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German experimentalists Can at Amoeba on Thursday

April 11, 2012 | 12:37 pm


This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.

The pioneering German experimental rock band Can has long rewarded completists. The band cut 12 albums, and due to the improvisational nature of their writing style, often left reels of ambient noise-rock material in their vaults. The German Rock'n'pop Museum bought their famed Weilerswist studio, and in the course of dismantling it they discovered a huge stash of forgotten, unlabeled tapes that the band has now finally got around to organizing.

Much of that archival material from 1968-77 is getting a formal release. Can's "The Lost Tapes" compiles studio, soundtrack and live cuts from the band's 20-year recording career, and it's out on Mute in America on June 19.

But just as exciting for L.A. fans, the band's founder Irmin Schmidt and collaborator Jono Podomore will host a DJ event at Amoeba on Thursday at 6 p.m. The band will spin cuts from "The Lost Tapes" along with tunes that influenced them, and will meet and greet with fans after the set.

The band's approach to noise, repetition and vocal experiments is as relevant as ever, and expect at least a few overexcited Deutschephiles to be reduced to fanboy quivering at the band's rare appearance.

[For the Record, 1:50 p.m. April 11: An earlier version of this post listed Jono Podomore as a founding member of Can. He is a later collaborator with founder Irmin Schmidt.]


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