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Tina’s Track Of The Week: SOAK, “Knock Me Off My Feet”

If you are looking for a sassy, breezy, non mercurial song to brighten your January afternoon, take a SOAK.  SOAK, the nom de plume of a 22-year-old multi-faceted musician Bridie Monds-Watson from Northern Ireland will be releasing her first new… Continue Reading →

Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings

In a recent interview, somebody dared to ask the composer, “Is Jazz dead?”.  (He provided an apt and abrupt answer to that question).   I think we need to take a step higher and ask ourselves “What is Jazz?”  And… Continue Reading →

Track Of The Week: H.C. McEntire – “Houses Of The Holy”

It has long been an unspoken but solemnly held rule for both guitar bands and singer/songwriters to steer well clear of Led Zeppelin covers. In his early ’70s living God prime, Sir Jimmy Page was just so perfectionist and possessed… Continue Reading →

Record Review: Deerhunter, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?

Next Friday (1/18/19) a new album from onetime psychedelic front runners Deerhunter is dropping. Titled Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, it will be their first since 2015’s Fading Frontier. We haven’t heard it. Nor have we listened to a single… Continue Reading →

Charles Mingus on Impulse! Records

I entered a jazz program at a small local college without having any sense of the breadth of styles and the personalities that shaped the art form.  As a bass player, I felt inclined towards Mingus at first.  But the… Continue Reading →

An Extra Nichey 2018

Now, with a whole day’s perspective, it’s time for me to look back at 2018 with clear and focused eyes! All of the secrets have been revealed… All of the mysteries, UNLOCKED, by the swift passage of time!  Or I… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s 20 Favorite Records of 2018

I’m not going to pretend that I listen to a whole lot of new music, nor do I strive to keep up with emerging trends and sounds. As a matter of fact, if it isn’t from that ultra-heady decade between… Continue Reading →

Fall Protection Needed: The Silence Kit Interview

Anything but silent, The Silence Kit puts out music that fuses a variety of genres yet artfully dissects them so each song stands out on its own. Merging post punk, dark indie, and shoegazing dream pop, this NJ/PA-based band a… 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 →

Smoke 2 Joints With Philly Upstarts Looseleaf

What happens when you combine a law school student who married a Quaker couple in his free time and someone who shakes his head at technology and social media? You get a damn fine band that is on the verge of… Continue Reading →

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