Sorry for the super late post, but here it goes. There's no real theme to the three albums i decided to post and like Tom D. mentioned above I didn't want to follow with more from the big names. We are kind of getting to the more obscure and so i decided to get a little adventurous with my three.
RICHARD SCHNEIDER JR. - FATA MORGANA (1980)
First up is an album following the more jazz rock cosmic vibe of last week's post. Richard Schneider Jr.'s Fata Morgana from 1980 is easily one of my favorite albums because it incorporates so many elements of some of my favorite music from that time. The acoustic guitar is from his earlier release Dreamlike Land is there, but he leaves the Latin bossa vibes of that release behind. There is definitely more structure than many other krautrock albums in this thread and there are moments when fusion and jazz rock elements come through, but the cosmic element pervades the entire album. An incredible album to say the least and one worth coming back to over and over again.Not A Spotify Link
THOMAS DINGER - FÜR MICH (1982)
This album I'm less fond of, but I only came across it recently (thanks to Jaxon). It's the only solo album put out by krautrock legend Klaus Dinger's little brother, Thomas Dinger. Thomas is credited for vocals, playing drums and writing on several Neu! and La Düsseldorf albums and you can definitely hear the influence of those groups in the album's most winning track "Für Dich". However, the use of samples of animal sounds is pretty interesting and there are definitely unique elements. Worth a listen at least.Not A Spotify Link
TYNDALL - TRAUMLAND (1981)
The second album from German synthesizer duo Jurgen Krehan and Rudolf Langer. This is really the only Tyndall album I can listen to with any sincerity. The other ones remind me too much of awful classical musicians exercising their chops on massive modular boards and are far too cheesy for my taste. This one has some really redeeming moments though with "Unterwegs" in particular shining through. The album is minimal arpeggiated synth krautrock but has much more of a melodic slant than Conrad Schnitzler. While the other albums, and this one at times can be compared to other minimal synth experimenters of the time like Jean Michel Jarre there's a certain element that makes me think of it more as krautrock,Not A Spotify Link
― ashra williams (san frandisco), Thursday, 28 April 2011 07:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
'Golden Blue Ball' is an enormous song. The synth that really comes in around 2 minutes in the song is hypnotic. I've always wanted to open a dj set of cosmic jams with it. Also loving the direction the listening club is going. Looking forward to listening to TYNDALL.
― JacobSanders, Thursday, 28 April 2011 13:38 (2 years ago) Permalink
well for some reason in the last 24 hours, the site www.eggcityradio.com that posted the thomas dinger album has gone under. i'll work on another link and repost it later today
― ashra williams (san frandisco), Thursday, 28 April 2011 20:09 (2 years ago) Permalink
new link for the thomas dinger album:http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WOZGFBSI
― ashra williams (san frandisco), Friday, 29 April 2011 02:09 (2 years ago) Permalink
The cover of that Tyndall album scares me, but I'll give it a go
― None'll come and then a lot'll (Tom D.), Friday, 29 April 2011 12:41 (2 years ago) Permalink
I was going to post that T. Dinger album but I'm glad someone else did, it's a really good album by the way!
― None'll come and then a lot'll (Tom D.), Friday, 29 April 2011 13:13 (2 years ago) Permalink
richard schneider album rules. and this was my first ever listen but I KNOW I've heard "fata morgana" (the track) before, but for the life of me, I can't recall where. a mix, I guess?
― (⊙_⊙?) (Alan N), Friday, 29 April 2011 15:44 (2 years ago) Permalink
Really enjoying this Richard Schneider album. Definitely one of the unexpected highlights of this listening club so far.
― Non-Stop Erotic Calculus (bmus), Friday, 29 April 2011 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
The other ones remind me too much of awful classical musicians exercising their chops on massive modular boards and are far too cheesy for my taste
(Re: Tyndall) Interesting 'cos one of the better things about this album, from my point of view, is that it sounds sort of awkward and a bit amateurish - some of it is pretty awful but overall I enjoyed it! Obv. I'm missing something with the Richard Schneider album, just sounds bland and anonymous to me, best thing is Jaki Liebezeit's drumming on the title track, tho the album as a whole makes the Phantomband sound like "Tago Mago". Thanks for all contributions as always!
