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181 Kat Reeder

October 5th, 2020

Today we chat with artist Kat Reeder! Kat is a native Peruvian transplanted in Hawaii by way of Miami and creates some of the most beautiful, island inspired pieces of art directly from the island of Oahu! Learn about how she got started as an artist, her transition from Peru to Miami, how she ultimately planned her move to the Hawaiian island of Oahu and what's in store for the future of her art!

Social Media: @katreederart @katreederportraits
On the Web: www.katreeder.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

180 Kontigo Tiki Bar

September 19th, 2020

Today we welcome Gregorio and Anna from Kontigo Tiki Bar! On this episode, we sidle up to the bar Inside the Desert Oasis Room and talk about a wide variety of topics including craft cocktails, craft spirits, vintage San Diego, random moments in history, the butterfly effect and more, including what it took to recreate the vintage paper hanging lantern, a fun cocktail garnish from yesteryear!

Social Media: @kontigotikibar
On the Web: www.chineselanternpick.com

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

179 Bryan Azorsky and Brandon Cummins

September 7th, 2020

On this sponsor spotlight edition, we are joined by Bryan Azorsky, founder of Tiki Bar T-shirt Club along with Brandon Cummins from Altamar Brands, distiller and importer of fine spirits including Four Square and Probitas Rum! Today we chat about their respective brands, how the Covid pandemic has affected their lives and their local businesses (like Tiki Cat), their thoughts about the future of the hospitality industry and also dive into some other fun and lively topics including the Marvel Universe, Kansas City BBQ and more!

Watch the follow up video after listening to this episode here: https://youtu.be/Jl4U7tsZeD0

On the Web: www.tikibartshirtclub.com and www.altarmarbrands.com
Social Media: @tiki_bar_tshirt_club and @brandon.altamar
On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8IMGVuuhfJTl2VnskZzAuQ
                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIrOgoxh1wY

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

178 Cristian Diaz

August 26th, 2020

Today we chat with Cristian Diaz! You might know him better as Skipper Cristian, bartender at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar located at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. On this episode Cristian chats about his start at a Brazilian restaurant in Fresno, his background in culinary school and his journey to Trader Sam's. We also chat about his new YouTube venture Adventures with Alchemy and what's in store for future episodes!

Social Media: @skippercristian and @adventures_with_alchemy
On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJiQKb39E5PJ9Eydyibx54Q

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

177 Fritz Costa (Lowbrow Literati)

August 11th, 2020

Today we chat with Fritz Costa, author, professor and scientist. Learn about Fritz's scientific background, his former life in academia and hear how he went from being a college professor to becoming a blogger and author telling the stories of Shag, Tim Biskup, Derek Yaniger, Miles Thompson and Brandi Milne in his new book The Lives of Lowbrow Artists!

Get the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Lives-Lowbrow-Artists-1-ebook/dp/B08D8NWC13/
On the Web: http://www.lowbrowliterati.com
Social Media: @lowbrow_literati

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

176 Par Avion

July 30th, 2020

On this episode we chat with Bernard Yin and Rebecca Ramirez, the surf instrumentalist duo better known as Par Avion! Learn about their musical backgrounds, influences, song writing process and hear about their latest collaboration with Mexican cumbia musicians Perro Agradecido and how a chance meet up led to their latest project, Perro Avion!

Get new release here: http://bit.ly/perroavionspotcalifornia
Bandcamp: https://paravionmusic.bandcamp.com
On the Web: http://www.vivaparavion.com
Social Media: @vivaparavion

This episode is sponsored by Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

175 Tiki Diablo

July 7th, 2020

On this episode we chat with artist, carver and builder Danny Gallardo aka Tiki Diablo! Tiki Diablo is a world reknown tiki carver, mug maker and thematic builder having created some of the most iconic collectibles and tiki themed spaces of the modern era. If you're a tiki enthusiast, odds are you've got one or more of his tiki mugs in your collection or you've visited a bar he's built! I've known Danny for about 2 decades and so, on this episode we chat about the early days of tiki when we first met, what and who inspires his work, his thoughts on the current state of tiki and learn a little bit more about his background and origin story!

On the Web: www.tikidiablo.com
Social Media: @tikidiablo

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 Tiki Bar T-Shirt Club, Steadfast Pomade, Tiki-Ti and Skull & Crown Trading Co. Stop by their FB and IG pages and give them a like!

174 Starr Kalahiki, Mark Tanouye and Kit Ebersbach of Don Tiki

June 26th, 2020

On this episode we chat with 2 time Na Hoku Hano Hano award winner Starr Kalahiki, bassist Mark Tanouye and musician, producer and song-writer Kit Ebersbach, co-founder of the iconic jazz exotica band Don Tiki! This broadcast is a replay of the live session we conducted with them on our Instagram page. We chat about their musical backgrounds, their residency at Skull & Crown Trading Company, life on the islands and are even treated to a couple of live performances! If you'd like to watch our video of this session go to our Instagram page @polynesianpop and click on the IGTV tab!

On the Web: https://www.facebook.com/starr.kalahiki/ and http://www.dontiki.com
Social Media: @singerstarr and @dontiki808

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!

173 Long Beach Dub Allstars

June 9th, 2020

Today we chat with Opie Ortiz and Marshall Goodman aka Ras MG from the Long Beach Dub Allstars! Opie and Ras MG are part of the original line up from the iconic punk/ska/reggae band Sublime. On this episode we chat about their origins with Sublime, the history of their band the Long Beach Dub Allstars and how their pedigrees are connected. We also talk about their song writing and production process and what's in store for the future of their band and their music!

On the Web: www.lbdamusic.com
Social Media: @longbeachduballstars

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!

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!

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