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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 18

One consequence of not having LP album covers any more is that I find myself unable to recite the lyrics of many of my favourite songs which date from after the demise of the vinyl LP. This is a direct consequence of not having the lyrics printed on the inside sleeve, as was so often […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 17

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 […]

Video Of The Week: Phil Lewis – “Imprisoned”

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. […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 16

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 […]

Releases: Chain Gang of 1974

With the release of The Chain Gang of 1974’s new album Daydream Forever (Warner Bros) less than a week away, Spotify is offering up the exclusive first listen of the album through The Drop. All week, fans can enjoy exclusive content from the band including a full album stream, behind-the-scenes photos from the album cover […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 15

So what is missing? Well there are some genres which I detest with a ferocity that I could sell to Iran to replace their nuclear weapons programme. Disco is one and most of what is today called RnB I consider to be nothing more than soulless soul. Occasionally, a mainstream commercial release will slip in, […]

Contest: Against Me! (closed)

One of rock’s most talked about groups is back! And writer John Carlo has the goods. Scroll below and find out how to get a free autographed copy of Against Me! “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” Review written by staff writer John Carlo American Punk Rock fans everywhere await Against Me!’s January 21st release of Transgender Dysphoria […]

Carlita’s Top Artists of 2013- Part 3

Ahh, Part 3. This is it. All good trilogies (Scope Part 1 and Part 2 in case you missed them) must come to an end. The last but not least of the blessed trinity groups of artists that stoked my curiosity and left me longing for more in ’14. Let’s finish strong: 17. Arctic Monkeys […]

Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 14

I confess to being no respecter of reputations. Some albums, very highly rated, I simply do not have because, their status notwithstanding, I never liked them. Albums such as “Dark Side of the Moon” I have described in reviews in terms of “the reason most people have this album is because most people have this […]

ROCK Notes for January 20th, 2014

Musicians taking over this year’s Oscars It was a watershed moment in 2010 when Trent Reznor won the Academy Award for Best Original Score (for The Social Network), as the Nine Inch Nails frontman opened the door for other musicians who aren’t necessarily film composers. Arcade Fire’s William Butler and Toronto violinist Owen Pallett hope […]

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