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Loomer shoots for new music video

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Shoegazer-noise quartet Loomer is shooting in southern fields of Brazil their next music video, “Dark Star”. The song, inspired by a 1974 John Carpenter movie, “Dark Star” will feature scenes recorded in a farm at São Lourenço do Sul, Brazil.

Richard La Rosa, Loomer’s guitarrist, is directing the music video as he already did for earlier works from his own band and other friends bands.  He says that “there will be no direct relation to Carpenter’s movie, just some spacey, star night feelings”. Loomer plans to release four other videos from their debut album, “You Wouldn’t Anyway”.

Buy their limited version vinyl or digipack CD. “Dark Star” music video will be out soon.

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Posted on 08/31/2014 12:33

Loomer now available in your favorite digital store

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You can now buy the digital version of “You Wouldn’t Anyway” in one of these stores:
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id896528764
Rdio: http://rd.io/x/Qj4Fe7U/
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/735Y58TynbA2qSBhoAeyuk

Posted on 08/12/2014 8:48

Doc about brazilian surfer in Long Beach Film Festival

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Brazilian documentary “Radical” will be screened at Long Beach International Film Festival this week. The movie tells the story of brazilian surfer Dadá Figueiredo, one of the world´s best surfer in the 8o’s and a complete anti-hero amongst brazilian surfer community. Dada loved punk rock and had a very radical surfing style. He said whatever he wanted and this was very defying for the newborn surfing market in Brazil in that period.

We from midsummer madness remember Dadá as an icon, for his surfing and for his musical taste. And that´s why we are proud to license songs from our cast to the movie soundtrack. There´s Pelvs, Stellar, Gambitos, O Garfo and Cassim. “Radical Rio”  is a 3Film Group production, famous for other music documentaries as the History of brazilian punk rock band Cólera and a documentary about producer Don Letts.

PS.: “Radical” won for best foreign movie!!! Congrats 3Film!

Posted on 07/24/2014 15:17

Loomer’s debut album going well on reviews

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Loomer on japanese noise blog Muso Planet.

A four-piece band with ‘true alternative rock’ spirit, tottally influenced by brit/irish rock and sounding a lot like bands as my Bloody Valentine, The Jesus And Mary Chain or even the brazilian Low Dream.
Brazilian Blog Outro Indie

Position 8 on the Best Albuns of 2013
Brazilian Blog A Ilha dos Mendigos

Position 6 on the Best Albuns of 2013
Brazilian Blog Ride Into The Sound

Well balanced in distortions, melody and noise, Loomer got it with an album with 90′s vibe full of riffs à la Sonic Youth e Yo La Tengo…
Brazilian Blog Rock’n’Beats.

This is, as far as I can tell the debut release from Brazilian band Loomer. The first thing you’ll notice is the fantastic sleeve. More importantly though it sounds pretty terrific as well. It’s part of a digital release which contains two tracks, the other being a number called Dark Star which is also well worth a listen. You can download the whole release here.
Blog / podcast Burning World

Posted on 07/09/2014 16:10

Supercordas second album review

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Blog Space Rock Mountain wrote about Supercordas – A Mágica Deriva Dos Elefantes (2012)
I may be a bit late on writing this album up but that is no reason to forego such a talented band. This isn’t the first time I posted Supercordas, as I was a huge fan of their previous album, seres verdes ao redor, and only through the various distractions of life lost track long enough to allow this newer album to slip under my radar. To re-introduce the band, Supercordas are a Brazilian psychedelic band that makes what I believe to be superbly produced and composed songs that bear a great deal of influence from the later Beatles albums and Elephant 6 collective. While I know that alone makes them far from unique, certainly among what I post up, but they do it in such a finely tuned way I place them in the cream of the crop. Moreover, they sing entirely in their native Portuguese, which by itself makes it an interesting listen and will point to the powerful influence of Brazil’s own longstanding psychedelic tradition with heavy hitters like Caetano Veloso, Os Mutantes and Gilberto Gil. Most ardently recommended to fans of either tropicalia or E6.

Listen to A Magica Deriva dos Elefantes here.
Buy A Magica Deriva dos Elefantes CD version here. Or here.
Buy A Magica Deriva dos Elefantes digital version here.

Or here:
Amazon: here
Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/album/6195691
eMusic: http://www.emusic.com/listen/#/search/music/Supercordas%20A%20Magica%20Deriva%20dos%20Elefantes/:
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id588921890
Rdio: http://rd.io/x/Qj5mfig/
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/4NW0Ql5kqlzGCv8Ixeucgc

 

Posted on 07/09/2014 14:14

The Baudelaires – Charlie

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Second album by northern power pop brazilian band The Baudelaires. Band began in 2009 when Andro Felipe and Marcelo Kahwage got together. They have previously played in local rock bands, Vinil Laranja and Dharma Burns. Their love for Big Star and Posies made them compose the first songs of waht would become 4 songa in their debut recordings, the album School Days (Ná Music).

