Yesterday, the June episode of Canterbury Soundwaves came out. For those of you who don’t know, Canterbury Soundwaves is a podcast radio show by Matthew Watkins who explores the far corners of the Canterbury Sound. On June’s episode, he’s written the following :
A tribute to Elton Dean (1945-2006), from his earliest recordings with Bluesology and the Keith Tippett Group through his classic work with Soft Machine and beyond, including Ninesense, Newsense, Soft Heap, Pip Pyle’s Equip’Out and National Health, to his very last composition and recording. Also, Caravan playing Gershwin (1970), Daevid Allen playing dubious guitar with Princess Flower and the Moonrays (1968), the Gong Family Glissando Orchestra playing a single note for a very long time in an Amsterdam coffeeshop (2006)…and the fool who appropriated Mr. Dean’s name making an incongruous cameo on a Kevin Ayers song.
Some of you are already familiar with Canterbury Soundwaves. If you’re not, you may be pleased to learn that Canterbury Soundwaves is a podcast dedicated to exploring the Canterbury Sound. It’s episodes are released monthly by main man Matthew Watkins and have featured the music we love, a generous amount of rare recordings, interview and lots and lots of information – making each episode a treasure trove not just for the casual listener, but also for those who’d like to learn something new about the scene.
Here’s a little information on what to expect from this month’s episode 7.
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[..] Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Caravan’s “In the Land of Grey and Pink”. Also, Canterbury sounds from Belgium, something appropriately far-out from Gong’s “Mushroom Tapes”, Kevin Ayers addressing the nation’s schoolchildren in 1972, Matching Mole on French telly, two Beatles covers, two flavours of fruit jam, and a chunk of the Soft Machine’s (almost) forgotten score to the 1969 London ‘happening’ “Spaced”.
There’s that and more, including some interesting Matching Mole remixes by the UK group Ultramarine, and of course there’s the usual generous helping of trivia!
If you’re new to the Canterbury Soundwaves, you might wanna start out with episode 1. The rest of you should check out the latest.
Would you like to listen to obscure Canterburyan recordings intermingled with insightful comments, trivia and even interviews?
If yes, you should check out the blog and podcast by official Canterbury-smart-cookie Matthew Watkins who have done all us Canterbury fans a big favour. He’s put together his own little “radio show” for people like you and me where he explores what’s thought of as the Canterbury sound. Aside from playing wonderful music (of course), Matthew is also incredibly insightful when it comes to knowledge on the scene and he has a lot of interesting information and trivia to share, including rare recordings and radio interviews. Last month’s episode 5 also featured an interview with new and upcoming Canterbury band Syd Arthur and more interesting interviews may pop up in the future.
In short, every podcast is a journey and truly a gift to us interested in the scene. Canterbury Soundwaves have our warmest recommendations and we hope Matthew keeps it up well into the future. Check it out!