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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Tonight in the Explorers Room: Five Hour Show(!), Cluster / Moebius & Roedelius 1971-1983


Tonight in the Explorers Room, I'll be going from 7-Midnight as I fill in for The Cool Blue Flame with Little Danny.  To best make use of all that extra time, I'll be doing something I've wanted to do for some time now, but always felt I needed more than three hours to accomplish (as well as performing a follow-up to a the Neu!-themed show of a few weeks back): tackling the impressive, sprawling ouvre of Moebius and Roedelius, the duo that makes up Cluster, is 2/3 of Kluster and Harmonia, collaborated with Eno, split off into seemingly infinite, mind-blowing solo projects and collaborations, and worked extensively with supergenius Conny Plank.  In order to be able to cover any of these albums (a dizzying number of which qualify for greatest albums of their kind – or any kind, really), I've constrained myself to the period from 1971-1983.  We'll hear motorik odysseys, post-war avant garde, synthi candies, monastery garden meditations, agressively experimental noise, singularly unusual reggae appropriations, lullabies, drones, and sounds for which there are no satisfying descriptive words, all hammered out into a timeline structure that's not too far off the mark, I think. 

Tune in for the Cluster marathon, join the conversation there, keep me going through a five-hour endurance session of some of the greatest krautrock material ever made, ever. 

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