Whenever I play Einsturzende Neubauten on a show, I inevitably receive a few phone calls from curious listeners. I’m still surprised that EN are not more well known than they are. Sure, they use drills, sanders, oil drums, and other pieces of hardware to make music, but they also write beautiful songs with strong melodies and memorable hooks. Anyways, I featured the song “NNNAAAMMM” on today’s show and fielded enough questions about it to warrant writing about just a little bit about them. I’m not sure there’s much I could add to the already universal praise this band receives; all I can do is encourage you to take the time to learn more about them. They’re easily one of the most consistent bands I know of and their music spans a broad spectrum from nearly free-form noise to delicate balladry. Click on some of the links in this paragraph to watch videos and get a glimpse into their discography. If you don’t know where to start, just grab a copy of Strategies Against Architecture II. That’s the collection that enamored me to the band and it represents a fairly broad range of their output.
While I did not play any of their music this week, Windy & Carl are a band that I hold dear and they’re currently on tour. They’re an amazing band and their music is even more amazing live. Tour dates are available over at Windy’s Myspace page. None other than Benoit Pioulard is on tour with them. Windy has been working on a project Benoit Pioulard (Thomas Meluch) called Lambs Laughter; they are performing in addition to Windy & Carl and Benoit Pioulard during this tour. Do not miss them because you’ll basically be shooting yourself in the foot, especially if you like ambient/drone/spacey/shoegazy perfection.
That’s all I have for you this week. I’ll have some new reviews posted soon, including what a few thoughts on the new Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy record, a review of the new Arbouretum record, and a review of the Jack Rose record featured during today’s broadcast. I hope you enjoy the show.
Thanks for listening and for all the communication!
I’ll talk to you next week.
01. Arbouretum “False Spring” from Song of the Pearl (2009) on Thrill Jockey
02. Low “Lion/Lamb” from Secret Name (1999) on Kranky
03. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy “Heart’s Arms” from Beware (2009) on Drag City
04. John Fahey “Sun Gonna Shine In My Back Door Someday Blues” from The Legend of Blind Joe Death (1996) on Takoma — originally released in 1967
05. Shalabi Effect “Mokoondi” from Shalabi Effect (2002) on Alien 8 Recordings
06. Muslimgauze “Sari of Human Hair” from Jaagheed Zarb (2008) on Staalplaat
07. Kid 606 “The Ten and the Zero” from G.Q. on the E.Q (2000) on Tigerbeat 6
08. Matmos “Last Delicious Cigarette” from The West (2008) on Autofact — originally released in 1998
09. Pan American “St. Cloud” from The River Made No Sound (2002) on Kranky
10. Mountains “Telescope” from Choral (2009) on Thrill Jockey
11. Jack Rose “Calais to Dover” from I Do Play Rock and Roll (2008) on 3Lobed
12. Einsturzende Neubauten “NNNAAAMMM” from Ende Neu (1996) on Nothing
13. Combat Astronomy “Orion” from The Dematerialised Passenger (2005) on Discus
14. Bernard Bonnier “<<I Can’t Sing…>>” from Casse-Tete (2008) on Oral — originally released in 1984
15. Land of Kush “The Light Over the Ranges (Excerpt)” from Against the Day (2009) on Constellation