Hunks,Songs »Lost in the Paradise, Caetano Veloso

by Caetano Veloso (1969)

Lost in the Paradise is the perfect way to say “hello summer!” – much more comfortable than a half dozen heat waves, like a caipirinha in music form.

I’m learning more about Brazilian tropicalia artist Caetano Veloso, (so far I’ve learned he was/is quite handsome) but this mellow tune is the perfect first step into his world.

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Posted on July 19, 2012

Albums »Gal Costa

by Gal Costa (1969)

Gal Costa’s self titled album begins like a sunny afternoon:

you’re resting your feet and eyes swaying in a hammock in your backyard, the scent of tropical flowers lulling you to day dream.

Quickly, though it turns into the same afternoon once your lover has returned from a walk along Ipanema carrying ingredients for mojitos with half the tanned, good looking population from the beach trailing behind him for an impromptu party…

Perhaps even an impromptu party where some hallucinogens might be passed around as stuff does get pretty psychedelic.

Have Fun!


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Posted on June 3, 2011

Songs »Aquarela do Brasil

by Ary Barroso (1939)

Aquarela do Brasil, which is the most famous song from the namesake country, most vividly calls to mind the disutopia of Terry Gilliam’s psycho baby mask, plastic surgery, and radically bombed vision. However its been adopted, covered, and used so many places by so many people you might be more familiar with it from the Disney goes Latin animation Saludos Amigos or the discofied version by this week’s style icons The Ritchie Family. No matter the version you listen to though, you feel the strong urge to sway your hips and take a plane to warmer climates (accompanied creepy images of squashed bugs and huge golden Samurais if you still can’t get the Gilliam association out of your head).

Click here for the rest of Aquarela do Brasil

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Posted on March 7, 2010

Albums »A Divina Com?dia ou Ando Meio Desligado

The mouthful of an album A Divina Com?dia ou Ando Meio Desligado by the awesome Os Mutantes is a departure from their Tropicalia roots. Instead finding inspiration from everywhere from doo wop, brass and marching bands, psychedelia, gospel, and the blues – the band seems have left the shores of Rio far behind – but don't worry that they've lost their whimsy. Each genre they tackle is infused with their amazing whacked out sensibility.

The Bauhaus appropriate cover art featuring an engraving from Gustav Dore's divine Comedy?is not indicative of the fun the band is still having nor the fun it is to listen and re-listen to this album over and over. Especially if you're in a trippy mood.

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Posted on July 27, 2009

Albums »Bombay The Hard Way

bombay the hard wayBombay the Hard Way combines the production and beats of producer Dan “the Automator” Nakamura with the groovy, vibrant, and mysterious music from classic Bollywood productions. Whether the music is whisking me off to exotic desert lands, a GoGo club filled with the criminal minded, or an action packed race against time, the album, loaned to me by a co-worker (thanks Sarafina!) has been easing me through the work week just fine.

Peppered with bits of dialogue lifted from the films like, “Sorry baby, better luck next time”, “I'm a gambler!”, and my favorite, “What?! There is a time bomb inside of 125?!” the album totally puts you in the mood to watch some vintage Bond-inspired action, or at least hope that Joel Hodgson and Mike Nelson can also get their hands on these.

It's a great companion piece to previously recommended Crime and Dissonance by Ennio Morricone.

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Posted on April 27, 2009

Albums »International Music

International Music by Dorel Zamfir Mr. Zamfir – violinist extrordinaire and his guitar friend play almost every Tuesday in the L subway station in the mornings. I have heard he plays in the Union Square station too, but have never seen him. If you like traditional Roumanian violin music – and really, who doesn't? I highly advise you to pay the ten dollars for this CD if you see him around.

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Posted on December 12, 2005