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HARDCORE DEVO LIVE! DVD / Blu-Ray / LP / CD via PledgeMusic!

Attention Spuds, DEVOtees, and Beautiful Mutants!

 

As many of you know we recently played 10 shows during our Hardcore Devo Tour playing the seminal, experimental songs we created in basements and garages in Akron Ohio between 1974 and 1977. We have not played most of these songs that pre-dated any fame or record contracts since that time. In order to honor our fallen comrade, Bob “Bob 2” Casale we decided to follow through on his idea to resurrect the initial creative efforts that brought us all together as a band in time where we came of age and prevailed against all odds.

To document this once-in-a-lifetime Devo tour we brought in award-winning filmmaker, Keirda Bahruth to capture the mind-blowing event so that we might share it with all of you. “DEVO – Hardcore Live” (filmed June 28th at the Fox Theater in Oakland California) will be available on DVD, CD and Vinyl as well being made available on Blu-Ray with deluxe package choices chock full of devolved extras!

Pre-order on PledgeMusic to become one of the select group who gain exclusive access to “the making of” including photos, video, audio tracks, tour artifacts and more! Use your Freedom of Choice and select from a range of well-priced options designed to fit your tastes and budgets.

Click this link to pre-order & be part of the experience:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/devo

(and to see a PREVIEW VIDEO TRAILER!!)

DEVO Announces More 2014 Shows!

DEVO Confirms MORE SHOWS in 2014!

It’s amazing & true! DEVO have announced more 2014 concerts!
This time we’ll be guests with ARCADE FIRE in July/August.

July 30: Shoreline Amp – Mountain View, CA*
*It’s with great regret that DEVO will miss the opportunity to perform with Arcade Fire in Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheater on July 30th. Frontman Mark Mothersbaugh is currently recovering from a Kayaking accident and is not stage worthy at this time. That’s Devo! (Gerald V. Casale – 7/25/14)

Aug. 26: United Center – Chicago, IL
Aug. 27: United Center – Chicago, IL

Get ticket links and more info
at Ticketmaster!

Hardcore DEVO Tour Photos and Videos!

We had a great time on this summer’s HARDCORE DEVO TOUR, and we hope a lot of you DEVOtees were able to see this truly special event. Now you can enjoy tons of photos & videos from all 10 concerts by visiting the PHOTOS and VIDEOS pages at ClubDevo.com. You can also post your own! See links below.

DEVO CONCERT PHOTOS
DEVO CONCERT VIDEOS

 

Photo of Bob1 above is from the NYC show by Mark Wernham.

Gerald V. Casale Of DEVO On Kent State Shootings

GERALD V. CASALE’S SPEECH at KENT STATE UNIVERSITY (From May 4th, 2010) on the 40th Anniversary of the shootings:

Hello. I’m Gerald Casale, Honors College class of 1970, Kent State Alumni and founder and co-songwriter of the music group, DEVO. I’m honored to be here today to address old friends and acquaintances as well as young people who were not alive when the killing and wounding of students at Kent State occurred 40 years ago.

I was not only there then, I was in the thick of it, retreating from the National Guardsmen and choking on tear gas along with hundreds of fellow students. To paraphrase an old country song, “we didn’t know the guns were loaded”. I could have been shot and killed. I was closer to the gunfire than Jeffery Miller or Allison Krause, freshmen students who I had befriended when I helped them register for Fall classes at KSU in the summer of 1969.

But I lucked out unlike them.

I escaped the random, scattergun fate meted out by part-time soldiers the same age as those they killed and wounded. That day in May was the single most traumatic moment of my entire life.

I remember the sights, sounds and horrific mix of toxic chemicals and gunpowder fouling the crisp spring air on that blue-sky day. I remember the sudden, shocking edit into slow motion, as in a car crash where you suddenly contemplate the end of your life. I remember the screaming and moaning swelling from the crowd as we realized almost in unison that students had been shot. There were bodies on the ground, and shiny red blood flowing down the sidewalks and asphalt road in the noonday sun. Students and teachers frozen in position began falling to their knees weeping, begging for calm. The soldiers clutching their M1 rifles at the top of the hill looked on like scared little boys playing war. The bullets were real though.

