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Five Tracks On The Verve’s “Urban Hymns” That Are Better Than “Bittersweet Symphony”

We at Niche Appeal headquarters are just as chuffed as the next bloke that Sir Mick and Keef, in a heartening display of twilight years empathy, have finally allowed the “Bittersweet Symphony” rights to slip from their jaundiced grip and… 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 →

Late Career Gold: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Self Titled

It’s always tricky when an artist gets kicks the hard stuff. Of course it’s a great thing that said artist has found, if not happiness and tranquility, then at least a sense of stability and footing against whatever forces had… Continue Reading →

Track Of The Day: The Dream Syndicate, “Black Light”

This latest track from paisley-draped LA veteran voyagers Dream Syndicate may only be only 4-minutes-and-39 seconds long but it feels like a 9-minute epic. It searches and glides, dips and weaves, menaces and hovers over a twilight metropolis of alluring… Continue Reading →

Track Of The Day: Foxygen, “Livin’ A Lie”

My relationship with the Foxygen duo has been about as stable and happy as Rimbaud and Verlaine’s. There’s been times I’ve wanted to kill them. On the surface, they have absolutely everything I look for in a band: Early 70s… Continue Reading →

Track Of The Day: Rustin Man, “Judgement Train”

An opening train whistle, not of the lonely blues variety but one of industrial strength, a strength long since passed. A woman’s voice garbling in Spanish, not unlike the one cooing all over Jane’s Addiction’s “Stop”. The sound of creaking… Continue Reading →

Traveling Music For Those Standing Still: Swervedriver, Future Ruins

For those who can’t pick up on cosmic vibrations from Oxford Town, please know that there is a truly excellent new record from Swervedriver that was launched into the stratosphere last week. Future Ruins finds the Swervies leaning away from the… Continue Reading →

We Critique Music Critics: Pitchfork’s Deerhunter Review Is A Surrealist Hall Of Mirrors

If Rule #1 in a critical piece is to set up a defining premise/concept/angle within the first paragraph, then Rule #2 is to not directly contradict said premise/concept/angle at any point throughout said piece. Well, we really have to hand… 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 →

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