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Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #13: Crack Cloud “Pain Olympics”

Crack Cloud, Pain Olympics (Rough Trade) More of a “collective” than an actual “band” (some would say “commune”, others even “cult”), Crack Cloud moonlight as drug counselors in their native Canada and many are recovering addicts themselves, but this is isn’t… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #14: Oliver Shaw Music “Of Darker Plains”

Oliver Shaw Music, Of Darker Plains  This is gritty and realist, yet unfailingly dark and dreamy songwriting with a serrated edge; ten tracks of hard London living, life on the fringes, teetering on the edge of society with one foot… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #15: Acid Mother’s Temple “Reverse of Rebirth Reprise”

Acid Mother’s Temple, Reverse of Rebirth Reprise (Nod and Smile) Easily Japan’s greatest and most voluminous export, ATM is the gift that keeps on giving. Since their 1996 hatching these psych overlords have put out well over a hundred records… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #16: Paul McCartney “McCartney III”

Paul McCartney, McCartney III (Capitol) There are many strange factions and cults of Beatles enthusiasts…those who feel Magical Mystery Tour is better than Sgt. Peppers, those who espouse the genius of Ringo…and one that I’ve found myself falling into lately is… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #17: Boris “NO”

Boris, NO (Fangs Anal Satan) NO is easily Boris’ most direct album in a decade, casting these Japanese noise sultans firmly back into the punk thrash maelstrom which initially birthed them. Only now they approach this more tangible noise palate from the… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #18: LA Priest “Gene”

LA Priest, Gene (Domino) The last we heard from mythological fringe creature Sam Dust He was dropping funktified stuff under the LA Priest avatar that, if you’re into that type of thing, was probably enjoyable but not really for those… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #19: The Kills “Little Bastards”

The Kills, Little Bastards (Domino) If The Kills have never quite lived all the way up to their back-to-basics decadent rock n’ roll revivalist potential, it isn’t really their fault. In the unrelentingly puritanical current cultural law setting for white people playing… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #20: Bob Stanley Presents “76 In The Shade”

Bob Stanley Presents 76 In The Shade (Ace Records) Apparently the Summer of 76 was pretty fuckin’ hot in Ol’ Blightey. So hot, in fact, that St. Etienne’s perennial comp maker Bob Stanley (of English Weather comp fame) just HAD… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #21: Holy Motors “Horse”

Holy Motors, Horse, (Wharf Cat Records) Coming at you straight outta’ Estonia, Holy Motors have always been a reverb and twang act, in that order, that is until this fall when they released their best ever record that moved the… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #22: Alexandra Savior “The Archer”

Alexander Savior, The Archer (30th Century Records) One of the most tired descriptors in music criticism, “cinematic” is right up there with “angular”  and “lush” on the trash heap of words awaiting hopeful incineration. And yet, very very rarely, it… Continue Reading →

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