Re: [thewire] krautsources?/Modry Efekt?
- 70% or more are available in legit reissues ... labels like Garden of
Delights, Think Progressive, Spalax, Captain Trip, etc., have (re-)covered
the scene pretty well. Of course, the more canonical works are available as
well, usually on less specialist labels for less inflated prices: Faust
(ReR/Klangblad), Can (Mute/Spoon), Neu! (Astralwerks). Check
www.forcedexposure.com for extended descriptions/purchase of most of the
works referred to so far in the discussion.
Now my own question for the true "krautcognoscenti": what's the word on
Radim Hladik and Modry Efekt? Not truly "kraut", being from Czechoslovakia.
I've heard them condemned for prog-rock excesses and lauded for Sonny
Sharrock goes Kosmiche guitar workouts.
To stir up controversy, I'll also throw down some blasphemy. Someone
mentioned the shortcomings of krautrock's b-list/c-list artists ... I'd like
to add the shortcomings of an a-list artist. Neu! was a gap in my listening
... I'd absorbed most of the a-list and moved around them into the second
and third tier. I purchased all three reissues as soon as they were
available and spent the next several days listening to them consecutively in
all permutations/combinations of A-sides/B-sides/1-2-75, like kabbalah or
alchemy, dancing and chanting in my living rooom, inhaling vapors, spinning
the records backwards, fasting, indulging in drink-carnal-psychotropic
excess ... I scried vagaries from the entrails of poultry/burnt coal/tea
leaves, manifested every ritualistic behavior with a proven history of
unleashing dimentia or tapping into the portals of revelatory bliss which
can emanate from the prosaic. Yet all I was left with was a living room
scattered with offal, ash, half-eaten scraps of food, traces of pungent
odors ... the prosaic. Time seems to have subsumed Neu! rather than
jettisoning them "out" as timeless cosmo-nauts or cosmo-knots (more
cosmo-nots). Hmmm, compared to Faust's Wumme Years box, what a major
disappointment. The way I justify Neu!'s legendary status is in terms of
influence rather than continued relevance ... now like a cobwebbed eniac,
curio, musical equivalent of the disinterest with which I approach a Joseph
Cornell tableaux. The perils of being ahead of your time rather than outside
In terms of the over-rated, (gasp) I'd rather git my freak on.
>From: Albrecht Koschnik <akoschni@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: [thewire] krautsources?
>Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 03:08:01 -0400 (EDT)
>So, can the krautcognoscenti tell us unwashed multitudes if and where some
>of these krautjewels they've been raving about are legally available?!
>I recall reading reviews of some of the krauttitles mentioned in this
>string in Ed Pisent's Soundprojector [again: very highly recommended], and
>it sounded next to impossible to track many of them down. Evidently, it
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