Posted in dance | music | pictures on April 11, 2012

by Ryan Muir

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"Sell-out rock shows usually mean a lot of shouting, some sweating, maybe a few drunken pass-outs. Kraftwerk inspired none of that on Tuesday night. The first of its eight consecutive sold-out performances at the Museum of Modern Art had reverence and stylistic weight; even for a New York museum crowd, there was a lot of black. Artfully swept hair, uncomfortable-looking shoes, architectural glasses: check, check and check. The high-design audience was rewarded with an equally aesthetically tuned concert, with the band, a foursome in graphic black-and-white unitards, playing neon-lighted synths. Behind them, a video screen offered a parade of simple 3-D images, like stick figure robots and spinning numbers, a retro-future in an MS-DOS font." [NY Times]
Kraftwerk began their eight-night Kraftwerk-Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC last night (4/10). Each night they'll play a different album, and last night was Autobahn, their first.

Kraftwerk are groundbreaking in their music and legendary in their influence, but can arguably be a difficult band to enjoy in a live setting. With historically minimal stage-activity from each of the four members of the band, it was unclear what to expect from these exclusive museum installation-performances.

True to reputation, apart from the occasional foot pumping and minute hip thrusts, there wasn't much thrilling about the physical performance of the four modern-day members of Kraftwerk and the nature of their instruments is somewhat obscured - possibly even more than usual, due to the setup designed for these shows.

But this wasn't just a concert. It was a simple yet engrossing multimedia experience in the clean and otherwise austere setting of MoMA's Marron Atrium, a space that was both ideal and impractical. The stage was trimmed with blacklight, and a 4-projector, 3-D lighting rig projected images on a movie theater sized screen behind the group. Among swirls of floating musical notes, matrix-green digital sin waves, and radioactive hazard warnings, the audience enjoyed the show in 3-D glasses which were provided by the venue. The retrospective is further flattered by the custom white stage construction, and the unusually airy and artwork-free environment.

After playing Autobahn in full, the remainder of the set included familiar songs from various stages of the band's discography. Many songs received a polish beyond that of the recent "Minimum-Maximum" live release, and possibly a hint at what the new "Catalogue" re-releases has in-store.

It seems these shows in particular have been designed to be scrutinized and documented-- from a personal perspective it seemed essential to experience the show from several perspectives, however, the 3-D effect is certainly designed to be experienced head on.

Tickets to the shows were not easy to come by and in huge demand for the group who doesn't play that often let alone a full album in a museum, though show sponsor Volkswagen made some more available to contest winners recently. Regardless, it goes without saying that there were less tickets than people wanting to get in, and that will hold true for the next seven nights as well. If you still can't find one, a consolation prize is that PS1 is hosting a related installation and party which has tickets still available.

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Set List: (via)
"We Are the Robots"
"Autobahn"
"Kometenmelodie 1 & 2"
"Mitternacht" / "Morgenspaziergang"
"Radioactivity"
"Trans-Europe Express"
"The Model"
"Man-Machine"
"Numbers" / "Computer World"
"Computer Love" (The Mix version)
"Home Computer" (The Mix version)
"Tour de France" / "Aerodynamik"
"Expo 2000"
"Boing Boom Tschak" / "Techno Pop" / "Musique Non-Stop"

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Comments (189)

Anyone know what time they went on last night?

Posted by kwhitehead | April 11, 2012 12:36 PM

4x face x 1000 = vacation for me

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:36 PM

lol at the Volkswagon product placement.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:36 PM

this looks dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:44 PM

Except for the enormous douchebag in front of me who insisted on taking an iPhone picture of every fucking visual of the night, this show was incredible.

