I spent two nights last week wearing 3D glasses in a dark theater, watching four German men in reflective Spandex bodysuits sing about computers, transit, and architecture.
In honor of the pioneering robo-sapien musicians Kraftwerk, DJ Food — a collective of the veteran disc jockeys signed to London's Ninja Tune Records — has curated a mammoth six-volume mixtape series devoted to the German band.
The pioneering German electronic outfit Kraftwerk is playing an eight show retrospective at MoMA in April. EIGHT! Sadly tickets sold out in like three seconds flat and I did not get any. Instead, I will sit and listen to their entire discography in sad solitude.
Kraftwerk's 1977 single "The Robots" is anchored in 1930s ideas of futurism - both Soviet and Nazi - and it illuminates something about our relationship with artificial life forms, argues blogger Justin E.H. Smith.
While Cher, Britney, and Kid Rock have twiddled the Vocoder in their day, Kraftwerk was probably the first band to really remind us of the techno-hell we're descending into by opened Autobahn with the magic of a voice distorted with custom electronics.