I unexpectedly ended up going to yet another show last night after my band practice. It was at Tonic in NYC, and the band was Smokey Hormel and Miho Hatori’s Los Afros Samba. Smokey is a guitarist who plays with Beck, and Miho is one of the singers in Cibo Matto. Anyway, they were pretty good, playing a mix of Brazilian standards (e.g. my fave, ‘canto d’ossanha’) and originals, with some great authentic percussion. The overall effect was kind of like Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, but without Sergio on the piano. It was a cool sound.
I’ve been listening to a lot of old Morrissey songs, which I’ve been downloading. They really are pretty wonderful, particularly the earlier ones from 88-89 (obvious ones like ‘suedehead’, ‘every day is like sunday’, but also ‘sister I’m a poet’). I’m warming up for the Smiths/Morrissey karaoke night this weekend at Cinema Classics here in nyc.