Posts Tagged ‘David Byrne’

DE-EVOLUTION IS NOW! HARCORE DEVO LIVE CONJURES UP THE GOOD TIMES

March 20, 2020

Devo revisits their roots and reboot early songs and demos from 1974 to 1977. Photo courtesy Discogs

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I wanted to leave the Polaris review up as long as I could to promote those shows. Now, with all this hub-bub about the Coronavirus, even though they pretty much sold out the New York shows, there is a most unfortunate chance that these shows will have to be delayed as will the release of the new edition of Songs From The Adventures Of Pete And Pete album. Regardless, you folks need new stuff to read, so here’s a nice lengthy review to read while you socially distance.

In 1990 Devo released Hardcore Devo Vol. 1, 74-77 on Rykodisc. Hardcore Devo Vol. 2, 1974 – 1977 followed a year later. The crux of these albums was the collection and curation of early compositions, demos and stuff no label in their right mind would put out. But for many years in the 80s and 90s, Rykodisc specialized in just that. Weird shit. I have the Ryko David Bowie Scary Monsters CD which includes some bonus tracks which were way out.

Now many songs on both these volumes are recognizable to the above average Devo fan. Songs from albums like their debut Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, Freedom Of Choice, Duty Now For The Future, even all the way up to one of my favorites, New Traditionalists. Some were even revisited and put out as bonus tracks on other albums. But the true meat behind these songs would be their original arrangements, original instruments, original parts, low-fi, low-budget, low expectation.

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THE KING IS DEAD, LONG LIVE KING CRIMSON! KING CRIMSON LIVE IN ARGENTINA 1994

October 1, 2015
King Crimson Live In Argentina 1994 from the Thrak tour. Photo courtesy DGMLive.

King Crimson Live In Argentina 1994 from the Thrak tour.

I don’t much care for revisionism. Yet I get sucked into it time after time. I posted on the accompanying Facebook page for this blog, https://www.facebook.com/groups/bouleblog/, that the there will be changes on this blog. Well here they are. I tried to ‘play nice’ as the saying went. I tried to appease all the people who submitted work for me to review. I found myself watering down my utter loathing for certain acts and more importantly I was allowing my disdain for certain acts to dictate my rate of reviews. Yet after making promises to people to review music outside my comfort zone, and having those people demand edits, the not bother to repost my efforts in an effort to promote a show for these people, I’M OUT!

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MEGA-MAN GARY TANIN COVERS ALL THE BASES AND GETS DOWN TO BASICS WITH HIS NEW/OLD RELEASE “LOVE CHANGES”.

December 12, 2012
Gary Tanin enjoying some rare down time playing a communal piano in Denver CO during a recent run of "A Day For Grace" featuring Sam Llanas and Doug Vincent.

Gary Tanin enjoying some rare down time playing a communal piano in Denver CO during a recent run of “A Day For Grace” featuring Sam Llanas and Doug Vincent.

Dr. Who, South Park, Robot Chicken, all mention it (among others).  But it’s not just a concept in fiction or animation…  It’s real!  What’s that?  Cloning.  Remember Dolly the sheep?  If there was ever someone who could benefit from cloning, it has to be Gary Tanin.  It is amazing to see this person’s body of work as it is, but when you get down to digging into this man’s history, you realize he surpasses the definition of multi-faceted.

Many of you may not have even heard of him, but I would bet the farm you’ve heard his work.  From national JC Penney ads to a Wisconsin based “Who’s Who” of musicians. However I know that won’t satiate you, you still want to know why I am dedicating this column space to someone you consider a virtual unknown.  Yeah, he’s so unknown, my best thing to ever happen to me studied telecommunications, and Gary Tanin was mentioned as part of the curriculum of study.

You don’t get to be part of a major East coast college curriculum by being a nothing.

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