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Posted by : Michael/Devo-Obsesso / 02/18/14 17:24
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.
Photo of Bob2 circa 1980 by Jules Bates/Artrouble
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
This DEVO DVD contains DEVO's classic music videos, rare performance footage and tons of extras!
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:
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.
- First time reissue of archival material from the mid 70's
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.
DEVOtee makes DEVObots App for iPhones!