Tag / samba

Periodically, I like to dive into my old “A Track, A Day” blog archives for music I’ve written about before but I feel still hasn’t gotten its fair shake. What better time than Halloween to revisit Tuca’s (real name Valeniza Zagni da Silva) curious masterpiece: Dracula, I Love You? Curious because it’s unlike much released at […]

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/ October 20, 2017 / Comments Off on Yukako Hayase: 薔薇のしっぽ Roses’ Tails (1989)

Yukako Hayase: 薔薇のしっぽ Roses’ Tails (1989)

Where does one start with Yukako Hayase? That’s the question I asked myself when debating, for what seemed like forever, what would be the album I would recommend others to explore, to give them a better sense of why Yukako is such a deeply important artist (and one sadly lost to time). Thankfully, with time, […]

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/ May 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Sonia Rosa: Samba Amour (1979)

Sonia Rosa: Samba Amour (1979)

Heady, windswept, gauzy saudade that could only come from someone like Sonia Angelica De Carvalho Rosa, are things that don’t quite reveal themselves when you hear Samba Amour. Sonia Rosa had an unlikely musical career. Although she was born in São Paulo, Brazil it wasn’t there where’d she stake her claim to fame. A precocious child, she taught herself Joao Gilberto’s songs when […]

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/ February 17, 2017 / Comments Off on Pierre Barouh: Le Pollen (1982)

Pierre Barouh: Le Pollen (1982)

  ews travels so quickly now that it’s hard to keep up with the cycles of life. Word of Pierre Barouh’s passing, at the end of December 2016, didn’t come recently to me, it came to me this week. It came when I discovered them while researching this thought in my head – of sharing his work at […]

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/ September 23, 2016 / Comments Off on Isabelle Antena: En Cavale (1986)

Isabelle Antena: En Cavale (1986)

  It seems I’m running out of summer, and in this case Isabelles, but before I do, I have to share one of those perfect albums that just scream: Can you hold on, just for a bit more? Isabelle Antena’s En Cavale released on uber-stylish indie Belgian record label Les Disques Du Crépuscule, and graced by a gorgeous watercolor album cover […]

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/ September 25, 2014 / Comments Off on Bernard Lavilliers: San Salvador (1975)

Bernard Lavilliers: San Salvador (1975)

Bernard Lavilliers Now here’s a man that walked the walk and talked the talk. Today’s track of the day, the unique groove of “San Salvador” by Bernard Lavilliers introduces us to the sound of the Southern hemisphere via the offbeat French pop we all might not know nor love. There’s something about Bernard that informed […]

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Saudade you have taken a hold over me. Forget that my month long retrospective of Brazilian music draws to an end, no, its the feeling invoked by Cartola’s music that draws the most pining for me. Cartola and his wife Dona Zica, will never win any awards for creating the most avant garde music out […]

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/ July 12, 2014 / Comments Off on Jorge Ben: Bem-Vinda Amizade (1981)

Jorge Ben: Bem-Vinda Amizade (1981)

As the World Cup draws to a close, so does my series of great Brazilian albums. For some of y’all this is the first time discovering these new types of sounds, and for some, like me, it’s rediscovering a deeper love that will always exist for them. One love that will never die is my […]

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/ June 29, 2014 / Comments Off on Jorge Ben: A Tabua de Esmeralda (1974)

Jorge Ben: A Tabua de Esmeralda (1974)

Spiritualism, metaphysics, mysticism, inner/outer worlds, futbol and alchemy…all of the play a role during the world cup for a lot of fans…and for Jorge Ben’s “A Tabua de Esmeralda”, released in 1974, the basis for another Brazilian masterpiece. Personally, I have a strong affection for 1974 musically, it still is in my opinion the greatest […]

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