Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Men Machines

Brooklyn Vegan recently reported, after presumably dilligently checking the Kraftwerk site for a while, that they had scheduled a US tour with a June 1st date at the Hammerstein Ballroom. That show goes on sale at 11 on Friday the 15th (so don't be at the post office sending out your tax returns then).

I saw them in Benicassim last summer. I won't gush about the festival but I'll quickly gush about their show - it's crazy! 4 50something German men standing motionlessly in a row in front of laptops while an oversized sharp as shit LCD sceen behind them displays some cool visuals, man. Sure it's a silly and highly conceptual bordering on pretenious - but it's really awesome and only old Teutonics who have been doing it for 30 years could get away with it. They focused heavily on the Tour de France Soundtrack and plenty of big hits thrown in as well ("Trans Europe Express," "The Man Machine," "The Robots"). All you suckas can fight for your floor seats, I will be (hopefully) on the 1st mezzanine because this is a show for sitting - though these days more and more shows are feeling like that for me (why would you want to stand during a Chemical Brothers concert?)


At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sitting at a Chemical Bros. concert? Shame on you! OK, that's total b/s coming from my old ass self. 34 and still going to as many shows as I can, but now I'm "that old guy". I deliberately bought 1st mezzanine tix for New Order (but somehow am still hoping to stand by the rail for the show).

Did you ever find the Slowdive remixes Blue Skied an' Clear. I think I saw it used at Othermusic. Very much worth buying.

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Phil said...

Oh i was being sarcastic - the Chems are one of the few bands I still prefer to stand during (Underworld would be another selection). New Order I ended up with floor seats for but may try to trade them for mezzanine. And I am very glad I got Nine Inch Nails tickets for the mezz.

I haven't had a chance ot look for Blue Skied yet but i will check Othermusic for it thanks.


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