Mute and Spoon are pleased to announce the release of VILLA WUNDERBAR, on 4th November 2013, a 2CD set, compiling the work of CAN founder Irmin Schmidt’s solo and soundtrack work, including two unreleased Can remixes and a collection of soundtrack pieces personally compiled by long-term collaborator Wim Wenders.
CD1 is a compilation of Irmin Schmidt’s extensive work as a solo artist over the past 30 years, whilst CD2 - selected and presented by the filmmaker Wim Wenders - is an insight into Schmidt's vast work as a composer for film and television for which Wenders has written extensive sleeve notes.
The two CD compilation includes tracks such as Villa Wunderbar, Kick On The Floods and Bohemian Step, alongside unreleased remixes by Schmidt of two Can tracks, Alice and Last Night Sleep and an unreleased extract from La Fermosa, a ballet by Youri Vàmos, entitled Bêtes De Passage.
After an extensive classical education as pianist, conductor and composer, Irmin Schmidt – who studied under Stockhausen and Ligeti - established CAN in the late 60s combining classic new music with rock and jazz. The band’s powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance - from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Kanye West (who sampled ‘Sing Swan Song’) and Radiohead - as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature.
After CAN disbanded in the late 70s, Irmin Schmidt returned to his work as a solo artist and the result is a vast oeuvre, which includes a series of solo albums (Toy Planet (1981), Musk At Dusk (1987), Impossible Holidays (1991)), an opera (Gormenghast (2000) based on the Mervyn Peak trilogy), several releases with English composer Kumo (Masters Of Confusion (2001), Axolotl Eyes (2008), Flies, Guys & Choirs (2008) and Cyclopean EP (2013)), a ballet (La Fermosa by Youri Vàmos) and over 100 film scores (Snowland, 2005 dir Hans W. Geissendörfer, Palermo Shooting, 2008, dir Wim Wenders), amongst others).
Schmidt's sound-trips combine what normally competes and conflicts: rock, pop, jazz, classic, electronic, ambient, drum 'n’ bass, waltz, eastern ... He is a musical alchemist.
Following on from the phenomenal success of CAN box set, The Lost Tapes, curated by Irmin Schmidt, Jono Podmore and Mute’s Daniel Miller, and this year’s Cyclopean EP (Schmidt, Kumo, Burnt Friedman and CAN drummer Jaki Liebezeit), 2nd December 2013 will see the long-awaited release of the CAN back catalogue, remastered on vinyl for the very first time.
All 14 albums, including Out Of Reach and an exclusive live bonus album, will be released on 180g vinyl in a box set alongside original posters, artwork and sleeve notes by novelist and CAN-fan Alan Warner.
Do you want to own high quality cutlery inscribed with the lyrics by the legendary CAN? Now is your chance.
Our good friends at Die Wunder Kammer have produced two superb sets of CAN - Infamous Lyrics themed cutlery. A 4-piece cutlery 'I WANT MORE' dinner set for enthusiastic eaters and for the relaxed lazy bones, 'BRING ME COFFEE OR TEA' teaspoons.
For more details please visit their website here.
Mute and Spoon are delighted to announce Cyclopean, the collaboration from Burnt Friedman, Jono Podmore and CAN founding members Jaki Liebezeit, and Irmin Schmidt.
CAN’s legacy has never felt more apparent than now, and Cyclopean brings together two giants from this legendary band, Jaki Liebezeit and Irmin Schmidt alongside long time collaborators Jono Podmore (Kumo / Metamono) and musician and producer Burnt Friedman.
As you might expect from the line-up, the four tracks are profoundly original and bursting with imagination. The title provides a metaphor for the music: Cyclopean forms are beautiful, massive and intriguing structures that interlock, intersect and connect seemingly contradictory components. Heavy, yet light, powerful, subtle, intriguing and playful. There’s also a flavour of the ancient in this music – an artefact from a sophisticated pre-culture perhaps. Extraordinary instrumentation – rubber band guitar, theremin, prepared piano – is unified through the monumental and unique drum patterns, as the characters of the four players are at once individually unmistakably and irrevocably intertwined.
The release of the CAN album The Lost Tapes this year has brought a wealth of new recognition and plaudits to the legendary band, and as befits members of a band who constantly challenge, innovate and inspire, an entirely new project was born when Friedman, Liebezeit, Podmore and Schmidt got together at Studio Les Rossignols, France, in May 2011.
The four members of Cyclopean have worked together previously: Friedman and Liebezeit’s Secret Rhythms IV was released in 2011 on Friedman´s label Nonplaceand is the most recent of their releases together which began in 2002; Podmore and Schmidt’s collaborations have included two albums released as Schmidt & Kumo as well as more recent work on The Lost Tapes and Podmore has also worked with Liebezeit in the past.
After CAN disbanded Liebezeit and Schmidt stayed close and continued to work together, notably on Schmidt’s opera Gormenghast, which Podmore also worked closely on.
Cyclopean is the first time that Friedman, Liebezeit, Podmore and Schmidt have worked together.
Cyclopean EP tracklisting
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Mute and Spoon are delighted to announce that, due to phenomenal demand, CAN’s The Lost Tapes is now released as a 5 LP box set on 180g vinyl.
