Unforgettable Live Performances: Paul Simon – 5 iconic moments

Unforgettable Live Performances: Paul Simon – 5 iconic moments

Paul Simon is one of America´s most prolific and important singer songwriters of the past 40 years, we take a look at 5 iconic performances through the years for this talented and beloved man. It seems like Paul Simon with his “boy next door” pose and style could be not only your neighbor, but a friend you hang out with, have some beers with, talk about baseball with (everyone knows he is a New York Yankees Fan). He has this ordinary Joe characteristic and seems to grounded, humble and down to earth that it is easy to forget that the Read more »

Banned! ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ by The Prodigy

Banned! ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ by The Prodigy

In the second installment of this series we look at a music video that became notorious for its brutally exhilarating hedonism and sampled lyrical hook which caused immediate controversy and turned this Essex dance act in to the bad boys of the 90’s music scene. Even before they released this video The Prodigy had been slowly building a reputation as a dance act with an anarchic punk edge. This was perfectly crystalised on their third lp The Fat Of The Land which saw Keith Flint stop being just a dancer and become the frontman of the band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKLSmHqXhzA The album’s first Read more »

The Tuesday playlist no.11: Sun, sun, sun…

The Tuesday playlist no.11: Sun, sun, sun…

Our playlist for this week includes a magnificent theme: the sun! The center of our universe and energy source for us all. This Tuesday´s one includes artist like Cat Power, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen and Portugal the Man. The largest object in our solar system. El Sol,. Solei. Helios. The Sun. An ordinary star¨or the ruler of the sky?A gigantic mass made up of 70% hydrogen and 28% helium and with extreme conditions…maybe it is just that, the magnetic center of which the planet earth is just a satellite to. But it is also so much Read more »

New Reels: “‘Cause I’m Your Man” by Tame Impala

New Reels: “‘Cause I’m Your Man” by Tame Impala

The 2nd single from the forthcoming album by this highly-acclaimed Australian act is accompanied by an enchanting CGI video. Never let it be said that we don’t champion Australian music here at MVD with posts on Total Giavanni and Alpine already this year, and now this from Perth’s Tame Impala aka Kevin Parker who first found recognition with debut LP Innerspeakers in 2010. The sound then was mining psychedelia and garage rock from the late 60’s/early 70’s, and to wonderful effect, winning Rolling Stone magazine’s album of the year award. This new single moves away from that towards a more Read more »

The Harder They Come: How one film helped reggae rise up

The Harder They Come: How one film helped reggae rise up

We look back at the film which made a star of Jimmy Cliff and did so much to bring reggae music from Jamaica to a much wider audience. “The Harder They Come had a great deal to do with the spread of Rasta and roots music… it took you right into roots culture and how people lived in Jamaica at the time. It introduced people to the fact that there was more to reggae music than the happy stuff that had been hits at the time” – Jimmy Cliff, taken from Bass Culture by Lloyd Bradley If you ask most Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Astor Piazzolla

Música en mi primer idioma: Astor Piazzolla

The brilliant and revolutionary and virtuoso Astor Piazzolla and his incredibly strong and vibrant music. If there has been a rebellious musician who pressed all the wrong (and thankfully) right keys in Tango it was Ástor Pantaleón Piazzolla. Still today his name raises controversy among purists, the discussion of whether if his music is tango, neo-tango, classical or a different type of music can take hours, lots of wine and dare I say has costed friendships, but of course no one can deny his genius and unique voice, and by voice, I mean his bandoneon. Libertango – Ástor Piazzolla Now, Read more »

The Tuesday playlist no.10: R.I.P B.B. King

The Tuesday playlist no.10: R.I.P B.B. King

This week featuring the late BB King, as well as Gillian Welch, Dan Auerbach, PJ Harvey, Howlin’ Wolf, Amadou & Mariam, Daniel Johnston, T-Bone Walker & more! Welcome to the 10th installment of our weekly playlist, which of course had to kick off with the King of the Blues himself (see our tribute to him here). I thought I’d expand on the blues theme for the rest of the tracks, all of which have some element of the spirit of the blues running through them, or at least that’s what we hear. We hope you do too, and we hope Read more »

New Reels: “Darlin’ Celsa” by Maestro

New Reels: “Darlin’ Celsa” by Maestro

New music video “Darling Celsa” by Grammy Award winning producer, author and photographer Maestro. Darlin’ Celsa  – Maestro The French directing duo Parachutes take one of the themes that most humans on the planet can relate to, that of the feelings that can arise from looking at an old school yearbook album and turn it into one of the best videos I have seen this year and, to be honest, in the last couple of years. Ok, it is violent and dark, which is not my sort of thing, but it is done brilliantly and I can´t stop watching. American Read more »

BB King – a tribute.

