Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Episode 64

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1. Owen Hewson — "Facelift" theme

2. Robert Wyatt — "Maryan" (from Shleep, 1997)

3. Nubya Garcia — "Fly Free" (from Nubya's 5ive, 2017)

4. Koloto — "Lyra" (online release, 2018)

5. Hippo — "No Fly Zone" (live in Bude, April 2017)

6. Caravan — "For Richard" (live in Denver, Colorado, 1974-11-13, from A Hunting We Shall Go: Live in 1974, 2008)

7. Kevin Ayers — "Interview" (live in London, 1974-06-01)

8. Callum Magill/Nelson Parade guest mix:

  • Soft Machine — "A Concise British Alphabet, Pt. II" → "Hulloder" → "Dada Was Here" → "Thank You Pierre Lunaire" → "Have You Ever Bean Green?" (from Volume 2, 1969)
  • Gentle Giant — "Interview" (from Interview, 1976)
  • Hatfield and the North — "Share It" (from The Rotters Club, 1975)
  • Caravan — "Waterloo Lily" (from Waterloo Lily, 1972)
  • Gong — "Eat That Phone Book Coda" (from Angel's Egg, 1973)
  • Gong — "You Can't Kill Me" (from Camembert Electrique, 1971)
  • Egg — "The Song of McGillicudie the Pusillanimous (or Don't Worry, James Your Socks Are Hanging In the Coal Cellar With Thomas)" (from Egg, 1970)
  • Hatfield and the North — "Bossa Nochance" → "Big Jobs No. 2" → "Lobster in Cleavage Probe" → "Gigantic Crabs in Earth Takeover Bidd" → "The Other Stubbs Effect" (from Hatfield and the North, 1974)
  • Robert Wyatt — "Pigs...(In There)" (from compilation Abuse: Artists For Animals, 1986)
  • Gong — "Percolations" (from Angel's Egg, 1973)
  • Camel — "Rhayader" [instrumental] (from The Snow Goose, 1975)

9. Nelson Parade — "Go Home Nelson" (from Nothing in Particles EP, 2018)

10. The Claudia Quintet — "Coping Song" (from September, 2013)

11. Mary Jane Leach — "Foi de Joie" (from Celestial Fires, 1993)

12. Hugh Hopper and Alan Gowen — "Every Silver Lining" (from Two Rainbows Daily, 1980)

13. Terry Riley — "A Rainbow in Curved Air" (from A Rainbow in Curved Air, 1967)

14. Penguin Cafe Orchestra — "Chartered Flight" (from Music From the Penguin Cafe, 1976)

15. Amoeba Split — "Those Fading Hours" (from Second Split, 2016)

16. Slapp Happy — "Haiku" (from Casablanca Moon, 1974)

errata/clarifications: "Maryan" was jointly composed by Robert Wyatt and French jazz guitarist Philip Catherine. I mispronounced Nubya Garcia's name — it's "noo-bai-ya". Tom Robbins' novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues came out in 1976.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Episode 63

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1. Owen Hewson — "Facelift" theme

2. Kevin Ayers and the Whole World — "Lady Rachel" (live on John Peel's Sunday Show, BBC Radio One, 1970-05-17?)

3. The Papylonian Babooshkies — "For the Space of the Time Being" (live at Smugglers Festival near Deal, Kent, 2018-08-30)

4. Jimi Hendrix, Robert Wyatt, Andy Summers and Zoot Money — studio jam, TTG Studios, Hollywood, CA, late October 1968

5. Itsuroh Shimoda — "Everybody Anyone" (from Love Songs and Lamentations, 1973)

6. Hugh Hopper — "Miniluv" (live in Amsterdam, 1989-09-29, from Meccano Pelorus, 1991)

7. The Muffins — "Come What Molten Cloud" (from Chronometers, recorded 1975, released 1993)

8. Gong — "Escape Control Delete" (from 2032, 2009)

9. "Local Hoot" radio takeover playlist for Max Martin (RIP)

  • Kevin Ayers — "Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes" (from Whatevershebringswesing, 1971)
  • The Wilde Flowers — "Those Words They Say" (1966 demo)
  • Soft Machine — "As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still" (from Volume Two, 1969)
  • Caravan — "Winter Wine" (from In the Land of Grey and Pink, 1971)
  • Gong — "And You Tried So Hard" (from Camembert Electrique, 1971)
  • Steve Hillage — "Aftaglid" [excerpt] (from Fish Rising, 1974)
  • Matching Mole — "O Caroline" (from Matching Mole, 1972)
  • Robert Wyatt — "The Sea Song" (from Rock Bottom, 1974)
  • Hatfield and the North — "Shaving is Boring" (from Hatfield and the North, 1974)
  • Soft Machine — "Slightly All the Time" (from Third, 1970)
  • National Health — "Squarer For Maud" [excerpt] (from Of Queues and Cures, 1978)

