s: Otto -- he's put out two albums. the first "Samba Pra Burro" is a great mix of beautiful brazilian melodies mixed with tons of electronics. some super heavy jungle breaks, but always the song comes first. his second album is "Condom Black". way less reliant on the electronic dance beats, but still some remnants. it's almost apt to describe him on this album as a male Bebel Gilberto. some of the songs are a little too sweet, but it's a great album nonetheless.
Tom Ze, even though he's an oldie, his music is still a goodie. forget the fact that Tortoise was his back up band.
d:Ed Motta. one of the worst albums i've ever heard in my life. i listened to it once and instantly sold it back. he's supposed to be brazilian soul, but it was really bad slick over produced modern disco.
Rita Lee. ex-lead singer of the mutantes. i picked up one of her recent solo albums for way cheap. it was completely boring AOR. kinda like a brazilian Sting.
Max De Castro. cool looking cover. kinda ick music. pretty much does modern american r'n'b in portugese. there were some nice soulful moments, but most of it was just way too slick.
on the dividing line:Mundo Livre S.A. this is Otto's band before he went solo. they're part of that whole Mangue beat sound. had some good songs. did a bunch of genre-fucks, but my biggest problem with them was that they were around in the mid-90s and kinda had that grunge-alternative sound. i often wondered if they weren't from brazil, would i really like them? so i sold it.
still wondering about Carlinhos Brown and Chico Science. never heard them, but heard lots about them. and i hear there's some brazilian hip hop out there?
― JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:25 (11 years ago) Permalink
they normally sound like this, "Even though this isn't our favorite of [so and so]'s album, we still think it's great and you should buy it"
― JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:26 (11 years ago) Permalink
Never ever trust a Dusty Groove review 'cuz they refer to free jazz as "hippy dippy."
― hstencil, Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:26 (11 years ago) Permalink
― A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:32 (11 years ago) Permalink
but i thought that was obvious
― JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:33 (11 years ago) Permalink
― A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:41 (11 years ago) Permalink
― JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:43 (11 years ago) Permalink
Pretty spot on, Jason except you forgot the obigatory exclamation point!
Does anyone else find this extremely annoying!
― Mr. Diamond (diamond), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:18 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Al (sitcom), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:20 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:21 (11 years ago) Permalink
You're right, above, about Dusty Groove and their reviews, although the store itself in Chicago is kinda nice and they do have good stuff if you're into classic '60s Brazilian pop and suchlike...
― Jess Hill (jesshill), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:21 (11 years ago) Permalink
― oops (Oops), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:25 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Mr. Diamond (diamond), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 06:04 (11 years ago) Permalink
i actually have a song by Otto ona comp, it's an intensely moody tribute to Bob Marley and it really rolls, i've liked it for years.
― Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 06:10 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 13:06 (11 years ago) Permalink
Jason, you should definitely check out Chico Science – I think he was brilliant and his death seemed like the end of era and maybe death of mangue (friends of mine in Brazil who work with music were devastated when he died). The scene seems to be going strong tho and his old band Nacao Zumbi is still putting stuff out. I’d recommend checking out Chico first and then if you like him going for NZ. Start with “Afrociberdelia” as it should give you a sense of whether you want to go further or not.
Lately I’ve been enjoying DJ Dolores & Orchestra Santa Massa, which has traditional fiddle, etc over various beats. I don’t love the entire entire album but the first couple of tracks get me grinning ear-to-ear whenever I listen to ‘em. The DJ approach to mangue.
Zuco 103 takes a different approach to mixing electronica with Brazilian. It is more clubbeats oriented as opposed to mangue etc. and live at least Zuco are huge amounts of fun. Their new album has gotten pretty good reviews , but their first “Outro Lado” had only about 4 songs I really liked with the rest being ‘eh’ so I’m waiting for a free copy.
Lenine’s album “Na Prassao” is great. Samba mixed with rock and electronica is a v. basic description. Most people I know who are more knowledgeable about the contemp. scene than me are are big fans.
