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so we've all got our bossa nova albums and our tropicalia albums and our brazilian funk albums. the fifties, sixties and seventies have been covered pretty well. but what about more recent stuff. there was (is still?) a movement called Mangue which i think literally translates to 'swamp' and was a big hodge podge of traditional bossa & samba, rock, hip hop and electronic music.

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.

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

ps. never ever trust a DustyGroove review. they're all positive.

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

ps. never ever trust a DustyGroove review. they're all positive.

Never ever trust a Dusty Groove review 'cuz they refer to free jazz as "hippy dippy."

hstencil, Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:26 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

You mentioned Bebel Gilberto. her album is pretty good too.

A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:32 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

You mentioned Bebel Gilberto. her album is pretty good too.

but i thought that was obvious

JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:33 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

and Gilberto Gil's (1998)- "O Sol De Oslo" is one of my favorite Brazilian albums.

A Nairn (moretap), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:41 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

but what about the kids man? what are the kids up to?

JasonD (JasonD), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 20:43 (sixteen 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"

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

lately i've been getting these e-mail fwd's from Barrett Martin (via Mike Watt's mailing list) about his experiences recording in Brazil with Brazillian musicians, and he makes it sound pretty damned interesting, aside from all the "this is how Brazil is great and how American popular music sucks" ranting.

Al (sitcom), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:20 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Does anyone else find this extremely annoying!

Yes but

Amateurist (amateurist), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:21 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Carlinhos Brown is good but inconsistent. The 2 I have, "Alfagamabetizado," I think I spelled that right, is nice, updated Gil with interesting percussion touches. "Omelete Man" is really weird--some of it sounds like Procol Harum meets Nilsson or John Lennon, very spacey English-style pop with typical saccharine Brazilian harmonies, strings, pop esperanto lyrics, etc. Pretty good really. Suba is also good. Amon Tobin is Brazilian orig., lives in England now I believe, as a sample artist he beats Shadow or any of those guys by a mile, in my opinion.
I've also heard some of the Brazilian electronica, Caipirissima is a collection of same, some cool stuff.

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Do you expect unbiased reviews from someone trying to sell something?
I always make sure that I get a second opinion on a record I see at DustyGroove before buying.

oops (Oops), Tuesday, 11 March 2003 21:25 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Wait, I just reread this thread; Al is the Barrett Martin yr talking about the guy that was in the Screaming Trees? What the heck is he doing in Brazil?

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 06:04 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Paul Sci-Fi Soul did you see the "best Brasilian DJ in New York" last night??

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Timbalada! I like the Carlinhos Brown stuff I've heard, but Timbalada is the shit. It has surdos=it is good.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 March 2003 13:06 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Just saw this, it seems like most of the new stuff is either centred on Recife or Sao Paulo. (Or at least new and interesting to me)

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I found "Music Typewriter" pretty mediocre, nice but nothing special. I didn't realize Trama was run by Elis' son.

Jess Hill (jesshill), Friday, 14 March 2003 14:41 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
i was just told to check out Andrea Marquee's "Zumbi" and Rica Amabis' "Sambadelic"

anyone heard either and have comments? they sound pretty cool from the amg and amazon reviews.

JasonD (JasonD), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 22:07 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Jason, I would say that Rita Lee is a definite classic, certainly not Brazilian Sting. She's charming and full of puns! Chico Science / NZ and the whole Mangue thing may be a tad culture-bound, but the power is undeniable. There are two or three tracks on CSNZ's Afrociberdelia that kick seriously. They have always been phenomenally open to genre-fucking, as you put it, but in ways that play(ed) well both at home and abroad. I won't hear a word against Mundo Livre - their sound is just so effortless. Fred 04 is one of my favourite vocalists.

Daniel (dancity), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

BTW, mangue translates to mangrove, or 'mangroove', as some like to call it. This is a type of all-encompassing eco-system in Northeastern Brazil that seemed to encapsulate the new movement of musical hybrids, while remaining particularly Pernambucan. Pernambuco has a staggering proliferation of musical styles, which began to be recognised by pop/rock musicians in the early 90s as an alternative to Rio / SP / Bahia. If you wnat to get further into this, I recommend Mestre Ambrosio (the only fiddle band in the world worth attention) and Nana Vasconcelos (ECM percussion legend). Alternatively seek out any maracatu band live. Thunder.

Daniel (dancity), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:17 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I used to like Lenine, but his sound really drags. Ed Motta tries way to hard to sound new. Check out his uncle Tim Maia, especially his early seventies work.