10. My Cat Is An Alien — "Let Their Voices Speak Through The Wind" (from RE-SI-STEN-ZA!, 2016)

11. Robert Wyatt speaks on music, communication and breaking down cultural barriers

12. Syd Arthur — "The Berber Mountain Song" (from Kingdoms of Experience EP, 2008)

13. Syd Arthur — "Night-Shaped Light" (from On An On, 2012)

14. J.J. Cale — "Durango" (from Anyway The Wind Blows, recorded 1976, released 1997)

errata/clarifications: Zoot Money's real name was George (Money). The live Hugh Hopper piece is from a 1989 gig in Amsterdam, whereas the Amsterdam recording played last episode was from a 1991 gig. Daevid Allen added guest vocals to Muffins member Michael Zentner's 1983 Present Time album. The backing vocals on Itsuroh Shimoda's album was disco singer Vicki Sue Robinson. My Cat Is An Alien consists of brothers Maurizio and Roberto Opalio.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Episode 62

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1. Owen Hewson — "Facelift" theme

2. John Peel talking to Robert Wyatt on BBC Radio One, December 1969

3. Soft Machine — "Kings and Queens" (live in Brussels, 1971-01-15, broadcast on Belgian TV programme Pop Shop)

4. John Coltrane — "Untitled Original 11386 (take 1)" (Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, recorded 1963, release 2018)

5. Kevin Ayers and the Whole World — "We Did It Again" (live on John Peel's Sunday Show, BBC Radio One, 1970-05-17?)

6. Hatfield and the North (expanded band) — "Son of 'There's No Place Like Homerton'" (live at The Roundhouse, London (?), 1974-04-13)

7. The Boot Lagoon — "L'apperaill Doux" (from The Boot Lagoon EP, 2012)

8. Canterbury Legends (In Their Own Lunchtime) — "Wanglo-Saxon" (soundcheck, Cluny, France, 2007-05-05)

9. Nelson Parade — "You Make The Human Race" (from Nothing In Particles EP, 2018)

10. Nelson Parade — "Moonrise, part 3" (unreleased, 2016)

11. Mike Ratledge — piano standards (recorded by Brian Hopper in Canterbury, 1960 or '63)

12. Arlet — live in the woods near Canterbury, August 2017
"Final Sixteen", "For The Boy who Dreams of Flying in a Magical Pirate Ship", "Bowerhouse", "Samsong", "Big Red Sun", "V12", "The Woodturner", "Bowerhouse II", "Soundtrack", "The Big Ship", "Mattematix"

13. Hugh Hopper — "2P.M." (from Hooligan Romantics, 1994, recorded live in Amsterdam, 1991-02-22)

14. Kavus Torabi — "Radio To Their World" (from Solar Divination EP, 2018)

15. Steve Hillage — "Radio" (from Live at the Rainbow '77, 2014, recorded live in London, 1977-11-03)

16. Gong — "Crystal Machine" (from Pre-Modern Wireless, 1995, recorded for BBC Radio One session 1973-05-29)

17. Hawkwind — "Assault and Battery" → "The Golden Void" (from Live in Nottingham, 2002, recorded 1990)

18. De Lorians — "On the Hills of Red Kochia" (studio session recorded 2018-04-01)

19. Lindsay Cooper Songbook — "Banknote" (live at Zappanale festival, Bad Doberan, Germany, 2018-07-21)

20. Lindsay Cooper Songbook — live excerpt from Cafe Oto, London, 2018-06-16

clarifications/errata: I forgot to mention Ben Insall (guitar) when I gave the lineup for Arlet, sorry Ben! Alan Davey played bass with Hawkwind from 1984-96 and 2000-06. Harvey Bainbridge was with the band 1984-91. Simon House's tenure went back to the Hall of the Mountain Grill album (1974). And the wind player in Lindsay Cooper Songbook was Tim Hodgkinson (ex-Henry Cow), NOT Geoff Leight...sorry Tim!

Hatfield big band live '74 (Aymeric's dynamic slideshow)

Canterbury Legends soundcheck footage

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Episode 61

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1. Owen Hewson — "Facelift" theme

2. Robert Wyatt — "Cancion de Julieta" (from Comicopera, 2007)

3. Koloto — "Hana" (online release, 2018)

4. Caravan — "A Hunting We Shall Go" (live at The Marquee, London, 1983-07-28)

5. Sunbirds — "Sunrise" (from Sunbirds, 1971)

6. Peter Michael Hammel — "Colours of Time (Part 1)" (from Colours of Time, 1980)

7. Björk — "The Anchor Song" (from Debut, 1993)

8. Humble Pious — "The Grids" (from Down the Rabbit Hole, 2018)

9. Nelson Parade — "Kevin Crashed and then Woke Up" (from Nothing in Particles EP, 2018)

10. Paisley Mess — "Cube" (online release, 2018)

11. Kevin Ayers and the Whole World — "Love Is" (live on John Peel's Sunday Show, BBC Radio One, 1970-05-17?)

12. Kavus Torabi — "Slow Movements" (from Solar Divination EP, 2018)

13. Steve Hillage — "Meditation of the Snake" (from Fish Rising, 1974)

14. Yes — "I See You" (from Yes, 1969)

15. Gong — "Syllabub" (from I See You, 2014)

16. Hatfield and the North — "Psychic Warrior" (live at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, 2006-06-25)

