CAN & Captain Beefheart: Kings of Space

CAN & Captain Beefheart: Kings of Space

2016-04-07

I’ve always been drawn to the long, unfolding spaces. In A Silent Way or Jack Johnson, both by Miles Davis, were my introduction to the possibilities of sublime development over the whole of the work. As I dug deeper in music looking for more, I discovered Krautrock (a genre of 60’s/70’s Rock music filtered through the German mind) and CAN. I’ve included a performance of CAN on Beat Club to check out. Listen to how they build together with simple parts (especially check out the drummer Jaki Liebzeit whose influence can be heard on the drumming on David Bowie’s Blackstar).

Another master of the sublime and the long listen is Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band. Way back in high school, my friend Charlie the library volunteer, gave me a tape of Trout Mask Replica. I had never heard anything like it before. The music made me feel like I was leaning sidewise and counting the beat with elbows. It was awe-inspiring music constructed in its own special space. I found a Beat Club TV performance that I’ve shared here. The music is from later albums and the use of space is still evident.