Daniel (dancity), Wednesday, 14 May 2003 23:23 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i listened to a Tim Maia album that i enjoyed, but it was an original pressing and pretty pricey.

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 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Sorry, Jason, I'm not familiar with the music of either. (Heard of A.M., but can't say more than that)

Daniel (dancity), Thursday, 15 May 2003 07:02 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

theres a comp of liuz gonzaga tunes reinterpreted by the newcomers which gives a broad overview: everything from mangue to hard rock.

the marquee and amabis discs are nice enough. nice being the word to watch.

gaz (gaz), Thursday, 15 May 2003 08:43 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

A friend of mine recently sent me a killer mangue compilation - but on a different tip sambaloco's latest compilation of drum'n'bass classics is a corker, too...

Dave Stelfox (Dave Stelfox), Thursday, 15 May 2003 09:12 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Charlie Brown Jr.: they play hip hop and punk, with funk flavourings. Great party music!

Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 15 May 2003 11:04 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Also, from old school artists: Nana Vasconcelo's Storytelling (1995) and Uakti's Trilobyte (1997) are great recent albums. The first is sort of percussive folk/ambient record, and the second one... It's hard to describe; pseudo-classical crypto-folk music played with self made and customized instruments, perhaps?

Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 15 May 2003 11:11 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

anybody listening to the new Ceu album?

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 9 July 2009 16:04 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

Nobody here into Curumin?

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 10 July 2009 00:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

i am now!

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Friday, 10 July 2009 00:13 (nine 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, 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

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 (nine years ago) Permalink

ed mottas that bad?

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Friday, 24 July 2009 13:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

No, but I can't say he does outstanding work.

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 24 July 2009 13:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

You're so 2 weeks ago, Shin

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Friday, 24 July 2009 14:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

hahaha, I really am.

this guy in NYT wrote nice things about her

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Friday, 24 July 2009 14:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

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
Apr 3 2010 10:00P
Apr 5 2010 6:00P
KENNEDY CENTER - WASHINGTON Washington, Washington
Apr 6 2010 8:00P
RUMBA - CHICAGO Chicago, Illinois
Apr 7 2010 8:00P
Apr 8 2010 8:00P
workshop Maciel Salú, Tiné and SHOW in New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana
Apr 9 2010 8:00P
Apr 16 2010 9:00P
Apr 17 2010 9:00P
Teatro - OI FUTURO IPANEMA Rio de janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
Apr 18 2010 8:00P
Teatro - OI FUTURO IPANEMA Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 April 2010 03:48 (nine 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 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm looking forward to seeing them tonight.

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 April 2010 14:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Anybody see anything in this fest?

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 July 2010 05:22 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

The encore part must have been great.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 03:23 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

Enjoying Fabiano do Nascimento's Tempo Dos Mestres so far (just 1.756 tracks in).

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 2 October 2017 03:49 (one year ago) Permalink

I want to listen to this but I also want to watch a Pavlina Tcherneva video on Job Guarantee programs. Soon I will want to go to bed; then wake up, and not want to go to work.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 2 October 2017 04:06 (one year ago) Permalink

that album sounds good - but what do you mean 1756 tracks? :O

niels, Monday, 2 October 2017 16:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Just being silly about the portion of the album I had heard (not quite two whole songs). There was a decimal.

Probably all to airy for me right now. There was a cover of a familiar song but I can't remember what it was (let alone the title). Possibly something by Baden Powell.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 2 October 2017 23:14 (one year ago) Permalink

Ha I didn't look up anything about the Fabiano do Nascimento album, didn't even realise that my favourite song ("O Tempo") is uh inspired by one of my favourite Gilberto Gil songs ("Marginalia II"). Some background here for the non-clued-in:

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Thursday, 5 October 2017 09:17 (one year ago) Permalink

listened to that Nascimento record a few times now, it's gorgeous

any other of his I should check out?

niels, Monday, 16 October 2017 18:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Guess I should listen again. Listened once and wasn't wowed

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 03:08 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Liked some of it but not all on another listen.

Now listening to avante/artsy and Tropicalia inspired Negro Leo on his 2017 bandcmp release Action Lekking. He released several efforts in 2017. Chicago Reader writer Peter Margasak put Action in his top 40 for the year.

Also saw on Instagram video of Cortejo Afro, a nice Salvador percussion bloco.

