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Canterbury Soundwaves June Episode

June 6, 2012 in Links by tore

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.

 

Link : Check it out! 
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Iron Maiden – 2010 – The Final Frontier

May 13, 2012 in Album Reviews, Reviews by milano

So, the really great thing about this album is, if you were looking forward to the album sounding just like Iron Maiden has always sounded, you’re in luck, they have not changed their sound one bit, it has a lot of the influence from A Matter of Life and Death. They STILL have continued to have that “classic progressive rock” sound. Everyone in the band still shows that they’ve got excellent talent. Especially Bruce Dickinson, he still has that great metal voice that you were probably praying that he would keep. Again, you’re in luck, Bruce Dickinson still has as much talent as ever in the Final Frontier.

It’s also jam packed with a bunch of amazing yet subtle guitar solos, and some smooth metal to even the cards a little bit. Some pretty amazing bass grooves as well, everything about the instruments in this album would be completely under-stated if I were to talk about them, just listen for yourself when you receive this album, you’ll know what I mean about not being able to full write out the amazingness of the members in the band.

The track list is pretty great too, some great songs, with one full listen through, I haven’t seen one song that I was disappointed with:

The Final Frontier – iTunes LP
Satellite 15….The Final Frontier
El Dorado
Mother of Mercy
Coming Home
The Alchemist
Isle of Avalon
Starblind
The Talisman
The Man Who Would Be King
When the Wild Wind Blows
The Final Frontier (Directors Cut)
Mission De-Brief (Artist Commentary)

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Eagles – 1973 – Desperado

May 13, 2012 in Album Reviews, Reviews by milano

Eagles: Desperado, it is full of the best classic rock sound that anybody can enjoy. This album has a sort of old west outlaw theme to it, you’ll notice that all of the songs on this album sound very…country-ish. But needless to say, that’s what makes the Eagles so unique, they can take a theme that is so out there, and create an album of magic and enjoyment. With deep lyrics and lots and lots of acoustic guitar followed with harmonica and such and such, this album is definitely a must have in any collection.

This album is easily one of my all time favorites. It has everything I would hope to hear from the Eagles. This is by far probably one of the top 10 albums on my iTunes, it has such soul and power in it. Although, the songs may be fairly short, they all have great meaning, and the lyrics are just spot on.

I secretly like the fact that this album is short in time, because it makes it fun to listen to. When songs are super long, they sometimes tend to drag on and on, but with this, you get the purity of the Eagles in every song. Though, some long songs aren’t always bad, they have one or two 5+ minute songs in the Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol 2 album, which I also enjoy.

I just like the fact that, regardless of the amount of time that this band has been around, they still never seize to amaze music listeners; and even if it’s not your type of music, it’s good to give it a listen, especially the vocals. It’s such a tantalizing voice, it’s almost impossible not to love it.

There really isn’t a whole lot to say about this album, or the Eagles in general, it’s sort of a “you have to listen to it for yourself” sort of thing.

Songs featured on this album:
Doolie Dalton
Twenty-One
Out of Control
Tequila Surprise
Desperado
Certain Kind of Fool
Doolie Dalton [Instrumental]
Outlaw Man
Saturday Night
Bitter Creek
Doolie Dalton/Desperado (Reprise)

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Moonlit Sailor – 2008 – A Footprint of Feelings

May 13, 2012 in Album Reviews, Reviews by milano

A Footprint of Feelings was one of the first of three albums that Moonlit Sailor has released so far. I recently just picked up this album but haven’t gotten around to listening to the others just yet. If this album is any indication to how the rest of their music sounds on the albums that come after this one, I am going to be excited when I finally get a hold of the next two albums. This album on it’s own has not only strengthened my appreciation for the post rock genre as a whole, but it’s allowed me to discover even more bands that the genre has to offer (thanks to last.fm). This album is the epitome of “chill, and laid back”. It’s probably one of the most chill post rock albums i’ve heard in a long time, or ever for that matter. One album that would probably come close to this one however could be pg.lost’s Yes I Am album. So if you like this album, or vice versa, you should pick up the other. Two different artists, but close to the same basic sound you would get in a post rock album.

A lot of songs I really really enjoy on this album. I don’t hate any of them in particular, but some don’t stick as well as others. So the select few that I enjoy quite a bit are:

http://youtu.be/m3Bv6K5fxCA

http://youtu.be/WbKTA8o3Bvw

Don’t get me wrong. All of the songs sound absolutely phenomenal on this album. But it may take a few more listens to see if the songs that I don’t like a whole lot yet, will grow on me.

Rating: ★★★★★

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The Wire Salon: An audience with Robert Wyatt

April 27, 2012 in Artists, Members Musings by tore

Robert Wyatt

Robert Wyatt, picture by Helena Dornellas

At Cafè Oto in London, Thursday April 12th year 2012, Robert Wyatt appeared on stage for a discussion to talk about selected tracks from his back catalogue. The discussion was chaired by The Wire’s Tony Herrington and the audience also got the opportunity to ask Robert questions.

