New Reels: “Darlin’ Celsa” by Maestro

New Reels: “Darlin’ Celsa” by Maestro

New music video “Darling Celsa” by Grammy Award winning producer, author and photographer Maestro. Darlin’ Celsa  – Maestro The French directing duo Parachutes take one of the themes that most humans on the planet can relate to, that of the feelings that can arise from looking at an old school yearbook album and turn it into one of the best videos I have seen this year and, to be honest, in the last couple of years. Ok, it is violent and dark, which is not my sort of thing, but it is done brilliantly and I can´t stop watching. American Read more »

I Want My MTV: ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits

I Want My MTV: ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits

We deconstruct one of the most remembered videos from the 1980´s and the MTV era: Money for Nothing by The Dire Straits. Although because of a word used in the lyrics the song may be controversial in today´s “politically correct” language, and it was banned from Canadian radio stations for a while (the ban ended on August 31rst, 2011 leaving it to each radio station discretion whether to play it or not, no one can deny this song´s classic video status. It managed to transcend its time and will forever be remembered. Money For Nothing – Dire Straits The video Read more »

New Reels: “Animal Fear” by Marika Hackman

New Reels: “Animal Fear” by Marika Hackman

The latest single and video from this very promising English singer songwriter gets a glowing MVD review. This talented young, and I mean young (born in 1992!) English vocalist, multi instrumentalist and song writer has just unveiled this new track (and a new photography project due to feature a 24 page booklet, with photography from Glen Erler.) Animal Fear – Marika Hackman This former Burberry model turned pop/folk singer will release her debut album We Slept Last Night on February 16th – 2015. She has been touring around the UK promoting her upcoming album. I personally first heard her since Read more »

New Reels: ‘Sober’ by Childish Gambino

New Reels: ‘Sober’ by Childish Gambino

The new single and cool video from this American singer and actor best known by many for his role in the NBC series 30 Rock Donald McKinley Glover, Jr. has one of the best stage names ever – Childish Gambino, He was born on September 25th – 1983 and is an American actor, writer, comedian, rapper, singer, and producer. He attended Rockbridge Elementary School and the DeKalb School of the Arts and then he went to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he graduated with a degree in Dramatic Writing in 2006 (There is a degree in Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Nina Simone live at Montreaux Jazz Festival

Unforgettable Live Performances – Nina Simone live at Montreaux Jazz Festival

We start this series by looking at this devastating footage of the legendary pianist and singer Nina Simone taken from the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival. Nina Simone is, next to The Beatles, my favorite musical artist. Sadly there’s not a lot on music videos to say about her. So as there is this ‘gap’ for artists who are legends but don´t have a long videography, I have decided to write about favorite live performances by artist who I adore but who don´t have great videos or actually, no music videos at all. This particular performance is not only unforgettable, it Read more »

New reels: ‘I Won’t Let You Down’ by OK Go

New reels: ‘I Won’t Let You Down’ by OK Go

They’re clever chaps are OK Go, you have to give them that. Not only for the fiendishly intricate one-take videos they create but also, as I discussed before, because they have adapted to the multi-media age in a very savvy way. By harnessing the power of the viral video to generate publicity they have managed to carve a fairly unique furrow for themselves, generating millions of hits with every new release. However, as I also noted in the previous article this hasn’t translated very well in to actual record or ticket sales. They barely scrape the top 40 in albums Read more »

Madness: The Great British pop group

Madness: The Great British pop group

Pop music has for a long time now been a central part of British life, but less often it’s the case that British life is a central part of pop music. By that I mean there have been few pop artists in the last 50 or so years who have really been able to capture something of the true essence of what it is to live a working class life on this colourful, windswept isle of ours. Ray Davies of The Kinks is often correctly cited as the only one of the 60’s generation of songwriters to faithfully capture the Read more »

New Reels: Billie Ray Martin, Kiesza, & Jungle

New Reels: Billie Ray Martin, Kiesza, & Jungle

It is time for the second post on what we are listening to right now and would like to recommend. Since they are mostly new artists, there is not a lot of info, so bear with me and I hope you enjoy the suggestions. Kiesza´s “Hideaway”, Jungle´s “Busy Earnin´” and “After All” by Billie Ray Martin. Kiesza – Hideaway This Navy code breaker, beauty pageant participant, classically trained ballerina and singer and song writer could not be cooler. This video was shot in a single take…yes, a single take while she is dancing around Brooklyn. It was released in February Read more »

Turning goat’s piss in to gasoline: The Blues Brothers soundtrack review!

