Clube Da Esquina

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, April 12, 2009 02:46am | Post a Comment

About ten years ago, I read a great article about Tropicalia and Caetano Veloso. I knew about the Tropicalistas (Os Mutantes, Gilberto Gil, Tom Ze and Gal Costa), but I was looking to broaden my scope of Brazilian music beyond Bossa Nova and Tropicalia. That same article mentioned Milton Nacimento & Lo Borges' classic, Clube Da Esquina. I wasn't hip to Milton or, for that matter, Lo Borges. All I knew was that I liked the cover of their album and Caetano Veloso was a fan of Milton's. That was good enough for me. I went to a local record store and bought Clube Da Esquina.

Clube Da Esquina turned out to be one of my favorite albums... ever! I think I have bought this album several times over as a gift. Even now, when I see a used copy come into Amoeba, I think of who I can buy it for. This album changed my life and how I listen to music. Every time I listen to it, it feels like the first time I've heard it. It continues remains fresh. I feel Clube Da Esquina is often copied but never matched, although I have heard some great covers of songs from that album.

Today I heard a great version of the song "Cais" from Clube Da Esquina. It was done by the late, great Elis Regina, who often covered many of Milton's compositions. I started to wonder how many great covers of songs off Clube were out there! Thus, I began my search. From psychedelic groups, to house divas, to soul/jazz outfits and with some modern Brazilian folk groups thrown in, everyone seems to love the songs of Milton & Lo.

Quarteto Em Cy - "Tudo Que Você Podia Ser"

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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Conor Oberst

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2009 04:17pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth

Coachella Lineup  Conor Oberst

Day #23 - Artist #23 - Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band:
Conor Oberst
It's not the most recognizable name...yet it sits suspiciously high at the top of the Coachella lineup for Friday April 17, 2009, just under icons Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, and Leonard Cohen.

Conor Oberst, born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, started his professional music career in 1993 at age 13. His first significant project was forming the band Norman Bailer (which later became The Faint), while he was only 14 years old! After sharing this info with my roommate, he exclaimed, "That makes complete sense now. I've been wondering for years Conor Oberstwhy The Faint was his backing band during his Coachella performance in 2005!"

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Posted by Billyjam, April 11, 2009 07:40am | Post a Comment

From the award-winning documentary Playing For Change: Peace Through Music comes the first of many "songs around the world" being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic "Stand By Me" (above) with musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe. This song and the rest of the film soundtrack and DVD will both be available in Amoeba Music in a couple of weeks, on April 28th.

Outlaw Force

Posted by phil blankenship, April 10, 2009 09:03pm | Post a Comment
Outlaw Force starring David Heavener  Outlaw Force VHS on Trans World Entertainment

Outlaw Force

Trans World Entertainment #0643


Posted by Billyjam, April 10, 2009 07:22am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Music HFloRida Rootsollywood Hip-Hop Top Five: 04:10:09

1) DOOM Born Like This (Lex)

2) Flo Rida R.O.O.T.S. (Poe Boy/Atlantic)

3) UGK UGK 4 Life (Jive)

4) Jim Jones Pray IV Reign (Columbia)

5) Madlib Beat Konducta Vols 5 6 (Stones Throw)

Miami pop rap act Flo RIda is In the number two slot this week with his just released second album R.O.O.T.S. The record includes the already major hit "RIght Round" -- the unavoidably popular track that reworks Dead Or Alive's mid-eighties synth-pop hit “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” to which it owes its phenomenal success. Despite contributions from the likes of Ne-Yo, Akon, Wyclef Jean, Pleasure P, and Nelly Furtado, this sophomore album on Poe Boy/Atlantic, while better than Flo Rida's debut, comes off as hollow and ten years from now will most likely forgotten. The problem? Like most mainstream hip-hop, it doesn't sound like it is coming from the heart or soul but instead comes off as music manufacturejim jones pray iv reignd out of a desire to score a quick pop hit.

Meanwhile, Harlem artist Jim Jones' delayed latest album, Pray IV Reign -- his first for Columbia -- is a superior record and sounds like it is made from the heart. But it too suffers from a common problem in rap these days, the derivative factor. In this case, the former hype-man is constantly channeling 2Pac, not only copping Shakur's whole rhyme flow and inflections, but going so far as to even loot some of his trademark phrases ("Keep your head up," he spits on the new album track "Let It Out").

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