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R.I.P. Bob Casale

February 18, 2014

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So, this is turning out to be the day when we receive news of musical visionaries dying or what? Just found out via Rolling Stone Magazine that Devo guitarist Bob Casale passed away unexpectedly at the age of 61. Rumors state that he was found by his brother, but so far that’s just something I’ve seen posted on social medias, so take that bit of information with a grain of salt.

Other members were shocked by the news. His brother (and co-member) Gerard Casale offered the following statement:

As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” Gerald said in a statement. “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.

Rest in peace.

UPDATE: Lead vocalist Mark Mothersbaugh just released a short statement on both Mutato.com and Devo’s official Facebook page.

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R.I.P. Marty Thau

February 18, 2014

I’m sad to say that via Pitchfork I just found out that legendary producer – and founder of Red Star RecordsMarty Thau recently passed away at the age of 75. Starting out working in promotion for such labels as Cameo-Parkway Records and bubblegum pioneers Buddha Records in the 1960s, he managed The New York Dolls and started Red Star Records in the 70s – helping launch the careers of Suicide, Blondie, The Real Kids and The Ramones.

martyA true visionary, Marty was as passionate about music as the artists he worked with. When mid-70s New York started to rumble with the new vanguards of rock ‘n’ roll he was there to witness them at CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City – and he saw it as the future, roughly 20 years ahead of the majority of the world I might add.

Although always keeping an eye out on the bottom line – he was a business man after all – he was never as motivated by money. “I’ve always believed that money shouldn’t be one’s motivator. If your creative instincts are superior to others then you’ll make all the money you’ll ever want” he stated in an interview with Frieda’s Whip, “Some disagree with that premise. I can only be guided by what I like and not what any marketing strategist tells me what the market wants.”

He will be missed.

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Wattie Buchan heart attack

February 15, 2014

Legendary street punk outfit The Exploited – that pretty much provided the soundtrack for my 1980s – made it official on their Facebook page that their tour has been cancelled after vocalist Wattie Buchan suffered a heart attack on stage during a gig in Lisbon this Thursday.

As shown in the fan footage, the band had to cut their gig short and take the lead singer off stage, after which he was reportedly immediately taken to hospital. The band was one week into the seven-month Tour of Chaos with Hatebreed and Napalm Death. More via STV News.

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Dawn of the Synth Part II

February 13, 2014

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Synth and horror fans are gonna get a kick out of this: UK podcasters El Diabolik’s World of Psychotronic Soundtracks just released the brilliant Dawn of the Synth Part II compilation. Including songs by Jay ChattawayJohn Carpenter & Alan Howarth and a very Goblin-esque track by Stelvio Cipriani, this 55-minute collection offers up a total of 23 songs of great horror tuneage – my personal fave being the French duo Izzanelli & Samy Wathson‘s Rencontre Intersidérale - and considering it’s free download (approx. 130 MB) what are you waiting for? Get it here. How ’bout a teaser taste?

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REVIEW: The CRY – Dangerous Game LP

February 4, 2014

Note: This review originally appears on the CRKO Fanzine blog. Read it in full here.

Cry-DangerousGame_LPI was introduced to THE CRY! in early 2012 when I stumbled across the then-digital only release of their “s/t” debut album. Delivering twelve power pop tracks in the EXPLODING HEARTS vein I was completely blown away by their songwriting skills and impeccable delivery. Well, two years have passed and the band have just finished up recording their second album and had the courtesy of sending me a promo, to which I’m much obliged.

Kicking off with the B.T.O.-esque “Discotheque”, the band launches into ten tracks of perfectly written power pop gems with a healthy dose of rock’n’roll, garage and glam thrown in for good measure – and there’s even some shuffle to boot! Influences intact I still hear a band that’s matured and have taken their songwriting skills to a whole new level. Somehow this affair got me thinking of THE CLASH circa “Give ‘Em Enough Rope” – not that they sound anything like it, but I can sense a similar development of their sound as touring, writing and gigging made them gel as a band that in a similar manner let their influences shine through without aping anyone.

