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Press Release Roundup: June 16, 2014

alt-J “HUNGER OF THE PINE” Today alt-J release “Hunger Of The Pine,” the first song to be lifted from their forthcoming second album, This Is All Yours.

News: Rebelution’s “Count Me In”

After sliding over to one of our favorite indie labels, Easy Star Records, Rebelution is back with “Count Me In”. “Too blessed to be stressed,” is one of many key song lyrics from Rebelution’s new album Count Me In. The California band’s fourth full-length release on its own label 87 Music, and partnering for the […]

Press Release Roundup: June 9, 2014

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 […]

The App Making ‘BigNoiz’

When it comes to apps, if you’re a music fan like me, you don’t need 80,000 apps to fulfill your live music or content needs. With several hype-filled music apps in the marketplace, it’s easy to get lost among apps that aren’t user-friendly i.e. requiring you to provide your first born’s blood type to log […]

Press Release Roundup: Week of May 19

Counting Crows (May 19, 2014) – Counting Crows have signed an agreement with Capitol Records for the Fall release of their forthcoming studio album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, it was announced today by Capitol Music Group Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett. It will be the band’s sixth studio album and first since Saturday Nights & Sunday […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 30

Last week, I mentioned French black metal which segues nicely into this week’s discussion on the importance of language in song. Do you have to be able to understand the words of the song in order to appreciate it? In this list are tracks sung in a variety of languages including French, Japanese, German, Icelandic, […]

Becoming The Boss and Getting Back to Biz Basics: Music Biz 2014

Learning about the Music Business Association (Music Biz)’s annual conference a few weeks ago, I grew extremely curious. It’s no surprise there are so many confusing facets to the music industry behind a creative artist – distribution, digital and traditional media channel promotion, metadata analysis of hits, streams and units, label contracts, tour booking, ticket […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 29

Last week I looked at how young people pick up music from their parents. Is the reverse true? Without having kids I do not know for sure, but in my experience some kids are less tolerant than their parents. Earlier this year I finally got to see Alcest in concert. Alcest are a French black […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 28

One fact I find quite engaging is how many people of the generation below me, as it were, got their musical introduction from listening to their parents’ (my generation) record collection. A few months ago I was at a John Watts gig and found myself talking to some young people who could only have been […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 27

I have been asked in the past, not the least by Mrs Martel, why music is so important to me. I can only explain in the most general terms, that it was what I grew up with. Music spoke to me and said things about me in ways in which I could not. Music represented […]

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