The Tuesday Playlist No.16: All about the money

The Tuesday Playlist No.16: All about the money

An ‘on the money’ playlist (ahem) featuring ABBA, Destiny’s Child, Gwen Guthrie, Pink Floyd, Liza Minnelli, ZZ Top and much more… This week we’ve taken our cue from the sense of impending financial doom here in Europe emanating from the whole Greece situation, which basically involves them going down and dragging everyone else with them. Yep, it’s the latest financial crisis in an age of financial crises. We’re all screwed and surely a return to some kind of pre-industrial barter system isn’t too far away. If this happens I may have to start trading on my good looks. Let’s hope Read more »

New Reels: ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ by Father John Misty

New Reels: ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ by Father John Misty

The American singer-songwriter’s latest single is accompanied by a superb video featuring two riotous paramedics and a near-death experience… Father John Misty aka Joshua Tillman aka simply J. Tillman has been at this for sometime now either as a solo artist releasing a string of acclaimed but lowly selling albums or as the drummer with Fleet Foxes, those behemoths of modern radio and family-friendly folk-rock which is in fact neither very folky or very rocky and actually rather middling and inoffensive. But I digress. FJM is proving to be infinitely more interesting than his former cohorts, this electrifying performance on Read more »

Put A Ring On It: Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’

Put A Ring On It: Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’

“Single Ladies” by Beyoncé. The song which won three Grammys and gave us one of the most parodied and imitated videos ever mainly because of its brilliance. Perhaps because of all the exposure to all things Beyoncé, Jay Z, Bue Ivy and a desire to not stir up the BeyHive we here at MVD have stayed well clear of Queen B and her music. Now, not having written about her before does not mean we do not like her and acknowledge her talent and great performer that she is. There are several videos she has made that we enjoy but Read more »

The Blues: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

The Blues: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

The Blues: its history, evolution, most recognized representatives. In the first of a new series looking at musical genres we explore the one that is considered by many to be the root of all that came after it… What is the blues? The blues originated in the late 19th and early 20th century amongst black communities in America’s deep south, particularly the area around the Mississippi delta. In a time of heavy segregation it was music that managed to express pain and joy, hope and anguish all at once. The blues took traditional African music, folk music from Europe, church Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 15: NEW!

The Tuesday Playlist No. 15: NEW!

Today´s Tuesday Playlist celebrates our NEW, improved, fun and friendlier website! We have all our posts organized in their different categories, images are highlighted and you can see more content on the home page! We celebrate this with 15 songs with the word NEW, NOVO and NUEVO on the title! We at MVD would like to thank our former admin and the man behind our first and new look, our friend Juan Diego.  As MVD is growing, we wanted a site that grew with it, and that is what we celebrate today. We hope you enjoy the playlist, site and would Read more »

Banned – “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Banned – “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

For the third in this series we look at one of the biggest selling and most controversial records of the 80’s… It’s hard to convey now to those fortunate to be young enough not to have been there exactly how big Frankie Goes To Hollywood were for a brief period of time. It was 1984 in fact when they bestrode the charts in the UK and beyond in quite astonishing fashion. Three number one singles in a year was a pretty impressive achievement. The first two ‘Relax’ and ‘Two Tribes’ still feature amongst the UK’s best selling singles of all-time, Read more »

Música en mi Primer Idioma: Joe Arroyo

Música en mi Primer Idioma: Joe Arroyo

Colombian salsa and tropical music’s famous singer Joe Arroyo and his important legacy. Considered one of the most important, if not the most important Colombian musician of the 20th century, Joe Arroyo (Álvaro José Arroyo González) is one of the country´s treasures. This Caribbean singer, composer and songwriter had a prolific and extraordinary career, and is imprinted in the popular culture of several generations of Colombians. Rebelion – Joe Arroyo One of Colombian salsa´s most famous songs (there are probably 2 other songs that can compete against it, but no more than that) it is an tribute to Cartagena and Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.14: Cosmic music

The Tuesday Playlist No.14: Cosmic music

A slightly cosmic collection this week featuring The Police, The Carpenters, Brigitte Bardot, Hawkwind, Chris Bell, Kate Bush and more! The space world has been buzzing over the last few days after the European Space Agency’s robot Philae woke up after 7 months sleep aboard Comet 67P. The fact that we’ve been able to land a small robot aboard a comet moving at who knows what speed across deep space boggles our minds here at MVD, although to be fair our minds are quite easily boggled… And so it is that from such mighty achievements come such relative inconsequentialities as Read more »

