Mon 11.07.05 2:56 pm
Jon and Matt,
I went to see Milton Nascimento last night (a hilarious and fun evening in Medford, Brazil -- you'll get my review shortly); and there were flyers for another landmark Brazilian artist coming to town: Joyce, one of the best Brazilian singer/songwriters, is making her Boston debut (so far as I know) via Fenton Hollander's Water Music jazz shows at the Cambridge Multicultural Center, November 17. I first learned about Joyce from Ghost in Japan -- it seems she tours Japan frequently, she's very popular there, and most of her older CDs are now in print from Japanese companies. Another fan, I know, is Kim Gordon -- she once did a drawing of a Joyce record cover for a French clothing designer's book about influential records (that sentence needs footnotes, but you can probably imagine what I mean since it involves Kim). Wayne from Twisted Village is another huge fan, he even stocks the vinyl of her latest record which he had to import directly. Other Music in NYC hyped a CD reissue of hers very heavily about a year ago (which I voted for as one of the best releases of the year in the Voice Pazz and Jop poll). The label Mr. Bongo in the UK has done comps. Dusty Groove in Chicago always hypes her latest, whether they come out in the UK, Japan, or Brazil, etc.

Anyway all that sums to: I think this show is interesting news for a number of people who probably have no idea it's taking place. If I hadn't gone to see Milton last night, I wouldn't have -- and even there, in Medford Brazil, no one I asked knew who was promoting the show. I called the number on the flyer this morning and found out. This is very late notice, but: do you want a (short) preview? Or text for an editor's pick?

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