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[Music] The Durgas – Shut Down

It’s hard to believe a band which now sounds like a contemporary of Neil Young or other rock stars at their most reflective (and yes, that’s a compliment, as I still have a healthy respect for rock & roll music’s transformative powers) began their career as an utterly brutal agit-punk band, A Subtle Plague, whose first demo was produced by Beastie Boys legend Adam Yauch, if memory serves.

This particular song has a rather personal meaning explained to me by my dear friend and damn near older brother, Ekke. It’s perhaps too personal to get into here, but let’s say it’s a song based on the oldest of topics – love and loss.

The core members of The Durgas, Christopher and Benjii Simmersbach, have managed to maintain high music quality despite many personnel changes, genre changes, location changes and more. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them, and of course, I wish them continued success. They’re good lads from a good, good family.

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[Music] AK – Branches


Aljosha Konstanty (AK) has quite a good body of work, but this particular release, his newest, really caught my ear.

Downtempo, relaxing, and it allows you to work unencumbered by anything distracting.

A beautiful release.

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[Music] Passepartout Duo – Ólafsfjörður

The Passepartout Duo are pianist and keyboardist Nicoletta Favari and drummer/percussionist Christopher Salvito.  For such a minimal setup, they manage to put together a sound that is cinematic in scope.  There are elements of contemporary classical music, but a bit of jazz slides in there as well.  Quite a profound release from them.

As an aside, the artwork was made by a Chinese company, as the Bandcamp website indicates:

This item is produced in China by the arts organization AnyOne Workspace, and all the proceeds from this sale go to the artists Yannis Zhang and Yumo Wu.

Though the limited edition set is a bit out of my price range, it’s going to a worthy cause.  As someone who is currently residing in Beijing, it’s good to see local artists collaborating worldwide.  There is a wealth of talent locally, and they need exposure.

 

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[Music] Conrad Schnitzler & Bernhard Wöstheinrich – 20070709

Conrad Schnitzler was a legendary electronic music composer who passed away in 2011. Four years beforehand, he collaborated with a young fellow German musician called Bernhard Wöstheinrich, who was well over 30 years his junior. The collaboration produced one hour-long track which builds, grinds, throbs and swells in a way that is abrasive, yet pleasant.

The release is on Iatepus Media, and you can read notes from their album on the label site.

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[Music] Holger Czukay – Blessed Easter

Legendary Can bassist and recording engineer Holger Czukay passed away today.  He was 79 years old.

Pitchfork Magazine reports about his passing here.

Many thanks to my friend, Michael Schneider, for posting this video, which we share in Holger’s honor.

Rest in peace.

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[Music] Nekropolis – Musik Aus Dem Schattenreich (1979)

Musik Aus Dem Schattenreich is an avant-progressive masterpiece by German electronic music composer Peter Fröhmader’s band Nekropolis.

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[Music] Cranioclast – Vanorum Mare

Cranioclast were from Hagen, Germany, and were one of the most interesting of the German cassette label projects I used to collect. They ventured into making a couple of vinyl records and CDs, but then disappeared into the ether. They’re a group crying out for a reissue campaign, definitely.

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[Music] Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram in Berlin

Berghain, February 3d at 10 pm
Iancu DUMITRESCU
Ana – Maria AVRAM

HYPERION INTERNATIONAL

Tim HODGKINSON, Yoni SILVER Tijana STANKOVIC, Diana MIRON, Zsolt SÖRÉS, Albert MARKOS, Andrei KIVU, Shmil FRANKEL, Laurenţiu COŢAC, Guillaume OLLENDORFF Cătălin MATEI, Gilly MOCANU, Colin HACKLANDER, Eduard GABIA
special guest
Stephen O’MALLEY

Program:

    Iancu Dumitrescu “Quasar light” (I) – (II)- (III)

for percussion and computer sounds

    Ana-Maria Avram “ Polarities & Ambiguations”

for two bass clarinets

    Iancu Dumitrescu “Blue Shift/Red Shift”

for strings and percussion

    Ana-Maria Avram “Heteromorphies (X)”

for e-guitar and ensemble

    “Murmur”

for ensemble

    Iancu Dumitrescu “Distant Supernova”

for e-guitar, ensemble and computer sounds

    Ana-Maria Avram “Signals”

for e-guitar, ensemble and computer sounds

    Iancu Dumitrescu “Collisions of Galaxies”

for ensemble and computer sounds

world premières

Concert realised with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute-Berlin

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[Music] Kraftwerk – Europe Endless

I’ve yet to hear a bad track from Kraftwerk. Thanks the my incredible friends on my Facebook feed who pointed me to this lilting piece of electronic music.

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[Music] Twenty Sixty Six and Then – Winter

Fine, heavy, expansive Krautrock from one of the better German bands of the era, 2066 (Twenty Sixty Six) and Then.