Friday, December 21, 2007

See You Next Year!

Faithful readers, I will be away from my computer for the holidays and then no sooner do I get back then I will be going to Thailand for work for a few weeks. I will be back in Brooklyn and my trusty computer in mid-January at which point I will pick up where I left off. Merry New Years to you all!

Allen, aka the Ambassador

Brazilian Funk & Folk for Christmas Day

These Brazilian treats should be a welcome addition to your holiday playlist although they might be a bit tough for the family to sing along to. Pour some cachaca into your egg-nog and pretty soon you'll be able to sing along just fine.

Caetano Veloso - In the Hot Sun of a Christmas Day
First we have a not-very-festive contribution from Caetano Veloso that comes from his 1971 album recorded while in exile in London. This is a beautiful album of Brazilian rock and folk - the kinda thing that today's neo-folkies just east up, particularly Caetano's get-up on the front. I think I saw a dude walking down Bedford Avenue (hipster mainstreet) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn trying to rock this same look. Caetano's homesickness is visceral on this track as he spends the holidays far from home in a different hemisphere, far colder than Christmas in Rio.

Cassiano - Hoje E Natal
Cassiano wrote this lovely holiday tune for his classic 1976 album, "Cuban Soul - 18 Kilates." Here, Cassiano finds is vocal range better and delivers some sweet soul about the holidays. The song title means "Today is Christmas."

The following two songs are a real treat. I'm not much of a raer record hound, but I don't know of anyone else with this particular record. I found it in a used bookstore in some backwoods neighborhood of Sao Paulo and as evidenced by the "Natal" side, it's seen some better days. Seeing as this is a Christmas post I've included the "Natal" side, but the "Ano Novo" side is in far better shape and should be used to rock your new year's party this year. I passed it off to DJs Sean Marquand and Greg Caz for their New Year's party at Black Betty last year and it slayed, so the story goes. I love the way that this anonymous band reworked "Good Times" and "Rapper's Delight" within a year of the latter being released and also augmented the song with some funky clavinet as well as a samba-breakdown. A true holiday party MONSTER!

Equipe Radio Cidade - Bons Tempos - Natal

Equipe Radio Cidade - Bons Tempos - Ano Novo

I just found some info on Equipe Radio Cidade on this website. Here are the technical information for these two songs (note the participation of Ed Lincoln, dance-band legend):

Bons Tempos II – Natal de 1980. – Letra: Romilson Luiz e Eládio Sandoval. Arranjos: Eduardo Souto Neto. Produção: Mariozinho Rocha Participação especial: Roupa Nova, Ed Lincoln e Mestre Marçal. Gravação: Estúdio Emi-Odeon.

Bons Tempos II - Ano Novo de 1980 – Letra: Romilson Luiz e Eládio Sandoval. Arranjos: Eduardo Souto Neto. Produção: Mariozinho Rocha Participação especial: Roupa Nova, Ed Lincoln e Mestre Marçal. Gravação: Estúdio Emi-Odeon.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Dreaming of a (Al) Green Christmas . . .

And listening to the gentle tinkling of Jingle (William) Bell(s). Enough of the horrible puns, already and on to some more excellent soulful Christmas songs. My girlfriend cannot get enough of the Christmas music, so being the dutiful boyfriend that I am, when thinking of what LP to put on the Hi-Fi I keep coming back to the "Soul Christmas" album from whence the wonderful "Merry Christmas, Baby" by Otis was taken. We were listening to it last night and it sunk in just how good this William Bell song is.

Download: Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday
William Bell is one of those lesser-known soul singers of the Southern/Memphis variety that is often overlooked because of his subtlety. He wasn't a shouter like Otis or a screamer like the Godfather or a velvet-voiced crooner like the honorable Rev. Al Green, but in recent years there has been renewed interest in his tunes, particularly the heartbreaking, "I Forgot to be Your Lover" which was sampled by someone notable and comped on O-Dub's "Soul Sides Vol. 1" This song is so subtle it must have taken me five listens before I had to exclaim aloud, "Damn, that's a great song," to which my girlfriend replied, "yay, for christmas songs."

Download: What Christmas Means To Me
My brother bought me this Al Green Christmas tape a few years back. Yes, a cassette tape and yes, it was only a few years ago. My brother likes tapes and having a car myself, I can appreciate tapes because my car has a tape-deck, not a CD player or a DVD surround-sound entertainment system. So, come the holiday season there is only one Christmas tape in my collection, which means its a "Green Christmas" in my car all season long. This is a bit dated in its 80s production, but as far as another modern Christmas classic, I think it's up there and Al Green has to try pretty hard to mess up anything.

