Monthly Archives: August 2006

Os Mutantes @ Webster Hall, NYC – 21-July-2006

Os Mutantes @ Webster Hall

I made it to the first live show ever in the U.S. by Brazilian band Os Mutantes while in New York.  The band recorded in the late 60s and 70s, but had been dormant for 30 years.  I got into the hall just shortly before the band went on.  It took a little while for the band and sound to gel, and I didn’t recognize many of the early songs, but things got better.  A strange mix of sounds and styles, sometimes Beatles, sometimes more Beach Boys, but in the end themselves.  It was a big band on stage, ten people total, with the two brothers up front along with a new woman singer.
Review from the Village Voice by Jason Gross.

Photo from Flickr.

Two books of their times

I found this old paperback during my roamings in New Jersey, and it was just too irresistable. First published in 1972, Acapulco Gold by Edwin Corley is a tale of advertising men getting a shot at the next big product launch, marijuana! The premise is that the newly elected Democratic president was leaning toward legalization/decriminalization of the weed, and so one tobacco company wants to get grab market share by getting product on the shelves first. Story comes with soul-searching by ad-men, a Nader-like research campaign into advertising abuses, cigar-chomping Southern tobacco kings, and other great stuff. A quick fun read.

King Dork by Frank Portman

Also found King Dork by Frank Portman, a ‘young adult’ novel published this year. It’s a renewing of the alienated and dorky teen story such as Catcher in the Rye (as you can see from the cover design), but updated to include oral sex and AP classes and the like. Portman is a rock guy (of the band Mr T Experience) and it shows in the book; I’m not sure how many young teens today really know so much sixties and seventies music, but anyway… The narrator is Tom Henderson, aka Chi-Mo, and the story of his nickname is all too realistic.  It’s a kind of fun and kind of painful story of the beginnings of growing up.

Asking the Wrong Questions has a good short review up (warning: it does give away some of the plot).