Others I like if not blown away - Pedro Luis A Parade (again mixing electronica/brazilian but from a more rock perspective) Suba (pretty strightforward samba & bossa nova over loops, “Sao Paulo Confessions” is his big work – he also produced, among others, Bebel’s "Tanto Tempo")
Seen Max de Castro but have no memory of his performance (generally not a positive sign)
From the second generation of Brazilians, as mentioned above, Bebel is doing good stuff. Only heard one track by Moreno Veloso so can’t really comment on him tho that one track was v. funky. (incidentally, one of the biggest Brazilian labels Trama (who I think put out Otto) is run by the son of Elis Regina)
All I can think of for now, will post later if brain comes back online.
― H (Heruy), Friday, 14 March 2003 14:37 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Jess Hill (jesshill), Friday, 14 March 2003 14:41 (11 years ago) Permalink
anyone heard either and have comments? they sound pretty cool from the amg and amazon reviews.
― JasonD (JasonD), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 22:07 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Daniel (dancity), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:08 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Daniel (dancity), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:17 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Daniel (dancity), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:23 (11 years ago) Permalink
i recently picked up Rita Lee's first album "Build Up" and have been really digging it. it was produced by one of the guys from the Mutantes, so it is still a little wacky, but has more of a big band orchestration thing going on for the beginning of the album at least (near the end it gets a bit more rocking). but i swear, the more recent album of hers i bought (from the mid to late 90s) was the pits. her charming puns would be totally lost on me since i don't speak Portuguese.
any word on those two artists i just mentioned upthread?
― JasonD (JasonD), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:46 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Daniel (dancity), Thursday, 15 May 2003 07:02 (11 years ago) Permalink
the marquee and amabis discs are nice enough. nice being the word to watch.
― gaz (gaz), Thursday, 15 May 2003 08:43 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Dave Stelfox (Dave Stelfox), Thursday, 15 May 2003 09:12 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 15 May 2003 11:04 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 15 May 2003 11:11 (11 years ago) Permalink
anybody listening to the new Ceu album?
― hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 9 July 2009 16:04 (5 years ago) Permalink
I'm curious about it, but have not heard it yet. Not that I was wowed by her prior one, but it wasn't bad.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 July 2009 16:17 (5 years ago) Permalink
Yeah I only felt the need to download one of the tracks from the last album. I'm 11 tracks into this one (out of 13), and it's pretty good!
― hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 9 July 2009 16:24 (5 years ago) Permalink
Nobody here into Curumin?
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 10 July 2009 00:09 (5 years ago) Permalink
i am now!
― hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Friday, 10 July 2009 00:13 (5 years ago) Permalink
― Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Wednesday, March 12, 2003 12:10 AM (6 years ago) Bookmark
^^^^Listening to this great track, "Bob", right now: I have it on a comp too, What's Happening in Pernambuco, which is great throughout -- but I don't think this was out in 2003, so what comp do you have it on?
I had no idea it was about Marley.
― Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 10 July 2009 01:11 (5 years ago) Permalink
I believe Curumin is still to make his best album, but I really like the other two
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 10 July 2009 01:27 (5 years ago) Permalink
Curumin was appearing in Central Park (summerstage) NYC with Juana Molina Wednesday night. Alas, I'm in DC and no gig here
― curmudgeon, Friday, 10 July 2009 03:17 (5 years ago) Permalink
Has anyone listened to the new Céu album? Sounds to me like a dub version of a Brightblack Morning Light record with some Brazilian textures - obviously. I think sometimes her music lacks punch, but it's a good album overall.
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 24 July 2009 13:03 (5 years ago) Permalink
ed mottas that bad?
― titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 24 July 2009 13:09 (5 years ago) Permalink
No, but I can't say he does outstanding work.
