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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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Deuce Neu Videus

November 14, 2012

Meaning  “Two New Videos” if that wasn’t clear. Sooooo not only am I busying myself with working on some new songs for the Call Me Greenhorn full length right now (and some other things that’ll be nothing short of awesome when they’re finished, but I’m keeping that under wraps for now) but I also found some time to edit together two videos to go with the first EP.

The top is opening track Nothing But Wax and was actually inspired by Esther Williams. Do you remember her? Big star when it came to synchronised swimming back in the 1940s and she made a slew of movies – all more or less built around her quite impressive water choreography. And going through old cigarette commercials over at Archive.org I noticed by sheer coincidence that the animated footage fit rhythmically with the track. Once that happened I started brainstorming ideas, Esther came up and I went to work. And as a fan of DEVO how cool is it that there actually was a brand named Spud? Anyway, I googled the brand and apparently they started out as a small family business owned by this guy nicknamed “Spud” and were actually the first to manufacture menthol cigarettes. They folded in the 1940s so their commercials are considered to be in the public domain.

The second one was actually a bit more spontaneous as I checked the statistics on my Bandcamp page and noticed the EP’s most played track being The Rhythm of Love. And again keeping true to the “strike it while it’s hot” I went right to work in order to promote the song even more. Using footage from late-1960 anti-psychedelic PSAs and early-1960 nudie cuties, striptease movies and B&W roughies I gave “double projection” my first shot. Turned out pretty good even though it sure meant some extra head scratching during the process. Check ‘em both out and share if you feel like it!

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Misfits Week Finale!

July 27, 2012

Well, as always when it comes to picking favorites from a band’s discography you find yourself having too many choices. As a record collector I honestly sometimes wish there only was one damn song released by one damn band on one damn record and that’s all you had to settle with and get on with your life (not to mention saving your hard-earned $$$). It’s kinda like what DEVO once stated in Freedom of Choice; get too many choices and you just end up wandering in circles.

Anyway, with that said I tried to avoid more cuts from Static Age so I went with London Dungeon (originally released as a 7″) and Death Comes Ripping off the more thrashing  Earth A.D. LP for my final Misfits post. If you haven’t checked them out already – DO!

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