Bill Kopp: In addition to serving up a couple hours’ worth of unreleased and/or rare goodies, Snake Oil does a pretty good job of outlining the Fuzztones‘ history. How did the idea for this collection come about?
But prior to the start of the blog, I wrote quite a bit as well. The site you're currently viewing is the permanent archival home for that content. Here you'll find interviews with Crowded House, Flaming Lips, Robyn Hitchcock, Tommy Keene, Los Straitjackets, Andy Partridge (XTC), Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices), Polyphonic Spree, Joe Satriani, Pete Yorn and many others.
You'll also find reviews of hundreds of releases (CDs and music-related DVDs) from the mid- to late 00's, as well as essays and other relevant items. Lastly, you'll find a list -- no longer updated -- of unofficial/ROIO recordings that may or may not be part of my permanent collection. Nobody's saying.
All told, there are countless hours (mainly because no one's counted 'em) of reading to be found in this archive. But for everything post Summer 2009 -- right up to this very day -- visit the Musoscribe blog. You can always come back here later.
The opening strains of “Twenty-four Mergansers” suggests some late sixties heavy psych, all swirls and wooziness. But the track shifts gears and, then it’s a catchy tune in the Agony Aunts’ tradition. Click for the full review.
The answer probably has something to do with the fact that record labels were awash in money in those heady days. Click for the full review.
I've written for Billboard, Shindig!, Trouser Press, jambase.org, Ugly Things, 60sgaragebands.com, WNC Magazine, and many other publications large and small. From 2005 until its demise, I wrote for Skope Magazine; from 2006 until the end, I served as Editor-in-Chief of that national music magazine. And for what it's worth, my music collection numbers in the several thousands. And I'm a musician (though the rewards for my being one are decidedly non-monetary).
I hope you find the site entertaining, and perhaps even useful.
Again, the blog contains my work from mid 2009 to present-day, but my older pieces are here Here's what's on: