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The Golden Apples of Brazil 2
January 13, 2012, 9:03 am
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If you enjoyed last year’s  The Golden Apples of Brazil then you are going to enjoy this evem more. Your host Claudio Monaro has again searched long and hard to pull together an intricate tapestry of all that is good about Brazillian Psych, Tropicalia, Folk, and Electronica. The original gear, the new stuff and those paying respect. There is such a vast amount of high quality music out there that you can really only consider this as a sampler. In the last few years with ‘Folk as the new Funk’ becoming the mantra (especially here at the Golden Apples)  some incredible music that you  previously just could not get is now available on low cost reissues. There are also some fantastic recent compilations that you can use as your launch-pad. So sit back put the stereo on LOUD or get the head phones on and dig this…

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Geraldo Azevedo and Aleu Valena – Virgem Virginia

Ah Vida Avida – Marconi Notaro

The Gentleman – Sorriso Selvagem

Os Mutantes – Garden of Notes Documentary feat Devendra Banhart

Os Mutantes – Bat Macumba

Os Mutantes – Ave Ghengis Khan

Intro / Manha (Demo) – Azymuth

Os Novos Bainos – Mistério do Planeta Cores – from documentary

Des Leis – Marcos Valle

Madlib – Medicine Show – Flight To Brazil Medicine Show

Mauricio Maestro featuring Nana Vaconcelos – Ancient_Truth_Verdade_Anterior

Madlib – Medicine Show – Flight To Brazil Medicine Show

Marcos Valle – Freo Aerodynamica (instrumental)

Apollo Nove – Trae Um Alivio

Mauricio Maestro featuring Nana Vaconcelos – Quantas_Vezes

Cibelle – Train Station

Marcos Valle – Voo cego – Ventu Sul

Marcos Valle – Mi hermoza – Ventu Sul

Modulo 1000 – Teclados

Azymuth -Caca A Rapossa

Lucas Santtana – Suzer Violão Mashup

Troubleman – Switch

lula cortes & ze ramalho – culto a terra

Suba – Na Neblina Dos Sonhos

Satwa – Amigo

Marcos Valle – Vinte e seis anos de vida normal

Mauricio Maestro featuring Nana Vaconcelos – Verdade Anterior (Instrumental)

Arthur Verocai – Sylvia (live on KCRW 2010)

Paulo Bagunca A E – Tropa Maldita

Sidney Miller – Espera

Sidney Miller – Dos Anjos

Burro Morto – Cataclisma

Jose Mauro – Apocalipse

Orqestra De Tambore De Alagoes – Acao Dinamica Ao Cacador

Faviola e o Bano do sol – O Tempo

Some launch-pads…

Mr Bongo’s Psychedelic Pernambuco 

“A compelling and surprisingly tuneful cauldron of weirdness!” – Mark Hudson (The Daily Telegraph)
Pernambaco is a region in the North East of Brazil. It’s Capital Recife has never enjoyed the fame of Rio De Janiero or Sao Paulo. It is a port city famous for its African-influenced styles and wild fusions. In the 1960s and early 70s it was also the centre of an experimental music scene that provided a local answer to Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso’ s Tropicália movement. The Pernambuco bands were influenced by western psychedelia, Indian music and local styles, and were all different.

Os Mutantes – Gardem of Notes

Os Mutantes have been over 30 years one of the most influential groups to emerge from Brazil  and an inspiration for artists as varied as Beck, Devendra Banhart, and almost anyone into freak-folk and psych. Amazing if you imagine a 1960s Brazil where three teenagers form a band  and who liked to dress up in strange costumes and play psychedelic music with their own handmade guitars. Now imagine this band playing music so strange and so beautiful that the right-wing military government of Brazil declared them a national threat, arresting many of their friends and band mates. The Garden of Notes is an animated short that blends original animation, colourful fantasy, performance clips and archival photographs – it was written by Jeff McCarthy and narrated by Devendra Banhart

The version of Ave, Gengis Khan was from their debut self-titled album of 1968 which also featured the track Baby which has been covered by everyone – one of the most well-known versions by Bebel Gilberto.  The version of Bat Macumba was from Tecnicolor It was recorded in Paris in 1970, after Os Mutantes left Brazil to escape the military dictatorship – the tapes were lost until writer Carlos Calado, working on an Os Mutantes biography, uncovered them. It was released in 2000, with artwork bySean Lennon

Novos Baianos was a group from Salvador in the Bahia state who played rock and MPB (Music Popular Brazil). The band featured the fabulously named Baby Consuelo on vocals and percussion and also made a fabulous lo-fi documentary Novos Baianos F.C. filmed in 1973 at the hippie commune in Rio where they lived and performed.

