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172 The Covid Chronicles - Noa Laporga

May 28th, 2020

On this final installment of our series the Covid Chronicles, we chat with Noa Laporga! Noa along with his partner Angelina are the founders of Hawaii's newest tiki bar known as Skull & Crown Trading Company. We learn about Noa's eceletic background, his upbringing on Oahu and how it culminated into him opening Skull & Crown. And as the world slowly reopens, we discuss what's next for this venture including collectors mugs, a book, an album with Don Tiki and the upcoming Skull & Crown Traders Club!

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. We've got tiki mugs, t-shirts and pendants available right now! Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this podcast coming to you every week!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

171 The Covid Chronicles - Randy Wong

May 14th, 2020

On this installment of the Covid Chronicles we chat with Randy Wong! Randy is the Co-founder, Band Leader and Music Director of the modern exotica band, Waitiki! On this episode, we briefly touch on the current state of affairs on the Hawaiian islands regarding the covid pandemic however, for the bulk of our chat we talk about his and his band members roots in Exotica music. Learn about Waitiki's newest projects and find out how they, as professional musicians, have been persevering artistically through this pandemic!

On the Web: waitiki.bandcamp.com
Social Media: @waitiki
YouTube Channel: TheWAITIKI7

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. We've got tiki mugs, t-shirts and pendants available right now! Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this podcast coming to you every week!

170 The Covid Chronicles - Josh Hermsmeier

May 1st, 2020

On this installment of the Covid Chronicles we chat with Josh Hermsmeier! Josh hails from San Diego, California and if you're an active member in the tiki community and local to Southern California you'll probably know him best as drummer for Jason Lee and RIP-tides. In March of 2020, Josh and his immediate family were positively diagnosed as having been infected with the Covid-19 virus. On this special episode, Josh shares what this emotional and very personal experience was like for him and his family, what his thoughts are about continued quarantining, isolation, social distancing and what happens now as a recovering Covid-19 survivor!

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. We've got tiki mugs, t-shirts and pendants available right now! Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this podcast coming to you every week!

169 The Covid Chronicles - Jim “Hurricane” Hayward

April 27th, 2020

On this installment of the Covid Chronicles we chat with writer and rum aficionado of The Atomic Grog, Jim "Hurricane" Hayward! We recorded this episode just a little over a week ago before some beaches were re-opened in Florida and before The Hukilau had announced the way they were adapting to this year's changes of their annual event. It's crazy how much and how quickly things change in the world we live in these days! We still have a great chat though about cocktails, tiki and of course, the Mai Kai and their Gallons To-Go program in which local residents are able to purchase pre-made Molokai Bar level cocktails to enjoy in their own homes!

On the web: www.atomicgrog.com www.theatomicgrog.com
Social Media: @theatomicgrog

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. We've still got a small handful of Monkeypod Ku tiki mugs and Talking Head tiki pendants available right now! Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

168 The Covid Chronicles - The Volcanics

April 20th, 2020

On this installment of the Covid Chronicles we chat with surf music impressarios, The Volcanics! Frankie, Ben and Jarrod join us to discuss the process of writing and recording their newly released EP "Freakout!" We also chat about how the virus and its resulting quarantine has affected their shows and what it's like to release and promote a new EP during a world wide pandemic!

On the web: www.thevolcanics.com
Social Media: @thevolcanics

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

167 The Covid Chronicles - Keir Whitcher

April 16th, 2020

On this episode of the Covid Chronicles we chat with mid-century, tiki and classic car enthusiast Keir Whitcher! Keir hails from the land down under, just outside of Melbourne, Australia. We talk about how the corona virus has found it's way to his part of the world and how they're doing their part to flatten the curve and even explore a little bit about what the tiki scene is like in his part of Australia!

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

166 The Covid Chronicles - Rina Bambina

April 9th, 2020

On this installment of the Covid Chronicles we chat with pinup, model and doctor! Rina Bambina! Rina recently traveled to California and within about a day of her arrival, Los Angeles was put on limited lockdown and all bars, restaurants, public gatherings and other similar places of business or events were shut down or restricted to take out service only. Rina chats about this experience and the challenge she faced working her way back home to Germany and as a doctor of psychiatry, offers tips to those who might be struggling with this crisis.

On the web: www.rina-bambina.com
Social Media: @bambina_rina @drkatharinastenger

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

165 The Covid Chronicles - Jason Lee

April 2nd, 2020

On this edition of the Covid Chronicles we chat with musician, composer and industry professional, Jason Lee of Jason Lee and the RIP-tides! Jason chats with us about how he's adjusted to the new reality we are all experiencing and how the corona virus has affected the live music scene and his industry as a whole!

On the web: www.jasonleeguitar.com
Social Media: @tikiguitarplayer @jasonleeandtheriptides

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

164 The Covid Chronicles - Medusirena Marina and Kari Hendler

March 27th, 2020

On our third installment of the Covid Chronicles we chat with Kari Hendler along with Marina the fire eating mermaid! This episode was recorded exactly one week ago today and it's amazing how much things have changed since then. Between then and now, beaches in both California and Florida have since been closed and some of our favorite tiki centric events have since been rescheduled. We have a fun and spirited chat about what's happening on both coasts and what we've challenged ourselves with our new found time during this quarantine!

