Often described as the “tense” Can album, Ege Bamyasi is actually the band at its most focused, bolstered in part by the excellent performance of the single “Spoon”. The proto synth-pop (or synth-rock) song was used as the theme to a popular German television show. The album most famously includes “Vitamin C” which according to Pitchfork is “…still the best funk ever to come out of Europe.” Can’s powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance – from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Kanye West (who sampled ‘Sing Swan Song’) to Radiohead – as well as artists creating across other disciplines including visual art and literature.
Algebra Suicide was a Chicago poetry-music duo consisting of poet and visual artist Lydia Tomkiw and musician Don Hedeker. They formed in 1982 and self-released a 4-song EP that year. It featured [...]