New Reels: ‘Can’t Control My Love’ by Total Giovanni

New Reels: ‘Can’t Control My Love’ by Total Giovanni

The cool new song and video from one of Australia’s hottest and funkiest new dance acts is a touching story of a boy’s first love. We here at MVD love nothing more than a good boogie and this, the second single from this Melbourne based 5 piece, is very much up our street. Described by their record label Two Bright Lakes as “dance music to enable collective psychic liberation” they are fast gaining a reputation for their highly visual live shows which apparently feature plenty of dancing, costumes, and all-round general wildness. We haven’t seen them live yet but just Read more »

Food & Drink – the playlist!

Food & Drink – the playlist!

Our gastronomic Spotify playlist featuring The Rolling Stones, Blur, Louis Armstrong, Kelis, Shuggie Otis, Herbie Hancock, Bessie Smith, Bow Wow Wow, Moby, Mavis Staples and many more… “If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken and so die.” William Shakespeare, ‘Twelfth Night’ “Food is music to the body, music is food to the heart.” Gregory David Roberts “I am sure my music has a taste of codfish in it.” Edvard Hagerup Grieg, Norwegian composer The relationship between music and food is an odd one. In recent years scientific Read more »

New Reels: ‘Sober’ by Childish Gambino

New Reels: ‘Sober’ by Childish Gambino

The new single and cool video from this American singer and actor best known by many for his role in the NBC series 30 Rock Donald McKinley Glover, Jr. has one of the best stage names ever – Childish Gambino, He was born on September 25th – 1983 and is an American actor, writer, comedian, rapper, singer, and producer. He attended Rockbridge Elementary School and the DeKalb School of the Arts and then he went to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated with a degree in Dramatic Writing in 2006 (There is a degree in Read more »

Road House: Why big dumb fun is sometimes the best kind.

Road House: Why big dumb fun is sometimes the best kind.

In this Soundtrack review we look at this much maligned Patrick Swayze film, the kick ass contributions from the blind white blues singer Jeff Healey, and and ask why is such a stupid movie so much fun? There are certain movies, and everyone has them, which due to them being a part of your adolescent life make an impact that never seems to diminish. Quite often these movies aren’t classics or major Oscar-winning works of art, and in many cases they might not even be that good and yet you return to them time and time again and every time Read more »

“Sugar” or Artificial Sweetener – Maroon 5

“Sugar” or Artificial Sweetener – Maroon 5

On December 6th last year Grammy award winning band Maroon 5 decided to record a video in which they would crash weddings in Los Angeles. The result of which is the new video for their new single: Maroon 5 – Sugar   AWESOME right? but today I write about this with confused feelings: it is apparently fake! I am speechless, devastated and MAD! This is going to be a cathartic post. Before I “deconstruct” the video, let me say that although I am not a fan of Maroon 5, I don´t dislike them. I like their song: “Sunday Morning”, and Read more »

New Reels: ‘Nasty’ by The Prodigy

New Reels: ‘Nasty’ by The Prodigy

The Essex dance-punk trio return with a typically brutal new single and an album to follow but can they ever regain the relevance they had in the 90’s? Some 25 years ago 19 year old raver and classically trained pianist Liam Howlett created a demo tape of various tracks he’d made on a Moog Prodigy synthesiser which ended up in the hands of a guy he’d met on the Essex party scene called Keith Flint. He liked what he heard so much he went back to Howlett and insisted they form a group together with Flint and his friend Leeroy Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Nina Simone live at Montreaux Jazz Festival

Unforgettable Live Performances – Nina Simone live at Montreaux Jazz Festival

We start this series by looking at this devastating footage of the legendary pianist and singer Nina Simone taken from the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival. Nina Simone is, next to The Beatles, my favorite musical artist. Sadly there’s not a lot on music videos to say about her. So as there is this ‘gap’ for artists who are legends but don´t have a long videography, I have decided to write about favorite live performances by artist who I adore but who don´t have great videos or actually, no music videos at all. This particular performance is not only unforgettable, it Read more »

History of the Pop Video pt.5: The age of the auter

History of the Pop Video pt.5: The age of the auter

Music videos in the 90’s saw directors such as Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze and Mark Romanek add a new level of artistry making them an MTV must-have for the big acts. So having given plenty of coverage of the first age of MTV I want to move on to the second age, one which saw the video director step forward and become a bit of a name in their own right. By the time the 90’s had gotten underway music videos were becoming more sophisticated reflecting advances in film-making techniques. Plus, budgets had increased allowing a better class of video Read more »

The MVD Review of the Year 2014

The MVD Review of the Year 2014

U2’s unwanted gift, Robin Thicke’s public meltdown, that Nicki Minaj video – all that and more as we look back over the best and worst of 2014! 2014 has been quite a year. We celebrated our first anniversary and posted our 100th post for starters. Outside of that there was lots of depressing stuff like wars and death and Ebola and poverty and the continued presence of the Kardashians as a ‘thing’ in our lives. Thank the stars we have lots of great (and not so great) music and films and television and social media with which to distract ourselves. Read more »