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The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume : “Pow R. Toc H.”

“Pow R. Toc H.” by Pink Floyd, Released August 5th, 1967 Has there ever been a more unlikely pioneer of something than Syd Barrett and his early use of beatboxing? And by “early” we mean “1967”, nearly a full decade… Continue Reading →

Reviewing The Reviewers: Sophie Kemp Of Pitchfork Trashes Cigarettes After Sex

There may only be a few statements that Sophie Kemp gets right in her pearl-clutching, stiflingly conservative and puritanical review of this new Cigarettes After Sex album, Cry, but it’s an important one: There is a universe where this raciness… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 8: “Flaming”

“Flaming” by Pink Floyd, Released November 2nd, 1967 Yippee, you can’t see me But I can you This snatch of typically childlike lyricism from the paisley-splattered pen of Syd Barrett has loooonnnggg been used, over and over and over again… Continue Reading →

Wild-Eyed, Paisley-Clad Destroyer: Niche Appeal’s Five Favorite Ginger Baker Performances

We at The Niche would like to salute the wild-eyed redhead percussion destroyer known as Ginger Baker by offering up our favorite five Baker performances. It was tough to limit this to five, but hey man the nature of the… Continue Reading →

“We Took LSD And Worked On Music Every Single Day”: Ricky Maymi Speaks On The Origins Of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Chinese Indie, And His Uncle In The Grateful Dead

For modern psychedelic freaks, Ricky Maymi should need no formal introduction. As a co-founder of drone behemoth The Brian Jonestown Massacre and BJM spin off The Imajinary Friends, Maymi has been riding the forefront of the trippy music resurgence since… Continue Reading →

Dead Grateful Dead Keyboard Players Volume 3: Vince Welnick

All of the many Grateful Dead keyboard player deaths are full-scale tragedies, but easily the saddest and most haunting would be that of the Dead’s final keys man, the Hawaiian-shirt-rocking former Tube Vince Welnick. For while most of the dead… Continue Reading →

Ride, This Is Not A Safe Place, A Review

At some point during the long break between 1996 and 2017, the sound of Oxford’s dream noise outfit Ride made a subtle but revelatory shift. Although the band had always fully embraced sugary pop hooks, in their striped-sweater glory daze… Continue Reading →

Dead Grateful Dead Keyboard Players Volume 2: Pigpen And The Early, Primal Dead

There are many thousands of freak-card-carrying Dead Tribesmen out there who never listen to a show past 1972. You will not find them on the Dead & Co. circuit. They weren’t roasting in Chicago for the 50th anniversary. They weren’t… Continue Reading →

Dead Grateful Dead Keyboard Players Volume 1: Brent Mydland

It’s a strange phenomenon indeed that an individual who enjoyed eleven fat years as an important member of one of the most successful and legendary bands of the past two centuries, years that saw their ascent from arenas to multi-night… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 7: “Matilda Mother”

“Matilda Mother” by Pink Floyd, Released August 4th, 1967 Rick Wright doesn’t get nearly enough credit in the surprisingly narrow-minded Pink Floyd universe. Much like the giant monolith albums they created, there are certain unflinching myths and “facts” that must… Continue Reading →

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