For many others, and myself that single moment changed the dynamic of civil disobedience forever. It changed my world-view and without question set me on a path I would never have traveled otherwise.

My eyes were opened. Brute power had won the day. As George Orwell said “history is the boot coming down in the face of humanity over and over again“.

I wanted to retaliate. I wanted justice.

But, for Jeffery, Allison, Sandra and William and the maimed and wounded it turned out there would never be justice. That’s why I’m here today, to try to dispense a small kernel of justice by giving personal testament to the significance of the deaths that occurred here 40 years ago. Though the forces of illegitimate authority and the agenda of the victors who write history have conspired against truth and remembrance, we must never forget why Jeffery, Allison, Sandra, William and the rest gathered on the KSU Commons that day in 1970.

They were there as was I because we had been watching and paying attention as the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were being twisted and misappropriated by President Richard Nixon in order to justify his expansion of the heinous Vietnam War into Cambodia without an act of Congress. We were there because SDS, in solidarity with the Black Students Union, had clashed previously with Oakland Police Force recruiters who had come to our campus. We were there because we had watched in horror at the serial assassinations of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and RFK. We were there because there was a collective sense that our country was turning inside out from forces so dark and hateful that doom and gloom ruled over our normal rights of spring.

That was then. Today apathy has replaced activism. Today the notion that students would be upset about such corrupt maneuvering by our government seems antiquated, almost cute. Today it seems that most lack the critical thinking framework to draw any conclusions – to even know why to be upset enough to protest about some action or policy that might affect them for generations to come. Instead they regurgitate sound bites from Fox News. But they do get upset about Best Buy running out of the XBOX 360 at Christmas time.

De-evolution is real unfortunately.

We have been marching backward full speed ahead. The level of discourse has been so dumbed down that last year Octo Mom was the biggest story 8 weeks running. It’s all too much like Mike Judge’s thinly veiled satirical movie, “Idiocracy” where a present day slacker who is cryogenically frozen, wakes up in the U.S. 300 years in the future and finds that he is the smartest guy in a country run by WalMart. The right wing forces systematically decimated the public education system in America ever since that time we struggled through. They did their job well. Almost each erosion of freedom and fair play that we in 60’s counterculture warned about has come to pass. And yet most of us who DO NOT drink the Corporate Kool-Aid and who do know better lack a civic-minded value system. We say we are “not political”. We pay attention to our 401 K’s. We live in fear and step in time to the New World Order.

So, here we are today where Tweets and Facebook smack-downs are the stuff of life crisis.

40 years ago however, while there were those who mindlessly waved the flag and couldn’t wait to dismiss the mess of Democracy in favor of unfettered Capitalism, there was a large opposing force of informed people; writers, statesman, professors, students, working people, oppressed minorities – the black community, women and more who understood the nature of the cultural civil war we were immersed in.

They knew that in one sense everything is political; it’s an inescapable fact in a world where people must live together. They knew that freedoms were hard fought and easily eroded over time in the absence of vigilance.

>Back then in 1970 we were trying each in our own capacity to beat back the encroachment of the much discussed Military Industrial Complex as it marched rough-shod towards a Chinese-like Corporate Feudal State where the centralization of power could let it reign absolute. In it’s face we were stridently advancing humane social models and decentralized government that would least exacerbate the fact that we are all here, fated to suffer and die in the first place.

Why did these authoritarian foes of ours want to ruthlessly exploit the human condition? Why would they not want to help out? We were naive students to say the least. I feel history proves our vision lost to the cynical Karl Rove-type dweebs that were our classmates. Thanks to their ilk a patriot is a mercenary soldier who gets paid to kill.

The 24 /7 imprint machine called Cable News says he’s a hero. On the other hand they say a protester is a troublemaker, the nail that sticks out that must be hammered.

To me the true patriots were out there on the KSU Commons 40 years ago, exercising their constitutional rights, covering their eyes and noses with bandanas while trying bravely to throw the tear gas canisters out of the field of protest as they raged against Nixon’s blatant middle finger to the principles of the country of which he was Commander and Chief.

Jeffery, Allison, Sandra and William are nothing less than 20th Century martyrs for this reason alone.