17. Soft Machine — "Facelift" → "Virtually" → "Slightly All The Time" → "Fletcher's Blemish" (from Live at Henie Onstadt Arts Centre 1971, recorded in Oslo, 1971-02-28, released 2009)

18. The Watts and Canterbury Favourites — "Little Red Riding Hood Hit the Road" (live in Tokyo, 2017-12-04)

19. Jon Hassell — "Gift of Fire" (from Dream Theory in Malaya, 1981)

20. Syd Arthur — "Hometown Blues" (from Live in Brighton, EP, 2017)

21. Jamie Dams — "In Limbo" (from Rush of Souls, 2016)

22. Cardiacs — "All Spectacular" (from There's Too Many Irons In The Fire EP, 1987)

clarifications/errata: The drummer with The Whole World in May 1970 was Mick Fincher — Robert Wyatt replaced him a few months later. Both Sunbirds and Peter Michael Hammel were from Germany (PMH is still with us). The story of the Eno/Hassell dispute is more complex, I've learned. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts was meant to be a trio album involving the two of them with David Byrne, but the project fell apart over musical direction and logistics. Byrne and Eno carried on, and Hassell felt (and remains) "bitter about what he consider the project's un-credited appropriation of his musical signatures". So perhaps I got it all back-to-front when I suggested that you could still hear Eno's signatures on that subsequent Hassell album... thoughts, anyone? And it seems the Nelson Parade EP release date may have been moved back to September...

Hatfield and the North live at Bowery Poetry Club, NYC 2006-06-25 (full video)


Thursday, 28 June 2018

Episode 60

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1. Owen Hewson — "Facelift" theme

2. Caravan — "Love Song With Flute" (from Caravan, 1969)

3. Elvin Jones — "P.P. Phoenix" (from Genesis, 1971)

4. Brian Eno — "Julie With..." (from Before and After Science, 1977)

5. Julius Brockington — "Forty-Nine Reasons" (from The United Chair, 1973)

6. Souljazz Orchestra — "Lotus Flower" (from Rising Sun, 2010)

7. Vels Trio — "The Wad" (online release, 2018)

8. Gong — "Guitar Zero" (from 2032, 2009)

9. Mikrosaivo [feat. Didier Malherbe] — "Om Twi Tara" (live in Moers, 2018-05-20)

10. Humble Pious — "Alice in Swampland (The Red Queen)" (from Down the Rabbit Hole, 2018)

11. The Muffins — "Writing Blind" (from Double Negative, 2004)

12. Soft Machine — "The Moon in June" (live at Plumpton Racecourse, 1969-08-08)

13. Tony Coulter's "Belgian Canterbury" guest mix:

  • Lagger Blues Machine — "Darknessly" (from Lagger Blues Machine, 1972)
  • Arkham — "Eve's Eventful Day (part 3)" (recorded 1971, from Arkham, 2002)
  • Cos — "L'Idiot Leon" (from Viva Boma, 1976)
  • Pazop — "Airport Formalities and Taking Off: Stewardess and Breakfast" (recorded 1973, from Psychillis of a Lunatic Genius, 1996)
  • Recreation — "Music for Your Dog" (from Music or Not Music, 1972)
  • Mad Curry — "Music, the Reason of Our Happiness" (from Mad Curry, 1971)
  • Solis Lacus — "Remake" (from Solis Lacus, 1975)
  • Arkham — "Tight Trousers" (recorded 1972, from Arkham, 2002)
  • Shampoo — "Hot Dog" (from Volume 1, 1972)
  • Malachi — "Little Victim" (from Malachi, 1970)
  • Cos — "Good Wind" (from Babel, 1978)
  • Placebo — "Tanga" (from Placebo, 1974)

14. Ex Eye — "Xenolith; The Anvil" (from Ex Eye, 2017)

15. Ellen Arkbro — "Three" (from For Organ and Brass, 2017)

16. Robert Wyatt — "You You" (from Comicopera, 2007)

17. Lapis Lazuli — "Inneres Reich [Music Is a Place remix]" (from Wrong Mixing EP, 2018)

18. Bahta Gèbrè-Heywèt — "Ewnet Yet Lagegnesh" (7" single?, 1970)

19. National Health — "Squarer for Maud" (live in Maasluis, Netherlands, 1979-02-13)

20. Kevin Ayers — "Ballbearing Blues" (live at the Cobden Club, London, 2006-05-04)

clarifications/errata: I called the Gong proto-song from '71 "Never Start Another War" (it should have been "...Fight..."). I forgot to mention Brian Hopper was playing saxophone with the Soft Machine for their Plumpton festival set. Tom Liwa is from Germany, and Moers is in Germany too...sorry Tom! I mistakenly gave the venue of the '79 National Health set as "Maaluis" rather than "Maasluis".

