Who doesn’t wanna hear a pair of Brazilian kids cover The Misfits? Say hello to Os Desconhecidos

And The Ramones, Devo, Sisters of Mercy, Black Sabbath, The Cure, The Trashmen, Raul Seixas and more. Love these kids. Into the wardrobe changes, too.









Feliz Anniversario, Gal Costa

Some great performance clips of Costa, followed by a clutch of full lengths recorded at the height of the Tropicalia movement

SS/Sol Re Sol Records is issuing Alceu Valenca’s, 1974, Molhado de Suor, for the first time in the US.

Alceu Valenca was a premier exponent of what is known as Udigrudi, a genre of music peculiar to Northeastern Brazil, and also practiced by the likes of Ze Ramalho, Lula Cortes, Marconi Notaro and Geraldo Azevedo, with whom Valenca partnered for his recording debut, in 1972. To be honest, the differences in Udigrudi and the more well known Tropicalia, other than specific geography, are unknown to me. Both possess a psychedelic flare, and merged the influence of western popular music with traditional Brazilian rhythms, all while voicing social and political concerns. Udigrudi, Tropicalia, whatever, it’s spring and the perfect time to enjoy these beautiful South American sounds.

Happy birthday, Astrud Gilberto!

A voice that never fails to take me to a happier place, and she makes it all seem so effortless

Someone to hold me tight
That would be very nice
Someone to love me right
That would be very nice
Someone to understand
Each little dream in me
Someone to take my hand
And be a team with me

So nice, life would be so nice
If one day I’d find
Someone who would take my hand
And samba through life with me

Someone to cling to me
Stay with me right or wrong
Someone to sing to me
Some little samba song
Someone to take my heart
And give his heart to me
Someone who’s ready to
Give love a start with me