• Special Albums - Indie Brazil

    30. Mär. 2009, 0:01

    This is a space where I want to write about special albums I find on the internet. I usually spend a lot of time reading blogs. There are some fantastic blogs out there with free downloads. Here you go:

    1 - Fellini - Amor Louco

    Third album by Fellini and the one that has the best quality of recording. It was released in 1989 and has gems such as "Chico Buarque Song","Amor Louco","LSD", ect. Well, for me all 12 tracks are just perfect. If anyone wishes to download it , go to:
    Fellini - Amor Louco
    All four albums can be found in this fantastic Brazilian Blog

    2 - Arte No Escuro - Arte No Escuro

    Representing the efervescent Indie scene from Brasilia (Brazil's capital) which in the second half of the 80s brought innumerous bands to life, here is Arte no Escuro. You can download the whole album right here. They never released another album!!

    3 - Compilation Não São Paulo Vol.I

    Seminal compilation of Brazilian Indie Rock from São Paulo released in 1986. All tracks are classic as Akira S & As Garotas Que Erraram - Sobre as Pernas and timeless Chance - "Samba do Morro" and "O Striptease de Madame X". It can be downloaded right here.

    The volume II of the compilation is found HERE

    4 - Monokini - Mondo Topless

    This gem of an album is not old. It was released in 2002. From beginning to end it encapsulates in a retro 60s eletronic style a sound that reminds of Stereolab, but as the samba and bossa are our invention, Mondo Topless is a great original work. It is impossible not to like it or not to dance with it. Indispensable! Download right HERE

    5 - Nau - Nau

    Released in 1987, Vange Leonel and Beto Bigher got together to form this amazing band. Vange's voice is incredible and the hit single "Corpo Vadio" is hypnotizing. They never produced another album though unfortunately. To download go HERE.

    6 - Pelvs - Another Spot

    Where can one find the most English of all the English Shoegaze bands? London? New York? Berlin? Tokyo? Nope! You find them in Rio de Janeiro and their name is Pelvs. I have to admit that when I first listened to Peter Greenaway's Surf their first disk back in 1998 or so, I could not admit they were Brazilian. Pelvs is the essential indie Brazilian band and all albums can be found right HERE

    7 - Casino - Casino EP

    Another great band from midsummer madness with free tracks available. The EP can be downloaded right HERE as well as the first album. A must!

    8 - Picassos Falsos - Picassos Falsos

    Another great band from Rio de Janeiro who produced a quite peculiar sound style mostly due to its vocalist. They recorded two albums in the 80s and the singleQuadrinhos became an instant success. For downloading both 80s albums, here you GO
  • Top Five Tracks

    28. Mär. 2009, 18:06

  • 2009 Albums Worth Listening

    28. Mär. 2009, 3:42

    This is more like a personal record of what I have been listening to this year. I listen to several new releases but only a few really capture my attention. I use varied resources ranging from radio stations, blogs and especialized web media. If anyone feels like making a comment or giving suggestion feel free:

    So for this last week of March I have been listening to these albums:

    1 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz

    A significant departure from their previous works, the band now seems more contained and I would say even clubby. Karen O's voice is tamed as well as the sound altogether. Yet, It's Blitz is not at all boring. On the contrary, it's addictve.

    2 - The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

    What amazes me about TPOBPAH is that they did not produce anything really original which starts by naming their debut album with the band name and by producing a record which resembles several shoegaze and twee bands such as My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Field Mice. Yet, their debut is highly addictive from beginning to end. Call them unoriginal if you will, but the blend works and fills a gap in an indie scene full of groups trying to produce something new but ending up just being immensely boring.

    3 - Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself

    This is an album which arrives one week after the mysterious death of one of the band's oniy two members, Charles Cooper. Unfortunately no one knows what will become of the duo. Yet, their new release is a terrific good trip, moving from ambient to techno without ever becoming repetitive. The opening track illustrates this aspect and may be the best one on the disk.

