Thursday, February 2, 2017
Tonight in the Explorers Room: Hear the Helicopter, Hear the Thunder – In Memoriam Jaki Liebezeit
Tonight's Explorers Room will be a sort of tribute to the fallen god of drum, Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit. Liebezeit, as you probably know, died of pneumonia on January 22nd. At that time, I already had an entire show planned – and since portions of it concerned relevant protest and immigration issues I figured it best not to postpone – but I still wanted to do a show in memoriam of this great artist and master drummer. I hope you won't mind if it's a week late, so to speak. As though it's ever the wrong time for Can.
Back in October 2016, I dedicated three consecutive programs to Can and their various activities, together and apart. With those shows, I played most of the material from (what I consider to be) their prime, the run of LPs from Soundtracks to Landed, as well as most of my favorite tracks from their best solo/post-Can projects. Of course, I could put together a show of all the stuff from those albums that I didn't play and it would be just as good – such is the greatness of Can, the greatest band – but tonight I think I'll mainly play stuff from areas I didn't get to last time around. That means pulling from the great wealth of bootlegs, live performances, and studio outtakes, as well as some of the best tracks from their LPs in the post-Landed 70s: Flow Motion (probably the best of this period), Saw Delight, Can, Out of Reach. Far from their best albums, but nonetheless excellent, and inevitably full of great work. Mindblowing stuff, actually, and often overlooked. There will be an emphasis on drum-heavy tracks, of course. Tonight will take us to space, my friends, and thus a millimeter closer to brother Liebezeit, so dearly missed on this wretched earth.
In the meantime, or whenever, check out the archives of my previous Can shows:
October 1, 2015: Communism-Anarchism-Nihilism: CAN, the Greatest Band
October 8, 2015: Let's Get Cool and Normal in the Pool with Holger Czukay (Can Members, Post-Can, Pt. 1)
October 15, 2015: Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit, Michael Karoli, & Damo Suzuki (Can Members, Post-Can, Pt. 2)
Also check out fellow GTDR host Jesse Kaminsky's (of Kaminsky Kamoutsky) tribute to Liebezeit here.
Then join me tonight in the Room for some drummin' from the other side of the mind