Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Your tea's on the table
Seems to matter anymore
And if you're good we'll go out on Sunday
Spend the whole day thinking of you
Take you sailing across the water
To a faraway place
When life was lovely
Was captured in your smile
When we were young and life was hopeful
No-one threatened our existence
We were laughing
They couldn't stop us
No-one in the world
The Jam - 'No-One In The World' (demo) (1980)
Friday, May 23, 2008
For me, it really does join the mere handful of half-decent pop songs ever entered for the annual fete de fromage.
Sebastien Tellier - 'Divine' (2008)
Though I have fond memories of this and Auntie Barbara liking it, it's pretty cringeworthy now...
...and I still remember this despite myself (45p from Ronnie's in Torquay Market, but isn't Lynsey De Paul a proto Kate Bush here??...And check out Ronnie 'Steed' Hazlehurst!)...
....and I really only like 'Waterloo' so much because of this ('you're terrible Muriel')...
...you all know by now that it's Vicky that does it for me every time and damn it, but I'm going to re-post her.
Vicky Leandros - 'Apres Toi' (1972)
Meanwhile, with the weather outside set to be traditionally UK Bank Holiday-esque this weekend (i.e. it will piss down), I shall be pouring a defiant rosado, spinning this solid gold nu-Balearic classic and transporting myself back to Cafe Mambo in 2005, sand in my toes, salt in the air and hope in my heart.
Sebastien Tellier - 'La Ritournelle' (2005)
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Strangely we seem to be at a Christmas ski-lodge swimsuit party in this clip, but hey! nothing can stop me wanting to play this loveliest, oldest and famousest Brazilian pop song (written by the great Antonio Carlos Jobim) in my current mood.
You know, it really doesn't matter how many cheesy marimba/rubbishy Hammond, easy-listening, shopping mall muzak or elevator chop-up versions of this I hear, I will always love that interplay of Joao, Astrud and Stan on the definitive recording.
Yet maybe you are beginning to tire of even that loveliness through over-familiarity; and if so, may I offer the original cast's 1964 'in concert' take from Carnegie Hall as a way of helping you hear it all afresh (again)?
From the way Getz holds back on his entrance (fnaar) to allow for Astrud's applause then turns it into a new little riff, through the slightly off timing and duff vocal mic'ing in parts (louder with Astrud's second verse than her first) it all speaks rough and live, and of course it's those little imperfections that make me love it even more. *sigh*
Stan Getz (with Joao & Astrud Gilberto) - 'The Girl From Ipanema' (live at Carnegie Hall) (1964)
Friday, May 09, 2008
It's rosado time in London, England - the sun is bright and the temperature's high.
Continuing our Brazilian theme, here are some Latin-inflected Housey bar tunes in a handy takeaway threepack, just for you.
Be gentle with me pro-mixers, it's my first time.
Davy H's Latin House Threepack (Just For You) (mp3)
S.Tone Inc - 'Saudade' (1999)
Ian Pooley (featuring Rosanna & Zelia) - 'Coracao Tambor' (2000)
Can 7 - 'Cruisin' (2000)
Mondo's been airing his Brazilian Wax and now everyone wants a go. I'd missed the last shards of direct sunlight last night by the time I'd got barefoot in the garden and poured the rosado but with the air warm I could still open all the windows and shove this on the stereo nice and loud. So I did.
It's my second ever re-post here, but it's a so this time of year and type of weather record and it also seems kind of apt in this funny week in our corner of the interweb when so many companeros have been busy or away and balls of tumbleweed have blown through many a blog.
If it has been a hard day's night give thanks my friends, for the short week is done and your Friday is already here, amen.