Martyrs as well were James Earl Green and Phillip Gibbs, unarmed students killed by police a few days later at Jackson State University in an eerie replay of the state-sanctioned thuggery at Kent State May 4th.

When the smoke settled after May 4th and the police blamed the students and popular media polls indicated that the majority of Americans thought we deserved to be shot, and James Michener marched through town to white wash the event in a shamefully biased account, the horror quickly faded except for those of us who were there.

Years later the courts finished off the insult by dismissing a class action suit brought by the families of the murdered and wounded students. So many worldwide, large scale atrocities had followed in the ensuing years that a handful of student deaths seemed inconsequential to a public numbed by state sponsored slaughter.

I say these things now but I readily admit in 1970 I was not the most devout political activist. Rick Erickson, his then wife Carolyn Knox, Howie Emmer, Jim Powrie, Ken Hammond, Colin Neiburger, Danny Miller, Alan Canfora and many other dedicated students taught me the clear analysis of what was happening in our supposed land of the free. They were not extremists or wackos, they were just Canaries in a coalmine.

Our adversaries of course labeled and marginalized these vocal students as treasonous vermin. That tactic is time tested and true. Now the popular epithets are “liberal” (the new “communist”) and of course “Terrorist”. Nothing has changed. Who are these terrorists, really? It seems one man’s Terrorist is another man’s Freedom Fighter. In fact I submit that we were the victims of terror from WITHIN that day, May 4th 1970. Unarmed and unprepared we were psychologically scarred for life by state-sanctioned, violent terror. It’s always the MO of absolute power the same as the MO of a rapist or a physically abusive parent. The victim is scarred for life; numbed and conditioned by fear to accept each new terrorizing event. What happened to us in 1970 is not in some historical lock box. It can and will happen again and again.

 

I know it’s probably very hard for a young person to imagine that. Unfortunately, I say imagine it. Understand it. Be ready for it or you will be swallowed in the quicksand of history. How many here believed Bush’s ginned up rational for the Iraq war? How many here took any action against his boldface lies? By the way, speaking of lies, as an eyewitness to the May 4th massacre I can tell you there WAS an order to shoot that day.

For Jeffrey, Allison, Sandra and William and all who unjustly lost their lives to corrupt power, I say to anyone listening: Never forget. Never Forget!

May 4th, 2010

DEVO 3-release blitz on Record Store Day 2014!

DEVO 3 – release blitz on Record Store Day 2014! You’ll want to do your best to hunt these down on April 19th at your favorite local record store.

No1: DEVO Live at Max’s Kansas City (by Jackpot Records)

No2: DEVO / Flaming Lips Split 7″ Vinyl (by Warner Bros)

No3: Butch DEVO & The Sundance Gig Pic Disc Vinyl + The Men Who Make The Music DVD (By MVD)

Happy hunting, Spud

DEVO Announces HARDCORE TOUR 2014!

HARDCORE  DEVO LIVE!

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Devo perform the legendary, experimental music the band created between 1974-1977 in Akron Ohio!

The tour is dedicated to the memory of Robert Casale, (A.K.A. Bob 2), one of the 5 original Devo band members who is now touring the universe.

VIP ticket admission will let guests meet the band and exclusively view / purchase rare, limited edition photo prints by noted photographers shot during the band’s pre-label days.

A portion of all proceeds from the tour will go to Bob Casale’s family. This early Devo material was recently presented to the public with the “Hardcore DEVO” re-issues on vinyl & CD last year.

Tickets for all shows are on sale NOW!


DON’T MISS THIS!!!

June 18– Baltimore, MD – Ramshead
June 19– NYC – Best Buy Theatre
June 21– St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
June 23– Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
June 25– Seattle, WA – Neptune SOLD OUT!
June 26– Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
June 28– Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
June 29– Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
June 30– Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
July 2– Austin, TX – ACL/Moody Theatre

Click Venue Names for TICKET LINKS!

A heartfelt message to the Casale family from Pearl Jam regarding the passing of Devo’s Robert “Bob 2” Casale:

“Dearest Alex, Samantha and Lisa..

At some point many years ago, before I was in a band from Seattle, I worked for free during the days pushing cases and being a crew guy at a place called “the Bachanal” in San Diego.