The Lost Tapes 5 LP box set is now available to purchase directly from the Spoon Records Store here.
The Lost Tapes was curated by Irmin Schmidt and Daniel Miller, compiled by Irmin Schmidt and Jono Podmore, and edited by Jono Podmore. The vinyl issue of The Lost Tapes will come with a 24” square poster and a 28 page booklet with sleeve notes by Irmin Schmidt and Ian Harrison.
Irmin Schmidt & Jono Podmore have announced they will be appearing at the Mogwai curated ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror festival on Saturday 26th May with The Music Of Can: Unreleased Music & Discussion, where they will be playing tracks from The Lost Tapes and revealing the stories behind the tracks that had been locked away for so long.
Says Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite: "I can honestly say that there isn't another band who sound like CAN. Their music was of a future that we haven't yet arrived at. Influencing people with their ambition more than just music we're incredibly lucky to have found even more of their music to wonder at. God bless CAN."
You can find out more information about the festival and purchase tickets here.
Finally we are close to releasing the infamous Lost Tapes album, it'll be released on 18th June in Europe and June 19th in the USA.
The Lost Tapes will be a 3 CD set, packaged in a pretty box and we think it sounds fabulous. There is more information including a link to hear the opening track Millionenspiel here.
This is an opportunity to hear unreleased material, brand new tracks, as if you were there in the halcyon days. These are not outtakes, we guarantee you that.
Irmin Schmidt curated the album personally with Daniel Miller and explains: “Obviously the tapes weren't really lost, but were left in the cupboards of the studio archives for so long everybody just forgot about them. Everybody except Hildegard, who watches over CAN and its work like the dragon over the gold of the Nibelungen and doesn't allow forgetting.”
On Tuesday April 17th at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, Irmin Schmidt and Jono Podmore presented “The Music Of Can: An Evening of Unreleased Music and Discussion.”
They debuted unreleased music from the forthcoming release CAN - The Lost Tapes, discussing the music with each other and answering audience questions about The Lost Tapes, CAN and their incredible history and story.
Thursday April 12th at 6.00pm FREE live show at Amoeba Music, Hollywood.
Amoeba is pleased to welcome Irmin Schmidt (Can) and Jono Podmore (aka Kumo) for a guest DJ set at Amoeba. They will preview tracks from The Lost Tapes, spin their favorite music and meet fans.
Amoeba was great! Big thanks to Marc Weinstein and the entire Amoeba Hollywood crew.
View the photos on Facebook in the album "DJ set AMOEBA Hollywood, 12th April 2012 Here"
MOJO, issue 218 - January 2012, has a great six page CAN feature with new interviews and illustrated with some brilliant photographs that even we haven't seen for 40 years!
CAN were the root source of a ’70s ritual groove that still resonates today. On the eve of new box set of unearthed tracks, Ian Harrison speaks to the magicians themselves about their mysterious, hypnotic sound.
It's a great accompaniment to the 40th Anniversary re-issue of Tago Mago and the forthcoming Lost Tapes.
There is a great collection of CAN Video, Audio and Documentary clips on the CanFanPage YouTube Channel.
Check it out now at
Spoon Records and Mute announce the release of the 40th anniversary edition of the classic CAN album Tago Mago on 14 November 2011.
The new edition of this genre-defying album comes packaged in the original UK artwork for the first time since 1971, and includes a bonus CD featuring 50 mins of unreleased live material from 1972, remastered in 2011.
You can now order the Tago Mago 40th anniversary edition from Mute Records, here.
Irmin Schmidt (CAN) & Kumo (Jono Podmore) have been invited to perform some live dates in Spring 2012 in Aix en Provence, France. The dates are yet to be confirmed but please check back for updates nearer the time.
The latest collaboration by Irmin Schmidt & Kumo, Axolotl Eyes is available as CD, CD + DVD edition and digital download from Mute Records, here.
A new Malcolm Mooney art exhibit will be showing from 15th September - 21st October 2011 as part of the Three Corner Symphony. This is held at the Skyline Gallery, Skyline College, San Bruno (San Francisco Area), California USA.
You can find out more information about the exhibition at
A wonderful new exhibition will host some of Europe's finest visual and multimedia artists presenting pieces inspired by the innovative work of CAN.
Halleluwah! is planned as an homage to CAN – in memory of the band’s pioneering role in composition, sound, playing technique, and group dynamics.
You can buy the exhibition catalogue with limited edition CD here.
September 16th - November 5th, 2011
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin:
November 24th - December 18th, 2011
This week on The Quietus, the independent online rock music and pop culture magazine, Geoff Barrow of the band Portishead chose Ege Bamyasi by CAN as one of Portishead's collective Bakers Dozen of favourite albums.
"CAN are my favourite and most inspirational band ever..." - Geoff Barrow
In the latest issue of DMC World Magazine Axolotl Eyes gets a great 5 out of 5 review by the knowledgeable Kris Needs.
Read the full article by Kris Needs on the DMC World Magazine website here >>
You can still purchase it directly from Mute records here >>
The BFI release classic lost film Deep End from 1970 on Blu-Ray/DVD. Soundtrack by CAN and Cat Stevens.