Felix Kubin, Bobby Conn & Monica Boubou, Stacian | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Felix Kubin, Bobby Conn & Monica Boubou, Stacian 

When: Mon., Sept. 22, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $15
On its surface, the output of veteran German electronic-music provocateur Felix Kubin might sound like a goofy throwback to the so-called Neue Deutsche Welle—in the late 70s and early 80s, this arty German response to punk and new wave produced loads of peculiar artists, many with deliberately robotic aesthetics and a postmodern tendency to mix styles and eras in dislocating ways. (You might remember the brutalist synth music of DAF or the queasy art-pop of Palais Schaumburg.) Kubin grew up in Hamburg absorbing those sounds, and his experiments from that era finally saw the light in 2002 as The Tetchy Teenage Tapes of Felix Kubin 1981-1985 (A-Music/Skipp). On his 2013 album Zemsta Plutona (ZickZack), the synths feel just as dated, but overall the music is such an odd patchwork that it can’t feel “retro.” The album opens with an absurd, mechanical-sounding cover of the Lou Christie falsetto classic “Lightnin’ Strikes,” and the 12 tracks of subversive art-pop that follow incorporate alien funk, faux swing, Communist-era youth songs, elegant sequenced electronics a la vintage Kraftwerk, and the traditional German radio plays called Hörspiele. In his press materials Kubin describes his fashion sense as “somewhere between Kim Jong-il and Captain Kirk,” and his approach to music is at least as weird. —Peter Margasak



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