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 »

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 »

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. 26: Waiting

The Tuesday Playlist No. 26: Waiting

15 songs to keep you company while you’re waiting… Waiting is a delicate status. Sometimes it turns into joyful anticipation and sometimes it seems like you have been waiting forever. In any case, since here at MVD we are optimists, we are glad life gives us a wonderful reason…the best reason to wait for: a reunion. We love to have someone to love and worth waiting for.

Jazz: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

Jazz: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

The second in our Genres series explores probably the greatest musical art form of the 20th century and one that continues to have a profound influence on music as a whole. So, what is Jazz? So this is section is supposed to be where I give you a brief description of Jazz music but in truth no such thing exists. It encompasses a vast range of styles that span across a hundred or so years. It’s a style of music with an influence so firmly embedded in all music in the 20th century that providing a ready definition is impossible. Read more »

One on One: “Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer”, “Mack The Knife”, “O Malandro” and “Pedro Navaja”

One on One: “Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer”, “Mack The Knife”, “O Malandro” and “Pedro Navaja”

What is it about this song with a guy´s name and a weapon that has transcended four languages and become a classic? In Germany (and the orgininal version) it is “Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer”, in English “Mack The Knife”, “O Malandro” by Chico Buarque and in Spanish “Pedro Navaja”. Die Moritat von Mackie Messer (Die Dreigroschenoper), Kurt Weill – Bertolt Brecht (Lotte Lenya) The composer of the song is Kurt Weill and the lyrics were written by Bertolt Brecht. Now, I have to confess I am shocked! First, I didn’t even know the song was originally written in German, but the fact that Brecht wrote Read more »

Themeweek: The Billboard Hot 100

Themeweek: The Billboard Hot 100

This week on MVD we launched our first Themeweek and to kick things off we wanted to celebrate the Billboard charts which 75 years ago took initial shape, although as we shall see it’s not as simple as that. The very first Billboard chart actually started in 1936 and for the next 20 or so years various charts developed tracking different methods of getting records heard. There was a chart for sales, a chart for jukebox play, and another for radio play. There was a ‘race’ chart which later became the R&B chart, the country & western chart, and others Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 17: Let’s get spiritual

The Tuesday Playlist No. 17: Let’s get spiritual

For today´s 15 track listing I thought we would get a little “Spiritual” and raise your vibration for the day. Don’t worry, no “religious” sermons, just uplifting positive energy music curated only for you. The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Cat Stevens, Silvio Rodriguez, Leonard Cohen and may, many artist sum up in songs what most religions and spiritual paths preach: love yourself. accept yourself. be grateful. Be kind. be in the moment. be joyous. That way, you will be happier, radiate happiness and bring joy and peace to those around you. There are two ways to look at it. From the down Read more »

Banned! ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ by The Prodigy

Banned! ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ by The Prodigy

In the second installment of this series we look at a music video that became notorious for its brutally exhilarating hedonism and sampled lyrical hook which caused immediate controversy and turned this Essex dance act in to the bad boys of the 90’s music scene. Even before they released this video The Prodigy had been slowly building a reputation as a dance act with an anarchic punk edge. This was perfectly crystalised on their third lp The Fat Of The Land which saw Keith Flint stop being just a dancer and become the frontman of the band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKLSmHqXhzA The album’s first Read more »

The Tuesday playlist no.11: Sun, sun, sun…

The Tuesday playlist no.11: Sun, sun, sun…

Our playlist for this week includes a magnificent theme: the sun! The center of our universe and energy source for us all. This Tuesday´s one includes artist like Cat Power, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen and Portugal the Man. The largest object in our solar system. El Sol,. Solei. Helios. The Sun. An ordinary star¨or the ruler of the sky?A gigantic mass made up of 70% hydrogen and 28% helium and with extreme conditions…maybe it is just that, the magnetic center of which the planet earth is just a satellite to. But it is also so much Read more »

The Tuesday playlist No.4: Broken hearted

The Tuesday playlist No.4: Broken hearted

New playlist with music by Odetta, Jimmy Scott, Rumer, Lila Downs, Tito Rodriguez, Esther Phillips and many great more artist singing about heartbreak and a lost love! Today´s Tuesday Playlist is full of sadness and broken hearts because even though it is a terribly thing in life, it is actually a great thing for music when hearts are broken around the world…maybe that is what life does, an eternal cycle of love – broken hearts – good music to make up for it, that music lifts your mood up and you are once again, ready for love! Maybe that is Read more »

The Tuesday playlist – no.2: Party!

The Tuesday playlist – no.2: Party!

Introducing our new weekly YouTube playlist featuring 15 songs to brighten your week! We have decided to do our Tuesday Playlist on YouTube also, we hope you enjoy the videos and songs as much as we enjoyed compiling these 15 songs for your delight! If you are working this will brighten the mood, if you are driving, this will make the ride smoother, if you are partying (maybe celebrating St. Patrick´s) this will liven up the party. This playlist is very rhythm driven, so get those booties shaking!

Weather – the playlist!

Weather – the playlist!

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” – John Keats, English poet. “Music, like rain, drop by drop, seeps in to hearts and enlivens it” – Romain Rolland, French writer and mystic The relationship between music and the weather is an easy one to understand. Both are capable of many shades and varieties and it’s no accident that songwriters throughout the ages have picked up on how useful an analogy can be made between the ever-changing moods of both the weather and people, being that Read more »

The 00´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

The 00´s: the decade, the music, the playlist!

Welcome to the last of our decades playlists which concentrates on the first decade of the 21st century often referred to as ‘the noughties’ or the 00’s. It was a decade of sweeping changes in the world as new technologies bought us new ways of seeing the world, and as global events seemed to make the world a more dangerous place. It was also the decade that bought us endless reality television and the rise of Simon Cowell as a thing in our lives. It wasn’t all post-millennial doom and gloom though, and as we shall see plenty of pretty Read more »