The Lost Boys: Vampires in the 80´s.

The Lost Boys: Vampires in the 80´s.

“Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire”. Is it a Horror Movie? A Comedy Horror Movie? A Thriller? Do we care? It is a gem of the eighties, entertaining, filled with stars, hotties and of course, a KILLER soundtrack! The Lost Boys Trailer (1987) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_lwtRMg0ts This movie is remembered by many for different reasons. It holds a special place in my heart because it was actually the first time I was introduced to The Doors. Ok, Ok, so it was not properly them but I NEVER forgot the song, could Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.20: Cover versions no.1

The Tuesday Playlist No.20: Cover versions no.1

Cover versions galore in this week’s playlist featuring Gladys Knight, The Cardigans, The Magic Numbers, Charles Bradley, Sonic Youth, Beautiful South and much more! What makes a good cover version? maybe it’s easier to ask what makes a bad cover version. There are plenty of those. Either bland facsimiles of the original, attempts by artists who simply lack the talent for the job, or catastrophic mis-matches that should never have been attempted in the first place. Think Kanye’s recent Bohemian Rhapsody disaster at Glastonbury and you’ll know what I mean by that. When it works though it happens because something Read more »

New Reels: “Pirates” by Nina Yasmineh

New Reels: “Pirates” by Nina Yasmineh

Minneapolis currently New York based singer songwriter Nina Yasmineh featured her new video “Pirates” on July 25th, which is impressively produced, written, and performed by her. After getting a lot of buzz two years ago for her first E.P. Seven Years,  this young woman with a mature tone comes back with a strength in her voice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=34&v=gOUvDit9L2s She describes her sound as “Bittersweet, striking, seductive” and she is right. Her lyrics are mature and there is no gimmicks. A pop song with reflective, introspective feel. Can´t wait to witness her evolution. You can find her on facebook.    

Música en mi primer idioma: Silvio Rodríguez

Música en mi primer idioma: Silvio Rodríguez

We visit one of Latin America´s most recognized and controversial singer – song witters. A symbol of the Left. Sometimes called “the Cuban John Lennon”. In the break of the renewed relationships between the United States and Cuba, I thought I would do a post of a man who has come to represent the left in Latin America. He has established himself as the voice of an era and some ideals that are outdated and like all communist governments the world has had, clearly does not work as it is contemplated.  The man is one of those singers people love or love to hate. He Read more »

Themeweek: The Billboard Hot 100

Themeweek: The Billboard Hot 100

This week on MVD we launched our first Themeweek and to kick things off we wanted to celebrate the Billboard charts which 75 years ago took initial shape, although as we shall see it’s not as simple as that. The very first Billboard chart actually started in 1936 and for the next 20 or so years various charts developed tracking different methods of getting records heard. There was a chart for sales, a chart for jukebox play, and another for radio play. There was a ‘race’ chart which later became the R&B chart, the country & western chart, and others Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 19: The Billboard charts

The Tuesday Playlist No. 19: The Billboard charts

This week we are kicking off #themeweek here on MVD. We will have a post and playlist with out Top 40 Billborad No. 1 and much more activity around the subject through the week, however, for this week´s playlist we chose to stay on topic but a little to the side, we have chosen 15 songs from artists who have never had a number 1 Billboard hit. The playlist features artists such as Bob Dylan. Yes. Bob Dylan has never had a No. 1 single. He has had No. 1 albums, but not singles. “Like a Rolling Stone” made it Read more »

New Reels: “Friday I’m In Love” by Yo La Tengo

New Reels: “Friday I’m In Love” by Yo La Tengo

The American indie trio return with a nifty cover of the classic single by The Cure. Yo La Tengo are one of those bands who’ve never been fashionable but have been around so long now they’ve kind of bypassed the need for such things and created their own niche by simply staying there (The Fall are another prime example of such an act). Throughout their 30-odd year career husband and wife team Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley along with James McNew (bass player since 1992) have ploughed their own unique furrow making music that often defies easy categorization but I Read more »

One On One Banned! Special: Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” and Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got A Gun”.

One On One Banned! Special:  Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” and Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got A Gun”.

