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97 Room Ramblings with Moai Mark & Tiki Boss - part 1

On this episode we bring you room ramblings with "Moai Mark" Giacin and Ross "Tiki Boss" Aliotti. This episode was recorded during a break in the madness of setting up for our suite party at Tiki Oasis. We recorded this from an adjoining room and just had a fun "hang out" session around a couple of beers. I'd like to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone involved in helping with the build, assembly, participation and breakdown of our Fleet Officers Club Room Suite and Party at and for Tiki...


96 John Philbin

On this episode we chat with John Philbin! You may know John from some of the movies he's starred in including Point Break, Tombstone, Return of the Living Dead or Children of the Corn among others, but he's probably most notably recognized for his role as Turtle in the iconic surf movie, North Shore. As someone who's seen North Shore dozens and dozens of times, I was so excited and honored to get to know more about his life on and off screen. John was gracious, friendly and accomodating and...


95 Kelly Merrell (Live at Tiki Kon)

On today's episode we speak with Kelly Merrell. You may know Kelly as one of the main bartenders/mixologists at Disney's Trader Sam's Adventure Bar. We recorded this episode at this year's Tiki Kon event as he was gearing up for the Iron Tikitender Competition later that evening. Kelly talks about the process and creative mindset that went behind crafting his strategy for that competition. The competition was close between Kelly and his fellow competitors Jeanie and Mark and as a first...


94 Ross "Tiki Boss" Aliotti

Today we chat with Ross the "Tiki Boss" Aliotti. If you've already listened to our Tiki Caliente 10 episode then you might recognize his voice. Ross co-hosted at that episode with me! He's a long time listener and subscriber to this podcast so it was fun sitting down with him to get his take on some of the stuff we've covered in the past namely, our picks for best and worst movies of all time. What's your top 3? See if they line up with ours! If you're a movie buff I think think you'll...


93 The Tiki Creeps

On this episode we chat with The Tiki Creeps! A couple weeks ago I was invited to a recording to watch the Tiki Creeps record their upcoming full length album. While I was there we squeezed in this recording that you are listening to now. We're also treated to a cameo chat with Dave Klein from Agent Orange, The Bomboras and The Ghastly Ones! As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you did, do us a solid and hit that subscribe button....


92 Trad'r Nic Morton & Dave Anderson

Today we are joined by Trad'r Nic Morton & our old friend Dave Anderson. I always love these hang out episodes where we talk about anything and everything and just lose track of time. Lots of fun stuff in this one - ghost stories, aquarium fish theft, what it's like to work at Disneyland and more! As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it to you and if you did, do us a solid and hit that subscribe button. This podcast is a grass roots effort, so...


91 TikiTronic Live at The Riviera

Today we chat with Andy Tolley (Captain Coconut) and Rick Roessler (Freddy Canoe) better known as the band TikiTronic! TikiTronic is a fixture in the So Cal Tiki scene so you may have seen them at a local Tiki bar or event in or around LA, OC, PS or SD. On this episode we catch dinner with the guys before a gig at the Riviera Supper Club in San Diego and get to know a little more about their musical roots and how they create their unique, space age inspired sound! As always, I hope you...


90 Tiki Caliente 10 Year Anniversary

Today we flashback to about a month ago at this time when we celebrated the 10 Year Anniversary of Tiki Caliente. If you haven't been to Tiki Caliente then you don't know what you're missing. It's a Tiki and Cocktail themed weekender at the Caliente Tropics resort in Palm Springs, California. You'll enjoy bands, room parties, vendors and tropical cocktails, not only from the room party hosts but also at the historic Reef, their resident bar right there on site. Follow me and my buddy the...


89 Sippin' Safari 10th Anniversary

So a couple weeks ago Jeff "Beachbum" Berry came down to the Tiki-Ti for a book signing for his recently released re-issue of Sippin' Safari. Jeff was once a regular at Tiki-Ti back when he was living in LA and so it was great getting to chat with him and Tiki-Ti owner, Mike Buhen Sr, about the old days and what's happened since then with Jeff's journey from becoming a cocktail recipe sleuth to growing into a world reknown author, mixologist and owner of one of the planet's premiere...


88 Wednesday at the Tiki-Ti

Today we've got another hangout episode where we turn the mics on while enjoying a couple of cocktails. We typically do these Inside the Desert Oasis Room however today, we thought it would be fun to do this one from the Tiki-Ti. The Tiki-Ti was established in 1961 by Ray Buhen, one of Don the Beachcomber's original barmen so it's a popular spot for tiki and bar industry folks to gather. Every Wednesday we do a Toast To Ray, so Wednesday's tend to be upbeat and jovial as you will see here....