    4 - Peter Doherty - Grace/Wastelands

    First solo album by infamous Pete Doherty who now wants to be called Peter. That's fine with me. Also, I really don't care about how the media usually demonizes ya. You can go on drinking, taking drugs and being arrested as many times as you want for as long as you keep giving us good tracks everything is fine here. The album is great! Folksy and bluesy puctuated by Peter's iconoclastic fragile voice. He is no doubt the quintessential English decadent romantic bard left alive.

    5 - White Lies - To Lose My Life

    This another case of a group that seems to have achieved nothing particularly original but just puts out a mixture of several other bands together. For me they are a blend of Interpol and Editors but in a catchier manner so much so that the ten songs within the album could easly be radio hits. Two of them already are: Death and To Lose My Life. All in all, I would say that their debut album is quite a solid work.

    6 - Super Furry Animals - Dark Days/Light Years

    There goes more than 15 years on the road producing significant albums. I remember how in the 90s these guys were on the top of the charts and reviews but then they had “Guerrilla” to support them. The new album “Dark Days/Light Years” which is supposed to be released in the UK around April 15th does have many good tracks. Maybe due to their long career their listeners may feel somewhat disappointed hoping for some groundbreaking album. This is not the case here, but their new disk is far better than its predecessor. There are many pop gems in “Dark Days/Light Years” such as Cardiff in the Sun, The Very Best of Neil Diamond, White Socks/Flip Flops and my favorite Lliwiau Llachar which is sung in Welsh. I also have the impression that the disk becomes better from middle to end which in the end one feels like there should be more songs in it. But, of course, this is just me.

    7 - Black Lips - 200 Million Thousand

    Raw, dirty, loud, and histeric this new Black Lips album is that gem everyone was waiting for. Ok, it is clear how they manage to artificially create a vynil atmospheric 60s garage rock sound by including some fake needle scratches and noises. But, how can't you be taken by Starting Over , Drugs or Take My Heart. This is a wonderful album!! All tracks are absolutely kick ass!

    8 - Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

    I have to confess that I am not usually a fan of Camera Obscura. I usually tend to think of them as a female version of Belle and Sebastian. Besides, they are too mellow which makes the songs a little boring sometimes. Yet, there are moments here and there that really get me. From the new album, which is not a bad work altogether, just plain Camera Obscura, I like the very first two songs (well, who wouldn’t?) and Away With Murder. The others need more listening and they grow with time. All in all, CO are all cute and sweet as one would expect.

    9 - The Wooden Birds - Magnolia

    Maybe the best way to approach The Wooden Birds is to view it simply as a continuation of previous Andrew Kenny's group AmAnSet, which, by the way, it is not reproachful. Leslie Sisson's additonal voice creates a tender, fragile and melodious record. Worth listening for sure.

    10 - Speck Mountain - Some Sweet Relief

    From their my space page: PREFIX MAG - 8/10 "I could sit here all day and write about Balabanian's beautiful voice, or the collection of dreamy songs on Some Sweet Relief. I could keep rambling on about the intricate guitar work and bittersweet atmosphere of the album. I could discuss its subtle moves between pop and country and soul and R&B. But, in the end, it isn't these things, taken together or separately, that make the album great. In the end, the way Some Sweet Relief comes together is inexplicable, in a way."

    11 - God Help the Girl - God Help The Girl

    God Help the Girl is as everyone knows by now a side project by Belle and Sebastian. It has taken around 2 years to put together and Murdoch declared on the web that the songs were sort of appearing in his mind during the tour of Life Pursuit. The album is also a soundtrack for a future film expected to be shot this year and then it should be seen as a cohesive story. All in all, this is a huge project and a wise departure from the previous album (although two songs from that album are recorded here) as all songs are sung by female vocalists (especially Catherine Ireton). Finally, I still like the band and have the same feeling for them now as of when I discovered “If You're Feeling Sinister” back 14 years ago or so. Moreover, very few bands produce that same feeling in me these days, although sometimes I get a little annoyed with Stuart’s obsession with teenage problems and this is because after all I don’t really care what Mom and Dad think (especially now that I am a Dad!). But how can one not appreciate the beauty of songs such as "Hiding Neath My Umbrella”, “Perfection as a Hipster”, “Come Moday Night” and “A Down and Dusky Blond”. Yeah everyone! The cultish adoration is still on and stronger than ever.