Seu Jorge -- Don't / Rebel RebelSeu Jorge -- Don't
Seu Jorge -- Rebel Rebel
If you've seen The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, maybe you had the same reaction to the guitarist that I did--"Wow, that's awesome, who is that?" He's Seu Jorge, who also was in Cidade de Deus as Knockout Ned, and spent much of his time on the Life Aquatic filming answering questions from the other actors like "Are the slums really as bad as in City of God?" (Worse.)
"Don't" is from Cru Seu Jorge's solo album; I think it is by far the best thing on it, though the rest has been growing on me. Just a wonderful sound to it: quiet, tender, and subdued, somehow it conveys loneliness and pleading even without considering the lyrics. (update: I should mention that this is a Leiber/Stoller cover.)
"Rebel Rebel" is from The Life Aquatic: a David Bowie cover in Portugese. Interesting, unexpected, delightful.
[amazon.com]: Life Aquatic soundtrack
(Looks like they'll be releasing Seu Jorge's studio sessions from the film on a separate disc--rock!)
In other news, Girish has begun mp3blogging. He's been blogging about movies for a year or so; so this is a new direction, and one I'm glad to see him take. I think I first found his site from following the link in a comment he'd posted, and the site has been a constant joy since. He writes clearly and passionately and he's got insightful, thought-provoking things to say.
(Girish points to a N.Y.Times article on Seu Jorge. [Register or bugmenot required])
And now some housekeeping:
The mix CD I proposed should be going out next month, or Dec. 7 at the absolute latest. More about this once it's ready.
Amazon.com has just today moved its search box from the top of the screen to the bottom which is, in a word, stupid. (And yes, sometimes I goof around with peoples' site logs.) (update: Holy smokes, Amazon.com moved the search box back up top. Awesome. ... time to work on my own site's accessibility a bit.)
Labels: world pop
Thanks also for the Seu Jorge tunes. I hadn't heard him since seeing the movie.
Question: other fave Brazilian musicians/songwriters? Just wondering.
What about you?
I even like Brazilian music once removed, like Arto Lindsay and his Ambitious Lovers. Tuwa, I'm telling ya: all this is giving me mp3 post ideas.... :-)
I saw in the access logs that the NY Times visited the other day, but I didn't know that Seu Jorge was in the states playing.
His website is awful--requires Flash, first, then clicking "English" doesn't do anything, and going through the Portuguese version instead shows that everything takes several minutes to work. I wonder how much they paid that webmaster (aside from "far too much").