Snow in Brazil

So we're rolling again, thanks to that purest of motives: self-promotion. On the other hand, Lord Muck's recent mix of Brazilian obscurities could be seen as something of a public service (warms you up, innit?) Whatever your view, it's over on Mixcloud or, for the right-click enthusiasts, here. Get it while the snow lasts. Obrigado.

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Belchior – Paraíso

One working definition of Balearic might be those songs where you are never quite sure whether they're works of genius or complete tat. This track certainly falls somewhere on that spectrum...it's exact location being largely dependent on the weather. So...given the recent Tropical heatwave we've been enjoying, this piece of 1980's Brazilian cod-reggae currently scores... Continue Reading →

Pat Metheny Group Live

Back at the Barbican again last night to see Pat Metheny trawling through the Pat Metheny Group Songbook (in other words, a "greatest hits" tour).  Genius of balearic melodo-jazz or self-indulgent guitar wank-fest? The jury is still out. Compared to the last time we saw him (Hammersmith Odeon, early 90's), the absence of vocalists and... Continue Reading →

LM/Brasil Vol 1 – The Philips MPBC Series

As a spurious, and wholly unofficial, World Cup tie-in, I've just done a mix of Brazilian music. It consists of tracks solely from the excellent Philips MPBC series (Música Popular Brasileira Contemporânea), which consisted of just 11 LP's released in Brazil between 1978 and 1981.  The series covers a lot of musical ground, but there's... Continue Reading →

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