Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Brazil is the only other country, along with the USA, to consume more of their own domestic music than foreign imports and you're still trying to figure out how to do the Lambada? Guillermo and The Ambassador go muito fundo with their selections of the sexiest, sweatiest, funkiest and psychiest Brasilian music, all on wax, every month at Casanova in the Mission SF. Dope visuals from way south of the border served up at no additional charge.

GOSTOSA = “Hot” or if you want a more prosaic answer, read this.

For each monthly party, we're gonna feature a different Artista Brasileira (Brazilian artist of the musical variety) on our flier, eventually culminating in a calendar. It'll be way classier and collectible than a Snap-On Tools cheesecake/soft-porn affair - we're talking only the best of the best from classic Brazilian album covers, back covers, wherever we can find images that cry out "Gostosa".

For our first month, we have the lovely and criminally underrated Astrud Gilberto. She may have started her career on a fluke: she just happened to be in the recording studio with her then-husband Joao Gilberto during the recording of the classic Getz/Gilberto album and at Creed Taylor's suggesting she sang the English version of "The Girl from Ipanema" lyrics because Joao refused, but she has proven herself to be a classy interpreter of Brazilian and American/Anglo pop songs as well. Her first solo album is a real treat with both Jobim and Donato providing arrangements and she was also responsible for being the first to release many classic Brazilian songs in the US.


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