I though it goes without saying, but stop holding your fucking camera up to take pictures at shows.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:44 PM

This is terrible, really showing their age. If you want a multimedia experience/concert then go check out amon tobins ISAM-blows this sh*t out of the water and onto pluto

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:47 PM

Hey fun boys, get a room!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:48 PM

hewlett packard printer

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:51 PM

They went on a couple minutes before 8:30, and ended at 10:15 last night.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:51 PM

I saw something like this at EPCOT center in 1987.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:53 PM

Is there any seating at all in the Atrium or is it strictly standing only? Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 12:54 PM

12:44 - i suppose you were too afraid to say that to the person there?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:00 PM

12:48 - One of the greatest Simpson references ever! A quote I try to use as often as possible

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:01 PM

I'm definitely saying that this show looks terrible because I'm still mad about not getting tickets

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:03 PM

minimum maximum came out like eight years ago -- anyway, this looks amazing, excited to go to Monday's show!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:04 PM

Great posts in this thread - BV at its finest - Epcot ftw though

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:05 PM

i thought tron was awesome

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:06 PM

now's the time on sprockets when we dance

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:09 PM

B_O_R_I_N_G

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:10 PM

1:00
Actually, I confronted him both during the show and after. Dude didn't give a shit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:11 PM

HA HA HA Corporate sponsorshio placement WITHIN the act!

how creepy and uncool is that?

VW as part of the show?

Kraftwerk part of the system.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:12 PM

WTF is this, Avatar?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:12 PM

These photos are exactly what I assumed this nonsense would look like. Thanks for sharing.

Now I don't have to try to get into any of the other shows.

looks ridiculous

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:13 PM

Can you say pretentious?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:14 PM

@12:53 Epcot center in 1987 (LMAO) Hilarious!!!!! but TRUE

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:14 PM

How do you say boring, pompous and pretentious in German?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:14 PM

this is the exact opposite of Rock n Roll

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:15 PM

this looks like Devo only without real instruments and without better songs and energy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:16 PM

A lot of people in here are really pissed they did not get tickets. Way to displace your anger trolls

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:17 PM

Wow, you kids are stupid. The vw bug is on the cover of the record and has been used in the projections for years.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:18 PM

Bunch of uptight young neat techno freak hipsters staring at a bunch of VW corporate whore old synth geeks in a cold and sparten room.

Wow, sounds like fun.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:20 PM

no didn't get tickets. Didn't even try. And now I'm glad I didn't.

Seems like one big yawn fest.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:21 PM

I believe the translation would be "Ich habe keine tickets" 1:14.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:22 PM

this is so 80's

and not in a good way.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:22 PM

1:16 - You must have not seen Devo in the past few years. There is no energy, only energy domes.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:23 PM

so which one is the REAL Kraftwerk? They all look the same...

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:24 PM

Not to be a no ticket having hater but this looks like a dry event. No booze = less fun.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:24 PM

1:11 - you shoulda popped him in his sprocket then.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:24 PM

It was cool. Didn't have the tension-release of Lustmord, but still a quality performance. Highlight was when the one on the far left re-loaded the Inkjet with Letter-size paper. That brought the crowd to it's feet.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:25 PM

I loved the show. Highlight of the set was definitely Trans Europe Express. The visuals throughout the night, as well as the surround sound (that's right, hi hats coming from behind you!), were excellent. The only shit thing about the show was how many industry people were there. There were so many artists (Terence Koh, Michael Stipe) and random German people there (I'm talking like families, little girls who have no idea what a kraftwerk is) with green badges around their neck, it made me want to puke.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:26 PM

Speaking as a Kraftwerk fan, it looks like Pulp or Black Tambourine for the win last night.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:26 PM

"the one on the far left" love it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:27 PM

So where is the video? Want to touch the monkeeyyyyy - now vee dance

Posted by toast | April 11, 2012 1:27 PM

I'm confused. The set list spans several of Kraftwerk's albums. I thought the group was to play the Autobahn record (and tomorrow Radio-Activity, and so on).

Posted by Regular reader | April 11, 2012 1:31 PM

I love the old geezers with the 3D glasses.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:31 PM

I don't get this review from the times hating on people not dancing, this isn't crazy house dance music, this was a show with an incredible, and obviously minimilistic album, set to an incredibly forward thinking 3D multimedia experience. Who gives a shit if there weren't bros jumping around getting sweat all over people. LCD soundsystem did that last year.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:33 PM

the green-eyed monsters rear their UGLY heads.

going to two - count 'em - TWO kraftwerk shows at MoMA and you're not.

woo hoo!

and it is NOT a dry event - german beer on tap!

and 1:15 - this is EXACTLY rock and roll.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:35 PM

^ Previously, on "The Big Bang Theory" .....

