The god/grandfathers of electronic music Kraftwerk are currently on a small US tour. Is Minneapolis on the tour? No. The nearest they came to me was Chicago last
weekend. Since I work full time and am married with two kids it takes a lot of effort to get to a show like that. Suffice it to say I didn't make it - boo. This week they released a 2CD live set called Minimum - Maximum, recorded on last year's world tour. It's the closest I'm gonna get to seeing 'em - the booklet is filled with cool photos from the shows, and the tunes are ace. Since the very first Kraftwerk record I ever owned was the 7" of Pocket Calculator, backed with Dentaku (same song, lyrics in Japanese) I give you the live in '04 versions. The beats are a bit faster, but it's still the same ace slab of blippy, bloppy bleepy pop brilliance.
Play the two in the order shown as they run into each other - and don't forget to do your best robot dance!