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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Amigos Em Portugal

Amália Rodrigues

Summer. Time to break out the Vino Verde. And while you are sipping away, dreaming of Lisbon, perhaps your soul yearns for Fado. Or maybe just another dip in the ocean.

Here's a taste of Amália Rodrigues, "the queen of Fado." The music's godmother. The Billie Holiday of Portugal.

Soak up that amazing, haunting voice as you drink up the Vino Verde. And wipe a tear from your eye.

  • Amêndoa Amarga
  • Alfama

    I was first introduced to Amália Rodrigues by the Durutti Column's 1994 album Sex and Death. Vini Reilly sampled Amália's voice, mimicing her other worldly vocal with his guitar in the track "Fado." Thanks Vini.

  • Fado -- The Durutti Column

  • happy summer
    Amália Rodrigues photo courtesy of wikipedia

    Friday, June 23, 2006

    Does that make me crazy Django ?

    Danger Mouse & Cee-Lo, better known as Gnarls Barkley, are so stunned by the success of their megasummerhit Crazy, they asked people not to buy it anymore - for they fear over-playing. One can always play the sample-source of Crazy, called Nel Cimitero Di Tucson, music from the movie Preparati la bara! (a Django movie with Terence Hill). Composed by the Reverberi-brothers, great students of master Ennio.
    Nel Cimitero di Tuscon

    Wednesday, June 21, 2006

    Pretty stunning

    The jazz og rock keyboardist 60's project with singer Julie Driscoll and the band Trinity.
    They went on to produce several hit singles, notably a cover of David Ackles' Road to Cairo and This Wheel's on Fire, a Bob Dylan song.

    Their version of 'Seasons Of The Witch' is stunning.

    Brian Auger & Julie Driscoll & The Trinity - Season Of The Witch

    Tuesday, June 20, 2006

    Music video a gogo : Avi Paul Weinstein

    Avi Paul Weinstein spent his youth with one of those 4-track recorders. About 200 songs later he came up with "Here Come the Clones", an over the top concept album about egg machines, clones and defects. On his second release Stumbler, he returned to his sample-based roots and found out what would happen if DJ Shadow and Sonic Youth traveled back in time to the yé-yé 1960's. In the past he's performed as one leg of The Daikon Legs Quartet and in other pop groups. You can get the whole experience by visiting www.paperthinrecords.com or www.avipaulweinstein.com. Here you can find music videos, artworks, more music, and one of a kind giant stuffed animals! Or visit the myspace profile.Here's his "The face of Jesus in my soup" video...

    Monday, June 19, 2006

    The Hip Hypnotist

    Pat Collins, the Hip Hypnotist, owned a nightclub on the Sunset Strip in Las Vegas where she became such a sensation that famous people (like Lloyd Bridges in this picture) started to appear in her show. During the sixties and seventies she appeared in a lot of tv-shows like The Lucy Show and in 1968 she released a record called Turn On With The Hip Hypnotist which contains (among others) the great song I Only Have Eyes For You:

    Pat Collins - I Only Have Eyes For You (Turn On With The Hip Hypnotist)

    Sunday, June 18, 2006

    Moody Soundtrack Section

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    La Piovra is ofcourse the italian tv series about a cop (Michele Placido) and his fight against the mob. It makes for impressive tv viewing and although the first season was scored by Riz Ortolani, it was during the second season that Ennio Morricone stepped in to write a typically gorgeous soundtrack for the rest of the series.

    La Piovra
    Mille Ecchi