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 »

New Reels: ‘Libre’ by Y La Bamba

New Reels: ‘Libre’ by Y La Bamba

Out of Portland and with Mexican roots comes this refreshing sound, reminiscent of Tune Yards but by no means a copy. Its a sound that is both new and familiar (at least to me) and brings an immediate smile to my face. I don´t know what to say about the video, because I think I am clearly influenced by images of a “character” commonly used in Carnaval de Barranquilla  but I am probably biased because she is from Mexican ascendance and its a different character that reminds me of the Colombian one…anyway, that’s not what’s important. What’s important its that just Read more »

New Reels: “Her” by Her

New Reels: “Her” by Her

Imagine a world filled with sensuality, lust, class and outstandingly good music. That is what upcoming French duo Her brings to the table. We are beyond excited with their new video release. I remember a song, it’s a house song I used to hear sometimes on mixes and Dj sets that said “House music, the French do it better”. Does anyone else remember that? In any case, this is what listening to the band Her has made me feel. It makes me remember Sebastian Teller, Daft Punk and even Gainsbourg. That sexy, deep and raw but very classic style that only French Read more »

New Reels: ‘Don’t Leave Me In The Dark’ by Vesuvio Solo

New Reels: ‘Don’t Leave Me In The Dark’ by Vesuvio Solo

I don´t know anything about them. Well, I know they are based in Montreal and this is their second album. I know that I love this song. I know the director (Alec Nicholas) has a fantasy of a disco Rapunzel. I know that its catchy, and nostalgic, and perfect for many a moods. I know their new album comes out in late September. I know I cant wait to learn and here more about them. Vesuvio Solo – “Don’t Leave Me In The Dark”

New Reels: ‘Let´s Relate’ by Of Montreal

New Reels: ‘Let´s Relate’ by Of Montreal

The new single by Of Montreal is funky, dark, catchy and a total ear worm. Of Montreal released a new single and video on September 1st. The third single from their album  Innocence Reaches. Its the band 14th album, and it seems fun, and different and interesting. (Something we confess have not considered them to be for a while). I love the lyrics (could not pick and have posted them all below). The video I think makes fun of the idea of a pop star and his posse of hangers-on. Or of all of us in today´s celebrity-filled world? A Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Juan Gabriel – In Memoriam

Música en mi primer idioma: Juan Gabriel – In Memoriam

On August 28th, 2016 Latin America´s heart broke. “Il Divo de Juarez”, “JuanGa”, Juan Gabriel, died of a heart attack while on Tour in the United States. I rang my mom at 10:30 p.m. when I heard the news, and I am still coming to terms with it. Hasta Que Te Conocí – Juan Gabriel  Juan Gabriel was the singer my mom and her friends listened to. A good singer, a great entertainer and a BRILLIANT songwriter, he taught my generation about love and heartbreak to through his songs and his voice and also unforgettable musical partnership with Rocio Durcal. This Read more »

In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra

In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra

Released in 1955, Sinatra´s 9th studio album takes us on a journey of love lost and loneliness with his magnificent voice and perfect intonation which is as relevant today as it was back then. With impeccable track listing, this is one of the greatest albums of all time. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning – Frank Sinatra The doomed relationship between Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner would give birth to this heartbreaking album, which Sinatra took only a few days to record. He had wanted to do an LP for a while, in a time where record companies Read more »

New Reels: “Souvenir Shop Rock” by Savoy Motel

New Reels: “Souvenir Shop Rock” by Savoy Motel

This week´s new reels is just what we needed: GOOD! Souvenir Shop Rock – Savoy Motel I feel like telling you about the band (which I have to confess is new to us) would spoil it, since we LOVE their official bio, so you absolutely must check it out. Its like the sidekicks of  different 70´s TV shows  decided to get together and boogie. Hurray for revival bands and glittery hot pants. Their press release states “Burning brighter than a building on fire and 10 times groovier than most white acts on the scene today, Savoy Motel have all the potential to completely Read more »

