Posts Tagged ‘bossa nova’

Song of the Day: CéU’s “Bubuia”

July 14, 2009

By now you know I have a thing for Brazilian music. I’m a defender of the old-school, but I’m really digging what today’s musicians are doing too. CéU is one of those young artists that has never let me down.



She manages to find common threads in different genres and ties them perfectly together. You’ll find elements from all kinds of music in her songs—a little Bossa, a bit of Samba, a hint of Funk, a lot of Hip-Hop, and a lot (a lot) of Jazz. You’ll hear some of those, plus more (including a seductive electric guitar) in today’s Song of the Day. Warning: It’s quite addictive. This comes from her recently released sophomore album, Vagarosa, where she continues to experiment with her influences. If you’re lucky, you can hear this new album live in the flesh—she’s coming to four U.S. cities.

July 14 & 15 Triple Door, Seattle
July 17 Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles
July 18 Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
July 21 Highline Balroom, New York

CéU-Bubuia (MP3)

Céu-Bubuia (Video)

Música de Bolso: A New Music Video Experience with Mallu Magalhães, Marcelo Camelo, Rodrigo Campos, and José González

July 9, 2009

Música de Bolso (translating to Music of Pocket, or something like a “street performer”), describe themselves as an audiovisual project that present live performances by musicians in spaces where they wouldn’t usually play a live show. They offer a fresh music video experience by providing a new intimacy between the viewer and musician—one that typically lacks in fancy music videos. These videos are serious art works. You’ll want to have them playing on your computer all day. For those who liked our posts on Marcelo Camelo and Mallu Magalhães, here are three videos of them—so wonderful you’ll want to step into your screen. Also check out Rodrigo Campos—he’s new to Mi Casa, but we like this video of him and his samba so much, we’ll surely have him back. And for those who are already familiar with José González, here’s a chance to sit next to him at a restaurant as he plays “The Nest.” Find many more videos at their website, and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and on their Podcast.

Mallu Magalhães-Make it Easy

Mallu Magalhães-Just Give Him the Girl…

Marcelo Camelo-Téo e a Gaivota

Rodrigo Campos-Fim da Cidade

José González-The Nest

Song of the Day: Caetano Veloso’s “Negra Maluca/Billie Jean/Eleanor Rigby”

June 30, 2009
Caetano Veloso Caetano Veloso

In celebration of Michael Jackson‘s life and all the music he left us, we’re posting a medley by Brazilian living legend, Caetano Veloso, where he covers an MJ tune. The King of Pop influenced musicians all over the world, and in this case it was Caetano Veloso who he moved to cover “Billie Jean.” It was a perfect fit. Caetano rides a soft Bossa Nova guitar with his vocals, at times even daring to get off beat. The lyrics sharpen Caetano’s voice until it cuts the Bossa Nova to a painful end with The Beatles‘ “Eleanor Rigby.” For Michael!

Caetano Veloso-Negra Maluca/Billie Jean/Eleanor Rigby (MP3)

Ceatano Veloso-Negra Maluca/Billie Jean/Eleanor Rigby (Video)

Song of the Day: Marcelo Camelo’s “Téo e a Gaivota”

June 5, 2009
Marcelo Camelo

Marcelo Camelo

I promised to post something on a solo project from one of Los Hermanos, so here it is. Now, I didn’t plan on posting it this soon, but damn, this has been my song for the past 120 days, and I thought I should share it for one of your days.

Guitarist and singer from Los Hermanos, Marcelo Camelo, released “Sou” just last year—an album that’ll make you jump from your seat or enjoy the seat you’re in as you admire the lovely complexities of Camelo’s ballads. Téo e a Gaivota is one of those songs that’ll have you awed at the many levels of emotion that are woven together with the strings of Camelo’s guitar, lyrics derived from a poem, gentle drumming, and xylophone notes that tip-toe in the background. The song gets to a point where the melancholy music gets loud—as if to reconsider its emotion—but Marcelo pulls it back to a state of sadness with an ounce of hope.

Marcelo Camelo-Téo e a Gaivota (MP3)

Los Hermanos

June 3, 2009
Brazil's Los Hermanos

Brazil's Los Hermanos

From Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Los Hermanos blend a little samba and bossa nova with rock, and are usually accompanied by a solid trumpet section. They sound a little like The Strokes (sometimes), and they actually know each other pretty well. See, while both bands are on a hiatus, Rodrigo Amarante from Los Hermanos, and drummer of The Strokes, Fabrizio Moretti, have formed their own band in Los Angeles. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Enjoy these videos from Los Hermanos. We’ll be following up with more from these cool Brazilians and their solo projects. Keep an eye out.

Los Hermanos – Ultimo Romance

Los Hermanos – Morena