Yesterday on “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, May 25), producer / host Ted Coe and DJ Luna (KCSB-FM GM Yibing Guo) interviewed Brazilian indie musician Rodrigo Amarante ahead of his poolside concert at The Goodland in Goleta, co-presented by KCSB-FM 91.9 and The Goodland – A Kimpton Hotel.
A mastermind behind Brazilian rock band Los Hermanos and a co-founder of “the samba supergroup” Orquesta Imperial, Amarante relocated to the US in 2008, when he co-founded the trio Little Joy with Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes.
Although he is currently based in Los Angeles, Amarante’s musical roots are exemplified by collaborations with fellow Brazillian artists such as Gilberto Gil, Marisa Monte, and Tom Zé. He has recently toured with Neko Case of The New Pornographers, and he has ties to The Moldy Peaches’ Adam Green.
During the interview, Amarante addressed his emergence as a solo artist, thanks in no small part to the encouragement of cult psychedelic-folk rocker (and good friend) Devendra Banhart.
Rodrigo Amarante’s debut album, Cavalo, was released one year ago this month. The acclaimed multilingual LP, which includes folk, indie rock, modern “soft-touch bossa nova” elements (The LA Times), and “spiritually energized, gently psychedelic…[and] foot-tapping, head-bobbing jams” (Esquire.com), went on to gain the attention of KCRW, KEXP, The Chicago Tribune, Mojo Magazine, The A.V. Club, and NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and “Tiny Desk Concerts.”
Last July, Amarante also gave a noteworthy in-studio performance on KCSB-FM, and a version of the song “Irene” appeared on KCSB’s Live in Studio A CD release.
Yesterday’s recorded conversation features: reflections on Amarante’s life as an expatriate artist; reminisces of his experiences in Santa Barbara; exposition of his lyrical sophistication and songwriting craft; conversation on the role of math, science, philosophy, and cinema on his art and world view; and more.
(Rodrigo Amarante’s solo acoustic concert will also included openers The Cameo Band, which is made up of Santa Barbara reggae all-stars affiliated with Sandollar Sound, Jimmy Cliff, Snoop Lion, Cartoon Network’s Chowder, The Upbeat, & more. There’ll also be a brief opening set by Internet phenomenon Azeem Ward — Jimmy Kimmel’s “Viral Flute Recital Guy” — who has had ties to KCSB-FM since he was a UCSB sophomore.)
You can stream or download the podcast using the web player below. (Thanks to Rodrigo Amarante and Easy Sound Recording Company for permission to include the complete versions of three songs in the program.)
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