― None'll come and then a lot'll (Tom D.), Sunday, 1 May 2011 09:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
Maybe you would like 'Dreamland' Richard Schneider's previous record from 77. It's a almost like kraut rock aimed at a beach party, a odd record, silly and serious. Hello Beach Girls!!
― JacobSanders, Sunday, 1 May 2011 18:17 (2 years ago) Permalink
@ Tom D. yeah the amateurish feeling of Tyndall can be charming, with mixed results obviously. some great moments and some utterly awful ones. unfortunately i think the other 3 albums have much more of the latter, but you can easily track them down on the interweb.
― ashra williams (san frandisco), Monday, 2 May 2011 08:32 (2 years ago) Permalink
is the thread dead? i think frogbs was up (bump)
― ashra williams (san frandisco), Friday, 6 May 2011 21:21 (2 years ago) Permalink
I'd love to do one if I could jump on the list. And if anyone is still interested.
― wk, Friday, 6 May 2011 23:27 (2 years ago) Permalink
I'd like to see this thread continue.
― JacobSanders, Saturday, 7 May 2011 00:33 (2 years ago) Permalink
Algerian Goalkeeper sends me with a message. Wk, if you'd like to go next then that would be fine, as frogbs is currently off-board. Would be interested to see what you want to put up myself.
― emil.y, Saturday, 7 May 2011 01:05 (2 years ago) Permalink
That Tyndall album sounds way better at 45, not very useful information with a download I grant you.
― mechanic destructive commando (Matt #2), Saturday, 7 May 2011 01:08 (2 years ago) Permalink
So should I wait until next Wednesday, or is that idea out the window?
― wk, Saturday, 7 May 2011 03:59 (2 years ago) Permalink
i guess whoever was moderating the thread before has gone MIA, i'll take over the posting of the queue for now. why don't we resume on wednesday if that works for u wk?
― ashra williams (san frandisco), Monday, 9 May 2011 17:30 (2 years ago) Permalink
5/11 - wk5/18 - ??5/25 - ??
― ashra williams (san frandisco), Monday, 9 May 2011 17:31 (2 years ago) Permalink
i'll take 5/18.
― dronestreet, Monday, 9 May 2011 18:15 (2 years ago) Permalink
5/11 - wk5/18 - dronestreet5/25 - ??
― ashra williams (san frandisco), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 06:54 (2 years ago) Permalink
Count me in
― Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 10:58 (2 years ago) Permalink
5/11 - wk5/18 - dronestreet5/25 - Tom D.
― ashra williams (san frandisco), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 22:38 (2 years ago) Permalink
Sand - Golem
This is one of the darkest Krautrock albums and to my ears one of the strangest. A lot of the German groups were making "out" kinds of music but usually with some kind of fairly clear precedents (west coast jams, Mothers of Invention or Fugs, free jazz or fusion, Stockhausen, etc). But where were these guys coming from? They sound almost oppressively gloomy and yet at the same time somehow childlike in a sparse and ramshackle way. Klaus Schulze's binaural recording has a distant, roomy quality that balances out the sometimes thin and scratchy sound of the band and gives the whole thing a uniquely atmospheric feeling.
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Kluster - Klopfzeichen
Here's another dark one that seems to anticipate industrial music with its metallic clangs and plinky spring reverb sounds. It's somewhat in the spirit of the first Tangerine Dream album (also featuring Conrad Schnitzler) but more focused and spartan in a way that I think works really well.
Floh De Cologne - Profitgeier
This is kind of a hard one to take but I love the way the band sounds. They have lots of cool riffs and a fat bass and guitar sound that remind me of The Deviants. But like the Deviants, the goofy singing and spoken word can be off-putting. But if you have a high tolerance for that kind of nonsense and if you don't understand German (I imagine that understanding the rock opera lyrics might only make it worse) it's worth checking out.
