PopMatters is moving to WordPress in December. We will continue to publish on this site as we work on the move. We aim to make it a seamless experience for readers.


Cabruêra: Proibido Cochilar

="Description" CONTENT="Cabruêra, Proibido Cochilar (Piranha Musik)

Brazil's Cabruêra offers up an eccentric mishmash of their country's traditional musics (samba, forró, coco) with rock, jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music.


Proibido Cochilar

US Release Date: 2006-01-10
UK Release Date: 2005-10-17
Amazon affiliate

My love for this Brazilian group is no secret; not only have I raved about them on this website here and here, but Piranha is actually quoting me on the back of this CD. So, yeah, I love Cabruêra's eccentric mishmash of their country's traditional musics (samba, forró, coco) with rock, jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music. That combination just kills me, every time, and no one does it better than these guys, who hail from Paraíbo, which is located in the previously unfashionable northeast.

But I was a bit underwhelmed when I first heard this disc. Not that it's unpleasant; on the contrary, I thought it was great, fun, dancier than their debut, brighter, more listener-friendly. But it didn't seem to go anywhere that they hadn't already gone, and it was late last year when I was all obsessed with my 2005 year-end lists, and I kinda blew it off.

But it's a new year, and all my list-making is done, and I can listen to Proibido Cochilar with new ears -- and this album is a killer. Like their original, it's got hot two-step numbers like "Xingatório" and "Canção Pra Ninar", it's got trad stuff beefed up with state-of-the-art beats ("Auto de Zé Limiera", "Espinhos"), it's got drama and smarts for days. And Arthur Pessoa is still doing that whole esferográfico guitar thing (ballpoint pen + guitar = great texture), and Zé Guilherme is still the avant-gardiste in the group, and it's all like before...

...except, as it turns out, it's not. It takes a while to figure this out on casual listens, but this album is subtler and more textured than their self-titled record. "Batendo o Martelo Nas Mesmas Cabeças" ("Hitting the Hammer on the Same Heads") takes traditional forró music and injects afrobeat guitars and 1960s flutes. The way they mess with tempo on the traditional "Carcará" is a new and welcomed wrinkle, and I love the way they sample 90-year-old singer/flautist Zabé to give his his own track on "Zabé Sabe". "Magistrado Ladrão" is probably the only dance track ever to use words from Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer's "Dialectic of Enlightenment". (Sure, that's a trope stolen from Caetano Veloso, but it works like a bastard.) (And the appended drum-and-bass remix by Marcelinho da Lua is certainly the hottest Adorno/Horkheimer remix since, um, ever.)

So I was wrong to not include this on my 2005 top 10 list, probably, although it would have been cheating if I did, because it was actually released in Brazil in 2004, albeit in a different sequence and without all the bonus tracks -- wait, hold up, I just noticed that this is getting a 2006 release here in the U.S.! So it's back in contention, which is fine by me. Because it's a great freak of a record, and I love it very much in this new year.


Please Donate to Help Save PopMatters

PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. We are moving to WordPress and a new host, but we really need your help to fund the move and further development.





The Power of Restraint in Sophie Yanow, Paco Roca, and Elisa Macellari's New Graphic Novels

The magical quality that makes or breaks a graphic novel lies somewhere in that liminal space in which art and literature intersect.


'People of the City' Is an Unrelenting Critique of Colonial Ideology and Praxis

Cyprian Ekwensi's People of the City is a vivid tale of class struggle and identity reclamation in the shadows of colonialism's reign.


1979's 'This Heat' Remains a Lodestone for Avant-Rock Adventure

On their self-titled debut, available for the first time on digital formats, This Heat delivered an all-time classic stitched together from several years of experiments.


'The Edge of Democracy' and Parallels of Political Crises

Academy Award-nominated documentary The Edge of Democracy, now streaming on Netflix, lays bare the political parallels of the rise of Bolsonaro's Brazil with Trump's America.


The Pogues' 'The BBC Sessions 1984-1986' Honors Working-Class Heroes

The Pogues' BBC Sessions 1984-1986 is a welcome chapter in the musical story of these working-class heroes, who reminded listeners of the beauty and dignity of the strong, sooty backs upon which our industrialized world was built.


Mary Halvorson Creates Cacophony to Aestheticize on 'Artlessly Falling'

Mary Halvorson's Artlessly Falling is a challenging album with tracks comprised of improvisational fragments more than based on compositional theory. Halvorson uses the various elements to aestheticize the confusing world around her.


15 Overlooked and Underrated Albums of the 1990s

With every "Best of the '90s" retrospective comes a predictable list of entries. Here are 15 albums that are often overlooked as worthy of placing in these lists, and are too often underrated as some of the best records from the decade.


'A Peculiar Indifference' Takes on Violence in Black America

Pulitzer Prize finalist Elliott Currie's scrupulous investigation of the impacts of violence on Black Americans, A Peculiar Indifference, shows the damaging effect of widespread suffering and identifies an achievable solution.


20 Songs From the 1990s That Time Forgot

Rather than listening to Spotify's latest playlist, give the tunes from this reminiscence of lost '90s singles a spin.


Delightful 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day' Is Good Escapism

Now streaming on Amazon Prime, Bharat Nalluri's 2008 romantic comedy, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, provides pleasant respite in these times of doom and gloom.


The 10 Best Horror Movie Remakes

The horror genre has produced some remake junk. In the case of these ten treats, the update delivers something definitive.


Flirting with Demons at Home, or, When TV Movies Were Evil

Just in time for Halloween, a new Blu-ray from Kino Lorber presents sparkling 2K digital restorations of TV movies that have been missing for decades: Fear No Evil (1969) and its sequel, Ritual of Evil (1970).


Magick Mountain Are Having a Party But Is the Audience Invited?

Garage rockers Magick Mountain debut with Weird Feelings, an album big on fuzz but light on hooks.


Aalok Bala Revels in Nature and Contradiction on EP 'Sacred Mirror'

Electronic musician Aalok Bala knows the night is not a simple mirror, "silver and exact"; it phases and echoes back, alive, sacred.


Clipping Take a Stab at Horrorcore with the Fiery 'Visions of Bodies Being Burned'

Clipping's latest album, Visions of Bodies Being Burned, is a terrifying, razor-sharp sequel to their previous ode to the horror film genre.


Call Super's New LP Is a Digital Biosphere of Insectoid and Otherworldly Sounds

Call Super's Every Mouth Teeth Missing is like its own digital biosphere, rife with the sounds of the forest and the sounds of the studio alike.


Laura Veirs Talks to Herself on 'My Echo'

The thematic connections between these 10 Laura Veirs songs and our current situation are somewhat coincidental, or maybe just the result of kismet or karmic or something in the zeitgeist.


15 Classic Horror Films That Just Won't Die

Those lucky enough to be warped by these 15 classic horror films, now available on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection and Kino Lorber, never got over them.

Collapse Expand Reviews

Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.