The Tuesday playlist No.4: Broken hearted

The Tuesday playlist No.4: Broken hearted

New playlist with music by Odetta, Jimmy Scott, Rumer, Lila Downs, Tito Rodriguez, Esther Phillips and many great more artist singing about heartbreak and a lost love! Today´s Tuesday Playlist is full of sadness and broken hearts because even though it is a terribly thing in life, it is actually a great thing for music when hearts are broken around the world…maybe that is what life does, an eternal cycle of love – broken hearts – good music to make up for it, that music lifts your mood up and you are once again, ready for love! Maybe that is Read more »

New Reels: “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” by Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha

New Reels: “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” by Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha

Former Rage Against The Machine man and hot hip-hop duo Run The Jewels bring you this beefy track coupled with a video that seems to be continuing a current and very welcome vogue. When I penned this review of the latest Pussy Riot single I was ruminating on how there seems to be almost nothing in the way of protest songs in 2015, a lack of social commentary borne of a fear of alienating any part of an artist’s fan-base. The Pussy Riot song dealt with the emotive contemporary issue of cop-on-black violence in 21st century America. Then a couple Read more »

Stop Making Sense and the art of the concert movie

Stop Making Sense and the art of the concert movie

We explore a film that captures the mighty Talking Heads at their peak and is for many is the finest concert  movie ever made… Is this the greatest concert movie ever made as some have claimed? That’s a tough question. It’s certainly one of the most unique. It’s also an expertly executed experience, a film that grabs you from the opening moments and never really lets you go. Whenever I watch I find that by the 5th or 6th song I’m gone; big smile, armchair dancing, under the spell. The first time I watched it (with some friends who sat Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Compay Segundo

Música en mi primer idioma: Compay Segundo

The Cuban Icon Compay Segundo: his music and legacy. As the US starts lifting the embargo on Cuba and relationships start to improve after decades of stagnant communications, the eyes of Latin America and the world are once again on the country, with tourism skyrocketing.  I guess questions in people´s minds are how will the small island react to an invasion of companies, whether people will be allowed Freedom to leave and go back to the country, what will happen with the Cuban immigrants in the USA and whether the wet feet, dry policy will still stand. (The policy states that Read more »

Tuesday playlist No.3: Reggae, reggae

Tuesday playlist No.3: Reggae, reggae

The weekly MVD playlist featuring Stevie Wonder, The Police, Augustus Pablo, Aswad, Asian Dub Foundation, and Linton Kwesi Johnson… Welcome to this 3rd installment of our weekly playlist, which this week has a big dose of reggae running through it in one form or another. There’s no particular reason for that, it just sort of came out that way – reggaed. From Latin Quarter’s big hit, some great live footage of The Police, killer tracks by Judy Mowatt, Aswad, and Augustus Pablo, The Specials ripping through ‘Monkey Man’, and some imperial ambient-dub from The Orb and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. And Read more »

New Reels: “Why Don’t You Believe In Me” by Natalie Prass

New Reels: “Why Don’t You Believe In Me” by Natalie Prass

A review of two videos from the self-titled album by Natalie Prass. Why Don´t You Believe In Me – Natalie Prass My good friend Glen send this lovely lady my way,and I can´t stop listening to her sweet voice. I guess she has that  Nashville vibe, that wild flowery kind of mood, although she is a songwriter from Virginia, Cleveland. This lady has a unique quality to her voice. I feel perfect for a relaxing day, a Sunday  chilling out afternoon. Her album was released on January 27th, 2015. It was produced by Matthew E. White (great seal of approval). Read more »

Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.

Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.

As the iconic high-school detention movie celebrates its 30th anniversary we look at the secret of its enduring appeal and the memorable soundtrack song by Simple Minds. I can’t remember exactly how old I was when I first watched this film, however seeing as it would have been the mid-80’s I was almost certainly around about the same age as the five lead characters and maybe that’s why it has stuck with me. But no, it must be more than that. This film hasn’t just stuck with me but with my whole generation and subsequent generations thereafter. 30 years after Read more »

The Tuesday playlist – no.2: Party!