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:36 PM

None of you guys are funny. The only people who find your comments funny are the other unfunny dick heads who also post stupid unfunny comments.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:37 PM

So, like the rest of BV except for you, huh? All your life and still excluded .... must be sad.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:39 PM

Oh, wait. Kraftwerk plays the album then throws in some greatest hits afterward. That's cool.

Posted by Regular reader | April 11, 2012 1:41 PM

Kraftwerk is the soundtrack to halitosis and being thrown into a locker. But , cheer up fan boys - it's better than Pulp (which is the soundtrack to being ass raped by 12" of black love)

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:41 PM

Kraftwerk is currently made up of Chevy Sonic test drivers (after they get cleaned up and changed into exactly the same jumpsuits - can't have any diversity in bright beautiful peoples' future)

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:48 PM

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS

1. they play the album of the night, and then dive into the hits. the album itself only takes up 1/3 of the show.

2. onstage at 8:25 pm, offstage at 10:15pm

3. yes, this show is worth the money. yes, there are a lot of people there who you can tell have never listened to kraftwerk before.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:48 PM

Looks like quite a bit of sour grapes up in here.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:51 PM

and 4. you can bet that any of the idiot posting hate comments above, given the chance to have a ticket, would be jumping for joy

Believe that

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:51 PM

^ so not

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:54 PM

Tonight they're gonna install stripper poles on stage and use pyrotechnics ala Great White

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:56 PM

What bands/artists/performers are manly enough, 1:41 #2? Aside from Scott Stapp/Creed, I mean.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:56 PM

wonder if afrika bambaataa was there

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:57 PM

Auf diesem weg gibt keinen Unterschied

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:58 PM

"you can bet that any of the idiot posting hate comments above, given the chance to have a ticket, would be jumping for joy"

That sounds like what mommy told you when the kids on the bus picked on you for wearing floods and zips and shirts buttoned up to top. Mommy misled you then, and you are misleading yourself now, Sheldon. At least for me, I would rather see actual music than this.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 1:58 PM

I has never heard Kraftwork before, but someone gave me a ticket so I checked it out. I made it about 15 minutes. As soon as I realized it was just going to be IT department nerd shit, I walked the fuck out.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:01 PM

Epic show! It ends right at 9:45 thought, when all 4 of them hit Cntl+Alt+Del simultaneously. Crashes the karaoke machine, and that's it kids.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:01 PM

and 5. those idiots who actually do find this to be boring (& god help you) aren't kraftwerk fans in the slightest. they've never put on the "high energy" "bro-fest" shows. you're obviously just mindless hipsters who wanted to get into a show simply because there was exclusivity & demand surrounding it. glad you weren't successful!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:02 PM

I thought it was some rich kids' clubhouse the parents and no one working for a salary paid the rent on.
Like I said, a cleaner ABC No Rio, but with even bigger douchebags.

Posted by D | April 11, 2012 2:03 PM

Idiot pop psych moron 1:58 and 2:02 would be the first persons on line to get in if they were able to get a ticket.

Trust me these turds are seething that they are not getting to see these shows.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:04 PM

Like I said, First OK Go Member With Optional Turbo

Let's Do This

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:05 PM

did they do speak and spell?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:08 PM

Wow 2:03 Engrish no firs language eh? Take the dick out of your mouth and try again to communicate whatever thought you had rattling around in that head. I would love to respond with how much of a moron you are but I cannot do so in good faith until I can understand what nonsense you are actually trying to say.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:08 PM

I can't believe you guys are fighting over this. Let's kick back and share a drink responsibly.

Posted by BUSHMILLS4LIFE | April 11, 2012 2:08 PM

format c:/

Posted by D | April 11, 2012 2:09 PM

"and 1:15 - this is EXACTLY rock and roll."

What are you out of your mind?

This is an art presentation performed by a bunch of guys obsessed with technology performed to a crowd of office workers.

