Posts Tagged ‘Tool’

DEVO TOIL THROUGH SADNESS AND ADVERSITY TO BRING THE SPUDS SOMETHING ELSE FOR EVERYBODY

December 30, 2017
Bastardizing the cover for Something For Everybody, Devo once again poke fun at themselves while delivering cutting room floor songs. Cover photo courtesy of Devo Obsesso

Bastardizing the cover for Something For Everybody, Devo once again poke fun at themselves while delivering cutting room floor songs. Cover photo courtesy of Devo Obsesso

This may be one of the saddest reviews I’ve ever written about Devo. This upcoming February will be the four-year anniversary of the death of Robert Casale, better-known to Devotees as Bob 2. Devo have named his live performance replacement as Josh Hager. While Hager may possess certain self-destructive tendencies, and feels free to use them onstage with the band, no amount of broken limbs will replace the every day contributions Robert Casale made to Devo. He was more than just the fourth member of Devo. He was instrumental with instrument sounds. Programming patches (voices) on keyboards, being of service not only to Devo, but also Musika Mutato, Mark Mothersbaugh’s commercial music production company.

But even more disheartening, Devo, at its core, is formed by the combining of two sets of brothers and a drummer. Robert Casale’s brother is bassist, vocalist and co-pioneer, Jerry Casale. The other brother duo is lead guitarist extraordinaire Bob Mothersbaugh, and keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist/visual artist/film maker/eye glass designer/painter/cultural wunderkind Mark Mothersbaugh.

The add-a-drummer position is alternately filled by former Nine Inch Nails and current Vandals drummer Josh Freese. When Freese is unavailable (we can most likely presume from prior commitments), Devo call on Jeff Friedl of Ashes Divide, Filter and two Maynard Keenan groups, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle. (Is it me or does that band have a revolving door in its rehearsal studio? Friedl, Freese, Troy Van Leeuwin of Queens Of The Stone Age, James Iha formerly of Peter Pumpkinhead’s band Smashing Pumpkins, Danny Lohner ex of Nine Inch Nails and Tim “Herb” Alexander of Primus. Makes me think Maynard J Krebs is as big a douche with Billy Howerdel’s Perfect Circle as he is with his other  band, Tool. Grow yer grapes Maynard, stick with your vineyard and let all the musicians you suck into your quagmiric vortex do meaningful things with their lives… Like play in Devo!!!)

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THE DEATH OF ROCK AND ROLL AND PROGRESSIVE PART TWO

April 22, 2014
This is King Crimson 2014: Left to right, Tony Levin, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Jakko Jakszyk, Robert Fripp, Mel Collins and Pat Mastelotto.  It is what it is.  Photo courtesy DGM.

This is King Crimson 2014: Left to right, Tony Levin, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Jakko Jakszyk, Robert Fripp, Mel Collins and Pat Mastelotto. It is what it is. Photo courtesy DGM.

Trust me, I am aware of the implication and ramifications of resurrecting that title. But I have been ruminating about the current state of King Crimson and I have some theories about how this band split into two separate factions.

Let’s catch up first…

Those of you who are faithful to this blog may remember me sticking my size 11 shoe in my mouth when I quoted text from Robert Fripp’s blog claiming he is done with King Crimson because Adrian Belew scheduled dates with his power trio during a Fripp-imposed blackout period to reserve those dates for a possible KC tour on the West coast (so all those TOOL sycophants can make unjust comparisons). This was around April 2009 or so.

The first time I used that headline (sans the “Part Two”), I had some pretty hefty vitriol towards Belew. He even commented on the old syndication site. It’s still an amazing feeling to hear from your heroes, even if it is to bitch slap you back to your senses. Upon further investigation, I found that the issue with the miscommunication between crimsos originated from the Fripp camp (not naming names, don’t need more death threats).

So when I found out Belew (with Julie Slick) was playing my club hangout in Philly, World Café Live, I made it a point to first, get proper clearance to review the album he had just released, ‘e’, then second make things right with Belew. See the header photo on my blog, the photo of Belew and I was taken after I made my public apology to Belew. Ever gracious, he accepted and was super friendly towards my whole team who was present to document the event. (See the repost of the review on this blog site).

Meanwhile, Fripp was embroiled in a battle with each and every major label whose subsidiaries or main labels and any and all websites who had distributed KC material illegally. Thanks to the tenacity of one Sid Smith, Fripp found himself victorious against ALL of these empires (they even helped to topple one, EMI was sold to Sony/Universal). From four big labels down to three.

Once the settlements started rolling in, Fripp reversed his decision to retire from touring, retire from public life, and retire from King Crimson by announcing their revival!

Oh, the exquisite joy, you are thinking…

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