The end result is a true party album with ten consecutive hits, a great sounding effort delivered with sweat and passion and every time it ends I find myself wanting to hear more – the tell-tale sign of a truly great record. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this made Best of 2014 lists towards the end of the year. A+. Get it => release-date: March 1, 2014.

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Ka-Boom!

February 3, 2014
copyright Sellergren Design 2014!

copyright Sellergren Design 2014!

Well, new week and a new Japanese-inspired design. I wasn’t planning on making Ka-Boom! official as early in the week as today, but I received an email from Society 6 informing me that artist’s promotion was available, so starting today (and lasting up until Sunday the 9th) people buying my stuff receives free shipping and something called “array off” (???) using the link below.

Frankly, even though I write and speak English fluently to the point I am considered to be bilingual I never heard the phrase before, and googling it just gave me a bunch of results focusing on PHP. Whatever it is you’ll get it by clicking http://society6.com/SellergrenDesign?promo=f170d3 so check it out. While on the subject:

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Extended play for today

December 30, 2013
courtesy Vic Mars.

courtesy Vic Mars.

Well, Matt aka Vic Mars just sent me his latest EP, the second installment of “Extended play for today”, entitled – what else? - Extended play for today: two. Six tracks in total of cool, laid-back electronic music with a nice retro feel. I haven’t been able to give it that many spins yet, but my faves so far is the quirky, electro-funk Foxmoor Casuals and the kinda Kraftwerk Music 500.

Like I’ve stated earlier, Vic must’ve been really inspired by the class room films we all saw back in the 1980s, because he emulates the sounds and feel just perfectly. Check it out here and make sure to visit his Facebook for the cool, giallo-esque video entitled Teufel Kosmisch.

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It’s All in the Reflexes

December 18, 2013
copyright Pterodactyl Squad 2012!

copyright Pterodactyl Squad 2012!

For some creative genre-influenced sounds make sure to check out UK-based netlabel Pterodactyl Sounds‘ freebie compilation It’s All in the Reflexes! An 8-bit tribute to the soundtracks of John Carpenter, it offers twelve tracks by artists like Comptroller and Videogame Orchestra marrying the minimalism of said soundtracks with the minimalism of primitive 80s sound chips.

Pretty much summing up all that was cool about the 1980s – NES and VHS rentals, baby! – the dozen tracks are brilliantly executed and inspired to say the least. Just one of those fan efforts that surfaces online every now and then. My personal fave was Assault on Precinct 13 that had me salivating and wishing there actually was a game based on the genre classic, but make sure you give them all a spin.

Get if here, check out their Bandcamp here and join them on Facebook here. Check out Comptroller’s (lo-fi) live performance of his cover:

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Fist Fight!

December 12, 2013

Now that’s a wedding band! The brilliant Saturday Night Live skit Band Reunion at the Wedding sees comedians Fred Armisen and Bill Hader team up with Ashton Kutcher and David Grohl as the fictional hardcore band Crisis of Conformity performing their anthem Fist Fight! at Fred’s daughter’s wedding.

In an interview with Papermag, Fred – who’s an old punker that played drums in Trenchmouth and handled vocals in the KGB – admitted both the skit and the song itself was a tribute to Black Flag and Hüsker Dü. “The idea behind it was to write a love letter to my teenage years, to all the bands that I grew up listening to.” Yeah, I figured the “Cadena-Norton” sign was more than a weird coincidence.

The skit (and song) became a cult hit and Fred later on recorded the track on his own for a 7″ release on Drag City. Check it out below and get your copy here.

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R.I.P. Junior Murvin!

December 3, 2013
courtesy Last.FM

courtesy Last.FM

Just received the news via BBC that reggae vocalist Junior Murvin passed away in hospital in Port Antonio on Monday. Although cause of death hasn’t been established, the singer was being treated for diabetes and high blood pressure.

Murvin reached the UK charts with his Lee Perry-produced classic Police and Thieves that became closely associated with the Notting Hill Carnival in London which ended in rioting the year it was released. It became a staple in the punk rock community after The Clash covered it on their debut album.

Murvin was 67.

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