Entries tagged with: Devo
by Bill Pearis
Pee-wee's Big Holiday, the first new Pee-wee Herman movie in 28 years, will premiere on Netflix on March 18. As you may recall, the movie is produced by Judd Apatow and directed by PFFR's John Lee (Wonder Showzen, Delocated). Devo's Mark Motherbaugh did the music this time and here's the synopsis:
A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.A teaser trailer for the movie has just been released and fans of Pee-Wee's Rube Goldberg style house will dig this. You can watch below.
Speaking of Judd Apatow and Netflix, he's created a new series for them titled LOVE which will drop February 19. It stars co-creator Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!) and Community's Gillian Jacobs and is described thusly:
LOVE follows Gus and Mickey as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid.Fans of Apatow's series Freaks & Geeks may recognize a few McKinley High School staffmembers amongst LOVE's cast. (Nice to see you, Dave "Gruber" Allen.) You can watch the trailer for LOVE below.
Having recently ended their respective dysfunctional relationships, Gus and Mickey meet each other by chance at a convenience store and forge a connection in the mending of their broken hearts and egos.
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We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:
Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.
"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.
The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.
Brian May of Queen wrote:
I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
I don't know if I can react immediately.
He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.
In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.
But this news is hard to take in.
I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...
Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.
But what a life.
All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.
I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.
We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.
Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."
Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:
David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.
We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.
About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.
I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.
I realise now he was saying goodbye.
Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."
Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:
One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)
J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."
The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."
Peter Gabriel writes:
I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."
He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.
There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.
Long Live Lazarus.
Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"
Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"
Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"
Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:
John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."
After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.
For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.
Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.
Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.
Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.
See more from Talking Heads, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Courtney Love, Kanye West, El-P, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, St. VIncent, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Billy Corgan and more, below...
photos: Dan Deacon @ Green Man Festival 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Dan Deacon is currently wrapping up his tour with some West Coast dates -- he plays Santa Ana, CA's The Observatory tonight (9/22). He's also just announced a new NYC date, playing a holiday show at Brooklyn Bowl on December 29. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/25) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
In other news, Dan made a mix of his favorite synthesizer music for Dazed, featuring cuts from Wendy Carlos, David Bowie, Jean Jacques Perry, Matmos, Add N to (x), Enya, Devo and more. Stream that below.
Devo's classic 1980 album Freedom of Choice celebrates its 35th birthday this year and coinciding is the release of Evie Nagy's 33 1/3 book about the album which was just published last week. In celebration of both things, there's a "Comedy Tribute to Devo" at Littlefield on Thursday (5/29) hosted by Jake Fogelnest and
featuring the band's own Gerald Casale (UPDATE: Gerard had to cancel which is a bummer), plus Dave Hill, Sara Benincasa, Liam McEneaney, Joe Garden, Fort Lean and "special guests." Fred Armisen wrote the foreword to the 33 1/3 book so maybe if he's in town? Tickets are on sale. Flyer, a stream of Freedom of Choice, and videos for its title track and "Girl U Want," below.
In related news, Loser's Lounge will present a New Wave-themed edition -- B-52's Vs. Devo" at Joe's Pub on June 11, 12 & 13. If you've never been to a Loser's Lounge before, they feature the LL Orchestra (commanded by Joe McGinty) and a host of guest vocalists tackling the featured artists' songs. They're usually a lot of fun and tickets are on sale.
Since October, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver has had a retrospective of Mark Mothersbaugh, who in addition to being co-founder and frontman of Devo, is an accomplished artist and filmmaker. Titled "Myopia," the retrospective collects drawings, films, paintings, sculpture and music -- if you're in Denver, you've got till April 12 to check it out.
There's an accompanying Myopia book as well, and Mark will be in NYC on Thursday (3/19) at The Strand to talk about it with the MCA Denver's Adam Lerner (who also edited the book). To attend you either need to buy a copy of Myopia or a $15 Strand gift card. Mark will be signing copies of the book as well.
