Tom Zé – Estudando O Samba (1976)
2019 VMP reissue (Ltd. 500), Mr. Bongo Records
This is unlike any samba record you’ll ever hear. If John Cage and Captain Beefheart took a stab at completely deconstructing and rebuilding traditional Brasilian musical idioms, they wouldn’t sound nearly as good as “Estudando O Samba”
David Byrne (Talking Heads) found this album during a trip to Brasil in ‘86. The rather unique cover art is what drew him in. The liner notes describe it as “what looks like a coiled electric cable meandering its way around barbed wire” Byrne’s curiousity about this record led him to dig deeper, leading to a
Tom Zé compilation which introduced his music to a much wider audience.
Tom Zé was working at a relative’s auto garage before he was plucked from obscurity.
Music. Is. AWESOME.
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica (1969)
I can’t believe I got Anthrax to stick around long enough for me to frame a shot. Trout Masks and kitty cats go well together. This Beefheart lp is a straight masterpiece of music art. Seeing that Third Man Records is releasing it for Record Store Day 2019, I’m thinking of doing a 2 Minute Vinyl Review on it. I don’t know what I’m gonna say, but it’s virtually impossible to be boring.
Coffee, Smoke, Serge
Decided to double up on my Gainsbourg spins today, my 2 favorites from his catalog. The Jane Birkin lp contains perhaps the sexiest song I’ve ever heard. “’Je T’Aime….Moi Non Plus” is basically 4 minutes of audio sex, moans and all. Both artists were clearly very into it when this was being recorded, so much so that it’s still debated as to whether they were actually getting it on while singing.
Melody Nelson is a masterpiece of french pop art, a complete album that belongs in every record collection. You know those books and never ending “500 albums you need in you life” type things?
Melody Nelson belongs on my fictional list.
(Je T’Aime, Moi Non Plus)
Histoire De Melody Nelson