Unforgettable Live Performances: The Beatles at Shea Stadium

Unforgettable Live Performances: The Beatles at Shea Stadium

The origins of concert rock or arena rock can be traced back to the band that gave birth to many more music related things: The Beatles. Their concert at Shea Stadium made Beatlemania tangible and showed the rest of the world the sheer force of the fab four. Help! – The Beatles (Live at Shea Stadium) On August 15th – 1965, 55,600 fans went to watch The Beatles play at Shea Stadium (The William A Shea Municipal Stadium, home to none other than the New York Mets baseball team). It would be the start of their second US concert tour,  which Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 49: Ring, ring, ring

The Tuesday Playlist No. 49: Ring, ring, ring

The telephone goes “ring, ring, ring” although nowadays it “blings”…this device that allows us to communicate to people all over the world while maintaining the intimacy of listening to someone´s voice…that miracle of men´s genius is the subject of our playlist. Here are 15 tracks from old to new, from the time where there was a rotary dial to know where you just get Siri to dial that number for you…enjoy 🙂 Featured image taken from http://www.theoldtelephone.co.uk/images/Belgian/Belgian%20Green_facing_right.jpg

The Tuesday Playlist No.48: Damon Albarn

The Tuesday Playlist No.48: Damon Albarn

With it being his 48th birthday this Wednesday we thought that seemed like the perfect excuse to celebrate this multi-faceted musical talent. There was a time when Damon Albarn was only the front man of Blur, and that was good enough being that they were  pretty much the most consistently inventive and interesting group of the 90’s, much more so than their plodding, one-dimensional northern neighbours Oasis. Since then however he’s gone from strength to strength with Gorillaz and a plethora of other projects proving that there was much more to him than Blur and Britpop and emerging as one Read more »

New Reels: “Action” by Cassius Feat. Cat Power, Mike D

New Reels: “Action” by Cassius Feat. Cat Power, Mike D

French electronic duo Cassius is back with an unlikely collaboration with Cat Power (“The Greatest“!) and Mike D (from the Beastie Boys) and bring us a surreal tropical, explosive and fun video. Cassius – Action ft. Cat Power, Mike D Its officially the first days of spring and what better way to celebrate and prepare for longer days and a bit more sunshine than the return of Cassius (Philippe Zdar and Boom Bass), this track and its deep, rhythmic drums and beats, with Cat Power´s always sensual voice and the rhymes of Mike D. The video shows the duo going Read more »

The Bends by Radiohead

The Bends by Radiohead

We explore the album that proved there was plenty more to Oxford’s finest than ‘Creep’… With their status as one of the world’s premier rock bands long since established (and reaffirmed by the excitement surrounding plans for a new tour and album) it seems strange to think back to a time when Radiohead were seen as one-song wonders. And yet for a year or two at the beginning of their career that was pretty much the case. In 1992 they had announced themselves to the world with their mega-hit ‘Creep’ which with it’s quiet/loud dynamic and introspective lyrics had come Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.47: Produced by George Martin

The Tuesday Playlist No.47: Produced by George Martin

In this week’s playlist we celebrate the career of the late Sir George Martin outside of his work with a certain 4-piece band from Liverpool… MVD was very sad to hear of the passing of this legendary pop music figure last week, especially seeing as we are huge Beatles fans. However, for this playlist we wanted to step away from that part of his career and move on to what happened next. Through the 70’s and 80’s and beyond Martin produced many acts at his Air Studios in London, and as you will see from this list none of them Read more »

New Reels: ‘Roger Waters’ by Liima

New Reels: ‘Roger Waters’ by Liima

The latest release from Scandinavian act Liima somewhat inexplicably namechecks the Pink Floyd legend, or maybe there is a reason after all… Directed by Mancunians Plastic Zoo the video depicts a bloodied, half-naked man as the survivor of some terrible hidden beast that hides in the darkened tunnel, eventually arguing with what we can only assume to be his own hallucinations. I won’t spoil the ending for you, but the final shots are very worth seeing… The comic-nightmare of the video complements the jumpy, slightly anxious sounding music. As a track it builds nicely sucking you in with a hypnotic Read more »

Burning Out, Not Fading Away: Neil Young’s Rust Never Sleeps

Burning Out, Not Fading Away: Neil Young’s Rust Never Sleeps

We take a look at a classic concert movie which captures a moment in history where rock’s old guard was bumping up against the aftermath of punk… The late 1970’s were a strange time for the generation of rock royalty that had emerged so brightly from the previous decade. No longer the vanguard, the likes of Dylan, the Stones, The Who et al found themselves increasingly out of step especially when the twin explosions of punk and disco shook the cultural landscape to its core. Neil Young weathered that particular storm better than most. In part this was because Young Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.46: Independent Women

The Tuesday Playlist No.46: Independent Women

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day here at MVD by listening to our favourite female singers… And so of course we want to share these songs with you. The following 15 tracks are by just some of the strongest female characters in music, past and present, PJ Harvey, Marrianne Faitfull, Nina Simone, Courtney Barnett, Janis Joplin, Edith Piaf and more…

New Reels: “Arizona” by Frances Cone

New Reels: “Arizona” by Frances Cone

Brooklyn based Frances Cone (Christina Cone, Andrew Doherty and Alex Baron) have released the single Arizona, from their upcoming album Late Riser and we found it soothing and intriguing. Arizona – Frances Cone The video is directed by Frank Jerky and tells the story of Christina Cone´s brother, director Stephen Cone and the experience of growing up with a Southern Baptist preacher as a father. Unfortunately, we dont know much more of them, we found another song by them and their official website but we are hoping to hear more and listen to the whole album once it´s out. *Featured image taken from http://static.flavors.me/dynamic_images/custom/65deaaef777349d58dc99496a2990c08  

Tapestry by Carole King

Tapestry by Carole King

Just like there is such a thing as comfort food, there is definitely comfort music, and for me, nothing makes me feel more at home, protected and warm as Carole king´s timeless  masterpiece Tapestry. I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King Being a member of one of the most famous writing duos of all time, Carole King had already written many hits for almost a decade with her then husband Gerry Goffin. Songs like The Loco – Motion, Chains and Up On the Roof are only a sample of a woman who shaped pop music, so when she decided to listen Read more »

Tuesday Playlist No. 45: Duets

Tuesday Playlist No. 45: Duets

this week´s playlist features 15 songs from great female – male duets through the decades and of course, current ones…from Fiona Apple and Andrew Bird, to Louis and Ella to Natalia LaFourcade and Devendra Banhart and different styles also for your listening pleasure…hope you enjoy!