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Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #24: Nicole Atkins “Italian Ice”

Nicole Atkins, Italian Ice, (Single Lock Records) Nicole Atkins has always been something of an oddball in the stiflingly traditionalist and cliquey “alt Americana” or whatever you wish to call it scene. I mean sure, she lives in Nashville and… Continue Reading →

Fave 2020 Records #28: The Rolling Stones “Goats Head Soup” Reissue

Many claims can be made for the first traditional black metal album cover. Of course you have Venom’s Black Metal from 82 featuring the now timeless goats head/horns/pentagram combo: And then you have Merciful Fate’s 84 gem Don’t Break The… Continue Reading →

Niche Appeal’s Fave 2020 Records #40: The Black Lips “Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart”

In a year where horrible things happened such as The Libertines becoming gentrifying hoteliers and Eddie Van Halen running with the devil all the way to heaven, it can be tough to locate the gems sparkling amidst the mire. We… Continue Reading →

Dallas Acid: Meditation Music For the Fringes

Far back in the misty, decadent crevices of mid-2000s North Brooklyn there existed a ragtag, elegantly bearded band of Stones-worshipers that just about made it. Just about but not quite. The band in question was VietNam, a Michael Gerner-led gaggle… Continue Reading →

Live Forever Tres Warren: 25 Essential Tracks

The saddest and most mysterious death of the first half of 2020, Tres Warren, one half of long-running psych juggernaut Psychic Ills along with bassist Elizabeth Hart, checked out right as the world was beginning to slide off its axis… Continue Reading →

Discography Digging: Primal Scream Part 1 (1987-1997)

For our inaugural discography digging expedition we wanted to cover a band whose output hasn’t been critically obsessed to absolute death, whose discography runs deep and wide, and preferably is still producing great albums to this very day. Glasgow’s long-running… 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 →

Reviewing The Reviewers: Sophie Kemp Of Pitchfork Trashes Cigarettes After Sex

There may only be a few statements that Sophie Kemp gets right in her pearl-clutching, stiflingly conservative and puritanical review of this new Cigarettes After Sex album, Cry, but it’s an important one: There is a universe where this raciness… Continue Reading →

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 →

From The Vaults: A Track-By-Track Review of The Rolling Stones’ 1976 Oddball Classic “Black And Blue”

When it comes to The Stones and their post-Exile ’70s output, anyone who cares about such things seems to always point to Some Girls as the classic platter that redefined the aging empire’s sound and vision, taking on disco and… Continue Reading →

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