There's a tiny island town in Brazil called Morro do Sao Paolo where the idea of "the honeymoon" was born. It takes a winding cab ride through the jungle and two boat rides to get there, but once you do, you’re hit by sweeping ocean views and the smell of passion fruit that mysteriously wafts through the air at all times. This is a place where cars aren’t allowed. Where beautiful Argentinean girls with tan legs and ankle bracelets invite you to parties on the beach. Where you dance to the Brazilian pop song of the moment in the rain at 3 am, while guzzling down drinks made of [...]
All Things Considered ran a piece this weekend about the second-most recorded pop song in history. ("But what is the first?" you ask. Don't worry, they tell you.) Did you know "The Girl From Ipanema" is a real girl and she's only 66? The song is so perfect, it feels weird that it hasn't just always existed. And where is Ipanema? It's all in here.
Your new favorite girl gang is Pearls Negras, a trio of teenage rappers from Brazil. They released their debut mixtape, Biggie Apple, back in February, and I play the hook from their excellent "Pensando em Você" in my head when I am trying to walk in heels. If anyone wants to ride around in a Jeep playing "Guerreira" on loop later, lemme know.
Brazilian electro punks CSS are party professionals whose songs are all intoxicating rave-ready mash-ups of strobe lights, glow sticks, and glitter. And while they have yet to top anthems like “Music Is My Hot Hot Sex” and “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above,” the band still knows how to have a good time. In their latest video, frontwoman and lead partier Lovefoxxx hits the streets of New York in a tale of small-town frustration/big-city liberation. (The album is called La Liberación, after all.) After a quick wardrobe adjustment and bathroom dye job, she stomps around the city like she owns it, flashing outfit changes, whipping her [...]
For a lively start to the day, here's some "wild and weird and wonderful" music from Brazilian electropop group Bonde do Rolê. It's their second album, Tropicalbacanal, which, per their label Mad Decent, "turn[s] Brazilian folk songs into dance tracks, and … make[s] rockabilly replays into haunting taunts." (Tropicalbacanal is also available for $8.99 on iTunes.) It gets a little screamy around track seven. But then it comes back around.
Elsewhere: Nicki Minaj's "Pound the Alarm" video.
"Since they have no predators, piranhas have started attacking people on the beach." —A Brazilian environmental expert explains why piranhas bit 100 Brazilian people's feet last weekend. It remains to be seen whether putting more tilapia in the water — their chosen antidote — will prove effective.