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It’s Friday Happy Hour at “The Enchanted Tiki Hut”!

Here’s to Friday AND to getting my first grades back in my UNM grad school course! I got 19.5 out of 20 points today on all my assignments ! Woo hoo! Cheers, y’all! This record, and Mr. C’s prickly pear margaritas, are just great for the occasion! Who doesn’t love a little Prado, Cugat, Esquivel, et al. ?! (See how I kinda snuck that in there? Yeah!) 😎

Afterhours in the Enchanted Tiki Hut!!!

A couple of Tradewinds tiki cocktails, “The Surfers’ Hit Movie Songs From The Exotic Islands” on the turntable, and instantly Mr. C and I are transported to our own tropical oasis! This rare, hard to find (at least around here) album, is one of our treasured ones by The Surfers, one of our favorite Hawaiian vocal groups! Did you know they first appeared together at a Glendale, California junior college prom?! Here they sing songs from famous Hollywood movies, like the beautiful “Follow Me” from “Mutiny on the Bounty” and so many others! If you love movie themes AND The Surfers, like I do, check it out! Cheers, Friends! We love your hanging out with us each week! Mahalo and Aloooohaaa!!!

Hey!!! We Got More Albums!!!

We just received an amazing album from a friend and listener in Japan, Hideya Kepani Sato, and we wanted to share it with you all to tonight! It’s “Don Telling’s Island Mysteries”! I imagine a lot of you already have this one, but, if you don’t, you need to get it! It’s lovely! We also had a double of The Golden Gun cocktail tonight to celebrate another album we just received this week, a fabulous album by Roland Shaw, 007, The James Bond Thrillers! Click on our post to see both albums! Cheers, everyone! We love you all and appreciate you following us on our website! Cheers! 🍸🍹😉

We Got Our Les Baxter “Soul of the Drums” Reissue From Real Gone Records!!

We finally got our reissue of Les Baxter’s “Soul of the Drums” album from Real Gone Records! It sounds great! And the colored vinyl is a fun added touch! Of course audiophiles that we are, we try to compare how it stands against the original album, as far as the mix goes, but, all in all, I think Real Gone Records did a great job! Everyone has their preferences, as far as sound goes, but, I think this is a really nice reissue, and if you have an original album that isn’t as clean sounding as you’d like it to be, then this would be a great purchase! We are happy we got it! Overall, we think it does the album justice! Let us know if you got it, too!

Doing the Mambo Tonight…with a Dirty Martini and Cal Tjader!

“Mambo With Tjader” is one of our favorite albums by Cal Tjader. From the cover to the actual music, it’s just a party album, all the way! You can’t help but dance to it, regardless of whether you know how to do the mambo or not! Mr. C gifted this one to me, in red vinyl, no less! I used to bring my CD of this one to his house when we first met. Do ya think Cal tipped the scales in my favor? I think he did! Thanks, Cal! I’m so glad Cal brought us together! We are such big fans! And, now, we get to share his music with you! How lucky can ya get?! Not much more, I say! Cheers to the wonderful music of Cal! And a pair of dirty martinis is perfect for the occasion!

Sun’s Out…And So Are The Tiki Gods!

Hey everybody out there in Tikiland! Have you heard?! It’s “National Offer a Drink to The Tiki Gods Day” today! (Just kidding! But, Mr. C and I will make up any excuse to make a tiki drink! Haha!) We do hope you’ll tune into the show tonight on KUPR.ORG, though, because, as you can see from our show promo, there’s going to be lots of tikis appearing tonight in the tiki hut! Cheers!

New Around The Tiki Hut? Welcome To The Neighborhood!

Tonight I’m blogging about several things, so, if you’re in the mood for my virtual “chit chat,” read on! Lately Mr. C and I have been brainstorming different ways to share information about our newest show with our listeners. We’ve gotten a few questions from new listeners asking: “Where are you shows located?” If you visit us here, you’ll find a link that says “Mixcloud Shows”. Depending on whether you’re on a desktop or a mobile device, you may see this link in a different spot. In desktop view, it’s up at the top of the main page. That takes you to Mixcloud.com. You can certainly listen through Mixcloud.com or with the Mixcloud app, but the reason we like to send people to Mixcloud via our website, http://www.enchantedtikihutshow.com, is so that it becomes more of a personalized experience, especially for our new listeners. We simply host our shows on Mixcloud’s platform, as do many other producers, but we don’t have the freedom to create additional, individualized creative content there. We do that here, on our own website, which I constructed on my own, and which is hosted on WordPress. We have the paid version, with the additional option to purchase the right to use the .com after our show’s name for easier access to our site. We have found these tools, both of which renew annually, extremely useful for sharing information with you.

