I think everyone from Brazil has a “Gilberto” in their name somewhere. But my favorite Gilberto right now is the country’s current Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil. Flash back 38 years, though, and you’ll read about how Gil, one of the true leaders of the Brazilian Tropicália psychedelic movement, was arrested by the military and subsequently exiled. You know a dude is cool as shit if he’s been exiled.
His 1971 album is even cooler than his life story (not really), and it’s been getting tons of play on my iPod of late. So imagine my surprise when I came across this YouTube clip last night of a fantastic little jam session between Gil and Stevie Wonder. I’m speechless after watching this thing. I am officially without speech.
- We’re gonna kick off this week’s subsection with some hot Blind Faith. The supergroup/side project debuted at a big show in London’s Hyde Park in 1969. And while Clapton’s on record as saying he thought the first gig was subpar, I think this version of Can’t Find My Way Home is pretty sweet.
- Sticking with the Winwoodian Nature of Things, I’ll hand this one over to the immortal cumpare Bill Graham: “In association with Her Majesty the Queen, we bring you Traffic.” Well, half of ‘em at least. Here’s a rippin’ Pearly Queen from The Last Great Traffic Jam in 1994.
- For a look back at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius and the burgeoning psychedelic movement in music, check out this strangely inviting promo clip of Donovan’s Sunshine Superman from 1966.
- We ran a review a month ago yesterday from our friend Neddy after The Bad Plus squatted at the Village Vanguard for a long stay. Today we gladly present the quasi-jazz band’s astoundingly unique take on Smells Like Teen Spirit from Argentina’s Thelonius Club back in October.
- I swear I’m trying to keep this department free of the ol’ standbys, but some great clips keep crossing my desk. Here’s a well-shot video of the Trey Anastasio Band nailing Push On ‘Til the Day at Bonnaroo in 2002.
How about youse? Anyone see some cool shit on the Tube of You this week?