Saturday, March 18, 2006

Devo: the Next Generation. or, We Don't Need Another Devo. (see, that one is a play on "We Don't Need Another Hero" by Tina Turner. hmm, that didn't go as well). ok. Next Generation! I'm going with Next Generation!

Well anyway, this was already a quiet and weird week for releases (I'm sure SXSW had something to do with that), so just to be sure, a re-imagined, kid-version of Devo, yes, DEVO, has released a CD and DVD with classic songs by Devo on Walt Disney Records (!). I mean really, that's what kids NEED these days! De-evolution! The kids--aged 10 to 14--"share an understanding of the Devo aesthetic". gee whiz. When your influences are "The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Carlos Santana, Coldplay, Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson" that's pretty impressive. They will work with NAMM (not the war) to increase awareness for music education--ok I guess that's kinda good. 11-date US tour of schools starts march 27 in Boston. Listen to sound clips and see videos HERE, if you dare.


Australian band Decoder Ring will release its award-winning, gorgeous ambient electronic pop soundtrack to the film Somersault in the U.S May 2 on Bella Union (operated by Simon Raymonde of the Cocteau Twins). They make their U.S. live debut with shows in Los Angeles, New York and at SXSW. They have a projectionist who uses three 16mm projectors. Cool!

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