― geir was right (wk), Thursday, 12 May 2011 01:28 (2 years ago) Permalink
Any chance you can upload these to mediafire or some such? That sharebee site wants my email and home address so it can send me junk mail.
― scott pgwp (pgwp), Thursday, 12 May 2011 03:02 (2 years ago) Permalink
Thanks for posting Sand! I love that record. Great short write ups too. I haven't heard that Kluster record and haven't listened to Floh De Cologne in many years. We're at a nice mix of cosmic and pre industrial music.
― JacobSanders, Thursday, 12 May 2011 04:09 (2 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, that Sand record is pretty excellent. Pretty unique sounding. I remember listening to it on headphones for the first time, and thinking that noise was coming in from the street...only to find out it was the record. Good stuff.
― dronestreet, Saturday, 14 May 2011 13:46 (2 years ago) Permalink
next two weeks have been spoken for. any takers for june 1st?
5/18 - dronestreet5/25 - Tom D.6/1 - ??
― ashra williams (san frandisco), Monday, 16 May 2011 23:30 (2 years ago) Permalink
Hey, sorry I missed this. Don't click on the giant flashing download button, but just on one of the green links that say zshare, badongo, megaupload, rapidshare, etc.
― geir was right (wk), Monday, 16 May 2011 23:57 (2 years ago) Permalink
I'll gladly take another week!!
― JacobSanders, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 00:25 (2 years ago) Permalink
really like the T. Dinger lp--thanks!
― nerve_pylon, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 00:34 (2 years ago) Permalink
5/18 - dronestreet5/25 - Tom D.6/1 - JacobSanders6/8 - ??
― ashra williams (san frandisco), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 17:27 (2 years ago) Permalink
sign me up again, why not..
― solitary posts that effortlessly summarize the spirit of ilxor (ilxor), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 17:39 (2 years ago) Permalink
whoops, left my files at home...i'll be posting records when i get back there in a bit.
― dronestreet, Wednesday, 18 May 2011 19:11 (2 years ago) Permalink
5/18 - dronestreet5/25 - Tom D.6/1 - JacobSanders6/8 - ilxor
― ashra williams (san frandisco), Wednesday, 18 May 2011 21:10 (2 years ago) Permalink
Moebius & Plank - Rastakraut Pasta (Tracks 1-7) and Material (Tracks 8-12)Mediafire link
Two LPs (1979, 1981) by 1/2 of Cluster and producer-extraordinaire Conny Plank. Getting past one of the worst album names of all time, Rastakraut Pasta is largely a dubby, world-influenced record (CAN's Holger Czukay plays on 3 tracks); I find it to be an almost chopped-and-screwed Cluster. There are exceptions, the piano-heavy "Two Oldtimers", which ends with synth/guitar harmonics reminiscent of Harmonia & Michael Rother's solo work, and "Feedback 66" which is as close as this record gets to the driving, panoramic feel of Plank's work with NEU! Material is a different affair from the beginning, the drums out in-front of everything at the opening of "Conditionierer" with Moebius adding flourishes as the track motors along. The pieces here are less laid back, both "Infiltration" and "Tollkuhn" flirting with different ends of electronica, ambient soundscape on one & a phase-heavy attacking piece to follow. The sound throughout is much darker than on Rastakraut Pasta, closing on a spaced-out instrumental that rides a quivering bass note to the finish.
― dronestreet, Thursday, 19 May 2011 00:17 (2 years ago) Permalink
I always wanted Rastakraut Pasta to be more dubby than it actually is. Material is the better release in my opinion. The proto-techno songs and synth washes are nice.
― JacobSanders, Friday, 20 May 2011 21:13 (2 years ago) Permalink
You accidentally typed "worst" there instead of "best."
― unmetalled world (wk), Friday, 20 May 2011 21:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
You prefer Rastakraut Pasta over Material?