New Reels: “Ready” by Kodaline

New Reels: “Ready” by Kodaline

Released on June 3rd, 2015, Kodaline´s new video “Ready” from their recently released album “Coming up for Air” show the band is more than a one hit wonder. On May 24th, 2015 the album “Coming Up for Air” from this Irish band was released. The songs “Honest”  and “The One” were greeted with mixed reviews by the critics, and now they have this new video out. The video is directed by Abteen Bagheri and stars the one and only Christopher Mintz-Plasse (A.K.A. McLovin) as a paraplegic ex-jockey who dreams of getting back on the horse. “READY” KODALINE https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/129684032 . Look Read more »

Heaven and Hell – the playlist!

Heaven and Hell – the playlist!

A 60 track playlist featuring heaven, hell, Jesus, the Devil and all those friendly and things. With artists like Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, Fats Domino, Depeche Mode, Bob Dylan and many more…a reflective playlist fit for judgement day! (although we are not implying that is happening any time soon…or ever!)   “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” – Mark Twain There are some days when everything is nice and calm and lightweight, and there are some days filled with dread and second guessing and guilt trips. But since we like to keep a ying – yang balance, Read more »

Unsung Figures No.5: Terry Reid

Unsung Figures No.5: Terry Reid

We take a look at the life and career of a singer and songwriter who had things turned out differently could have fronted either of two of the biggest rock bands of the 70’s. I’m not sure it’s fair or even accurate to call Terry Reid one of the unluckiest men in rock music. Here is a man who recorded his first album as a teenager, toured America as a headliner not long after, has worked with, toured with, and befriended everyone from the Rolling Stones to CSNY, from Jackson Browne to Bonnie Raitt. And yet the feeling that pervades Read more »

Tuesday Playlist No. 13: Unlucky for some, not so much for others

Tuesday Playlist No. 13: Unlucky for some, not so much for others

This week´s Tuesday Playlist is our number 13. Lucky 13! We chose 15 songs related to luck, superstition and the mystical number.  Among them, are artists like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, James Blake, Madonna and Stevie Wonder. There are some people who consider No. 13 to be an unlucky number. Some think it is unlucky because there were 13 dinner guests at the last supper, in Norse mythology there are 12 Gods sitting having supper when an uninvited god shows up (Loki), the murder of the knights of the Templar took place on that date, and there are many reasons Read more »

New Reels: ‘Another Life’ by Black English

New Reels: ‘Another Life’ by Black English

Coming out of Echo Park, Los Angeles are a band formerly known as No until they changed it to Black English to avoid confusion with another band (who were named No, obviously). They released their debut album entitled, ahem, ‘No’ last year and this is the latest single to be taken from it. The video is directed by Zak Stoltz who has worked with Tegan & Sara and passion Pit amongst others, and uses the ultra post-modern idea of making the video about people watching a viral video for a song called ‘Another Life’ by No (of course) which also Read more »

Me I’m Supa Fly: Video dopeness with Missy Elliott

Me I’m Supa Fly: Video dopeness with Missy Elliott

We take a look at 3 of the best from one of hip-hop’s biggest female stars and one of the most inventive video artists of her time. Back in the days when MTV still played, y’know, actual music videos and not an endless stream of vacuous reality shows some artists managed to create a ‘buzz’ reputation around their videos, and Missy Elliott was definitely one of those. For a while in the late 90’s and early 2000’s many conversations around the world began with “Have you seen the new Missy Elliott video?” or words to that effect. Of course it Read more »

One On One – Olivia Newton-John “Physical” and Eric Prydz “Call On Me”

One On One – Olivia Newton-John “Physical” and Eric Prydz “Call On Me”

Is a fascination for Lycra, sweaty bodies and gyms all the videos “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John and “Call On Me” by Eric Prydz have in common, or is there a deeper hidden meaning: we explore. Since the beginning of mankind (humankind?) we humans have been ogling each other. Much of art revolves around that. There are paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, social media sites and even a mix of all of those show how we look at other humans. Sometimes videos are discreet and try to have a story line around the gorgeous woman/man star of the video. Sometimes that plot Read more »