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Who Did It Better: Little Wing… Hendrix Or Clapton

Dave D: Reading Dan’s insanely good article on The Layla Curse, I got to thinking on the track Little Wing, incessantly humming between the Hendrix and Clapton versions.  I recall Clapton’s version being on FM radio with pretty regular frequency… Continue Reading →

The Layla Curse: How Eric Clapton’s Masterpiece Is Responsible For Parentacide, Dead Guitar Heroes, Failed Kidneys, Bad Shorts, And Even Disco

You’ve heard the song at least 102,697 times. It’s been blasting from the FM Classic Rock stations at every jobsite you’ve ever walked past. A limp acoustic version haunted your MTV childhood. It’s lush piano outro soundtracked several of the… Continue Reading →

Lord Huron – Vide Noir

People may be wary of or fascinated by a good transformation story, but the best kind of transformation, one that *everyone* should jump up and down about, is the step-by-step process of an artist honing their sound over the course… Continue Reading →

Tarantüla – The Very Best Of Sex And Violence

Tarantüla makes me want to break shit.

Critic Review: Jazz Monroe of Pitchfork on the Arctic Monkeys

It may be hard to imagine now, but there was a time when the pre-Conde’ Nast Pitchfork Media followed its own singular instincts. It was a site that rarely took into account the cultural group-think surrounding a particular record, band,… Continue Reading →

Who Did It Better, Part I – All Along the Watchtower… Dylan or Hendrix

We at the Niche offices figured it was about time we present our first obligatory “Songs you didn’t know were covers (Except that everybody actually does know)” article.    But we’re going to leave the run-up-the-ad-impressions listicle-style article to the… Continue Reading →

‘Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino’ Is Too Good For The Modern World

Of course people don’t like the new Arctic Monkeys record, Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino, unleashed last week to savagely mixed reviews after a nearly five-year absence from that rarest of all modern-day beasts: a superstar rock group. This distinction… Continue Reading →

Awwww, Our Very First Death Threat

There are many mile markers to success. And while we may not actually be successful, we HAVE now achieved one significant accomplishment that we are thrilled about: Our very first death threat. So we would like to take some short… Continue Reading →

All Time Strangest Records #48: Oar by Alexander “Skip” Spence

Alexander “Skip” Spence had one of the most golden late ‘60s freak scene resumes that could ever be typed up. If you were a counterculture superstar recruiter of the time and this patchouli-scented cover document crossed your groovy desk you… Continue Reading →

Critic Review: Jonah Bromwich of Pitchfork Blows Eleanor Friedberger

Ah, the PR Blowjob Review As professional critics of music criticism, we come across this type of thing all the time. It’s easily identifiable from the very first line of Jonah Bromwich’s review of the new Eleanor Friedberger album. Any… Continue Reading →

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