La Blogothèque Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:26:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Peter Matthew Bauer Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:39:37 +0000 A rain-soaked morning that threatened cancellation followed by a thick, wet blanket of heat that turned a ten minute walking commute from Mexican Summer to Msgr. McGolrick Park in Greenpoint into a crossing of the river Styx leads Peter Matthew Bauer, Skyler Skjelset and I to a nondescript park bench and a scene for Peter’s raga.

A raga is a set of four or five notes upon which a melody is constructed, their approach tempering the meaning to suit the player’s temperament. It can also mean a dyeing or coloring, something to provide hue to a psychology, a tint to the perception.

Here he plays his Philadelphia Raga, a song to the city where he recorded his first solo record, a hymn to passage, scattered moments, epiphany.

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Arua Amusica” : Take Away Shows in Brazil (4/5) Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:08:15 +0000 Tulipa Ruiz

Sao Paulo. March 2011. April 2012.
Tulipa is one of the most charismatic Brazilian singers today, her powerful presence and her sense of humor on stage are a sincere reflection of her personality.
Tulipa grew up in a musical environment, in a family of musicians, and worked at a local record store. She brings this past up with her at the stage: her father Luiz Chagas and her brother Gustavo Ruiz are her strong guitar duo.

Extremely talented, she sings like no one. It’s easy to recognize her vibrant high vocals. Her first album “Efêmera” (2010), a tuneful record with soft melodies in beautiful pleased a large audience. All attentions were focused on her, but Tulipa, unlike the Brazilian squad at the world cup, did not wilt by the weight of expectations, and in her second album “Tudo Tanto” (2012) she shows up with a more potent and cathartic release, full of her strong personality.

Tulipa recorded the videos before the release of Tudo Tanto. The first one “Brocal Dourado” in 2011 in a sunny afternoon at a park with her band and the second one “Ás Vezes” she was with her dad and Rafael Castro at Paulista by night, in Rua Augusta which is referred in the song.

(Text: Filipe Franco)

Thiago Pethit

Sao Paulo. March 2011.
Thiago is a major newcomer of the new musical scene of Sao Paulo.
His first album « Berlim, Texas » (2011) is a delicate record of folk-minimalist songs arranged in a very simple and organic way, with heavy influences of european cabaret & american pop. His music is in that sense is representative of the city of Sao Paulo, where cosmopolitanism & crossings of cultures are very much present.

In 2012, Thiago releases a second record « Estrela Decadente » (Decadent Star), theatrical album, where he distances himself from folk & minimalism by incarnating a more dandy-like character, with a lot of irony, sex and decadence…

He & Dom La Nena became friends a few days prior to recording those films, realizing that they used to live in the same street in Buenos Aires a few years earlier… It gave the idea to Dom to invite for a duet on her song « Buenos Aires » recorded on the album « Ela », and she played with Thiago a few times in his own shows… and in those videos filmed 25 storeys above Paulista Avenue. It was a typical sunday with nothing much to do except having fun with friends, and the city spreading to the horizon reminded us of the Mapa Mundi (World Map) Thiago sings about.

(Text: Filipe Franco)

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Watch Damon Albarn live from Paris Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:08:23 +0000 We already proclaimed our deep love for Damon Albarn on La Blogo but because we love him so much, we will film his concert at Parisian festival Days Off this Wednesday.

The sold-out gig will be broadcast live here and on Arte Concert from 9:15 French time (8:15pm in London, 3:15pm in New York and 12:15pm in LA). We will also film and broadcast the opening act, Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip, from 8pm French time. Don’t miss it!

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“Arua Amusica” : Take Away Shows in Brazil (3/5) Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:05:27 +0000 Metá Metá

Metá Metá is a São Paulo-based trio formed by guitarist, singer and composer Kiko Dinucci, singer Juçara Marçal & saxophonist Thiago França. After releasing their eponymous debut album in 2011, they have become one of the most celebrated new acts to emerge in the city over the last few years, with an ever-growing audience and critical acclaim. It’s hard to say where they fit in the vast musical history of Brazil and its trends, but it’s possible to distinguish features from African-descendent music, the urban music of Itamar Assumpção’s riff driven songs and several brazilian rhythms such as samba and jongo.

Kiko and Thiago are very expert and inventive instrumentalists and Juçara a great and inspired singer, they sound often as if many musicians were on stage, joined by a hypnotized audience singing along choruses in a language they usually don’t understand a word of – the Yorubá dialect, which was also an inspiration for the group’s name which means « three at the same time ». As popular and peculiar as it could get.

