Florian Schneider, co-founder of the pioneering German act Kraftwerk and a pioneering force who helped shape decades of electronic music, pop and hip-hop, died last month of cancer, his former bandmates confirmed on Wednesday. He was 73. Read more right here.
Check out the latest installment right here — this week’s episode covers news about the New Order/Pet Shop Boys tour, a new Bauhaus date, Kraftwerk’s North American tour, Clan of Xymox’s new video and tour, plus a countdown of the top 10 Tears For Fears songs as voted by Strangeways Radio fans.
German electronic-music pioneers slash robots Kraftwerk will bring their 3-D show back to North America this summer for an extensive tour, a 27-date trek that will hit both coats, a few dates in Canada and a good number of cities across the United States. Full details right here.
Our good friends at Strangeways Radio are putting together a new week-in-review video that will recap the news posted at Slicing Up Eyeballs and on the Strangeways site throughout the preceding week, hosted by Velvet Rebel. This week’s episode features news about Depeche Mode, The House of Love, Boomtown Rats and more.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this morning unveiled 16 nominees for its Class of 2020, a field that includes Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Pat Benetar, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., Judas Priest, Motörhead, the MC5 and more. See the full list right here.
Seven years after the band’s first nomination, The Cure has once again been put up for induction into the Rock and Hall of Fame, along with Devo, Kraftwerk, Roxy Music, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, LL Cool J, Rage Against the Machine, Stevie Nicks, MC5 and more. Full details right here.
Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs. All releases due out this Friday unless noted. This week’s releases include new box sets from Kraftwerk and Midnight Oil, and a new Charlatans record.
Last night, BBC Four aired a 2013 documentary on German electronic-music legends Kraftwerk that includes footage of the group’s album-by-album residency at London’s Tate Modern that same year, as well as new interviews with the band along with rare and archival clips.
After six years of eligibility, The Smiths were nominated today for induction as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, joining a list of nominees that includes Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, the late Lou Reed, Kraftwerk, Sting and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
The two-weekend Sasquatch! Music Festival — set for Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends outside of Seattle — will feature performances by New Order, Kraftwerk, Soundgarden, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes alongside the likes of OutKast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age and many, many more.
Kraftwerk continue to expand its crowded early 2014 touring plans, which already consisted of 3D performances and a pair of runs of full-album dates in Los Angeles and Vienna; the latest additions to the group’s schedule include performances this April in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Reprising a show staged earlier this year in New York City, German electronic collective Kraftwerk will bring its ground-breaking 3-D multimedia presentation “Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8” to London’s Tate Modern museum, performing each of its eight albums in its entirety across nine nights in February.
The series launched this summer, and, so far, titles are available on Joy Division/New Order, The Smiths, Cocteau Twins and David Bowie. Next month sees publication of a title on Kate Bush, with books due in spring and summer 2013 on Abba, My Bloody Valentine, Kraftwerk, PIxies, R.E.M. and Roxy Music.
‘Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany’ spans 1968 to 1977, examining ‘how a radical generation of musicians created a new German musical identity out of the cultural ruins of war.’ Check out the full hour-long doc, posted here, which features music and interviews from Kraftwerk, Can, Faust, Popol Vuh, Neu! and more.