New Reels – “All the Time” by Bahamas

New Reels – “All the Time” by Bahamas

Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen, also known Bahamas released his third album Bahamas is Afie on August 19, 2014. Jurvanen has worked with musicians Feist, Howie Beck, Jack Johnson and has had growing success with his previous 2 albums. His debut album Pink Strat was nominated for a Juno Award and his second album Barchords was also nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. He might have been born in Toronto, but his music is warm and breezy, and I would say a counter spell against his birth place weather (Not saying there is anything Read more »

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Christmas (and life) in 25 minutes

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Christmas (and life) in 25 minutes

As the festive season draws to a close for another year we take a look at the enduring Charles Schultz Christmas classic. Today I have decided to write a post on one of the greatest Christmas classics: A Charlie Brown Christmas. I am talking about the first musical animated television special based on The Peanuts. (My personal favorite comic strip of which by the way I am sure I will write about again). It aired on December 9th 1965 and even though the world has changed the infinite wisdom contained in the strip will be relevant for many decades to Read more »

Christmas – the playlist!

Christmas – the playlist!

Our Christmas gift to you this year is an alternative festive Spotify playlist to help you jingle those bells, deck those halls, and stuff that big ol’ bird (I’m talking turkey). Christmas is upon us once again, that special time of the year where we roast chestnuts (actually most of us really don’t), kiss under the mistletoe (nope, that either…) and wait for Santa to pay us a visit and leave us all presents under the tree, presuming you’ve been good of course (this really does happen and we here at MVD will fight anyone who tries to tell us Read more »

New Reels: ‘Birth In Reverse’ – St. Vincent

New Reels: ‘Birth In Reverse’ – St. Vincent

There aren’t many people in the world of music generating more of a buzz right now than St. Vincent. Her eponymous album released back in February has been one of the critical hits of the year as well as charting high on both sides of the Atlantic. She’s the real deal: a gifted multi-instrumentalist, song-writer, and artist, and 2014 was most definitely her year. I first heard her, as many did, through Love This Giant, her 2012 collaboration with David Byrne. In fact she had played with both the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens before releasing her debut lp Marry Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Bola de Nieve

Música en mi primer idioma: Bola de Nieve

Time for my second post on music in my first language. I intend to cover a huge range of performers when it comes to music in Spanish, something old, something new, something from every Spanish speaking country and today I would like to write about Bola de Nieve, probably my favorite pianist and a unique artist. Ay amor! Bola de nieve   Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández, was born on September 11th -1911 in Guanabacoa, Cuba. His mother Ines was a housewife and his father, Domingo Villa was a cook in a tabern. He had 12 siblings but even though they Read more »

ZZ Top: Tres hombres y un coche

ZZ Top: Tres hombres y un coche

The 1980’s were in many ways a watershed time for popular music akin the the dawn of rock and roll in the 50’s. Many artists who had made their names in the preceeding decades found themselves struggling to keep up in an era where new technologies and new approaches to production were changing the way records sounded. A whole new musical aesthetic had arrived with synthesisers and huge reverbed drum sounds bleeding in to rock music. Coupled with this was the arrival of the MTV age which had the effect of placing greater emphasis on the visual aesthetic. Many acts Read more »

New Reels: ‘The Party Line’ by Belle & Sebastian

New Reels: ‘The Party Line’ by Belle & Sebastian

It’s been the best part of 20 years since this Scottish outfit released their highly-lauded debut Tigermilk. Since then they have been high on plaudits but fairly low on commercial success. Belle & Sebastian are one of the ever-present bands who seem to toil away in the background releasing interesting records whilst less tuneful yet more ambitious acts grab the limelight. Yet one gets the impression that both the band and their ardent supporters are very comfortable with them being a ‘cult’ band. B&S have something of the outsider about them, kind of like the geeky kid at school who Read more »

New Music: New Reels: Hozier

New Music: New Reels: Hozier

Hozier started showing up everywhere in the last couple of months, and a month ago a friend on Twitter said for him it was the best album of the year. This week it has been popping up all over my This Is My Jam timeline, so no more hiding, it is time to write about him. He came into my radar because of his song Take me to Church and the reviews the album was getting: The Telegraph “Gospel choirs hum and swell tenderly beneath the rougher edges of his riffs. They add mature, universal gravitas and often a holy Read more »

The 90´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

The 90´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

The 90´s. grunge, hip hop and raves. Cable Television and the internet. Multiculturalism and liberalism and the beginning of a new way to perceive ourselves as individuals and as humans: interconnection, the sense that everything and everyone is available. It was also the decade that we here at MVD became adults. That decade ended 14 years ago. Damn that makes us feel old. Best quickly proceed with… Fashion, television and film   Fashion Why did we let Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder influence our wardrobe??? WHY??? As with our previous posts there is always some hair style that steals the Read more »