A mixtape after my own heart. Get it while the gettin’s good.
Always nice to get a new CD through from Far Out Recordings, and even nicer when it’s an insanely well-crafted compilation of rare bossa nova and samba jazz tracks that you’ve never even heard of, let alone actually heard.
I usually find Nicola Conte‘s comps a bit of a mixed bag – a lot of the stuff he plays is a bit smooooooth for my tastes. But the ratio of killer to filler is really high here, and there’s some absolute gems, like the Octons’ storming Tokyo Blues (aka Tokio’s Blue) that you won’t find (legally at least) anywhere else.
On January 27 , Anatel (Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency), the regulatory agency responsible for regulating, executing and supervising the telecommunications sector, seized equipment and fined an internet user R$ 3,000 (approximately $ 1,810 USD) for sharing his wifi connection with neighbors in the city of Teresina, Piauí state (Northeast of Brazil).
This appears to be part of a broader attempt to tackle the problem of file sharing. But as the author points out:
Applying the same reasoning to the physical world would be tantamount to criminalizing the bar owner who provided the table (food and drink) for bandits to organize a crime.
It looks like the days of top-down, goverment-approved openness to the internet’s many uses might be numbered.
The multinational group is held together by Brazilian producer Mario Caldato Jr. (go-to guy for the Beastie Boys and Seu Jorge, among others) and includes members of The Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines and Super Furry Animals and Fink.
You can download the first single, Fall of Rome, for free via Soundcloud, and the album is out… well, soon. Get it for a good cause.
Just come across Gabriel Elizondo’s sharp piece on Aljazeera, in which he runs down how various Latin American governments have responded, or failed to respond, to recent events in Libya. The verdict on the Rousseff government is particularly damning:
Bottom line: Unlike every other country in Latin America, Brazil has some real diplomatic influence and leverage it could try to use in Libya and inside the halls of the U.N. But so far, the South American giant appears perfectly happy sitting on the sidelines as a quiet spectator.
Elizondo gently suggests that this might have something to do with the country’s massive trade surplus with the Arab world, something he explored in detail in an earlier piece on Brazil’s extensive business interests in Libya. Both articles are well worth a read.
“Another year passed, back again in cold freezing Vienna while my friends in Brasil already prepare for Carnival. I do get a lot of inspriation from listening to traditional Brasilian Music. Therefore, the next installment for my Carnival mixtape for Discobelle focusses more on the old Brasil stuff. I was lucky enough to spend my entire last 3 days with this mix listening to tons of old Brasil Vinyl records putting them all back into my latop. This is not only Tropical – this here is the original Brasil shit!!”
We like. A lot. Os Incriveis are on there, and Carolina Carol Bela is always welcome.
H/T @Guy for the link.