New Release: ‘Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia’

 

10 years of legal debacles later comes the release of Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia. The compilation is part of Luaka Bop’s World Psychedelic Classics series and is out on October 2, and introduced the Brazilian legend to the US audience.

If it weren’t for his onstage heart attack in 1998, Tim Maia would be ringing in his 70th birthday on September 28 (tomorrow). In celebration of Maia’s upcoming birthday, Luaka Bop is hosting worldwide birthday festivities including tribute shows, DJ sets and live performances. Folks can find the skinny on these events on Tim’s Facebook page.

On the new release, you’ll find recordings spanning the 1970s, which include the songs he wrote for his spiritual cult of sorts called Energia Racional. Enjoy the full stream of some glittery and groovy Brazilian psychadelia.

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Studies of Tom Zé: Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You


Tom Zé
is one of the most influential Brazilian artists of the century with a very innovative and experimental style combining Brazilian folk music with samba and even American rock.  In celebration of Tom having been their inaugural artist to the Luaka Bop label, they are releasing a box set, Studies of Tom Zé: Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You, which will be available October 5th.

Tom Zé got a lucky break thanks to Luaka Bop’s founder, David Byrne: “In the mid 1980′s David Byrne pulled a Tom Zé album out of the samba section of a Rio de Janeiro record store. This purchase started a 25-year-long chain of events that has resulted in this box set…  Studies of Tom Zé: Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You collects for the first time Tom Zé’s ‘study’ records- the visionary Brazilian artist’s singular take on samba, pagode, and bossa nova. A retrospective nearly fifty years in the making.”

The box set includes 4 vinyl records, a bonus CD, an essay about Tom Zé by Brazilian scholar Christopher Dunn, as well as a key to receive all vinyl content as a digital download.

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Márcio Local Video: “Samba Sem Nenhum Problema”

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On the video for the opening track to Márcio Local’s album Márcio Local Says, “Don Day Don Dree Don Don”: Adventures In Samba Soul, he takes us on the perfect trip through Brazil: beach-side bliss, Carnival, football, sunshine, sunsets, and the lush countryside.

Márcio Local stands at the crossroads of two great traditions in modern Brazilian music, with one foot in samba, the heavily percussive Afro-Brazilian dance music that took its modern form in the early twentieth century, and the other in soul, the African American music rooted in the blues that attracted a mass audience in Brazil in the 1960s and 1970s.

The album is out May 12th on Luaka Bop. More Info