The Tuesday Playlist No. 60: #NowPlaying

The Tuesday Playlist No. 60: #NowPlaying

Once again our playlist includes tracks that have been playing here lately….must say there is a tendency towards chill out and songs to listen under the song mood. From J.J. Cale to Marlon Williams and also Pharell Williams, to Ofege and also a cover of “You Can Call Me Al”…a mix of relaxed genres to enjoy on this glorious day! Tuesday Playlist No. 60: #NowPlaying  

New Reels: ´Big Cat´by Wild Beasts

New Reels: ´Big Cat´by Wild Beasts

This week´s new reels is the new video by the band Wild Beasts from their new album ´Boy King´. Big Cat – Wild Beasts The lead single is Get My Bang and like Big Cat shows us that for their 5th studio album, they are more comfortable and bringing their anger to their music, a feeling which usually results in good lyrics and energetic songs. As Hayden Thorpe, lead singer of the band said “It became apparent that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering male. I’m letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought Read more »

One Hit Wonders: “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn

One Hit Wonders: “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn

A song that immediately brings back a time and place (dated but still sounds good). A great sample. A colorful video. 1991 at its best. Set Adrift On Memory Bliss – PM Dawn For our second One Hit Wonder post we thought we would pay tribute to recently deceased Attrell Cordes aka Prince Be, founding member of PM Dawn last Friday, 17th of June from renal kidney disease. P.M. Dawn was an American hip hop act (the third hip-hop act to top Billboard Hot 100 in 1991) formed by Prince Be and Jarrett Cordes. Their first album was critically acclaimed, and Read more »

New Reels ´Sorry´by Beyoncé

New Reels ´Sorry´by Beyoncé

Unless you have been living under a rock, Queen B stunned the world her new, musically awesome and visually gorgeous album Lemonade earlier this year (here at MVD we love it). Well, now she has released a video for her song ´Sorry´and it includes Serena Williams and we get to see her sing the famous lyric “You better call Becky with the good hair“. Sorry – Beyoncé Regardless of who the song is actually written for, the song is catchy and innovative and the video is eye catching. Watching Serena William´s flaunting her body after all the body shaming she has Read more »

New Reels: ‘Life Itself’ by Glass Animals

New Reels: ‘Life Itself’ by Glass Animals

The wonderful Glass Animals are back (so much love still for their song Gooey) with a new album (How to be a Human Being, to be released on August 2016) and a strange and unnerving video to go with their new single. Life Itself – Glass Animals The video was released on June 6, 2016 and its directed by photographer turned video director Neil Krug. He has also directed videos by Boards of Canada and Ladytron. Glass Animals hail from Oxford, and had great success especially in America (selling almost half a million copies) with their debut album Zaba. They have played festivals Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Nirvana “Unplugged”.

Unforgettable Live Performances: Nirvana “Unplugged”.

On December 16th, 1993 Nirvana recorded an acoustic performance in New York City at the Sony Music Studios as part of the series MTV Unplugged. The band played their own songs, including lesser known ones, as well as covers by Meat Puppets and David Bowie. The show (and live album) became a classic. The album was released on Nov. 1, 1994 after Kurt Cobain´s death and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard. All Apologies – Nirvana The album went platinum five times and also  won a Grammy for Beat Alternative Music Album. It was released on DVD in 2007. When they were approached Read more »

New Reels: ‘No One’s Business’ by Junior Boys

New Reels: ‘No One’s Business’ by Junior Boys

Canadian Electronic pop Junior Boys have released a second single from their first album in five years Big Black Coat, following the release of the title track Big Black Coat earlier this year. No One’s Business – Junior Boys This new video is evocative and distressing but the music is still chill and velvety. It shows a man doing shaving, wearing makeup and doing very creepy stuff. The set up itself is disturbing, but the song has their distinctive, classy sound. Love it!