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02-15-2012, 06:34 PM
Holy Crap!

8 albums. 8 Nights.

04-10 Autobahn (1974)
04-11 Radio-Activity (1975)
04-12 Trans Europe Express (1977)
04-13 The Man-Machine (1978)
04-14 Computer World (1981)
04-15 Techno Pop (1986)
04-16 The Mix (1991)
04-17 Tour de France (2003)


Ian Jane
02-15-2012, 06:47 PM
I'm not even a big Kraftwerk fan but seeing them do that at the MOMA might be pretty fucking boss.


Mark Tolch
02-15-2012, 09:15 PM
That is fucking UNREAL. I had planned on coming down the next month for the Black n Blue Bowl (heads up, Ian and Alison), but this is insane.

02-15-2012, 11:45 PM
I'm seriously considering throwing down for this. But getting tickets is gonna be a bitch.

Mark Tolch
02-16-2012, 07:30 AM
Not if you go on trans-europe express night. :-D

Ian Jane
02-16-2012, 10:40 AM
So in an ongoing effort to broaden my horizons I tried listening to the Man Machine album. It's okay as far as background music goes but I'm not really going nuts over it or anything.

Ian Jane
02-16-2012, 11:57 AM
OK, Autobahn is pretty cool. I like it better than Man Machine.

Ian Jane
02-16-2012, 03:11 PM
Tickets go on sale 2/22:


Mark Tolch
02-16-2012, 04:55 PM
I always recommend to people that the place to start with Kraftwerk is The Mix album. And I agree, Ian. I like them, and I dig Man Machine, but they're not a band that I put on when i'm gonna shadow-dance in my living room. Usually driving music, or background music, or in the case of my teenage years, light a candle in a dark room, eat a fuckton of acid and trip your balls off music.

Mark Tolch
02-16-2012, 04:56 PM
25 bucks is a no-brainer. I like also that you can only go to two shows out of the entire run. Stops people from camping out in the MoMA for a week straight.

Ian Jane
02-16-2012, 05:56 PM
I like them, and I dig Man Machine, but they're not a band that I put on when i'm gonna shadow-dance in my living room.

I'm curious what your go to band is for shadow dancing in your living room.

Usually driving music, or background music, or in the case of my teenage years, light a candle in a dark room, eat a fuckton of acid and trip your balls off music.

Yeah, it was fine for making spreadsheets happen this morning and editing some .ai files.

Mark Tolch
02-16-2012, 06:21 PM
And i would take RADIOACTIVITY over AUTOBAHN.

Ian Jane
02-16-2012, 06:34 PM
For shadow dancing or just in general?

Mark Tolch
02-16-2012, 09:14 PM
Shadow dancing is all about The Cars. Radioactivity in general.

Ian Jane
02-17-2012, 10:08 AM
I will give that one a spin later.

Randy G
02-18-2012, 05:25 AM
Autobahn is my favourite Kraftwerk, some of their early stuff when they were more of a psych-rock band is also worth checking out. Somewhere out there on the interwebs is an amazing live set they did on Radio Bremen with the dudes from Neu that is heavy, great stuff.

Mark Tolch
02-18-2012, 01:35 PM
Ian has not noticed my comment about attending BNB yet. Or is ignoring them.

02-18-2012, 03:25 PM
I will second the recommendation for that Bremen boot. Great stuff. As for their albums the German version of Computer World is usually my go to record.

02-22-2012, 02:15 PM
Well, fuck. I tried for tickets but crapped out. I successfully got into two cues but never hooked up with anything. I might have had better luck but I was at work and the most annoying person in the office came up to talk to me right when tickets went on sale. The servers were sketching out due to the heavy load so I was trying to brush off this jerk while feverishly trying to get into the cue. Nobody bugged me all morning until right then. GAH!

Ian Jane
02-22-2012, 02:32 PM
Doh! And we'd cleared out a spot for you and everything.

04-11-2012, 12:10 PM
This is a painful week for me...

http://stereogum.com/998551/kraftwerk-museum-of-modern-art-nyc-41012/photo/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+stereogum%2FcBYa+%28stereogum %29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Ian Jane
04-11-2012, 01:30 PM
Throwing salt on the wound...?


Mark Tolch
04-11-2012, 09:42 PM
Thanks for the link. that looks like it would've been super-cool to see.

Ian Jane
04-13-2012, 11:03 AM
More on one of the other shows:


04-13-2012, 11:30 AM
Aw, man... They need to take this on the road so I can get another shot at it.

Mark Tolch
04-13-2012, 12:58 PM
The comments on that blog rule.

"The music was boring as shit. I get why they're "influential" but it's dance music you can't fucking dance to. I'm glad these guys did what they did with synths and sweeps so dudes who know how to fuck could take over and make this kind of music awesome."

04-13-2012, 01:06 PM
The comments on that blog rule.

"The music was boring as shit. I get why they're "influential" but it's dance music you can't fucking dance to. I'm glad these guys did what they did with synths and sweeps so dudes who know how to fuck could take over and make this kind of music awesome."

Ha! Not enough bass drops for the hipster kids these days I guess.

Mark Tolch
04-13-2012, 01:18 PM
"The museum staff told me to stop breakdancing poorly"

Okay, I made that one up.

12-12-2012, 12:43 PM
So Kraftwerk is doing another residency in London, but the Tate Modern apparently did not learn any lessons (http://www.nme.com/news/kraftwerk/67679) from the ticketing debacle that happened when they did their NYC residency.

