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Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #35: Deradoorian “Find The Sun”

Deradoorian, Find The Sun, (ANTI-) A psychedelic teardrop of a record, a sunsplash in a cyclone, a song cycle with no clear center, just airy, percussion-forward arrangements pulling lightly from core as these ten tracks roll by like CAN jamming on… Continue Reading →

Like Niche Appeal? Then Buy This Book

Brand new novella from ya’ boy dropped today. If you like my articles here on The Niche, then you will most likely enjoy this too. Buy From Publisher Buy From Feudal Warlord Jeff Bezos Other Daniel Falatko Joints An unnamed… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 10: “Interstellar Overdrive”

“Interstellar Overdrive” by Pink Floyd, Released August 5th, 1967 There are songs that are legendary, but within this already-rarified category there are just a handful of Godhead offerings that are not just enjoyed and respected by many generations but actually… Continue Reading →

Live Review: Electric Wizard Brings Their Scuzzy Enigma To Brooklyn Steel

“They’ve been handed everything and have nothing in return Squirreling away in their barras, their roads, their dens, their thin dreams The slightest clarion clang, a half note on a bugle, a tremor in the stillness And they come climbing… Continue Reading →

Straight Outta’ Strong Island With Bad Mary

If Dee Dee Ramone and Debbie Harry had a love child (and let’s be honest, that could have happened) it would be Bad Mary. This Strong Island four piece comes on with the “it ain’t broke so don’t dare fuckin’… Continue Reading →

Vampire Weekend’s Failed Quest For The Millennial White Album

Vampire Weekend has all the necessary components firmly in place to be a truly horrible band. Cloying name? Check. North Jerz rich kids rocking thrift store Hilfiger? Check. Hyper-literate “jam all the words you can into each verse” lyrics? Double… Continue Reading →

Land of the Free and The Shape of Jazz to Come

Ornette Coleman was a seminal voice for the modern jazz revolution. Coleman’s focus is more on melody – simultaneous improvisations laid down by multiple instruments.  Ornette’s approach is perhaps aided by his choice to not include piano, without which there is no distinct harmonic enforcement.

The Scott Sharrard Interview: On Muscle Shoals, Classic Gibsons, and Mourning The Allman Brothers

Watching  a mesmerizing guitar player and riveting lyricist like Scott Sharrard feels like a master glass in guitar driven blues and rock. Scott creates music that is deeply emotive and personal. His latest offering, Saving Grace, resonates deeply. The album, released in 2018,… 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 →

Lightweight Alert! Dave Grohl Can’t Even Drink One Beer Without Falling Off The Stage

For a “rocker” who allegedly worships at the cliched but eternally gilded Jack-and-syringe altar of Lemmy and Keef, Dave Grohl sure can’t hold his alcohol, can he? No matter how many thousands of VH1 Behind The Music-style rawk docs this… Continue Reading →

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