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

163 The Covid Chronicles - Ross “Tiki Boss” Aliotti

March 23rd, 2020

On this second episode of the Covid Chronicles we chat with Ross the "Tiki Boss" Aliotti! Ross recently returned from a visit to the Hawaiian Islands. While most of our lives were normal as he boarded the plane, things quickly turned south right after he left for the islands and when his vacation was over he returned to a very different world. We chat about how quickly things changed on the mainland during his short time away and what his island experience was like as the Covid-19 pandemic became more serious during his trip!

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

162 The Covid Chronicles - Deejay Clulow and Chanel Herren

March 19th, 2020

Today we start a new series of episodes we are calling The Covid Chronicles! At the moment I'm not really sure how many of these episodes we'll be recording but as long as social distancing is being practiced to slow down the spread of Covid-19 we'll be interviewing our guests by phone from inside the Desert Oasis Room. On this episode we chat with Deejay Clulow and Chanel Herren. Deejay and Chanel relocated somewhat recently from Las Vegas, Nevada to Pacifica, California and so we are able to get their perspective as both Nevadians and Californians as we discuss this weird time we are all going through with quarantining, self isolation and social distancing!

As always, I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider helping us with your support during this challenging time. Stop by DesertOasisRoom.com to check out our merch or leave us a tip. Any purchase or donation, no matter the size, is totally appreciated and helps keep this show on the air!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

161 Squeezed Up Throwback Thursday

March 12th, 2020

On this special Throwback Thursday edition, we revisit our session with the crew from the newly released documentary, Squeezed Up! Join us inside the Desert Oasis Room as we chat with the director, Dirk Behlau, executive producer, Stefan Immke and the rest of their crew also known as "The Wild Bunch", including Shane Bagnall, Andy Schmidt, Thorsten Leisenberg and Matze Heiden. The episode you are about to hear is the some of the same footage you'll see in the film and if you like tiki, hot rods, lowbrow art or kustom kulture, this film is a feast for your eyes! You're going to enjoy seeing many of our friends featured there including Jason Lee, the Hula Girls, McBiff Art, Tiki Tony, Michael Grider, Mimi Le Meaux, Matt "Tikiman" Willis and much, much more! This episode was recorded back in October 2018 on the podcast's 2-year anniversary during the filming of this documentary, which is available now!

On the Web: www.squeezed-up.com
Social Media: @squeezedupmovie

 

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

160 Kirrah Amosa

February 24th, 2020

Today we are joined by singer and songwriter, Kirrah Amosa! Kirrah recently relocated to Los Angeles, California from Canberra, Australia and is the latest addition to the Island Block Radio family. We chat about her songwriting process, musical influences and are treated to a very special acoustic performance of her latest single, "Island Way" available at all media outlets beginning on February 28th!

On the Web: www.kirrahamosa.au
Social Media: @kirrahamosa

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

32 Mike Buhen Jr & Sr of Tiki-Ti

February 17th, 2020

On this episode we speak with Mike & Mike, Jr & Sr, owners of the legendary Tiki-Ti in Los Angeles, California. I first started going to Tiki-Ti somewhere around 1995 or so. It was a great place to grab a strong and tasty tropical drink on my way out to a night of "clubbing" in Hollywood. Back then Ray Buhen was still bartending, the mixology legend who opened it back in 1961. Ray was one of the original bartenders at Don the Beachcomber, documented as the very first tiki bar opening in 1934 just after prohibition was lifted in the US, which was largely credited for creating many popular tropical cocktails. After getting his start there, he found his way to such notable locations as the 7 Seas, the Luau, Christian's Hut, the Palms, the Dresden and many more eventually settling at his own bar, the Tiki-Ti. Today the Tiki-Ti is run by his son and grandson, Mike Buhen Jr & Sr, who we talk to in this episode.

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, the world's largest rum producer and winner of over 170 international medals in the past 4 decades. Check out their webpage at tanduayUSA.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @TanduayUSA. 

20 Leroy Schmaltz & Bob Van Oosting of Oceanic Arts

February 17th, 2020

On this episode of Inside the Desert Oasis Room I make a field trip to Oceanic Arts in Whittier, California and chat with the founders and living legends Leroy Schmaltz and Bob Van Oosting. They share many never-before-heard stories related to creating, building and influencing the South Seas aesthetic during the Polynesian Pop era and beyond. It was such an honor, pleasure and treat to get a sneak peek and walk-thru of their massive, private collection; soon to be compiled for a book!

31 Jordan T from House of Blues Anaheim

February 17th, 2020

I've been a big fan of Jordan T since his first hit single "Sunset Tonight" on Island Radio back in 2014 and started following him on Instagram and eventually became Facebook friends with him. Over the years, I saw several of his shows here on the mainland, which eventually lead up to this day. I reached out to him for an interview and he graciously opened up some time for me and we recorded this from his green room at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Jordan was gracious, friendly and accommodating and I really enjoyed hanging out with him.