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Episode 59

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1. Owen Hewson — "Facelift" theme

2. Kevin Ayers — "Lady Rachel" (live at the Cobden Club, London, 2006-05-04)

3. Sun Ra and His Arkestra — "Ancient Ethiopia" (from Jazz in Silhouette, 1959)

4. Hughscore — "November" (from Delta Flora, 1999)

5. Hugh Hopper's Pig Band — "O Caroline" (live at Canterbury Art College, 1984-04-07)

6. Caravan — "In the Land of Grey and Pink" (live at The Marquee, London, 1983-07-28)

7. Richard Sinclair [feat. David Rees-Williams] — "Long Lingers Autumn Time" (live in Seattle, 2002-08-16)

8. Shortwave — "Shuffle Demons" (live at Gong's 25th Birthday Party, The Forum, London, October 1994)

9. Nelson Parade — "Go Home Nelson" (from Nothing in Particles, forthcoming)

10. Matching Mole — Bilzen Jazz Festival (Belgium, 1972-08-18)
"Brandy As In Benji" → band introductions → "Smoke Signal" → Gloria Gloom" → "Nan's True Hole" → "Righteous Rhumba" → "Marchides" → "Instant Pussy" → vocal improvisation → "Part Of The Dance" → "Brandy As In Benji" (reprise)

11. Gong — "Never Fight Another War" [a.k.a. "Guitar Zero"]; "Perfect Mystery"; "Est-ce Que Je Suis"; "Big City Energy" (French TV, 1971)

12. Zenith [feat. Richard Sinclair] — "Frozen Rose" (live in Cavallino, Italy, 2017-12-29)

13. Birds and Buildings — "Birds Flying Into Buildings" (from Bantams to Behemoths, 2008)

14. Manna/Mirage — "Rovian Cue" (from Blue Dogs, 2015)

15. Koloto — "Alatheia" (online release, 2018)

16. Phil Manzanera, Robert Wyatt and Brian Eno — "The Unknown Zone" (jam recorded at Manzanera's studio c.2003, mixed 2006)

17. Steve Hillage — "Before The World Was Made" (B-side of 7" single, 1983)

18. Parc X Trio — "Mind, Body and Heart" (live at Victor Studio, Montreal, 2015-12-15)

19. Arkham — "Eve's Eventful Day (part 3)" (from Arkham, recorded 1971, released 2002)

20. Soft Heap — "Seven For Lee" (live) (from Al Dente, live at the Phoenix Club, London 1978-11-22, released 2008)

21. Arlet — "The Smugglers" (from Quartet, 2014)

22. Humble Pious — "Manifest Shiva" (from Down the Rabbit Hole, 2018)

23. Will Parsons — "Crist and Sainte Marie" (composed by Godric of Finchale, 12th century, recorded in St. Martin's Church, Canterbury, 2018-04-28)

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Tony Coulter WFMU archive

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Episode 58

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1. Owen Hewson — "Facelift" theme

2. Caravan — "No!" ["Be Alright"] → "Waffle" ["Chance of a Lifetime"] (recorded late 1972 or early 1973, bonus tracks on 2001 CD reissue of For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Nights)

3. Herbie Hancock — "Hidden Shadows" (from Sextant, 1973)

4. Hatfield and the North/Gilgamesh double quartet — untitled [excerpt] (live at Leeds Art College 1973-11-04)

5. National Health [feat. Richard Sinclair] — "Binoculars" (from BBC Radio One live session, recorded 1977-11-09)

6. Cos — "La Partie d'Echecs" (from Postaeolian Train Robbery, 1974)

7. Lichens — "Faeries" (from Omns, 2007)

8. Ekoda Map — "Mahjong Neons" (unreleased track, 2017)

9. Zenith [feat. Richard Sinclair] — "It Didn't Matter Anyway" (live in Cavallino, Italy, 2017-12-29)

10. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — "Abstractions" (from Electronic Series Vol 1: Abstractions, 2018)