87 The Lost Episode

So back in February of this year we recorded a Swapcast with 5 Mintues of Rum and after that session we turned the mics on while we mixed and enjoyed some cocktails at the Rincon Room. This episode was never planned and as in any festive gathering it gets really noisy and because of that, I initially chose to not air this episode. Fast forward to 4 months later and while cleaning my archives I stumble across this recording. After listening to it I realized it was just too much fun to not...


86 Moai Monday Memorial Day

Today we welcome Rudy Gonzalez from Sweeney Todd's to the Desert Oasis Room! And with Rudy, we welcome Jeffrey Taylor and Andrew Carlson back to the show! For this Memorial Day episode we'd like to thank, honor and commemorate all our veterans, active-duty service members, guardsmen and reservists for the sacrifices they make every day to make our freedom possible. Thank you for your service. On this episode we raise our glasses to you, Inside the Desert Oasis Room! This episode is...


85 The Tiki Addicts

Today we get a visit from the Tiki Addicts. Sarah May and Randall Wilson make up the blogging team collectively known as Tiki Addicts. Join us in another one of our fun hang out episodes where we mix a couple cocktails and talk about all kinds of stuff - funny stories, scary stories, embarrassing stories and even ponder our place in the universe! As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoyed this episode hit that subscribe...


84 Mr Moai's Mash

About 2 months ago, I was privileged to be included in a music video for Jason Lee and the RIP-Tide's new single Mr Moai's Mash. The video follows Mr Tiki Head, a popular fixture in the So Cal tiki scene, around San Diego as he gathers his buddies to join him for a Jason Lee and the RIP-Tides concert at The Tower Bar. We recorded this episode at the preview party, which was held for those that were involved in the making of this music video and we hear some funny stories of what the...


83 Violetta Beretta

On this episode we chat with the lovely Violetta Beretta. Violetta Beretta is a burlesque performer, producer, director and dancer from the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. We chat about living in Hawaii, the history of burlesque in Hawaii, Don Tiki and answer some fun, thought provoking questions that I guarantee you'll be answering to yourself as you listen along! As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it to you, and if you did, hit that subscribe...


82 Taco's Tahitian Terrace

On this episode we stop by Taco's Tahitian Terrace to chat with John-O and David Gene Echt. John and David are fixtures in the tiki and surf music scenes. Another fun hang out episode, we chat about surf music and more as well as help David create a couple new drinks for his bar using some tried and true cocktail formulas. As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it to you. If you enjoyed this episode, hit that subscribe button. The podcast is free,...


81 Tiki Cat 1-Year Anniversary

Today we chat with Mark Sellers, owner and founder of Tiki Cat in Kansas City, Missouri. Annd on this episode we are joined by a trio of allstars including Bamboo Ben, builder of this beautiful bar and lounge as well as Doug Horne and Crazy Al, designers of 2 new tiki mugs, Devo Cat and Witco Cat, which debuted for the 1 year anniversary party for which all of us were in town celebrating. We talk about the motivation behind why Tiki Cat was started and what's in store for the future. And...


80 Tribal Theory

Today we chat with Tribal Theory! Founded in 2005 in San Diego, California, Tribal Theory creates and performs their own brand of urban reggae and feel good island music. We recorded this episode from their green room at the House of Blues where they were headlining an all-star line up with CRSB, Bo Napoleon and Eli-Mac. Such a friendly and gracious group of guys, it was really great getting to know them, hearing the story of how the band got started, their song writing process and the...


79 Don the Beachcomber

On this episode we chat with Spike Marble and Timothy Haack. Spike, Tim, a handful of others and I were once part of a group of Monday regulars at Don the Beachcomber, coming in every Monday night, for years, to enjoy their all night happy hour. In addition to patronizing the Dagger Bar every Monday, we enjoyed countless numbers of shows and events within that historic building, going back a couple decades to when it was Sam's Seafood. We recorded this episode from their Hidden Village...


78 Horror in Clay

On this episode we chat with Jonathan M. Chaffin of Horror in Clay. Jonathan's vision is influenced by horror inspired stories like those of HP Lovecraft so naturally, his designs are a unique mashup of tiki, horror and fantasy. He even goes the extra mile of creating collectible sets for each mug theme and we talk about how all of this permeated his life and started a passion project that continues today. As always, I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we did bringing it...