As Metá Metá they have released two albums so far: “Metá Metá” (2011) and “Metal Metal” (2012). Their debut album is more based on the trio and is mostly song-driven. For the second one, they invited other musicians to the sessions and it explores a more agressive, afro-punk sound and also some sonic trips on tracks like “Man Feriman“.

These shootings took place in Kiko’s neighborhood in São Paulo, Cambuci. He gently invited us to kill some time at his place while we waited for the other Metá Metá members, showing us some items of his record collection, some of his favourite Brazillian films such as the great “O Bandido da Luz Vermelha” by Rogério Sganzerla, which is considered of the brazilian marginal cinema of the 60s, and his documentary about afro-religions in Brazil, called “Dança das Cabaças”.

In this sunny autumn afternoon in Cambuci, the trio played Kiko’s “Engasga Gato” and Kiko and Douglas Germano’s “Oranian” along with daily characters of the city… Most notably an enthusiastic fellow in a bar that claps along and ends up getting more syncopated than the group.


(Text: Fernando Rischbieter)


Dom La Nena

Dom La Nena is a Brazilian cellist and singer. She sings mostly in Portuguese and Spanish, but also sometimes in French and English.

« O Vento » (The Wind) is a song from her first album Ela released in the beginning of 2013 and acclaimed by both critics and audience in America as well as in Europe. The 13 songs of the album deals with a certain nostalgic melancholy of her childhood that Dom carries, having lived a very short time in her country until the age of 8, either to follow her parents in France for their studies or to go live by herself in Buenos Aires to study cello with the prodigious Christine Waleska.

This saudade album written at age 21 in the 12th district of Paris, and recorded in the Cévennes mountains at Piers Faccini’s house, has a tensed softness, where sadness and joy co-exist in deep harmony. The memories of the places left come to haunt the ones she settles in, and in this album Dom seems to have found a peaceful place for all the ghosts of the ones she misses. As if she had invented her own country.

It’s always easier to find the right moment to film a musician when you live together… So when we saw this huge and impressive storm coming above Sao Paulo, we instantly thought of Dom’s song « O Vento » inspired by the massive and deadly storms and floods that happened in Brazil recently.

Dom La Nena will release her 2nd album in February 2015. Meanwhile she will be on the road with her project or with Rosemary Standley with whom she forms the band Birds On A Wire.



Everyone loves Emicida. As well as being a respected composer & a followed writer, he became a spokesman of the people.  São Paulo rap scene was for a long time out there in the dark, Emicida brought Rap into the spotlights.

Surrounded by good and faithful friends, he started a do-it-yourself career, producing his mixtapes, singles, recording and burning some CDs to sell it by hand. He sold more than 30.000 records this way, which is very impressive.

it couldn’t be otherwise, Emicida is something else, matching rhymes and melodies perfectly and with such ease. But even all his skills as a singer remain at the background when you’re paying attention to his lyrics.

Emicida started with a successful single “Triunfo” from there he immortalized his whoop A rua é nós (“The street is ours”). One year later he published his first mix tape Pra quem Já Mordeu um Cachorro pro Comida Até que eu Cheguei Longe (“for a guy who once bit a dog for food, i’ve come a long way”). In 2010, Emicida released two other mixtapes: Sua Mina Ouve Meu Rep Tamem and Emicídio. His last work is a studio album called O Glorioso Retorno De Quem Nunca Esteve Aqui (“the glorious return of who was never here”).

The train took us to Laboratorio Fantasma, – his and his friend’s company, guided by our common friend and journalist Peu Araújo, who used to live there , in the north side of São Paulo, in the suburbs. Emicida was with a great partner of him, Rael da Rima who sang this song « A Cada Vento »with him with a voice full of tone that gives a even more melodic aspect to his rhymes.

We shot from his brother balcony who also played guitar for the song. From there, we had an improvised little stage, playing for the people passing by behind the obligatory Sao Paulo fences.


(Text by Filipe Franco)


Watch the previous episodes of our Brazilian Take Away Shows serie here.

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“Arua Amusica” : Take Away Shows in Brazil (2/5) Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:07:20 +0000 Rafael Castro

With eight albums recorded, Rafael is an unstoppable composer, ironic and naïve at the same time, he might even make you weep in the middle of a joke.

