New Reels: “The Girl In The Yellow Dress” by David Gilmour

New Reels: “The Girl In The Yellow Dress” by David Gilmour

On October 7th, 2015 the legendary David Gilmour released the video for “The Girl In The Yellow Dress” and we here at MVD didn’t get the memo. The Girl In The Yellow Dress – David Gilmour The lyrics of the song were written by Gilmour´s novelist wife Polly Samson about a girl in a yellow dress who goes dancing at a jazz club (she was inspired by a painting they own by Johnny Dewe Mathews). The song was written in 2004, but then it was re-recorded at Abbey Road with Jools Holland, Robert Wyatt, Rado Close on guitar and Chris Laurence. She Read more »

All Things Must Pass by George Harrison

All Things Must Pass by George Harrison

On the 14th anniversary of his death we look back at the ex-Beatle’s magnum opus, a triple-album that spawned his global hit ‘My Sweet Lord’. “The biggest break in my career was getting into the Beatles… The second biggest break since then is getting out of them.” – George Harrison, 1971 When George Harrison passed away on November 29th 2001 it may not have had the same dramatic impact that the violent death of fellow Beatle John Lennon did some 20-odd years previously, but it was still a profoundly sad moment for the millions of people around the world who Read more »

Playing on and on: 3 of the best from Basement Jaxx

Playing on and on: 3 of the best from Basement Jaxx

As one of the world’s pre-eminent dance acts of the last 20 years Basement Jaxx have produced one gloriously catchy hit after another. They’ve also given us some pretty amazing videos and in this post we take a look at three of our favourites… Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe met in 1994 in a pub in the borough of Clapham, in south-west London and bonded over a love of house music. Ratcliffe had already accumulated enough hardware for a small studio, and the duo quickly set about making tunes together, subsequently setting up their own label, Atlantic Jaxx, on which Read more »

New Reels: ‘Blackstar’ by David Bowie

New Reels: ‘Blackstar’ by David Bowie

The elder statesman of art-rock returns with a surreal and slightly bewildering 10 minute long video. There’s been quite a buzz building around this new video from David Bowie since it was released last week, coming as it did with almost no pre-publicity save rumours that he was definitely working on something. Since his near total withdrawal from public life some years ago he’s managed to regain much of the enigma that made him such a fascinating artist in his 70’s heyday. The air of mystery so crucial to his persona was lost to a certain extent when he went Read more »

Tanto Tempo by Bebel Gilberto

Tanto Tempo by Bebel Gilberto

Born into bossa nova royalty, Bebel Gilberto released her debut album and showed us why we should not be afraid of embracing technology, the elegant mix of bossa nova and samples is a must have album for music lovers and any one in need of a trip to heaven. Samba Da Bencao – Bebel Gilberto It’s better to be happy than to be sad Happiness is the best thing that exists It’s just like a light in your heart But to make a samba with beauty You need a lot of sorrow You need a lot of sorrow If not,  a samba can’t Read more »

The Commitments: Soul Music to lift you above the shite.

The Commitments: Soul Music to lift you above the shite.

“The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once and say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud” Jimmy Rabbitte A movie and a soundtrack that took over the world in 1991, and that, 20 years later, would reunite the actors for a tour around Ireland and in the UK. The Commitments is a comedy – drama. Though I have to say that having watched it again to write this post, it is really hilarious. The movie, directed by genius Alan Parker, who Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.36: Peace, Love and Understanding

The Tuesday Playlist No.36: Peace, Love and Understanding

For the people of Paris, Beirut, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and everywhere else where war and death are robbing people of peace and life. We here at MVD were profoundly saddened by the events of the last few days. And you know, at a time like this it is hard to know how to express that sadness, what to say that has any meaning. We write about pop music and films, and it almost seems kind of trivial in the wake of such madness and destruction. However, it’s also important to remember that music can play a role in the recovery Read more »

New Reels: “WTF (Where They From)” by Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell Williams

New Reels: “WTF (Where They From)” by Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell Williams