As for the Brazilian Christmas songs, they are coming tomorrow. However, I realized to my chagrin that I don't have one of the songs I was hoping to post: "Jingle Black" by Gerson King Combo. If anyone else out there has it on MP3, hit me up on email and I will get it posted.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas in heaven with James, Donny & Otis

Since freshman year in college there has been only one legitimate soundtrack to Christmas: James Brown's Funky Christmas. Every year around this time I dig out this CD and throw it on the ipod of boombox for all holiday functions. For someone who doesn't really like holiday music this compilation is superb. James Brown cranked out Christmas singles throughout his career but it sounds like most of these songs came from the late sixties and early seventies, arguably his best era. Most of the songs are great, but the two I have picked for you here are my favorites.

Download: Christmas Is Love
I remember rediscovering this song just last year as I was running last-minute errands before getting on my flight to Portland, not knowing that within 24 hours The Godfather would be passing from this world. I love the arrangement. How big and bold it is with dramatic horns and crashing symbols. Like some of the best Christmas songs it's celebratory and over the top.

Download: Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto
This tune is just pure James Brown. Nobody else could (or would) record a song so boldly pro-ghetto at this time and have it come off as just as classy as a rerecording of any olde Christmas standard.

Download: Merry Christmas, Baby
Recently I picked up this "Soul Christmas" album from Atlantic records which might just rival the James Brown album for all-time best Christmas album. I know everyone's heard it already, but this Otis Redding classic just can't be beat for modern Christmas classic.

Download: This Christmas
Donny Hathaway's Christmas classic is another modern Christmas classic that has made the cut to get on nearly every Christmas playlist and for good reason too!

By the end of the week I'll have some Brazilian Christmas tunes headin' your way . . . "Jingle Black" anyone?

Friday, December 14, 2007


This is just a quick little post to tide you all over with some choice selections from some early 1970s Brazilian soul. These three lesser-known artists bring a variety of interpretations of the soul form to each of their songs.

Download: O Vale
This song here, "O Vale" is one of the standout tracks from an otherwise dissappointing album from Cassiano. Cassiano was kinda the heart and soul of the Brazilian Soul music scene. He was a member of Os Diagonais and wrote some hits for Tim Maia, named "Primavera" off of Tim's first album. This is his second solo LP and is really quite unusual. The arrangements are a bit different, kinda in an acoustic guitar baroque curtis mayfield style. "O Vale" is one of the few songs on here that I really dig. Sadly, for all of Cassiano's talents he was not a great singer as his range his very limited, which is the main reason why this album suffers. He really found his groove on his next album "16 Kilates - Cuban Soul" where he learned how to frame his vocals more within his range. I would love to hear some of these songs from this album sung by others. If you're not deterred, you can buy the album here.

Download: Madalena
That's actually a good segue into this next song, "Madalena". This was Ivan Lins' breakthrough song. Ivan's first album was in a psych-soul style and was arranged by Arthur Verocai. Its got some cool songs like "Hei Voce" and "Madalena," but like Cassiano, Ivan had yet to figure out that he couldn't sing. These are great songs, but man does he destroy them on his album, which is not without its redeeming qualities. But I can't help but get annoyed when a great song gets thrashed by a second-rate vocalist. Dila, a one-off singer on Durval Ferreira's CID label is a passionate singer and while she's not pitch-perfect I love her take on this song. Another great version, possibly the definitive one is by the late, great Elis Regina (more on her soon).

Download: Zamba Ben
Marku is one of my favorites. I posted a song of his last month as one of my scores from the WFMU record fair. This song here is from his first album from 1972, which featured arrangements by Erlon Chaves. If I'm not mistaken it was Erlon Chaves that "discovered" Marku and arranged for his first recording. His following albums are graced by numerous superstars: Joao Donato and Erasmo Carlos among others. The unique thing about Marku is that he lived in Martinique and Jamaica for seven years before recording his first album. He brings that Caribbean flavor to many of his recordings and that vocal style, so different than most Brazilian singers. You can download this album here. Once again, Loronix to the rescue, but Zeca's got the date wrong here, it's from 1972 not 1976. Also, Ed Motta just compiled a CD of Marku's stuff that's already sold out on Dustygroove, but check back later to see if they got come more CDs later.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Frank's Way

Download: Drinking Again
Today is Frank Sinatra's birthday. If he were still alive, he'd be 93 years old. Frank might seem a bit out of place on Soul Spectrum, but I don't really care and anyone who says that Frank Sinatra didn't have soul is a good-fah-nuttin-dirty-bird, as my Grandpa would say.

