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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 →

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 →

From The Vaults: A Track-By-Track Review of The Rolling Stones’ 1976 Oddball Classic “Black And Blue”

When it comes to The Stones and their post-Exile ’70s output, anyone who cares about such things seems to always point to Some Girls as the classic platter that redefined the aging empire’s sound and vision, taking on disco and… Continue Reading →

From The Vaults: Atomic Forest And Their Trippy, Urban, Southeast Asian Blues

It has to be tough to be a “psychedelic” rock band in India. Anyone who has ever set foot on this dusty, sacred ground knows that day-to-day, minute-to-minute life is infinitely trippier than anything The Incredible String Band ever dreamed…. Continue Reading →

George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass: The Biggest Fuck Up Of The Classic Rock Era

  We will kick things off here by stating this: George Harrison’s post-Beatles mega-opus All Things Must Pass is easily one of the greatest albums ever conceived, searching and sublime, eternally warm and glowing, a pastoral epic that deftly dodges… Continue Reading →

Blue Cheer: Mind-Erasing Barbiturate Rock Of The Highest Pedigree

If the wild and woolly Blue Cheer’s self-titled debut were to take on physical form, it would perfectly materialize into one of those massive jugs of Boon’s Farm wine you can see being communally passed in rock festival footage from… Continue Reading →

For Lovers and Loners Only: An Exploration of Flowers, The Rolling Stones’ Most Romantic and Maligned Album

The Flowers album was for loners and lovers only. It provided a tight backdrop for a lot of decadent fantasy. —Patti Smith Long dismissed as a cash grab hodgepodge of unreleased tracks and singles hastily released to capitalize on the… Continue Reading →

Diamonds & Lice: An Exploration of “Priest = Aura”,The Church’s Undisputed Masterpiece

There is no discography as consistent, as expansive, or as exploratory as that of The Church. This is in no way meant to be a controversial statement. It isn’t a provocation. It’s just a simple fact. 34 albums deep, 867… Continue Reading →

From The Vaults: Captain Beyond’s Advanced Space Boogie Meltdown

If you’ve never heard, or heard of, Captain Beyond then you’re straight up sleep walking through life, my friend. Blooming from the ashes of Iron Butterfly in the fertile early 70s, The Captain was formed by totally groovy proto-metalers Larry… Continue Reading →

All Time Strangest Records: 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 →

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