“Jack Hopkin’s Curiosity Shoppe is a bucolic place populated by gnomes and faeries, stocked with musky muskets and antiquated leather bound volumes in ancient tongues. A village green with a resident town crier (yours truly) shouting old news over the clopping cobbled streets. In other words, a column dedicated to recommendations from the peak of the … Continue reading Jack Hopkin’s Curiosity Shoppe, No. 12
Words by Paul Hillery There seem to be a good many records in the vinyl ether being described as Loner, Downer or Outsider Folk. While I wouldn’t be as presumptuous to think I could define what those terms actually mean, I can say with some certainty that the tracks below may well fall into one … Continue reading Alone in the Wilderness: Troubadourial Transmissions from after Sundown
In a never ending stream of West Coast flavored psychedelic music, it's only inevitable that bands impressive as The Serpent Power would become buried beneath the surface of the musical saga of the 60's. With the majestic vocals of Tina Meltzer included, it's beyond astounding that this group never truly received the recognition they deserved. … Continue reading Album review: The Serpent Power (1967)
Jack Hopkin opens the doors to the ever-curious "Curiosity Shoppe" for the ninth time, bringing you the best psychedelic music recommendations, from the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, the Idle Race, and The Moles, to Turquoise, and The Beacon Street Union...
In a vast sea of psychedelic-pop creations from the year 1967, The Smoke stand tall and proud. As they should, since their sound is one that will surreptitiously stick itself to the eardrums of any unknowing listener. A good chunk of that stems from lead singer Mick Rowley’s enticing vocals, which were very unique for the … Continue reading Album review: The Smoke – It’s Smoke Time (1967)
MOOF chats to psychedelic artist, DJ, owner of Cosmik Folly, and far-out flower child, Dawn Aquarius, about her groovy artwork and inspirations... MOOF: How did you get into 60's music, art, etc? Is it something you've always been around? DA: I suppose I grew up in it, by way of my parents. My dad has always … Continue reading Artist spotlight: Dawn Aquarius
Jack Hopkin opens the doors to the ever-curious "Curiosity Shoppe" for the seventh time, bringing you the best psychedelic music recommendations, from The Love Sculpture, The Passing Fancy, and The Paper Fort, to Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, and The Apple.
On a planet where many people throughout the course of history never got their dues, Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera are a perfect example. Exuding extreme talent throughout the album, one would wonder why they never made it big. What can I say? Life is unfair sometimes. These guys deserved to be more famous than they … Continue reading Classic album review: Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera (1968)
Matt Kessler reviews 1967 psychedelic pop album 'You're A Very Lovely Woman' by The Merry-Go-Round (featuring a pre-'The American Dream' Emitt Rhodes on guitar/lead vocals)
Wermod members Rhys Jones and Maddie Towell research a few late sixties and early seventies 45s that went no further than promotional stage, but are nevertheless lovely listens (and relatively cheap too!)