He recently released a new single entitled, "Bridges with the Vibes" which can be found on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1229778595

For more of his great music stop by JordanTmusic.com and be sure to follow him on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter: @jordantmusic Lastly, he'll be playing another show with Sammy J at The Roxy in Hollywood, California this coming Saturday, May 13th. Come down and check it out -- I'll be there too!

This episode is sponsored in part by Tanduay Rum, the world's largest rum producer and winner of over 170 international medals in the past 4 decades. Check out their webpage at tanduayUS.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @TanduayUSA.

159 “Q” from Island Block Radio

February 14th, 2020

Today we are joined by my friend "Q", Producer and On Air Personality for Island Block Radio and Island Block TV. Q talks to us about how he got his start in radio, his thoughts on the future of radio, island music, guilty pleasures, bucket lists and much, much more!

To listen to Island Block Radio, click here:
https://onlineradiobox.com/us/dashislandblock/

To follow Island Block Radio on social media @islandblockradio here:
https://www.facebook.com/IslandBlockRadio/
https://www.instagram.com/islandblockradio/

Outro Music: "The Wrong Time" by Silent Partner

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

158 John Philbin Returns

February 14th, 2020

Today we welcome John Philbin back to the podcast! You might know John from his various movie characters over the past 3 decades including Turtle in North Shore, Nathaniel in Point Break, Tom McLaury in Tombstone, Chuck in Return of the Living Dead, Amos in Children of the Corn and more! On this episode we chat about what's happened in his life since our last chat along with his current film projects including "White Wolves", "Ghost Babe" and "Undateable John" now playing on Amazon Prime!

To watch Undateable John on Amazon Prime, click here:
https://www.amazon.com/Undateable-John-Estella-Warren/dp/B07YBJ457K/

To listen to the last time John was on the podcast, click here:
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/polynesianpop/episodes/2018-08-06T09_36_44-07_00

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

157 Devon Devereaux

January 28th, 2020

Join us as we chat with artist Devon Devereaux on how he got his start in the world of pop surrealism, his influences, his creative process and what's in store for 2020!

Check out his websites at http://www.devondevereaux.com or http://www.creepytiki.com Get his stuff at Hot Topic! https://www.hottopic.com/creators/artist/devon-devereaux

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

156 Hanford Lemoore and 20 Years of Tiki Central

January 17th, 2020

On this episode we celebrate 20 years of Tiki Central! Join us at the Tonga Hut in North Hollwood, California and listen in on the festivities along with stories by Tiki Central members new and old, all followed by an exclusive chat with founder Hanford Lemoore!

Check out Tiki Central at www.tikicentral.com

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

155 Desert Oasis Room at The Grotto Radio Show

January 7th, 2020

For this first episode of 2020, we thought it would be fun to share our session at The Grotto Radio Show. On this episode we talk about Tiki music and play some of our favorites, from traditional South Pacific tribal drums to modern exotica and everything in between. Special thanks to Marc Atkinson from The Grotto Radio Show for having me on as a guest DJ and co-host!

To listen to The Grotto Radio every Wednesday at 8pm at www.radiocore.org

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

154 The Holiday Episode 2019

December 29th, 2019

On this episode we have our friends share a fun or memorable Christmas or New Years Eve story. For this last episode of 2019, we'd like to thank our sponsors Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Tiki-Ti and Steadfast Pomade for their continued support as well as all of our listeners who tune in every week. Thank you all for making Inside the Desert Oasis Room possible!

153 San Francisco Tiki Bar Review

December 20th, 2019

On this episode I road trip up to the San Francisco bay with our friend Boris Hamilton. We visit and review our experiences at R&G Lounge, Pagan Idol, Zombie Village, The Buena Vista, Scoma's, California Gold, Marin Joe's and Bon Voyage. Special thanks to Buz Deadwax for hosting our stay at the Alta Vista Tiki Room, the giant morning lattes and the bottomless Buz Tais!

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

152 Kiddie Cocktails with Stuart Sadler

December 9th, 2019

For this holiday season, we thought it would be fun to flashback to Tiki Oasis 2019 and listen in on Stuart Sandler's symposium entitled Kiddie Cocktails. Stuart is a font designer and publisher, graphic designer and author of the book, Kiddie Cocktails. Hear Stuart's story and learn about the difference between kiddie cocktails and mocktails, how to set up your own kiddie cocktail bar and more! There's a little cameo with Derek Yaniger in there too!

Get the Kiddie Cocktails book by Stuart Sadler here:
https://www.misterretro.com/merchandise/books/kiddie-cocktails-book
https://www.amazon.com/Kiddie-Cocktails-Stuart-Sandler/dp/0957664915/

This episode is sponsored by Tanduay Rum, Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Tonga Hut, Steadfast Pomade and Tiki-Ti. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

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