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The Play Listen Repeat banner is back again, with more stimulating and generally “aesthetical” musings for our collective discussion. If anyone noticed this blog’s hiatus, then thank you!
I saw Os Mutantes play yesterday, and Sergio Dias (also sometimes known as Sergio Baptista), singer and guitarist, is not only a personal hero, but a figure who raises some cool artistic challenges for me. I’m curious to hear peoples’ thoughts….
Live, Dias plays astounding, virtuosic guitar solos while exuding a kind of supernatural joyfulness. Looking for all the world like a cross between Paul McCartney and Bugs Bunny, he shreds and smiles. Meanwhile, the band is playing a fearless kind of psychedelic, omnivorous pop music which careens from a capella contrapuntal vocal choir sections to proggy riffs, to bossa ballads.
I’m fascinated by the image of the happy virtuoso, the happy genius that this band, and Sergio in particular, projects. Os Mutantes was formed in the late 60’s in Brazil, a few years after a military coup which instituted repressive censorship and even jailed artists like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.
Whatever your political leanings may be, it often seems that the world we live in is ever-darkening. I love the challenge presented by these artists, who show us a kind of triumph: human spirits in the form of artists, fighting the darkness with their joy and love, and not with anger or negativity.
Inspiring, don’t you think?


  1. Kevin Seal
    July 16, 2007 at 2:47pm
    I went to yesterday's Os Mutantes show as well, and man oh man, their version of "Panis Et Circenses" was thoroughly inspiring. The whole show was great, but that particular song really got me. "2001" was fantastic, too. Vida longa os Mutantes! (Long live the Mutants!)
  2. lisa
    July 16, 2007 at 7:05pm
    you were very much missed. welcome back. keep writing
  3. Michael Zapruder
    July 17, 2007 at 12:08am
    thanks lisa!
  4. Andrea Ferreira
    July 17, 2007 at 2:13pm
    It is fantastic to hear (read) people who appreciate brazilian music. You guys should try the brand new ones too! I like very much a group called "Cordel do Fogo Encantado" which mix different rhythms that at the 60' would be classified as only "tribal".
  5. Andrea Ferreira
    July 17, 2007 at 2:20pm
    I just discovered a group of Celtic Folk with beautiful songs. Their name is Llan de Cubel and I couldn't find any song of them here :-(
  6. Michael Zapruder
    July 17, 2007 at 2:26pm
    thanks andrea - I love the brazilian stuff! wish I knew portuguese so I could understand chico buarque's lyrics, for one thing... feel free to send any music requests to suggest-music[at]pandora[dot]com. cheers, mz
  7. Hades
    July 17, 2007 at 2:49pm
    Thank you
  8. Larry-bob
    July 17, 2007 at 3:12pm
    I saw the Os Mutantes show at Stern Grove in San Francisco too -- was really great. Pandora has been really helpful in extending my knowledge of Brazilian music, introducing me to artists like Maria Bethania and Elis Regina. I bought a Chico Buarque songbook recently -- there's a really great series of Brazilian music publications from Lumiar which was published by Almir Chediak before his tragic murder. They publish songbooks of Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and more.
  9. lisa
    July 17, 2007 at 6:16pm
    somehow brazil holds no appeal for me right now......I have taken to listening to Three Of A Perfect Pair and Bizzare Ride to The Pharcyde because they share the same color combinations. Blue and yellow. Each of the Pharcyde's records are blue and yellow vinyl (respectively) and, you know, thats King Crimson's yellow one. Boy they look good together. Yeah, music. Its all about aesthetics.
  10. vic
    July 18, 2007 at 3:30pm
    I discovered a number of great Brazilian artists on Pandora as well: Seu Jorge -- you might know him as the team zissou crew member that sang portuguese renditions of bowie songs, or knockout ned in City of God. He's just all over the map--rock, funk, brazillian rhythms, reggae. Simply amazing stuff. Marisa Monte -- A brazilian pop singer with a gorgeous voice.

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