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Canterbury Sans Frontieres #60


Episode Sixty

We at Gonzo Web Radio are very proud to bring you Canterbury Sans Frontières - a podcast dedicated to the music of the 'Canterbury Scene' and more. Creator Matthew Watkins writes:

As with Canterbury Soundwaves , a new three-hour episode will be released with each full moon. I decided to wind down Canterbury Soundwaves so that I didn't end up

(i) repeating myself,

(ii) scraping the bottom of the Canterbury barrel, or

(iii) becoming increasingly tangential.

This new podcast broadens the musical remit, so it'll be about one-third 'Canterbury sound', together with progressive/psychedelic/experimental music from the Canterbury of today, the remainder being a mix of music from various times and places which I feel to be in a similar spirit of creative adventurousness. I'll be doing a lot less talking, and the programme will be less  expository – so no interviews, barely listenable bootlegs, etc. I also plan to include guest one-hour mixes from various musicians from the current music scene in Canterbury (Episode 2 features a mix from Neil Sullivan from Lapis Lazuli).

And for those of you who wonder what Matthew was referring to when he writes about Canterbury Soundwaves we have brought you all the back catalogue of that as well. Those wacky guys at Gonzo, eh?


Something almost fifty years old from Caravan, something very Caravanesque from Elvin Jones, an ancient song idea revived by a later-era Gong, Soft Machine struggling with a festival power supply in 1969, a slice of gorgeousness from Robert Wyatt's last album, National Health with Alan Gowen live in Holland in '79 and Kevin Ayers reading the news. Also, an Eno gem, brassy minimalism from Ellen Arkbro, an Ethio-jazz instrumental and something profoundly heavy from NYC's Ex Eye. From the Canterbury of today, a rather abstract Lapis Lazuli remix, oblique beats from Humble Pious and the latest release from Boot Lagoon bassist Cam Dawson's Vels Trio project. The middle hour of this episode features a guest mix from freeform WFMU DJ Tony Coulter, a collection of Canterbury-sounding Belgian prog and fusion from the 1970s


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