As you can imagine, especially if you are an artist in the music community, there are so many various and sundry, recurring and rising costs involved in producing consistently high-quality shows, such as web hosting services, as well as other services, tools and resources needed to create new, fun, educational and engaging shows and other related online content for listeners each week. We truly enjoy hearing from so many of our listeners that our show encourages your further musical explorations and promotes the love of exotica and tiki music and tiki culture. Our website is where we have the option for you to help support the show, if you like what we do and want to be instrumental (no pun intended!) in promoting this type of unique programming. You can do so through either occasional or recurring, monthly support. Every little bit helps! 🙂

(Oh, we’ve also been asked about providing branded merchandise and so that’s also been percolating in the back of our minds! We are currently looking for a tiki artist to work with us for our logo, so please reach to us if you know of one, or ARE one, and think you can capture the vibe of our show through art!) Additionally, if you know of any radio stations who would like to syndicate our show, or know of any business that would like to sponsor us, feel free to forward us their information and we’ll reach out to them if we feel it is the right fit for our radio show’s concept.

Another question we’ve had is “What the difference between ‘like’ and ‘follow’?” If you “follow” us on our Facebook page, as well as our website here, and Mixcloud, that seems to ensure that you are always notified whenever we post a show on Mixcloud, or share something on Facebook or our website, so you’ll probably want to do all three! “Liking” the show is also appreciated, of course, but it’s our understanding that you may not receive our notifications or updates unless you hit “follow” as well.

Since we wanted to experiment with a slightly different approach this week, to reach more people by throwing out a wider net, we are not only sharing this week’s Mixcloud show directly from our Facebook page, but also including the link to our show’s website in the post. We are also sharing the latest show, below, to increase its visibility, but, as mentioned earlier, you can always find past shows by clicking on the “Mixcloud Shows” link. This week’s show is already uploaded to that site.

We also have a Twitter account at @kitty_hut that we are trying to help grow, in case you didn’t know about it! We are hoping that all these different approaches will help listeners become more familiarized with our content via various social media platforms, and will make our content easy to find. (Or maybe this is just an excuse for me to write a longer blog post than usual, because I’m in a writing mood and had too much caffeine!) Mahalo for reading all the way through! But, if you fell asleep three lines into the first paragraph, don’t worry! Just grab a latte and pick up where you left off! Cheers, Baby!

It’s a Good Thing When The Easter Bunny Brings Records Instead of Candy! (Make Sure You Scroll Through All The Record Pics in This Post! There Are a Lot of Them!)

This week we got a special delivery! No, the stork didn’t pay us a visit! That bird has already flown! 😂 We got my (or rather OUR anniversary gift in the mail, since both of us enjoy Martin Denny’s music!) They are the Jackpot Records Denny reissues of Primitiva, Exotica II and Afro-Desia! They were worth the wait, though,considering our anniversary was in February, and there was a slight snag in the manufacturing of the album due to a shortage of colored vinyl pellets, which caused a longer delivery time. The sound on these is awesome, the packaging great, and it’s always fun spinning colored vinyl! We also picked up some other cool records this Saturday, and then came home to enjoy them with a tiki cocktail! You’ll notice I have my Shag mug and Mr. C has on his favorite Vince Ray shirt! All in all it was a great week!

There IS Tiki in New Mexico!

Today Mr. C and I went out on another one of our record store adventures and not only did we find some fab albums, including “Time For Two” with Cal Tjader & Anita O’Day, Arthur Lyman’s “Pele,” another cover with Sandy Warner on it, a cool compilation with Prado, Cugat, Esquivel, and more, but I also found a VINTAGE HAWAIIAN DRESS….AT THE RECORD STORE! It fits perfectly, don’t you think?!?! Cheers to a fan-TIKI-tastic day!

Anybody up for a Waltz (or a Samba) in the Tropics with Edmundo Ros? Yes, Please!

Edmundo Ros and his Orchestra – Rhythms of the South

If anyone can turn classical tunes like “Blue Danube” and other frothy confections, into danceable, fanciful tunes just ripe for playing at your next Latin dance-themed cocktail party, it’s Edmundo Ros! His “Rhythms of the South” album is a charming and invigorating album, guaranteed to make you want to dance your partner around the room like a frenzied Arthur Murray on a caffeine kick…or Captain Von Trapp and Maria in “The Sound of Music”! (Feel free to dance solo, if you can’t find a willing partner, but maybe not while cutting vegetables in the kitchen!) Featuring tangos, sambas, guarachas, rhumbas, merengues, and other tasty rhythms, Edmundo’s sometimes unexpected arrangements especially shine on a couple of songs that you wouldn’t expect to fit neatly in an album of mostly traditional Latin dance music, like Colonel Bogey’s March done as a merengue! Strangely…or not, since Edmundo IS a musical genius, it works! This delightful record will leave a refreshing taste on your musical palate and keep you wanting more from the king of the tropics! And a one and a two and repeat! By George, you’ve got it, kids!