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“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 →

Five Tracks On The Verve’s “Urban Hymns” That Are Better Than “Bittersweet Symphony”

We at Niche Appeal headquarters are just as chuffed as the next bloke that Sir Mick and Keef, in a heartening display of twilight years empathy, have finally allowed the “Bittersweet Symphony” rights to slip from their jaundiced grip and… Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Rock N Roll Vanity Project: Five Burning Questions About The Hollywood Vampires

It’s only fair that I preface this article by admitting that I’ve never listened to The Hollywood Vampires. But it’s perfectly fine because one doesn’t need to listen to The Hollywood Vampires in order to know exactly what The Hollywood… Continue Reading →

Vampire Weekend’s Failed Quest For The Millennial White Album

Vampire Weekend has all the necessary components firmly in place to be a truly horrible band. Cloying name? Check. North Jerz rich kids rocking thrift store Hilfiger? Check. Hyper-literate “jam all the words you can into each verse” lyrics? Double… Continue Reading →

New Release Friday Record Of The Day: Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres

Content, content, content. It just never stops, does it? A draining deluge of artists and personalities and influencers and assorted psychopathic rabble waving frantically for your attention. The music world is no different, with each each Friday bringing an exhausting… Continue Reading →

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