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Food Pyramid – I


You look dirty….why don’t you come and take a dip in this here synth wash pool. This nice gem of a record showed up in our inbox the other day from Minneapolis. The band is called Food Pyramid, and they play krautrock music and have just released their debut cassette on Moon Glyph records. The debut is called “I”, and they are already planning to follow it up with “II” and “III” (if that’s not Krautrock enough for you, then I don’t know what is). Food Pyramid manages to transport you to their home planet right off the bat with an amazing 18-minute concoction that is the “The Sundance Kid” by putting to use the perfect blend of cerebral melodies and classic Krautrock drum patterns. Throughout the record Food Pyramid manage to take you on a tour of their sound making abilities, switching gears between tracks but still maintaining otherworldly motif’s. Tracks like “Southside Blacktop Beat” get the robots dancing, while tracks like “Lesbian Seagull” prepare you for your digital bath.

Here….stop and take a gander:
“The Sundance Kid” (excerpt)

“Southside Blacktop Beat”

“Lesbian Seagull”

Click HERE to order the cassette.
And go to their MYSPACE for more tracks and videos.

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La Düsseldorf – Viva


La Düsseldorf is the brain child of German Krautrock pioneer Klaus Dinger (Neu! and early Kraftwerk member). They only released 3 albums, this one being the centerpiece, all of which are fantastic. Their sound was more expansive than that of Neu! creating a wonderful world of its own. Their sound has been said to cause “a crazed cosmic Bavarian knees up” – shit yeah. With La Düsseldorf, Dinger had created what I would maybe call…fantasy punk rock (the track ‘Rheinita’ could totally be in The Neverending Story). And with this album, Dinger even brings politics into the picture.

Excerpt from album notes:
The year before the ‘Viva’ release, a national crisis-engulfed West Germany. 1977 became “der Deutsche Herbst” (the German Autumn) as the anti-capitalist Red Army Faction (RAF) attacked a US army base, kidnapped the head of a bank, murdered three police officers. A siege mentality gripped the whole country as Lufthansa flight 181 to Frankfurt was hijacked with demands for the release of RAF prisoners
Not an easy topic for West German musicians, artists and writers to address; any attempt at even the merest hint of debate about the socio-economic root causes of the RAF violence was to risk being accused by a deeply conservative media and public of sympathizing with bloodthirsty terrorists.
Yet Klaus Dinger shared the RAF disgust at the widening gulf between new money and the traditional working class, even if he rejected their violently misguided methods…And ‘Viva’ is his manifesto. 30 years on it still calls to us everywhere; to keep alive the countercultural faith; the anger, cynicism, idealism, love, compassion, humor, the sheer ‘joie-de-vivre’ of being alive.

Viva Klaus Dinger!

Link: LA DUSSELDORF – VIVA

Tracklist
1. Viva
2. White Overalls
3. Rheinita
4. Vogel
5. Geld
6. Cha Cha 2000

Check out this live performance of ‘Rheinta’ with some interpretive dance…

And here’s Klaus Dinger (in white overalls) with Neu!

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V/A “Mitten Ins Ohr”


Another dose of German psych-rock obscurities. Recently the combination of ‘being high’ and ‘Amoeba Music’ has made coming home without a psychedelic compilation damn near impossible. They design these crazy awesome covers knowing full well that anyone who browses through the “Psych-Rock” section is most likely stoned. It’s so easy to be fooled by good artwork, but this time I lucked out again. This is a wonderful appetizer of the German Krautrock-scene. Time to explore.

Link: MITTEN INS OHR

Tracklist
1. Witthüser & Westrupp – Orienta
2. Jerry Berkers – Es wird morgen vorbei sein
3. Hölderlin – Requiem für einen Wicht
4. Limbus 4 – Dhyana
5. Gila – Aggression
6. Wallenstein – Relics of Past
7. Floh de Cologne – Hey Hallo Stift
8. Guru Guru – Electric Junk
9. Limbus 4 – Heiku
10. Popol Vuh – Aquirre I
11. Mythos – Oriental Journey
12. Bröselmaschine – Lassie
13. Emtidi – Träume
14. Witthüser & Westrupp – Die Schlüsselblume
15. Floh de Cologne – Wir werden immer mehr
16. Annexus Quam – Osmose
17. Anima – How to Dream
18. Guru Guru – Der LSD-Marsch

And for a taste…

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