I had no idea Marisa Monte had two new albums out...

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where aren't I looking on the interwebb for discussion/reviews/info on non-indie, but gouda music?

Jubalique die Zitronen (juicefriend), Sunday, 3 December 2006 06:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I've really tried to get into Marisa Monte, but it just hasn't happened. She seems cool, and she played with Paulinho Da Viola on that documentary on him that came out the other year, but her music doesn't register with me at all. Not trying to be a bummer or anything, just saying. Please continue fun, happy discussion of her.

Lingbert (Lingbert), Sunday, 3 December 2006 06:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Is it that her music is too polished? I like her melodies, I suppose--they have a weird way of floating above the chords, much like Caetano Veloso's, and unlike perhaps Gilberto Gil or Carlinhos Brown. I like the feeling of balance and calm in her voice, and I like who she works with--Mario Caldato, Arto Lindsay, and Andres Levin. But I agree she isn't what I would call a to-die-for in my book of books.

That said, I was really wondering why come I didn't know that given my currently pathetic "12-hrs in a studio then surf the web for 5 hrs on music sites for inspiration and because I don't know anyone else in the city" lifestyle. What blogs/sites/whatevs am I missing that cover non-indie music that's still not mainstream RS stuff? And yes, I know, another blog is the last thing I need.

Jubalique die Zitronen (juicefriend), Sunday, 3 December 2006 08:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Well I started a thread :P

Srsly tho, can't really help you on that account, since here in Portugal the new releases by Marisa/Caetano/Gilberto Gil/Chico are so high-profile that I really don't follow that sort of stuff on blogs.

I like "O Universo Ao Meu Redor" a lot, so light on its feet! And those Samba songs are great to get to know, almost a mini brazilian "Anthology Of Folk Music" (haha, how awesome would a *real* brazilian equivalent to that be, tho? Holy shit.) "Infinito Particular" is a bit too MOR for me tho.

Daniel Reifferscheid (Daniel_Rf), Sunday, 3 December 2006 13:02 (fourteen years ago) link

I guess they finally were released in the US back in September, so I suppose I'll get around to listening to them in the near future.

Ruud Haarvest (KenL), Sunday, 3 December 2006 17:46 (fourteen years ago) link

David Byrne's recent posting about her on his blog:


11.15.06: I’m With The Band

"Saw Marisa Monte’s sold out show at the Beacon last night. (Full disclosure: I have a duet/collaboration with her on one of her new CDs.) She is a Brazilian artist, with one of the most beautiful voices in the world, who stages her shows as if they are art events. The sound was impeccable (the musicians and Marisa all were using in-ear monitors, which allowed the acoustic instruments: cavaquinho, bassoon (!), violin, cello, acoustic guitars, etc. to not bleed into one another via the usual stage monitor speakers.)

Marisa has released 2 CDs simultaneously recently — one a record of acoustic sambas — new and old — and the other more “electronic”, where keyboards and programming dominate. Emblematic of a generation that doesn’t want to lose its culture, its past, but is at the same time contemporary, Marisa’s 2 CDs make that schizophrenia concrete, in a good way. The samba CD just won a Latin Grammy.

Anyway, the show of hers that I saw a few years ago was staged in collaboration with artist Ernesto Neto, who has an exhibit in a gallery here now. He’s known for gauzy tent-like structures that feel like a white hazy version of the inside of some creature. I recall the whole stage on that tour was a kind of tent. ..."[his posting goes on further and includes photos]

I also read about her cds in the Los Angeles based 5 times a year magazine The Beat. It often features a Brazilian music column.

cornyrocker (DC Steve), Monday, 4 December 2006 04:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Unless she's doing 'Emu', I can't hang.

forksclovetofu (forksclovetofu), Monday, 4 December 2006 06:42 (fourteen years ago) link

David Byrne! Of course, the gadfly about town, country, and world. That blog is amazingly ugh. I just got both records, and Infinito is definitely a bit MOR, and I wonder if the samba record would be MOR to those who understood the genre better? I don't care, I still like the production and her voice and melody, and not being a Portuguese speaker, I am not so bothered by any lyrical flights of fancy, although the English translation is not so bad when I see it.

I had to read about Marisa Monte's albums in Urb, which is a bit off-topic to me, kinda like reading about Schoenberg on Pitchfork. (Kidding!) Maybe I should read the LA Beat. Although I wasn't so keen on just reading about Brazilian, but more in general about these records that don't fall into indie, but aren't mainstream. Maybe my other examples are bad, but Aterciopelados (yes, I know, Colombian,) and Ron Sexsmith, whatevs! Where is stuff like that tracked? Roots rock magazines? YUCK!

Jubalique die Zitronen (juicefriend), Monday, 4 December 2006 08:11 (fourteen years ago) link

The Beat, which has a minimal website at getthebeat.com started as a reggae magazine and has columnists covering reggae, brazilian, Latin, Haitian and caribbean. It's not pop enough for some. There's also a magazine called Global Rhythms with similar coverage. I recall seeing Latin-pop en espanol magazines in Tower Records awhile ago but my Spanish isn't good enough to read them, and besides their coverage seemed a bit superficial.

