On Tuesday, German electronic-music pioneers Kraftwerk begin an eight-day residency at New York's Museum of Modern Art, performing an album in its entirety each night, starting with 1974's Autobahn and ending with 2003's Tour de France. Tickets for individual shows were modestly priced at $25, but managed to sell out within seconds—and predictably, scalped tickets currently range from unreasonably expensive ($100-$200) to offensively expensive (over a grand). If spending your month's rent, grocery, and beer money on a single show isn't your style, you can still take in some of the magic if you're in NYC: the performances will be shown in real time via an eight-screen surround-sound video dome at the Queens MoMA. Any way you slice it, though, it looks like I'll be enjoying these shows only later, via YouTube. In honor of what I'm sure will be a series of amazing concerts, today's 12 O'Clock Track is "Computer Love" from Krafwerk's 1981 classic Computer World.
Computer World is a concept record dealing with the rise of computers in our life and their roles in commerce, transportation, entertainment, and personal relationships. "Computer Love" was this record's single, and it's one of my favorite songs in the Kraftwerk canon. Its sparseness, its lyrics, and its lead synth melody all evoke loneliness and sadness, which is pretty remarkable coming from a band that has spent the past 40 years trying to sound as robotic and emotionless as possible.
If anyone has an extra ticket to one of next week's Kraftwerk shows that they're trying get rid of cheap, feel free to hit me up. Why would you want them anyway?