Cortejo Afro was formed and made its Carnival debut on July 2, 1998 in the streets of Pirajá, a community in Salvador. The Bloco is rooted in the spiritual guidance and principles of an established Candomblé house in Salvador, Ilê Axé Oyá, and Cortejo Afro’s artistic design and Afrocentric creative expression was founded by artist Alberto Pitta. Concerned about the predominance of Axé music, Cortejo Afro was formed in an attempt to reestablish the African identity of Carnival.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 6 January 2018 22:26 (one year ago) Permalink

Ava Rocha is doing 5 gigs in the US--Starting in Philadelphia on the 12th and then doing 3 NYC area gigs and a DC one (a free one at the Kennedy center that will be video=streamed live on the 17th, 6 to 7 pm est)

curmudgeon, Saturday, 6 January 2018 22:42 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The last 3 Tom Ze albums are ace. I'm partial to 2014's A Dog in the Milky Way out of the three, but 2012's Tropicalia Trash Logic and 2016's Cançoes Eróticas De Ninar (his most straightforward set of pop tunes in a long time) are great. Can't think of another pop artist in his 80s who's doing such vital work.

eddhurt, Sunday, 11 February 2018 05:43 (one year ago) Permalink

Didn't realize he was that old. His "pop" used to be pretty out there, but I haven't listened in a long time.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 February 2018 06:15 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm liking this 2017 Criolo album Espiral de Ilusão

curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 February 2018 06:19 (one year ago) Permalink

anyone recommend brazilian music documentaries?

niels, Sunday, 11 February 2018 11:37 (one year ago) Permalink

but which kind of Brazilian music?

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Sunday, 11 February 2018 14:44 (one year ago) Permalink

anything really, but I guess samba would be the big one, tropicalia would probably be awesome

niels, Sunday, 11 February 2018 16:11 (one year ago) Permalink

kind of hard to find one with english subtitles. anyway:

have you seen this one?

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:35 (one year ago) Permalink

x-post The Guardian on that 2017 Criolo album:

Criolo’s latest album will startle many of his fans. The popular Brazilian rapper and singer is best known for mixing hip-hop with anything from reggae and funk to samba, but on this release, he switches exclusively to samba, with a relaxed set dominated by his often crooned, no-nonsense vocals, with backing provided not by keyboards and programming but by the tiny, guitar-like cavaquinho (played by a member of Pagode da 27, a neighbourhood samba project in São Paulo), along with seven-stringed guitar, percussion and brass. Many of his new songs sound like tuneful old classics, but there is an angry, contemporary edge to the lyrics (although sadly no English translations are provided

curmudgeon, Monday, 12 February 2018 19:31 (one year ago) Permalink

I still haven't checked on this new Criolo album but I like him

Shin Oliva Suzuki, Monday, 12 February 2018 20:10 (one year ago) Permalink

xp thanks, that should keep me busy for a while!

BBC doc was cool too, wish it was 10 hours long (and questioning the standard narrative a bit more)

niels, Monday, 12 February 2018 21:19 (one year ago) Permalink

2 years ago the wife and I made our first visit to Brazil and loved Carnival in both Bahia/Salvador and Rio. Seeing FB and Instagram postings the last few days has me missing it.

curmudgeon, Monday, 12 February 2018 22:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Another part of Brazil celebrates Carnival a bit differently

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 February 2018 21:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Carlinhos Brown's Instagram account is a lot of fun. Lots of Bahia carnival footage recently. I still need to check out his 2017 album that Xchuckxx Eddy put in his Village Voice Pazz & Jop top 10

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Carlinhos Brown's Semelhantes album from 2017 does not appear to be listed in his English language Wiki bio or his discography

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 February 2018 17:59 (one year ago) Permalink

I feel like this is not the type of music I'm supposed to post itt but maybe someone can point me towards a rolling thread where it fits? In case you find it crass I can say it works perfectly in a club, you're drunk, dancing, and it's very very loud

niels, Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:17 (one year ago) Permalink

That’s fine here...It’s modern Brazilian music. Whether Anitta feels she is being exploited is another question.

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 February 2018 04:01 (one year ago) Permalink

cool, glad to hear that

has there been negative stories surrounding the song? seems like a pretty big hit

niels, Monday, 26 February 2018 17:23 (one year ago) Permalink

aaw fucks sake I see now it's a Terry Richardson video - why the fuck that guy keeps getting work is beyond me

niels, Monday, 26 February 2018 17:27 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Elza Soares is back. Deus é Mulher released May 17.

Chaos reigns... in my pants (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 18:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Given the delay for UK/US release for A Mulher do Fim do Mundo, the anglophone press will probably praise it in 2020...

