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King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King
05.31.2010
11:50 pm
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Over the weekend, I picked up a copy of the 5:1 surround mix of King Crimson’s classic 1974 album, Red, but I didn’t have a chance to listen to it properly until this afternoon. And when I say properly, I mean loudly, as Red happens to be one of the heaviest rock albums of all time. Crank it up loud enough—as I did today—and it feels like a jumbo jet is taking off inside your skull. The sonic power of that album can blow you away like a feather in the wind at top volume. Most King Crimson albums I find to be a bit spotty (some of them are really spotty, in fact) but when they lock into a serious groove, like on Red’s title cut, it’s an awe inspiring thing to listen to.

This new surround version, mixed from the original multi-source mixdown tapes by Porcupine Tree’s Steve WIlson (with Robert Fripp’s participation) tends to put the listener in the middle of the mix, that is to say, it sounds like you are standing in the room as they are playing. I find that this approach worked great on Wilson’s redo of In the Court of the Crimson King in 5:1, but with Red, the violent onslaught of Fripp’s buzzsaw guitar riffs sounds emasculated somewhat (when compared to the familiar stereo version) unless the album is played at an almost ear-splitting volume. Me, I’m happy to oblige. Listen to it as loud as fuck and it sounds wonderful. I suppose that was the point. Who’s going slap on Red to listen at a background volume anyway?

There’s not much by way of film footage of pre-80s incarnation of King Crimson. As in nearly none. I did find two amazing clips, though. First an intense run-through of Lark’s Tongue in Aspic on what appears to be Germany’s Beat Club show.
 

 
Below, a 1973 performance in New York’s Central Park of Easy Money:
 

 
(Incidentally, the new leaked Kanye West single, Power, samples King Crimson’s 21st Century Schizoid Man)

Posted by Richard Metzger
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05.31.2010
11:50 pm
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Gibby Haynes on Fox News Channel
05.29.2010
04:19 am
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Ummm… Err….

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.29.2010
04:19 am
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Can: Future Days and Beyond
05.28.2010
06:38 pm
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Mr. Laner’s Krautrock post from earlier this week put me in a Can kind of mood (although it takes very little).  What follows below is a kinda wonderful fan-made video for Future Days, the epically dreamy title track from the final Can album to feature the vocal stylings of former street busker, Damo Suzuki.  The vid’s creator cribbed its imagery from banned films from the 20’s and 30’s.  Trippy visuals aside, as we ease into what should be a sunny Memorial Day weekend here in LA, make Future Days part of your soundtrack!

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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05.28.2010
06:38 pm
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Motorik Interrupted: Wolfgang Riechmann
05.28.2010
02:23 pm
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Wolfgang Riechmann‘s sole solo LP is a minor masterpiece of late 70’s German electronica, very much of a piece with Kraftwerk’s concurrent LPs but a bit more lush and psychedelic. In fact, Riechmann played with future Kraftwerk member Wolgang Flür and Neu’s Michael Rother in Spirits of Sound in the 1960s. What’s not so wunderbar is that Riechmann was stabbed to death in a bar brawl just three weeks before the release of this LP.

 

 
Head Heritage: WOLFGANG RIECHMANN—WUNDERBAR
KRAFTWERK AND THE ELECTRONIC REVOLUTION

Posted by Brad Laner
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05.28.2010
02:23 pm
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Led Zeppelin roadie (1971-74) TELLS ALL!!!!
05.28.2010
12:22 am
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Or something like that… Mind rot at its finest!

Thanks, Bill Meehan!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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05.28.2010
12:22 am
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Miles Davis: Call It Anything
05.27.2010
12:22 pm
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Miles Davis’ birthday was yesterday but I still love him today, so I’m posting this absolutely staggeringly great series of clips comprising his 1970 performance at the Isle of Wight festival. After viewing this for the first time when it was released a few years ago it got under my skin to such an extent that I had dreams about it for the next few nights. There’s some sort of holy communion with the spirit of pure music going on here that I can’t begin to profess to understand, but the musicians here are obviously touched by the proceedings in a way that transcends mere “rocking out”. See if you don’t agree.

 

 

 

 
The insane $2000 Miles Davis Box Set

Posted by Brad Laner
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05.27.2010
12:22 pm
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‘Doctor Who’ theme recreated with just a guitar and Electro-Harmonix effect pedals
05.26.2010
11:31 pm
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(via Retro Thing)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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05.26.2010
11:31 pm
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Monitor and I
05.26.2010
12:21 pm
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It’s hard to overstate the effect upon our psyches of things we’re exposed to when we are young and impressionable. For better or worse, these things stay with us forever and if we’re lucky these things are also of enduring quality and mystery. Such is the case with myself and the little known band Monitor, whose sole 7” single I chanced upon at Slipped Disc record store in Sepulveda, CA around 1980. I was already at this time quite the ardent Devo fan and I could tell they too had vaguely similar aesthetics, especially in Steve Thompsen’s virtuoso synth manglings. So enchanted was I with this lil’ slab o’ vinyl that I tracked them down and started hanging around with them and sneaking into all of their shows. That I soon found out they attended the same high school as I, 10 years earlier, only deepened my affection for them. As it happened they were just preparing to release their one and only self-titled LP which while retaining its electronic foundations revealed a darker, more psychedelic sound. And then, rather suddenly it was over. Drummer Keith Mitchell went on to fame with Mazzy Star, guitarist Michael Uhlenkott formed The Romans, Steve Thompsen eventually joined LAFMS improv trio Solid Eye and bassist (and major early crush object for yours truly) Laurie O’Connell disappeared into Northern Californian suburban family life. There are periodic rumors of re-issues and even a book documenting their fleeting existence, but for now all that remains are the handful of recordings and this one live clip from New Wave Theatre, which as far as I can tell was their very last performance together.
 

 
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Posted by Brad Laner
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05.26.2010
12:21 pm
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Here comes the 2nd Autechre LP of 2010
05.25.2010
11:33 pm
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Bonus ! Everyone’s favorite difficult electronic music duo Autechre is dropping their second LP of the year. Their dirty, unkempt and unfussy sound is always a welcome presence on my various music reproduction devices. Not to mention the sport of observing the hair-pulling and gnashing of teeth by their legions of fanboys who can never be pleased but can nonetheless be counted on to purchase every last object issued by their heroes. Long may they bit-crush.

 
Autechre- Move of Ten

Posted by Brad Laner
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05.25.2010
11:33 pm
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Patti Smith’s commencement address at Pratt
05.25.2010
08:21 pm
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If you heard about Patti Smith getting an honorary degree at Pratt last week, her sweet/funny speech at Radio City Music Hall to the graduating students is now on YouTube.
 
Bonus clip of The Patti Smith Group performing Horses and Hey Joe and on the Old Grey Whistle Test program.
 


Via The Awl

Posted by Richard Metzger
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05.25.2010
08:21 pm
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