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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Carnival in Brazil (1942) Directed by Leslie Roush 

Variety (March 11, 1942: 20) provides this glimpse of a wartime short featuring Elsie Houston.

Sock Latin-American one-reeler, lacking a dull moment. The annual Mardi Gras of Brazil is excuse for parading Latin-American artists and atmosphere, with newsreel shots of actual Rio de Janeiro festival trimly dovetailed into production material. Singing of Elsie Houston, Brazilian soprano, fits nicely into the opening sequence while the wild gyrations of Jose and Lolita Vega are nearly as primitive as some of Brazilian stepping captured (but a mere flash) by the newsreel camera. Fernando Alvarez supplies change of pace by introducing the current South American carnival anthem, Carolina. Exciting enough to make on want to visit Rio at carnival time. Another to Les Roush's credit.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Elsie Houston photo circa 1930 

This one's included in a collection of Mario de Andrade music criticism.

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

New Song: Sangaria 

For this one I basically fed samples from 30-plus years of Sangaria commercials through an echo chamber.
Download it.

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