About as far away from RNR as could possible be.

If this is EXACTLY Rock n Roll, then so is every piece of minimilist and conceptual performance art ever undertaken within the cold austere walls of a museum.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:11 PM

I liked Clash Of The Titans in 3D, so I guess this would be cool too. Do I need advance tix to attend?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:12 PM

Skrillex could have done this whole show on his own.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:13 PM

"dive into the hits"


hits.

funny.

What hits have they ever had?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:14 PM

these nerds need to take it to Comic-con

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:15 PM

"yes this show was worth the money"

it was only $25. so that's not saying much.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:15 PM

@2.04 - don't know what the hell you're talking about? i'm 2.02. did you even read the comment? i went to the show & loved every freaking minute of it. i paid $200 of my own (earned, not trust fund) cash to make sure i wouldn't miss a band i've loved for years. (and have already seen live).

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:15 PM

BAHN
BAHN
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DER AUTOBAHN

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:18 PM

Only faggots like this shit. Everyone knows that.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:18 PM

I guess no one can say anything at all bad or critical about this without immediately and expectedly being hit with the 'sour grapes/sore you didn't get a ticket"' response.

Believe it or not, there are actually people who have opinions about things and/or valid criticisms to make on this show apart from if they got a ticket or not, or even ever wanted one.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:19 PM

I'm one of those guys that never was much of a fan, liked them enough though, tried to get a ticket, didn't get one, didn't care all that much and still don't.

However, I know that if I post ANYTHING at all negative about what I've seen or heard on this thread about this show or its description I will be labeled as one of the green eyed people, which I'm not, so I won't bother.

All I have to say is that I'm glad for the people that really love this and and got in, but for me, it doesn't look like I missed much.

really.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:24 PM

Rock n Roll?

I don't think this is what Elvis had in mind.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:26 PM

I'm pretty sure at least one of the guys was playing Angry Birds Space during the show. It can't take 4 people to press play on a laptop.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:26 PM

TRON

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:28 PM

2:19 - only people who were at the show really have the right to criticize it. You can't judge a show from a tiny write up and some pictures. Most of the people criticizing the show don't know what the fuck they're talking about anyway, they just want to make stupid jokes.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:29 PM

It's a very sad state of indie/hipster music in NYC in 2012 when the most celebrated and hard to get into 'event' of the year is a 42 year old group performing in a museum.

sad sad state of affairs.

why don't you young kids start your own scene or something?

this shit is stale and boring.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:31 PM

Its sad that a band like Kraftwork is so revolutionary in their times but today cannot come up with anything new.

Posted by homey | April 11, 2012 2:31 PM

it's very sad that these guys made their entire living ripping off Afrika Bambaattaa

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:34 PM

2:29 I was at the show and walked the fuck out

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:36 PM

You may not be able to write a full detailed review of the show if you weren't there, but you can still make comments and observations from what you know about the performers already and what has been shown and reported about this particular show even if you weren't there.

If you are at all familiar with Kraftwerk, their music and their performances, and if you've ever been inside MOMA and if you have ever spent two hours in a smallish room with a bunch of hipster/scensters and German people then you have every right to put these elements together in your mind and pretty much know EXACTLY what the experience was like.

Once you have done that, you have just as much right to comment on the show as someone inside. Perhaps even more so than even some of the people inside that don't even know what the hell they were seeing..

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:36 PM

hey 2:11 - i'm the one who said kraftwerk defined rock and roll. i'll try and explain why, but i doubt you'll understand.

rock and roll is not defined by SOUND. it is defined by concept, attitude and energy. and doing something contrary to the status quo.

as a baby hipster (or an older one who doesn't understand music), you obviously have no knowledge of kraftwerk and their performance at the ritz (that would be webster hall to you neo-natal hipsters) back in 1982. it was revolutionary (which is what rock and roll is). and it's STILL revolutionary.

no kraftwerk? no lcd sound system.

no kraftwerk? no radiohead.

no kraftwerk? no important advances in music in the past 35+ years.

get hip, hipsters!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:36 PM

Amon Tobin-Isam....signed

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:38 PM

PULP > Kraftwerk

Pulp was clearly the show to see. Jarvis's energy or 4 old guys playing Mario Kart.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:38 PM

2:29, hit the nail on the head. There is nothing valid about a comment on a show you were not at. You want to comment about the idea of the show or the idea of the event be my guest. You want to waste your day doing that, have fun. What a winner you are.

