‘No Plan’ by David Bowie

‘No Plan’ by David Bowie

With a new E.P. released on what would have been his 70th birthday comes this new video for one of his last recordings. This first year after Bowie’s death has been a strange one. The old adage that if you’re famous you’re never more popular than than after you die has certainly been in evidence with interest in his body of work being greater now than at anytime in the last couple of decades or so. His final album, Blackstar, has proved to be a last great flourish from an artist who never stopped moving and exploring new ground. Immediately 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 »

Genius at work: what makes a musical genius and why?

Genius at work: what makes a musical genius and why?

In the wake of the recent passing of David Bowie we heard the word genius being used over and over, but why was he a genius? How is such a thing defined? And is it an over-used word when talking about musicians? “A genius is one who shoots at something no one else can see, and hits it.” – Unknown Talking about music and musicians, or indeed any art, in a descriptive way is not always easy. Saddled with trying to express the inneffable writers quite ofen resort to prosaically throwing noun’s and adjectives around (such-and-such is a rising star/guitar Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – David Bowie

Unforgettable Live Performances – David Bowie

I don´t think we have fully accepted the news of David Bowie´s death and I am certain we will never recover. I know the cool thing to do is celebrate his life and be happy he was here and my rational self knows that but my heart is in pain and I am also a bit mad I was not eased into this (though my rational self accepts that it was a private issue). In any case, I have to process and heal and grieve and all that so I thought a post on his iconic performances might help. Farewell Speech Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.39: RIP David Bowie

The Tuesday Playlist No.39: RIP David Bowie

We continue our tributes to the late David Bowie with our weekly Tuesday Playlist which presents just some of the many highlights of his stellar career. Usually we have 15 tracks in these playlists but when it came to compiling this one that barely seemed adequate. Here’s a man who spanned decades, styles, trends and fashions effortlessly. To pick just 15 would seem like barely scratching the surface, so we upped it to 25 and in truth it still seems like we are barely covering all the bases. Anyway, for the sake of some kind of brevity 25 it is, Read more »

David Bowie: A Tribute

David Bowie: A Tribute

We at MVD are huge David Bowie fans so naturally we were shocked and saddened to hear about his passing from cancer at the age of 69 this morning, coming as it does just days after his birthday and the release of his most acclaimed album in years. We pay tribute to one of pop music’s true innovators, and a legend without peer. Well there you go, even in his death David Bowie has managed to confound expectations, much like he did throughout the course of his utterly unique life. No-one saw that coming. We had heard intermittent rumours of Read more »

Hunky Dory by David Bowie

Hunky Dory by David Bowie

As David Bowie releases a storming new album and celebrates his 69th birthday we look back at an lp many regard as one of his finest. With the benefit of hindsight 1971 can be seen as a make-or-break year for the young Bowie. Still only 24, he was already something of a music business veteran having released his first tentative singles in 1964-65 and his first, now largely forgotten, long-player in 1967. In those years Bowie was an artist struggling to find a voice of his own despite his undeniable talent. Comparisons with the singer and entertainer Anthony Newley are Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.38: Best of 2015

The Tuesday Playlist No.38: Best of 2015

For the first Tuesday Playlist of 2016 we bring you 15 of our favourite tracks from 2015, all taken from our weekly New Reels feature. We spend alot of time on this site talking about old music, old films, and stuff that is, well, old. However, every week we bring you something new that is rocking our world and when we looked back over the last 12 months we realised that we had posted some pretty damn awesome releases from some of the most interesting and exciting artists in the world right now. So, in case you missed them first 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 »

The Tuesday Playlist No.32: Loving The Aliens

The Tuesday Playlist No.32: Loving The Aliens

This week’s playlist has an extra-terrestrial theme and features David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald, Jonathon Richman, Silvio Rodriguez, Radiohead, Sparks, and The Carpenters. What with everyone getting excited by what is almost certainly not but might be evidence of some kind of alien structure in deep space we thought we would bring you 15 tracks about little green men. It strikes me it’s funny how we always seem to think of aliens in such a manner and seem to have such fixed ideas about how they might look. They could be 20 metres tall, orange, and genderless for all we know.  Read more »

Famous People – the playlist!

Famous People – the playlist!

Our 30-track Spotify playlist features songs about Robert De Niro, Richard Nixon, Pancho Villa, Cleopatra, Billy The Kid, Beethoven, and Tom Cruise and by the likes of Gorillaz, David Bowie, Weezer, Johnny Cash, Rumer, Elton John, Dexy’s Midnight Runners & many more! Welcome to our latest playlist, a 30 song exploration of the famous and infamous, the living and the dead. It seems that this is an area worth iof further exploration and there may well be a part 2 at some point. And if there’s a famous person song we’ve not included and might like to see in that Read more »

Tuesday Playlist 25: Did someone say “Dance”?!

Tuesday Playlist 25: Did someone say “Dance”?!

15 songs that have the word dance, dancing, baila, dancer in the title and that will want to make you move to the beat! Dance. Rhythmically moving your body to the sound of music. That activity that can be practiced by anyone, any age, freely or following rules, styles, by yourselves, by pairs, groups, varies according to every one, to cultural differences, through different eras…dance, the most dynamic art form. And although I don’t do it enough, one of my favorite things to do. Without further ado…this is a perfect playlist to lift you up!

The Tuesday Playlist No.14: Cosmic music

The Tuesday Playlist No.14: Cosmic music

A slightly cosmic collection this week featuring The Police, The Carpenters, Brigitte Bardot, Hawkwind, Chris Bell, Kate Bush and more! The space world has been buzzing over the last few days after the European Space Agency’s robot Philae woke up after 7 months sleep aboard Comet 67P. The fact that we’ve been able to land a small robot aboard a comet moving at who knows what speed across deep space boggles our minds here at MVD, although to be fair our minds are quite easily boggled… And so it is that from such mighty achievements come such relative inconsequentialities as Read more »

The 70´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

The 70´s: The decade, the music, the playlist!

Our deconstruction of the decade and its music. Culture, fashion and film Women´s suffragette was finally legalized in 1970. The decade was heavily marked by feminism and a struggle to bring a gender equality awareness across the United States and the Western Hemisphere. The youth vote was also established in 1971 with an amendment that lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 years of age. The Supreme Court of the United States made a controversial and important decision with Roe V. Wade and by declaring the constitutional right to abortion. In film, there were many important Oscar winning films Read more »

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

I have decided to do several post on different directors I like and their movies and soundtracks. After I decided to do that there was a movie that comes immediately to mind: The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. It is one of my favorite movies, soundtrack and I wish I could embark on a voyage in “The Belafonte”, so let´s set sail: Seu Jorge – Life On Mars The movie was released in 2004. It was co-written, co- produced and directed by the wonderful Wes Anderson. This American director has a unique voice, a creative narrative and visual style, and Read more »