Like the rest of the world, we could not be more exited to hear Missy Elliott´s  new song and video which she also directs. Missy Elliott – WTF (Where They From) ft. Pharrell Williams [Official Video] In her signature hyper funky style, Missy Elliot is back and featuring none other than Pharrell. The video is fun, the choreography awesome and they are surely the coolest puppets around. They literally become marionettes in the video. Missy is on key, still her but at the same time brings something new and fresh, one or those rare talents that does not have to do Read more »

Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers

This week we celebrate this cornerstone funk rock record which many see as Red Hot Chili Peppers’ finest hour. I was 19 back in 1991, an age where music as much as at any time in my life defined who I was. I was also sharing a flat for a while with a guy who is still my closest male friend. We were both rock music fans, both drummers, and both pot-heads, so as you can imagine there were many late nights spent talking stoned bollocks and obsessing over music. And at that time one album more than any other Read more »

Unsung Figures No.7: The Shaggs

Unsung Figures No.7: The Shaggs

Music, like all art, elicits – or at least should elicit – all kinds of value laden responses from those who engage with it, whether casually or obsessively or somewhere inbetween. We can all think of music we hate, and indeed if you are an obsessive (like us) then the music you don’t like defines you just as strongly as the music you do. Example: in the wake of Phil Collins anouncing his un-retirement music fans everywhere seem to be queuing up to insist the he un-unretires, such is the strength of feeling towards his music. It’s kind of inexplicable Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 35: Cats.

The Tuesday Playlist No. 35: Cats.

Since the whole of the universe revolves around cats we want to apologize for not having created this playlist before: 15 songs all about cats. From The Beatles to Hot Chip, and genres such as jazz and rock, a playlist for the internet to love: Pussy Galore! Featured image taken from: http://www.cats.org.uk/plymouth/adopt-a-cat  

New Reels: ‘Junk Food’ by Findlay

New Reels: ‘Junk Food’ by Findlay

This week we bring you the latest release from this hotly-tipped Manchester based singer. Findlay aka Natalie Findlay has been slowly but surely building her reputation since 2012 via a smattering of singles and EP’s plus a fairly relentless schedule of gigs including a support slot with Brandon Flowers earlier this year and appearances at the Isle Of White Festival and Liverpool Sound City. Her latest single ‘Junk Food’ gives you a taster of what she’s about. Full of two-fingered attitude the song and video are an attack on the food industry and more broadly at consumerism itself. In particular, Read more »

Please Please Me by The Beatles

Please Please Me by The Beatles

The Beatles debut album would show the world this was no ordinary group. Besides the covers, they were one of the first groups to write their own songs (they wrote 8 of the 14 songs featured), play their own instruments and this hinted at the ambitious and talented four young men that would forever change music history. I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles “1,2,3,4!” Best Intro countdown in history! The opening track of the album is exciting, fresh, fun, catchy and stands the taste of time. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, in this video above you can Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Elvis Presley, The Comeback Special 1968

Unforgettable Live Performances: Elvis Presley, The Comeback Special 1968

Pop icon and King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley played an informal jamming session to  a small audience, it is now considered the first “Unplugged” and aired on NBC and would be known as ´68 Comeback Special. It is a delight.     “Heartbreak Hotel” (1968 Comeback Special) – Elvis Presley Elvis Aron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi to a humble family. He was a twin, but his brother, Jesse was stillborn. His family was humble and moved around a lot, but it was a loving environment, his mother Gladys raised him to have a strong faith in God, he would Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 34: Fire!

The Tuesday Playlist No. 34: Fire!

This week, on November 5, there is a special night celebrated especially across England in memory of Guy Fawkes, called Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night. Since there will be bonfire galore, we thought it would be suitable to dedicate this week´s playlist to the hottest element: Fire! Guy Fawkes was, along with Robert Catesby,  the most recognized and remembered figure from the group English Catholics who planned the Gunpowder plot in 1605. The plot meant to assassinate King James I of England and VI of Scotland. They wanted to blow up the House of Lords on Nov. 5th, 1605. Read more »