New Reels: ‘Lights’ by Hurts

New Reels: ‘Lights’ by Hurts

The UK synth-pop duo return with their latest single and a dark video featuring dancing, loving, and fighting. Singer Theo Hutchcraft and keyboardist Adam Anderson apparently met outside a nightclub whilst their freinds were having a fight which they were too drunk to take part in. And it’s hedonistic nightclub life which is the subject of their latest video. Directed by Dawn Shadforth who has made videos with Florence + the Machine, Goldfrapp, and Kylie Minogue amonsgt others directs the band for the second time, having worked with them on their 2010 hit ‘Wonderful Life’. For this video she teams Read more »

Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

An album which stayed in the Billboard 200 chart for 31 non-consecutive weeks, got to number one, was recorded while the band members were breaking up and hooking up with each other, got critical acclaim, commercial success and is still one of the best albums  ever to be released. “Rumours” is about heartbreak (good starting point for good art) and it was recorded, written and interpreted by 2 couples breaking up: Stevie Nicks (writer, vocalist) and Lindsey Buckingham (electric and acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies) and then the other couple were John McVie (Bassit) and  Christine McVie (Fender Rhodes electric piano, Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.24: Mononymous artists

The Tuesday Playlist No.24: Mononymous artists

For no particular reason we can think of this week’s playlist focuses on singers so good they only need one name, from Prince to Nico, Beck to Bjork, Madonna to Jobriath, we’ve got 15 tracks to perk up your week… No Morrissey though, which is nothing against him but rather an oversight on our part.

New Reels: “Restless” by New Order

New Reels: “Restless” by New Order

New Order is back with a brand new video for “Restless” released on August 18th, 2015. New Wave pioneers are back with a brand new video. The band formed in 1980 is back after a 10 year studio break, this time without bassist and vocalist Peter Hook, but they bring a new, upbeat sound to this new adventure. Restless – New Order The band news no introduction but we here at MVD are very aware of the fact we have yet to do a post on them. We will try to right this wrong ASAP. The album “Music Complete” was Read more »

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye

MVD presents The Albums, a whole new section which we are launching with a look at Marvin Gaye’s classic ‘What’s Going On’ lp. So, we here at MVD have been doing ‘The Singles’ for a while now, a category that basically allows us to cover the good, the bad, the ugly, the old, the new, the borrowed, the blue etc… in a completely random manner that looks like some kind of agenda or plan. Now we love singles, 3 or 4 minutes of pure musical nirvana, but we are also both of an age where as we were growing up Read more »

New Reels: ‘Vision’ by Matthew E. White

New Reels: ‘Vision’ by Matthew E. White

The American singer-songwriter’s latest single and video contains a wonderful love and revenge story. Directed by the Chilean-Argentine director Clara Aranovitch and starring Edi Gathegi, who you may recognize from X-Men: First Class, and Australian actress Caitlin Stasey, the story deals with the two leads being abused by a trio because of their blindness. In the midst of this they find each other, fall in love and ultimately get their own back on their tormentors. I love the track alone, which is taken from his fabulous recent album Fresh Blood, but the video is one of my favourites this year. Read more »

The Woodstock Movie: what a trip

The Woodstock Movie: what a trip

This weekend marks the 46th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival, that took place just outside the town of Bethel, New York in the middle of the last summer of the 1960’s and has become a beacon for the love and peace generation. Sitting here in 2015 looking backwards to the 1960’s (as I seem to spend so much of my life doing) gives a strange perspective. No other decade in modern history carries as much cultural baggage as the era of the Beatles and the Stones, of hippies and flower power, of pot and acid and expanding Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Daft Punk at Bercy, Paris – 2007

