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5 2018 Albums That Haven’t Gotten Enough Coverage: Dan Falatko Edition

Serge Gainsbourg & Michel Colombier, Le Pacha: Lots of people were dissing on Record Store Day this year due to reasons I never bothered looking up, probably legitimate reasons, but that certainly didn’t stop RSD 2018 from dropping some way… Continue Reading →

We Critique Music Critics: Pitchfork’s Deerhunter Review Is A Surrealist Hall Of Mirrors

If Rule #1 in a critical piece is to set up a defining premise/concept/angle within the first paragraph, then Rule #2 is to not directly contradict said premise/concept/angle at any point throughout said piece. Well, we really have to hand… Continue Reading →

Track Of The Week: H.C. McEntire – “Houses Of The Holy”

It has long been an unspoken but solemnly held rule for both guitar bands and singer/songwriters to steer well clear of Led Zeppelin covers. In his early ’70s living God prime, Sir Jimmy Page was just so perfectionist and possessed… Continue Reading →

Record Review: Deerhunter, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?

Next Friday (1/18/19) a new album from onetime psychedelic front runners Deerhunter is dropping. Titled Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, it will be their first since 2015’s Fading Frontier. We haven’t heard it. Nor have we listened to a single… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s 20 Favorite Records of 2018

I’m not going to pretend that I listen to a whole lot of new music, nor do I strive to keep up with emerging trends and sounds. As a matter of fact, if it isn’t from that ultra-heady decade between… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 6: “Lucifer Sam”

“Lucifer Sam” by Pink Floyd, Released August 4th, 1967 We’re only six tracks into the Madcap series and already I’m tripping over one of my Top 5 Syd Barrett bangers, not to mention one of the very best songs of… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 5: “Astronomy Domine”

“Astronomy Domine” by Pink Floyd, Released August 4th, 1967 The first sounds one hears when cuing up Pink Floyd’s Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Syd Barrett’s first foray into the album format, are the garbled distress signals of a lost… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 4: “The Scarecrow”

“The Scarecrow” by Pink Floyd, Released June 16th, 1967 We are four tracks deep on The Madcap Rated Series, and it pains me to say that this is the first track in Syd’s catalog that I don’t enjoy. It’s also… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 3: “See Emily Play”

“See Emily Play” by Pink Floyd, Released June 16th, 1967 Imagine for a moment that you are 19 years of age. The year is 1967 and the month is June. The first warm rays of the Summer Of Love are… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 2: “Candy And A Currant Bun”

“Candy And A Currant Bun” by Pink Floyd, Released March 10th, 1967 I know, I know, it’s tough to imagine Syd Barrett as a sexual being. This is mostly due to the press he’s received, both during his run with… Continue Reading →

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