One of the most fun moments of the 2015 Oscars was the live performance of Best Song nominee "Everything is Awesome" from The LEGO Movie. Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island performed with cameos from Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh (who produced the song), Questlove, and Will Arnett as Batman. There were also LEGO Oscars handed out, confetti and general mayhem (on an Oscar level, at least). They lost to John Legend and Common's "Glory" from Selma, but watch "Everything is Awesome" below.
intro by Bill Pearis
Lars Finberg w/ The Intelligence
It's been almost three years since The Intelligence's last album, Everybody's Got it Easy But Me. What has Lars Finberg been up to in the interim? This year saw the reissue of The Intelligence's first album, Boredom & Terror, on double vinyl (the original CD's bonus disc is now the second platter), which is well worth picking up. You can stream it via Spotify below. As for what else, there's lots going on, including a new album, and we'll let Lars fill you in on all that:
We are fresh home from our "Is it possible to tour Europe on the 'deluxe' reissue of our first LP "Boredom and Terror"? (the answer is a resounding 'somewhat") and Petey Dammit from Thee Oh Sees joined us as a guitarist/stylist. Our new LP Vintage Future is recorded (by Chris Woodhouse and featuring friends from the The Shins/Thee Oh Sees/Sic Alps/Wounded Lion/The Mallard/Mayyors) and currently being mastered for an April release on In the Red Records, preceded by a 12" single/EP called "Cleaning Lady." Then the bench will be warm enough for us to start touring/hawking t-shirts in the spring.Keep your eyes peeled for more details on Vintage Future and The Intelligence's tour plans (they were last in NYC during CMJ 2012).
While Lars was filling us in on the new album, he also gave us his Top 10 of 2014. It's a mix of albums, movies, books and shows, and not all of it was actually released this year, but he makes a good case for all of it with commentary below.
photos by P Squared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher
NYC's multi-venue CBGB Festival wrapped up yesterday (10/12) after kicking off this past Wednesday (10/8). The fest doesn't have too much to do with CBGB, but a few of the bands who played had played the actual venue back in the day, one of which was the legendary Devo. They played for free yesterday at 4:30 PM on a stage in Times Square located between a Starbucks and a Jamba Juice, with a car commercial looping on a megascreen behind them. That's not exactly the kind of place you'd expect to see Devo (even if the culture clash was strangely appropriate), but those who could brave the Times Square crowds were treated to an excellent set. (And technically, it was Devo's second Times Square show this year.) They only played ten songs, and kept things focused on their classic material (the newest song they played came out in 1982) with favorites such as "Girl U Want," "Uncontrollable Urge," "Mongoloid," "Jocko Homo," "Whip It," "Beautiful World" and more. Sadly the band are no longer with original guitarist Bob Casale who passed away earlier this year, but regardless they were super tight, in great spirits and sounded terrific.
The show also included Jane's Addiction and a few other bands. Stay tuned for pictures of Jane's. More Devo pics (and one of Matt Pinfield who introduced them), a full set video, and their setlist, below...
Devo at Best Buy Theater in June (more by PSquared)
The CBGB Festival returns to various NYC venues this week, beginning Wednesday (10/8) and continuing through Sunday (10/12). It includes the Billy Idol keynote interview/acoustic set at Center548, The Muffs show, the Daniel Lanois film show, and plenty more. There's also the big free Times Square show on Sunday (10/12). When we last spoke, we mentioned it was speculated that Jane's Addiction, Robert DeLong, Devo, Surfer Blood and We Are Scientists would be playing, and that is in fact the lineup (along with Cheeky Parade). Cheeky Parade go on at noon and Jane's headline at 6:15 PM.
Full schedule here. Some highlights including the Times Square schedule, below...
Billy Idol at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As previously discussed, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is returning to various NYC venues from October 8-12, and since we last spoke there's been some updates to the festival. We knew Billy Idol would be participating this year, and we now know that he'll be the interviewee at the keynote interview and will also perform a short acoustic set. That takes place October 9 at CBGB Fest HQ Center548 (548 W 22nd St), two days after his autobiography comes out and a couple weeks before his new album comes out. Walking Papers (featuring GNR's Duff McKagan), The Skins and Ex-Cops will also perform. Tickets for that event are on sale now.
The majority of the festival's schedule has also been posted. It includes the Muffs / Miriam / Upset show at The Bell House, Macy Gray at City Winery, and a handful of other shows. Check out the full thing here.
Daniel Lanois, who has a new album and curated the ANTI-Thesis show, is showing clips and discussing past works as part of the film portion on October 8 at Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Tickets for that are on sale now.
CBGB Fest also confirmed early on that there would be an event in Times Square again this year. Last year that was where their biggest bands played for free with the lineup and location announced really last minute due to city regulations. This year, Devo, Jane's Addiction, We Are Scientists, Robert DeLong and Surfer Blood are still without a confirmed venue with less than a month to go before the festival, so it makes sense that this year's Times Square concert will in fact be those bands. Plus Devo confirmed on Facebook that they're playing a free concert on October 12 for CBGB Fest ("exact location TBA") and MyFreeConcert is also listing those five bands as the Times Square lineup for that date.
We Are Scientists and Surfer Blood will also be touring together surrounding CBGB Fest. Those dates are all listed below...
Deer Tick at one of their 2012 Brooklyn Bowl holiday shows (more by Tracy Allison)
How are you spending your week between Christmas and New Years? For Deer Tick, who have their 10th anniversary this year, they'll be celebrating at at Brooklyn Bowl for a special six-night run from December 26 - December 31. The first five nights, in addition to their own material, they'll be covering some of their favorite albums in full:
12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant (tix)More excitingly, at the 12/26 show they'll be performing their 2007 album War Elephant in full too! For the final (New Year's Eve) show, it will be an entirely fan-chosen setlist. The band are promising "many friends, special guests, and great bands joining the party each night." Tickets for these Brooklyn Bowl shows go on sale Friday (9/12) at noon with a presale beginning Wednesday (9/10) at noon.
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer (tix)
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles (tix)
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (tix)
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True (tix)
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set (tix)
Congrats to Deer Tick on on 10 great years! We're glad to have spent most of that ride with them. Highlights include Deer Tick's opening set at our very first official SXSW showcase and their headlining set at our show at the same venue just one year later. War Elephant was their only album released both of those years, and I'm especially excited about that one being performed in full.
Deer Tick are no strangers to holiday shows at Brooklyn Bowl or performing lots of covers. Meanwhile, the band will open for The Replacements next week (9/19) at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens with The Hold Steady on the bill too. Tickets are still available (you can win them too). Updated tour dates, plus Rdio/YouTube streams of the albums they're covering, are below.
As mentioned, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is back for a third year, going down October 8 - 12 at venues across NYC. The initial lineup for this year was just announced and includes Jane's Addiction, Devo, Billy Idol, Macy Gray, The Muffs, Upset, Duff McKagan, and more.
The film portion of the CBGB Fest includes the world premiere of Hardcore Devo Live!, Carter Family / Johnny Cash documentary The Winding Stream and a 30th Anniversary screening of This Is Spinal Tap (which the New York Film Fest is showing too).
Ticket info and other details are still TBA but you can check out initial lineups for both music and film below....
Television at Rough Trade in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Polaris Prize-nominated Arcade Fire already have some incredible openers lined up for their tour including a Unicorns reunion at all three Barclays Center shows (Aug. 22, 23 & 24) in Brooklyn, as well as two California shows. Dan Deacon are on those Barclays shows too and it's now been announced that the third date will also feature NYC punk legends Television!
In case you weren't keeping up, let me repeat: You can see Arcade Fire, the reunited Unicorns, and Television on the same damn show. Tickets for all three Barclays Center dates are still on sale.
New York doesn't get all the fun though, another legendary band from that same era, Devo (who they covered) have been added to Arcade Fire's two Chicago shows and their Mountain View, CA show. Steve Mackey of Pulp (DJ set) and Antibalas were also added to select dates.
Updated Arcade FIre dates, including other shows with Spoon, tUnE-yArDs, the reunited Constantines, and more, are listed below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Devo @ Best Buy Theater 6/19/2014
"The original idea for this tour was, of course, an artistic conceit like Devo often does," Casale said over the phone from California. "We were going to play only these 'Hardcore' songs that existed before anybody knew about us and we were in our experimental, insular period of proto-Devo. And we thought, 'It'll be so bizarre for us and the crowd, so let's do it!' But then it became like a memorial tour and a way to raise money for his family."Always fans of high concepts, Devo devolved for their current "hardcore" tour -- their first since the death of guitarist Bob Casale -- which focuses entirely on the band's early, experimental years before signing to Warner Brothers. For fans of the "Jocko Homo" / "Uncontrollable Urge" era, this is mid-'70s paydirt. That tour, which was dedicated to the late Casale and was a fundraiser for his family, hit NYC last night (6/19) for a show at Time's Square's Best Buy Theater. The show began with Mark Mothersbaugh coming out alone, sitting at his keyboard and leafing through a copy of the evening news (from 1974), and the band joined one by one later. The first half of the show was played sitting down, and the jumpsuits didn't come out till later in the show. As for their signature Energy Dome headgear, you had to look to audience members for those last night.