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 24 July 2009 13:23 (5 years ago) Permalink
You're so 2 weeks ago, Shin
― hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Friday, 24 July 2009 14:19 (5 years ago) Permalink
hahaha, I really am.
this guy in NYT wrote nice things about her http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/23/arts/music/23ceu.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=c%C3%A9u&st=cse
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 24 July 2009 14:53 (5 years ago) Permalink
Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda,from Northeast Brazil is touring the US now with its rock meets frevo(Brazilian brass band) meets ska sound
,Apr 1 2010 8:00P LINCOLN CENTER - NEW YORK New York, New YorkApr 3 2010 10:00P SOB´S - NEW YORK NEW YORK, New YorkApr 5 2010 6:00P KENNEDY CENTER - WASHINGTON Washington, WashingtonApr 6 2010 8:00P RUMBA - CHICAGO Chicago, IllinoisApr 7 2010 8:00P PERCUSSION AND BRASS WORKSHOP IN NEW ORLEANS New Orleans, LouisianaApr 8 2010 8:00P workshop Maciel Salú, Tiné and SHOW in New Orleans New Orleans, LouisianaApr 9 2010 8:00P HEINEKEN TRANSATLANTIC Miami, FloridaApr 16 2010 9:00P AUDITÓRIO IBIRAPUERA - SP São Paulo, São PauloApr 17 2010 9:00P Teatro - OI FUTURO IPANEMA Rio de janeiro, Rio de JaneiroApr 18 2010 8:00P Teatro - OI FUTURO IPANEMA Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
― curmudgeon, Monday, 5 April 2010 03:48 (4 years ago) Permalink
Here's a youtube of 'em. The Washington DC show Monday night is actually from 6 to 7 and is free.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 5 April 2010 04:06 (4 years ago) Permalink
I'm looking forward to seeing them tonight.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 5 April 2010 14:59 (4 years ago) Permalink
Anybody see anything in this fest?
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 July 2010 05:22 (4 years ago) Permalink
I want to again mention that Maria Rita is great. I don't quite get the neglect. Maybe she's too simple? Anyway, she's certainly not in the tropicalia vein, and she's not doing crazy electronic/metal/atonal mashups, so that may contribute to a lack of interest.
― _Rudipherous_, Saturday, 24 July 2010 13:16 (4 years ago) Permalink
I confess that I have never previously heard of Ivete Sangalo, Brazil's biggest pop star, who just sold out a show at Madison Square Garden in NYC.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 6 September 2010 21:50 (4 years ago) Permalink
I'm trusting the word of Jon Pareles, from the NY Times, that she's the biggest current Brazilian pop star.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 6 September 2010 21:55 (4 years ago) Permalink
The encore part must have been great.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 03:23 (4 years ago) Permalink
I liked that more than I expected to. Why haven't any of our local Brazilian experts mentioned this person before (or have they)?
― _Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 03:48 (4 years ago) Permalink
Sangalo is definitely "not my beach" as they say in Brazil. Her tinny rhythms and shrill voice used to get right on my nerves when I was over there.
― Daniel Giraffe, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 09:33 (4 years ago) Permalink
Didn't switch properly to English yet
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Thursday, 14 July 2011 12:09 (3 years ago) Permalink
Do you have suggestions for earlier material from either?
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 July 2011 12:58 (3 years ago) Permalink
Sorry, meant Antunes. But yes ^^^ would love both.
― Deverly (Bangelo), Thursday, 14 July 2011 23:01 (3 years ago) Permalink
Jaxon, dumb question from me--what classic ECM stuff has a samba flavor like this?
― curmudgeon, Friday, 15 July 2011 14:15 (3 years ago) Permalink
hmm. it wasn't nec the samba flavor that struck me as ecm. it was a bit of the production and iciness. some of the sax in the background plays melodies i associate w/the label.
as far as brazilian stuff, i don't know TONS of his material, but check out Nana Vasconcelos. i know he has some records on the label. the stuff of his i do know is CoDoNa with don cherry and Collin Walcott. pretty amazing and kinda just mashes all sorts of different cultures music together.
