Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy Neu! Year

Photo by Clive Parnell

Happy New Year all you bloggers and browsers. Stepping softly and slowly into 2011, how about a couple of nicicles to add a frosted glaze to the goings on: two Teutonic tunes from art rockers Neu! - fitting the fluish, foggy mood of the mo'

The brisk, beaty and wintery instrumental of Isi (with an under-bubble of Deck the Halls) is something that soundtracked my slippery steps to the station and back during last January's drifts.

Neu! - Isi



Is it me or is there a touch of Dirk Wears White Sox meets Little Drummer Boy about Seeland



So far I've only got Neu! 75 - so any recommendations on where else to dip into the Krautrockers catalogue would be much appreciated

18 comments:

davy h said...

Sehr gut Herr Mondo die Musik gefällt mir. Wir fahren fahren fahren auf der Autobahn, etc.

Gary Fowles said...

Mondo the problem you have is you've started with their best work. Neu! & Neu! 2 are good, but not a patch on Neu! 75. I'd suggest checking out Harmonia instead, Musik Von Harmonia is a good place to start.
By the way do you hear Lydon's sneer on Hero too? As well as the obvious Bowie connection?

Mondo said...

Das ist gut! C`est fantastique!

Musik Von Harmonia *adds to Amazon list* Yes, good point Gary I can hear the Lydon tone now - hadn't twigged that before. Also electro Eno too, the Before and After science sound and After the Heat album with Roedelius. Out mutual friend Paul Tunk's gave me this album last year..following some pub banter about it

Gary Fowles said...

Cool, it's good to know Paul still has decent taste in music. Other Komische Musik that is currently rocking the Fowles residence, are the Moebius & Plank album Rastakraut Pasta (I know but it's better than it sounds), and the Cluster & Eno album.
I love After the Heat too. The Belldog is one of my favourite Eno moments (of many).
You can't beat pub banter. New podrophenia soon perhaps?

Mondo said...

The reviews on Rastakraut Pasta look a top notch, so that's on the list too..

Begegnungen is a similar winner..Pitch Control from it, is a tune I've been meaning to log in the blog for over 3 years now...

And this is worth grabbing if you haven't

swiss adam said...

Ja, ja. Neu! ist fantastiche

Gary Fowles said...

Mondo I think I have everything on Begegnungen already, since it's a compilation. That Soul Jazz release looks like a doer though. Might have to have a look around for a review copy. I'm quite interested in checking out Faust too.

Mondo said...

I could go mad for this style of electro-70s songbook Gary - but it's knowing where to start. The Soul Jazz release is a must-grab. I spotted almost 3 tunes borrowed by Eno on the first listen..

Have you checked out his King's Lead Hat B-side R.A.F - grab here if not

Piley said...

got any Boney M?

Gary Fowles said...

Mondo I have a really nice Eno box that has that b-side on it. I love that song, it very much in the style of what he'd go on to with David Byrne. I agree about Eno half inching things from those German types. I think they were on the same wavelength.
As for where to start Neu! 75 is as good a place as any, I think you'll find that there are certain people that you like and if you follow their career then you'll stumble upon things of goodness. Rother for instance. It's too early in the morning for me to write about this stuff. :D

Simon said...

Happy new year!

Mondo said...

You can grab a tune covered by Boney M here...P

Is that the Eno vocal box Gary? I've got that - killer!

And to you Simon..

swiss adam said...

Both Neu! and Neu!2 are worth getting, moments of brilliance in both. I posted a track from Harmonia a while back- the album's good. Mainly though you should get La Dusseldorf- anything you can find- utter genius and beauty from one half of Neu! The two albums are La Dusseldorf and Viva (which contains Rheinita, 10 minutes of insturmental, happy Joy Division). Wunderlich.

Gary Fowles said...

Yeah that's the one Mondo. Totally agree with SA, La Dusseldorf are the nazz.

Mondo said...

Cheers chaps both are going on the To Neu! list...

BTW have you checked out Baltic Fleet from Blow Up's electric sections

DaveO said...
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DaveO said...

Hi, Just came across your blog.. I think via Jon Savage's site and a glam top 50 link you posted. Love it.. I think I have a new fave blog! I've just been listening to a lot of Krautrock lately.. saw the great documentary on BBC4 recently and discovered there was more than just Neu! and Kraftwerk.. Gotta get the Soul Jazz comp. Keep it coming.. Cheers,
Dave

Mondo said...

Thanks Dave - I missed the Krautrock doc I'll dig about on youtube for it.. Check out Baltic Fleet via the link in the comm's above for some Liverpool based Eastern Euro Electro...

Also if you root about this blog - look for Fur Den Untergang a Germanic soundtrack