July 14, 2004 | Posted by blair at 12:30 PM

to get you through

it is wednesday, and if i need a little help getting over the hump, you probably do too - to get us there, i present:


"Samba de Orfu" by Jobim and Bonfa -- this comes from the Black Orpheus soundtrack, which helped popularize brazillian music in the US back in the 50s. i've been a big fan of Jobim for a long time, and this song is so pretty the way it holds the balance between simple brazillian jazz guitar, and the crazy childrens-chorus breakdown that rules the second half of the song. yummy... (the rest of the soundtrack is great, and heavy on the batucada, buy it here)


"I Am Blue" by Grover -- yes, from sesame street - who knew grover was a blues-man? i love this. it makes me wish i'd been a little kid when this came out - of course i was young enough in the late 70s/early 80s to have watched sesame street religously, but still. i wish children's music was still this fucking good. (this is out of print, but you can probably find it at your local swapmeet, garage sales, or on gemm.com)

and


"Brown Skin Girl" by Harry Belafonte -- yeah yeah, "day-o, dayyyy-o" whatever. i sang that song all the time when i was a kid, then it showed up in Beetlejuice (holla!), but this song is something else entirely... its so soft and pretty. listen to that gentle guitar at the bridge, and the little pauses? man. i met him a little while ago when he came into the lounge i DJ at (fridays, at flute in midtown). i introduced myself and told him how much i liked his music, and he was pleasant and humble in return - HB is the man. (pick up the album on the cheap)

Comments

Wow, that Grover track was amazing.
Somone get the muppet a drink and a woman.

Posted by: David at July 14, 2004 05:56 PM

Fuck dude, these are great.

Posted by: forksclovetofu at July 14, 2004 09:08 PM

Thanks, this Wednesday has been one helluva hump. So where's the camel? Sorry, see, week getting to me!

Posted by: jae at July 14, 2004 09:18 PM

Man, I love Black Orpheus. I've seen it two or three times - so creepy.

Thanks for the Grover track too. I'm going to play it for my 15 month old in the morning!

Posted by: batface89 at July 14, 2004 11:12 PM

Hot fucking post!

Posted by: esco at July 15, 2004 04:57 AM

Good stuff! Makes me want to dig up a nice copy of the Sesame Street disco record that I loved so much as a kid (featured Ernie singing "Disco Duck" among other things). Or the "Free To Be You And Me" soundtrack--another great childrens' album classic.

Also I really dig your vinyl transfer of "Brown Skinned Girl." There's a bit of odd stereo separation going on there that you only hear on old records. :D

Posted by: moerex at July 15, 2004 04:18 PM

hey guys thanks for the great comments - i'll do some more posts like this - re brown skin girl's sound, exactly! the record sounds totally amazing, like the old beach boys records, with tons of stereo separation and amazing tape noise from the recording...

Posted by: robot blair at July 18, 2004 05:22 PM

Wow, I have that Harry Belafonte album on vinyl at home. I don't think that's ever happened for a track off an mp3blog.

Posted by: Sabina at July 20, 2004 04:13 PM

Where is the grover track :-( I see a lot of these links no longer work, copyright problems? Anyway, if anyone can get me the grover track that would be cool. I remember hearing a track he did with Madeline Khan "Be My Echo" and it really made my day.

Posted by: Jason at August 20, 2004 12:50 AM

sorry jason, but we only keep songs online for one week and this post is over a month old

Posted by: robot blair at August 20, 2004 09:16 AM

Hi, You should check out hairspray

Posted by: quick fix at October 31, 2004 02:40 PM

Hi, You should check out hairspray

Posted by: quick fix at October 31, 2004 02:42 PM

I too would love to get a copy of the track for my son...
Can anyone point me in the REAL right direction or even send me a copy?
MUCHO GRACIAS!

Posted by: monkeyboy at January 5, 2005 10:01 AM
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