― jaxon, Friday, 15 July 2011 22:36 (3 years ago) Permalink
something like this i guess
― jaxon, Friday, 15 July 2011 22:41 (3 years ago) Permalink
Romulo Fróes' previous album 'No Chão Sem o Chão' is great. Way more interesting than 'Um Labirinto em Cada Pé'. And it was also available for free download (it's kind of sad; he knows hardly anyone would buy his record. but I bought this one).
Arnaldo Antunes is much more popular than Fróes. He was part of a very succesful rock band in the 80s (Titãs) and he approached a more Brazilian sound when he went solo. Excerpts of all of his solo work are available in his official site: http://www.arnaldoantunes.com.br/sec_discografia_list.php
I love this song (although I prefer the studio version).
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Saturday, 16 July 2011 16:19 (3 years ago) Permalink
Wow, will have to check out Froes prior one .
― curmudgeon, Monday, 18 July 2011 14:34 (3 years ago) Permalink
Enjoying 'No Chão Sem o Chão' thus far but not sure what I think of the guitar theatrics quite yet... never less than interesting at the least, though, many thanks
― Deverly (Bangelo), Monday, 18 July 2011 18:23 (3 years ago) Permalink
Its the Brazil summerfest week in NYC with eclectic rapper Marcelo D2, the Brazilian rock singer Pitty, DJ Nuts and Percussivo Mundo. I do not know these folks I must confess
― curmudgeon, Friday, 22 July 2011 13:44 (3 years ago) Permalink
My favorite is Nação Zumbi, who as far as I know hasn't released anything since I wrote about 'em in 2008.
Nação Zumbi: Brainy Crabs & Cannibals http://www.fastnbulbous.com/nacaozumbi.htm
― Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 23 July 2011 06:11 (3 years ago) Permalink
My favorite is Nação Zumbi, who as far as I know hasn't released anything since I wrote about 'em in 2008.
You should try 'Fome de Tudo'. It's absolutely brilliant.
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Sunday, 24 July 2011 12:27 (3 years ago) Permalink
Luisa Maita is touring the US again
― curmudgeon, Friday, 29 July 2011 03:56 (3 years ago) Permalink
They're looking for more dates as well. The publicist wants me to help find them DC and Baltimore shows
― curmudgeon, Friday, 29 July 2011 13:19 (3 years ago) Permalink
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Tuesday, 15 November 2011 22:04 (2 years ago) Permalink
Hmm, is Romulo Froes' cd one of the best of 2011...Need to listen to it more
From an interivew with him (google translated from Portuguese)
The generation that grew up and graduated in the last decade have you, Rodrigo Campos, Tata Airplane, Nina Becker, Domenico, Tulip. But it also has Rita Maria, Maria Gadu, Vanessa da Mata and others who direct dialogue with the industry, with "success." To some extent, does not condone the latter, so to speak, "aesthetic" ("philosophy" might fit, too) generation? Of course, even in the industry, artists are linked to their time with issues similar to ours. But they still have to deal with the machine's success and the problems arising from such relationship, very different from an independent artist - you see, said different, neither better nor worse. What I am sure that there is more room for invention in the industry for the construction of a work that you think the history of Brazilian music and its evolution. I think the last move in this direction, an industry support of a renewal of the work of Brazilian music, was the manguebeat. Since there will be more than 15 years.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 19 November 2011 06:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
x-post- very interesting, I like it(though not completely crazy about the guitar sound)
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 19 November 2011 06:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
Now I still have to listen to that older Romulo Froes album
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 19 November 2011 16:02 (2 years ago) Permalink
Many artists from São Paulo seem to be inspired by afrobeat sounds these days. And this is one of the finest
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Saturday, 22 December 2012 02:33 (1 year ago) Permalink
modern but traditional Salvador carnival parade blocas
― curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2013 00:26 (1 year ago) Permalink
Some new Brazilian artists -
― tarping, Tuesday, 26 March 2013 19:00 (1 year ago) Permalink
― tarping, Tuesday, 26 March 2013 19:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
A compilation with some new electronic producers - http://www.spin.com/articles/hy-brazil-vol-1-fresh-electronic-music-from-brazil-compilation-download
― tarping, Tuesday, 26 March 2013 19:02 (1 year ago) Permalink
You can hear the hole Gang Do Eletro CD here - https://www.facebook.com/gangdoeletro/app_208195102528120
― tarping, Tuesday, 26 March 2013 19:03 (1 year ago) Permalink
You can hear the hole Gang Do Eletro CD here - https://soundcloud.com/deckdisc/sets/gang-do-eletro
― tarping, Tuesday, 26 March 2013 19:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 March 2013 20:34 (1 year ago) Permalink
Hey Tarping do you work for Spin or the folks putting that stuff out?
