July 15, 2011 Playlist

"Tanz Der Lemminge" (or "Dance Of The Lemmings") by Amon Düül II (1971)
Amon Düül II  "Tanz Der Lemminge" (or "Dance of the Lemmings")  1971 (Germany)
This week's classic album is by one of the greatest of the "krautrock" bands.  Originally founded on a commune, Amon Düül soon split into two groups -- the original crew (without the number at the end of their name) sounded like a bunch of hippies on acid making noise in a recording studio (which was apparently what they were), while the "second" version of the band concentrated on musicianship and became one of Germany's most popular groups of the era.  The sound of AD2 is a unique and diverse amalgamation of acid rock, free improvising, heavy metal, folk music, and just about everything else that was in the air in the early 1970's (one critic described them as sounding like "Led Zeppelin without the blues influences", which is not really so far off.)  Tanz Der Lemminge was their third release, and the second of three double albums they recorded (their other two doubles, Yeti (1970) and Made In Germany (1975), have already been classic albums).  Featuring three sidelong progressive jam suites, Lemminge is arguably their most far-out album of all.
Here's AD2 on German TV around the time this album was released
: "Between The Eyes".  And here's one of their "Zeppelinesque" (minus the blues) rockers, "Eye-Shaking King".  Those first two clips feature the group's main singer Chris Karrer, while their "second singer" Renate Knaup is featured on "Surrounded By The Stars".  Also on the show this week:  Neil Young discusses "A Treasure", the latest in his series of archival concert releases (featuring his International Harvesters band of 1984-85).
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
The Litter Journeys Emerge 1969 USA
Hugo Montenegro Touch Me (The Doors) Moog Power 1969 USA
The Black Lips
Mr. Driver Arabia Mountain (N) 2011 (Vice) USA
Of Montreal Slave Translator Thecontrollersphere EP (N) 2011 (Polyvinyl) USA
The Sea And Cake Up On The North Shore The Moonlight Butterfly (N) 2011 (Thrill Jockey) USA
The Honey Slides Plant The Seed The Honey Slides EP (N) 2011 (self release) USA
Neil Young & The International Harvesters
Grey Riders (live) A Treasure (N) rec. 1984-85 (2011 Reprise) Canada/USA
Thurston Moore In Silver Rain With A Paper Key Demolished Thoughts (N) 2011 (Matador) USA
Thurston Moore Female Cop Psychic Hearts 1995 USA
Sonic Youth (Thurston Moore) Chez Yves (Alice Et Clara) Simon Werner A Disparu (N - original movie soundtrack) 2011 (SYR) USA
Hush Arbors The Light Hush Arbors 2008 USA
Sebadoh Rebound (demo) Bakesale "Deluxe Edition" (N - reissue) 1994
2011 Sub Pop)
Sonic Youth (R) Expressway To Yr Skull EVOL 1986 USA
5-Track & Glass Goblins
3 Til Dawn (Cantlin) 3 Moments Til Dawn (N - split with Marc Cantlin II) 2011 (Cosmic Primitive) USA
Cooking Brew Hisingen Blues (N) 2011 (Nuclear Blast) Sweden
Femi Kuti Politics In Africa Africa For Africa (N) 2011 (Wrasse) Nigeria
Music Tunes Do Whatever You Want All The Time (N) 2011 (We Are Free) USA
Guzzo Pinc Philosophy Guzzo Gold (N - cassette) 2011? (private release) USA
The Luck Of Eden Hall
Blue Vinyl Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 (N) 2011 (self release) USA
Joan Of Arc Howdy Pardoner Life Like (N)
2011 (Polyvinyl) USA
Moon Duo
Scars Mazes (N) 2011 (Sacred Bones) USA
Times New Viking Want To Exist Dance Equired! (N) 2011 (Merge) USA
Yuck Holing Out Yuck (N) 2011 (Fat Possum) UK
Beady Eye Bring The Light Different Gear, Still Speeding (N) 2011 (Dangerbird) UK
Caravan Be Alright / Chance Of A Lifetime For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night 1973 UK
Nektar That's Life Down To Earth 1974 UK/Germany
Atomic Rooster Take One Toke IV 1973 UK
Kool & The Gang Let The Music Take Your Mind A-side 7" single (The Best Of Kool & The Gang LP) 1970 USA
The Friends Of Distinction Grazing In The Grass (Hugh Masakela) Grazin' 1969 USA
Amon Düül II Restless Skylight - Transistor - Child
  (a) Landing In A Ditch
  (b) Dehypnotized Toothpaste
  (c) A Short Stop At The Transylvania Brain Surgery
  (d) Race From Here To Your Ears
Tanz Der Lemminge
1971 Germany
Amon Düül II Stumbling Over Melted Moonlight Tanz Der Lemminge
1971 Germany
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