Turning goat’s piss in to gasoline: The Blues Brothers soundtrack review!

Jake: You traded the Bluesmobile for this?? Elwood: No, for a microphone. Jake: A microphone…? Ok, I can see that. Then what the hell is this? I guess I must have been about 14 when I first saw this film. I don´t remember much about it other than it hit me square between the eyes and left me a bit dizzy. Dizzy enough that by the time I was 16 or 17 I´d already watched it another 20 or 30 times at least and knew and loved every last moment of it. When people are asked what their favourite movie Read more »

OK Go: The birth of the Youtube band

OK Go: The birth of the Youtube band

We deconstruct 3 videos by this band and YouTube sensation There are many ways in which the advent of the internet has irrevocably changed both the production and consumption of music, which is not to say that things are better or worse but rather just very different from how things were, say, 20 years ago. Now of course, some things haven´t changed that radically at all. For example, most bands and artists still now, as they have done since at least the early 80´s, make videos for their singles (and thus is borne a website like this to discuss it Read more »

WHEN WILL THE BASS DROP???

WHEN WILL THE BASS DROP???

The elevation of the club DJ to superstar status is something that was spawned by the explosion of dance music in the 90’s and seems to have stuck. Don’t get me wrong – and I speak as a former DJ myself, albeit not of the ‘superstar’ variety – there is a definite art to keeping people on the dancefloor, and it requires many hours of practice and a meticulous knowledge of the music you play so I’m not dissing them here. However, it is still a case of playing other people’s music and definitely not as skilled as playing an Read more »

I belong to you Lenny Kravitz.

I belong to you Lenny Kravitz.

The sexy video for “I belong to You” by Lenny Kravitz “You lift me from up above Your unconditional love Takes me to paradise I belong to you And you You belong to me too You make my life complete You make me feel so sweet” I wanted to start this post with the lyrics to the song and video I wanted to talk about today because the meaning of the song might be lost when I am talking about Lenny Kravitz. Sadly, I have to admit that I no longer harbor the same feelings for Mr. Kravitz that I Read more »

New Reels: “Heavy Seas of Love” by Damon Albarn

New Reels: “Heavy Seas of Love” by Damon Albarn

Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most important albums of the 90’s, the one that alongside the first two Oasis records epitomized the whole Britpop era, and that record is Parklife by Blur. When people talk about great British songwriters it’s very often the case that the same familiar names – Lennon & McCartney, Ray Davies, David Bowie, Paul Weller etc – come up time and time again. For my liking Damon Albarn’s name isn’t mentioned nearly often enough in the same breath which is a shame because it’s hard to think of a better songwriter from Read more »

Chet Faker at the Boiler Room, Melbourne

Chet Faker at the Boiler Room, Melbourne

I would like to talk about an artist that I am currently listening to a lot and whom has undoubtedly caught my attention, I have a terrible crush on him, I am talking about the talented and sexy beard-king Chet Faker. Chet Faker Boiler Room Melbourne I came across Faker via a friend but I was instantly hooked. I mean COME ON! I liked him but he left a mark with his fantastic “No Diggity” cover which was just what I think covers should be like, a reinterpretation of a song, a personal input without disrespect to the original. In Read more »

This Is Tom Jones: Why STJ is ‘The Voice’.

This Is Tom Jones: Why STJ is ‘The Voice’.

Of the four judges on the UK edition of The Voice (which, judge us as you will, we here at MVD will admit to being big fans of) the only one who would actually stand a chance as a contestant on a show like this is the man himself Sir Tom Jones, or STJ as he’s become known. In fact ‘The Voice’ seems like a pretty apt nick-name for him. His presence on the show adds a certain gravitas to the judging panel. Here is a man who, as he seems to find a way to remind us every week, Read more »