We continue our Banned! series with a One On One special bringing together two giants of American rock music and two videos with dark subject matter and violent endings. Quite often the One On One’s are done in an almost entirely facetious manner but for this one we’re actually dealing with pretty heavy subject matter. In fact both of these videos were and are important for exactly that. I don’t want to to the usual point scoring compare-and-contrast thing here, but rather talk about two videos that were censored for trying to deal with difficult subject matter. For obvious reasons Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Pink Floyd at Live 8

Unforgettable Live Performances: Pink Floyd at Live 8

After 24 years Roger Water, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright reunited to play on July 2nd for London´s Live 8 concert. Live 8 was a series of benefit concerts joining the voices of many celebrities supporters to obtain promises from world leaders regarding financial aid, debt cancellation and the fight against AIDS in Africa. It was organized and hosted by Bob Geldof who also organized Band Aid (A rock group formed by British and Irish musicians to raise money in the fight against poverty in Ethiopia.) Live 8 had the presence of many of the acts that also played on Band Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.18: Talking, speaking, chattering, orating…

The Tuesday Playlist No.18: Talking, speaking, chattering, orating…

With The Coasters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Buddy Holly, Tears For Fears, James Brown, Tracy Chapman and more! The theme for this week’s playlist is all about something we here at MVD like to do a lot of – talking, speaking, orating, conversating, shouting, screaming, whispering, the art of verbal communication etc etc… you get the idea I’m sure and whilst I could undoubtedly talk about this playlist and every track in it at great length on and on and on never shutting up or pausing to take breath until you probably start to think to yourself “is he ever Read more »

New Reels: “It´s Not Over” by On and On

New Reels: “It´s Not Over” by On and On

Chicago-Minneapolis band On An On released on June 19 the video for “It´s Not Over”. We find this a hopeful, playful, poppy smooth way to start the week. On and On (and please, click on the link, their website is a good one) released this video from the upcoming album And The Wave Has Two Sides (to be released on July 24th). Three months ago they had released an also interesting video for their song Drifting. Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci and Ryne Estwing have been in the band for four years, after deciding to join forces while watching a Miike Snow performance. Read more »

Adam Ant: Ridicule Is Nothing To Be Scared Of

Adam Ant: Ridicule Is Nothing To Be Scared Of

Britain has thrown up many fabulous pop stars over the last half a century. It’s actually something we seem to specialise in – think John Lennon, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Morrissey etc. And then there’s Adam Ant, to which some of you, particularly if you are under 35 and/or not British might say “who?”. And it would be a fair question. His profile certainly doesn’t match those aforementioned legends, and it’s been a while since he had anything approaching a hit record but for most of the 80’s here in Britain there were few names more famous, few Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 17: Let’s get spiritual

The Tuesday Playlist No. 17: Let’s get spiritual

For today´s 15 track listing I thought we would get a little “Spiritual” and raise your vibration for the day. Don’t worry, no “religious” sermons, just uplifting positive energy music curated only for you. The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Cat Stevens, Silvio Rodriguez, Leonard Cohen and may, many artist sum up in songs what most religions and spiritual paths preach: love yourself. accept yourself. be grateful. Be kind. be in the moment. be joyous. That way, you will be happier, radiate happiness and bring joy and peace to those around you. There are two ways to look at it. From the down Read more »

New Reels: ‘The Answer’ by Joss Stone

New Reels: ‘The Answer’ by Joss Stone

Britain has produced a steady stream of big-voiced, soulful female singers in the last decade or so, from Amy Winehouse to Duffy, Adele to Paloma Faith and more. Stone was where this stream began though, and her debut lp The Soul Sessions, released in 2003 when she was just 16 years old and made with a legendary line-up of soul artists, seemed to herald the arrival of a major artist who was capable of fusing retro influences with a wholly contemporary edge. And then along came the aforementioned Winehouse et al… and some of her thunder seemed to have been Read more »

The Royal Tenenbaums: Cinema´s most interesting and peculiar family

The Royal Tenenbaums: Cinema´s most interesting and peculiar family

The aesthetic, characters, story, acting and soundtrack of one of the greatest movies ever made.       Before we get any further let´s take a look at the trailer. The Royal Tenenbaums Trailer (2001) At the beginning of the movie we are introduced to the characters by narrator Alec Baldwin. The background music for this opening scene is The Mutato Muzika Orchestra´s cover of “Hey Jude”. For example this is what we learn about Chas Tenenbaum, played by Ben Stiller. “Chas Tenenbaum had, since elementary school, taken most of his meals in his room, standing up at his desk Read more »