Chaos reigns... in my pants (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 18:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Ha. It is on US Spotify now, not sure about other formats.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 June 2018 12:18 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

sad story

niels, Friday, 13 July 2018 08:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

did he really say "caramba" though

niels, Friday, 13 July 2018 08:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Did he really toss the Lapa neighborhood, favelas, and Sugarloaf Mountain all together in one paragraph

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 July 2018 12:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink

mentions albums such as:

Various Artists
Real Rio: rock, pop, noise and electronic music from Rio de Janeiro

Chinese Cookie Poets-

Opus Dei-

Juçara Marçal & Cadu Tenório

and more

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 July 2018 04:02 (ten months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

I need to catch up on both the Bandcamp stuff above (though it might be too experimental for my tastes) and this afropop podcast below

Brazil has seen its ups and downs since it became an independent empire in 1822: strongman leaders, military rule, populist democracy and more. In 2018, a politically weary nation faces a stark electoral choice between radically different futures. But whatever was happening in the halls of power, Brazil has always produced powerful, beautiful and ecstatic music, and always known how to party. On Afropop’s 2018 return trip to Brazil, We take a deep dive into the music and evolution of Carnaval in Salvador, Bahia, and dig into new developments in MPB, roots and rock from Pernambuco, Baile funk, new sounds from Amazonia and more from one of the most prolific musical nations on earth.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 August 2018 17:27 (ten months ago) Permalink

Stern's music website says folks who buy stuff from them still like Criolo 's ESPIRAL DE ILUSAO from December 2017

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 August 2018 19:15 (ten months ago) Permalink

Still behind in listening to the above. I guess you all are also.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 12:30 (ten months ago) Permalink

Still behind on listening to that Bandcamp experimental stuff and the Afropop podcast

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 August 2018 01:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Still so far behind in listening to 2018 Brazilian music. Am now listening to Romulo Froes- O Disco das Horas

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 04:37 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

From 2014, Arrigo Barnabe, Luiz Tatit, & Livia Nestrovski - De Nada Mais a Algo Além. The whole disk is fantastic, but here are a couple faves:

Dora Avante

Ano Bom

screator, Thursday, 3 January 2019 06:50 (five months ago) Permalink

Google translate tells me the following about the above collaboration of age 60 something experimental musicians Barnabe and Tatit with younger vocalist Nestrovski--

After a chance meeting in 2011, at an event to honor Assis Valente and Nelson Cavaquinho, the contemporaries Arrigo Barnabé and Luiz Tatit decided to work together. To give voice to the compositions, the pair chose Lívia Nestrovski

I am not seeing anything more recent by Barnabe and Tatit via a quick internet search, but I see that Nestrovski has done work with Brazilian jazz guitarist Fred Ferreira

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 January 2019 23:12 (five months ago) Permalink

Via this link I then decided to also investigate Tim Bernardes (whom I can't find any prior ilxor mentions of). According to the link

Leader of the highly praised Brazilian band O Terno, the singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumantist Tim Bernardes released his debout solo album in 2017. Claimed by Brazilian icons such as Arnaldo Baptista (Os Mutantes), O Terno have played to large audiences including Primavera Sound (in Spain) and Lollapalooza BR. Tim wrote songs and recorded with brazilian tropicalist legend Tom Zé and worked with artists as Adriano Cintra (CSS), Gorky (Bonde do Rolê) and David Byrne. In his solo album he is responsible for playing, producing and writing the orchestral arrangements. His work has been reviewed by Brazilian newspaper giant O Globo describing "Tim, at 25, already seems to proves himself as the greatest songwriter of his generation”.

Not sure if he's the greatest blah blah blah, but his top tracks on Spotify are tunefully pleasant enough in a retro acoustic Brazilian pop way.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 January 2019 23:41 (five months ago) Permalink

Talita Avelino's latest album is on Bandcamp and not Spotify). She's got a sweet bossa voice on her prior 2017 effort. Haven't listened to her 2018 one yet.

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 January 2019 00:20 (five months ago) Permalink

The Caetano Veloso 2018 live album Ofertório (Ao Vivo) with his sons Moreno, Zeca, and Tom is pretty nice. They do various songs from his whole career.

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 January 2019 06:59 (five months ago) Permalink

Elza Soares at 10; Carne Doce's Tonus at #1 (who?); 34. Heavy Baile – Carne de Pescoço is funk carioca; 38 is Ava Rocha

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 January 2019 07:29 (five months ago) Permalink

Carne Doce were ok on first listen. Postpunk sorta

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 January 2019 20:19 (five months ago) Permalink

Wow, there's a lot to check out in that list.

One I don't see there but which I have been enjoying is Airto Moreira's Aluê (it came out Dec. 2017). Most of it I gather is rerecordings of older material, but it was all new to me.

screator, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 01:29 (five months ago) Permalink

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