New Reels: ‘Birth In Reverse’ – St. Vincent

New Reels: ‘Birth In Reverse’ – St. Vincent

There aren’t many people in the world of music generating more of a buzz right now than St. Vincent. Her eponymous album released back in February has been one of the critical hits of the year as well as charting high on both sides of the Atlantic. She’s the real deal: a gifted multi-instrumentalist, song-writer, and artist, and 2014 was most definitely her year. I first heard her, as many did, through Love This Giant, her 2012 collaboration with David Byrne. In fact she had played with both the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens before releasing her debut lp Marry Read more »

New Music: New Reels: Hozier

New Music: New Reels: Hozier

Hozier started showing up everywhere in the last couple of months, and a month ago a friend on Twitter said for him it was the best album of the year. This week it has been popping up all over my This Is My Jam timeline, so no more hiding, it is time to write about him. He came into my radar because of his song Take me to Church and the reviews the album was getting: The Telegraph “Gospel choirs hum and swell tenderly beneath the rougher edges of his riffs. They add mature, universal gravitas and often a holy Read more »

Good Morning, Vietnam: The light and the shade of Robin Williams.

Good Morning, Vietnam: The light and the shade of Robin Williams.

In the wake of Robin Williams’ self-inflicted passing on August 11th this year many of us were moved to make some kind of comment in tribute. Indeed, rarely has an outpouring of grief for a superstar of any kind been so sincere and lacking in petty hate. There were no poor-taste jokes about his suicide, no dissenting voices (not that I heard anyway) talking wrongly about how over-rated he was, no cynicism or dismissive sarcasm as there often can be after a celebrity dies. Instead, most of us were moved to recall our favourite performances. And let’s face it, everyone Read more »

New Reels: Billie Ray Martin, Kiesza, & Jungle

New Reels: Billie Ray Martin, Kiesza, & Jungle

It is time for the second post on what we are listening to right now and would like to recommend. Since they are mostly new artists, there is not a lot of info, so bear with me and I hope you enjoy the suggestions. Kiesza´s “Hideaway”, Jungle´s “Busy Earnin´” and “After All” by Billie Ray Martin. Kiesza – Hideaway This Navy code breaker, beauty pageant participant, classically trained ballerina and singer and song writer could not be cooler. This video was shot in a single take…yes, a single take while she is dancing around Brooklyn. It was released in February Read more »

The feel-bad hit of the summer: Psy & Snoop Dogg – Hangover

The feel-bad hit of the summer: Psy & Snoop Dogg – Hangover

Two people who need no introduction (South korea´s first global pop star, everybody´s favourite blunt-smoking gangsta-rapper. That´s an introduction isn´t it. Oh well…) have teamed up to make a tune that has “HIT RECORD!!!!!” written all over it. Yep, there´s no escaping this songs commercial potential. The fact that it´s also accompanied by a thoroughly entertaining video showing them getting utterly wasted together until the sunlit hours of the morning helps hugely. As for the tune itself, well I´d be lying if I said it didn´t instantly burrow it´s way in to my brain and set up camp. That said, Read more »

Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake: Love Never Felt So Good

Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake: Love Never Felt So Good

“Xscape”  Michael Jackson´s second posthumous album was released on May 9th 2014. The album contains 8 new tracks including the one we are going to discuss today. Xscape also features reworkings of unused Jackson recordings by Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Stargate and Jerome “Jroc” Harmon. Before getting into the video at hand, we at MVD would like to let all our readers now that we intend to do a series on his best videos. The man obviously had a profound impact and in our opinion was the king of this media, so no worries, we will discuss his work in a more intricate and profound Read more »

New Reels: “Water Fountain” by Tune Yards

New Reels: “Water Fountain” by Tune Yards

Feel like hearing something different, fun with a creative and interesting video? In today´s rushes section we want to recommend tUnE-yArDs “Water Fountain” tUnE-yArDs is the music project of Merrill Garbus. She sings, plays the drums, the Ukulele and imprints her artistic vision on the entire experience that comes along with the music. Her previous themes have touched on acoustic folk, rock, R&B, punk, funk, free jazz and Afro beat. She relies on heavily layering looped sounds and is also the producer of her albums. This single is from the third album “Nikki Nack”  which will be released today: May 6th- 2014.  Her approach to imagery Read more »

New Reels: “Heavy Seas of Love” by Damon Albarn

New Reels: “Heavy Seas of Love” by Damon Albarn

Today marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most important albums of the 90’s, the one that alongside the first two Oasis records epitomized the whole Britpop era, and that record is Parklife by Blur. When people talk about great British songwriters it’s very often the case that the same familiar names – Lennon & McCartney, Ray Davies, David Bowie, Paul Weller etc – come up time and time again. For my liking Damon Albarn’s name isn’t mentioned nearly often enough in the same breath which is a shame because it’s hard to think of a better songwriter from Read more »

Chet Faker at the Boiler Room, Melbourne

Chet Faker at the Boiler Room, Melbourne

I would like to talk about an artist that I am currently listening to a lot and whom has undoubtedly caught my attention, I have a terrible crush on him, I am talking about the talented and sexy beard-king Chet Faker. Chet Faker Boiler Room Melbourne I came across Faker via a friend but I was instantly hooked. I mean COME ON! I liked him but he left a mark with his fantastic “No Diggity” cover which was just what I think covers should be like, a reinterpretation of a song, a personal input without disrespect to the original. In Read more »

New Reels: Rick Ross (Feat. Kanye West & Big Sean) “Santified”

New Reels: Rick Ross (Feat. Kanye West & Big Sean) “Santified”

This Friday’s post marks the beginning of a monthly round-up of recent videos that for one reason or another have caught our eye, and which might catch yours too, starting with “Sanctified” by Rick Ross (Feat. Kanye West & Big Sean), “I keep it to Myself” by Wilco Johnson and Roger Daltrey and “Sexercize” by Kilye Minogue and last but not least, Madonna…. Ok, so first up we have video producer Jesse Hill who has been causing a minor buzz with his Emoji videos, firstly for Beyonce’s ‘Drunk In Love’, and now for this track by Rick Ross, Kanye West Read more »