Devo had never played that club and thankfully would never play that club again. I want to say the year was 1989. I was there for load in and sound check, and was WAY more enthusiastic than usual… This was DEVO… up close. Amazed to watch them work. Life changing.

Everyone was great. Show went good. They used some projection that I was able to assist with. It was legendary to see them in a place so small. By the end of the night it was a full on Devo show, one that everyone in SD would talk about for some time. Seemed the whole music community was there.

There was no way to not see them as heroes. It was great being in their midst, and one gentleman in particular was extremely kind to me. Here I was, some punk kid working crew who looked up to and said hello to ‘Bob 2’ from Devo. And he was so cool and friendly, and kept referring to me all through the night. He asked if I could look out for a couple of his VIP type friends/family, and they were wonderful as well.

It ended up being a night that was memorable for many great reasons, but the top of the list was his being so respectful to a stranger. And quite seriously, nowadays, when I end up being nice to someone I don’t know, it has everything to do with that man Bob I met, all those years ago.

We all send our love to you.
Again, strangers, but connected…
We will be thinking of you and him, deeply and truly.”

– Ed/Pearl Jam

Photo by Gareth Cattermole

Bob Casale of Devo. Born: July 14th, 1952 . Deceased: February 17th, 2014

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.  — Gerald Casale, Devo founder.

A message from Lisa Casale (Bob’s wife):

Thanks to all of you who have been there for Alex, Sam, and I during this difficult time.

Bob’s sudden passing was a shock to us all, but your love, prayers,and generous donations have helped us push forward. Although the last few weeks have been very difficult for us, our spirits were lifted when we saw so many wonderful online posts and emails from fans who have interacted with Bob in some way over the years, and who all remembered the same qualities about him: Warm & Friendly. Just wanted to finally reach out to you all. Thank you, Thank you! — Love, Lisa, Alex, and Samantha / The Casale Family

To donate to The Casale Family in their time of need please visit:
http://www.gofundme.com/bob-casale-donations

 

Photo of Bob2 circa 1980 by Jules Bates/Artrouble

RECORD STORE DAY 2014 = DEVO

JACKPOT RECORDS PRESENTS –  DEVO: LIVE AT MAX’S KANSAS CITY 11/15/77 LP – RSD APRIL 19TH 2014

 

11/15/77: Max’s Kansas City – David Bowie is backstage with the 5 self proclaimed ‘spudboys’ from Akron waiting for his cue to introduce the band who, in his words were, “The band of the future!”. As time went on it became clear that the future is still waiting to catch up with DEVO.

Working closely with the band and those who were there that night, Jackpot Records brings you this audio time capsule that catapulted DEVO from strange, musical hillbillies toinnovative pioneers overnight.

Now the truth can be told! Available for the first time on vinyl the entire performance, complete with rare, unearthed audio of David Bowie.

With liner notes written by DEVO Co-founder Gerald V. Casale specifically for this release (which also includes a reproduced early DEVO press bio sheet from 1976), this record will be the perfect compliment for hardcore DEVO collectors, music fans and those who are new to the game.

Limited to 2000 copies worldwide!

Available only at record stores on 4/19/14!

Info at JackPotRecords.com

Complete Truth About Devolution DVD – Feb. 11th!

This DEVO DVD contains DEVO’s classic music videos, rare performance footage and tons of extras!

Now, the complete truth can be told. DEVO, the seminal new wave audio-visual concept band, made a career out of setting to music video their dada-gone-camp theory of De-Evolution and its rebuke of corporate culture. Includes 20 music videos, rare performance footage, tons of extras and more!

Featured Songs:
– Devo Corporate Anthem
– Secret Agent Man
– Jocko Homo
– (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
– Come Back Jonee
– The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprise
– Worried Man
– Whip It
– Girl U Want
– Freedom Of Choice
– Through Being Cool
– Love Without Anger
– Beautiful World
– Time Out For Fun
– Peek-A-Boo
– That’s Good
– Theme From Dr Detroit
– Disco Dancer
– Post-Post Modern Man
– Post-Post Modern Man (Rock Schenck Remix)

INCLUDES:
LIVE FOOTAGE FROM THROUGHOUT DEVO’S CAREER:
– Early Live Gigs
– Gates of Steel (Live 1980 DVD)
– Uncontrollable Urge (Live in the Land of the Rising Sun DVD)
– Mongoloid (Sundance 1996)

Bonus Materials:
– Devo Photos & Releases AND MORE
– Commentary with Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald V. Casale
– Interview with Director Chuck Statler
– Mongoloid, a film by Bruce Conner + even more!

