Música en mi primer idioma: Totó la Momposina

Música en mi primer idioma: Totó la Momposina

The latest in our series on Latino and Spanish language music and artists looks at one of the queens of Colombian cumbia Colombia is Cumbia. It is something we are proud of as Colombians. It is infectious, it is rhythmic, it is our dirty dancing. It is so traditional, unique and captivating that I have not met one person who is not amused by the drums and watching someone dance to it. For me, although I don’t listen to enough Cumbia, it creeps in my blood and immediately cheers me up. Although very famous through all of South American, and Read more »

New Reels: ‘I Can’t Breathe’ by Pussy Riot

New Reels: ‘I Can’t Breathe’ by Pussy Riot

The Russian punk-rock political activists return with a powerful new video and song that deals with the Eric Garner killing as well as taking a broader swipe at state oppression everywhere. I’m currently engrossed in Clinton Heylin’s excellent Bob Dylan biography Behind The Shades, which in it’s early chapters details a time when Dylan was, whether he liked it or not, giving a great voice to those involved in the struggle against a repressive ideology that dominated American society and regarded non-whites as lesser human beings, unworthy of the same privileges granted those who just happened to be born with Read more »

Unsung Figures no.3: Connie Converse

Unsung Figures no.3: Connie Converse

Continuing our series on under-appreciated musical artists we look at the life, music, and disappearance of this American singer/songwriter In between two tall mountains there’s a place they call Lonesome. Don’t see why they call it Lonesome; I’m never lonesome when I go there – from Talkin’ Like You (Two Tall Mountains) When I embarked on this series the idea was to bring to your attention talented artists who might be known in the right circles but whom maybe deserved wider attention, those who had a recording career and substantially toiled for their art but failed to make a lasting Read more »

New Reels: ‘Not Real’ by Stealing Sheep

New Reels: ‘Not Real’ by Stealing Sheep

The fabulous new song and video from this up and coming female Liverpool trio One of the most wonderful things about music in the internet age is that moment when you click play on a random video on the strength of something like the band name alone and discover something you may never have happened across otherwise. And so it is with Liverpool trio Stealing Sheep and this very nifty new single taken from their forthcoming album, also titled Not Real. I do have an admission to make though. I’ve been a Liverpool resident for nearly seven years and this Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ by Otis Redding

Unforgettable Live Performances: ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ by Otis Redding

In this installment of our series on memorable or special live performances we take a look at the final performance of a man many call the greatest soul singer of all time. There are certain singers who have something that many others would love: an instantly recognizable voice. Otis Redding is one of those. His voice transcends countries, generations and will always be one of the best male voices ever.   It is still hard to wrap my head around the fact that he was only 26 years old when he died in a plane crash on the way to Read more »

New Reels: “Huarache Lights” by Hot Chip

New Reels: “Huarache Lights” by Hot Chip

When we were writing our 00’s Decades playlist, released just a few days ago, there was one track that had we here at MVD bubbling about how great it still sounded, how insanely catchy and addictive it still was. That track was ‘Over & Over’, and in 2006 (yes it was that long ago!) it was pretty much the buzz track of the whole year and along with the accompanying album The Warning helped propel Hot Chip in to the mainstream. And whilst their more recent singles haven’t bothered the charts much they still garner plenty of critical acclaim for Read more »

The 00´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

The 00´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

Welcome to the last of our decades playlists which concentrates on the first decade of the 21st century often referred to as ‘the noughties’ or the 00’s. It was a decade of sweeping changes in the world as new technologies bought us new ways of seeing the world, and as global events seemed to make the world a more dangerous place. It was also the decade that bought us endless reality television and the rise of Simon Cowell as a thing in our lives. It wasn’t all post-millennial doom and gloom though, and as we shall see plenty of pretty Read more »

New Reels: “Animal Fear” by Marika Hackman

New Reels: “Animal Fear” by Marika Hackman

The latest single and video from this very promising English singer songwriter gets a glowing MVD review. This talented young, and I mean young (born in 1992!) English vocalist, multi instrumentalist and song writer has just unveiled this new track (and a new photography project due to feature a 24 page booklet, with photography from Glen Erler.) Animal Fear – Marika Hackman This former Burberry model turned pop/folk singer will release her debut album We Slept Last Night on February 16th – 2015. She has been touring around the UK promoting her upcoming album. I personally first heard her since Read more »

Rock Me Tonight: Billy Squier and the video that killed his career.

Rock Me Tonight: Billy Squier and the video that killed his career.

The story of one of the worst videos of all time and the rock singer who could have ruled the new MTV age but instead saw his career die because of it. “I think that’s probably the most damning four minutes of video ever shot in history! Well, from my perspective it is!” – Billy Squier, 2006. If you dig around in the annals of rock music you’ll find so many hard luck tales of singers and bands who got within a desperate hand’s-grasp of success only to to have it unjustly whipped away that it’s practically a cliche. Sometimes Read more »