11. Jon Law and Oli Genn-Bash — "Invalid Flags" (from To Dream of More Light, Faintly cassette release, 2018)

12. Robert Wyatt — "Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road" (from Rock Bottom, 1974)

13. Barney Wilen — "Black Locomotive" (from Moshi Too:Unreleased Tapes Recorded In Africa 1969-70, 2012)

14. Richard James Blyth — "Mantra for Monosynth" (online release, 2017)

15. Art Bears — "The Dividing Line" (from Hopes and Fears, 1978)

16. Steve Hillage — "Solar Musick Suite" (live in Bensberg, Germany, 1977-03-20)

17. Hugh Hopper and Matt Howarth — "A Sideways Peek At Dreamtime" (from The Stolen Hour, 2004)

18. Tomorrow's Gift — "Allerheiligen" (from Goodbye Future, 1973)

19. Daevid Allen — "Collage Patafisico/Divided Alien Manifesto" (from Twelve Selves, 1993)

20. Grateful Dead — "Rosemary" (from Aoxomoxoa, 1969)

21. Spirogyra — "Turn Again Lane" (from A Canterbury Tale, 2005, recorded 1972)

clarifications/errata: Once again, I called Tom Bardwell (the man behind Ekoda Map) Tom Bardswell. Sorry Tom. And I think I forgot to mention that Gong reedsman Didier Malherbe played on that Hugh Hopper piece.

Martin Cockerham with Steve Hillage, upstairs at The Parrot, across the road from their old student house in Canterbury, 5 St. Radigunds Street, late March 2018

Friday, 30 March 2018

Episode 57

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1. Owen Hewson — "Facelift" theme

2. Egg — "Long Piece No.3, Part 3" (from The Polite Force, 1970)

3. Donald Byrd — "Estavanico" (from Electric Byrd, 1970)

4. Kevin Ayers — "It Begins With a Blessing" → "Dr. Dream Theme" (live at the Rainbow Theatre, London, 1974-06-01)

5. Pink Floyd — "Fat Old Sun" (recorded for BBC Radio One's BBC In Concert, Paris Theatre, London, 1971-09-30)

6. King Crimson — "Sailor's Tale" (from Islands, 1971)

7. Robert Wyatt introduces Tchaikovsky's "Hymn of the Cherubim", sung by the State Chamber Choir of Moscow Conservatory (date unknown)

8. Vels Trio — "Tenderness" (from Yellow Ochre, 2017)

9. Machine and the Synergetic Nuts — "Time" (from Machine and the Synergetic Nuts, 2003)

10. Delta Saxophone Quartet — "Noisette" (from Dedicated To You... But You Weren't Listening, 2007)

11. Lapis Lazuli — "Phighyphe (Ekoda Map Remix)" (from Wrong Mixing EP, 2018)

12. Khan — "Space Shanty" → jam → "Space Shanty" (live in Frankfurt, April 1972)

13. Soft Machine — "Esther's Nose Job" (from Backwards, 2002, recorded for BBC Radio One's BBC In Concert, Paris Theatre, London, 1970-05-21)

14. Maggie Nicols, Joëlle Léandre and Lindsay Cooper — "Heads Will Roll" (from Live at the Bastille, 1982, recorded 1982-03-25 at l'Ancienne Gare de la Bastille, Paris)

15. Caravan — "Nine Feet Underground" (live at The Marquee, London, 1983-07-28)

16. The Boot Lagoon — "Mystery of the Pyramids" (live at The East Quay, Whitstable, 2010-12-27)

17. The Boot Lagoon — "Spanish Stroll" (live at The East Quay, Whitstable, 2010-12-27)

18. Lapis Lazuli — "Phighyphe (Phat Pilgrim Remix)" (from Wrong Mixing EP, 2018)

19. Clearlight — "Guitare Elevation" (bonus track from Visions CD reissue, 2000, recorded 1983)

Friday, 2 March 2018

Episode 56

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1. Kevin Ayers — "Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes" (single, 1970)

2. Khan — "Driving to Amsterdam" (live Montreux, Switzerland, 1972-04-30)

3. Duke Ellington and his Orchestra — "Sonnet For Sister Kate" (from Such Sweet Thunder, 1957)

4. Group Listening — "Maryan" (from Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol. 1, forthcoming 2018)

5. The Keith Tippett Group — "Green and Orange Night Park" (from Dedicated to You But You Weren't Listening, 1971)

6. Clear Frame — "Clean Slate" (from Clear Frame, 2008)

7. Ellen Arkbro — "Mountain of Air" (from For Organ and Brass, 2017)

8. Spindle Ensemble — "Kite" (from Bea, 2017)

9. Anthony Saggers/Stray Ghost interview

  • Bardo Thodol — "Oxxford" (demo recording, 2010)
  • Stray Ghost — "The Time Spent Chasing Lost Daylight" (from Those Who Know Darkness See The Light, 2012)
  • Stray Ghost — "Our Traces Vanish With the Thaw III" (from So Much To Remember, So Much to Forget, 2014)
  • Stray Ghost — "Gossamer" [excerpt] (from So Much To Remember, So Much to Forget, 2014)
  • Scott Walker — "Clara" [excerpt] (from The Drift, 2006)
  • Stranger By Starlight — "Beautiful Boy with a Stone" (from Chalk White Nights, 2013)
  • múm — "We Have a Map of the Piano" (from Finally We Are No One, 2002)
  • Swans — "Stay Here" (from Filth, 1983)
  • Stray Ghost — "Music For Nick" (forthcoming)

