Gong: two good bands under the same name

28 Dec 2017 / Leonardo Barichello

I discovered the band Gong about 15 years ago when I was more into psychedelic music in general. The albums from the Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy are a truly psychedelic experience somewhere between rock and jazz. Good stuff.

Time passes and interests change. Now, I am not so interested in psychedelic stuff, but when I decided to revisit some old albums I came across Gong. After some wikipedia research, I decided to have a go with Pierre Moerlen's Gong: a new formation of the band with more percussion, jazz-driven and less psychedelic. Also, they issued an album called Expresso II. I am not sure the name is a reference to coffee (it apparently was, but I could not find any reliable source), but of course it was enough to get my attention.

Although the style is completely different from the Radio Gnome Invisible albums, I really enjoyed the sound: somewhere between rock and jazz with a really good vibe.

Cala a boca, menina(o)

06 Dec 2017 / Leonardo Barichello

Adoro Karnak, mas nem sempre consigo entender as misturas de referências de algumas de suas músicas e a música Cala a boca, menina (do primeiro cd da banda, Karnak, de 1994) é um desses casos.

A música foi gravada pela primeira vez por Dorival Caymmi, mas não é de sua autoria. Aparentemente, trata-se de um canto tradicional de capoeira. A colagem psicodélica do Karnak começa com a leitura (de arrepiar os pelos do cu, como diria Almodovar) de um trecho de um poema de Álvaro de Campos (heterônimo de Fernando Pessoa) na voz de Antonio Abujamra. Segue com a participação vocal de Tom Zé quase explicando o que seria cabula (palavra mencionada na letra da música) e termina com a voz de Marisa Orth ao fundo em uma aparente briga conjugal, lembrando o vocal feminino enfurecido am algumas das músicas de Itamar Assumpção.

Desisti de colocar links para todas as referências da música (tem outras que não inclui aqui por não ter entendido). Fica apenas o som e que a curiosidade de cada um faça o resto do trabalho.

Caernarfon castle

27 Nov 2017 / Leonardo Barichello

Recently, I visited Caernarfon castle and it was the most impressive castle I have visited in the UK.

It is located in Caernarfon, north Wales. The access by train is not simple, but it worth the trip!

If you go for it, I recommend to combine this visit with Conwy (another small walled welsh city with a beautiful castle - about 40 minutes away from Caernarfon) and Chester (a English walled city packed with well preserved Tudor houses - about 50 minutes away from Conwy).

Shambles kitchen

25 Nov 2017 / Leonardo Barichello

York is the kind of city that I recommend every time some friend comes from Brazil to visit me in Nottingham. The city is lovely, the streets are picturesque, the walk in the walls is very pleasant, the minster is impressive and there are a range of goods museums available (even though I did not like the rail museum - I apparently am not a train person).

If you are going there, I strongly recommend a visit to Shambles Kitchen, a local independent small "restaurant" located at the end of the famous Shambles street. The menu is reduced, but the two sandwiches I tried there (pulled pork and home-made pastrami) were really good!

The place is small, so not much seats available and do not expect anything special or fantastic, just very good sandwiches for a quick and relatively cheap bite.



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