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

New Reels: ‘(Cellophane) So Cruel’ by Miami Horror

New Reels: ‘(Cellophane) So Cruel’ by Miami Horror

This week’s hot video comes from Australian electro-indie outfit Miami Horror aka DJ and producer Benjamin Plant. Plant first appeared in 2008 on Virgin Records with an E.P. called ‘Bravado’ and since then has released to long-players, 2010’s Illumination and this years All Possible Futures. Live they expand to a full band and have supported the likes of Lily Allen and Friendly Fires on their tours of Australia. It looks like Miami Horror are beginning to break big outside their Antipodean home and they spent much of may and June this year touring in America. Whilst at the moment they 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 »

Me I’m Supa Fly: Video dopeness with Missy Elliott

Me I’m Supa Fly: Video dopeness with Missy Elliott

We take a look at 3 of the best from one of hip-hop’s biggest female stars and one of the most inventive video artists of her time. Back in the days when MTV still played, y’know, actual music videos and not an endless stream of vacuous reality shows some artists managed to create a ‘buzz’ reputation around their videos, and Missy Elliott was definitely one of those. For a while in the late 90’s and early 2000’s many conversations around the world began with “Have you seen the new Missy Elliott video?” or words to that effect. Of course it 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 »

“Sugar” or Artificial Sweetener – Maroon 5

“Sugar” or Artificial Sweetener – Maroon 5

On December 6th last year Grammy award winning band Maroon 5 decided to record a video in which they would crash weddings in Los Angeles. The result of which is the new video for their new single: Maroon 5 – Sugar   AWESOME right? but today I write about this with confused feelings: it is apparently fake! I am speechless, devastated and MAD! This is going to be a cathartic post. Before I “deconstruct” the video, let me say that although I am not a fan of Maroon 5, I don´t dislike them. I like their song: “Sunday Morning”, and Read more »

New Reels – “All the Time” by Bahamas

New Reels – “All the Time” by Bahamas

Canadian musician Afie Jurvanen, also known Bahamas released his third album Bahamas is Afie on August 19, 2014. Jurvanen has worked with musicians Feist, Howie Beck, Jack Johnson and has had growing success with his previous 2 albums. His debut album Pink Strat was nominated for a Juno Award and his second album Barchords was also nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. He might have been born in Toronto, but his music is warm and breezy, and I would say a counter spell against his birth place weather (Not saying there is anything Read more »

ZZ Top: Tres hombres y un coche

ZZ Top: Tres hombres y un coche

The 1980’s were in many ways a watershed time for popular music akin the the dawn of rock and roll in the 50’s. Many artists who had made their names in the preceeding decades found themselves struggling to keep up in an era where new technologies and new approaches to production were changing the way records sounded. A whole new musical aesthetic had arrived with synthesisers and huge reverbed drum sounds bleeding in to rock music. Coupled with this was the arrival of the MTV age which had the effect of placing greater emphasis on the visual aesthetic. Many acts Read more »

New Reels: ‘Stay A while’ by She & Him

New Reels: ‘Stay A while’ by She & Him

It’s been some seven years since actress and singer/songwriter Zooey Deschanel and fellow singer/songwriter Matthew ‘M’ Ward first met on the set of the film The Go-Getter where they were asked to collaborate on a song for the soundtrack. They clearly hit it off, and since then they have released four acclaimed albums as She & Him, with a fifth Classics due for release on December 2nd. The album is, as the title suggests, not composed of original material but rather covers of thirteen different songs including ‘Oh No, Not My Baby’, ‘Stay Awhile’ and ‘Unchained Melody’. Covers albums can Read more »

New reels: ‘Brando’ by Scott Walker and Sunn O))) (film by Giselle Vienne)

New reels: ‘Brando’ by Scott Walker and Sunn O))) (film by Giselle Vienne)

Is there a more lauded avant-garde figure in the world of music at the moment than Scott Walker? Famous for an uncompromisingly experimental approach to his art, his explorations into what a song can be continue apace with this taken from the recently released album Soused, a collaboration with experimental metal outfit Sunn 0))). To accompany the song there’s this compelling film by the French-Austrian director and visual artist Giselle Vienne. It concerns what we assume to be a mother and son who are involved in a violent and possibly Oedipal episode. That and other things such as the woman’s 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 »

Música en mi primer idioma – Chavela Vargas

Música en mi primer idioma – Chavela Vargas

One of Latin America´s most beloved performers and cut through voices, Chavela Vargas. And so it is that I have finally decided to write about Latin American music. There are different reasons why I have not done this here before. Firstly because I usually listen to music in English, and also because this is a music video site and I have had more exposure and interest to music videos in English. But there is also a hidden factor, and that is I am scared. It is such a vast musical universe and unknown to some of our readers, that it Read more »

History of the Pop Video pt.3: Radio On The Television

History of the Pop Video pt.3: Radio On The Television

“Ladies and Gentlemen: rock and roll” And so it came to pass that with these words, dubbed over the top of footage from the Apollo 11 moon landing, MTV was born on Saturday 1st August 1981. To say that this was the dawning of a new era in both music and television would be no understatement. MTV would revolutionise the way the music industry operated, the working practices of bands and artists, the listening habits of fans, the viewing habits of watchers, and usher in an age of 24 hour specialist programming that would eventually become the norm. “You’ll never Read more »

New Reels: Take 3 with Ryan Adams, Lily & Madeleine, and Martin Carr

New Reels: Take 3 with Ryan Adams, Lily & Madeleine, and Martin Carr

Welcome to our 3rd installment in this series looking at some of the new releases we’re currently digging. This time around we have two old hands and two new kids one the block (although not the actual New Kids On The Block, you’ll be pleased to know). Ryan Adams – My Wrecking Ball https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN9R9To2eE8 The first of our old hands is Ryan (not Bryan) Adams who is back with an eponymous lp and from it this engaging and wholly likeable song, which maybe quite consciously references the Miley Cyrus hit (or maybe not). Nothing if not prolific, this is, I Read more »