In other Krafwerk related news, producer Conny Plank has a retrospective boxed set coming out on Feb 11 (http://thequietus.com/articles/10938-conny-plank-who-s-that-man-tribute-album).

And Karl Bartos has a new album coming out March 2013 (http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2012/11/27/new-album-from-kraftwerks-karl-bartos-off-the-record/) based on material he recorded while he was still a member of Kraftwerk.

Ian Jane
06-12-2013, 10:09 AM
So it didn't come out in March of 2013, but it's happening.


Mark Tolch
06-12-2013, 01:54 PM
I LOVE reading interviews (few as they are) with those guys. I can't listen to Kraftwerk non-stop or anything, but they are friggin' geniuses.

Ian Jane
11-26-2013, 05:16 PM
"Beginning on March 18, the German group (which features just one of its founding members, Ralf Hütter) will perform two shows a night for four nights in a row. Similar to their 2012 MoMA residency, the man-machines will perform eight Kraftwerk studio LPs in chronological order during the run, beginning with 1974’s Autobahn and concluding with 2003’s Tour de France."


11-26-2013, 05:44 PM
Hmmm... I don't know if I want to get my hopes dashed again...

Derek Steckler
11-26-2013, 06:52 PM
Kraftwerk are a class act. When they were playing at MOMA Stefan Pfaffe and their video crew came in to my job to get equipment. I told them the show sold out before I could get tickets, and they not only got us on the guest list, but also welcomed us at the show and made sure we got in ok. Hope I can catch them again as it is one hell of a show.

Mark Tolch
11-29-2013, 10:37 PM
I really want them to tour. Even without Florian, I'd like to see them before I die.

01-13-2014, 07:51 PM
Tolch... here is your chance.

03-29 Toronto, Ontario - Sony Centre


Mark Tolch
01-14-2014, 09:13 AM
Fuck, man. Sony Center? I'm IN! That place is small.....all over it. Thanks for the heads up!

Mark Tolch
01-14-2014, 09:38 AM
But seriously....thanks!!!!

01-14-2014, 03:10 PM
Make it happen, Tolch!

Mark Tolch
01-15-2014, 09:28 AM
tickets are on sale tomorrow morning for the presale. I have potential presale codes. Otherwise I'll hope for the best. But even if i have to sit at the back of the balcony, I'm on it.

Mark Tolch
01-16-2014, 12:13 PM
Mezzanine, Front and Centre. Perfect for a show like this in the venue......where you have to take in visuals, as well. AND, it keeps you away from the backpack wearing raver kids.

01-16-2014, 12:16 PM
Boing Boom Tschak!

Mark Tolch
01-16-2014, 12:20 PM
Sooooo happy. Didn't even look at the ticket price total, just said, DO IT. I need to see them.

Ian Jane
01-16-2014, 12:42 PM
You need to review that show once it's over.

Mark Tolch
01-16-2014, 03:31 PM
I will do just that.

Ian Jane
01-21-2014, 10:54 AM
Here's the complete list of shows on the 3-D tour.

Kraftwerk - 2014 3-D Concert Tour Dates
01.21-23.14 - Stockholm, Sweden - Cirkus
03.13-15.14 - Mexico City, Mexico - El Plaza Condesa
03.18-21.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall
03.23-25.14 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
03.27.14 - Chicago, IL -Riviera Theatre
03.29.14 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre
03.30.14 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
04.01.14 - NYC - United Palace Theatre
04.04.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
04.24-25.14 - Asheville, NC - Moogfest
05.18.14 - Vienna, Austria - Festwochen
07.10.14 - Tremčín, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07.18-20.14 - Salacgriva, Latvia - Positivus Festival
08.02.14 - Rattvik, Sweden - Dalhalla

Mark Tolch
01-21-2014, 11:00 AM
Wow, the 930 Club? Crazy!

1/3 the capacity of the place I'm going. Cool venue.

Ian Jane
03-27-2014, 01:36 PM
This is kinda rad.


Mark Tolch
03-27-2014, 02:44 PM
That is not kinda rad. That is the raddest.

Mark Tolch
03-31-2014, 08:23 AM
Okay, I've got to do a proper review for the show, it's been nuts around here, but Saturday's show was fuckin amazing. Last time they toured, people complained that they were sitting up there running the show off of their laptops, and that it was boring. I knew what to expect here, I'd seen the videos, but that definitely didn't prepare me for the show itself, which was a total audio/visual attack. I think that my brain spit up about 8 years of premium LSD use from back storage as soon as The Robots came on. All synths and beats, it was just awesome.


Mark Tolch
03-31-2014, 08:24 AM
Oh, it's a camera pic. But the screen is actually blurry...cause it's 3D. They didn't give me glasses for the camera. Jerks.

Ian Jane
03-31-2014, 09:06 AM
I saw a few other pictures from this recent tour, it looks like it would have been a pretty fun show.

Ian Jane
04-09-2014, 09:47 AM

Ian Jane
02-24-2020, 11:51 AM
They're playing Radio City in July.


Mark Tolch
02-24-2020, 04:08 PM
They're playing Toronto again, in July. Same venue, so I don't know that I'll go a second time.

Ian Jane
05-06-2020, 12:56 PM

05-06-2020, 01:16 PM

Ruhet in Frieden.

Mark Tolch
05-06-2020, 03:20 PM
Super bummed. RIP

Ian Jane
05-15-2020, 10:56 AM
Kraftwerk fans might appreciate this.


Mark Tolch
05-15-2020, 11:41 AM
Kraftwerk fans might appreciate this.


I surely did.