If you're in New York, come on by Huckleberry Bar in Williamsburg tonight for a tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes featuring yours truly as well as DJs Deepak Chopra and Amadeus. Click on the flyer above for all the relevant details.

But, seeing as this is Soul Spectrum I'm not gonna talk about the obvious Frank Sinatra touchstones, but instead focus on his intersection with Brazilian music, namely his collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim. This is where my appreciation for Frank all began.

Back in college and the years after I collected nearly every recording I could find that had anything to do with Bossa Nova. I was possessed by this Brazilian genre and its waves that emanated in Brazil reaching almost every foreign shore, from the U.S. to France to Japan. One of my all-time favorite non-brazilian Bossa Nova albums is the album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim from 1967. There's a particular quote from the liner-notes to this album that speak to the different mood and style that Sinatra was taking with these songs. After the trombone player botched a note, he said to Sinatra apologetically, "If I blow any softer, it’ll hafta come out the back of my neck.” The liner notes for this album are particularly great. Read them here.

In all of Sinatra's career he never recorded an album of songs from only one composer with the exception of Antonio Carlos Jobim for whom he recorded TWO full albums. The first one in 1967 and then the second one was recorded in 1969 with fellow Brazilian, Eumir Deodato (before his mega-hit remake of the Theme to 2001), but the planned album "SinatraJobim" was released in 1970 but then immediately recalled after only 3,500 8-track tapes were sent out to stores in California. Seven of the ten songs from this album would later be released on Sinatra's 1971 album "Sinatra & Company"

So, what of the three tracks that were not released on "SinatraJobim"? There was Off-Key (Desafinado), Sabia and Bonita. To complicate matters further "Sabia" and "Bonita" were later issued in Brazil on a double-LP set called "Sinatra-Jobim Sessions" which featured all of the songs from the 1967 and 1969 sessions (except "Off-Key") as well as "Manha de Carnaval" with Brazilian guitarist Luiz Bonfa accompanying Sinatra from his "My Way" album and another song called "Drinking Again" that must have been recorded during the 1967 with Jobim but not released on the album. It was released later in 1967 on and album called " Frank Sinatra and the World We Knew." I have included this song here at the top of this post.

You can find the Sinatra-Jobim Sessions and the holy-grail "SinatraJobim" album on the treasure cove of long-lost Brazilian records: Lornonix Using Zeca's "Find It" feature you can link to both albums available for download, though the tracklisting is a bit wrong as the "Sessions" download includes "Off-Key" though it is not on the original LP, believe me I know I'm lucky enough to have scored it when down in Brazil.

Download: The Lady Is a Tramp
Speaking of Brazil . . . Like I mentioned yesterday when talking about Brazilian musicians there is a tendency to make comparisons with American stars. While of course there are flaws in every comparison, Dick Farney was most definitely the "Brazilian Frank Sinatra." In fact, during Dick's heyday in the late 50s and early 60s, the Frank Sinatra-Dick Farney Fan Club was ground zero for many future Bossa Nova stars such as Joao Donato and Johnny Alf, among others. In addition to having a repertoire and voice similar to Sinatra's, Farney was an excellent jazz pianist and many of his albums were straight instrumental sets. Farney has quite a following over at Lornonix, so be sure to swing by and download some Dick Farney albums.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Introducing . . . Erasmo Carlos!

When talking about a musician from another country (excepting the U.K.) it is common to refer to them as the French/Japanese/Russian version of some famous anglo-american musician. Therefore, Caetano Veloso is the Brazilian Bob Dylan and Roberto Carlos is the Brazilian Elvis and so on. Using that recipe, I'm trying to think of how to describe Erasmo Carlos. He's of the same vintage as Roberto Carlos (unrelated), but his output has always been more daring, more creative and more consistently listenable, especially his golden era spanning the entire decade of the 1970s.

