Friday, November 27, 2009

Kraftwerk - Tour de France Soundtracks (2003)

Tour de France Soundtracks


I am sure that most of the people fiddling around electronic music surely have this glorious album but since I find it to be one of the best electronic albums of this decade I just had to post it.

In short, this album was a slap in the face to the entire electronic scene (and wider) when it came out because Kraftwerk were (at that time) a hugely respected visionary act but - they were an 80's gem. Yes, they created and influenced every corner of music as much as The Beatles did but from the trendy critics narrow eyes they were simply - retro (
I tend to disagree with this because when you listen to their 80's stuff it still sounds much fresher and open than everything that came out after them). Of course Daft Punk, Autechre and the whole techno movement gang updated their style (and the English accent) for 90's clubbers in dire need of something punchy and raw but nobody really expected something new from the Kings of Robots.

No matter how much I explore the endless possibilities of electronic musicians I always feel like sitting on a pile of Kraftwerk records while doing that. I wonder how does it feel when you ARE electronic music.

Short review:
The seeming ease with which the group unselfconsciously effects a seamless transition from its prior recordings to its latest creates the impression that the band cryogenically froze itself for seventeen years and then immediately re-entered a newly equipped digital studio.


Also, be aware of this:
“Finally, after cancellation and consternation Kraftwerk’s back catalog gets remastered and reissued…We think it’s – whisper – better than the Beatles.”

I was very surprised reading that Kraftwerk made this album completely in a software based studio using Cubase and lots of software effects. This is quite a big change considering their long history as hardware pioneers.
Read a short interview about the software used on this album.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Boredoms - 77 Boadrum (2007)




77 Boadrum was a concert held on July 7, 2007 (7/7/07) at 7:07 PM consisting of 77 drummers. The concert was organized by Boredoms. The title of the concert was a portmanteau of "Boredoms", "boa", "drum", and "77". It was held at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn, New York. Two followup concerts, entitled 88 Boadrum, were held on August 8, 2008.

For such a monstrous event, the ending of the Boredoms' 77BoaDrum show in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday evening was surprisingly peaceful. Led by the Japanese noise-rock pioneers, BoaDrum presented 77 drummers at 77 drum kits spread out across a broad green lawn. In addition to the Boredoms at the center of the spiral, drummers from dozens of indie-rock and jazz bands participated; even Andrew WK was there, sitting behind a gleaming gold drum kit and playing as if he wanted you to enjoy the show as much as he himself was, which seemed to be quite a lot. DRUMMERS:

Entries in bold denote drum leaders.

