Kraftwerk 45 RPM

The Vinyl Factory will exhibit 45 iconic 7" Kraftwerk single covers from The Mott Collection, at their gallery in Chelsea, London, from September 12th to October 5th.

They will also publish a book with pictures of the 45 sleeves. With the book comes a 7" single with a 2009 interview with Kraftwerk.

Printed in the book, it seems, will only be a photo of the front of the sleeves. No labels, no backside, no detailed information - making it just a little bit pointless in the Discogs era, and it's horribly expensive at £80.

Still, I'd probably buy one if I could afford it.

Event page on facebook here
Vinyl Factory page here


D.A.F. by Jean-Louis Le Tacon

In 1982, Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft performed a set at L'ENTPE, an engineering school in the outskirts of Lyon, France, with a drum kit and an awe-inspiring wall of cassette decks. 

The performance was filmed and edited (babies) by Jean-Louis Le Tacon for French national TV channel Antenne 2, now known as France 2.

And here it is:

The year before, in 1981, Le Tacon did a short film called California Cauchemard (roughly "California Nightmare") that, if I understand it correctly, was shown before a Tuxedomoon concert in Poitiers. Haven't found that one online though.

Le Tacon CV in French here.


Giorgio Li Calzi feat. Wolfgang Flür

Follow-up to a post from a few months ago, about Wolfgang Flür and Nitzer Ebb's Bon Harris joining forces:

I learned from a comment to the Harris/Flür post, that the lyrics to their song was actually lifted from Flür's "Greed", a song intended for his so far unreleased second Yamo album, "Eloquence" - an album that has been mentioned in interviews since at least 2004.

The same story applies to this song, "Freaking Out", by italian trumpeter Giorgio Li Calzi. The song is taken from his album "Tech Set", that was released in 2004. The lyrics were lifted from a song from "Eloquence" and are credited to Flür. Not the best song ever, but that's not the point now is it?

Freaking out feat Wolfgang Flur

Click above to listen.


Kraftwerk retrospective at MoMA

Time to book a trip to New York? MoMA presents eight consecutive nights of Kraftwerk performances in April. One full album will be performed live every night, with 3D visuals, in this order:

Tuesday, April 10, 8:30 p.m.
1 – Autobahn (1974)

Wednesday, April 11, 8:30 p.m.
2 – Radio-Activity (1975)

Thursday, April 12, 8:30 p.m.
3 – Trans Europe Express (1977)

Friday, April 13, 10:00 p.m.
4 – The Man-Machine (1978)

Saturday April 14, 8:30 p.m.
5 – Computer World (1981)

Sunday, April 15, 8:30 p.m.
6 – Techno Pop (1986)

Monday, April 16, 8:30 p.m.
7 – The Mix (1991)

Tuesday, April 17, 10:00 p.m.
8 – Tour de France (2003)

More information here.

Tickets, at $25 per night, are released February 22nd. Maximum two shows per person, so choose wisely. And act quickly too, because the venue isn't that big. 700 people to be exact, at least if you are throwing a cocktail party.


Kraftwerk on Aktuellt, 1991

I remember this! Kraftwerk on the news, in Sweden, in 1991.

DAF on tour

Interesting, part 1:

"Gabi Delgado and Robert Görl will decide in February 2012, about a new DAF album."

Interesting , part 2:

Intro + Sonic Seducer present
DAF - "Verschwende deine Jugend" Dates 2012

03.02.2012 D-Osnabrück, Rosenhof (+ Tyske Ludder)
05.02.2012 A-Wien, Szene (+ Tyske Ludder)
17.02.2012 S-Malmö, Kulturbolaget (+ Spark)
18.02.2012 S-Stockholm, The Strand (+ The Exploding Boy)
02.03.2012 D-Berlin, Bi Nuu (Ex-Kato - Eröffnungskonzert)
09.03.2012 D-Frankfurt, Batschkapp (early show 19:30)
10.03.2012 D-Augsburg, Kantine (+ No More)
24.03.2012 D-Dessau, Beatclub (@ 36. Electric Tremor-Festival)
07.04.2012 B-Gent, Vooruit (Rewind-Easter-Festival 2012)
21.07.2012 D-Köln, Staatenhaus (@ Amphi-Festival 2012)

weitere Termine in Vorbereitung / more dates under construction