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Eron Falbo by Plectro Productions

ALBUM REVIEW: Eron Falbo, “73”

What do you get when you combine an up-and-coming Brazilian singer/songwriter with the mastermind producer behind Blonde on Blonde and The Sound of Silence? An album that represents the best part of the ’60s music scene, with a fresh, youthful approach and optimistic bounce. In short, you get Eron Falbo’s debut, 73. Some musicians have a (kind of unfounded) sense of entitlement when it comes to expecting careers to drop into their laps; Falbo is just the opposite. The genesis of 73 tells of a pre-destined assurance, culminating with a call to legendary ’60s producer Bob Johnston, Falbo’s only choice for his first album. After hearing a handful of rough cuts over the telephone, Falbo successfully convinced Johnston to come out of retirement to embed his fingerprints in this record. So, off to Austin Falbo went, and the rest, as they say, is music history. Or will be, one day. Don’t let Falbo’s Brazilian beginnings give you the wrong impression. Now based in London, his sound is ambiguous except that it’s damn good. Like Falbo …

World Cup: Matchday 20 Recap and Matchday 21 Previews

Netherlands 2-1 Brazil This matchup of two of the most celebrated diving/soccer teams lived up to its billing. It helped that Brazil took advantage of Holland’s defense napping early on. Then came some wonderful attacking soccer, with plenty of flopping, by both teams. That led to Wesley Sneijder forcing Felipe Melo into heading the ball into his own net ten minutes into the second half. Unlike Michael Parr’s mom, Brazil aren’t used to having someone come from behind, and their defense, like Parr’s mom began to show cracks. Holland’s second goal was inevitable, as was Melo’s red card, which sealed their fate. As with Portugal the other day, a team that adapts a defensive mentality despite having world-class attacking talent looks tentative in these situations. So now Brazil have had two consecutive Quarterfinal exits after making it to the Final the previous three times out, which will have serious repercussions back home. Dunga has already paid the price for this (which likely would’ve happened even if they had won the Cup). It’s funny how, in …

World Cup: Matchday 19 Recap and Matchday 20 Previews

Paraguay 0-0 Japan (5-3 on penalties) As with Uruguay v. South Korea, this was always going to be the appetizer to the main course later in the day. But the marinara for the mozzarella sticks was watery and the potato skins tasted like they had been sitting under a heat lamp for an hour. And the service was slow, too. That’s not to say that both teams didn’t deserve to be in the Round of 16; they did. But they made it through hard work and discipline rather than skill and creativity. You want to see them as a foil for better teams instead of playing each other. So naturally, it was destined to go into penalties. On the plus side, I picked the score of the last three games correctly, so maybe there’s hope for me in the Fantasy group. Spain 1-0 Portugal For an hour, Portugal’s quick defense neutralized Spain’s greatest weapon, its passing game. And even when Spain could spread the ball wide, they couldn’t get the ball into the box. Fernando …

World Cup: Matchday 18 Recap and Matchday 19 Previews

Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia After all of yesterday’s drama, this game was bound to be a return to what we expect in the group stage: a perpetual favorite dispatching an overmatched opponent without too much trouble. Arjen Robben’s return to the starting lineup gave the Dutch a menace that Rafael Van der Vaart couldn’t bring. That said, Slovakia had their chances, and I’m sure Robert Vittek’s agent is on the phone right now fielding offers from bigger clubs. But the Netherlands will have to do much better if they’re going to trouble Brazil. Brazil 3-0 Chile I can’t tell if Brazil are merely toying with their opponents or if they simply haven’t shown us what they’re capable of for a full 90 minutes. You see it in spurts, mainly when they cause a turnover in the middle third and open up a defense with the deftness of a neurosurgeon. But when Chile had the time to set up their defense, Brazil, especially Kaka, often looked uninspired. In short, they play exactly as their coach, Dunga, did. …