  1. Yamantaka Eye (Boredoms, Destroy 2, DJ Chaos X, DJ Pica Pica Pica, Hanatarash, The Lift Boys, MC Hellshit & DJ Carhouse, Puzzle Punks)
  2. Yojiro Tatekawa (Boredoms)
  3. Yoshimi P-We (Boredoms, OOIOO, Yoshimi and Yuka, UFO or Die, Free Kitten, Psycho-Baba)
  4. Muneomi Senju (Boredoms, Para)
  5. Hisham Bharoocha (Soft Circle, Pixeltan)
  6. Jesse Lee (Rusty Santos, White Magic, Gang Gang Dance)
  7. Brian Tamborello (Psychic Ills)
  8. Butchy Fuego (Pit Er Pat, Matteah Baim, Death’s Groove)
  9. Warren Huegel (Tussle, Citay, 3 Leafs)
  10. Dave Abramson (The Spider Trio, Diminished Men, Climax Golden Twins, Maureen Whiting Dance Co.)
  11. Chris Brokaw (Flashlights, The New Year, Come, Codeine)
  12. Christopher Powell (Man Man, Icy Demons, Need New Body, Obey Your Brain)
  13. Jim Black (AlasNoAxisE, Carlos Bica & Azul)
  14. David Aron (Koi Pond)
  15. Robin Easton (King Cobb Steelie)
  16. Abby Portner (First Nation, Among Natives)
  17. Taylor Richardson (Sunburned Hand of the Man)
  18. Michael Catano (Buck 65, North of America, The Got To Get Got)
  19. Aviram Cohen (Soiled Mattress and The Springs)
  20. Jim Sykes (Parts & Labor)
  21. Keith Connolly (No-Neck Blues Band)
  22. Nick DeCarmine (Slow/Dynamite)
  23. Jaiko Suzuki (Electroputas)
  24. David Grubbs (Red Krayola, Squirrel Bait, Bastro, Gastr del Sol)
  25. Jarred Barron
  26. Chris Millstein (Home, Jah Division, Charter Oak)
  27. Barbara Schauwecker (Animental)
  28. Jared Burak (Wet Cement)
  29. Pete Vogl (Koi Pond, Bi-Unicorn, Bow Ribbons)
  30. Marianne Kozlowski (The Punks)
  31. Nadav Havusha (Big A Little A)
  32. Nathan Corbin (Excepter)
  33. Clare Amory (Lake, Skint, Excepter)
  34. Aaron Moore (Volcano the Bear)
  35. Alianna Kalaba (We Ragazzi)
  36. Rick Prior (Glass Shivers, Squabble Hut)
  37. Josh Madell (Antietam)
  38. John McSwain
  39. Justin DeRosa
  40. David Nuss (No-Neck Blues Band, Under Satan's Sun)
  41. Count Hejnowski (No-Neck Blues Band, Malkuth, Dream/Aktion Unit)
  42. Sadie Laska (I.U.D.)
  43. Alan Licht (Text of Light)
  44. Travis Harrison (Unsacred Hearts, Dracula Zombie USA)
  45. Andrya Ambro (Antonius Block)
  46. Jeff Salane (Panthers)
  47. Jim Abramson (Dymaxion, Autobody, Bear Flames, Rhys Chatam Guitar All Star Dymaxion)
  48. Andy MacLeod (Howling Hex)
  49. Michael Evans (God Is My Co-Pilot)
  50. David LeBleu (Mercury Program, Papercranes], Textual)
  51. Adam Autry (ADD, Plate Techtonics, Onleyville Soundsystems)
  52. Spencer Herbst (Matta Lama)
  53. Dreiky Caprice (Express Fiesta Glacier)
  54. Kid Millions (Oneida, Soldiers of Fortune, Jah Division)
  55. Jim Siegel (Cul de Sac)
  56. Jonathan Lockie (Sightings)
  57. Lizzy Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance, I.U.D.)
  58. Andrew W.K.
  59. Adee Connors (Ticwar, A Minor Forest, Lumen)
  60. Mike Pride (MDC, Fushitsusha, John Zorn, Yoshihide Otomo)
  61. Aron Wahl (Big A Little A)
  62. Spencer Sweeney
  63. Ryan Sawyer (Tall Firs, Stars Like Fleas)
  64. Daniel Franz (Arboretum)
  65. Chris Moore (Moore & Sons, Negative Approach)
  66. Allison Busch (Awesome Color)
  67. Miggie Littleton (Blood on the Wall)
  68. Sara Lund (Unwound)
  69. Eric Marc Cohen (Fly Ashtray, Dymaxion, Autobody, United Noise, Caroliner Rainbow)
  70. Tim DeWitt (Gang Gang Dance)
  71. Kayrock (Roxy Pain)
  72. Josh Bonati (Big A Little A)
  73. Jason Kourkounis (Bardo Pond, Hot Snakes, Burning Brides, The Delta 72)
  74. John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man)
  75. Than Luu (M. Ward, Black Gold, Rachael Yamagata, shushshush, Adam Franklin)
  76. Matthias Schulz (Enon, Holy Fuck)
  77. Oran Canfield (Child Abuse, Dig That Body Up... It's Alive, Murder Murder)
  78. Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt, Mindflayer, Black Pus)
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