KRAUTROCK Listening Klub! - New Albums Every Wednesday

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#1 Amon Düül II - Phallus Dei
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"Kanaan" starts the album wonderfully, a melange of rumbling rock power, strings and sitars, Lothar Meid's almost Bowie-ish vocals with Renate Knaup's wordless chanting in the background, that's just as intoxicating many years after its first appearance as it was upon release. The slightly jazzy concluding minute avoids sounding forced, blending in beautifully with the song's general flow. "Dem Guten, Schoenen, Wahren" takes a truly wacked-out turn, with Meid's bizarre falsetto coming to the fore, swooping around the main melodies without regard for them in yelps and chants, while the music chugs along in what almost sounds like a beer-hall singalong at points, taking a more haunting, beautiful turn at others (the heavily produced violins are an especially spooky touch). "Luzifers Ghilom" brings out the psych-folk origins of the band a bit more with Shrat's bongos, while the rest of the band pulls off a nicely heroic rock piece that never sounds too inflated or stupid, with appropriately nutty vocal breaks and interjections along the way -- the sublime and the ridiculous never sounded so good together. "Henriette Krotenschwanz" ends the first side with a brief choral military march (if you will). The title track takes up the remainder of the album, a complex piece which never loses a sense of fun while always staying musically compelling. After a quiet start, the opening minutes consist of a variety of drones and noises constantly brought up and down in the mix, leading to a full band performance that builds and skips along with restrained fuzz power. Everything builds to a sudden climax halfway through, where all the members play a series of melodies in unison, while drums pound in the background. After a quick violin solo, everything settles into a fine percussion jam, with the full band kicking in shortly thereafter.

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#2 Ash Ra Tempel - Ash Ra Tempel
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AMG Review By Ned Raggett

n light of the 1990s post-rock scene and the often clear links back to Krautrock of all stripes, Ash Ra Tempel's monster debut album stands as being both astonishingly prescient and just flat out good, a logical extension of the space-jam-freakout ethos into rarified realms. Featuring the original trio of Enke, Gottsching and Schulze, Ash Ra Tempel consists of only two side-long tracks, both of which are gripping examples of technical ability mixed with rock power. If more progressive music was like it, there wouldn't be as many continuing complaints about that genre as a whole. "Amboss" contains the more upfront explosions of sound, though it mixes in restraint as much as crunch. Starting with Gottsching's extended guitar notes and Schulze's cymbals, it begins with a slow, ominous build that is equally haunting, as mysterious as the cryptic artwork of temples and figures found on the inside. Quick, rumbling drums slowly fade up some minutes in, with more crashing guitar mixing in with the previous tones, creating a disorienting drone experience. The active jam then takes over the rest of the song at the point, the three going off just as they want to (Gottsching's soloing in particular is fantastic) before all coming back together for an explosive, shuddering series of climaxes. "Traummaschine," in marked contrast, is a quieter affair, with Gottsching's deep drones setting and continuing the tone throughout. Fading in bit by bit, the guitars are accompanied by equally mesmerizing keyboards from Schulze, creating something that calls to mind everything from Eno's ambient works to Lull's doom-laden soundscapes and, after more distinct guitar pluckings start to surface, Flying Saucer Attack's rural psychedelia. Halfway through, soft percussion blends with the music to create a gentle but persistent intensity, cue for a series of shifts between calmer and more active sections, but all kept more restrained than on "Amboss."

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#3 La Düsseldorf - Viva
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La Dusseldorf's Viva crystallized Klaus Dinger's progressive rock vision into a symphony of swirling guitars, rich keyboard melodies and driving percussive beats. The magnum opus "Cha, Cha 2000," will forever stand as one of the all-time anthems of futurist rock & roll.

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Anyone can book a week to curate. Post now if you want in. Happy listening and please post your thoughts on these albums whether you know them inside our or you are new to them. A certain P.oster might not agree with my La Düsseldorf pick but this is the better album!

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 04:21 (nine years ago) link

This may be a dumb question, but is this just going to be German Krautrock or is similar-sounding stuff from other countries allowed?

Sweet Sister Raistlin (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 05:28 (nine years ago) link

Nice... I know the first and third but not the Ash Ra Tempel. Glad to have it. By the way anyone way into krautrock or looking to get way into krautrock may like this post I wrote a few months ago. A helpful list, if nothing else.

I'll need to give all three of these records a listen this week. If I remember right I really love every other song on the ADII album, the others being kinda dreck. And I know I like Viva but I got it on the same day as their first, s/t album, so the two have always blended together for me.

scott pgwp (pgwp), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 05:39 (nine years ago) link

This is a cool idea.

I did d/l all the Cope 50, but never got round to playing 90% of them.

Mark G, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 07:31 (nine years ago) link

This may be a dumb question, but is this just going to be German Krautrock or is similar-sounding stuff from other countries allowed?

I dunno, I guess you can pick whatever you like?

Who wants a week?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 12:40 (nine years ago) link

I'll take a week.

fit and working again, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:22 (nine years ago) link

is this just going to be German Krautrock

I wasn't aware there was any other kind

Football's Flocking Home (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:29 (nine years ago) link

Love that La Dusseldorf record (and their ST one is great also), don't know the others. Only Ash Ra stuff I know is "New Age of Man", which I think is a later incarnation of the above band. Amon Duul II-wise, I only have Yeti, which is also great, if very different to what many consider to be the classic krautrock sound.

Another listening club to keep up with...

Neil S, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:29 (nine years ago) link

the Ash Ra Tempel is thoroughly awesome, and I decided to leave out Yeti as I figured most people had heard it but may not know this one.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:34 (nine years ago) link

"Phallus Dei" starts out like it's going to be the greatest album you've ever heard in your life but then doesn't follow up on it, IMO. Still wonder how they came up with it though. In Munich. In 1969.

I blow hot and cold on Ash Ra Tempel (I prefer Ashra!)

La D is obv. great.

Football's Flocking Home (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:37 (nine years ago) link

... "Viva" is prob. the La D album that most convinces me Klaus Dinger was a fan of the Glitter Band!

Football's Flocking Home (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:39 (nine years ago) link

I'm in.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:40 (nine years ago) link

Damn you for making another listening club that I absolutely have to follow.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:40 (nine years ago) link

Love the Amon Duul and La Dusseldorf albums, both staples of my listening habits during the past 5 years or so, especially. I still haven't managed to track down a copy of the Ash Ra Tempel, however...

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:42 (nine years ago) link

tom d you want to curate a week?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:51 (nine years ago) link

I should really, shouldn't I? What do I do?

Football's Flocking Home (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:52 (nine years ago) link

On your week you choose 3 albums, post in the style of the 1st post with album covers, spotify links etc. You can add your own thoughts or post reviews. Whatever you like.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:54 (nine years ago) link

12/05 - fit and working again
19/05 - Tom D

Anyone else?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:55 (nine years ago) link

Hold on there, don't pencil me in for the 19th just yet, give me time to think of stuff!

Football's Flocking Home (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:57 (nine years ago) link

its 2 weeks!

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 13:58 (nine years ago) link

Anyone else?

ME! As mentioned upthread.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:06 (nine years ago) link

Hey, some of us might be busy for the next two weeks! Also I want to see what other people are posting and the general direction the whole thing's headed (xp)

Football's Flocking Home (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:06 (nine years ago) link

alright
12/05 - fit and working again
19/05 - ilxor

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:10 (nine years ago) link

dont blame me if 20 people jump in ahead of you and you dont get a shot until next year, tom.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:11 (nine years ago) link

Already have my three albums lined up (in my head).

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:11 (nine years ago) link

^ deserves to go before me

Football's Flocking Home (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:13 (nine years ago) link

Actually, I might prefer to go later... unless Herman's down for having me highlight some Kraut-influenced stuff instead of a bunch of the "classic" '60s/'70s era stuff. I'm gonna switch it up a bit!

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:21 (nine years ago) link

My immediate thought is that it might be best to get some of the "classics" out of the way first, though.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:21 (nine years ago) link

yes, get the "classics" out of the way. I dont think we need do Stereolab ever on this thread.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:27 (nine years ago) link

I've never heard VIVA. I'll have to grab it later. This is the first listening club thread I've opened.
I'm a big fan of the first two bands, but neither of those records are my favorite. They are pretty great debuts, though.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:28 (nine years ago) link

yes, get the "classics" out of the way. I dont think we need do Stereolab ever on this thread.

Hmmmm, you may want to push back my contribution week? I've got one classic lined up, then two heavily Kraut-influenced things from the '90s/'00s that are well worth hearing.

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:34 (nine years ago) link

1st round of goes we definitely stick to the classics, "influenced" stuff comes much later as we run out, i think)

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:36 (nine years ago) link

I cant push you back as noone else has volunteered and tom needs 3 months to pick his albums.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:36 (nine years ago) link

I'll give it a go Herman!

Neil S, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:49 (nine years ago) link

Can I have a week for classics, then another week for influenced stuff a bit later on?

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:52 (nine years ago) link

Greedy

Football's Flocking Home (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:53 (nine years ago) link

sure.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:56 (nine years ago) link

I'll be having multiple goes myself, hopefully not too many though as lots of you will volunteer.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:56 (nine years ago) link

12/05 - fit and working again
19/05 - ilxor
26/05 - Neil S
2/06 - Tom D (provisionally)

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 14:58 (nine years ago) link

ta. Now I have to get thinking, should be relatively easy if we're the more canonical end of things.

Neil S, Wednesday, 5 May 2010 15:02 (nine years ago) link

i think we can be loose on the 70s end of things

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 15:17 (nine years ago) link

tom is digging out his early Scorpions lps as we speak. I heard he liked a bit of Frumpy and Hairy Chapter too.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 15:34 (nine years ago) link

Promise to avoid crap German heavy rock and crap German jazz rock - and there's a shitload of the latter

Football's Flocking Home (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 15:37 (nine years ago) link

...that you own?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 15:38 (nine years ago) link

... a lot of it, yes, unfortunately

Football's Flocking Home (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 15:40 (nine years ago) link

you hippy!

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 15:41 (nine years ago) link

What do you have then german jazz-rock wise?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 15:47 (nine years ago) link

Oh, various shite

Football's Flocking Home (Tom D.), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 15:48 (nine years ago) link

name some names!

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 15:52 (nine years ago) link

I bet he has Scorpions albums

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 5 May 2010 17:07 (nine years ago) link

5/11 - wk
5/18 - dronestreet
5/25 - ??

ashra williams (san frandisco), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 06:54 (eight years ago) link

Count me in

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 10:58 (eight years ago) link

5/11 - wk
5/18 - dronestreet
5/25 - Tom D.

ashra williams (san frandisco), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 22:38 (eight years ago) link

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_2VJCjTxApSA/Sihnek0E0dI/AAAAAAAAAiQ/7s_5BlBougU/s1600/SandGolem.jpg

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
http://www.enricobassi.it/krauto_pic002.JPG

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.

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Floh De Cologne - Profitgeier
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_p-E9PrNygBo/SaRC60tn9qI/AAAAAAAAQoU/7RSl8SJk6lM/s400/Floh_de_Cologne_1971.jpg

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.

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geir was right (wk), Thursday, 12 May 2011 01:28 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

next two weeks have been spoken for. any takers for june 1st?

5/18 - dronestreet
5/25 - Tom D.
6/1 - ??

ashra williams (san frandisco), Monday, 16 May 2011 23:30 (eight years ago) link

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.

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 (eight years ago) link

I'll gladly take another week!!

JacobSanders, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 00:25 (eight years ago) link

really like the T. Dinger lp--thanks!

nerve_pylon, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 00:34 (eight years ago) link

5/18 - dronestreet
5/25 - Tom D.
6/1 - JacobSanders
6/8 - ??

ashra williams (san frandisco), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 17:27 (eight years ago) link

sign me up again, why not..

solitary posts that effortlessly summarize the spirit of ilxor (ilxor), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 17:39 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

5/18 - dronestreet
5/25 - Tom D.
6/1 - JacobSanders
6/8 - ilxor

ashra williams (san frandisco), Wednesday, 18 May 2011 21:10 (eight years ago) link

Moebius & Plank - Rastakraut Pasta (Tracks 1-7) and Material (Tracks 8-12)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v285/couldyoudefine/moebius_plank-rasta.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v285/couldyoudefine/Moebius--Plank-Material-440046.jpg
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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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

You accidentally typed "worst" there instead of "best."

unmetalled world (wk), Friday, 20 May 2011 21:26 (eight years ago) link

You prefer Rastakraut Pasta over Material?

JacobSanders, Friday, 20 May 2011 21:37 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

"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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

"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 (eight years ago) link

Two Oldtimers is an all time favorite of mine. So gorgeous.

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:44 (eight years ago) link

MOEBIUS, PLANK & NEUMEIER - Zero Set (1982)

http://991.com/newGallery/Moebius--Plank-Zero-Set-440042.jpg

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.

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DZYAN - Electric Silence (1974)

http://www.qpratools.com/gallery/big/dzyan-electric_silence-front.jpg

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.

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Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 09:37 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

"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, 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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

Thanks for posting Zero Set, I have been wanting to hear the whole thing after catching a youtube with one of the songs.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:41 (eight years ago) link

Thank you doo dah! Looks like a great read and I cannot get enough of these cosmic fashions.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Z3s5BmGhL2E/TdvpoyC7ovI/AAAAAAAAAHA/WvLzH53AFvA/s1600/Cosmicfashions.jpg

Garyln (La Lechera), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 14:44 (eight years ago) link

By the way, a little bit off topic, but my husband wrote a piece for his blog that might be interesting to this thread.

Great article, thanks! It's great to learn some of these little details like the Macht das Ohr auf / Macht das Tor auf pun that I never would have otherwise realized.

unmetalled world (wk), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 18:48 (eight years ago) link

In reference to Rastakraut Pasta, thanks to Garyln for putting my album title distaste into more understandable terms:

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.

Looking forward to checking out the Moebius/Plank/Neumeier record...I Moebius/Beerbohm's Double Cut, though that's probably one of my least favorites.

dronestreet, Wednesday, 25 May 2011 19:47 (eight years ago) link

Love the first track on Zero Set--those drums!--but I'm kinda ambivalent to the rest.

scott pgwp (pgwp), Friday, 27 May 2011 04:40 (eight years ago) link

Wolfgang Riechmann & Streetmark - Wolfgang Riechmann & Streetmark
http://img815.imageshack.us/img815/3234/r9094741269414876.jpg

There seems to be two releases of this record with different track listings and art work. I prefer order of the songs on this one. Streetmark's second album from 77. Dreams is a bubbling cosmic jam.

http://www.mediafire.com/?c1ubl12yx5awf4h

Randy Pie - Randy Pie
http://img375.imageshack.us/img375/1040/randypiecopy.jpg

Randy Pie were ex Rattles who were maybe not quite Krautrock. Maybe cosmic blue eyed soul jazz?

http://www.mediafire.com/?ech2u7we8gq7d5s

JacobSanders, Wednesday, 1 June 2011 17:51 (eight years ago) link

Awesome. Thanks for the Streetmark/Riechmann. I haven't heard that one yet and will listen in the morning.

Last Saturday, I went to a yard sale and saw Riechmann's Wunderbar lp in a stack of used records and wanted to buy it, but the guy wanted $125 for the damn thing. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. I'm pretty sure it was the 2009 reissue and not an original Sky release.

van smack, Thursday, 2 June 2011 06:00 (eight years ago) link

No love for Randy Pie?

JacobSanders, Friday, 3 June 2011 03:50 (eight years ago) link

Oh man, the cover of 'Rastakraut Pasta'. I'd forgotten how great these album covers were. Did Sky have an in-house designer? Or was it Moebius who was really into design?

geeta, Friday, 3 June 2011 15:14 (eight years ago) link

Moebius trained as a graphic designer I think

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Friday, 3 June 2011 15:56 (eight years ago) link

Moebius studied art with Joseph Beuys, right? Then again, so did Schnitzler, but Schnitzler wasn't much into design. i think Schnitzler was really into the sculpture side of Beuys. Beuys did do some great design work, though.

Those Cluster/Harmonia/etc records are so insanely well-integrated, on a conceptual level--the song titles, the graphic design, everything.

geeta, Friday, 3 June 2011 16:11 (eight years ago) link

Streetmark album is pleasant (what is a Streetmark anyway?) but given that Dorothea Raukes was responsible for the Deutsch Wertarbeit album, I think she deserves her name on the cover too! Other than the fact that it's German, can't see any reason to be interested in the Randy Pie album however. Thx for all contributions as always!

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Saturday, 4 June 2011 11:30 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

I wonder if I can "like" Randy Pie on Facebook.

PJ Miller, Thursday, 21 July 2011 08:53 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

Won't someone help me find other things that sound like the Earthstar and Deutsche Wertarbeit albums posted upthread? I have been listening to both of them pretty constantly since.

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Monday, 10 October 2011 14:06 (seven years ago) link

Michael Shrieve's "Transfer Station Blue" (referred to upthread IIRC) is full of burbling synthy goodness. More well known, but Ashra's "New Age of Earth" is also fantastic. Peter Baumann's "Leda Welcome to Joyland" is more in the proto-Italo disco vein, but is v nice, and I think was also discussed upthread.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Monday, 10 October 2011 14:43 (seven years ago) link

Love Ashra, haven't heard the other two. Thanks!

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Monday, 10 October 2011 14:48 (seven years ago) link

Couldn't find either of these on spotify, and could only find Transfer Station Blue (and other Peter Baumann, enjoying Bicentennial Presentation) on youtube. Didn't want to download the wrong thing by accident.

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Monday, 10 October 2011 16:29 (seven years ago) link

I think non-spotify links are on this thread if you wind back through it.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 10 October 2011 18:16 (seven years ago) link

oh ok, got it. i don't know if anything could be better than earthstar.

Art Arfons (La Lechera), Monday, 10 October 2011 18:24 (seven years ago) link

seven years pass...

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/tengger-spiritual-2/

Had never heard of Tengger before, but this review got me listening and this is great. The opener is so up my street, it immediately won me over. Meditative mantras, soft buzzing drones and motorik beats discreetly chugging along... Recommended.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 7 June 2019 10:51 (three months ago) link


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