After 2 EPs, their 2nd album Charlie was released in the end of 2013, via crowdfunding. Paolo Millea, editor in the blog Power Pop Station wrote thar  “no matter if it pulses in a north american, spanish or japanese heart. The stream of wellness is always generated by the sound waves of angelic harmonies. No matter whether these hearts are in a city in the Amazon – because, in fact, there’s no place to hide from the power pop. Not in New York, Tokyo or Belem“.

Charlie features 12 songs, and a bonus track, “She’s a Queen”, re-recorded from their first album. One can listen to influences by Big Star, Posies and Teenaga Fanclub. The Baudelaires sing in english and that’s that.

Listen to the full album here.
Buy Charlie CD version here. Or here.
Buy Charlie digital version here.

 

Posted on 07/09/2014 13:40

Spotlight on Churrus

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Churrus got together in 2004 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, when Tulio Panzera, Bruno Orsini and Luiz Flavio Neves met. Later, Matheus Lopes (Guitar), Branco (Bass), Fabrício (Drums) and Júlia (Keyboards) joined the band for their first live performance. The line-up continued to evolve when, in 2005, Panzera moved to England. Fred Dutton, Richard Jones and Simon Watkins all came on board.

Back in Brazil in the middle of 2006, Panzera brought friends Matheus Lopes, Bruno Martinho, Peppo and Bruno Orsini back into the fold to record the first Churrus’ album, The Greatest Day. The American band Pernice Brothers wrote some special comments about the record.

In 2010, Túlio Panzera, Matheus Lopes, Bruno Martinho, Paulo Souza e Luis Couto gathered to record the second album, entitled Monotone. The album is more dense and live sounding.  Songs were written by all band members, and references still point to indie rock, lo-fi and shoegaze. Indie Pages blog wrote about it:

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In 2013, Churrus put out their 3rd album, entitled Transcontinental, a direct reference to Panzera’s constant travels between South America and Europe. The record has 15 tracks, sounding more confident than before, with riffs and melodies tending to shoegazer and power pop, now a declared preference. Two original guitarists, Panzera and Matheus, now have company: Luis Couto adds a 3rd guitar to Churrus songs.

Listen to all Churrus records here.
Buy digital versions of all their albuns here.
Buy Transcontinental CD version, here. Or here.
Buy Monotone CD version, here. Or here.

Or else:
Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/album/6942050
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id687734567
Rdio: http://rd.io/x/Qj53cKo/
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/26SnPY7BvgXtT4lgBx9Eak

 

Posted on 07/09/2014 13:05

Spotlight on Motormama

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Motormama was born from the ashes of Motorcycle Mama, a band that survived the first decade of brazilian indie scene in the 90′s. Régis Martins and Joca stayed in the band while the original drummer left. In the end of 1999, they called new friends to a new atempt, Motormama, a blend of Mutantes psychaedelia, Neil Young’s folkness and some old garage rock. A demo-CD was released in 2000 entitled Mestiço Rock ‘n’ Roll (mm55, midsummer madness). In 2002, Motormama toured the country, what is not an easy thing to do in Brazil. Cities like Belo Horizonte, Brasí­lia, São Paulo and a very important appearance at festival Bananada in Goiânia where followed by positive reviews and some fans.

In 2003, they released their 1st full album, Carne de Pescoço with 13 songs. Recorded between 2001 & 2002, in their hometown Ribeirão Preto, it was printed on their own label, Kaskavel Musik, and distributed by midsummer madness.

About this record, brazilian music magazine Zero wrote: “Motormama don’t fear agroboys and blends pure rock with powerful instrumentals and smart lyrics. The opening tune, “Adeus Maluco” has Gisele Z’s hypnotizing vocal, and a sharp guitar solo that strikes later. A cheesy keyboard guides the song “Rota Caipira (Anhanguera Folk Song)” and a shy guitar with loads of distortion appears in “Cosmorama”. Also remarkable are “Sujeito Honesto”, “Mercado de Pulgas” (kinda bluegrass), the power-pop driven “Me enterrem em Assunción” and the rockabilly flavour in ‘Saliva Quente.’

In 2006, Motormama released its 2nd album, A Legí­tima Cia Fantasma, a joint-venture release printed by Kaskavel and midsummer madness. Régis Martins (guitar, viola and vocals), Joca (bass and vocals), Gustavo Acrani (keyboards), Gisele Z. (vocals) e Ricardo Noryo (drums) delivers more 14 songs full of country a la Stills, Nash & Young soaked on Pixies’ feedback. Brazilian Rolling Stone magazine scored this album with 4 out of 5 stars.

Three years later, the 3rd album came out: Aloha Esquimo, recorded again in their hometown. From this album, the music video for “Preciso Me Vingar Oh Babe” made the band expand its contacts outside Brazil and, for the first time, they played Pop Montreal Festival in Canada. In 2013 the band released a 7″ vinyl with 2 songs and participated in the 2014 edition of Primavera Sound Festival, in Barcelona, Spain.

After 15 years, 3 albuns, many EPs, songs and shows, Motormama carries on, sometimes more as a friendship blender than a band, as many good groups in Brazil do. It’s our lucky that their friendship results in so many good songs.

