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Options August 10, 2010: w/interview with MICHAEL ROTHER (Neu! / Harmonia / Hallogallo 2010)

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As participants in the heyday of early 70's Krautrock go, Michael Rother's resume and contributions to the world of experimental music and progressive rock might be among the highest. He spent time as guitarist in a 1971 incarnation of Kraftwerk, then co-founded the legendary combo Neu! with Klaus Dinger. With a combination of studio manipulations with producer Conny Plank, Dinger's driving motorik drumming and Rother's spirited and textural guitar playing, Neu! created a body of music that weighed heavily across sections of classic and modern music cornerstones as diverse as Joy Division, PiL, Bowie, and an entire electronic music scene. He also was a member of Harmonia, joining Cluster's Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius, worked with Eno, and created a selection of solo recordings into the present time. Rother has been touring as Hallogallo 2010 using his past projects as a template for live performance, joined by Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth on drums, and Aaron Mullan of Tall Firs on bass. The trio recently performed during WFMU's broadcast at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, and have shows this week at Maxwell's, Lincoln Center, and in Philadelphia. Michael stops by Brian's show today joined by Steve and Aaron for an extended chat about his activities past and present, with a generous helping of excerpts from his great recordings.

(* = new)

Artist Track Album Label Comments New Approx. start time
Brlaab  Rammenas   Options Brlaab      *   0:00:00 ()
Rick Potts  Ne'er Do Whales   Options Kasper  No Label    *   0:04:03 ()
Purple Brain  Excerpt   Options 7" + CD Mix  RVNG      0:06:00 ()
A Rancid Vat  Joy To the World   Options         0:14:39 ()
Angel Face  Endless Road   Options Wolf City Blues        0:17:39 ()
White Boy and the Average Rat Band  Leaving Tonight on Vacation   Options White Boy and the Average Rat Band  ??  reissue  *   0:20:44 ()
Francisco Lopez  Conops   Options Conops  GD Stereo    *   0:25:13 ()
Caroliner Rainbow  Pace & Mercy's List   Options Rings on the Awkward Shadow        0:36:52 ()
Relcad  As Deep   Options Capitol Island  Pleasure Boat    *   0:41:26 ()
Induced Labour  Lazarus Reflex   Options Cassette  No Label    *   0:49:03 ()
Mac Blackout  Don't Let Your Love Die   Options 7"  Sacred Bones    *   0:49:56 ()
San Francisco Water Cooler  Massive Darlings   Options II  Sun Sneeze    *   0:52:35 ()
Alastair Galbraith  Concentrate   Options Mass        0:57:26 ()
Hallogallo 2010 (Rother/Shelley/Mullan)  Live   Options Primavera Sound during WFMU's brodcast this past May        1:02:51 ()
Michael Rother w/Steve Shelley & Aaron Mullan  Interview in WFMU studios   Options         1:12:45 ()
Kraftwerk (Rother/Florian/Dinger)  Koln II   Options         1:36:23 ()
Neu!  Cassetto   Options Neu! 2  Brain / Astralwerks      1:41:24 ()
Michael Rother  Interview in WFMU studios (con'td)   Options         1:46:23 ()
Harmonia (w/ Eno)  Luneberg Heath   Options Tracks and Traces  Rykodisc      2:00:53 ()
Harmonia  Ueber Ottenstein   Options Live 1974  Water Music      2:05:49 ()
Michael Rother  Interview in WFMU studios (con'td)   Options         2:15:21 ()
Hallogallo  Drone Schlager   Options New 7"  Vampire Blues      2:29:26 ()
Neu  Hero   Options Neu '75  Astralwerks      2:42:24 ()
Michael Rother  Sonnenrad   Options Sterntaler  Water Music      2:44:56 ()
Hallogallo 2010  Live   Options Primavera Sound during WFMU's brodcast this past May        2:51:02 ()
Hallogallo at Lincoln Center

Listener comments!

  Tue. 8/10/10 3:10pm BSI:

holy crap!
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:14pm will:

Hey Brian, play some fuckin' Leppard (as a student once said to me when I was DJ'ing a Portland High School spring dance in Fall 1985).
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:16pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

1985...such a horrible time to be a teenager...
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:16pm north guinea hills:

Pieces out, I got to dump $$$ on the old landlady and the new landlord, will be poor for awhile!
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:30pm Matt from Springfield:

Really dug that Average Rat Band. I think their sub-genre should be called "stooge", with a little s.
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:34pm V:

The Stooges are playing in Atlantic City too!
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:38pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

there are about a million and a half bands that could be categorized under the "stooge" genre
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:44pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

this is a nice refuge of ambience
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:47pm BSI:

DCE, I'll agree on the 1985 comment. I was seventeen, but at least i had the DC hardcore scene to keep me sane until i discovered more subversive stuff....
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:47pm Matt from Springfield:

Refuge of ambience, possibly to be followed by the storm of noise. It can be annoying but despite my love of ambient I appreciate a really creative "buzzkill".
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:50pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

and here you go!!
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:51pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