World Cup: Matchday 17 Recaps and Matchday 18 Previews

Germany 4-1 England This is going to be remembered as the game in which the ghosts of 1966 were evoked as payback in this famous rivalry. But even if Frank Lampard’s shot had tied the game, let’s face it, England were never going to win this one, not with Gareth Barry doing his best Ricardo Clark impression. They played with no width on either side of the ball and couldn’t handle a fast and creative midfield led by Mesut Ozil. For all the talk of Lampard, Wayne Rooney, and Steven Gerrard, all of England’s tournament victories at come from an impenetrable defense. Today, their backline was, to put it mildly, dogshit. John Terry and Matthew Upson weren’t so much lions as mice that roared, and, on the wings, Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole were exposed more than Jason Hare’s mom’s tits at Sturgis. By the way, Landon Donovan scored as many goals as the entire England team. So is England this bad or is Germany that good? I want to think it’s the latter, qualified …

World Cup: Matchday 10 Recap and Matchday 11 Previews

Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay Yesterday’s Cameroon v. Denmark game showed that a fight for survival between teams of contrasting styles could lead to an exciting display of attacking soccer. This was the opposite. Slovakia were content to concede the midfield, and coach Vladimir Weiss did not get a particularly nice Father’s Day present when his similarly named son caused the turnover that led to first Paraguay’s goal. If there’s a Slovakian equivalent of BigSoccer.com, people are surely accusing Weiss, Sr. of nepotism. But even after the South Americans scored, Slovakia seemed tentative to open up and didn’t put a shot on goal until second half stoppage time. Paraguay, who are no stranger to defensive play, deserved all three points for looking to attack throughout and for taking advantage of two of the few chances given to them. Prediction against result: Last night I did some laundry, but didn’t fold it because I knew i would need something to keep me awake during this game. I was right, but figured Slovakia’s defense would be airtight. Italy 1-1 …

World Cup: Matchday 9 Recap and Matchday 10 Previews

Netherlands 1-0 Japan Games like this are why I can never take the Dutch seriously as contenders, but also why I can’t count them out. Like their fellow underachievers Spain against Switzerland, they struggled with Japan’s defensive tactics, which is always going to hurt them. And unlike Spain they kept trying different approaches to their attack, so when Japan failed to clear a ball in the box, Wesley Sneijder didn’t take an extra touch or two to set himself up for the perfect shot, he blasted it into the net to essentially see them through to the second round. A valiant effort, as always, by Japan in defeat, but they’ll need more creativity, or at least some luck, if they’re going to advance. Prediction against result: For the first time in a while I had the result and margin of victory, but since the games have opened up as teams fight for position, I was expecting more than another 1-0 game. Ghana 1-1 Australia Poor Harry Kewell. He’s finally healthy enough to stay on the …

The World Cup: Groups G & H Previews

This is my final preview of the eight groups. After the tournament begins on Friday, I’ll try to have daily recaps of the day’s events and my analysis here at Popdose. This is also a final shout out to you to join the Yahoo World Cup Fantasy Group for Popdose readers. The password is “popdose.” Group G (world ranking in parentheses): Brazil (1): There’s no way to preview Brazil without resorting to cliche or overwrought poetry. So instead, I’ll suggest that you take any similar profile about them from the past 50 years, change the names to reflect the current squad, and it would most likely work. There’s every reason to believe they’ll prove that their quarterfinal exit in 2006, the first time since 1990 that they didn’t reach the Final, was an aberration. Look for them to be playing for it all on July 11. Ivory Coast (27): The loss of Didier Drogba, arguably Africa’s best player right now, to injury is a crucial blow to the Ivory Coast. With him, they could compete …

Bootleg City: Matthew McConaughey’s Favorite Songs of the Late ’90s

Hey, y’all. Matthew McConaughey here, fillin’ in for Mr. Mayor of Bootleg City this week. Cassanova gave me a jingle-jangle the other day and said, “Matty Mac, do me a solid and make a celebrity cameo in the BLC this week so I can cut out early for Labor Day. Surf, sand, sun, and sobriety — I’m all over it this weekend. Except for that last part, brother, knowwhatI’msayin’? Hahaha! Cool. Later.” (I did use the words “Labor Day.” The rest is from the mind of Matthew. —RC) Hard to believe it’s been over a year since I last talked to y’all on Popdoze so Bobby C. could have another week off. I’m a big fan of Sugar Water (Stop it, you’re embarrassing me! —RC), so I was sad to see it move from entree to after-dinner mint on Bobby’s menu when he became mayor of Bootleg City last fall. But we all have to make sacrifices when we take on new responsibilities, don’t we? Take me, for example — my son, Levi, is almost …