´Minimal´ by I Am Harlequin

´Minimal´ by I Am Harlequin

Fashion designer´s I am Harlequin may be minimal, but is far from simple. I Am Harlequin – Minimal In her own words the track “represents a bit of a departure from the traditional I Am Harlequin style – the opera-inspired tones, epic choirs and a general sense of grandeur. ‘Minimal’ is none of that. It is as the title of the song suggests – minimal.” I Am Harlequin or IAH is the alter ego of Germany born but London based music artist and fashion designer Anne Freier. The video was released on October 20th and director Sean Clancy plays with educational children shows. 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 »

Unforgettable Live Performances: The Beatles at Shea Stadium

Unforgettable Live Performances: The Beatles at Shea Stadium

The origins of concert rock or arena rock can be traced back to the band that gave birth to many more music related things: The Beatles. Their concert at Shea Stadium made Beatlemania tangible and showed the rest of the world the sheer force of the fab four. Help! – The Beatles (Live at Shea Stadium) On August 15th – 1965, 55,600 fans went to watch The Beatles play at Shea Stadium (The William A Shea Municipal Stadium, home to none other than the New York Mets baseball team). It would be the start of their second US concert tour,  which Read more »

Tapestry by Carole King

Tapestry by Carole King

Just like there is such a thing as comfort food, there is definitely comfort music, and for me, nothing makes me feel more at home, protected and warm as Carole king´s timeless  masterpiece Tapestry. I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King Being a member of one of the most famous writing duos of all time, Carole King had already written many hits for almost a decade with her then husband Gerry Goffin. Songs like The Loco – Motion, Chains and Up On the Roof are only a sample of a woman who shaped pop music, so when she decided to listen Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – David Bowie

Unforgettable Live Performances – David Bowie

I don´t think we have fully accepted the news of David Bowie´s death and I am certain we will never recover. I know the cool thing to do is celebrate his life and be happy he was here and my rational self knows that but my heart is in pain and I am also a bit mad I was not eased into this (though my rational self accepts that it was a private issue). In any case, I have to process and heal and grieve and all that so I thought a post on his iconic performances might help. Farewell Speech Read more »

Please Please Me by The Beatles

Please Please Me by The Beatles

The Beatles debut album would show the world this was no ordinary group. Besides the covers, they were one of the first groups to write their own songs (they wrote 8 of the 14 songs featured), play their own instruments and this hinted at the ambitious and talented four young men that would forever change music history. I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles “1,2,3,4!” Best Intro countdown in history! The opening track of the album is exciting, fresh, fun, catchy and stands the taste of time. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, in this video above you can Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Charly García

Música en mi primer idioma: Charly García

Charly García, singer, composer, producer, pianist, songwriter, prodigy, madman, visionary, brilliant, tormented…pure gold. Carlos Alberto García Moreno was born on October 23, 1951 in Argentina. He came from a wealthy family. When he was 5 years old he was enrolled in the Thibaud Piazzini conservatory in Buenos Aires, where he was trained as a classical pianist. He is a piano prodigy. One night, Mercedes Sosa heard him play and praised his talent. His first musical debut was on his participation in Raúl Porchetto´s album “Cristo Rcok” in 1972. Then, along with classmate Carlos Alberto “Nito” Mestre he formed Sui Generis. El tuerto y Read more »

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Back to Black by Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse´s confessional, soulful, intimate and heartbreak anthem album that is “Back to Black”. Amy Winehouse´s second and final studio album gives us a glimpse into the short life and brilliant musician and sensitive soul that she was. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse   Amy Jade was an English singer and songwriter, sadly now a part of the 27 Club.  Since her debut album “Frank” she gained  critical success with her music showing influences of soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Amy was also known for her struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, bulimia, mental health issues and sometimes violent behavior. Read more »

