Thursday, August 16, 2007

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

The dance party continues!

So back in the day, my parents would hold these swanky cocktail parties on the back patio in the summertime. There was lots of booze, cigarettes and dancing to the music of Sinatra, Louis Prima & Keely Smith, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and others. But the one record that my sister and I really got into was "Mas Que Nada" by Brasil '66 In fact, they played it early on as a bribe to get us to go to sleep but how can you sleep when all the fun is going on in the back yard?

In fact, we played that record so many times we wore it out. In my lifetime, I've bought this album 4 times. Last week my cousin came by and borrowed it from me. Yesterday I started fretting that maybe she was going to never return it. Silly, I know. It's only been a week, but my baby's gone! I have to get a grip. It's my last vinyl copy and it's really hard to find in good shape. Must think good thoughts. The CD was re-issued, thanks to the film, Austin Powers so it's not lost forever. I just prefer to listen to it on the turntable as the pops and skips of vinyl are part of my life soundtrack for this record.

Please to enjoy:

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Summer Beach Party Continues

Psycho Beach Party

It's campy! It's corny! What's more fun than go-go dancing and transvestites? You tell me! Featuring Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose in a crazy, whacked out teen dance party slasher film! Lauren Ambrose channels Sandra Dee as Florence "Chicklet" Forrest. Amy Adams (Junebug) is the voluptuous, hot to trot, Marvel Ann; the girl in the way of the dreamy stud, Starcat (get it?) who is the guy Chicklet really wants. Thomas Gibson of "Dharma & Greg" fame plays the mighty Kanaka, who rhymes his lines like a crazy beatnik; he rules the beach and is head surfer dude to the homoerotic wrestling gang. But someone's killing the gang on the beach. Who can it be? Is it one of them? And what makes Chicklet go into a crazy trance, changing her into several aggressive personalities? Could she be the killer?

Still haven't peaked your interest? Then check out the trailer:

Psycho Beach Party Soundtrack features music from Los Straitjackets (who also make a cameo in the film), The Halibuts, Man or Astroman? and the Hillbilly Soul Surfers! Also, look for a cameo by Steve Wozniak!