Raised in a small town in the state of São Paulo, Rafael has a redneck will to São Paulo’s nightlife. To meet him is a clear sign that you are at the right place. Right where the music is nice, where no one ever sleeps and the booze flows.

It was just in one of those place that Jeremiah met him for the first time. This interesting figure just caught his attention, also the way he was alternating sips of cheap whisky & some the most refined sparkling water bought back from his place in the country.


Apartment 80 was the place, located in the heart of Augusta street, and it was merely an apartment. At the right time, the beds gave room to the stage, and that’s when the party used to start. Many important artists of today started out there.

Now, Rafael coincidentally lives next to this place, and we thought that it could be a nice walk, leaving his home, passing through Augusta and stopping in front of the deceased Apartment 80’s building for a beer.

On the way, Rafael stopped at a bar which was closing, took his guitar, leaned against the window and started to play a sad and beautiful song that he wrote back in his early days in São Paulo, and ironically the song is about the unshared love between a farm animal an its shepherdess.  Right at this introspective moment, the city shows its face in a beautiful dance scene of the ugly.

(Text by Filipe Franco)

Mallu Magalhães

Mallu is a phenomenon. For her 15th birthday, she asked her parents for a studio session as a gift. She recorded 4 tracks that she then put on myspace. Within a few weeks, those songs gathered millions of hits. Three albums later, at 21, she became one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriter of Brazil.


There’s something about Mallu that hooks you right away. This something is found in her songs as well. A subtle mix of gentleness, joyfulness, gravity & playfulness.


She received us with much grace & enthusiasm into her mother’s office house. Her mum Gigi is a landscape architect so we had a beautiful place as a playground for 2 hours. We recorded those 3 songs from her last album Pitanga, amazingly beautiful record produced by the incredbly talented Marcelo Camelo. Those two just formed a band together Banda Do Mar, along with a portuguese musician named Fred. This moment with Mallu was just plain fun.


Lucas Santtana

Lucas is well known for his production works, loaded with experimental sounds, pedals, effects, and different techniques, but also for his beautiful songs and his guitar always present. He’s a portrayal of a fight between electronic and bossa nova, São Paulo and Rio.

For this film, the newspaper Folha had offered us to use their heliport on the rooftop of their building… an amazing sight at the night fall for Lucas to play his song « Nighttime in the Backyard » as the sun was disappearing over Sao Paulo.

This take is the only one we could use because of the thousands of airwaves we were right in the middle of, that would never stop whispering into our HF mics…

Read and watch the first episode of the serie here

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Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:25:49 +0000 It’s 4 on the morning. Mike Pickering is where everybody’s looking at : the DJ booth. Waves of acid house are coming downstairs on the dancing bodies. Nobody seems to show interest in alcohol while hundreds of little pills go from hands to lips. Security doesn’t seem to care. We are in 1989 and the Haçienda is the centre of the world.

Twenty years later, alcohol prices have tripled. Drugs stay legally away from clubs, but the same trance seems to animate the bodies of a small group of maniacs who, from well-named Factory Floor to Australians masters Jagwar Ma, bring back to life a genre that changed the music world forever.

We are in an old military court house, the Crown Court. Jagwar Ma comes back from downstairs where fake bodies and real torture devices are shown in some former cells. The band is here to put music in a place where justice was displayed.

The first row is packed, Tame Impala’s tshirt included. Everybody’s getting ready to jump when the highly ravy psychedelism of “Come Save Me” overwhelms the place. We are in Bristol or maybe in Madchester. The Happy Mondays are messing around in the back. Or maybe it’s just a group of friends having fun. Tony Wilson is clapping frenetically while Bob Gretton is in a mood as per usual.

1989 and 2014 are like one during this explosive acid trip, leaving everybody sweaty and extatic. Jagwar Ma is legal ecstasy.

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“Arua Amusica” : Take Away Shows in Brazil (1/5) Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:58:07 +0000 Luisa Maita

Kiko wanted to introduce us to some friends of his, we didn’t know anything more than that when we arrived at Rodrigo Campos’ in the Pinheiros district of Sao Paulo.

Kiko Dinucci is one of the most talented and skilled musician of his generation, and that’s how our friend Vincent Moon recommended him to us. With the singer Juçara Marçal and saxophonist Thiago França they form the amazing afro-samba band Metà Metà which will be featured in a take-away show soon…

It’s 11am and Rodrigo offers us tea and cakes… Kiko says he sees everything of a real Lord in him, and we too are charmed to find in his character the gentleness we find in his songs. Criolo arrives, and then Luisa whom we only knew by name.