You can buy their 3rd album here.
Or here:
Motormama – Aloha Esquimó
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id674326959
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/2bnNxBA8rxXEPM23bIsjFp

Other albuns:
Motormama – A Legítima Cia Fantasma
iTunes: here
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/2Ky1KQ2yKr5WuZRgqBBkZl

Motormama – Flores Sujas no Quintal
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/6YIiaVquxSnq1opG30GoSd
You can listen and download Motormama’s songs here.

 

Posted on 06/15/2014 22:00

Spotlight on: Ampslina

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Ampslina formed in Recife (northeast Brazil) in the middle of June 1995 by a group of friends. Luciana (vocals) and Alcides (guitars) met while studying Architecture at University (UFPE) . Henrique (bass) is Alcides brother, the other members were friends and neighbours invited for the adventure. In that time, Luciana was 17, Alcides, 20, and Henrique was 18 years old. The brothers used to play together since the middle 80′s but the idea of a project influenced by Mutantes happened only in University time.

Later in 2004, they rejoined to play at a friend’s party. Surprisingly, some friends asked them to play their own songs. After that, they decided to reunite the band. Ampslina reborn with new purpose and formation. In 2005, Diego Araújo (Sweet Fanny Addams‘ bass player) joined the 3 original members to play drums and so did Lorena in violin and vocals later in 2006. The present formation was completed when Ricardo entered to replace Diego and most recently Rogério assumed programming and guitars after “Curva e Linha” EP recording.

This new Ampslina are still dense, with harmonic confluence between violin and guitar, sweet voices, strong rhythms and electronic effects. After the gap, they feel themselves more mature and musically sensitive, this could be naturally perceived through lyrics and melodies of their new songs. Besides friendship, technological facilities and interfaces such as internet and recording softwares, new members with different influences and tones stimulated A&L to perform and write songs.

Luciana says, “After releasing ‘Curva e Linha’ we didn’t know what or how would be the audience feedback but in fact we trusted the songs. We knew that we had in our hands the result of our differences and not simply a product of any external formula adopted for us.” Actually, there are many differences. Alcides and Henrique’s father is a popular songwriter in Frevo (a tradicional rhythmn from the northeast Brazil). Despite that, both brothers enjoy blues and classical rock. Rogério likes samba-rock and such as Luciana and Lorena also likes alternative rock. But both girls also enjoy fusions, electronic music, jazz, and so on.

Kind of a Mangue Beat, ain’t that?
Could be… but not repeating formulas, like Luciana said: “If Recife has a sound considered multicultural, so we fit where music is completely free to float, where we can mix tones, sound effetcs, to experiment our passions and feelings. But regional rhythms and aspects are not our references, it wouldn’t sound true. We were raised by the concrete but we could not deny our popular culture. It is just a matter of life experience.”

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Ampslina 2004 formation

“Curva e Linha” ‘s recording started in March 2007 at Pierre’s studio with a little help from Guilherme Gadelha on keyboards, samplers and effects. It was finished in June 2007 at Proclo’s studio with the help from another friend, Enio Damasceno (from local band Mellotrons) playing synths and eletronic effects. Diego (from Sweet Fanny Addams) helped with mixdown and mastering in a home studio.

In 2008, Ampslina recorded a version of Beatles‘ “Good Night”, taken from the White Album. A brazilian journalist is compiling fan versions from brazilian bands.

In 2008, Luciana left the band. Ju Orange became Ampslina new vocalist and the band build his own recording studio. In this studio they record and relaese the second digital EP entitled “Insone”. 

In 2010 Amsplina recorded a version for Yoko Ono’s “Listen, The Snow is Falling”, from the “Wedding Album”. This version takes part on a double tribute album called “Mr Lennon” and “Mrs Lennon” released by brazilian record label Discobertas.

You can listen and download Ampslina EPs at their portuguese page here - http://mmrecords.com.br/ampslina-2/

 

Posted on 02/25/2008 18:35

Review on Indie Pages

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Various – Porque este oceano es el tuyo, es el mio (midsummer madness / Si No Puedo Bailar… )

South America has long had a pretty decent indiepop scene, though few bands (like Postal Blue and Pale Sunday) ever really seem to get much attention up here. Well, for anyone interested in hearing what’s going on down there, this hour-long collection of songs from all over the continent (plus one from Mexico) would be a great place to start. Most of these bands are new to me, although there were a couple songs that I’ve heard elsewhere, including the best song from Hacia Dos Veranos’s 2004 EP and yet another album track on a compilation from the excellent Luisa Mandou Um Beijo (who I really would love to hear more from!). Other favorites come from the delightfully jangly Amelia and Apanhador Só, the dreamy Lissa and the crooning Coiffeur. Not strictly indiepop, this disc also contains a few electronic songs, most of which I wasn’t too into, although I did like the poppy song from Ondo and parts of Filme’s jazzy composition. Of course, all of these songs are sung in Spanish or Portuguese, but language barriers are no matter for true fans of pop!

by Chris Mac – Indie Pages

CD version is sold out.
Download digital copy at http://mmrecords.com.br/porque-este-oceano/

Posted on 01/14/2008 19:25