Erasmo was one of three pop idols that dominated the Jovem Guarda scene. Roberto was the King and Wanderlea, the queen, but where did that leave Erasmo? He didn't have the heartthrob looks of his songwriting partner Roberto, but he did have the rock credentials and when the poppy Jovem Guarda scene of the mid-to-late sixties gave way to the experimental styles of Tropicalia and roots-based MPB he was better suited than either of his pop-idols companions to whether the storm with his dignity and reputation intact. I think it was his position in the heart of the pop world, but slightly in the shadow of Roberto that allowed him the freedom to be a pioneer in Brazilian rock.

I'm not sure who I would compare Erasmo to from the available universe of Ango-American pop stars. He rocked as hard as the Stones, but had pop-chops as infectious as the Beatles. He was as Brazilian as the Kinks were British. He was as groovy as Sly Stone and with his song-writing partnership with his brother-from-another-mother, Roberto, he was as prolific and as oft-covered as Lennon & McCartney. Here it is: Erasmo Carlos is the Brazilian Erasmo Carlos.

The following song are by no means Erasmo's only songs or even his best ones. I actually didn't include some of my favorites of his as I wanted to save some goodies for later. I did try to diplay a wide ranging selection that gives you all a understanding of Erasmo's depth and breadth during his "golden era."

Download: Coqueiro Verde
His open ears took him a variety of directions beginning with his 1970 album, "Erasmo Carlos e Os Tremendoes" from 1970 where he pioneered the "Samba Rock" sound with the groundbreaking hit "Coquiero Verde". I believe it is the legendary Samba Rock group Trio Mocoto backing him up on this genre-defining tune. Anyone out there know if this is the first recording or if that honor belongs to Trio Mocoto?.

When I had the chance to interview Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes I asked him about Erasmo as I knew he had recorded with him on Erasmo's following record, "carlos, erasmo." This is what Sergio had to say:

"Erasmo is a hell of a guy. He is the rocker behind Roberto. He is the real spirit of rock and roll. He was the guy who always has been the rocker. He is a real icon. He had so many hits, and he was responsible for so many of Roberto’s hits also, because he shared the composition. And he is great. With Erasmo, what you see is what you get, which is just fantastic. A lovely guy, full of heart, like his music."

Download: Cica, Cecilia
The following song, "Cica, Cecilia" is from Erasmo's next album, "carlos, erasmo" from 1971. This along with his following album, "Sonhos e Memorias 1941-1972" are his truly great albums, both nearly flawless. This is the rockier of the two and features guests like Arthur Verocai, Sergio Dias, Lanny Gordin among others. I'm pretty sure the arrangement on this song is by Verocai.

Download: Mundo Cao
And here is the true masterpiece of Brazilian Rock, "Sonhos e Memorias 1941-1972" from 1972. This album rivals anything released anywhere else in the world during the 1970s, therefore of ALL TIME! I admit, I'm a bit biased, but for this kind of melodic pop music, Erasmo Carlos is untouchable. Get the album. You can find it here on J Thyme . . . . Kind
. Scroll down to find both classic Erasmo LPs as ripped by our dear friend Gregzinho.

Download: Dietar e Rolar
Next up we have my all-time favorite song of Erasmo's from his 1974 LP "1990 Projeto Salva Terra." The album is a step down from his previous two, but is still quite good and includes this beautiful song with some excellent jazzy chord changes and transitions: "Deitar e Rolar"

Download: Triângulo dos Biquinis
And finally we skip one album "Banda Dos Contentes" for his excellent 1978 album "Pelas Esquinas da Ipanema" with this jazzy-funk nugget: "Triângulo dos Biquinis" which I'm sure all of you can translate without any help. I just love the horn-driven outro.

I love the picture below of Erasmo and Roberto on a break from shooting a movie, chilling in Japan. If I'm not mistaken that looks like Shibuya.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Ain't nothing wrong with a little bit of K.C.

I'm waiting on an MP3 disc and some pictures to be scanned before I really introduce you all to the Caruthers Street paradigm, but I loaded a video this morning and felt like it needed a proper introduction. Caruthers Street is where my brother, Charlie, and his then (and current) housemate, Morgan, lived in the early 2000s. This was home to many a sweaty dance party and also the spring from whence my love for disco, funk and soul emerged. One of the many associations with this place is the mental realignment that took place there that transformed my understanding of K.C. & the Sunshine Band as a cheesy disco band to my appreciation of the same band for their party-rocking prowess.

The story all starts at a video store in Portland, OR called Movie Madness where my brother found a VHS tape of K.C. & the Sunshine Band live from 1975. He and Morgan watched this video on repeat for weeks before tuning me on to it and then I watched it over and over before dubbing a copy for myself. My copy sucked and I recently found a better copy on eBay and ripped a DVD of the whole 45 minute show. The performance is just top-notch and unlike most soul or funk videos from the era, this is a multi-camera job filmed live in concert with no lip-synching whatsoever.