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 March 2013 19:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
No, but i know the Chico, who compiled the compilation.
― tarping, Wednesday, 27 March 2013 20:10 (1 year ago) Permalink
― tarping, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 16:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
40% Foda/Maneirissimo is a new Techno/House label from Rio. This is their first tracks - http://40porcentofodabarramaneirissimo.bandcamp.com/album/40-foda-maneirissimo-001
― tarping, Saturday, 27 April 2013 15:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
Another one from Opala - https://soundcloud.com/maria-luiza-jobim/come-home
― tarping, Saturday, 27 April 2013 15:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
Tom Jobim's daughter
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 April 2013 15:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
I need to find time to listen to these folks
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 April 2013 19:23 (1 year ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 14:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
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― curmudgeon, Friday, 14 June 2013 16:11 (1 year ago) Permalink
The chance to present Estrela Brilhante in the United States
― curmudgeon, Monday, 17 June 2013 17:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 June 2013 05:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
― tarping, Thursday, 8 August 2013 15:09 (1 year ago) Permalink
Thanks for posting
― curmudgeon, Friday, 9 August 2013 14:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
Luisa Maita is gonna tour the US again. No new album out as far as I can tell (although 1 new song)
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 18:44 (5 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Friday, 28 March 2014 15:06 (5 months ago) Permalink
Luisa Maita and her great band live nicely blended old-school and new school sounds. Looking forward to her next album
― curmudgeon, Friday, 4 April 2014 15:14 (5 months ago) Permalink
Her band had a funky drummer with a kit and a laptop, plus guitarist & bassist who have heard postpunk and funk...
― curmudgeon, Friday, 4 April 2014 20:53 (5 months ago) Permalink
I like this. Reminds me a little of Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band. These new comps look good too -
― StillAdvance, Monday, 16 June 2014 09:07 (3 months ago) Permalink
Lindsay has found many like-minded musicians in Brazil with which to further his style. When I ask him who he plays with and listens to there, he reels off a long list of bands and artists who inspire him. His current recommendations include Metá Metá, Siba, and the young improv group Chinese Cookie Poets. He also mentions a fascination with a Brazilian dance music called Funk Carioca, and its recent offshoot Rasteirinha.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 July 2014 04:35 (1 month ago) Permalink
this is great
― Shin Oliva Suzuki, Monday, 25 August 2014 05:57 (3 weeks ago) Permalink
Retro but modern (I guess. I haven't heardthis yet. Read NY Times review, excerpt below)
There have been echoes of Tropicália in Brazilian pop ever since, and something new that bears its traces is “Tremor Essencial” (Sem Paredes), the third record by Celso Sim, a São Paulo singer-songwriter with a background in theater. (You can hear it at celsosim.com.br.) The record is fast-moving, highly literate, magpie-ish about style and mood, tender and circusy and processional, full of intimacy and electric guitars. It also feels as if it wants to tell a story:
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 30 August 2014 15:22 (2 weeks ago) Permalink
Finally listening to Celso Sim now (on Spotify). Some of it reminds me of Caetano Veloso. I like the quieter numbers better than the circus-like melodramatic ones.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 8 September 2014 03:03 (1 week ago) Permalink
There's quite a bit of guitar on it. On some songs he repeats the noisy gestures or the circus-like songs so much it can get a tad annoying in an almost prog-rock like way, other times it fits better.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 8 September 2014 13:30 (1 week ago) Permalink