Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds gnarly-charming guitarist Blixa with his own legendary band, Einstürzende Neubauten (which I will never learn to pronounce), have a new DVD available. For the uninitiated, Einstuerzende Neubauten isn’t some half-assed solo project. A long-running, boundaries-shattering collective that used actual noise from materials found in scrapyards along with more traditional instrumentation, this live reunion DVD was filmed in the same year as the Cave set, and is just as lean, mean, and on fire. (Don’t expect the apocalyptic pop to be as hummable as the tunes on ‘Abattoir Blues’ though.)
Unlike the somewhat spare BAD disc, this release comes loaded with extras, including unreleased songs and fun features. From the atonal but utterly rhythmic opening track “Haus Der Luege” onward, Einstuerzende Neubauten defy you to pigeonhole them as frivolous texture-makers, crafting compelling frameworks from oodles of sonic wire and night wind.