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Who Did It Better: Little Wing… Hendrix Or Clapton

Dave D: Reading Dan’s insanely good article on The Layla Curse, I got to thinking on the track Little Wing, incessantly humming between the Hendrix and Clapton versions.  I recall Clapton’s version being on FM radio with pretty regular frequency… Continue Reading →

Lord Huron – Vide Noir

People may be wary of or fascinated by a good transformation story, but the best kind of transformation, one that *everyone* should jump up and down about, is the step-by-step process of an artist honing their sound over the course… Continue Reading →

Tarantüla – The Very Best Of Sex And Violence

Tarantüla makes me want to break shit.

Who Did It Better, Part I – All Along the Watchtower… Dylan or Hendrix

We at the Niche offices figured it was about time we present our first obligatory “Songs you didn’t know were covers (Except that everybody actually does know)” article.    But we’re going to leave the run-up-the-ad-impressions listicle-style article to the… Continue Reading →

‘Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino’ Is Too Good For The Modern World

Of course people don’t like the new Arctic Monkeys record, Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino, unleashed last week to savagely mixed reviews after a nearly five-year absence from that rarest of all modern-day beasts: a superstar rock group. This distinction… Continue Reading →

All Time Strangest Records #48: 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 →

Anna & Elizabeth – The Invisible Comes To Us

A revitalizing look at a genre I thought tired since the alt-country rejuvenation of the early 2000’s.

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 →

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