Madlib Medice Show is a series of mixtapes from Madlib out on Stones Throw. For Madlib Medicine Show No. 2: Flight to Brazil, Madlib sends us on an 80-minute guided tour through three of four decades of Brazilian funk, psychedelic, prog-rock and jazz

Mauricio Maestro and Nana Vasconcelos recorded an album in 1976 with the singer Joyce. The sessions were only released in 2009 after being picked up by Far Out Recordings.  Far Out asked Maestro and Vasconcelos to get together and record a follow-up, 35 years later. That album is 2011’s  Upside Down. Joyce does not appear and instead Maestro leads most of the vocals. It is a darker affair with extended song structures,  a dense, hypnotic affair – elements of jazz and folk – with reviewer citing Nick Drake comparisons.

Marcos Valle – Freo Aerodynamica was from the selt-titled Marccos Valle which he recorded with group Som Imaginário and was originally released in 1970 but the instrumental I played is from the 2011 “Tudo – Discografia De 1963 A 1974”  eleven CD!!! box set – Dusty Grooves gets is just right: “Some of the most amazing music ever recorded – honest!”

The Catetano Veloso track Joia came of Brazil 70 the incredible follow up to Tropicalia on the Soul Jazz Records label which has amazing music from Brazil.

São Paulo is the largest city in South America and home to an estimated 19 million people. São Paulo Confessions is the grand work of Serbian-born musician/composer Suba who was about to become one of Brazil’s most prominent producers when he tragically tragically passed away in November 1999 – on it he mixed up a cross-genre soundscape of electronic beats and sampled loops with traditional Brazilian music. Suba, also produced Bebel Gilberto’s early work but tragically only one studio album. He died during a fire in his São Paulo apartment and studio where most of his music was also lost. The album Tributo was a tribute album is almost the sequel that never was. Sao Paulo Confessions and Tributo can be enjoyed together as a single cohesive listening experience.

Satwa’s self-titled album is a Brazilian 70’s dreamlike, acid-folk acoustic guitar orientated “trip”. It was a private press LP originally released in 1973 and provides emotional, luminous Latin psych vibes. The duet is composed of the legendary Lula Cortez and Lailson de Holanda Cavalcanti. One reviewer describes it as “an other highway to Heaven!”. Satwa, often cited as Brazil’s first independent record, is a mellow starburst of acoustic jangle.

Arthur Verocai – first reissue on Luv and Haight – best reissue on Mr Bongo

Arthur Verocai – Sylvia – this is the beautiful live recording which extends the track and has a magical flute solo

The 1972 self-titled album allowed Verocai to take his interest in instrumental music even further. “I always wanted to compose soundtracks in great style, as in the cinema, but this wasn’t possible with television work,” he says. “My opportunity came when I was recording this album. I created a rhythmic cell in the acoustic guitar with the harmonic line. I added bass and the non-conventional drums and the percussion with a very smooth orchestration in blocks (four trumpets and a flute) plus the delicate touch of the strings (12 violins, 4 violas and 4 cellos). At the end of the song, Oberdan Magalh?es played and sang with his flute.” The resulting track is “Sylvia”.

Modulo 1000  – a great interview here

Far Out Spaced Odyssey is the third in the Brazilika series and this one is mixed by Andy Votel of Finders Keepers Records fame and is subtitled “Subtropical Sunstroke Psych-Out,” Votel’s contribution took Far Out on a sharp swerve left into the strange fringes of Brazilian rock to unearth old artists who seemingly had as much in common with the oddball psychedelia Votel puts out on his Finders Keepers imprint as they did with the more traditional Latin music which is Far Out’s normal stock-in-trade. A great revew by Resident Advisor here.

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