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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 →

Chanson Blues: Early Serge Gainsbourg Part 2

The first striking aspect about Serge Gainsbourg’s notoriously unheralded second album is the cover. Here sits a shockingly young and fresh-faced Serge, rocking a suit right out of an early Godard flick, fixing the camera with one of the coldest… Continue Reading →

Chanson Blues: Early Serge Gainsbourg Part 1

Of any celebrated recording artist of the past 60 years, there is no stylistic phase more neglected than Serge Gainsbourg’s first four records. This could be for a variety of reasons, each one posing as a serious stumbling block both… Continue Reading →

Navigating Electric Miles’ Live Recordings (1969-1975) – Live-Evil

A bit of a paradox here… Despite the title, not necessarily a “live” album, with half the tracks recorded directly in the Columbia studio, and the remaining tunes being spliced together from different performances, recorded December 1970 at DC’s The… Continue Reading →

All Time Weirdest Records: Lucifer Rising

Let’s just get one thing out of the way straight up front about this record: The soundtrack to Kenneth Anger’s 1972  (oc)cult classic Lucifer Rising was recorded in Tracy Prison in San Joaquin, California by Robert “Cupid” Beausoleil of Manson… Continue Reading →

Navigating Electric Miles’ Live Recordings (1969-1975) – Agharta and Pangaea

Sly Stone may have been this funky, but he was never this heavy. Bass and drums… Tight! Hard! Guitar and percussion… laying down a heavy groove, just right above. Yamaha organ… Ok, most that is just plain weird. Sax… mother… Continue Reading →

All Time Weirdest Records: Nik Turner’s Sphynx, Xitintoday

Here at Niche Appeal we will be covering our top 50 weirdest, trippiest, wildest, and woolliest records ever laid down on wax. Today we kick things off with a gift from Hawkwind sax man Nik Turner straight from the cursed… Continue Reading →

Navigating Electric Miles’ Live Recordings (1969-1975) – Bitches Brew Live

Is it the appropriation and re-appropriation of black and white culture, back and forth, until we’re given something uniquely colorblind?  

Charles Manson – Lie: The Love and Terror Cult

Any serious music critic is making a mistake to write off the music of Charles Manson.

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