10. Jaga Jazzist — "Suomi Finland" (live in São Paulo, 2014-08-16)

11. National Health — "Rose Sob" → "Playtime" (live in Lawrence, Kansas, 1979-11-19)

12. Henry Cow — "Bittern Storm Over Ulm" (from Unrest, 1974)

13. Zoo For You and friends — "The Great Curve" (live in Whitstable, 2010-12-29)

14. Gong — "The Invisible Temple" (from Zero to Infinity, 2000)

15. Caravan — "The Last Unicorn" (from Better By Far, 1977)

clarifications/errata: The drummer on that Kevin Ayers recording was Tony Carr. The keyboard player in Khan (who unearthed those tapes) was Val Stevens. The trombonist featured in the Ellington piece was Quentin "Butter" Jackson. A third drummer, Bryan Spring, played on that Tippett Group album, but it's impossible to find out who actually drummed on the featured track. The 30 minute snare solo Miriam saw Charles Hayward play was in fact a 30 minute snare drum roll! All the music on the Spindle Ensemble album was indeed composed by Daniel Inzani. Anthony and I got confused about the múm discography: "We Have a Map of the Piano" wasn't an album, but a track on their second one. We were both thinking of their debut Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Episode 55

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1. Gong — "A Sprinkling of Clouds" (live in Rotterdam, 1974-12-07, from You Do Have To Give Up Dope!? GAS cassette tape, 1992)

2. Freddie Hubbard — "Blue Spirits" (from Blue Spirits, 1965)

3. Syd Arthur — untitled (live at Talking Heads, Southampton, 2017-11-09)

4. Woods — "Spring Is In The Air" (from Love Is Love, 2017)

5. Arlet/Humble Pious — "Big Red Sun (NOOKING remix)" (online release, 2017)

6. Robert Wyatt — "Shrink Rap" (from Dondestan, 1991)

7. Matching Mole — "intro" → "March Ides I" → "Smoke Rings" (from Smoke Signals, live April and May 1972)

8. "Canterbury in Finland" guest mix

  • Wigwam — "Must be the Devil (7" single, 1969)
  • Pekka Pohjola — "Virtoyen Kiharat" (from Pihkasilmä Kaarnakorva, 1972)
  • XL — "Sir Real" (from Surreal, 2002)
  • Zetaboo — "InterRail" (from OuterRail, 2006)
  • Pekka Streng — "Olen Erilainen" (from Magneettimiehen Kuolema, 1970)
  • Pekka Pohjola — "Image of a Passing Smile" (from Visitation, 1970)
  • Ilmiliekki Quartet — "Kanave" (from Take It With Me, 2006)
  • Jukka Perko Avara — "Like Father Like Son" (from Invisible Man, 2015)
  • Klima Kalima — "We Still Don't Understand" (from Chasing Yellow, 2007)
  • Jim Pembroke — "Island Town" (from Corporal Cauliflowers Mental Function, 1978)
  • Jarmo Saari — "Scroll" (from Solu, 2004)
  • Jarmo Saari — "Raw Beauty" (from Solu, 2004)
  • Pekka Pohjola — "Armaton Idylli" (from Pihkasilmä Kaarnakorva, 1972)
  • XL — "Mrs" (from Visual, 2003)

9. Hatfield and the North — "Hatitude" → "Strand of the Green" → "Hotel Luna" → "The Lonely Bubbling Song" → "Stay Jung and Beautiful" (from 1973-75 Hatwise Choice, 2005)

10. Frank Zappa — "Big Swifty" (from Waka/Jawaka, 1972)

11. Splink — "Canterbury" (from Free, 2017)

12. Henry Cow — "Nirvana For Mice" (from Legend, 1973)

13. Yoav Merom — "Eleanor's Cake Which Ate Her" (home recording, 2013)

14. Haiku Salut — "The No-Colour Of Rain Or Dust" (from Etch & Etch Deep, 2015)

15. Soft Machine — "Gentle Turn" (from Rubber Riff, 1976)

[Anthony Shaw's notes on the "Canterbury in Finland" mix:]

The first inclination to assemble a collection of Finnish Canterbury sounds came as an aside to the message about order details for the Canterbury book, You Are Here. Having been there for about 4 years of my early life, formative years not easily understood even at 50 years distance, I realised how the town has haunted me, maybe even still influencing the music I choose to listen to now.

So I must confess that the selection assembled here is more or less a personal choice of just those artists I enjoy, who may have nothing but a very tenous link with anything Canterbury — one is included partly on the basis of being released on the label run by the man who promoted a tour in Finland by National Health in 1979. Tenuous roads.

