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Sunday’s Best: Brother Ali

posted February 16, 2014, 7:26 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Sunday's Best | comment Leave a Comment


Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves to see which release by an artist not only set them atop of the industry but stapled them in as musical gods.

No longer just a face of the Rhymesayers group, Brother Ali has notched himself a styling and fan base that can not be underestimated. With that being said…

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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 17

posted February 12, 2014, 12:30 am by CharlesMartel | Filed Under Music News, Recommendations from the Writer's Mind | comment Leave a Comment


Call me old-fashioned, but I still have a predeliction for albums and do not consider myself actually owning a piece of music unless I can pick it up in my hands and look at it. Of course, though I have more CD albums now than vinyl ones, I have many singles and EP’s for there was a time when that was all I could afford to buy, especially if I did not care much for the rest of a particular band’s output. But albums were the mainstay. There was nothing like taking that smooth platter out of the sleeve, which was often a work of art in itself, holding it gently, the outer rim resting on the ball of my hand and my fingers holding it in the middle. Then slipping it slowly down that phallic pole onto the turntable, switching the record player on and gently dropping the diamond-tipped needle onto the edge of the vinyl. Then sit back, with the album cover in your hand, read the lyrics as they came out and slowly immerse yourself in the music. Compressed digital code does not, and never will be able to replicate anything like that.

We will be a third of the way through after this week’s twenty.

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Interview: Fanfarlo’s Cathy Lucas

posted February 11, 2014, 8:16 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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Drawing a myriad of contrasting influences from rockabilly, Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Fleetwood Mac and spaghetti western, UK based Fanfarlo returns this week with their third full-length offering, “Let’s Go Extinct”. Addressing evolution, existential and futuristic themes, it takes the listener on an outer space opera pop mission. Blending in 80’s synch, contagious choruses and rich instrumentation, there’s a lot to digest between “The Beginning and The End”.

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Festivals: Rocklahoma

posted February 10, 2014, 5:23 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Festivals | comment Leave a Comment


Well, it’s just about that time, the festival lineup announcements are beginning to roll in. According to their press release, “Rocklahoma,” is stepping things up a notch, or we’re just getting old.

ROCKLAHOMA 2014
AMERICA’S BIGGEST MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND PARTY
MAY 23-25 IN PRYOR, OK

Rocklahoma–America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party–will rock the Midwest with an all-star lineup featuring Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Twisted Sister, Deftones, Motörhead, and many more from May 23-25 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. The three-day campingfestival, featuring the top current active rock artists and classic bands, is presented by Bud Light. Read more

Sunday’s Best: Ala Jack White

posted February 9, 2014, 7:21 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under General Interest, Sunday's Best | comment Leave a Comment


Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves to see which release by an artist not only set them atop of the industry but stapled them in as musical gods.

Jack White III is not to be questioned. Whatever the man involves himself in, we seem to drink it up. Whether it’s The White Stripes, his solo stuff The Raconteurs or The Dead Weather, his music is just about universally accepted. So we wonder, what’s your favorite Jack White record to date?

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Video Of The Week: Phil Lewis – “Imprisoned”

posted February 7, 2014, 12:00 pm by SolitaryMan | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


My good friend from across the pond, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Phil Lewis recently released the video from the lead track of his new EP (review here) “Age Of Nothing”. The track is titled “Imprisoned” and the video is quite emblematic of the lyrics…and it even features a little doll-on-doll action! Can’t beat that. Damn good track, too. Enjoy it.

Checking the Playlists: Gospel, its value and its aural limits

posted February 7, 2014, 8:13 am by nlathy | Filed Under Checking the Playlists, Editorial | comment Leave a Comment


Johnny Cash had the market cornered on gospel, but like other great artists he wasn’t pigeonholed into one genre.

He was truly a country legend. And the gospel music, he sang fit in with the singer’s life experiences and his abilities.

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His version of “Just As I Am” is my favorite version of the hymn. You can find other good renditions of hymns by Hank Williams, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Elvis Presley and others.

Presley is an artist, who’s music interests me most, when it is Gospel. For 1950s rock ‘n’ roll I’d just as soon listen to Chuck Berry, Fats Domino even Bill Haley (his contribution to the music is underrated by historians, critics and fans alike). But a collection of Presley gospel songs makes for a remarkably solid album.
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Interview: Tex from Moonshine Bandits

posted February 6, 2014, 10:53 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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Tearing down stereotypes that California only encompasses club-hopping super rich kids and pastel bike riding tekkies, Central Valley repper rappers Moonshine Bandits return this week with their much anticipated album “Calicountry”. Called “hip-hop rebels” who blend outlaw country and rock, duo Tex and Bird party combining the hoedown with the “Throwdown”. With a strong fanbase behind them called Shiner Nation, who wear that name proudly, they’ve propelled up CMT video charts and performed over 1,000 live shows with the likes of Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, E-40, Tech N9ne and Insane Clown Posse.

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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 16

posted February 5, 2014, 12:30 am by CharlesMartel | Filed Under Music News, Recommendations from the Writer's Mind | comment Leave a Comment


My advanced age has allowed me to live through some of the most turbulent times of modern popular music. When I first started buying albums, rock and roll was not 20 years old and most of the pioneers were not only still alive but still relatively young. Mick Jagger was still being busted for drugs and now he’s Sir Michael Jagger, a respected member of the establishment and five years into collecting his state pension. I recently watched a couple of music documentaries on the wonderful BBC4 channel – one about Status Quo and one about the synth pop revolution of the early eighties. And I sat there and wondered – when did everybody get so old? Of course I have aged with them.

Another milestone as we move into the 600’s.
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ROCK Notes for February 4th, 2014

posted February 4, 2014, 8:36 pm by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Rock(thusiast) Notes | comment Leave a Comment


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January 28th was Bell Let’s Talk Day, where $5.5 million was raised for mental health via donations from more than 100,000,000 text messages, mobile and long distance calls, tweets, and Facebook shares. Canadian alternative rocker Matthew Good was very active on social media that day, sharing his experiences of dealing with bipolar disorder. Mr. Good earned my eternal respect for one particular multi-part story he related about helping a girl get through an especially depressing time by staying on the phone with her for 2+ hours. Music obviously played a key healing role in both these individuals’ lives. I recommend reading through @mattgood’s Twitter timeline, and don’t limit important and potentially life-changing conversations concerning mental health in Canada to a single day. And Bell, your #BellLetsTalk campaign rocks for raising awareness while striving to end this stigma.

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