But reviewing an event you did not attend makes you a moron.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:38 PM

Was Kraftwerk in 3D better than Avatar? Yeah, didn't think so! Suckers!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:40 PM

> April 11, 2012 2:13 PM

“ Skrillex” would have played his good old guitar if there was no Kraftwerk.

Posted by Ralf Hutter | April 11, 2012 2:40 PM

I see in the write up its mentioned that Kraftwerk was doing "an occasional hip thrust"

-I feel that this is undeniable proof that Kraftwerk is not a stranger to the energy giving phyto-nutrient power of the chickpea.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:42 PM

If Woody had gone straight to the police, Kraftwerk would never have happened.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:42 PM

2:36. wrong on every count.

There was nothing about the concept of what was/is being done that isn't any different than any other organized performance art presented in a museum, sound, visual or otherwise. So by your logic, anything is Rock n Roll.

There is no attitude attached to this performance that is any different than any other controlled performance presented in this setting. So again by your logic anything is rock n roll

There is no energy to this any more than anything else presented at MOMA. In fact this is probably less energetic than many or most things. Again, it must be all Rock n Roll to you.

Yes, Rock n Roll is not defined by a specific sound, and it is indeed defined by attitude. energy and concept... but the attitude, energy and concepts needs to be attached to youthful rebellion. This event is basically a corporate sponsored event featuring an old outfit with interchangeable members in the setting of a very corporate Museum attended by people who seem old before their time.

There is nothing Rock n Roll about this event in terms of youthful energy or attitude or concept or even spirit.


Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:48 PM

2:36 - you proved my point about people just wanting to make stupid jokes.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:48 PM

Hey 2:36:

Hate to break it to you, but it's not 1982 anymore, it's 2012 and it's not the Ritz it's MOMA now.

What may have been revolutionary and young and "Rock n Roll" thirty years ago downtown is now stale and middle aged and part of the system in Midtown.

Sorry your youth has been turned into corporate nostalgia.

It happens to the best of us

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:52 PM

this may have been a good show or a boring one, everyone;s take could be different, but it should be clear that Kraftwerk in 2012 isn't revolutionary. It's techno nostalgia

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:54 PM

2:48 - your entire argument against my points are undercuit by your assertion that "the attitude, energy and concepts needs to be attached to youthful rebellion."

that may have been true in the 1950's (and by the way, 2:26, elvis got old, fat and died. rock and roll has not).

but rock and roll has evolved. and to tie it solely to "youthful" rebellion is a bit ageist, no?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:55 PM

"You may not be able to write a full detailed review of the show if you weren't there, but you can still make comments and observations from what you know about the performers already and what has been shown and reported about this particular show even if you weren't there.

If you are at all familiar with Kraftwerk, their music and their performances, and if you've ever been inside MOMA and if you have ever spent two hours in a smallish room with a bunch of hipster/scensters and German people then you have every right to put these elements together in your mind and pretty much know EXACTLY what the experience was like.

Once you have done that, you have just as much right to comment on the show as someone inside. Perhaps even more so than even some of the people inside that don't even know what the hell they were seeing..

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:36 PM"

i write this in ALL sincerity, 2:36. i'm worried for you. the "reasoning" you attempted to deploy here veers dangerously close to schizophrenic thought.

seriously, get checked out.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:58 PM

Without Kraftwerk there would be no comment section for us to talk about techno nostalgia, VW's, and Avatar. Danke!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:59 PM

all the bands these trolls are referencing would love to have been at this show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 2:59 PM

2:55:
Not only was it true in the 1950's, but it was true in the 60's. 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's and 10's.

You yourself said Rock n Roll was all about concept, energy and attitude. And I added 'Spirit".

The energy, attitude, and concept may have evolved but not the spirit. The spirit of Rock n Roll was is and has always been about Freedom and rebellion and.... sex.

