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Yes, Rick James and Neil Young Were Once In A Band Together

“I’m Rick James, bitch. And I was once in a band with Neil Young.” Nobody could blame you if you’ve never heard of the Mynah Birds. Over four scattershot years in the mid-’60s this obscure Toronto garage tribe managed only… Continue Reading →

Critic Review: Alfred Soto of Pitchfork on Twerp Verse by Speedy Ortiz

Just like your favorite bands might drop an album that feels like a contractual obligation or a general swing-and-a-whiff, music critics can suffer from the same malaise. Previously commended by The Niche for his review work on The Cars, Alfred… 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 →

Critic Review: Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork on Smokepurpp’s Bless Yo Trap

As a dedicated music listener very much in touch with your own tastes and preferences, you should be able to tell from any album review if the record is worth checking out no matter the reviewer’s opinion or rating. Much… 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 →

This Father John Misty Album “Leak” Is A Scam

WHO: Joshua Tillman aka “Father John Misty” aka “Fleet Foxes Guy” aka “The Most Self Important Asshole On Earth” (thanks Ryan Adams) WHAT: Publicity stunt album rollout alert WHEN: Unfolding right now WHERE: Music blogs, social media, expanding within your… Continue Reading →

Critic Review: Erin Osmon of Pitchfork on Neil Young: “Roxy – Tonight’s The Night Live”

There’s an easy trap that many critics fall into when reviewing archival releases. It’s a fully understandable slip, but it has clearly spelled out the doom of many a review of music recorded in the ‘60s and ‘70s. When a… Continue Reading →

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