Friday, August 29, 2008

Hello Old Thing, Hello New Thing: 37

Gilberto Gil: Procissão (Phillips, 1968)
There aren't many people who could argue that, as an entire package, they're a lot cooler than Gilberto Gil. A long-term musical and political activist, his late 60's work was thought of as so inflammatory that it got him thrown in prison by Brazil's then military government. He was, until recently the country's Minister For Culture. That's progress, right? Anyhoo, this absolute belter of psychedelic, tropicalian, sambatic loveliness was originally to be found here, but it's now here for a very reasonable price. Stuffed full of uh-mazing choons too...


Hollowbody: Chains (Sleeping Horse, 2008)
I opened my post this morning and there was a hand-written postcard from this chap Dan Weltman who records as Hollowbody. Now, I'm a complete sucker when it comes to hand-written notes, so I whacked this straight on and, oh dear, it's really, really good. Weltman has a fantastically easy sort of voice, like he's not hugely bothered if you're listening or not, and he swings in and around the tune with a real charm. He plays that guitar nicely too. So, a good package then. Thanks for the CD Dan. Good luck with it all...

4 comments:

Karen said...

Rob, I hate to be really pedantic, but he's quit the government to concentrate on his music. http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jKjYIX1n2KgOYBZkgwhR6rh7bGDA

Rob said...

I stand corrected! Thanks Karen.

Ginger said...

Apologies for leaving this message here but I could not find a contact email for you. Hi,

Would it be ok to send you a promo cd for review/news consideration at landcrofthouse? We are releasing the first single by Headtapes on 22 Sep 2008 entitled 'Love Is Suicide'
The bands website is www.myspace.com/headtapesofficial
The lead track and some clips of remixes are there to listen to. If you are happy to receive mp3s I can forward one to your preferred address along with the press release. Thanks for your time

Best regards,
Ginger
Dogamusic Records
email: dogamusic@headtapes.co.uk
www.dogamusic.org

Krista said...

Thanks for introducing me to Hollowbody. I love him.

Check out Devil in a Woodpile when you get a chance...Chicago band. A bit more Dixie...

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