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On my last post, I didn't mention any of the artists from my country. As I said on the comments, I was afraid that songs in portuguese wouldn't be well receptioned here, since english is the primary language. But since Iva and Maldoror encouraged me to do so, I'm making a second post only for the music of Brazil.

(Warning: This post will be HUGE)

Ed Motta

I've been listening to him since I was 12. Great musician, awesome singer, even better composer. I have (almost) all his albums on CD. I wanna meet him someday, and maybe if I'm lucky, play something with him, too. He was the one who made me want a Fender Rhodes Piano so bad.

Jóia de mágoa and Entre e ouça


He's been around for so many years, and has released a lot of albums. He recorded a few on the USA, if I'm not mistaken, and had Stevie Wonder playing the harmonica in one of his tracks.

Esquinas and Pétala

Hermeto Pascoal

There isn't a single musical instrument this man can't play. And there isn't a single object he can't use to make music. He has a really great musical ear, and makes great songs. There's a doc on Youtube (I can't find right now - I believe it's called "A arte da criação por Hermeto Pascoal") that shows the making of the soundtrack of a movie - he composed, arranged and recorded the whole thing in TWO DAYS. All by himself.

Susto and Quebrando Tudo (live at Montreux)


He was the lead vocalist of a band (which, to be honest, I never stopped to listen) and later had his solo career. He had a nice work and wrote some pretty good songs. He died on 1990 of septic shock caused by the HIV. Before dying, he finished his last album - because of his poor health, he sang most of the songs on a wheelchair, and the last ones laying down.

Codinome Beija Flor and Um Trem Para As Estrelas

Raul Seixas

I don't have much to say about him, other than the fact I really enjoy his music, and he was one of the musicians that "made me think". Raul died in 1989.

Nuit and Planos de papel

Tim Maia

One of the begginers of the funk/soul music on Brazil. He had a turbulent carreer, and even more turbulent life. Made some true gems of the brazilian music. He died on 1998, one week after having complications on his last (and unfinished) show.

Rodésia and Nuvens

Egberto Gismonti

When I took guitar classes, my teacher would praise this guy a lot - as much as he praised Hermeto Pascoal. It isn't hard to understand now.

Baião Malandro

Zé Ramalho

Remember how I said Raul Seixas was one of the musicians that made me think? Zé Ramalho was one of the other ones.

A dança das borboletas and Luciela

(Bonus: a track from his first record ever - a collaboration between him and Lula Côrtes. It's one of the rarest records of the world, and it's considered by many the very first track of the brazilian psychedelia)

I think I covered pretty much all the music from here I listen the most. There are some others, but I can't write too much about them. If you're interested in listening the brazilian music, then these guys are the ones I recomend for a start. And when you have time, give a try to: Badi Assad, Elis Regina, Quarteto Novo and the bossa nova people.


John is my all-time favourite, but obviously he isn't the only one I listen to. There are the ones that I listened to before him - one of these was the one who introduced John to me - and some others I started listening after him. Gonna list some of these here - with each one, I'll put a link to at least one song. I'm not listing the famous dudes: these are the somewhat obscure ones, the ones that need more people knowing about them.


If you saw my first blog post, you know that this guy was the one who made me know John. I read about him back on 2008, but as the little ignorant (and closed-minded) 12 year old I was, I didn't cared. Time passed, 2012 came, I now was a recently turned 17 years old, and I found out about Yoñlu again. I went to search... and all I could think was "Why the hell I ignored this before? It's gold!" Yoñlu was my first influence and the one who inspired me to start recording my own music - which I always delayed because I thought you couldn't record without a studio. Sadly, Yoñlu commited sucide back on 2006, but his music remains. And I'll make sure that it'll remain forever.

Here I'll put a link to his cover of Ricky, the one that made me know about John, and also to Katie Don't Be Depressed, my all-time favourite song of him

Daniel Johnston

I was browsing the "Outsider music" page on Wikipedia one day just for curiosity, and this guy was on the top of the list. When I read about him, I was curious - "a schizophrenic with bipolar disorder who writes music?" - and went straight to Youtube. Man, I don't regret a single bit. Daniel has a sweet voice and is a great pianist. He plays the guitar, too, and even though he isn't that great on it, he still plays with feeling. I do wanna meet this guy someday.

