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‘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 →

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 →

Hiss-Scream Alert! Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It

Warning: This record features vocal cord-lacerating hiss-screams. If you fear the extremes of the human voice, hide under a blanket now.   Rolo Tomassi could be from anywhere (They’re from Sheffield, England, but try to find proof of that in the… Continue Reading →

All Time Weirdest Records #49: 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 →

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 →

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