This event had none of these things.

It seemed confined and elitist and closed off to the populace rendering it far from the concept of freedom. there was nothing rebellious about the setting or the performance or the presentation and the only aspect of sex that it had was one of masturbation.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:10 PM

Can someone who went last night please tell me what kind of merch set-up they had? Debating whether to hit the MoMA Design Store before the show, or wait and hope they have everything I'm looking for at the show itself. Only going to be in town for a few hours.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:10 PM

hahahaha 2:36 just sits in his room and imagines having friends. i mean, it's the same as actually having them.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:10 PM

I like that someone anonymous is worried about another anonymous poster's mental state.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:11 PM

@310 i saw merch pics somewhere. every album on vinyl. album-specific t-shirts. idk if i saw a 'moma kraftwerk' t-shirt but i'm sure there's a poster.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:12 PM

how anyone can seriously think a 4 decades old techno industrial band with only one original member playing a show that no one can get into at a stuffy cultural institution is Rock n Roll is beyond me.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:15 PM

AWESOME thread guys. keep it up! tell me more about what rock and roll is!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:16 PM

3:10 - the 4th and 5th pictures show most of what they have for sale.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:19 PM

Hip Thrust dance moves are rock and roll, and apparently they were doing them on stage.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:25 PM

I hope there computers were Macs!

Posted by Mac | April 11, 2012 3:33 PM

@319 i was totally expecting to be directed to a close-up of old german man blubber, but you actually played it straight. good for you.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:33 PM

"It was cool. Didn't have the tension-release of Lustmord, but still a quality performance. Highlight was when the one on the far left re-loaded the Inkjet with Letter-size paper. That brought the crowd to it's feet."


FTW FTW FTW FTW FTW FTW

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:34 PM

@2:58 - you're weak suggestion to seek evaluation based on your amateur prognosis is the tired rubber bullet of those who have exhausted any further credible argument. Perhaps you should stick to cashing Papa's stipend checks or even better, float back to Wicotuckyvania and the McMansion that spewed you out...

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:35 PM

So they just stand there in front of a big TV?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:35 PM

so lame!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:36 PM

@335 literally no idea what you were trying to express with those words. and i'm just an objective bystander.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:38 PM

"@2:58 - you're weak suggestion to seek evaluation based on your amateur prognosis is the tired rubber bullet of those who have exhausted any further credible argument. Perhaps you should stick to cashing Papa's stipend checks or even better, float back to Wicotuckyvania and the McMansion that spewed you out..."

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:39 PM

Oh my God, I can picture the guy that wrote 3:35. I have advice for you: if you happen to have a day job, don't quit. Really. Your writing is terrible. Wow. My God. Christ.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:42 PM

3:35 is too dumb to be too smart for his own good. Seriously though you dullard, stop trying...the battle has been lost, the war has ended, your flag will be trampled upon. Sleep tight, simpleton.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:51 PM

fart

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:53 PM

I want to print out what 3:35 wrote and frame it. So perfectly stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:53 PM

3:35 - uh duuhhhhh!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:55 PM

@342 the guy who wrote 3:35 represents everyone i disliked in high school/college/present day. douchey douche.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:56 PM

Look at all the cool people!!!111!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 3:57 PM

FACT: Josef Fritzl took the fall for all these sick perverts

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 4:04 PM

Kraftwerk at MOMA last nite can't be explained with pictures or video they just don't do the show justice. Going into the show I knew what to expect I saw them in 2005. However, the 3D effect and the redone drumming effects really were the standout from this show. Also loved that they didn't pack the show so there was room to move around and dance if you wanted to. Plus I was glad they did a full show and not just the album.

In regards to the negative comments here at BV, good for you you enjoy something else we all have different tastes in music but if you don't recognize what Kraftwerk brought to the table back in the 70's and the the influences they had on the future of music (including rock and dance music) you are seriously misinformed.