Unsung Figures No.6: Judee Sill

Unsung Figures No.6: Judee Sill

The latest in our series exploring peripheral musical figures looks at the troubled life and ambitious musicality of this Californian singer-songwriter. The first time I heard Judee Sill, which I’ll admit is less than a few years ago, my initial reaction was that this was all very lovely and her voice very pleasant but it was a little lacking in edge or bite. Something grabbed me though and having borrowed the albums from the friend who played her to me I listened again, intrigued by an underlying quality in the music that suggested I might want to dig deeper. One Read more »

New Reels: “Pirates” by Nina Yasmineh

New Reels: “Pirates” by Nina Yasmineh

Minneapolis currently New York based singer songwriter Nina Yasmineh featured her new video “Pirates” on July 25th, which is impressively produced, written, and performed by her. After getting a lot of buzz two years ago for her first E.P. Seven Years,  this young woman with a mature tone comes back with a strength in her voice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=34&v=gOUvDit9L2s She describes her sound as “Bittersweet, striking, seductive” and she is right. Her lyrics are mature and there is no gimmicks. A pop song with reflective, introspective feel. Can´t wait to witness her evolution. You can find her on facebook.    

Música en mi primer idioma: Silvio Rodríguez

Música en mi primer idioma: Silvio Rodríguez

We visit one of Latin America´s most recognized and controversial singer – song witters. A symbol of the Left. Sometimes called “the Cuban John Lennon”. In the break of the renewed relationships between the United States and Cuba, I thought I would do a post of a man who has come to represent the left in Latin America. He has established himself as the voice of an era and some ideals that are outdated and like all communist governments the world has had, clearly does not work as it is contemplated.  The man is one of those singers people love or love to hate. He Read more »

Música en mi Primer Idioma: Joe Arroyo

Música en mi Primer Idioma: Joe Arroyo

Colombian salsa and tropical music’s famous singer Joe Arroyo and his important legacy. Considered one of the most important, if not the most important Colombian musician of the 20th century, Joe Arroyo (Álvaro José Arroyo González) is one of the country´s treasures. This Caribbean singer, composer and songwriter had a prolific and extraordinary career, and is imprinted in the popular culture of several generations of Colombians. Rebelion – Joe Arroyo One of Colombian salsa´s most famous songs (there are probably 2 other songs that can compete against it, but no more than that) it is an tribute to Cartagena and Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Janis Joplin Live at Monterrey 1967

Unforgettable Live Performances – Janis Joplin Live at Monterrey 1967

Janis Joplin´s “breakthrough” performance at the Monterrey Pop Festival in 1967. I remember the first time I heard Janis Joplin. It was the musical background for an advert for Arequipe Alpina in the late 80´s – early 1990´s. Arequipe is similar to Dulce de Leche, and for those of you interested: a cool recipe. Arequipe is one of my favorite flavors in the world, and certainly my favorite dessert. It is decadent, sweet and almost to good to be true. Whoever decided to put Janis Joplin and Arequipe together: thank you anonymous genius! I will treasure that mind connection always! Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Compay Segundo

Música en mi primer idioma: Compay Segundo

The Cuban Icon Compay Segundo: his music and legacy. As the US starts lifting the embargo on Cuba and relationships start to improve after decades of stagnant communications, the eyes of Latin America and the world are once again on the country, with tourism skyrocketing.  I guess questions in people´s minds are how will the small island react to an invasion of companies, whether people will be allowed Freedom to leave and go back to the country, what will happen with the Cuban immigrants in the USA and whether the wet feet, dry policy will still stand. (The policy states that Read more »

New Reels: “Animal Fear” by Marika Hackman

New Reels: “Animal Fear” by Marika Hackman

The latest single and video from this very promising English singer songwriter gets a glowing MVD review. This talented young, and I mean young (born in 1992!) English vocalist, multi instrumentalist and song writer has just unveiled this new track (and a new photography project due to feature a 24 page booklet, with photography from Glen Erler.) Animal Fear – Marika Hackman This former Burberry model turned pop/folk singer will release her debut album We Slept Last Night on February 16th – 2015. She has been touring around the UK promoting her upcoming album. I personally first heard her since Read more »