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Seu Jorge & Almaz on tour, played Terminal 5 (pics, setlist)

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DOWNLOAD: Sue Jorge & Almaz – Everybody Loves The Sunshine (MP3)

Seu Jorge @ Terminal 5 – July 30, 2010
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“When Seu Jorge sauntered onstage at the Trocadero [in Philly] on Wednesday night, he seemed to have taken the crowd by surprise. It’s not like an artist of his stature to forgo an opening act and start playing at 9 o’clock sharp. Nor is it like Jorge to begin a show without the sunny samba and bossa nova grooves of his native Brazil, but rather with a brooding downer filled with dissonant guitar and anguished wails.

Then again, Jorge’s always been a bit difficult to pin down. The singer-songwriter from Rio de Janeiro has made successful turns at acting in widely acclaimed films such as City of God and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic – the latter of which Jorge scored using nothing but David Bowie songs translated to acoustic guitar and Portuguese. Now he’s touring with his new band Almaz, in support of their self-titled debut album of bilingual, pan-genre cover songs.

The familiar South American rhythms soon returned to the mix, however, leaving the biggest surprise one even Jorge might not have foreseen: the sparse crowd. With only a couple hundred fans in attendance, the venue left plenty of wiggle room for dancing and cavorting on the floor.

To Almaz’s credit, they responded to a lackluster turnout in the best way a band can: by making fools of everyone who wasn’t there…

…Using its new album as a template, the band mostly served up covers of everybody from Krautrock progenitors Kraftwerk to famous jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers, through the colorful lens of Brazilian psych-soul. Though even the show’s most obscure selections were a delight to hear, highlights included a take on Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust,” a medley of Jorge’s own material, and a wonderfully laid-back inversion of Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You.”… [Philadelpha Inquirer]

Last night (while Spiritualized was occupying Radio City Music Hall), two nights after the Philly show, Seu Jorge and Almaz came to NYC to perform at Terminal 5 (where the National, Flaming Lips, the Black Keys, and Smashing Pumpkins all performed earlier in the week). More pictures and the setlist from that NYC show, and more tour dates, below…

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Seu Jorge and Almaz (Self-Titled Album)
North American Tracklist

01. Errare Humanum 4:50
02. Das Model 3:07
03. Cristina 3:08
04. Saudosa Bahia 3:17
05. Cirandar 4:15
06. Tempo De Amor 3:23
07. Everybody Loves The Sunshine 4:56
08. Pai Joao 3:53
09. Rock With You 4:51
10. Cala Boca, Menino 2:21
11. Girl You Move Me 5:32
12. Juizo Final 4:54


Seu Jorge and Almaz – 2010 Tour Dates
7.31 Boston, MA Royale Boston
8.1 Montreal, PQ Osheaga Festival
8.2 Toronto, ONT Phoenix
8.3 Chicago, IL Congress Theater
8.6 Vancouver, BC Vogue
8.7 Seattle, WA King Cat
8.8 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
8.10 San Francisco, CA Regency
8.11 San Diego, CA Belly Up
8.14 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia

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