When the trailer for Beyond Ipanema, an upcoming documentary about the history and influence of Brazilian music, which features interviews with M.I.A., David Byrne, Devendra Banhart, and Seu Jorge, came out last month, little was known beyond what I just mentioned (watch the trailer at The Daily Swarm). A lot more details have been revealed, however, and it appears that the recently reunited Os Mutantes play a starring role in the flick.
“The story of the 70’s psychedelic band from São Paulo is one of the highlights of Beyond Ipanema,” a description on the film’s site reads. “When production started, they had been retired for almost 30 years… The film’s crew witnessed their 2006 American tour, which culminated with a show for 30,000 people in Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival.”
In another chance encounter while filming, the crew managed to capture the sale of the most expensive Brazilian record: “An extremely rare 45” copy of a 1966 recording by the band O’Seis,” an early formation of—you guessed it—Os Mutantes. The record sold for $5,000, which isn’t quite what that dude got for his rare Velvet Underground vinyl, but maybe the seller in the film had a crap eBay rating or something.
The film’s still making the festival rounds and doesn’t have a wide release date yet, but P4K’s got the first track “Teclar” here, from Os Mutantes’ Haih, due out next week.