@BSI, I was the same age but didn't have nothing but my psych/60s records to create my own personal fantasy land, and get away from Spandau Ballet and Aha.
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:54pm BSI:

the big yearbook story was the debate on who was cooler: michael jackson or prince.... yeh, it was a dark age of human history.
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:55pm Ray Farrell:

Mac Blackout is a trip. Hey I'll have to email Grux from Caroliner about the cd. He used to show up at my show at KPFA and while waiting at the door he'd rummage through trash of the portrait studio next door. He gave me some great stuff.
  Tue. 8/10/10 3:56pm BT:

Yeh, the last time I got a handoff from Grux for the station I had to do it quite covertly at a hair salon with specific instructions!
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:00pm Matt from Springfield:

@BSI: I found out about that DC hardcore scene some time ago. We already talked about my 1985-origins on another playlist--well my family first moved to the DC area that Aug 1985. I thought it was interesting how we moved in around the time of a retrospectively significant social era. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington,_D.C._hardcore
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:01pm Matt from Springfield:

@DCE: then I know you'll LOVE Sirius/XM's "1st Wave" channel! They play CATALOGUE tracks from Spandau and A-Ha!
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:06pm Slider McGee:

Man, love turning on the radio and hearing Stereolab. Sweet!
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:07pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

I wear garlic around my neck to keep Sirius away
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:10pm Tom L (Hallock Hill):

Loving the prospect of the next two hours...
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:11pm Matt from Springfield:

Though they did play Billy Idol's "Flesh For Fantasy" on that same channel recently. It would have been awesome for the display to say: Amanda - Me At Friday's (feat. Billy Idol, "Flesh For Fantasy"), as it should, and will in a more optimistic future. (Irwin ref)
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:12pm Matt from Springfield:

You know, Brian should talk to Irwin about Amanda--she would go great being cross-faded in and out with black metal on this show!
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:15pm ric:

The finale of the Primavera Sound gig was great, (E-Musik? hope it gets aired again today...), but the rest seemed a little bit flat somehow. Maybe the gentler music through amplification is harder.
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:34pm Rob W:

It's fascinating hearing Michael Rother talk so frankly and analytically about those formative years, Connie Plank and early Kraftwerk and all those great figures in Germany's remarkable history of merging electronic music techniques with rock concepts. Amazingly, we had a scratched up Brain Records compilation LP in my college dorm library in the early 80s called German Rock Scene. Just happened to be there - nobody knew anything about it. With Neu (Neuschnee), Embryo, Thirsty Moon, Guru Guru - the first I ever heard of any of those bands - all VERY mysterious at that time!
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:42pm BM:

You hit the nail on the head Rob W. Well put. I traveled from
Los Angeles to see their show at Maxwell's. Very glad that I did.
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:42pm BSI:

had to tune out, but came back just in time for my favorite Neu tune! Life is good...
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:43pm BT:

And surprisingly seperate in their element too, unlike the clusters of 'scenes' we see in modern locales that don't get a lot of attention (initially).
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:45pm Matt from Springfield:

Koln II was great - incredibly advanced for that time. Compared to rock it's not even a mere split-off, but a new way of thinking (and yes, analyzing) with music.
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:49pm Ray Farrell:

Thirsty Moon is mentioned here! I loved "Lord Of Lightning" its a great hybrid of "Batman" "Jumpin'Jack Flash" and "Cant Explain" rolled into one.
  Tue. 8/10/10 4:59pm BB:

Amazing interview, Brian.
the recording of the Lincoln Center show is here:

http://culture.wnyc.org/articles/music-hub/2010/aug/10/no-cover-michael-rother-friends-play-music-neu/
  Tue. 8/10/10 5:01pm jneilnyc:

Great interview, lots of good backstory here.

When I first heard their albums there was almost no context to put them in - in a way that freed us up to hear them without any "baggage". Neu! wasn't about scenes, or personalities, or gear/techniques, or ideology, it was just those rhythms, and that liquid guitar sound.
  Tue. 8/10/10 5:33pm zagozi:

Great interview Brian !
  Tue. 8/10/10 5:40pm emma b:

hi brian, howdy accuplaypeeeples! fantastic interview! i've been travelling, obsessively listening to it in the car and now the 128 feed. so informative and enjoyable!!! Thank you!
  Tue. 8/10/10 5:47pm Tornado:

Very cool interview, Brian. Want to get one of those singles but they only had 50 ppressed for the show and many seemed to've but dups. Know of any way to get one besides going to the ATP show?
  Tue. 8/10/10 5:57pm BT:

Tornado, maybe try the Smells Like Records site?
  Tue. 8/10/10 5:58pm Tornado:

Good idea Brian, thanks.
  Tue. 8/10/10 5:58pm Matt from Springfield:

Excellent interview and music - a well-deserved retrospective of Michael Rother's contribution to music.
  Thu. 8/12/10 12:56am David Senie:

Absolutely riveting interview with Rother, Brian! And fantastic selections surrounding it. Thanks, man!
  Wed. 8/22/12 8:38pm MS:

Found your program after having seen the BBC documentary "Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany" and being transfixed by 'Hallogallo' playing in the background as Rother was interviewed.

Thanks for a superb and intelligent interview where you allowed the artists time to speak and for putting it on the web.
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