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Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #33: Serge Gainsbourg “A La Maison de la Radio”

Serge Gainsbourg, A La Maison de la Radio, (Digger’s Factory) For the past few years, buried within the layers and layers of overpriced trash flooding the bins on Record Store Day have been some wonderful archival Gainsbourg releases. These are… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #34: AC/DC “Power Up”

AC/DC, Power Up, (Columbia) In a year where “Believe The Science” became something of a mantra, then you best fucking believe in AC/DC. With the possible exception of Motorhead (Rest In Power, Lemmy), no other well-known group has their sound… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #35: Deradoorian “Find The Sun”

Deradoorian, Find The Sun, (ANTI-) A psychedelic teardrop of a record, a sunsplash in a cyclone, a song cycle with no clear center, just airy, percussion-forward arrangements pulling lightly from core as these ten tracks roll by like CAN jamming on… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #36: Jeff Tweedy “Love Is The King”

Jeff Tweedy, Love Is The King, (dBpm Records) For those who tuned out of the whole Wilco/Tweedy circus once they lost their Being There twang and started working in kraut rock rhythms and wife-killer lyrical tirades, you can officially beam yourself back in… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #37: 21 Savage & Metro Boomin’ “Savage Mode II”

21 Savage & Metro Boomin’, Savage Mode II (Slaughter Gang/Epic)   Key lines from Savage Mode II *All lyrics by 21 Savage unless otherwise noted   “I ain’t with the rap beef, Draco pedophile, all my opps get touched” “I… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #38: The Psychedelic Furs “Made Of Rain”

The Psychedelic Furs, Made Of Rain (Cooking Vinyl) This is the record The National have been trying to write for the past 15 years. It’s also easily the most comforting record I became immersed in during the 20. Yes, comforting…. Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #39: The Strokes “The New Abnormal”

The Strokes, The New Abnormal (Cult/RCA) How’s this for a plot? Your fave wholesome former alcoholic 40-something Dad rocker suddenly sculpts his hair into a severe mullet and dyes it more colors than 6ix9ine’s wildest Adderall dreams. As with any… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #40: The Black Lips “Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart”

In a year where horrible things happened such as The Libertines becoming gentrifying hoteliers and Eddie Van Halen running with the devil all the way to heaven, it can be tough to locate the gems sparkling amidst the mire. We… Continue Reading →

A Conversation With Jody Stephens: The last surviving Big Star member speaks on the band’s early days, his eclectic post BS career, and why he hates “Guitar Man” by Bread

I dialed the number he left me, only to be stopped short by a voicemail message. Was it perhaps too good to be true that Jody Stephens, the legendary drummer and last surviving member of perennial power pop gods Big… Continue Reading →

With “Uncle Brian’s Abattoir”, Pete Doherty and Jack Jones Score An Unlikely Classic

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” –That guy who painted the Sistine Chapel “Uncle Brian’s Abattoir”  is the simplest of songs, the furthest thing possible from King Crimson, yet the paired down track packs within it the violent grace and fearlessness… Continue Reading →

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