Somethings Last A Long Time and a home video of Funeral Home

Nick Drake

I don't quite remember how I found out about Nick. All I know is that the first song I listened to was the title track from his final album. For me, he was the most injusticed musician of all time. Despite all the efforts, he failed to become famous while he was alive. He was shy and didn't liked to give interviews or to perform live - his shows were poorly attended and people didn't seem to really understand what he was doing. Nick recorded three albums - two with a backing band and "Pink Moon", the last one, alone. Nick died at the age of 26, on his parents home.

Way To Blue and Things Behind The Sun


This guy, he's a mistery. He releases his records through his own label and never made any public appearance before 2004. To these days, no one is sure of what's his real name. He's just Jandek. His first album is... painful, to say the least. The songs are atonal and he sings in a moaning-untuned voice. But after that, oh, after that it becomes great. On his extense discography, which has at least one album every year since 1981 (between the first one and the second, there's a 3 year gap), there's acoustic, piano solos, blues, garage rock, etc. Worth a listen.

Niagra Blues

Tiny Tim

I bet you know about him without even knowing. Let me explain - you watch Spongebob? Recall the very first episode, Help Wanted? Well, Tiny is the one who sings the song you listen in this episode - Living In The Sunlight. Tiny was famous for his falsetto voice and the ukulele playing, and also for his stage act. He was famous on the late 60s and early 70s, but after that he went obscure again. On the 90s, he gained part of his popularity back, but on 1996 Tiny had two heart attacks - one in September, the other on November, both on stage - and died after the second one.

Living In The Sunlight, Tiptoe Through The Tulips and I'm A Lonesome Little Raindrop


Lots of people seem to have many favourite solos that John did while on RHCP (me included), but what about the ones on his solo work? Here I'll list a few of mine - but I'll provide no especific explanation whatsoever. They're my favourite because of the feelings they bring to me.

10 - The melodica on "A name" (Curtains)

9 - The guitar solo on "The Will to Death" (The Will to Death)

8 - The guitar solo on "Dissolve" (DC EP)

7 - The last drum part on "Hear Say" (PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone)

6 - The 12-string acoustic guitar solo on "The Past Recedes" (Curtains)

5 - The quick guitar solo on "Cut Out" (Shadows Collide With People)

4 - The guitar solo right before the lyrics on "A Fall Thru The Ground" (Smile From The Streets You Hold)

3 - The many guitar solos on "Forever Away" (The Brown Bunny Soundtrack)

2 - The guitar solo on "Ten to Butter Blood Vodoo" (Niandra LaDes and Usually a T-Shirt)

1 - The guitar solo on "Look On" (Inside of Emptiness)


When I discovered John

Some people who listen to John's solo work probably knew him first when he was RHCP's guitarist. Well, I knew him as a solo artist first, and then I found out about his work on RHCP. Yes, I'm serious here. But, quite obviously, I didn't found John "alone". It was when I started listening to a young singer from my country, who, unfortunately, has commited suicide almost ten years ago. This guy's called Yoñlu, and was my first big influence on music.

While I was listening to his work, I found his cover of "Ricky". I thought it was very cool, and was curious about who the hell was John Frusciante. For what I knew, Yoñlu was a big fan of him, and John was his biggest influence. When I first searched "John Frusciante" on Youtube, I found... "My smile is a rifle". Not quite the best song to start listening to his work, some may say, but I thought it was really awesome. Over the weeks, I found songs from The Brown Bunny Soundtrack, more from the "Niandra LaDes" era, and got a lot of these on my cellphone.

2012 was the year I discovered John Frusciante, and I may say: it was only of the things that made 2012 a good year for me. If there is one really soft memory of mine, is of my nights after school, waiting the bus to go home, while I heard John singing "Forever Away" only for me.

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