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The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 11: “The Gnome”

“The Gnome” is one of the handful of Barrett tracks that, on first spin, sounds as if it could be a rare throwaway ditty designed to fill up contractual space on an album. A chorus-free, jaunty parable about elves set… Continue Reading →

Live Forever Andrew Weatherall: Our Favorite 20 Tracks

Andy Weatherall is the type of dude that you don’t realize has had a massive effect on your life until he hits the radar for something (in this case, dying tragically at too young an age) and you look over… Continue Reading →

Lil Wayne’s Latest Mixtape: A Staggering Display of Postmodern Lyrical Absurdity

Here’s a challenge for all the English and Lit degree holders, the self-described writers and poets, and anyone else out there who feels they have a better-than-average grasp on vocabulary, syntax, alliteration, and the “bulls eye of beauty” that Yeats… Continue Reading →

An Exhaustive Ode To Australian Indie Rock

Vacationing on Kitty Miller Bay is still a goal of mine despite the horrific images of not only beds (shoutout Midnight Oil) but the land itself burning to a crisp along with animals and humans in the vicinity. A clip… Continue Reading →

Pinegrove Heads On Up The Country To Create “Marigold”, Their Finest Record Yet

There’s just something about the rugged hippie woodlands and shabby-chic villages of Upstate New York that will turn any band – from urban dandies to suburban basement show veterans – instantly into a junior Levon Helm experimenting with facial hair… 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 →

Into The Memory Void With Deux Furieuses

Here’s to those who speak the truth and are not believed This is the year of rage Deux Furieuses, the agit punk duo from the UK recently signed to Xtra Mile Recordings, storm the stage in the video for “Year… Continue Reading →

“We’re Passionate, Obsessed, and We Have No Choice”: Stealing Back The Lower East Side With Locobeach

Chemistry between band members is not always organic. Egos can clash. Guitars smash. Words are hurled and sometimes a punch or too flies. Yet with the five members of Locobeach, the brotherly love is evident in their unaffected mannerisms and… Continue Reading →

Soured Relationships & Radio Play: The Matt Vantine Interview

Matt Vantine’s new banger “Drop Dead” manages to do that tricky power pop math equation where shimmery guitar sounds balance perfectly with dark subject matter. Most bands have the technical ability to assimilate Big Star-isms, after all, but it takes… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2019 Records

There should be no such thing as a “Best Of List”. People like what they like, and who is to say what was the best of anything for any given year? In the case of sites like Pitchfork and Stereogum,… Continue Reading →

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