Being there would’ve been wonderful, but now even those who spent their evenings elsewhere that fateful day can get to enjoy this talk. An MP3 featuring the evening’s dialogue has been made available on The Wire’s website. Check it out!

Link : The Wire Salon: An audience with Robert Wyatt

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Favourite Jimmy Hastings Solos!

April 18, 2012 in Artists, Members Musings by tore

Jimmy Hastings (brother of Pye) may be one of the most underrated musicians from the Canterbury scene. He was an “unofficial member” of several of our favourite bands – Caravan, Soft Machine, Hatfield and the North, National Health – often credited, but generally not an official member. Although he’s contributed saxophone and clarinet, it is the wonderful addition of his flute which I personally enjoy the most. I just love the sound of the flute and Jimmy’s phrasing is always wonderful. What beautiful melodies!

So, I thought it’s time to celebrate this wonderful musician and so I would like to ask all you Canterbury fans out there. What is your favourite Jimmy Hastings recorded solo performance?

Join the discussion in our forum thread : What is your favourite performance by Jimmy Hastings?

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Richard Sinclair plays with Maartin Allcock and Oak

March 29, 2012 in News, Upcoming Concerts by tore

This popped up on the Richard Sinclair Live info Facebook page so I thought I’d help spread the word by posting it here as well. It seems Richard will be playing a couple of concerts with Maartin Allcock and the band Oak. :)

 

Next Live Gigs coming up are a new project with Maartin Allcock and Jerry Cutillo’s OAK, we’ll be performing in Rome and also Umbria …

 

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Dance of the Goodbyes available as digital download and LP

March 28, 2012 in New releases, News by tore

Alberto Villarroya from the Italian Canterbury inspired prog band Amoeba Split dropped by our forums to give us the following message.

 

Hi everyone!

Finally, since last week we have the new Amoeba Split Bandcamp page: http://amoebasplit.bandcamp.com/. Here you can download our first demo and our debut album “Dance of goodbyes” (Flac or 320Mp3), along with original booklet and artworks.

Also, its for sale the double vynil edition (high quality 180 grs) of “Dance of goodbyes”, nominated by italian web page “Progawards” as “Best debut album of 2010″, with original artwork all in a single folder. This is a very limited edition of 300 copies, only 150 left available at this moment, so hurry up!.

Thanks for your attention and support, best wishes to all,

Alberto Villarroya
Amoeba Split

 

So there you have it! I have yet to hear Dance of the Goodbyes, but I’ve been looking forward to it and so I’m very pleased. Those curious about Italian Canterbury prog should definetly check it out. The price is a mere 5 euro minimum with the option of donating a bit more if you feel charitable.

Thanks to Amoeba Split for sharing this :)

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Happy Birthday, Mark!

March 24, 2012 in Artists, Members Musings by tore

Today we celebrate the birthday of the magnificent guitarist and adventurer Mark Hewins who is 57 today. As a musician, Mark got involved with the Canterbury scene in the mid-70s when he played in Polite Force alongside ex-flowers Graham Flight, Dave Sinclair and many other Canterburyan heroes who guested the stage with the band. Later on, he would befriend and collaborate with many other musicians from the scene like Elton Dean, Hugh Hopper and Richard Sinclair in projects like Going Going and Mashu.

Mark has also been a a great resource to many of us fans as he has happily shared with us both Canterbury-related music, pictures, videos and anecdotes, for example stories from when he was on the road with Soft Heap. He is always friendly, always approachable, and many of us owe him our personal thanks.

Some time ago, Mark sent me a video which is an interview with him while “on the road” – or perhaps “in the air” – and I’ve been waiting for the right moment to share it. Enjoy!

Also don’t forget to check out Mark’s account on Soundcloud where he shares his music, both his own solo works and collaborations with others. It is a treasure trove for any Canterbury enthusiast.

Happy birthday, Mark! :)

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Mark and Hugh Interview

March 12, 2012 in Members Musings by tore

Mark Hewins has graciously shared with us a couple of interviews/talks between him and Hugh Hopper from 2007. I have embedded them here in this post for your viewing pleasure.

Hugh Hopper interview

This first one is a video of Mark interviewing Hugh and the two discuss subjects like experimental music, how Hugh first got into tape loops and a bit about how technology has changed music.

The Pedals (pedal heaven)

In the second one, Mark and Hugh talk about pedals. Among other thigs,  Hugh explains how he created his signature fuzzy bass sound that he used in Soft Machine.

Both videos should be rare and highly welcome treats to all fans out there. Thank you so much for sharing them with us, Mark! :)