Time Capsule – 1973

Time Capsule – 1973

In 1973, the UK joined the European Union, Richard Nixon was the President of the United States and announced and announced he was dialing down his offensive against North Korea, all this in the midst of the Watergate scandal. Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines declared himself President for Life, Northern Ireland held the referendum and voted to stay in the United Kingdom. Scary, right? Not exactly the same but the news revolving around the same issues. History repeating.   In pop culture, the movies The Sting and The Exorcist premiered. The second one of those still haunts me to this day. And Elvis Read more »

Top 5: Musicians who Paint

Top 5: Musicians who Paint

One of humanity´s greatest gifts is imagination. Imagination is sometimes taken for granted, but it is a portal into other dimensions. To have an imagination, and actually act on your ideas, is creativity. Turning a thought into reality is rather extraordinary. The materialization of an idea, whether its a book, a painting, a song, etc. is what elevates our existence. Art is truly our only hope and salvation. Creative people come in all shapes an sizes, but their standout characteristic is the fact they made something. Does creativity have to take only one form of expression? Of course not. So, below, in no Read more »

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin – A tribute to the Queen of Soul

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin – A tribute to the Queen of Soul

This week saw a truly legendary artist get a truly legendary send-off as the funeral of Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, took place in Detroit. Over the best part of nine hours, many of the great and good of soul music took turns to pay tribute in a ceremony dripping in gospel and heart, befitting a lady who began her singing career in the church. Of the numerous performances through the day from the likes of Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande, none were better than Gladys Knight’s fusing of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ Read more »

Top 5 Songs by Footballers

Top 5 Songs by Footballers

Kicking off both a new series of Top 5’s and some football and music related posts to tie in with this summer’s World Cup, we begin with this list of the best/worst singles released by footballers. What this isn’t is songs about football or songs released to officially support a particular club or national teams, lists of which will appear in due course. No, this is a list of songs where footballers decided to try their hand at being pop stars for a while, something which never tends to end well. There are many absentees from this list so please Read more »

The Music Miscellaneous blog #1

The Music Miscellaneous blog #1

This week we take a look at the downfall of a legendary music publication and explore how changing tastes and technological progress have decimated contemporary music journalism in the UK. News this week that the N.M.E., the UK’s longest running and most iconic music magazine, is to go out of print and exist online only was sad but hardly surprising. Having been reduced to a free, pamphlet-like magazine given away in libraries and such, the writing had long been on the wall, its demise as inevitable as that of the music culture it once championed. First printed in 1952, it Read more »

Time Capsule – 1972

Time Capsule – 1972

  After a short break, we are back and ready to resume writing here. We will start our new time capsule series in 1972 because Paul was born that year. Also, it was a leap year, and apparently the longest year ever. (with 2 extra seconds). The year was marked by violence, starting with the infamous “Sunday Bloody Sunday” on January 30th, when 27 unarmed civilians were shot by the British Army during a civil rights march. Which of course, was followed on February 2 by the burning of the British Embassy in Dublin, and after that, countless attacks, bombs, and deaths. The Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: George Michael

Unforgettable Live Performances: George Michael

It has taken me a while to sit down and write this post. I remember the exact moment and time when Paul told me that George Michael had died. I have to say 2016 gave me so many blows in that sense that it didn’t come as a huge surprise, but I am still not over the irony of it being his Last Christmas. I always knew I liked George Michael, and I have defended his voice on more than one occasion, but what I forgot is how present he was when I was growing up, how influential he was, and the Read more »

The 2016 MVD Awards

The 2016 MVD Awards

We think it’s fair to say that 2016 was, for various reasons, a memorable year. Of course, we are a music site and as such couldn’t possibly comment on Brexit, Trump, Putin, Syria, or any of that, and so we won’t. Instead we bring you a few of our favourite things, beginning with… Single of the year – ‘Wow’ by Beck There were other contenders amongst the various new releases we’ve brought you this year, but it was this wonderful slice of wierdness from the ever-brilliant Beck that topped the pile this year. he’s been around for a long time Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Amy Winehouse

Unforgettable Live Performances: Amy Winehouse

One of the best females artists from Britan ever, Amy Winehouse left us too soon. Now a famous member of the 27 club, she left some extraordinary music behind. We take a look at 5 of our favorite performances, some cheerful and with huge crowds, other melancholic and intimate.  We simply can’t pick a favorite.   In December 2006, Amy Winehouse (22 years old at the time) traveled to Dingle, Ireland to record the Irish music TV series “Other Voices“. The recording took place at the church of St. James, a 200-year-old beautiful small chapel.  Her 6 song – performance mesmerized Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Willie Colón.

Música en mi primer idioma: Willie Colón.

Musician, composer, arranger, singer, trombone player, political and social activist and above all: salsero! Idilio-Willie Colón William Anthony Colón Román was born on April 28th, 1950 in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents and grandparents. He started playing the trumpet from a very young age, later switching to the trombone. When he was only 15 years old, he signed to Fania Records and by the time he was 17 he already had recorded his first album, selling more than 300,000 copies. (To this day, he still holds, with Rubén Blades, the record in sales in the genre having sold more than 30 Read more »

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 »

Unsung Figures No.9: Fred Neil

Unsung Figures No.9: Fred Neil

The latest post in this series looks at the life and career of an enigmatic and influential figure who shunned fame and instead devoted much of his life to the conservation of his favourite animal. Some musicians seek fame but never find it, others have fame thrust reluctantly upon them; others sail within touching distance of lasting recognition only to have it snatched away by fate or circumstance. And then you have musicians who neither seek nor find it, and for whom the only thing that matters is the music, and who see fame for the fickle and empty mistress 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 »

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 »