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RIP Holger Czukay

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 3, 2017 03:05pm | Post a Comment

Holger Czukay

by Michael Henning

Can founder and bassist Holger Czukay died September 5, 2017. The band posted the following on Facebook: "We are very sad to confirm that Holger passed away yesterday, in his home, the old CAN Studio in Weilerswist. His wife U-She passed away only weeks before. Holger was devastated by the loss of his beloved partner, but was looking forward to making more music and was in good spirits. His passing has come as a shock. We will post more information about funeral arrangements shortly."



In the mid-1960's, Czukay studied under electronic music pioneer Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne. Can, Tago MagoCan's soon-to-be keyboardist Irmin Schmidt was another student of Stockhausen at that time, and it was not long before the two joined forces, recruiting guitarist Michael Karoli and drummer Jaki Liebezeit to round out the core Can lineup in 1968. Malcolm Mooney, an American living in Germany at the time, became their singer for the first few years. Can recorded their dynamic and fiery debut album, Monster Movie, with him. Mooney was later replaced by Damo Suzuki, a long-haired Japanese hippie who the band notoriously found busking on the street the day of one of their gigs. They convinced Damo to join them later that night for a performance and he stayed a member of the band for the next three albums. It was an excellent match, one that yielded some of the band's best work, including their sprawling psychedelic double LP masterpiece Tago Mago, the now-heavily sampled funky grooves of Ege Bamyasi, and the endearing ambient-rock classic Future Days.
Holger Czukay
Czukay did most of the engineering and producing of the early Can albums, shaping their sound with his incisive tape cutting technique, and turning group improvisations into finished pieces. No less important to the group's sound, he also played the bass with a unique style which might be best summed up as "minimalist avant-funk." Of his chosen instrument, Czukay once said “the bass player’s like a king in chess. He doesn’t move much, but when he does he changes everything.”

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With the Black Keys' Patrick Carney

Posted by Amoebite, January 6, 2015 06:27pm | Post a Comment

Patrick Carney at Amoeba Hollywood

Blues-rock rivivalists The Black Keys have been on a steady climb to the top. In 2010, the band Turn Blue The Black Keyssaw mainstream success with their sixth studio album Brothers (Nonesuch). From Billboard Top 20 singles and commercial placement to constant radio play and GRAMMY wins, The Black Keys have been everywhere! On their eighth full-length release, Turn Blue (Nonesuch, 2014), the duo once again teamed up with longtime producer Danger Mouse. The album boasts 11 solid tracks of catchy blues infused rock that remind us how great Danger Mouse and the Keys work together. The band was just recently nominated for Best Rock Song ("Fever") and Best Rock Album (Turn Blue) at the upcoming 2015 GRAMMY Awards.

Patrick Carney recently spent time with two very lucky fans (pictured above) at Amoeba Hollywood, picking out some of his favorite records for them as part of a radio contest for Alt 98.7FMHe tells a hilarious story about hearing Led Zeppelin for the first time after buying a Vanilla Ice record, how trying to rip off a Can beat led to the band's first hit record, and so much more. Watch the full episode below for all of Patrick's picks. 

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Can Reissues Headed Our Way Starting in September

Posted by Billy Gil, August 5, 2014 10:44am | Post a Comment

can bandCan you believe it??

Krautrock titans Can will reissue 14 catalog albums on vinyl for the first time in more than a decade, starting with the classics Ege Bamyasi, Tago Mago, Monster Movie and Soundtracks. Those are out Sept. 2 on Mute.

Oct. 7 brings Future Days, Soon Over Babaluma, Landed, Flow Motion amd Saw Delight (the latter of which includes a CD).

Oct. 21 we have Can, Delay, Out Of Reach (including the album for the first time on CD), Rite Time and Unlimited Edition.

On Nov. 4 the band will release The Lost Tapes as five individual LPs. Previously it was only available as a box set.

Can was formed in 1968, releasing their debut album, Monster Movie, in 1969 with Malcolm Mooney on vocals, first introducing their sense of experimentation and layering that would go on to be perfected on the band’s masterpieces, 1971’s Tago Mago and 1972’s Ege Bamyasi. Soundtracks, released in 1970, marked the beginning of Damo Suzuki as the band’s vocalist and compiled tracks written for various films.

Can’s influence would of course go on to be felt immediately, creating the so-called “krautrock” sound alongside loosely associated German bands of the late '60s and early '70s like Neu! and Faust with driving 4/4 beats and layers of sound built around simple structures, as well as later, influencing acts such as Radiohead, Stereolab, Portishead, New Order, Kanye West and countless others. If it’s your first time to the band, these Sept. 2 releases are a good place to start.

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Malcolm Mooney Chats With Amoeblog After The Tenth Planet Oakland Show

Posted by Billyjam, June 17, 2013 11:05am | Post a Comment
As previewed here on the Amoeblog over the weekend famed former Can vocalist Malcolm Mooney visited the Bay Area to team up with his band Tenth Planet,which features members of Negativland, MX80, The Mutants, Neung Phak, Crack:WAR, and Le Flange du Mal, to play two select NorCal shows: Friday, June 14th at The Lab in San Francisco and the following night at The Layover in Oakland. I was among the lucky ones to make it to the latter, Saturday, June 15th, intimate setting East Bay concert which by all accounts, including Mooney's himself, was the better of the two Bay Area exclusives. For the early show, which was scheduled to start at 8pm sharp and had to be over by 9pm (it ran til 9:15pm with an encore) to make room for the regularly scheduled Shockwave DJs night (Tim Diesel and Max Kane), Mooney was supported by the tight four piece The Tenth Planet - including Amoeba Music co-owner Marc Weinstein on drums.

"I've been playing with Malcolm in various forms for 20 years now and this current band is perhaps the tightest most inspired lineup. It was a fantastic show," said Weinstein of the tight, supercharged set that included both new tracks and reworkings of such Can classics as the crowd pleasing "Yoo Doo Right," "Outside My Door," and "She Brings The Rain." Immediately following the show and before he rushed off to get a few hours of  sleep before heading to SFO by 5am I had an opportunity to chat with Malcolm Mooney for a few minutes on Franklin Street right outside the downtown Oakland Layover club. That short dim street light lit video clip (below), that includes a few words from Marc Weinstein, has Mooney talking about the latest Tenth Planet lineup, the Lab versus the Layover shows, and comparisons between making music and painting - Mooney's other artistic passion.

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Can's Malcolm Mooney Performs Two Shows This Weekend in the Bay Area

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 13, 2013 06:13pm | Post a Comment

Malcolm Mooney and the Tenth PlanetMalcolm Mooney, original singer for Germany's musical pioneers Can, will perform at two shows this weekend in the Bay Area with his band The Tenth Planet, which features members of Negativland, MX80, The Mutants, Neung Phak, Crack:WAR, and Le Flange du Mal!

Friday, June 14th, catch Malcolm Mooney and the Tenth Planet in San Francisco at the DIVISION OF LABOR Festival (The Lab). Also playing are Fairlight Empress, Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways with special guest Carla Bozulich (Evangelista, Ethyl Meatplow, The Geraldine Fibbers), and Allegory Chapel LTD. More info HERE!

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