The Tuesday Playlist No.65: Christmas!

The Tuesday Playlist No.65: Christmas!

This year’s MVD Christmas playlist features a mixture of popular favourites and some more obscure gems… So get the tinsel on the tree, the presents wrapped, the mince pies on a tray, the wine in the glass, and the bum on the sofa and soak up the Festive spirit with Nat King Cole, Paul McCartney, Judy Garland, Louis Armstong, Run DMC and more. And to all of our readers, may you have the Merriest Christmas!

The Tuesday Playlist No.52: European Cities

The Tuesday Playlist No.52: European Cities

Inspired by the endless conversations about the pros and cons of the Brexit, this week’s playlist takes you on a European tour… Yes, each song is about a famousr European city from the famous to the obscure. Obviously there’s ‘Vienna’ by Ultravox, and their version from Live Aid to boot, and from there on in the likes of Morrissey, Jane Birkin, They Might Be Giants, Van Morrison, Turin Brakes and more take you on a whirwind tour of this wonderful continent you simply love being a part of/this burdensome continent you would rather not be a part of anymore because Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 51: Death and Taxes

The Tuesday Playlist No. 51: Death and Taxes

There has been a lot on the new lately due to the Panama Papers. Also, April is the end of the tax year here in the UK, so what else could we do but create a playlist with 15 great songs related to paying contributions, duty, tolls, tributes or whatever you want to call it. It is a secret to no one that the wealthiest out there use loopholes to avoid paying taxes, but it is news that there is finally evidence and documents to prove it. The scandal has already claimed some victims, with the resignation of the president Read more »

Country: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

Country: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

For the third installment of our Genres series we take a look at maybe the most maligned but also one of the most popular musical forms of the 20th century. And yet whilst country music inspires all kinds of negative reactions in people if you’re willing to dig back through it’s history you’ll realise that if you find the right country it’s actually pretty darn great. As with our Blues and Jazz posts this is not intended to be a definitive history, something which would require a pretty hefty book, but rather a wilfully cherry-picked selection of the best, with Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.37: We Got Big Brains!

The Tuesday Playlist No.37: We Got Big Brains!

An intellectual, cerebral, high-falutin’ Tuesday playlist for you this week, featuring clever stuff from the likes of Tom Tom Club, Eels, Weezer, Modest Mouse, Gang Starr, Buddy Guy and more!   We human apes pride ourselves on being very smart beings, capable of creating technological wonders, curing diseases, and even exploring the universe. Yet in this age of quantum physics and mass communication we are still happily killing each other and probably the planet we live on too. Smart, but not that smart it seems. Anyway, such thoughts inspired me to put together this playlist which won’t make you cleverer Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 34: Fire!

The Tuesday Playlist No. 34: Fire!

This week, on November 5, there is a special night celebrated especially across England in memory of Guy Fawkes, called Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Night. Since there will be bonfire galore, we thought it would be suitable to dedicate this week´s playlist to the hottest element: Fire! Guy Fawkes was, along with Robert Catesby,  the most recognized and remembered figure from the group English Catholics who planned the Gunpowder plot in 1605. The plot meant to assassinate King James I of England and VI of Scotland. They wanted to blow up the House of Lords on Nov. 5th, 1605. Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 31: John Lennon

The Tuesday Playlist No. 31: John Lennon

“We all looked up to John. He was older and he was very much the leader – he was the quickest wit and the smartest and all that kind of thing.” Paul McCartney John Winston Lennon would have turned 75, and here at MVD we are celebrating him with a whole #themeweek in his honor, so of course today is no exception and we have chosen 15 of his finest songs (as a solo artist). We hope you like this selection.

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 »

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 »

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.20: Cover versions no.1

The Tuesday Playlist No.20: Cover versions no.1

Cover versions galore in this week’s playlist featuring Gladys Knight, The Cardigans, The Magic Numbers, Charles Bradley, Sonic Youth, Beautiful South and much more! What makes a good cover version? maybe it’s easier to ask what makes a bad cover version. There are plenty of those. Either bland facsimiles of the original, attempts by artists who simply lack the talent for the job, or catastrophic mis-matches that should never have been attempted in the first place. Think Kanye’s recent Bohemian Rhapsody disaster at Glastonbury and you’ll know what I mean by that. When it works though it happens because something 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.18: Talking, speaking, chattering, orating…

The Tuesday Playlist No.18: Talking, speaking, chattering, orating…

With The Coasters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Buddy Holly, Tears For Fears, James Brown, Tracy Chapman and more! The theme for this week’s playlist is all about something we here at MVD like to do a lot of – talking, speaking, orating, conversating, shouting, screaming, whispering, the art of verbal communication etc etc… you get the idea I’m sure and whilst I could undoubtedly talk about this playlist and every track in it at great length on and on and on never shutting up or pausing to take breath until you probably start to think to yourself “is he ever Read more »