Posted in music | pictures on August 8, 2010

photos by Greg Cristman

Hallogallo

"Hallogallo 2010 was formed by Michael Rother, a guitarist who was a prime mover in the postpsychedelic German rock that was crudely but durably labeled Krautrock. The music's metronomic beats, drone crescendos and embrace of noise have echoed through art-rock (and hip-hop) ever since, up to the latest generation of indie-rock. Hallogallo 2010 also includes Aaron Mullan from Tall Firs on bass and Sonic Youth's drummer, Steve Shelley, repaying a debt to Mr. Rother's pioneering band, Neu! "Hallogallo" was the opening song on Neu!'s self-titled 1972 debut album.

From 1971 to 1975 Mr. Rother and the drummer Klaus Dinger, who died in 2008, teamed up as Neu! and explored an experimental, sometimes proto-punk style of Krautrock. It was largely instrumental and drew on sampled ambient sounds as well as Mr. Dinger's distinctive "motorik" thump-a-thump-a. (Although Krautrock was determined to reject American influences, that beat recalls surf music.) As new fans discover Krautrock, the complete Neu! catalog has just been reissued by Groenland in a vinyl boxed set.

Although the Lincoln Center Out of Doors concert was billed as "Michael Rother and friends perform the music of Neu!," the only Neu! composition in the set was "Hallogallo" itself. The rest came from Mr. Rother's solo career -- "Neutronics 98" and "Aroma Club B3" -- and from Harmonia, Mr. Rother's mid-1970s collaboration with the electronic-music duo Cluster." [NY Times]

That NY Times article refers to the August 6th show at Lincoln Center (which we'll have more about later). The pictures in this post are from the Hallogallo show two nights earlier at Maxwell's. More pictures from the NJ one, below...

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Hallogallo plays ATP NY in September.

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Comments (18)

was soooooo fucking good at the linc...sadly the opener was possibly worse act Ive seen in years

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2010 11:13 PM

saw both. maxwells fucking slayed, however; so much louder, and i think we got two or so extra tracks as well. one of the best shows this summer. long live krautrock!

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2010 11:49 PM

I keep missing all these fucking shows!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 12:18 AM

cant wait for ATP NY!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 12:39 AM

good pics

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 12:50 AM

Went to the Philly show last night...SO AWESOME!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 9:17 AM

Crazy that when Rother played Bowery 3 years ago that there were maybe 50 people in attendance. He played for like an hour & a half last time. Anyway, both show were great.

Posted by Negativeland | August 9, 2010 10:15 AM

that's the most light i've ever seen for Lichens...usually Rob prefers an overhead 5W bulb.

It's not for everyone, but I really dig what he does.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 10:55 AM

"It's not for everyone, but I really dig what he does."

Most honest, diplomatic BV comment ever! More truth like this, less snarkiness!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 11:29 AM

@10:55-
Rob did perform under his usual dim light and, as always, was a challenge to shoot.

@12:50-
thank you!

greg C

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 12:15 PM

No mention of Klaus Dinger at all during the show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 12:22 PM

Klaus Dinger is spinning in his grave.

Posted by LKJ | August 9, 2010 1:16 PM

hey Greg, was the lighting as low as when we shot Rob/Lichens @ Brainwaves in '08?

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 1:50 PM


Hard to believe Rother's played in metro NYC 5 times now. The Bowery show was longer and more diverse, but it's the Maxwell's show that's seared into my eardrums.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 2:08 PM

klaus dingher is spinning in his grave? who the fuck are you, dude? not only was steve shelley dingher incarnate up there, klaus dingher was actually the one who decided to put out that dreadful Neu! '85 album. unless you consider side 2 of "75" all you did was gyp your own ass.

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 3:00 PM

3:00 You can't even spell his name right, so why don't you just shut up while you're ahead.

Posted by LKJ | August 9, 2010 3:03 PM

@ 1:50 (must be brainwashed.com's JK)

maybe lower! however, I thought his set at this show was the better of the two.

gC

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 3:32 PM

steve shelley rocks

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2010 1:03 AM

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