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Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #4 Oranssi Pazuzu “Mestarin Kynsi”

Oranssi Pazuzu, Mestarin Kynsi (Nuclear Blast) In the music press’ relentlessly clinical drive to fully classify absolutely every note laid down in the history of recorded music, you really have to root hard for a unit like Oranssi Pazuzu. Shamanistic, Finnish,… 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 #39: The Strokes “The New Abnormal”

The Strokes, The New Abnormal (Cult/RCA) How’s this for a plot? Your fave wholesome former alcoholic 40-something Dad rocker suddenly sculpts his hair into a severe mullet and dyes it more colors than 6ix9ine’s wildest Adderall dreams. As with any… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 9: “Pow R. Toc H.”

“Pow R. Toc H.” by Pink Floyd, Released August 5th, 1967 Has there ever been a more unlikely pioneer of something than Syd Barrett and his early use of beatboxing? And by “early” we mean “1967”, nearly a full decade… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 8: “Flaming”

“Flaming” by Pink Floyd, Released November 2nd, 1967 Yippee, you can’t see me But I can you This snatch of typically childlike lyricism from the paisley-splattered pen of Syd Barrett has loooonnnggg been used, over and over and over again… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 7: “Matilda Mother”

“Matilda Mother” by Pink Floyd, Released August 4th, 1967 Rick Wright doesn’t get nearly enough credit in the surprisingly narrow-minded Pink Floyd universe. Much like the giant monolith albums they created, there are certain unflinching myths and “facts” that must… Continue Reading →

Straight Outta’ Epping Forest: The Trent Halliday Interview

Trent Halliday just drips sophistication. Coming straight outta’ Epping Forest, a place that “straddles the border between Greater London and Essex” (perk up those ears, English folk enthusiasts), his music is littered with with cinematic avant garde nuggets. Trent works… Continue Reading →

The Madcap Rated, Complete Syd Barrett Volume 4: “The Scarecrow”

“The Scarecrow” by Pink Floyd, Released June 16th, 1967 We are four tracks deep on The Madcap Rated Series, and it pains me to say that this is the first track in Syd’s catalog that I don’t enjoy. It’s also… Continue Reading →

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