Unforgettable Live Performances: Daft Punk at Bercy, Paris – 2007

Choosing this unforgettable performance was difficult because there a 2 specific Daft Punk performances that come to mind and both are just visual and musical experiences that I feel are pretty much unbeatable, the runner up performance was Daft Punk at Coachella in 2006 (more on it bellow) but I decided to go with Live at Bercy because it ended up becoming the Alive Album, released in 2007 and which went on to win the Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance album in 2009 but most importantly, the hearts and devotion of a generation! Daft Punk Alive – Paris Bercy 2007 – DVD Fan Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.22: Goodbyes

The Tuesday Playlist No.22: Goodbyes

Our weekly Youtube playlist is all about saying ‘goodbye, farewell, auf wiederseihn, adieu’ and features Soft Cell, Buddy Guy, Them, Frank Turner, Al Green, The Moody Blues and more! So this week’s theme has an unfortunate inspiration, the imminent demise of MVD’s favourite music-lovers community This Is My Jam which has for some 2 or 3 years now been a constant source of great tunes and great people. It was also in many ways the place where MVD itself began as it was where we met. It’s a genuinely sad moment for us and all the other wonderful Jammers we Read more »

New Reels: “Future Visions” by Favela

New Reels: “Future Visions” by Favela

Leeds-based producer Favela has released the video for ‘Future Visions’.   All if now from the guy is that he is 22 years old and will release his EP soon. And I am so often like that I become so short sighted And I’ll bury my head On a plastic orange bowl Until you, you will find me There’s nothing to be found When I think of future All I wanna see is you Talk about NEW! Anyway, the music and video are both evocative and introspective and sweet. Hope to hear more!

One on One: “Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer”, “Mack The Knife”, “O Malandro” and “Pedro Navaja”

One on One: “Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer”, “Mack The Knife”, “O Malandro” and “Pedro Navaja”

What is it about this song with a guy´s name and a weapon that has transcended four languages and become a classic? In Germany (and the orgininal version) it is “Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer”, in English “Mack The Knife”, “O Malandro” by Chico Buarque and in Spanish “Pedro Navaja”. Die Moritat von Mackie Messer (Die Dreigroschenoper), Kurt Weill – Bertolt Brecht (Lotte Lenya) The composer of the song is Kurt Weill and the lyrics were written by Bertolt Brecht. Now, I have to confess I am shocked! First, I didn’t even know the song was originally written in German, but the fact that Brecht wrote Read more »

Banned! “Je t’aime… moi non plus” by Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin

Banned! “Je t’aime… moi non plus” by Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin

We continue our series looking at banned songs and videos with one of the most famous examples of all and one of the most sexually liberated records of the 1960’s. So when I started this series I knew that there were certain ‘elephants in the room’ so to speak. In other words, when you start digging through the history of songs and videos that have been banned by someone, somewhere, for whatever reason there are some candidates that are too famous, too notorious to ignore. This is one of those. When I was growing up that was what I knew Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 21: Growing old

The Tuesday Playlist No. 21: Growing old

A playlist celebrating the passing of the years, growing up, embracing changes, aging. 15 songs by John Lennon, Paul Simon, The Beatles, Mercedes Sosa, LCD Soundsystem, Travis, Simply Red, Steely Dan and more artist celebrating the passing of time. Since time is passing by for all of us, or at least that is how many of us perceive it at the moment,  I thought we would do our playlist today on that, how the years go by and we are all subject to its effects. And also because it was Paul´s birthday and I want to bug him for getting Read more »

New Reels: ‘(Cellophane) So Cruel’ by Miami Horror

New Reels: ‘(Cellophane) So Cruel’ by Miami Horror

This week’s hot video comes from Australian electro-indie outfit Miami Horror aka DJ and producer Benjamin Plant. Plant first appeared in 2008 on Virgin Records with an E.P. called ‘Bravado’ and since then has released to long-players, 2010’s Illumination and this years All Possible Futures. Live they expand to a full band and have supported the likes of Lily Allen and Friendly Fires on their tours of Australia. It looks like Miami Horror are beginning to break big outside their Antipodean home and they spent much of may and June this year touring in America. Whilst at the moment they Read more »