Did I mention that all these bands are from Germany in the early 70s? Yes, this is another one of those posts I always do with a few youtube picks from ______ country of ______ genre during ______ era. Hopefully I'm the only one that feels my posts are becoming a stale parody of themselves. It's been about a year since I started writing for WFMU and any of the steam that I had to vent initially is pretty much exhausted - I used to get excited about writing posts that addressed both philosophy and music but I find myself having little to say anymore. Don't worry, you won't find anything controversial or worrisome here. I'll just tread water with the best music scholarship I can muster. I must sound like I'm in a bad mood. Actually, I feel great right now.
Setting the paradigm at top left, Rufus Zuphall rips through Derroll Adams' Portland Town. You'll find the band is often called Germany's Jethro Tull, but you'll also find more unpolished, rugged charm in the band's recordings. I'm on the fence on whether the drummer's performance is over the top or not. Top right is an early clip from Hölderlin, taking a very progressive approach to the folk tradition. Like I said, I don't have much to say. But it's good stuff, no?
Bottom left is the totally awesome Ougenweide. Ougenweide has been ruling my stereo recently. Just earlier tonight I enjoyed the rainstorm from my front porch while drinking a glass of wine and listening to the recently reissued All Die Weil Ich Mag. What more did I need? Bottom right is a very traditional performance from Witthuser and Westrupp. Don't know if I'd call this particular track psychedelic for the most part, but it's still totally hilarious. Other videos from this great duo are here and if you'd like some more clips to bide your time with, check out Broselmaschine, and, uh, well, that's all I got.