In regards to Pulp > Kraftwerk
I'll find that out tonight but they really are two different beasts.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 4:09 PM

@357 You're living in High School!!!!111!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 4:09 PM

Let us not forget the ticket problem for this specific event was that you entered a never ending queue and just sat staring at a spinning wheel while the show had sold out 10 minutes beforehand. People were more irritated that they wasted time then that they didn't get tickets. In any case, saw Pulp last night and had a good time. Hope, be it Kraftwerk or whatever else ya did, you did too.

Posted by Doc | April 11, 2012 4:13 PM

I am in High School in the UES! WOOOO

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 4:22 PM

335 might not be a great writer, but the replies aren't all that much better. Silly people on both sides it seems. Anonymous ones at that. Right on soldiers!

Posted by jimmy glass | April 11, 2012 4:25 PM

@342 - let's see some of your quality writing then, since you are in a position to make such well-considered judgement.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 4:28 PM

Yo! That kraftwerk shit is good for twisting up dust blunts to. Far out shit from the future taking you on another!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 4:39 PM

@248 - Your point that "the attitude, energy and concepts needs to be attached to youthful rebellion" is an interesting one. It's that energy that has always made rock and roll so dynamic and appealing to me....and good rap music for that matter as well....it's all just rock and roll to me. But I don't know if the lack of such makes a particular artist or song "not" rock and roll, or just bad rock and roll. Or wimpy pop. Great post though, thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 4:49 PM

I won tickets and I'm going, even though I was never a big fan. I feel a little bad, though I'm well aware of the influence they've had in music I do like. Still, I'm gonna smoke a lot of pot and go and I'm sure it's gonna be a pisser. Sorry again to those who deserve to go more than I.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 4:54 PM

Does Veganism make you as stupid as these comments are, or is it just the Brooklyn part?

Posted by bill conti | April 11, 2012 5:01 PM

I won tickets. I refer to Trans Europe Express as 'the theme song to Swordfish.' Enough said.

Posted by dead serious | April 11, 2012 5:07 PM

3:35 is poor and mad...lulz

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 5:09 PM

which one is named Dieter???

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 5:13 PM

Holy fucking faggot..

Strangle yourself if you care about this

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 5:35 PM

5:09 still uses 'lulz' 5 years after his grandma got bored of it

Posted by Anonymouse | April 11, 2012 5:39 PM

I'd rather watch blue man group form the human centipede, than this kraut bullshit

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 5:40 PM

sounds like DJ PFAFFOO.
blunt rollin dope yo.

Posted by Drew Pfafflin | April 11, 2012 6:02 PM

Let's keep this simple

A) If you were not at the show and you are making comments about the spirit, energy and performance based on what you have read or past shows then you are a dildo.

B) f you are just commenting something stupid or your dislike of the band or people that do like them then you are a waste of life moron with apparently nothing better to do.

It is quite obvious that both A and B categories are people we should all envy and not pathetic idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 6:08 PM

this is the kind of thing that a lot of the people there will be pretending to like but really don't when it comes right down to it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 6:28 PM

Modern Weepers at the Guggenheim 7/4

Tickets on sale through Showclix Sat 10am.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 6:29 PM

You have to be intelligent to like Kraftwerk. Mathematically, therefore, 80% of Brooklyn Vegan's readership cannot like Kraftwerk.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 6:51 PM

autobahn was not their first

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 6:52 PM

6:08

Fight me faggot

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 7:15 PM

looks good

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 7:43 PM

GERMANS ARE SMELLY AND MAKE LOVE LIKE ROBOTS. WHAT GOOD HAS COME OUT OF GERMANY SINCE 1900?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2012 8:18 PM

This comment thread is pathetic. I'm glad you assholes missed the show. You would have talked through the whole thing about how unimpressed you were.

Go pat yourselves on the back for writing the snarkiest burn on an act that did something greater than anything any of you will ever do with your lives.

Mediocrity sucks, but that's ok - you're cynically cool, and have great ironic facial hair.

Fucking hipsters...

Posted by Troll Killer | April 12, 2012 1:00 AM

Is this the line for Skynyrd tickets?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 6:53 AM

Want to see something REALLY COOL?
check out this KRAFTWERK "THE MAN MACHINE" synth demo! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R72SnEnMdc&feature=colike

Posted by Kraftwerk_Fan | April 12, 2012 8:58 AM

daddies in tight outfits=yum

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:16 PM

I don't get the Spiderman tie-in

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 12:31 PM

Has nobody railed on the ticket sale debacle yet?

F- MOMA for the ticket debacle and the band for not playing another show.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 1:51 PM

^ after the first nights performance i think you can get them on stubhub now for about 3.50 a show

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 2:11 PM

But do they sell schnapps at this show?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 5:04 PM

MOMA are complete douchebags about this whole thing and so is Kraftwerk.

Both complicit in making this essentially a private party for journalists, German friends of the band and oh yes a few select random members of the buying public.

Not a cool scene.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 5:11 PM

"Has nobody railed on the ticket sale debacle yet?
F- MOMA for the ticket debacle and the band for not playing another show."

It's even worst than that.

They are both trying to keep as many fans away from this as possible instead of trying to get the fans in.

F*ck both MOMA and Kraftwerk, elitist prick art F*cks in bed together masturbating in front of 450 hipsters a night.

Sweet Dreams.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 5:14 PM

Hells yeah they serve Schnapps! I was there last night, RadioActiv or whatever. I got backstage and there was a guy dressed in the dog costume from The Shining giving out blowjobs

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 5:31 PM

I'm sure there are enough blowjobs going on backstage between the band members after the show. They don't need a guy dressed up in a dog costume.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 5:57 PM

Sie sind alle Dummköpfe!

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2012 11:34 PM

Nostalgia is the enemy of art

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2012 12:57 PM

All these comments, and not one describing the PA? How the hell did it SOUND?

I'm going tomorrow night....can't wait!!!

Posted by droopus | April 13, 2012 11:04 PM

I can't understand why so much hatred and stupidity about some cultural event where nobody's forced to go.
I know there must be at least a few intelligent american people but not here, for sure.

Posted by Nafoute | April 14, 2012 9:02 AM

What was the procedure to get in to the show at MoMA? I have tickets to tonight's show and would like to give them to a friend of mine. Are you able to go to will call and pick up your tix with ID then hand them off or are you wristbanded immediately?

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 9:09 AM

ID at the door checked against a list then ID'ed again and checked against the list again at the reception desk where you are wrist banded and given your program and glasses.

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2012 10:30 AM

Nostalgia is the enemy of art

Posted by Souq | April 14, 2012 3:59 PM

Intersesting piece of art...
If this is EXACTLY Rock n Roll, then so is every piece of minimilist and conceptual performance art ever undertaken within the cold austere walls of a museum.

Posted by Trappenbrunn | April 16, 2012 10:10 AM

I liked it.

Posted by Gwin | April 16, 2012 5:59 PM

I dig this new Zima campaign

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2012 10:23 PM

I was one of the bazillion people who didn't get tickets but between the goofy photos, and all these amazing comments I'm in stitches. I had way more fun reading all the quips and angry rants. And it didn't cost me a cent.

Posted by chillylillylillyboomboomboom | April 21, 2012 2:25 AM

the majority of you people commenting on here are fucking morons. jesus christ.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2012 11:45 PM

great group but a shame they cant come up with any new material, they have in a way become their own tribute group. Lets hope if there is again to be no new album this year then i hope they bring a dvd out of these shows

Posted by chris bullard | May 14, 2012 11:41 AM

"GERMANS ARE SMELLY AND MAKE LOVE LIKE ROBOTS. WHAT GOOD HAS COME OUT OF GERMANY SINCE 1900?"

The answer is in the headline. The AUTOBAHN!

Posted by Kaffee Magazin | June 1, 2012 4:19 AM

Another interesting post.

Posted by gucci tote bag | September 12, 2012 5:36 AM

^Jeez, somebody's got a jocuri/miniclip complex going on. Leave it to the masters, please.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 6:19 AM

And speaking of, where are those two lately? I pine for their endless stock of wit & wisdom. jocuri! miniclip! Come hither!

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2012 6:21 AM

wow wicked

Posted by jordon | August 3, 2013 3:25 PM

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