Just a note about the musical heritage of Finland, a country with a 1500km border with Russia, a population of 5 million, and a great sense of its own musical value. (The summer here features multitudinous rock, jazz, folk and classical festivals located in the subliest of places, at least when the weather permits).

In a highly literate country, great reverence seems to be awarded to classical authors and composers. After all, the country is only 100 years old this year, and having fought a vicious civil war 95 years ago is still dealing with its aftermath. This autumn a major new film version was released of The Unknown Soldier, based on the book by Vaino Linna, which highlighted the national bonding resulting from 2 major skirmishes with Russia during the Second World War. Sibelius is of course a national hero, and many prominent rock musicians, especially those selected here, have attended lessons at the Academy in Helsinki named after him.

In fact maybe I should just have selected a movement or two from Sibelius's own, more obscure symphonies to convey the notion of the darkest, and also the silliest, Finnish musical ideas.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Episode 54

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1. Caravan — "Feelin' Reelin' Squealin'" (from Canterburied Sounds vol. 1, live at The Foundry, Jewry Lane, Canterbury, 1970)

2. St. Dunstan — "Kyrie Rex Splendens" (sung by the Lay Clerks of Canterbury Cathedral Choir [dir. David Flood] from Gregorian Chant for the Feast of St. Thomas of Canterbury, 1994)

3. The Daevid Allen Trio — "Ya Sunne WOT" (from Live 1963, recorded at The Marquee, London, 1963-06-03)

4. W.A. Mozart — Piano and Violin Sonata in C Major: 3. Menuet I & II; 4. Allegro molto (performed by Rachel Podger, violin and Gary Cooper, piano)

5. Kraftwerk — "Tour de France" [Canterbury 2007 remix'] (7" single, 1983)

6. The Wilde Flowers — "Memories" (instrumental demo, March 1965)

7. John Betjeman presents "Britain's Cathedrals and Their Music" no. 7, Canterbury Cathedral (BBC radio broadcast, recorded 1965, broadcast 1966) [excerpt, including "St. Thomas Honour We" sung by the Cathedral Choir, directed by Allan Wicks, Stephen Crisp, organist]

8. Orlando Gibbons — "Magnificat (from the Second Service)" (sung by the Choir of Canterbury Cathedral, from The Canterbury Tradition, 1992)

9. Mr. Head [Soft Machine] — "Contusions" (demo, 1966)

10. Thomas Goodban — "Harmony and Unanimity" (MIDI rendition of Canterbury Catch Club theme tune, by Julie Greenacre(?))

11. Canterbury Underground 2008-2014 mix:

  • Syd Arthur — "Secrets of the Planet Soul" (from Kingdoms of Experience EP, 2008)
  • The Boot Lagoon — "An Odd Owl" (from The Boot Lagoon EP, 2012)
  • Zoo For You — "My Moth" (from Fast Dance on a Nail, 2012)
  • Arlet — "Edinburgh Fringe" (from Arlet EP, 2013)
  • Liam Magill and Raven Bush — "Honest Land" (recorded in the woods near Canterbury, 2012-06-11)
  • Kairo — "Whisper In The Blue" (from Kairo EP, 2014)
  • Lapis Lazuli — "Alien part 3" (from Alien, 2014)
  • Delta Sleep — "Dustbusters" (from Managment, 2014)
  • Koloto — "Fox Tales" (from Mechanica EP, 2014)
  • Yakobfinga — "Moskalenko" (from Through a Hole In the Head, 2012)
  • Bardo Thodol — "S.S. Trushmu" (demo, recorded in Canterbury, May 2010)
  • Sam Bailey — Piano in the Woods improvisation 1 (recorded at Littlehall Pinetum, 2013-05-05)
  • Syd Arthur — "Chariots" → "Singularity" (from Sound Mirror, 2014)

12. Them — "Gloria" [excerpt] (7" single, 1964)

13. Thomas Tallis — "Missa Salve Intemerata: Gloria" (sung by Canterbury Cathedral Choir, from Salve Intemerata, 1996)

14. John Betjeman presents "Britain's Cathedrals and Their Music" no. 7 (1965) [excerpt]

15. Spirogyra — "Cogwheels, Crutches and Cyanide" (from St. Radigunds, 1971)

16. Kevin Ayers — "Shouting in a Bucket Blues" (from Bananamour, 1973)

17. Steve Hillage — "Canterbury Sunrise" (from Fish Rising, 1975)

18. Tony Coe Quartet — "Ruby" (from Ruby, 1998)

19. BBC news clip about girls choir singing Evensong in the Cathedral (January 2014)

20. The Polite Force — "Food of the Gods" (from Canterbury Knights, 1996, recorded Graveney, near Canterbury, 1976)

21. The Clash — "Justice Tonight / Kick It Over" (from Black Market Clash, 1980)

22. Vernon Elliot — soundtrack excerpt from The Clangers "Music of the Spheres" episode (broadcast November 1972)

23. Hawkwind — "Ten Seconds of Forever" [excerpt] (from Space Ritual, 1973)

24. Spirogyra — "A Canterbury Tale" (from Old Boot Wine, 1972)

clarifications/errata: The Clash played The Odeon in 1980. That Clangers episode was from 1972, not 1969.

