Those subscribed to the site’s Facebook and Twitter feeds will undoubtedly recall our behind-the-scenes woes from earlier in the summer. Although I’m happy to report we’re back in the game, I must admit a twinge of sadness over the lost time I could have been spending on getting content done in advance. In addition to having to get all of my Freaky Tiki Surf-ari reviews written in August instead of having them done the month before and being uncertain about when the tie-in episode of the podcast will be released, this also means I won’t be able to work in an extra review like I was hoping to. But since I’m too excited to wait until 2018 to bring it up, I’d like to take a little time to talk about the release of a Hawaiian Spotlighters album called Mauna Kea Breeze. I should actually say “the” Hawaiian Spotlighters album, as Mauna Kea Breeze was their only release! Being issued by a “press on demand” vinyl service back in the 60’s in limited quantities all but guaranteed that the album would become the rarest and most desired album in all Tiki fandom. Thankfully an exotica expert by the name of Jeff Chenult got his hands on a copy and managed to track down one of the band members online. So now it’s officially being reissued on vinyl (complete with a digital download code) by Dionysus Records so everyone can enjoy it!
To distract yourself while waiting for the first review of the 2017 Freaky Tiki Surf-ari, here’s a look back at last year’s installments:
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Return
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: 6’+ Episode 187 is Up!
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Alika Lyman Group
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Genki Genki Panic
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Maritime Mysteries
Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: Tres Gatos Suave
To further make up for the delay, I found two free Kava Kon downloads for you! The first is a very experimental composition called “doubly-even self dual binary error-correcting block codes” and the second is the EP Virgin Lava. In addition to a new Kava Kon track, it also features some remixes Kava Kon did with the Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble!