Ralf Und Florian
Just look at those handsome young Germans. Music lovers around the world gasped this week as the Museum of Modern Art in NYC announced a career-spanning Kraftwerk retrospective including start-to-finish live performances of the band’s complete catalogue. Or at least the complete catalogue according to Kraftwerk. As we all know, the first three Kraftwerk records have been all but disowned by Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider and as a result have never been available on CD. Which is just plain nutty, gosh darn it! Das ist verrückt! These are fantastic albums and deserve to be heard. If you haven’t tracked ‘em down, I’ve got them here for you — essential slices of early Deutsche Elektronische Musik.
So psyched for this!
Electric HYPNOTISM MACHINE
“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.” - Terence McKenna
GLASS HOUSE (1983)
Music by Emerald Web, a husband and wife new-age power couple known for performing in planetariums and composing music for Carl Sagan.
Back on ye old Weed Temple blog I’ve written about a psych rock unit from Chicago named Verma. Here’s their third album containing three stonerisms recorded in their practice space. Two of the tracks on this album also appeared on the FAR OUT Verma/Soundings/Shapers split cassette released on Paramita Recordings (the review of which I’m gonna probably post soon!). In the meantime, check out these bitchin’ krautrock jamzzzzzz.
Mark Fry- Dreaming With Alice, 1972
“Released only as a local RCA pressing in Italy, Dreaming With Alice is a legendary rarity of the hippie folk-rock scene. It’s an LP that’s easy to like, with good songwriting and all the elements that genre fans crave - dreamy vocals, sitars, flute, stoned Eastern fantasies and wistful Donovan fairytale moods. Indeed, it sounds like a sliver of vintage, acid-fuelled Donovan expanded to an entire album. The gentle acoustic mood is wisely broken up with folk-rock jamming and even some hard-edged fuzz workouts, all within the aesthetic boundaries of this skilfully arranged yet pleasantly organic album.”
(via Peppermint Store)
1. Dreaming With Alice (verse 1)
2. The Witch
3. Dreaming With Alice (verse 2)
4. Song For Wilde
5. Dreaming With Alice (verse 3)
6. Roses For Columbus
7. A Norman Soldier
8. Dreaming With Alice (verses 4-5)
9. Dreaming With Alice (verse 6)
10. Lute and Flute
11. Dreaming With Alice (verse 7)
12. Down Narrow Streets
13. Dreaming With Alice (verse 8)
14. Mandolin Man
15. Dreaming With Alice (verses 9-10)
16. Rehtorb Ym No Hcram
Enumclaw - Kuxan Suum
There are musics that tap into altered zones of the universe - ones that delve deeper than the mere surface-sexual tension of pop and go for something a bit more tantric. My dear friend Norm Fetter moved with his family to the countryside last year and started an exotic mushroom farm, in search of those heavier vibrations. He felt that the city energy was cluttering up his head space. I’m starting to understand that sentiment more and more - finding important meditations more difficult with the cacophonous sounds pinging around at increasing frequency.
Tune in, turn on, and vibe out. Get the brand new Gneiss Dreams EP over on his Bndcmp.
Kind words from the always fine Yvynyl!