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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 6

Carrying on from last week, if technical proficiency alone is not a guarantee of inclusion – quite the reverse it may seem – then what militates against it. The answer is deceptively simple. A melody. My top 1000 contains little or nothing which could be considered ambient; very few long complicated passages of difficult to […]

News: Wind-up Records

Stop right where your brain is at, we’re not slinging Amy Lee or Scott Stapp posters. Good, you made it through, you’ll be glad you did so. Have a listen to a terrific new playlist available courtesy of Wind-up Records.

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 5

Continuing with the theme of what makes something worthy of inclusion, it may come as a surprise to learn that technical ability is not a major factor. Of course, some of the greats, particularly guitar greats are included – Page, Clapton, Hendrix and so on. And, of course, are works by the man who quite […]

Interview: Lady’s Nicole Wray

If you were like me in the late 90’s, chances were VERY high you were bumping solo and featured material from one particular LADY. Nicole Wray. The artist who laced several a track for music masterminds Missy Elliott, Timbaland and Damon Dash’s Rocafella, started her career off on a high note and spent years behind […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 4

Last time I looked at context, time and place, as among the defining factors for inclusion of a track. Another factor, which may seem overriding at first, turns out not to be so, namely reflective of my views. To be sure, songs which may be said to be politically or socially “left” will resonate with […]

Top 20 Songs Of All Time-My Choices

“Night and Day-Frank Sinatra                                                                               “April in Paris”-Louis Armstrong “My Favorite Things”- John Coltrane “Brilliant Corners”-Thelonious Monk […]

Live Review: Atlas Genius with Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr and Family of the Year

Pumped to learn Atlas Genius’ fall world tour would be swinging by LA on their West Coast run, I arrived excited. Add opening acts Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr and Family of the Year? Nice. As the chill ( well, as chilly as it gets on the West Side- 60’s) filled the air this crisp night, […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 3

So what is it that makes one song a candidate for this list, and another not? There is no simple answer to this question. There is never going to be one single defining factor, but over the next few editions I will look at some of them. The first is context. By context, I mean […]

Interview: Lateef the Truthspeaker of Latyrx

As a music connoisseur, I’m proud to be a Bay Area music supporter. Blessed to speak with several of my favorite unique crews and tribes over the past two years, there’s an obvious deep respect for Bay hip-hop flavor you can’t find anywhere else. One group at the top of my list is Latyrx (comprised […]

Press Release Round Up: 11/4

Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, I will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across […]

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