Unforgettable Live Performances: George Michael

Unforgettable Live Performances: George Michael

It has taken me a while to sit down and write this post. I remember the exact moment and time when Paul told me that George Michael had died. I have to say 2016 gave me so many blows in that sense that it didn’t come as a huge surprise, but I am still not over the irony of it being his Last Christmas. I always knew I liked George Michael, and I have defended his voice on more than one occasion, but what I forgot is how present he was when I was growing up, how influential he was, and the Read more »

The 2016 MVD Awards

The 2016 MVD Awards

We think it’s fair to say that 2016 was, for various reasons, a memorable year. Of course, we are a music site and as such couldn’t possibly comment on Brexit, Trump, Putin, Syria, or any of that, and so we won’t. Instead we bring you a few of our favourite things, beginning with… Single of the year – ‘Wow’ by Beck There were other contenders amongst the various new releases we’ve brought you this year, but it was this wonderful slice of wierdness from the ever-brilliant Beck that topped the pile this year. he’s been around for a long time Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Amy Winehouse

Unforgettable Live Performances: Amy Winehouse

One of the best females artists from Britan ever, Amy Winehouse left us too soon. Now a famous member of the 27 club, she left some extraordinary music behind. We take a look at 5 of our favorite performances, some cheerful and with huge crowds, other melancholic and intimate.  We simply can’t pick a favorite.   In December 2006, Amy Winehouse (22 years old at the time) traveled to Dingle, Ireland to record the Irish music TV series “Other Voices“. The recording took place at the church of St. James, a 200-year-old beautiful small chapel.  Her 6 song – performance mesmerized Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Willie Colón.

Música en mi primer idioma: Willie Colón.

Musician, composer, arranger, singer, trombone player, political and social activist and above all: salsero! Idilio-Willie Colón William Anthony Colón Román was born on April 28th, 1950 in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents and grandparents. He started playing the trumpet from a very young age, later switching to the trombone. When he was only 15 years old, he signed to Fania Records and by the time he was 17 he already had recorded his first album, selling more than 300,000 copies. (To this day, he still holds, with Rubén Blades, the record in sales in the genre having sold more than 30 Read more »

Netflix´s ´Stranger Things´ and ´The Get Down´

Netflix´s ´Stranger Things´ and ´The Get Down´

Not content with owning our screens and weekends and late night marathons, Netflix´s plan of world domination is now coming after our ears, bringing us 2 series that are not only highly addictive, but which have brought to the small screen (is the computer screen also a small screen?) the soundtracks of the year. The Get Down This musical television series tells the story of the death of disco and the rise of hip hop in the late seventies in New York. Created by Baz Luhrmann  it is very influenced by his aesthetics, and if you don’t like his previous projects Read more »

New Reels: ‘Libre’ by Y La Bamba

New Reels: ‘Libre’ by Y La Bamba

Out of Portland and with Mexican roots comes this refreshing sound, reminiscent of Tune Yards but by no means a copy. Its a sound that is both new and familiar (at least to me) and brings an immediate smile to my face. I don´t know what to say about the video, because I think I am clearly influenced by images of a “character” commonly used in Carnaval de Barranquilla  but I am probably biased because she is from Mexican ascendance and its a different character that reminds me of the Colombian one…anyway, that’s not what’s important. What’s important its that just Read more »

Unsung Figures No.9: Fred Neil

Unsung Figures No.9: Fred Neil

The latest post in this series looks at the life and career of an enigmatic and influential figure who shunned fame and instead devoted much of his life to the conservation of his favourite animal. Some musicians seek fame but never find it, others have fame thrust reluctantly upon them; others sail within touching distance of lasting recognition only to have it snatched away by fate or circumstance. And then you have musicians who neither seek nor find it, and for whom the only thing that matters is the music, and who see fame for the fickle and empty mistress Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Juan Gabriel – In Memoriam

Música en mi primer idioma: Juan Gabriel – In Memoriam

On August 28th, 2016 Latin America´s heart broke. “Il Divo de Juarez”, “JuanGa”, Juan Gabriel, died of a heart attack while on Tour in the United States. I rang my mom at 10:30 p.m. when I heard the news, and I am still coming to terms with it. Hasta Que Te Conocí – Juan Gabriel  Juan Gabriel was the singer my mom and her friends listened to. A good singer, a great entertainer and a BRILLIANT songwriter, he taught my generation about love and heartbreak to through his songs and his voice and also unforgettable musical partnership with Rocio Durcal. This Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Nirvana “Unplugged”.

Unforgettable Live Performances: Nirvana “Unplugged”.

On December 16th, 1993 Nirvana recorded an acoustic performance in New York City at the Sony Music Studios as part of the series MTV Unplugged. The band played their own songs, including lesser known ones, as well as covers by Meat Puppets and David Bowie. The show (and live album) became a classic. The album was released on Nov. 1, 1994 after Kurt Cobain´s death and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard. All Apologies – Nirvana The album went platinum five times and also  won a Grammy for Beat Alternative Music Album. It was released on DVD in 2007. When they were approached Read more »

Unsung Figures No.8: Chris Spedding

Unsung Figures No.8: Chris Spedding

In the latest edition of our series looking at under-appreciated artists from the world of music we profile a British guitarist and singer more famous for his session work than his own records. You may not have heard of Chris Spedding but if you’ve been a music lover for some time chances are you will have heard him play. You may have even heard ‘Motor Bikin” – the closest thing he ever had to a hit – pop up on driving compilations or golden oldies stations. Having worked as a gun-for-hire with Paul McCartney, Nilsson, Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry, Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Café Tacuba

Música en mi primer idioma: Café Tacuba

México is a land of musicians galore, constantly supplying wonderful and innovative sounds and songs, but in the 1990´s there was a band who ruled undisputed over all others: Café Tacuba. The video that introduced me to the band was this one, María. Its the name of the band’s debut album, released by Warner Music México on july 28th, 1992. I remember it was such a different thing to what was making the rounds on MTV en Español at the time…I immediately loved it. Since the beginning, the band wanted to be faithful to their Mexican identity. The video stars Read more »

Prince: A Tribute

Prince: A Tribute

I don’t even know where to start. First Bowie, now this. Two bonafide musical geniuses gone already in 2016 and it’s only April. What the shitting hell is up with 2016? How do I feel? Shocked. yes; surprised, of course. Beyond that I haven’t yet managed to figure out what to think or what to say. So I won’t say much. I first remember becoming vividly aware of Prince when I heard, for the first time, the song ‘When Doves Cry’ on the radio. In fact, that’s one of those childhood musical moments that really stuck with me. I recall Read more »

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 »

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 »

Música en mi primer idioma: Soda Stereo

Música en mi primer idioma: Soda Stereo

The Argentinean rock band Soda Stereo was the soundtrack for generations in the 80´s and 90´s all throughout Latin America, they were Latin rock´s first mega stars. Formed by guitarist/vocalist and Argentinean legend Gustavo Cerati (he deserves a solo post at some point), bass player Zeta Bosio and Charly Alberti on drums, the band was founded in 1982 and were clearly influenced by new wave music and bands like The Police, Television, Talking Heads and The Cure. This last band can be seen in their look, heard in their music and some people even considered Soda (as fans affectionately referred to them) a Read more »