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 »

The Tuesday Playlist No.48: Damon Albarn

The Tuesday Playlist No.48: Damon Albarn

With it being his 48th birthday this Wednesday we thought that seemed like the perfect excuse to celebrate this multi-faceted musical talent. There was a time when Damon Albarn was only the front man of Blur, and that was good enough being that they were  pretty much the most consistently inventive and interesting group of the 90’s, much more so than their plodding, one-dimensional northern neighbours Oasis. Since then however he’s gone from strength to strength with Gorillaz and a plethora of other projects proving that there was much more to him than Blur and Britpop and emerging as one Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No.43: Bang! Boom! Crash! Smash!

The Tuesday Playlist No.43: Bang! Boom! Crash! Smash!

The latest edition of our weekly playlist features AC/DC, The Primitives, Nancy Sinatra, S.O.A.D., The Stone Roses, and Roxette and should be played VERY LOUD. Yes, that’s right, LOUD, as (for no good reason we can think of) all of this week’s songs involve smashing and crashing, banging and booming. So crank up the volume and let our 15 song selection liven up your week!

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.36: Peace, Love and Understanding

The Tuesday Playlist No.36: Peace, Love and Understanding

For the people of Paris, Beirut, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and everywhere else where war and death are robbing people of peace and life. We here at MVD were profoundly saddened by the events of the last few days. And you know, at a time like this it is hard to know how to express that sadness, what to say that has any meaning. We write about pop music and films, and it almost seems kind of trivial in the wake of such madness and destruction. However, it’s also important to remember that music can play a role in the recovery 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 »

The Tuesday Playlist No.30: Autumn begins.

The Tuesday Playlist No.30: Autumn begins.

We present an Autumn playlist for you, something to help usher in the new season including Nat King Cole, Yo La Tengo, The Kinks, Sun Kil Moon, Elle Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. and even Vivaldi. As the last remnants of summer dissapear and the leaves start to fall and turn the trees a thousand shades of red, gold, and brown we thought we bring you fifteen tracks to accompany the beginning of the season. We very much hope you enjoy!  

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 »

The Tuesday Playlist No.24: Mononymous artists

The Tuesday Playlist No.24: Mononymous artists

For no particular reason we can think of this week’s playlist focuses on singers so good they only need one name, from Prince to Nico, Beck to Bjork, Madonna to Jobriath, we’ve got 15 tracks to perk up your week… No Morrissey though, which is nothing against him but rather an oversight on our part.

The Tuesday Playlist No.22: Goodbyes

The Tuesday Playlist No.22: Goodbyes

Our weekly Youtube playlist is all about saying ‘goodbye, farewell, auf wiederseihn, adieu’ and features Soft Cell, Buddy Guy, Them, Frank Turner, Al Green, The Moody Blues and more! So this week’s theme has an unfortunate inspiration, the imminent demise of MVD’s favourite music-lovers community This Is My Jam which has for some 2 or 3 years now been a constant source of great tunes and great people. It was also in many ways the place where MVD itself began as it was where we met. It’s a genuinely sad moment for us and all the other wonderful Jammers we Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »