CAN: YOU DIG IT?

Veteran German avant garders in flurry of release and gig activity...

‘CAN BOX’, a multi media collection celebrating influential and pioneering krautrockers Can‘s 30th anniversary, is released by Mute records on Monday.

It contains a double CD of previously unavailable live material recorded between 1971 and 1977, a book and a video of Can-Free Concert from 1972 and Candocumentary with unreleased material filmed in 1988 and 1997.

The four original members of CanHolger Czukay, Jaki Liebzeit, Irmin Schmidt and Michael Karoli – are touring together in Germany, though they are playing with their respective bands and not as Can.

Meanwhile Beck, Stereolab and original Can singer Malcolm Mooney have all contributed tracks to a forthcoming tribute album called ‘Can Forgery Series’ set for release in the Spring by US label Nickelbag.

Beck has covered ‘I’m So Green’. Other artists on the album are Farflung, Maids Of Gravity, Medicine, Radar Brothers, That Dog and Ultra Vivid Scene.

Can‘s German noise contemporaries avant garde sound terrorists Faust are taking part in a mini Meltdown-style Festival at London’s South Bank Centre from April 8-10.

The event, called Irregular #5, is being organised by Mute Records boss Daniel Miller and was inspired by last year’s week-long Meltdown event at the South Bank which was hosted by John Peel.

On the Thursday (April 8), in a one-off event, Barry Adamson will perform his own score to a silent film screened in the Royal Festival Hall and will ‘conduct’ various bands including Add N To (X) and Pan Sonic.

Faust headline on April 9, with German electronica acts To Rococo Rot and Kreidler in support.

Saturday (10) night sees Richie Hawtin – aka Plastikman – perform on the roof of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. He will play his own soundtrack to a recent film he made of a Detroit skyscraper imploding. The film will be projected on to the side of the QEH. Also appearing are new Exeter band Appliance and obscure art-dance act Big Bottom.

Tickets for each day cost from #10- #15 and are available from the Royal Festival Hall box office on 0171 960 4242.

Nick Cave is hosting this year’s Meltdown Festival which takes place at the RFH starting on June 24.