Watermelon Woman

By highlighting and exaggerating the stereotypical preference among Brazilians for. …ahem… “aBUNDÂncia”, Andressa Soares aka Mulher Melancia (Watermelon Woman) has done more than merely extend her 15 minutes of fame. She has added fuel to the flames of a pop culture challenge to mainstream formulations of “beautiful”. Giselle and the other long lanky cover girls that are genetically engineered from a petri dish in some secret Porto Alegre laboratory don’t really whet the palate of the popular Brazilian imagination. Apparently real Brazilian men gravitate toward real Brazilian butts. Real big Brazilian butts. Always tuned-in to the POVO, the PUEBLO, the PEOPLE, Vice Magazine goes to get the inside story, the story behind the bunda, in a video segment on the most celebrated buttocks in Brazil. It’s a full 15 minutes but well worth the watch because there are some super-tasty nuggets in this piece. My personal favorite is Andressa’s esthetician waxing philosophic on the correlation between ass size and socio-economic status. Link:  See the video @ VICE: Mulher Melancia

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Brasilian Astronauts: as colaborações transnacionais da NASA

This movie looks amazing. With their debut album “The Spirit of Apollo”, the two gringo and brasileiro DJs that make up NASA took a musical sharpie and drew a big fat line between los EEUU and Brasil . In this celebration of norte-sur mashups, brasilian funk is the churrascaria and once it’s lit, los deeyays NASA throw every flavor and cut of meat from around the world onto the flame:

David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift Of Gab, Z-Trip, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge, Method Man…. shall I continue?

Aiaight: E-40, DJ Swamp, RZA, Barbie Hatch, John Frusciante, KRS-One, Fatlip, Slim Kid Tre, Karen O, Ol’ Dirty Bastard… dare I go on?

Okay, let’s do it: Tom Waits, Kool Keith, Kanye West, Santogold, Lykke Li, Sizzla, Amanda Blank, Lovefoxxx, George Clinton, Spank Rock, M.I.A., Nick Zinner

…você quer mais?

Tudo bem, então: Kool Kojak, DJ Babão, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, DJ Qbert, The Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, Scarface, DJ AM.

It’s wild. It’s awesome. And now Sam Spiegel and DJ Zegon are pulling back the curtain on project Apollo with a cinematic documentary of their transcontinental collaborations. I guess it’s not all that shocking then that the visual component doesn’t just mean some dork with an iPhone turned on the video. NASA stayed on theme and brought in a mix of global artists and animators to add sight to the sound. You know, just a couple schmoes like …Syd Garon, Shepard Fairey, Splunny, Sage Vaughn, Marcel Dzama, The Date Farmers, Logan, Didiu Rio Branco, Three Legged Legs and Lorenzo Fonda. Get yer tix and GO!

N.A.S.A. The Spirit of Apollo – Trailer from Connell Creations on Vimeo.