The "his family" in question is that of Robert Casale, a.k.a. Bob 2, Gerald's brother and longtime Devo guitarist/keyboardist who died of heart failure in February at age 61.
"Bob's family was destitute because he didn't have insurance and there's all these catastrophic care bills because he was trying to get Obamacare right when it happened," Casale said. "So we started a donation site that Pearl Jam and Shepard Fairey put on their sites. But that wasn't enough to help with (Bob's) family not losing their house."
Casale had already pitched the idea for a "Hardcore Devo" tour, as the band's 1974-1977 period has come to be known, which would consist exclusively of songs originally recorded on four-track tape machines in the basements of Akron, Ohio, where Devo formed. - [Denver Post]
More pictures from last night, and Devo's setlist, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Record Store Day 2014 is Saturday (4/19) and there are upwards of 800 RSD exclusive titles released worldwide this year. Which is clearly too many. But if you're reading this now you're probably at least thinking of going out and joining the throngs of music fans, record collectors, and eBay types trying to get all the stuff on their list. Or maybe you're going out to check out some in-store performances, or just hoping to have a couple free beers.
We've already written about a whole lot things being released this year. But we've got more. BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis each picked 11 RSD exclusives they think are worth the dough. (Ten just wasn't enough.) What titles are you looking for this year?
Their respective lists, along with some streams, below...
Devo at Punk Rock Bowling 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
New wave/art punk legends Devo lost guitarist Bob Casale who sadly passed away this past February (only months after former drummer Alan Myers passed away), and in his honor they'll be going on a North American tour this year playing music from their early, experimental period of 1974-'77. That tour hits NYC on June 19 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets go on sale soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed below.
Devo also have some releases planned for Record Store Day, including Live at Max's Kansas City (recorded in 1977), a 7" for "Gates of Steel" with The Flaming Lips' cover of the song plus the original, and a vinyl picture disc of their 1996 "return" show.
Watch the video of The Flaming Lips' "Gates of Steel" cover, with some classic Devo material and the list of dates, below...
We're sad to report that original Devo guitarist Bob Casale died Monday (2/17). From a post by his brother Gerald on the band's Facebook:
As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.Bob was part of Devo in the very early days, rejoined the band for their late-'70s/early-'80s heyday, and helped produced the band's 2010 album Something for Everybody. Bob, you'll truly be missed.
- Gerald Casale, Devo founder.
Devo drummer Alan Myers died last year. A few classic Devo clips below...
someone dressed up as Devo at the NYC Halloween Parade (more by Chris La Putt)
The electronic elements of Arcade Fire's new album Reflektor have gained it some comparisons to other electronic rock records of the past, like Talking Heads and David Bowie of course, but also Devo, who Arcade Fire (in their "Reflektors" alter-egos) covered at their second of two LA shows last night (10/31). They took on "Uncontrollable Urge," the opening track of Devo's 1978 debut LP, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!. The cover stays pretty faithful to the original, which isn't a bad thing in this case. It looks like it was a fun time.
If you missed them, check out pictures and videos of Arcade Fire's first night in LA.
Watch the video of the Devo cover (via Stereogum) below...
Alan Myers, who drummed on the first six Devo albums, has passed away this week after a battle with cancer, Slicing Up Eyeballs reports. He was the band's third and most well known drummer, having played on the band's earliest, well-regarded material like 1978's Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo and 1979's Duty Now for the Future, in addition to their one moment of commercial success, "Whip It" from 1980's Freedom of Choice.
In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!! I begged him not to quit Devo. He could not tolerate being replaced by the Fairlight and autocratic machine music. I agreed. Alan, you were the best - a human metronome and then some. A once in a lifetime find thanks to Bob Mothersbaugh. U were born to drum Devo!Devo's current drummer Josh Freese, who told SPIN in 2010 that Myers was one of his own major influences, also tweeted, "RIP Alan Myers. 1 of my all time favs. An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome."