Head over to Soul Spectrum Videos to watch "I Get Lifted"

Charlie and Morgan as friends, roommates and bandmates make a good team and watching this video I can't help but think of Charlie and Morgan as modern-day Henry Wayne "K.C." Casey and Richard Finch. Not that Charlie & Morgan are sequined suited sweaty white dudes playing funk music, but given the chance I doubt they would pass on that opportunity. Partially, it's just an appearance thing and they both really like this video, too.

K.C. and Finch were the songwriting team that wrote most of the Sunshine Band's output as well as a good chunk of the catalogue of George McCrae as well as Jimmy "Bo" Horne. These were some funky white boys. The way I see it, they took the TK sound as pioneered by Little Beaver, Clarence Reid and Steve Alaimo and made it safe and acceptable for white audiences. I mean, the first three K.C. & the Sunshine Band albums are straight up Florida funk albums, but they also sold tons of copies and made K.C. a household name while pioneering the disco sound. I think the appeal for me is that their songs are basically southern-friend funk songs with a more steady disco-ready beat and they avoided the a la mode string section that ruined so many songs of the era. Their songs were simple; they were about dancing; and they made you want to move your feet. It's a simple equation and it worked well for them and their bank accounts. It didn't hurt that they were white either as evidenced by George McCrae and Jimmy "Bo" Horne's relative lack of fame despite the same songs and same band and arguably better vocals.

I first remember paying attention to them (I must have heard them a million times before) when I got the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack which had the song "Boogie Shoes" on it. The song didn't sound like the Bee Gees tracks on the same album because it had more of a soul sound, a swinging horn-based groove that was made for strutting instead of disco-finger popping; compared to other music that I knew of as "disco" K.C.'s sound was funkier, looser and more soulful. It's hard to disassociate the band from all of their ubiquitous disco hits, but a quick listen to some album tracks like this one from the live video shows that the band could get hella funky as evidenced by the polyrhythmic breakdown at the end of the song: "I Get Lifted" video

I got to see K.C. and the sunshine band back in the late nineties as one of the zillion bands that played Portland's "Last Chance Summer Dance" alongside some more contemporary, yet forgetable ("Color Me Badd" anyone?) bands. They were the highlight of the show for me, though K.C. has not aged well as evidenced by the above photo.

There will be some more songs from this video posted soon as this is not even the best one. There is one super-long version of "Get Down Tonight" just now posted where one of the horn players pulls out some pretty crazy dance moves.

On a side note, when looking for some K.C. picks I found this one and couldn't help but think that Mark Wahlberg needs to star as K.C. in a biopic.

Marky Mark in Boogie Nights

K.C. without the Sunshine Band

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Rolling Down Disco Mountain

I'm on a bit of a disco kick today, but after the lengthy K.C. post, I'll keep this one short and to the point. I've been digging this new Glass Candy tour CD which has some songs of theirs as well as other related side-projects and the like. The first song on the CD is this one:

Download: Rolling Down the Hills (Spring Demo)
Glass Candy is yet another band from Portland, OR and they have really tapped into a nice combination of nostalgia and contemporary production and aesthetics. The song's a bit too slow to dance too, but you can't be dancing all of the time. I hope to post more of their stuff here soon.

Download: Rolling Down a Mountainside
The Main Ingredient has been a recent favorite of mine. Did you know that Cuba Gooding Sr. (yes, the Sr. to "Show Me the Money"'s Jr.) was one of the singers? Their sound is different than a lot of vocal groups as they always picked (or had picked for them) off-kilter arrangements and complicated songs that seemed like they almost didn't work. It's that unusual quality that I like so much about their discography. This song was also recorded by Isaac Hayes, though I can't say I'm familiar with his version and it was written by Leon "I Want You" Ware.

Rollin' . . .

Tim Maia, Roger Bruno and The Ideals, part II

Last Thursday I drove up to Tarrytown after work to meet with Roger Bruno, musician, songwriter and former friend and band-mate of Tim Maia. Roger and his partner, Ellen, met me at a really chill coffee shop on Main Street Tarrytown, called Coffee Labs. I was happy to see that it's a hard-core coffee roaster, with a roasting machine in the middle of the room and they also are also fellow travelers on the Fair Trade bandwagon.

