A Month of Kraftwerk from DJ Food, and more from other sources
March 20, 2012 2:01 PM   Subscribe

You're bummed that you're one of many who couldn't get tickets to the eight concerts of eight full albums in eight days at the Museum of Modern Art. Let DJ Food console you with a month of posts dedicated to Kraftwerk, including old and rare pictures and graphics, and six hours of songs that cover, sample, or are inspired by Kraftwerk, and even how to play Kraftwerk songs on your Casio pocket calculator. If you just want to hear Kraftwerk do their thing, here are three (incl. tracklist) live sets (partial tracklist) from recent years (tracklist).

If that's not enough Kraftwerk, here are a few live videos and live audio from various eras, on YouTube unless noted otherwise:

* A 41 minute version of Autobahn (audio only), from a live show in Leverkusen, Germany on 22th of April 1974.
* Computer Love, live in 1981 (5:36)
* Live at the Leicester University - 16-06-1992 (45 minutes on Google Video)
* Live in London in 2004, 2 hour audience-recorded video with decent audio
* München - Oktober 2011 (12 minutes of vivid, if shaky, audience recording, with decent audio)

Lots more from YouTube users Kraftwerkification and Nafoute
posted by filthy light thief (20 comments total) 46 users marked this as a favorite

 
And two more mixes, from Chrissy Murderbot's year of mixtapes.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:02 PM on March 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


filthy light thief: "and even how to play Kraftwerk songs on your Casio pocket calculator"

I'm going to admit that this phrase alone made me feel a little tingly in ways I probably shouldn't admit in public.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 2:05 PM on March 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


DJ Food. As somebody that isn't a DJ, and doesn't need mixing material, I just wish Matt Black and Jonathan More would put out another damn Coldcut record already.
posted by Stagger Lee at 2:06 PM on March 20, 2012


My first genie wish would be to drive around in a Wipeout XL digital hovercar with the fictional cassingle of "Neon Lights" b/w "Spacelab" stuck in the stereo.
posted by SharkParty at 2:07 PM on March 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Stagger Lee, have you heard Sound Mirrors from 2006? If so, you're up-to-date on the Coldcut front. As for DJ Food, it's only Strictly Kev these days, as Coldcut stepped aside to do their own work as Coldcut (who only got their stage name back under their own control in 1997). The duo made a number of different aliases for themselves while the record label Arista had the rights to anything produced as Coldcut.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:22 PM on March 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


One of my favorite Kraftwerk memories was touring around Europe on a bike, listening to the few albums I brought with me on an iPod I decided to load up, not 10 minutes before the flight. Thankfully, it had Man Machine on it and some of the Tour de France mixes (but sadly, not the tour de France soundtracks).

Having "Neon Lights" play, while making my way up (literally, up a mountain pass) to Bourg d'Oisans in the middle of the night, under a full moon - bright enough to not need lights, in perfectly clear skies after a rain storm and f'n high on whatever passes as coffee in like, Valbonnais is one of my most memorable experiences.
posted by alex_skazat at 2:50 PM on March 20, 2012


The new DJ Food album is hardly just mixing material, and Kaleidoscope is probably a trip-hop classic.

Also, DJ Food is the best, om nom nom nom I eat that shit up as fast as they servin' it.
posted by fuq at 2:51 PM on March 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


An internet post, wie er sein sollte.
posted by quoquo at 3:11 PM on March 20, 2012


I heard Hitler couldn't get tickets.
posted by dixiecupdrinking at 4:01 PM on March 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I enjoyed this cover of theirs.
posted by stargell at 4:04 PM on March 20, 2012


Great, thanks very much, filthy light thief! There are some live Kraftwerk sets from Coachella (2004, 2008) kicking around, which are pretty good too.

And yeah DJ Food rocks ...
posted by carter at 6:00 PM on March 20, 2012


I've had a copy of that 41 minute Autobahn for years. When I first got it (along with the rest of the recording of the show), I thought, 'oh huh pretty mediocre sound quality - a novelty that'll be worth a half-listen at most'. It took listening to about a quarter of it for it to turn into one of my favorite Kraftwerk live recordings (along with the New York '81 set and one or two others). It continues to be one of the easiest pieces of music I own to get totally, glassy-eyed lost in. I love it.

May the gods bless Kraftwerk for all the joy they've brought me. I don't know if they're my favorite group, but I do know I will never, never tire of their sounds. I have instructed the powers that be to play their music at my funeral.
posted by item at 6:21 PM on March 20, 2012


FLT FTW!
posted by Mike Mongo at 9:18 PM on March 20, 2012


You can always console yourself with the cold tamale of Senor Coconut's Kraftwerk covers.
posted by benzenedream at 11:19 PM on March 20, 2012


Oh. thanks benzendream. What a treat!

More from the mother lode... the good Senor's tecnocumbria meets Krautrock meets the Beach Boys: Autobahn
posted by Mister Bijou at 12:55 AM on March 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


tecnocumbia
posted by Mister Bijou at 12:56 AM on March 21, 2012


Thanks for making me feel like I missed out on one of the greatest things ever. Appreciate that.
posted by AndrewKemendo at 4:20 AM on March 21, 2012


Wow, I was looking for a clip from a hip hop documentary where Afrika Bambaataa asks of Kraftwerk, "who are these funky white boys?"and I ended up in some sort of white supremacist chat board where they were lauding Kraftwerk and cursing Bambaataa for, true to his race, stealing the white man's work! Wow, not really something I needed this early in the morning!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 4:37 AM on March 21, 2012


I have instructed the powers that be to play their music at my funeral.

Funny, I was just listening to "Franz Schubert/Endless Endless" on my drive in to work today, and I was thinking the same thing.
posted by smcdow at 6:48 AM on March 21, 2012


AndrewKemendo: Thanks for making me feel like I missed out on one of the greatest things ever. Appreciate that.

Turn this loss into a chance to feel part of something bigger: everyone who wanted to attend a monumental performance, but cannot. (Previously)
posted by filthy light thief at 8:54 AM on March 22, 2012


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