PRE-ORDER at the See Of Sound Site!
Ships starting Feb. 11th!

Natalia Brożyńska’s Animation Uses DEVO Music

DEVO allowed Natalia Brożyńska, a young film student in Poland, to use the demo version of “Blockhead” in a short movie she created called “Searching For DEVO” as part of her film school studies. She hand-crafted all the puppets & set design herself. Gerald Casale of DEVO said this after view Natalia’s movie: “This sincere, labor-intensive, retro stop-action animation piece from a young girl in Poland is the latest proof that music is indeed the universal language. I felt like Devo were anthropomorphized bacteria performing sonic surgery in a Blockhead’s colon.” We are told that the film will be making an appearance at a film fest or two in Europe. Good luck, Natalia…and GREAT JOB on the movie! Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxFylxahnkk

DEVO: Something ELSE For Everybody

Here they are…the demos from DEVO’s Something For Everybody album…being released digitally in conjuction with digital versions of DEVO Hardcore and DEVO Live 1981 Seattle.

Something ELSE for Everybody is a compilation of early DEVO demos and focus group rejects written between 2006 and 2009. They were relegated to bin 86 for various inexplicable reasons. You sniffed the Wheat in 2010 now lick the chaff aged to perfection.

Track List:

1. Monsterman
2. On the Inside
3. Should-a Said Yes
4. Think Fast
5. Raise Your Hands
6. Message of Hope
7. Big Dog
8. Can U Juggle?
9. Throw Money at the Problem
10. I Luv Ur Gun
11. Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man) [Polysics Remix]

Download this DIGITAL ONLY album NOW at http://devohardcore.com

DEVO Mourns Passing of Alan Myers

DEVO mourns the passing of our friend Alan Myers, DEVO’s most well-known drummer who died June 24, 2013 after his battle with cancer.
Photo by Anastasia Pantsios 1978

Hardcore DEVO Re-Issued On Vinyl and CD!

ATTN: DEVO re-issues Hardcore Volumes 1 & 2 via Superior Viaduct!
Vinyl Vol. 1 and Vinyl Vol. 2, as well as the CD, are available NOW at ClubDevo.com!

DIGITAL VERSION AVAILABLE NOW at DEVOHARDCORE.COM!

– First time reissue of archival material from the mid 70’s
– Initial release in the early 90’s long out of print
– Original versions of classic DEVO songs “Mongoloid” and “Jocko Homo”
– 4 previously unreleased Hardcore-era bonus tracks are included in Vol. 2!
– Lovingly packaged with Moshe Brakha’s stunning cover photography

Hardcore documents DEVO’s beginning as pre-punk outcasts in the fertile Akron, Ohio underground rock scene. Spawned at the nearby college of Kent State, site of the infamous May 4 Massacre, DEVO formed as a conceptual art project armed with a radical philosophy of de-evolution. Brothers Mothersbaugh (Mark and Bob) and Brothers Casale (Jerry and Bob) along with drummer Alan Myers soon whipped-up an otherworldly brand of “devolved blues” that could hold its own alongside the beatnik groove of 15-60-75 (aka The Numbers Band) or the primal rock poetry of the Bizarros.

Recorded on various 4-track machines and in tiny studios, basements, and garages between 1974-1977, Hardcore reveals their strikingly clear vision: rock n’ roll stripped bare of its collective cool and jerked back into propaganda fit for post-modern man. Threaded beneath it all are lyrical themes of post-McCarthy paranoia, middle-class ephemera, and DEVO’s long-running topic of choice: sex, or lack thereof.

A LTD QTY ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT CLUBDEVO.COM!

ORDER VINYL VOL. 1 | ORDER VINYL VOL. 2 | ORDER CD

New BOB1 DEVO T-Shirt!

New DEVO T-Shirt featuring huge photo of Robert “Bob1” Mothersbaugh in concert circa 1970s. Logo & signature on back. Order yours at ClubDevo.com!