The atmosphere in the room is as sweet as Rodrigo’s attentions, we understand quickly that like in the golden years that defined brazilian music for a long time, friendship and music are very much tied together for this generation of musicians that are going forward playing with each other all the time.

Luisa Maita is shy, she would like to change clothes or put make-up on, but thankfully Rodrigo insists for some cinéma-vérité.
In 2011, she was already considered as one of the most promising voice of Brazil, and we were just about to understand why. The intensity and the softness in her voice were captivating and thrilling.

Luisa sings one of Rodrigo’s songs « Amor na Vila Sonia », Vila Sonia is a suburb of Sao Paulo. In this song, a boy falls madly in love with a girl while watching a football game, when their eyes cross during a goal.


Rodrigo Campos

In Rodrigo’s neighborhood, we stop at a lanchonette for a coffee, and while Criolo goes to directly to the TV and gets hypnotized by a football game, Kiko & Rodrigo want to play here. In his first album Sao Mateus nao e um lugar assim tao longe through various characters Rodrigo chronicles the life of the suburbs of Sao Paulo, places like Sao Mateus where he was raised. This song « Samuel », co-written with Kiko Dinucci, deals with the reactions of a young guy coming from a far out district to downtown Avenida Paulista for the first time.

The people around them in the café seem to have everything of some potential characters for Rodrigo’s songs.

Since then, Rodrigo along with Kiko, Marcelo Cabral & Romulo Froes formed a band by the name of Passo Torto which just won the prestigious award of Brazilian music for best band.



At this time, Criolo as a rapper was recognized by just a few. For some he was nicknamed « Crazy Criolo ». Before that he was a social worker, but then he was just about to release his second album No Na Orelha (The ear’s node).

First, Criolo sings acapella in the store of a seamstress, then he plays with the other the great samba of his album Linha De Frenthe (Front Line) that deals with social injustices in the country. « Money comes to confound love » he sings.

Eventually, more and more excited by playing music altogether, seeing a beautiful blue wall a bit further, they decide to play « Mariô », orisha of this color, to which they pay tribute in this song that they co-wrote together.

A few weeks later, Criolo releases his album independently… and becomes a phenomenon and a new icon for the country.

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La Blogo loves Brazil Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:28:20 +0000 It’s the World Cup in Brazil but we decided to forget about soccer for a while and show you a serie of Take Away Shows filmed by our director Jeremiah in 2011 and 2012 in the beautiful city of São Paulo.

Every week until the end of the World Cup, we will disclose three new videos of Brazilian artists we love, from A Barca, Criolo, Dom La Nena, Apanhodor So, Emicida, Kiko Dinucci and Luisa Maita, to Rafael Castro, Meta Meta, Lucas Santtana, Mallu Magalhaes, Thiago Pethit, Tulipa Ruiz and Rodrigo Campos.

Until that, here is a short film, Arua Amusica, that Jeremiah made to celebrate the city and its life. The Take Away Shows are coming soon.

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Mutual Benefit Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:04:37 +0000 At 7pm, we were talking about a unique song played in the middle of the crowd.
At 7:04pm, we started discussing a second track sang outside, in front of the venue, next to the canal.
At 7:12pm, we were thinking that a third song under the bridge, near the fire station, would be fun right?
At 10:37pm, we walked back, exhilarated, from an intense Take Away Show of four songs filmed in one shot with the whole venue behind us.

]]> 0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:55:32 +0000 There’s often just one take. The obvious one. The one which has this little something else that will make the director keep it even before seeing the footage.

But sometimes, there’s more than one and then comes an internal struggle – it generally ends up sadly with a choice : the take we choose will be the only one you’ll see from a Take Away Show for which we had more than one worth showing.

This choice is ours and excludes you. It forces you to embrace a director’s vision, to follow his steps and live the experience he lived while filming the band – so many takes are hidden in our drawers.

For this Take Away Show, we wanted to change that a little bit. From being a viewer, you can now become an actor by chosing rue de Juillet, rue de l’Ermitage or rue de Ménilmontant. It’s up to you now to love the take with the sweet old man at the widow checking what MØ is doing with her guitarist downstairs, the one in which a woman holds her cigarette back in her mouth so she can clap or the one in which cars get in the way of MØ’s steps without disturbing her voice.

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