Rest in peace, Alan. You'll be missed. Watch some videos of his time in Devo below...
photos by Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts
Flag / The Damned / the pit @ Punk Rock Bowling 2013
Under the blazing Nevada sun, Punk Rock Bowling festival went down in Las Vegas last week (May 24 - 27) featuring headlining appearances from names like The Damned, Devo, Bad Religion, Turbonegro, Flag, DRI, Subhumans and more. BV photographers Harriet Roberts and Keith Marlowe were there, the latter of whom commented on his experience:
The crowds were pretty sparse in the beginning of the days because lots of people were bowling, and the people that were there wisely took shelter under the tents in the back. Once night fell the place reached it's sold-out capacity. The headliners of the first night were Devo and the Damned. The Damned sounded great, but Devo really stole the show. They had an incredible video/light show and several costume changes.Pictures of those bands and more below...
Bad Religion and Turbonegro headlined the second night. There was a ton of Turbojugend there, and they made their presence known with their jackets and sailor hats, and it seemed like the whole crowd was singing along when singer Tony Sylvester directed them on 'oh.oh.oh.....I Got Erection' to close out their set. A surprising amount of people left during Bad Religion's set, I think they were worried about the capacity of the clubs for the after shows, which we missed for just that reason.
The last night closed out with the Subhumans, DRI, and Flag. People seem to have an opinion about the various Flag reunions, but i decided hold off on mine until i saw how they were live, and those dudes came to play. People went craaaaaaaaazy. Holy shit. There were bodies everywhere. I hope the Black Flag band is this intense when I see them.
Devo in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Punk Rock Bowling is returning to downtown Las Vegas for its 15th year from May 25 - 27 with a lineup of Devo, FLAG (one of two Black Flag reunions taking place this year), Bad Religion (who are touring soon), The Damned, Turbonegro, DRI, Bouncing Souls, The Casualties, Subhumans, Swingin' Utters, US Bombs, The Weirdos, and more. Three-day passes are on sale now and single day tickets go on sale Monday, February 11.
Flyer and full lineup below...
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
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Meanwhile, the President was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, chatting about the Mitt Romney "47%" video and other things. Watch it below.
Check out what David Byrne & St. Vincent played last night in Chicago.
Look at pictures from our Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record release party that was last night.
Hope to see you at our Rafiq Batia record release party that Anti-Pop Consortium is also playing.
Check out an excellent profile piece on the legendary Neil Young that appeared in the NY Times Magazine.
Sinead O'Connor wrote to Russian president Vladmir Putin, demanding Pussy Riot's release. Is that helping or hurting?
Deftones are back with "Leathers", the new song from their upcoming Koi No Yokan due on 11/13. Check out that song below in a video stream and/or down load your copy at their site.
more stuff below...
By Bill Pearis
In the grand tradition of weirdo Japanese artrock come Tokyo trio Trippple Nippples, who have been in town wreaking havoc and dropping jaws for the last week. They were originally here for a string of opening slots for Devo but have stuck around New York for a few more shows. (Maybe you saw them at Glasslands last Thursday.)
You've got three more chances to see them: tonight (12/20) they're at Pianos with Hard Nips (how could they not?) and play again at Pianos on 12/27 with The Suzan (it had to happen), and then Shea Stadium (with Hard Nips again) on January 4.
What could be described as the Japanese manic electro pixie version of Gwar, Trippple Nippples' wild stage shows are the stuff of legend, involving -- but not limited to -- milk-shooting prothetic breasts, buckets of glitter, feathers, and spaghetti. (You might want to wear old clothes.) They make music too, hyper shouty electro rock that is pretty fun on its own merits too. Pharrell Williams is a fan.
You can stream a few Trippple Nippples tracks below, and there's live footage from Glasslands and other video treats below too.
Is anything still going on at Zuccotti Park? Regardless, Jackson Browne and Dawes, who have collaborated before (just ask Lefsetz!), will perform for Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park today (12/1) sometime between noon and 1:30pm (I've seen it listed as 12, 12:30 and 1). Oh and Third Eye Blind, who wrote a song for the movement, will be there too! How's it going to be? How's it going to be...
Later tonight the movement will be at Lincoln Center with Philip Glass.
Dawes begin a run of proper NY and NJ shows on 12/3.
Devo @ Irving Plaza 2009 (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
You have multiple chances to be and see DEVO over the next few weeks and months. Tonight (10/28) go to that Halloween party dressed in a yellow DEVO suit. Saturday switch it up by doing the grey and blue look. And meanwhile grab tickets to see Devo at one of the shows they just announced in NYC, VA, NJ and Long Island. All dates are listed below...