The laondatropical.blogspot.com covers some latin-pop, reggaeton and stuff.

cornyrocker (DC Steve), Monday, 4 December 2006 15:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Don't Aterciopelados have a new cd out also?

cornyrocker (DC Steve), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 04:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes! They doez! And see, my point exactly, how the F was I supposed to know that? By reading Urb! That's how, which is not exactly a frequent hotbet of non-hiphop/electronic music. Good for you, Urb! But where else! I think the Laondatropical sounds like a place for moi! What else, Cornyrocker? What else would you rec?

Jubalique die Zitronen (juicefriend), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 07:42 (fourteen years ago) link



cornyrocker (DC Steve), Tuesday, 5 December 2006 14:07 (fourteen years ago) link

I heard Terry Gross say on NPR's "Fresh Air" that she would be featuring a review of these cds later in her show, but I was out of my car and doing other stuff by the time it must have happened. Maybe it's online...

OK, David Byrne and NPR are talking about Monte but not many at ILX or [your fave blog here] or you local daily paper or alt-weekly...

cornyrocker (DC Steve), Thursday, 7 December 2006 14:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks for the recs, Cornyrocker--I like Laondatropical a lot, and wayneandwax as well. I've been scouring the Interweb for more examples and links, but I think Laondatropical is great. And Infinito is growing on me, albeit slowly. Lately I've been listening to Chico Buarque. Amazing!!!!

Jubalique die Zitronen (juicefriend), Thursday, 7 December 2006 15:22 (fourteen years ago) link

I just got Infinito Particular at the Archive of Contemporary Music sale, where there is a big stack of them. I'm liking it.

Ruud Haarvest (KenL), Tuesday, 12 December 2006 20:13 (fourteen years ago) link

I can't get used to it--it's a little too much pretty. And also, David Byrne's voice grates on me, or is he on the other one, the samba album? Either way, I like Mario Caldato's production, but it's tooooo pretty, i think.

Jubalique die Zitronen (juicefriend), Thursday, 14 December 2006 14:51 (fourteen years ago) link

five years pass...


Another new one

It's 6th on this Brazilian album chart


Another Suburbanite, Monday, 26 December 2011 21:37 (nine years ago) link

Not on Spotify in the US, but it looks like you can stream it here:


Another Suburbanite, Monday, 26 December 2011 21:45 (nine years ago) link

Why did I not know this was out? grrrrrr.



Now she presents her eighth solo album, produced by herself, co-produced by Dadi and recorded in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles and New York, "Or want to know truths você" mixed by sound engineer Patrick Dillet except poker Or that has been mixed by Mario Caldato Jr. The disc artwork is signed by Giovanni Bianco.

The album includes musicians such as multi-instrumentalist Argentine Gustavo Santaolalla , the powerful Brazilian trio Nação Zumbi (Pupillo, Dengue and Lucio Maia), along with Thomas Bartlett and Money Mark on keyboards. Adding to them, a string ensemble with arrangements by Greg Cohen American teachers and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

Another Suburbanite, Monday, 26 December 2011 21:56 (nine years ago) link

contains songs from Marisa Monte, along with some of her musical collaborators who accompany her in a while (Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown and Dadi), the duo also made ​​with Rodrigo Amarante on the subject Or that Quer in his first collaboration with two voices.

Monte also pays homage to some of their favorite artists doing versions of Descalços not park by Jorge Ben Jor, and wanted Lencinho (The handkerchief), a version of the tango of Juan de Dios Filiberto and Gabino Coria Penaloza. This song has the support of the Argentine group Coffee Masters. We are also introducing new talent, Andre Carvalho, who wrote nothing tudo .

Another Suburbanite, Monday, 26 December 2011 21:58 (nine years ago) link

mixed martial artist champion Anderson Silva can be seen on "Dancing with the Stars" dancing to "Ainda Bem" by Marisa Monte.


Another Suburbanite, Monday, 26 December 2011 22:04 (nine years ago) link

From another article in Spanish(suddenly from Google it appears she did a bunch of interviews with newspapers from Spain)

I devoted three years to record this album. Having my second child I was very busy. Motherhood has affected me much, I had the opportunity to spend much time at home and listened to my soul.


Another Suburbanite, Monday, 26 December 2011 22:14 (nine years ago) link

Where are the Monte fans here on the sandbox? I know you're out there.

Another Suburbanite, Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:44 (nine years ago) link

Aww man, EMI blocking some of the videos in the US on Monte's website. Songs are not all streaming for me either.

Another Suburbanite, Tuesday, 27 December 2011 13:47 (nine years ago) link

Aqui estou

zat you, wrinklepaws? (James Redd), Tuesday, 27 December 2011 14:29 (nine years ago) link

Unless she's doing 'Emu', I can't hang.

― forksclovetofu (forksclovetofu), Monday, December 4, 2006 6:42 AM (5 years ago)

clicked on this thread to say more or less the same thing; i have not grown at all in the past five years.

Dranke, the German Drake Impersonator (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 28 December 2011 04:39 (nine years ago) link

oh well

Another Suburbanite, Wednesday, 28 December 2011 05:04 (nine years ago) link

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