Monday, June 01, 2009

may has come and gone, and we're now deep in the thick of summer jam season. my favorite jam thus far is a 1968 track by the brazilian psychedelic outfit os mutantes, "panis et circensis". i may have missed out on mutantes mania a couple years ago when the band reunited, but better late than never, right?

"panis et circensis", the opener on the group's self-titled debut, is an absolute delight. written by caetano veloso and gilberto gil, which is like having j mascis and kevin shields write the first track of your new indie band's first album, and opening with a few floydian flourishes, permutations of the song's baroque, circular melody anchor "panis". it sounds a lot like stereolab. trippy without being indulgent, or perhaps so good it doesn't matter how indulgent the song is, "panis et circensis" is ideal for injecting a bit of psychedelia into your saint paul summer:

[mp3] os mutantes--"panis et circensis"

what jams are you rocking this summer?


Blogger Geoff said...


"Shallow" by Heavenly is THE ideal guitar pop tune on an album full of them--the place where The Sundays meet Echobelly, but with a beautiful summery melancholy neither of those bands ever achieved in such full force. Yay!

I'm glad you've declared it the thick of summer jams season. I was worried it was improper to be jamming so soon. I'm going to post to this blog within the next four days. You're not on your own.

11:39 AM  

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