NE183: An Exclusive Brazilian Psych Mix By… Astronauts, Etc.

September 18, 2015 Needle Exchange

Words ANTHONY FERRARO

In the post-bossa nova wake of early 1970s Brazil, a handful of musicians across the country seemed to hop on to the same sublime, gently psychedelic wavelength. For a few short and prolific years, these artists put out music that sounds blissfully removed from its time. By 1976 most of them had either faded away or moved on to other forms of music that have aged less well.

Here is a collection of some songs from that golden period. It’s hard to articulate how they make me feel, but it’s somewhere around the intersection of melancholic and euphoric. I’d give anything to climb into 20-year-old Lo Borge’s head in 1972, or to be in the room with Arthur Verocai as he wrote “Na Boca Do Sol”…


Astronauts, etc.’s debut album, Mind Out Wandering, is now available through Hit City U.S.A. Check out the official Vinyl Williams video for “I Know” below, along with a couple other singles. The band is also the main support for Toro Y Moi’s fall tour over the next month. Check out the dates and details…

Astronauts, etc. and Toro Y Moi tour dates:
9/18 Sacramento, CA – TBD
9/19 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
9/20 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
9/21 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
9/24 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City
9/25 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
9/26 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
9/27 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
9/28 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
9/29 Buffalo, NY – Waiting Room
9/30 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
10/1 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/2 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/3 Richmond, VA – The National
10/6 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head
10/6 Charleston, SC – Music Farm
10/7 Athens, GA – Georgia Theater for Athens Intensified
10/8 Jacksonville, FL – Free Bird Live
10/9 Tampa, FL – State Theatre
10/12 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
10/13 New Orleans, LA – Republic
10/14 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
10/15 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
10/16 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
10/17 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
10/18 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
10/19 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
10/21 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
10/22 Albquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
10/23 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom