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Listen to this

A look at some new music.

Published April 22, 2007


Bebel Gilberto

Album: Momento Ziriguiboom/Six Degrees

In stores: Tuesday

Why we care: Just call her the Bossa Nova Baby. Brazilian beauty Bebel is the daughter of Joao Gilberto, a founding papi of the bossa nova movement. With her pillow-soft vocal and a flirty ear for seductive lyrics, the 40-year-old star is a sexy chip off the old block.

Why we like it: A burbling backdrop of electronica gives this, her third album, a mellow modern lushness. Gilberto and special guest Sabina Sciubba (from indie faves Brazilian Girls) make for the most intoxicating pairing since Tanqueray and tonic.

Reminds us of: Another girl from Ipanema

Download these: Bring Back the Love and Cacada

Grade: B+


Album: Shock Value (Interscope)

In stores: Now

Why we care: The preferred beatmaker of Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado and Missy Elliott gathers his pals for this "solo" spin featuring more than 15 bold-faced names. The producer spends most of the disc behind the soundboard, but occasionally steps to the mike for shout-outs to friends (and put-downs of archrival Scott Storch).

Why we like it: The grinding get-down tracks are hot party-starters, but who knew the Tim Man had such a good ear for rock rage? Wild-haired hipsters the Hives, She Wants Revenge and Fall Out Boy show up on Shock Value's eclectic second half.

Reminds us of: Ladies Night at Storman's

Download these: Time (with She Wants Revenge) and Give It to Me (with Furtado and Timberlake)

Grade: B


Album: Still Stuck in Your Throat (Sound in Color)

In stores: Tuesday

Why we care: Skank 'N Go Nuttz isn't just a song on Fishbone's new album; it's a mission statement. Ska + punk + insanity = the modus operandi of these L.A. originals, now going on 30 years together.

Why we like it: This is classic Fishbone: creepy-crazy singing and sax-blowing from Angelo Moore and funky grooves from bassist Norwood Fisher. Their masterpiece will forever be 1990's Truth and Soul, but it's still great to have the guys back.

Reminds us of: Bonin' in the Boneyard

Download these: Jack Ass Brigade and We Just Lose Our Minds

Grade: B-


Chuck Brown

Song: Chuck Baby

Album: We're About the Business (Raw Venture)

In stores: Tuesday

Why we care: The Godfather of Go-Go is a Washington, D.C., monument on par with that pointy sucker on the Mall. (Quick lesson: Go-go is a slinky subgenre of funk in which party-all-night lyrics and wiggly guitar parts are layered over syncopated rhythms.)

Why we like it: Wind me up, Chuck! Now in his 70s, the growly ladies man responsible for go-go classic Bustin' Loose is back with his first original material in 20 years. His sound hasn't changed a lick, and that's a good thing. Chuck Baby (featuring daughter KK) is the best new cut.

Reminds us of: The longest, raunchiest, funkiest show we've ever seen: four hours of Chuck Brown and P-Funk at the 9:30 Club in D.C.

Song grade: B

Sean Daly can be reached at or (727) 893-8467. His Pop Life blog is at

[Last modified April 19, 2007, 12:41:49]

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