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Hurts So Good: A New Crop Of Female Singer-Songwriters Lack The Clarity Of Lived-In Depression

Yesterday I was minding my own business and I happened to hear yet another melancholy song by a young female singer songwriter named Phoebe Something. The lyrics danced around the morbidity of depression: “Jesus Christ I’m so blue all the… Continue Reading →

The Kurt Factor: Jealous Of The Birds & Courtney Barnett

2018 is a proving to be a stellar year for female artists and musicians. I am particularly moved by two of the innovative ladies with stellar records out this year, one whom is an Australian you may know well and… 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 →

Nostalgia Battle! Olden Yolk – S/T vs. Post Animal – When I Think Of You In A Castle

The crew at Niche Appeal has an ear firmly planted to the ground of music’s past, but to many of us (myself included), certain new bands roll out a rainbow of amorphous Nostalgia Sounds that take us to a place… 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 →

Yo! Niche Appeal Raps: “I’m Your Dad” by Jon Daly

Earlier this week, middle-aged comedian Jon Daly fell into an increasingly typical old person trap by becoming incensed at the face tats and codeine-drenched otherworldliness of the Soundcloud rap pack. This has been an unfortunate trend amongst otherwise cool older… Continue Reading →

Tay-K Goes “Hard” on Yo! Niche Appeal Raps

“This thooka is my wand, Tay-K fairly odd” At the age of 17, practically a veteran in by Soundcloud rap standards, little Texan fire-breather Tay-K sits in a San Antonio jail facing not one but TWO capital murder charges. Last… Continue Reading →

Dissing Ryan Adams: An Emerging Songwriting Genre

Ever since his band Whiskeytown reared it’s twangy head in 1994, Ryan Adams, the short, mouthy, Edward-Scissorhands-haired “alt-country” wunderkind has been attracting a wide array of hate from all angles. Like Liam Gallagher with pedal steel, Mr. Adams has slung… Continue Reading →

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