirely made of female artists from the states. The idea was to showcase the diversity of sound in this country... but it's going to lean heavily on Soul and a little Gospel.

Kepano Carvalho

"Nā Kani o ka ʻĀina" literally translates to "The Sounds of the Land", but metaphorically alludes to the many melodic and harmonic voices that have come out of Hawaiian music. Much like the multitudes of sounds in nature, such are the voices of this land. Throughout the generations a wide variety of Hawaiian music has been produced - from ancient chants to the modern contemporary mele of today. DJ Mermaid explores the different sounds and styles of Hawaiian music on tonight's edition of Bridging the Gap.

Moody and Mellow music makes up this session of Bridging the Gap with bits of Bossa Nova, Fado, Soul and Downtempo.

Following up last night's session of Bridging the Gap with Harrison Patiño and his Free-For-All show with another eclectic night of music. Expect a little Boogaloo, Psychedelic Rock, Soul, Dub and more.