The Tuesday playlist – no.2: Party!

Introducing our new weekly YouTube playlist featuring 15 songs to brighten your week! We have decided to do our Tuesday Playlist on YouTube also, we hope you enjoy the videos and songs as much as we enjoyed compiling these 15 songs for your delight! If you are working this will brighten the mood, if you are driving, this will make the ride smoother, if you are partying (maybe celebrating St. Patrick´s) this will liven up the party. This playlist is very rhythm driven, so get those booties shaking!

New Reels: ‘The Future Is Slow Coming’ by Benjamin Booker

New Reels: ‘The Future Is Slow Coming’ by Benjamin Booker

New video combines two songs from his debut album to make a powerful commentary on police violence and racial attitudes both past and present. Benjamin Booker is a Virginian singer/songwriter whose eponymous debut LP made a bit of a splash last year with it’s garage blues-rock sound and his emotionally charged vocal sound. Having received plaudits from critics and fans alike, and with appearances on Letterman and Later.. with Jools Holland as well as playing various festivals in the last couple of years it would seem that Booker’s star is rising, not in a stratospheric sense, but enough to get Read more »

Weather – the playlist!

Weather – the playlist!

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” – John Keats, English poet. “Music, like rain, drop by drop, seeps in to hearts and enlivens it” – Romain Rolland, French writer and mystic The relationship between music and the weather is an easy one to understand. Both are capable of many shades and varieties and it’s no accident that songwriters throughout the ages have picked up on how useful an analogy can be made between the ever-changing moods of both the weather and people, being that Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Queen at Wembley 1986

Unforgettable Live Performances – Queen at Wembley 1986

Queen live at Wembley on Saturday, July 12th, 1986, one of the most remembered and beloved concerts of all time. There are artists, there are singers, there are performers and then there’ s Freddie Mercury. I have already given him lots of praise (although there can never be enough praise for him) in a previous post here on MVD which you can find here. On this opportunity I want to talk specifically about the concert given on Saturday, July 12th – 1986 at Wembley Stadium. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen – Live at Wembley 1986 This concert was given at the Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.1: It has to start somewhere…

The Tuesday Playlist No.1: It has to start somewhere…

Introducing our new weekly Spotify and or YouTube playlist featuring 15 songs to brighten your week! Those of you who know us quite well by now will have cottoned on to the fact that we like a playlist or two, and we have for almost a year now been presenting you with our themed 60 track affairs which we hope at least some of you have enjoyed. However, we started toying around with the idea of much shorter playlists for two reasons. Firstly, because we accumulate a lot of music on Spotify that we think you would like to hear that Read more »

New reels: ‘She Keeps Me Up’ by Nickleback

New reels: ‘She Keeps Me Up’ by Nickleback

Canadian rockers Nickleback display new disco/dance sound on latest single. It’s hard to think of too many bands who inspire the kind of dedicated and committed level of derision that Nickleback do, and yet you can’t help thinking that they are having the last laugh. After all, here are a band who’ve sold some 50 million records and filled countless stadiums in the US and beyond. None of this matters though to the legion of people who love to hate Chad Kroeger and his chums. Why do we love to hate Chad Kroeger and co? Of the main accusations leveled Read more »

New Reels: “Living For Love” – Madonna

New Reels: “Living For Love” – Madonna

We review the latest Madonna single and ask is the Queen of pop getting too old for this kind of thing? Just because she is not “in” right now, and it is actually trendy not to like Madonna and apparently is amusing to talk about her fall, it does not mean that her new single is not one great dance track! Living For Love – Madonna Ok, ok, so this video has grown on me. I cannot say much for the rest of Madonna´s 13th (unlucky 13th?) studio album, I´ve only heard 6 tracks, of which I like this one and Read more »