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good juju.

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Been working with a few of these bad boys this week for something upcoming/returning. Hope the goodness rubs off onto me a bit :)

it’s [almost] time.

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This is just a small harbinger of something that I’ve been working on and am excited about…hope to premiere it within the next week or so!

atypical.

Happy Sunday! Although there are a few other Martinho da Vila songs that I favor over this one, ‘Disritmia’ always catches my ear in the way his voice stands out on the verses, with the rhythm underneath almost staccato, so spare and even. It leaves me really anticipating those big, reliable unison choruses many samba tunes feature. However, the choruses are short and don’t get as large vertically as in most other pagode-style sambas, leaving a unique and interesting contrast between the singer’s tenor and the backup vocals. I also dig MdV’s cadence on the ‘bridge’ coming out of the second chorus, as well as the way the cuica hangs onto its last note! Hope this one catches your ears too :)

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clap your hands now.

Here is this week’s Super Samba Sunday post. There’s so much great material by Bezerra da Silva out there, but this one has gunfire and handclaps. Not lovin’ the gunplay but the handclaps add such a great element to the samba. Here’s “Vou Contar Até Três”. Happy Sunday, all.

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super samba sunday.

The NFL has Super Bowl Sunday. Oprah has Super Soul Sunday. I’m playing an Os Batuqueiros record on my portable digger’s turntable to my left and thought “Hmm…’Super Samba Sunday’”. So here it is…my very first Super Samba Sunday post :)

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i reminisce.

I’m not sure what year it was when I fell in love with Brazilian music, especially that pagode-style, ‘samba no quintal’ (backyard) sound, but this is one of the songs that got me diggin’ for more. Something about the unison vocals, the way the cavaquinho and the pandeiro work together, the cuica of course, and in this tune in particular, the tuba (or sousaphone…not sure)!! Here’s one about old times…’Velhos Tempos’ by Os Originais do Samba.

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floats the boat.

I put together this faux photobook page by ‘cutting & pasting’ several repetitions of an image that I shot last fall in the quaint fishing town of Progreso, Yucatan MX. The process took several hours, but it was fun to create it from scratch, from a simple idea without borrowing any existing graphic elements. I’m really enjoying the work :)

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