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Crush On Radio – I Return!

Cover of "Oh No It's Devo"
Cover of Oh No It’s Devo

The new season of Crush on Radio is a little bit different, featuring a one-on-one format — but on this episode, I return to the show to talk about Oh, No! It’s DEVO!  The entire episode is about that album, so check it out!  Yay! Continue reading

R.I.P. Bob Casale

English: Bob Casale of Devo.
English: Bob Casale of Devo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just found out today that Bob Casale, or Bob 2 of DEVO passed away last night from heart failure.  I’m absolutely heartbroken, and I’m listening to my DEVO records all day today.

Bob 2 is the only member of DEVO I got to meet — it was after the first time I got to see DEVO live.  Just to clarify, not only did I never think I’d get to see DEVO live (but I’ve seen them four times now!), but to make it even better, Bob 2 came out and took time to meet with fans afterwards.

He was the nicest guy. My best friend and I told him how DEVO got us through high school and was so incredibly important to us, and he said that he was retroactively our High School Advisor.

I’m gonna really miss him. At least I got to tell him how much he meant to me. You don’t get that a lot, especially with famous people who had a huge impact on you. I’m not being facetious when I say that, alongside David Foster Wallace, I wouldn’t be who I am today without DEVO.  They’re that important, and Bob 2 was a huge part of that — both in playing and his engineering and producing skills for the band (along with others — including the Barnes & Barnes version of “What’s New Pussycat” from Zabagabee).

What a wonderful man, and I’m so deeply sorry to see him go.

I’m seriously trying not to cry.

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Review: DEVO – The Complete Truth about De-Evolution

Cover of "The Complete Truth About De-Evolution"
Cover of “The Complete Truth About De-Evolution

Sometimes, I find it odd that there were not more comprehensive collections of music videos by bands released during the Golden Age of DVD. Plenty were released, though they were largely cash-in budget titles, with little regard to quality, curation, or historical context. The music video collection occupies a space akin to the Greatest Hits album, with the extra requirement of demanding your eyes, as well as your ears. In this post-MTV era, the music video is best suited for YouTube over disc. Continue reading

Review: All That Glitters Is A Maresnest

All That Glitters Is A Maresnest

Cardiacs were a wonderful band — pretty much any given lineup of the band is going to be awesome, but the lineup on the All That Glitters Is A Maresnest concert film is probably my favorite lineup.  Or at least one of them, since, well, probably all the various Cardiacs lineups are my favorite.  But this one especially so — I love Sarah Smith’s sax and William D. Drake’s keys and, well, just about everything.

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Stupid Ideas I Haven’t Done: DEVO Cats

Jingle Cats - Meowy Christmas!!!
Jingle Cats – Meowy Christmas!!! (Photo credit: Mr. Greenjeans)

Like everyone, I tend to come up with a lot of ideas that I never get around to doing. Sometimes, it’s because they’re pretty stupid ideas. So, in order to do something with them, I’m throwing them out here. If anyone wants to make these stupid ideas a reality, go for it!

Stupid Idea:  You know those Christmas records where they do Christmas records with dog barks or cat meows?  Usually they’re credited to the Jingle Dogs or the Jingle Cats?  And the early one was done with actual tape splicing and stuff where they have the actual dog barks and noises that are in the actual right notes, so that’s kinda cool, but they’ve done more recent ones where it’s just a sampling keyboard, so it’s kind of cheating?  But even though it’s sorta neat from a technical aspect, it’s still pretty damned annoying anyway? Continue reading

Review: Hardcore DEVO

Cover of Hardcore DEVO (reissue)When you think about the band DEVO, odds are you think of those weird guys with the flowerpot hats, jerking around to synthesized robot pop music. Well, if you’re the sort who reads Kittysneezes regularly, you might not think that, but the ordinary people who may only know “Whip It” certainly think that way. It’s easy to assume that DEVO simply emerged out of nowhere, all stiff metronomic beats, synthesizers, and funny hats. Few are aware that DEVO began life as a satirical, performance art response to the Kent State shootings of May 4th, 1970, where four students were killed by the National Guard during a war protest. Continue reading

Review: DEVO – Monsterman

Devo

Devo (Photo credit: Pinc Floit)

When a band records a TV theme song, it’s very often a throwaway thing. Probably the only band that treats their theme song work with any level of dedication is They Might Be Giants, and even [T]hey have a few half-assed ones. From the beginning, the odds are stacked against this new DEVO cut, a theme song for a SyFy reality show that Gerald Casale even admits was “written in 15 minutes.” Thankfully, we caught a break. “Monsterman,” however is surprisingly good. The song is built on a pounding beat, like the footsteps of the monster in a kaiju film. It feels almost like DEVO doing metal, all crunching guitar and pounding drums around a steady arpeggiated bass line. Bob 1 delivers a blistering solo in the bridge, and a synthesizer line beeps it’s way though the whole thing like a telegraph. Lyrically, it paints the portrait of someone who is quite mentally disturbed. There’s a reference to the “house of pain,” an Island of Dr. Moreau/Island of Lost Souls shout out that always pleases me in DEVO’s work. Not bad for a fifteen minute rush job.

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Review: POLYSICS – 15th P

http___ec2.images_amazon.com_images_I_410_FxuGZqLThe first, and most important thing you need to know about POLYSICS new album, 15th P, is that it features a cover of the classic DEVO B-side, “Mecha-Mania Boy” with vocals by DEVO’s own Mark Mothersbaugh. Based on this alone, it is worth your time and money to at least get over to Amazon or iTunes and buy the album, or at least that track.

Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Thank you.

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Tired O’ Tourin: Part 5

Tired O' Tourin!Hi, spuds. I heard that people have been asking about the Tired O’ Tourin’ webcomic that DEVO featured on the ClubDevo website in the early 2000’s. When Michelle and I (The Ladies of the Lake) were introduced to Mark Mothersbaugh at a lecture he gave in Tampa in 1999, he was intrigued when we told him we loved to draw comics…especially DEVO comics! It was one of the ways we survived the drudgery of high school. We created this comic, mailed it to Mutato, and Mark was nice enough to pass our comic along to Jerry, who posted it at the old ClubDevo.com.

Well, Later is Now, and suddenly, Devo is “hip” again- much more a part of the public consciousness (or sub-consciousness) than when we actually drew the comic! Lately there’s been some demand for Devo cartoons, so I hope this gives y’all some Satisfaction.

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Tired O’ Tourin: Part 4

Tired O' Tourin!Hi, spuds. I heard that people have been asking about the Tired O’ Tourin’ webcomic that DEVO featured on the ClubDevo website in the early 2000’s. When Michelle and I (The Ladies of the Lake) were introduced to Mark Mothersbaugh at a lecture he gave in Tampa in 1999, he was intrigued when we told him we loved to draw comics…especially DEVO comics! It was one of the ways we survived the drudgery of high school. We created this comic, mailed it to Mutato, and Mark was nice enough to pass our comic along to Jerry, who posted it at the old ClubDevo.com.

Well, Later is Now, and suddenly, Devo is “hip” again- much more a part of the public consciousness (or sub-consciousness) than when we actually drew the comic! Lately there’s been some demand for Devo cartoons, so I hope this gives y’all some Satisfaction.

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