On this week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, we highlight the music and legacy of the celebrated German experimental band Can. To coincide with the release of a new, career-spanning singles box set, our show features some of Can’s best-known and pioneering works alongside a few contemporary bands who keep their spirit alive.
Plenty has already been written about Can and their unconventional approach to music. The band has been the subject of tribute concerts, archival reissues and art installations, and a multi-volume biography from music journalist Rob Young is slated for publication in 2018. Rather than reiterating what so many have already said, I’ll instead present a few of the modern bands who have taken a significant amount of inspiration from Can’s unorthodox approach to recording.
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Laetitia Sadier, former frontwoman of the nineties British post-rock group Stereolab, is releasing her latest solo album, Silencio, on Drag City out July 24th. The lovely Sadier’s magnetic vocals stand up straight next to each song’s soft and chiming melodies. While most songs are in English, the album sporadically transitions into French, but no matter the language, the record delivers a passionate and thorough performance. Silencio is now streaming in its entirety on NPR. Go here to listen to the album and pre-order it here. Sadier comes to Johnny Brenda’s on September 23rd. Go here to purchase tickets to the 21+ show.