Manuel Göttsching and Hans-Joachim Roedelius playing in Berlin
The concert with Manuel Göttsching and Hans-Joachim Roedelius at the "Zodiak Festival" in Berlin was a big success and sold out. The promoter
even increased the number of tickets in order to
meet the huge demand (German version).
"Schwingungen" rereleased on Vinyl in celebration of its 50th anniversary
We proudly announce the 50th Anniversary Edition of Ash Ra Tempel's record Schwingungen, originally released in 1972 and
considered today as one of the most important German krautrock albums. It contains as a bonus the original
release info from 1972 (Ohr/Metronome).
Read Julian Cope's review in his book Krautrocksampler (Publisher: Head Heritage, 1995):
"Beware of Schwingungen!" That should be the large sticker on the front of all copies of this record. For it is dangerous to be casually
introduced to something that is life-changing, as I found out to my cost when first listening to this record.
It all starts fairly simply and without any cause for alarm - "Look at Your Sun" begins with a Doorsy
lone groover guitar begins a pedestrian blues, beautiful. Then the most crushed voice, a cross between Johnny Rotten
and Tiny Tim, preaches its way into the proceeds. God, it is beautiful - John L. repeats over and over, "We are all one, we are all one",
until a howling fuzztone solo guitar blows the whole onechord "Signed D.C." ringing-cymbals torture to an end. And then the most far out track of all begins.
This is called "Flower Must Die" and
it is a free-rock giant that transcends everything else in its field (there are no contenders.) As I've written before, PIL sounds like this. John
L. was John Lydon in a previous incarnation. After a slow weird build, a frantic streamlined one-chord mantra kicks in and it's like the
Stooges' Funhouse period but in a Righteous Vision Zone that fucks them right off. Phasing tears at the whole tracks as this Holy Racket
crosses into Hyper-space and everything gets all hyphenated just-for-the-sake-of-it. "Flowers Must Die", man, it's fucked up. Over on Side
2, the title-track ("Vibrations") begins poetically enough with Wolfgang Muller's epic and hugely reverbed vibraphone. Organ fades in and
FX guitars, and time passes by. Finally, tom-toms roll and the developing pace is built upon until that great eternal chord sequence finally
materialises - this is the one that Göttsching and Enke believed was the sound of heaven.
They may have been right. And Schwingungen was a gift from the Gods."
The Vinyl will be available in shops all over the world from 5 November 2021.
E2-E4 chosen as "one of the 50 solo albums you need to know"
The German music magazine "Musikexpress" put in its July 2021 edition a list of the "50 solo albums you need to know". Manuel Göttsching's E2-E4 is one of them.
Read it here.
Cologne concert postponed again!
Sadly, Manuel Göttsching's concert at the "Achtbrücken-Festival" in Cologne scheduled for 30 May 2021 has been postponed again.
It is planned to reschedule it to a later date. See here in German
and in English. We will keep you informed.
Interview with Manuel Göttsching in Elektro Beats
In celebration of the re-release of Gin Rosé (on CD with a bonus DVD and for the first time on vinyl), the Berlin radio station Radio Eins
will broadcast an interview with Manuel Göttsching in their programme Elektro Beats on Sunday 11 October 2020 at 21:00 CEST.
More information on their website, where a recording
of this programme can still be listened.
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