Jack Hopkin’s Curiosity Shoppe, No. 12

“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

Album review: The Citradels – God Bless

As we now have our musical minds firmly adjusted into 2018, it is time for our brains to accumulate all of the magically astonishing vibes that 'God Bless' contains. The sounds found on this album are a breath of fresh air, from a world where the oceans rise up and transform into trees, and the moon … Continue reading Album review: The Citradels – God Bless

Album review: The Baroques (1967)

In some dark and desolate woods somewhere in the western hemisphere, an individual in their late 20’s turns on their record player, with the intent to have a pleasant time through the gripping power of music. What they find, as they turn the volume up to the highest possible decibels that their musical machine can … Continue reading Album review: The Baroques (1967)

Jack Hopkin’s Curiosity Shoppe, No. 10

“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 … Continue reading Jack Hopkin’s Curiosity Shoppe, No. 10

Album review: Jess and the Ancient Ones – The Horse and Other Weird Tales

  I first discovered Finnish psychedelic rock band, Jess and the Ancient Ones when I heard their psychedelic doom drenched cover of the song "Long and Lonesome Road" by Shocking Blue. The heavy riffs that they added and the faster tempo brought a contemporary feel to the song from 1968. Upon hearing their original track "Astral … Continue reading Album review: Jess and the Ancient Ones – The Horse and Other Weird Tales

Album review: The Serpent Power (1967)

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’s Curiosity Shoppe, No. 9

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...

Green Seagull – (I Used To Dream In) Black And White

Words by Jack Hopkin I discovered pretty soon after I first laid ears on Green Seagull's new single that I, too, used to dream in black and white. Little did I realise that when my resident stork landed this lysergic faberge egg of a single on my lap that I'd fall so head over heels … Continue reading Green Seagull – (I Used To Dream In) Black And White

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', … Continue reading Album review: Lost Harbours – Towers of Silence