BB King – a tribute.

When the legendary blues singer and guitarist passed away on May 14th music lovers the world over mourned his passing. What was it that made BB King the ‘King of the Blues?’ “B.B. King bent the strings on a guitar like no one else, and we all owe him something now. Every guitar player that’s not known and well-known is playing something that man created on a guitar.” — Buddy Guy The world is full of musicians. Good, ones, bad ones, professional, amateur; musicians everywhere. Which is great, the world needs musicians. Every once in a while though a musician Read more »

Banned! – ‘Low’ by Foo Fighters

Banned! – ‘Low’ by Foo Fighters

In the first of a new series exploring videos that were either banned or censored we look at the video for ‘Low’ which brought you Jack Black and Dave Grohl as two rednecks having an increasingly bizarre private party. And whilst we’ll certainly be looking at more outrageous and extreme videos in this series we might not look at another one that’s as plain funny. Besides, we wanted to ease you (and ourselves) in a little. Taken from the Foo Fighters third album One By One, and released in 2002, ‘Low’ is reportedly one of the few tracks on the Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.9: Pairs and couples

The Tuesday Playlist No.9: Pairs and couples

This week´s playlist features artists from the 40´s to today. A fantastic 15 song selection with Sam Cooke, Robert Palmer, Soda Stereo and many more. This will be our number 9 playlist. This week I was thinking of a theme and decided it would be “more than one”. So it basically includes songs that are about more than one person. It ranges from different genres, proper names and famous duos. With artists like Robert Palmer, Captain & Tennille, Willie Nelson, Grover Washington Junior, Blondie and many more.  

New Reels: “Go” – The Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip

New Reels: “Go” – The Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip

Having already seen the return of fellow dance pioneers The Prodigy, 2015 also marks the arrival of a new album by Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons aka The Chemical Brothers. The album will be titled Born In The Echoes and this, released last week, is the first single to be taken from it. It not only features A Tribe Called Quest’s main-man rapper Q-Tip but also marks a re-acquaintance with French director/auter Michel Gondry, having previously worked with him on 1999’s ‘Let Forever Be’ and 2001’s ‘Star Guitar’. The video features seven girls and two poles and is trademark Gondry Read more »

Bloke Name Jams – the playlist!

Bloke Name Jams – the playlist!

The sequel to Chick Name Jams featuring The Smiths, Curtis Mayfield, T-Rex, White Stripes, Chet Baker, Jethro Tull, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rod Stewart and many more! A few weeks ago we bought you 60 tracks that featured girl’s names, a rich theme running through popular music. We thought it was a very cool playlist but we also thought that in the interests of balance and fairness (and because it also sounded like a cool idea) that we would construct a male equivalent. Initially we thought it might be a slightly harder playlist to build but when we started digging around Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Johnny Cash and his prison concerts

Unforgettable Live Performances – Johnny Cash and his prison concerts

The country music legend and footage of some of his unforgettable performances in different prisons throughout the years. He may have been the man in black, but his heart had stripes and rebellion at it´s center. John R. Cash was born on February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas. His parents Ray and Carrie Rivers Cash were Baptist and farmers. Apparently when his voice dropped his mother discovered he could sing and encouraged him to follow that path, telling him he had “the gift” and paying for his first singing lessons. It turns out that after just 3 lessons his teacher Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.8: Feeling good

The Tuesday Playlist No.8: Feeling good

This week featuring killer cuts from Cat Power, Sly & The Family Stone, Jimmy Cliff, The Vines, Snoop Dogg, Primal Scream, Hot Chocolate & more! So what with the General Election happening in the UK this week it struck me that I could theme this week’s playlist around that. After due consideration I decided that I’ve had enough of this election already, all the political mud-slinging, the animosity, the empty promises, the endless angry tweets… No, I thought. What’s needed is an anti election playlist, one full of songs that carry some kind of vaguely positive message or just make Read more »