Relevant illustrations from You Are Here (by Carol J. Watkins):

the Cathedral's "Bell Harry" tower, completed around 1500

the Canterbury Catch Club, meeting upstairs at the Prince of Orange tavern

Burgate after the Blitz, June 1942

Daevid Allen outside Robert Wyatt's family home, around 1960

the first students arriving at UKC's Eliot College, autumn 1965

Tanglewood in Giles Lane, home of the Hopper family and The Wilde Flowers' rehearsal space

Tanglewood in Giles Lane, home of the Hopper family and The Wilde Flowers' rehearsal space

Soft Machine in a park in London, 1966 or '67

Caravan, in a tree near Tyler Hill outside Canterbury, c. 1968

Steve Hillage and Kevin Ayers larking about in a record shop c.1972

Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin working on The Clangers

The Odeon cinema, later to become the Marlowe Theatre, scene of a Clash concert in 1980

Orange Street Music Club, with members of Syd Arthur and The Quartet playing Hugh Hopper's "Facelift"

Syd Arthur

The Boot Lagoon

Zoo For You

Lapis Lazuli




You Are Here: The biography of a moment

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Episode 53

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1. Owen Hewson — "Facelift" theme

2. Robert Wyatt — "Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening" (from Theatre Royal Drury Lane 8th September 1974, 2005)

3. Buddy Terry — "Kamili" (from Awareness, 1971)

4. Caravan — "And I Wish I Were Stoned" → "Don't Worry" (from If I Could Do It Again..., 1970)

5. Brainville — "Hope For Happiness" (from Live in the UK, 2004, recorded Ashburton, 1998-06-18)

6. Phil Miller / In Cahoots — "Green and Purple [extract]" (from Live in Japan, 1993, recorded December 1991)

7. Syd Arthur — "All And Everything" (live studio session, unknown date and location)

8. Koloto — "Spin Bird Kick" (from various artists compilation A Thousand Tones, 2017)

9. Lindsay Cooper — "Skating" → "Zen" → "Spin, Speed, Collision" (from Schrödinger's Cat, 1991)

10. Hugh Hopper and Phil Miller — "Calyx" (from Heart To Heart: Archive Volume 5, 2014, recorded Amsterdam 2007)

11. 1967 psychedelia mix:

  • Soft Machine — "Why Are We Sleeping?" (from Middle Earth Masters, 2006, recorded 1967-09-16)
  • Pink Floyd — "Astronomy Domine" (from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, 1967)
  • Fairport Convention — "It's Alright Ma, It's Only Witchcraft" (from Fairport Convention, 1967)
  • Incredible String Band — "Three Is A Green Crown" (from The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, 1968, recorded 1967)
  • Tomorrow — "Revolution" (7" single, 1967)
  • Small Faces — "Song of the Baker" (from Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, 1968, recorded 1967)
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience — "Third Stone From the Sun" (from Are You Experienced, 1967)
  • The Chocolate Watchband — "Dark Side of the Mushroom" (from No Way Out, 1967)
  • 13th Floor Elevators — "Slip Inside This House" (from Easter Everywhere, 1967)
  • Jefferson Airplane — "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil" (from After Bathing at Baxter's, 196?)
  • Grateful Dead — "The Golden Road to Unlimited Devotion" (from The Grateful Dead, 1967)
  • The Byrds — "Tribal Gathering" (from The Notorious Byrd Brothers, 1968, recorded 1967)
  • Love — "You Set The Scene" (from Forever Changes, 1967)

12. Arzachel — "Metempsychosis" (from Arzachel, 1969)

13. Egg — "Enneagram" (from The Civil Surface, 1974)

14. Jakko M. Jakszyk — "As Long As He Lies Perfectly Still" (from The Bruised Romantic Glee Club, 2006)

15. Kevin Ayers — "Two Goes Into Four" (from The Confessions of Dr. Dream and Other Stories, 1974)

16. Haiku Salut — "Becauselessness" (from Etch and Etch Deep, 2015)

17. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith — "Who I Am & Why I Am Where I Am" (from The Kid, 2017)

18. Sophia Domancich [feat. Robert Wyatt] - "Wilderness" (from Snakes and Ladders, 2011)

19. Work8hop [feat. Frances Knight] — "Spider Ballet" (live at Free Range, 2017-10-19)

errata/clarifications: The A Thousand Tones compilation which features that Koloto track was released by Elestial Sound, an artist collective founded in 2011 and based in Florida. The band Liar which Clive Brooks joined in '77 was based in the UK, not LA (although they recorded their third, unreleased, album there). Sophia Domancich is indeed French (born in Paris in 1957).

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