I recognized Roger and Ellen from their website. We talked for over an hour and a half about Tim and the music scene in Westchester, NY in the early sixties. I'm gonna save the good quotes for the Wax Poetics article I'm scraping together, but I will share the best part about the meeting . . . seeing this photo:

from L-R: Roger Bruno, Felix DeMasi, Tim, Paul Mitranga, Bill Adair

This photo was taken during one of The Ideals' recording sessions in New York City, most likely for the song "New Love." This brings me back to the original motivation for contacting Roger Bruno. This is what Roger told me in an email recently, "I tracked down the original acetate of the Ideals recording of "New Love," although I don't have it in hand yet." Turns out a past girlfriend of Roger's is in possession of the acetate and is happy to share it with Roger along with some other photos and memorabilia from the time. The song was never released commercially. The Ideals were planning on shopping it around to different labels, but Tim got arrested and deported before they had a chance! Roger confirmed that the famous Brazilian drummer Milton Banana played on the session as did well-known jazz and rock bassist Don Payne. Roger said that the song was an attempt to explore the then burgeoning Bossa Nova sound and sweetening it with some soulful five-part vocal harmony.

The craziest thing about this whole adventure is that Roger was not aware of his former song-writing partner's history after being deported from the U.S. It was my email to him a few weeks ago that started this whole process of rediscovery and excavation of long-forgotten memories. I'm so thrilled that Roger is up for the journey down memory road.

A curious side-note to all of this is that some friends of Roger & Ellen's from when they lived in Boston in the early seventies also have a connection with Tim Maia that Roger and Ellen only just recently found out about. After Paul and Sheila Smith left Boston they wound their way to Brazil, where they stayed for seven months and somehow ended up meeting Tim Maia and even singing back-up vocals on the song "Reu Confesso" (see this earlier post on Soul Spectrum to listen to this song) from the very same album that features the re-recording of "New Love." Neither Roger, nor Paul or Sheila knew that the other had ever known Tim and all three of their names appear on the back of the same album! Paul agreed to talk with me about his and Sheila's time in Brazil, so more updates to come!

El Año Pasado en México

Download: Gloria
It was this time last year that I had the good fortune to travel to Mexico. The trip was for my job (Fair Trade handcrafts, etc), but I managed to sneak in some leisure time as well and even got to dig for a little south-of-the-border vinyl. The one Mexican record that I was pleased to get was a 4-song EP from Los Rockin' Devils which featured a couple covers and some originals (I think). Actually the only passable song on the EP is their cover of the Them's "Gloria" which we have here. Sadly, my copy is pretty beat up and the only song that cannot play through is this one.
Los Rockin' Devils

Download: Cambia, Cambia
The band I was desperately hoping to track down was Los Dug Dug's. I got pretty damn close, but the one day I was searching for records in Mexico City was a national holiday (the inauguration of the new president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon. In addition to getting to know the netherworlds of Mexico City by way of the used junk stalls, I got to witness the tail end of some massive protests opposing President Calderon's ascension to power. Some of you might remember, there was a very populist candidate who still claims that the election was his. Another souvenir from this trip was a T-shirt with Obredor's charicature on it saying "Presidente Legítimo."
Back to the records . . . the only stores I could find during my day of digging were all closed so I settled for some Mexican pressings of New York Salsa and the aforementioned Los Rockin' Devils EP. This is what I wanted to find though. Read more about Los Dug Dug's here.

Download: Amor
While, we're diverging slightly from typically "soulful" sounds here, I thought I'd throw in some Brazilian glam. Secos & Molhados are the kiss of Brazil, before there was a Kiss . . . ponder that. Actually, they're more like the inheritors of Os Mutantes' freak-rock crown. When the Mutants lost some steam around 1972 or so when lead singer Rita Lee went solo, the Mutants moved into a very proggy direction. They very well may have been forging new ground in Brazilian prog, but to be honest I don't care that much. Secos & Molhados, meaning "Dry & Wet" as in wet and dry goods for sale, picked up where Os Mutantes left off and in place of a female lead singer, they had Ney Matogrosso, who just sounded like a girl. S&M, no coincidence I'm sure, lasted two studio albums and one live album before Ney went solo and became a gay diva, not that he wasn't one already . . . think "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" in Portuguese. Their first two albums are superb Brazilian rock with no small share of funky moments like the "Assim Assado" which translates to "Thus Baked" according to Babel Fish . . . so I think you get my drift.