Saturday, November 28, 2009

Gondry A Go-Go

Let's have a show in honor of Michel Gondry, known as the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the Science of Sleep, but even more so as the director of some wonderful music videos. But did you know that Gondry himself used to be in a pop band? The band is Oui-Oui (that's Noddy in French), and of course he directed their videos in his inimitable style:

Now here's a great video he made for little-known French pop singer, Jean-Francois Coen. The video plays with the song lyrics and is full of fun little jokes (that is, if you know French). I didn't know that the song was a cover though, thanks YouTube comments!

His best work has got to be his White Stripes lego video for Fell in Love with a Girl. Even though it won't qualify as "obscure", I'll include it here, cause it's just such a fun one (and I love Lego).

Monday, November 16, 2009

Bacalhau A Braz!

(the first person that finds the meaning of the title and puts it in the comments section earns a request for the next show)
Dr Easy takes his role of explorer of obscure music so seriously, that today's show comes as a result of his in-person investigation into the hearts of Portugal! Here's a shout-out to Luis from Rocknet Records, his excellent record store in the rocking area of Barro Alto in Lisbon. Luis recommended the bands below, and after checking out some of the songs on YouTube, I can only agree:

Portugal is famous for its saaaad fado. Instead of being cliche and throwing an old Amalia Rodriguez out there, I'm gonna go with the band that made me discover the genre in the mid 90s (well, they were around earlier, but I digress):

It's enchanting, I'm enchanted. I'm going back there when I can.