Bridging the Gap

HPR Streaming Music Show Archive

8 hours ago

Hawaii Public Radio is now offering on-demand listening for a few of our HPR music shows.  

Stream past episodes of Bridging the Gap with dj mr.nick HERE

Stream past episodes of Kanikapila Sunday HERE

 

Because I can't settle on a theme for this session of Bridging the Gap... or maybe just because it's the music that's currently stuck in my head... this show is going to swing back-and-forth between fun indie folk and polyrhythmic Latin and African percussion.

Gimme A Sticker

12 hours ago

Want a dj mr.nick sticker… or a Hawaii Public Radio sticker? 

Mail me a self addressed pre-stamped envelope (in another envelope, obviously) with your return address and I’ll send you one. The design will vary depending on what we have in stock.

Send to:
Hawaii Public Radio
Attn: dj mr.nick-sticker
738 Kaheka St.
Honolulu Hawaii 96814 

 

What you do with it is up to you…
Put it on your car. Put it on your water bottle. Put it on your enemy. The choice is yours. 

 

Typical holiday music doesn't really do it for me. Unless, of course, we're talking about jazz. I don't think anything brings me more firmly into the holiday spirit than the opening keys of a piano solo or the introductory blare of a trumpet. Hopefully, you'll feel the same after tonight's show.

A few weeks ago I was on vacation in Japan, and I went a little overboard in their record stores which are abundant and incredible. So I'm justifying the splurge by sharing some of the treasure with you for this session of Bridging the Gap.

After taking a short break from our HPR + HIFF collaboration shows, we're back at it tonight with episode 4 featuring selections by local filmmaker, Bradley Tangonan. I was lucky enough to meet Brad at a recent media maker's summit, where he asked an insightful question at a rather mismatched panel (in my opinion) on place-based storytelling.

Alma Haser
Alma Haser

There's no real overarching theme for this Monday session of Bridging the Gap, rather bouncing around through diffrent types of music, new releases, and upcoming acts coming to Hawaii and the Atherton Studio.

This session of Bridging the Gap is travel themed... with music featured in the upcoming Hawaiian Airlines Bridging inflight podcast and other songs that remind me of hitting the road, or running through airports.

Happy Thanksgiving! Through a track list comprising mainly of jazz and soul (the kind of music I like to listen to when I'm digging in to my Turkey Day spread) and a few wild cards thrown in at the end, we'll be ringing in the holiday with no shortage of songs with titles that evoke thanks, gratitude and, most importantly, food.

Since it's the night before Thanksgiving, I'm putting together this show about gratitude, love, and (of course) turkey.

artwork by Nicole Namdar

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, or have alternate ways of spending the holiday, it's always a good time to reflect on the things we can be grateful for. For tonight's episode, I combed through and pulled together a playlist of mele that contain the word "mahalo" in it along with a few that were written as a mahalo. 

This show also pushes us to examine what "mahalo" really means. It does not simply fit into the english translation of "thanks" and "gratitude." Through these mele we see that "mahalo" connotates notions of admiration, aloha, and reverence. 

This session of Bridging the Gap is a mixture of cute heartfelt folk, mixed into beautiful soul with a few other curveballs thrown in.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

Back after a two week trip to Japan... So this session of Bridging the Gap will be a reflection of songs about the land of the rising sun, both beautiful and sometimes chaotic.

To the surprise of no one, we've got another week of crazy news on our hands and possible tumult on the horizon. So why not channel that confusion and uncertainty of the state of the world into music? Tonight, plenty of songs that affirm that it's okay to not know what the heck is going on.

With the Hawaii International Film Festival still in full swing, I thought it would be fun to transpose some of me favorite sounds from the screen onto the radio. Tonight, we'll take a trip through some of the best tracks from some of the best soundtracks in recent memory - showcasing the works of Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Sofia Coppola, and more.

@jahchong's Instagram

There are a few people in this world that I call by their Instagram handles and Jahchong is one of them. He's also the featured guest selector on tonight's 3rd installment of my HPR + HIFF collaboration. 

Justyn Ah Chong is an award-winning Native Hawaiian filmmaker from Oʻahu. An alum of USC's School of Cinematic Arts, he filmed and edited a variety of projects at ʻŌiwiTV such as the award winning feature documentary "Mele Murals."

@downonthesidewalkfilm on Instagram

On episode 2 of my HPR + HIFF collab idea, our guest selections come from local Kanaka Maoli filmmaker, ʻĀina Paikai.

ʻĀina's portfolio includes several award winning nationally televised documentaries during his long career with ʻŌiwiTV such as Moananuiākea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe, which HPR recently presented on Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, and Hawaiʻi Island. 

No theme, no plan tonight. Instead, we'll be zig-zagging our way through a handful of different genres anywhere from tropical world to chillout. It's about the journey, not the destination -right?

Tonight, a slew of new (and new-ish) releases ranging from soul and jazz to indie and experimental. New music, hot off the press.

The Hawaiʻi Internation Film Festival (HIFF) opened last week, and I was curious as to what some of my favorite local film makers are listening to. So tonight is episode 1 of my HPR + HIFF collab. The idea is to feature the music that some of my favorite local film makers are currently vibing.

While our beloved captain of the Bridging The Gap team is off galavanting in the Nihon motherland, I've decided to commemorate the veteran DJ himself by curating tonight's show in his honor. Every song in tonight's show is a song or artist I have been turned on to by sassy-pants himself, either from his old KTUH show "The Jet Set," or from Bridging The Gap, or his various club sets over the years. In a way, it'll be like he never left...

No serious theme for this session of Bridging the Gap... just keeping it fun and eclectic  to get us into the weekend in style.

 

If you fell asleep to this playlist, I don't think I could blame you. No blazing guitar riffs, high-octave vocals or any such musical intensity tonight. Just a whole lot of mellow indie and alternative with a few obscure tracks thrown in for good measure to help you ease into your Thursday evening.

Electronic music dominates this session of Bridging the Gap... Chunky funky deep house meets different shades of Drum & Bass.

Fact: I am a 90s baby. Additional fact: I'm going to see the Backstreet Boys live here in Honolulu and am beyond stoked. So in honor of fulfilling my lifelong 90s-baby dream, I decided (under dj mrnick's heavily judgemental watch) to do a 90s throwback show featuring some of my favorite hip hop/R&B/indie rock tracks that I grew up with.

Joanne Nam
Joanne Nam

This show is based around a long 30 minute song from The Three Sounds called Soul Symphony... and the music is going to follow suite weaving in and out of Jazz, Downtempo, and Indie with a little strings.

Kicking off the 1st of November with a warm blend of indie rock and deep house.

You've heard it before: the "typical" Halloween playlist that gets recycled at every haunted house and costume party. Well, not here on Bridging the Gap. 

Instead, we'll be playing weird, obscure, alternative and eclectic tracks rife with macabre, spooky and general ghastly imagery.

Omochi
Omochi

T'was the night before Halloween and we're listening to songs to get you in the mood for fear... with an eclectic blend of Rock, Americana and Classical.

An illustration by Stephen Gammell from "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark"

It's a couple days before Halloween, but why not start getting into the mood? Tonight's show is a collection of various dark-themed tracks - find something for your Halloween party or to play in the back while you pass out candy to all the eager trick-or-treaters.

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