The Tuesday Playlist No.63: Beatles Covers vol.1

The Tuesday Playlist No.63: Beatles Covers vol.1

We present 15 of the fabbest covers from the songbook of the greatest band of all time. We are huge Beatles fans here at MVD, and greatly enjoyed seeing the brand new Ron Howard film about their touring years a couple of weeks ago. The reason their music endures, or one of them at least, is because ultimately Lennon & McCartney, and later Harrison were truly great songwriters. Evidence of that can be found in the truly enormous amount of covers of their songs that exist. Pretty much every single one of them has been given an alternative treatment at Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.58: Brexit Blues

The Tuesday Playlist No.58: Brexit Blues

This week’s playlist is for the bewildered, angry, and heartbroken 48% of the UK population who lost in last week’s EU referendum… And y’know, anyone else who may feel like this wasn’t the wisest of decisions. And if you weren’t one of those, or just don’t give a fuck because you’re not from Britain and you quite reasonably think we’re a bunch of fucking idiots anyway, then you may enjoy it too. (P.s. We’re not here to tell anyone they are right or wrong – this is a music blog – so please direct any strong feelings you may have Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.53: Doctor, Doctor! (For the Junior Doctors)

The Tuesday Playlist No.53: Doctor, Doctor! (For the Junior Doctors)

This week’s playlist is our way of showing support for Britain’s Junior Doctors, a very wonderful group of people who make our beloved NHS tick… It’s not often we get politucal here on MVD as this, after all, a music site (for random politucal outbursts my personal Twitter account @BrownusPantius is the place to go) but not only do we very much support the Junior Doctors in their dispute with the government over their new contracts but we also realised it was a good excuse to pull together 15 of our favourite Doctor themed tracks from the likes of Dr 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 »

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 »

All Things Must Pass by George Harrison

All Things Must Pass by George Harrison

On the 14th anniversary of his death we look back at the ex-Beatle’s magnum opus, a triple-album that spawned his global hit ‘My Sweet Lord’. “The biggest break in my career was getting into the Beatles… The second biggest break since then is getting out of them.” – George Harrison, 1971 When George Harrison passed away on November 29th 2001 it may not have had the same dramatic impact that the violent death of fellow Beatle John Lennon did some 20-odd years previously, but it was still a profoundly sad moment for the millions of people around the world who Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 35: Cats.

The Tuesday Playlist No. 35: Cats.

Since the whole of the universe revolves around cats we want to apologize for not having created this playlist before: 15 songs all about cats. From The Beatles to Hot Chip, and genres such as jazz and rock, a playlist for the internet to love: Pussy Galore! Featured image taken from: http://www.cats.org.uk/plymouth/adopt-a-cat  

Please Please Me by The Beatles

Please Please Me by The Beatles

The Beatles debut album would show the world this was no ordinary group. Besides the covers, they were one of the first groups to write their own songs (they wrote 8 of the 14 songs featured), play their own instruments and this hinted at the ambitious and talented four young men that would forever change music history. I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles “1,2,3,4!” Best Intro countdown in history! The opening track of the album is exciting, fresh, fun, catchy and stands the taste of time. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, in this video above you can Read more »

Gimme Some Truth: The Making Of John Lennon’s Imagine Album

Gimme Some Truth: The Making Of John Lennon’s Imagine Album

As part of our John Lennon week we look at maybe the most intimate portrait of the ex-Beatle, shot whilst recording his legendary Imagine album. “When you’re actually in love with somebody you tendd to be jealous and want to own them. Intellectually… owning a person is rubbish, I love Yoko, I want to possess her completely. I don’t want to stifle her, y’know, that’s the danger, that you want to possess them to death” – John Lennon The above quote, taken from a scene where the Lennons are being interviewed by a journalist in the Tittenhurst Park mansion that Read more »

Double Fantasy by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Double Fantasy by John Lennon & Yoko Ono

On October 9th John Lennon would have turned 75 years old. We look at the Album that would be his last. Writing about this album is bitter-sweet. Especially around important dates in John´s life. So without further ado, one of the greatest albums of the eighties, Double Fantasy. As many of you know, we here at MVD are Beatles fans. I personally think there is music and then, in another category, there is The Beatles and Nina Simone. But first and foremost there the Fab four. If there were to be an apocalypse and all music would be gone and 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.

The Tuesday Playlist No. 21: Growing old

The Tuesday Playlist No. 21: Growing old

A playlist celebrating the passing of the years, growing up, embracing changes, aging. 15 songs by John Lennon, Paul Simon, The Beatles, Mercedes Sosa, LCD Soundsystem, Travis, Simply Red, Steely Dan and more artist celebrating the passing of time. Since time is passing by for all of us, or at least that is how many of us perceive it at the moment,  I thought we would do our playlist today on that, how the years go by and we are all subject to its effects. And also because it was Paul´s birthday and I want to bug him for getting 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 »