May 1, 2019 Playlist

"E2-E4" by Manuel Göttsching (1984)
Manuel Göttsching "E2-E4"  1984 (Germany)
This post-krautrock classic was a pioneering example of "ambient techno" from the former lead guitarist of Ash Ra Tempel and Cosmic Jokers. Remarkably, this hour-long classic piece of music was . . . recorded live to cassette in exacty one hour, by Manuel all by himself! For the first 30 minutes he mostly twiddles knobs while a hypnotic drum machine and two-chord arpeggio groove endlessly. Then for the last 30 minutes, he picks up a guitar and adds an epic yet tasteful solo of pointilist restraint. This record may have done more to inspire the "techno/rave/electronica" thing that arrived at the end of the 80's than just about anything outside of Kraftwerk. In particular, E2-E4 pretty much sounds like the blueprint for my favorite "techno/rave-era" electronica-artists The Orb's epic forays into trancey psychedelic electronics.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
The Budos Band MaelstromV (N)2019 (Daptone)USA
May BlitzVirgin WaterMay Blitz1970UK
Blue Oyster CultThen Came The Last Days Of MayBlue Oyster Cult1972USA
The Black Keys Hi/LoLet's Rock (N - preview from forthcoming album)2019 (Nonesuch)USA
Malibu Ken
(Aesop Rock + Tobacco from Black Moth Super Rainbow)
Acid KingMalibu Ken (N)2019 (Rhymesayers)USA
Sonny & The Sunsets Drug LakeHairdressers From Heaven (N)2019 (Rocks In Your Head)USA
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Boogieman SamFishing For Fishies (N)2019 (ATO)Australia
Meat Puppets Vampyr's Winged FantasyDusty Notes (N)2019 (Megaforce)USA
Guided By Voices You Own The NightZeppelin Over China (N)2019 (GBV Inc.)USA
The Claypool-Lennon Delirium BoriskaSouth of Reality (N)2019 (ATO)USA
Stephen Malkmus Forget Your PlaceGroove Denied (N)2019 (Matador)USA
Royal Trux Sic Em SlowWhite Stuff (N)2019 (Fat Possum)USA
Ibibio Sound Machine Tell Me (Doko Mien)Doko Mien (N)2019 (Merge)UK/Nigeria
Matmos Expanding The Plastisphere To GJ237b
   / Silicone Gel Implant
Plastic Anniversary (N)2019 (Thrill Jockey)USA
FEMMSamishii Nettaigyo ("It's Lonely") (cover of some 80's-90's J-Pop tune)80's / 90's J-Pop Revival2017Japan/USA
DAOKOTokyo Kick AssB-side of Step Up Love single2017Japan
REOLBehind The NightGokusaishiki ("Vividly Colored")2015Japan
Kyary Pamyu PamyuCandy CandyPamyu Pamyu Revolution2012Japan
The New Colony SixElf Song (Ballad Of The Wingbat Marmaduke)Colonization1967USA
The Pink FairiesNever Never LandNever Never Land1971UK
Mighty BabyHouse Without WindowsMighty Baby1969UK
Les VariationsCompletely FreeNador1969France/Morocco
The Night ShadowsI Can't BelieveThe Square Root Of Two1968USA
Throbbing GristleSomething Came Over Me (live)Heathen Earth1981UK
Manuel GöttschingE2-E4 (side one)E2-E4
Rhys ChathamScrying In SmokeThe Bern Project2010USA/Switzerland
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