Archive for the 'CAN' Category

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

An American G.I. band stationed in Germany in the mid-60s, the Monks fused a pioneering sound unto themselves fusing freakbeat, blues, psychedelic rock, and an unfathomably prescient and potent display of proto-punk sovereignty. Check them out here on Germany’s Radio Bremen TV. A full-on attack of electric discord — all tambourine shouts, Skiffle strut tango […]

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Auf Wiedersehen to Can co-founder Holger Czukay, one of the primary architects of the krautrock sound, a sampling pioneer and a fearless sonic adventurer. Surrounded by virtuoso instrumentalists in Can, Czukay responded on bass with a hypnotically minimalist pulse, ensuring that no matter how free flowing things got, the groove remained paramount — check out this […]

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Can’s influence cannot be overstated. Highly impacted by the improvisational side of The Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa’s Mothers and Sly Stone, the group incorporated repetitive grooves that brought to mind African percussion and American funk. Two eccentric vocalists (first Malcom Mooney, then, famously, Damo Suzuki) and a dash of modern classical music helped create a […]

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Consider the following a public service announcement: Can’s collected session work with John Peel, recorded on four different occasions, between 1973-1975. The six tracks were released in 1995 via the Strange Fruit label, only to go out of print shortly thereafter. Having said that, the collection is available for download via krautrock mania, here. Get […]

Monday, January 5th, 2015

1968 free-jazz, psychedelic, art rock-funk. Sure, and from who else but Can. Culled from the still vital Lost Tapes compilation, “Midnight Sky” is one of the group’s earliest rarities, featuring their first vocalist, the New York City-based singer (and sculptor) Malcolm Mooney. As the band builds a tense, driving rhythm, Mooney riffs and scats, announcing, […]

Friday, November 30th, 2012

There are those among us who will shudder when I say this, but let’s face facts: Can was a jam band. Indeed, jamming was at the heart of pretty much everything the legendary krautrockers did. Rather than a group centered around a songwriter, Can was a collective of improvisers whose primary modus operandi in the […]