Album review: Lost Harbours – Towers of Silence

I'm always particularly impressed by albums that seem to exist in a vacuum, that create their own unique and inimitable atmosphere. Even more impressive is when this is achieved with minimal studio trickery but rather through the instrumental talent of it's creators. This is the case with the new Lost Harbours album, 'Towers of Silence', [...]

Live review: Mark Fry & Friends at the Betsey Trotwood

Mark Fry and Friends, Sir Plastic Crimewave & Sara Gossett, Alisha Sufit (Magic Carpet), Dan Davies (Wolf People) September 27th 2017 The Betsey Trotwood, London A sign by the door immediately grabs my attention, it reads “Astral folk this way --> Comedy that way<--" A tough choice, but tonight I'm here for the astral folk. [...]

Classic album review: Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera (1968)

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 [...]

Jack Hopkin’s Curiosity Shoppe, No. 6

Jack Hopkin's sixth 'curiosity shoppe' column; in this edition he recommends the likes of Pearls Before Swine and Dr. John, The Night Tripper, to Neon Pearls and Julie Driscoll and the Brian Auger Trinity...