― JacobSanders, Friday, 20 May 2011 21:37 (2 years ago) Permalink
haha, no was making a joke about "one of the worst album names of all time"
― unmetalled world (wk), Friday, 20 May 2011 21:54 (2 years ago) Permalink
"Rastakraut Pasta" is miles better than "Material" IMO. Why is it one of the worst album names of all time?
― Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Tuesday, 24 May 2011 10:31 (2 years ago) Permalink
Shrug, I just cringe every time I hear it. Just a gut reaction.
I too prefer it to "Material"...a little much of an industrial vibe for me.
― dronestreet, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 13:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
"Solar Plexus" from Rastakraut Pasta is terrifying. Like waking up from surgery in something like that final weird hall in 2001: A Space Odyssey and not being able to feel your limbs, and hearing ambient alien chatter from a few rooms away. Robert Ashley-type horror.
― Clarke B., Tuesday, 24 May 2011 13:49 (2 years ago) Permalink
Two Oldtimers is an all time favorite of mine. So gorgeous.
― Trip Maker, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:44 (2 years ago) Permalink
MOEBIUS, PLANK & NEUMEIER - Zero Set (1982)
OK so we've started with Moebius + Plank. so let's continue. From earlier in the thread:
"Sowiesoso" - I got this, one lunchtime, in a little record shop called Casa in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. This was a shop which nobody seemed to buy anything out of, it appeared to be run by middle-aged women, their stock was ancient and mostly easy listening and Scottish folk music. This album was in a German folk music section (between the French and the Greek sections), alongside "Zero Set" by Moebius, Plank & Neumeier and "Double Cut" by Moebius & Beerbohm - hey, I don't know much about German folk music but I know what I like!
So here is "Zero Set". Hard to describe this album, sort of dense rhythmic electronic jiggery-pokery from Plank and Moebius with Neumeier clattering away on top (Mani being the polar opposite of the Liebezeit/ Dinger metronomic school of drumming). Bit let down by the last two tracks perhaps, but I'll leave youse to make your own mind up about that.
DZYAN - Electric Silence (1974)
Trying desperately to post some music that doesn't include Dieter Moebius here. 3rd album by Dzyan: 1st album was prog rock bollocks, 2nd was closer to this album but got a bit too Mahavishnu Orchestra in places. This album is in a similar vein to the Et Cetera album I posted earlier: jazz rock elements, ethnic elements, bit of improv, sprinkling of mellotron, dash of electronics here and there, title track goes slightly Mahavishnu Orch. on us again but some people like that sort of thing.
― Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 09:37 (2 years ago) Permalink
lol @ that cover
I've completely falling in love with the Thomas Dinger album, it feels so personal and idiosyncratic. I love music that feels like it could fall apart and there's plenty of those moments on here. What an opener "Ballgeflüster" is...
― willem, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 10:00 (2 years ago) Permalink
― Clarke B., Tuesday, May 24, 2011 8:49 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark
This totally made me want to listen to an album that I had been avoiding for a long time because its name evokes either the world's most repulaive food (like chocolate cheese tilapia casserole) or embarrassed me to say out loud for whatever reason. It's a lot better now that I'm on the second track.
It's dark and rainy outside, so this seemed liked a good day for terrifying music.
― Garyln (La Lechera), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 13:12 (2 years ago) Permalink
Miss Cacadou is really cute, kind of half what I expected. I like that there can be one album with a song this cute and one that sounds like alien chatter.
Can someone describe for me the following: who bought this record when it originally came out? I mean, what was the audience for this music?
― Garyln (La Lechera), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink
I bought it. I discovered Cluster via Brian Eno, and somehow, new vinyl imports started to show up in Pittsburgh, so I bought them when I could. I don't think I ever heard it on any radio stations.
― Echo Alona (doo dah), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink
By the way, a little bit off topic, but my husband wrote a piece for his blog that might be interesting to this thread.
― Echo Alona (doo dah), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:40 (2 years ago) Permalink