"... Audra SchroederZOM ZOMS1am, Chuggin' Monkey How Zolo can you get? This weirdo Austin triad picks up the forgotten thread of a genre that may or may not have ever existed. Something about gaudy polka-dot costumes and an indescribably spastic Devo-on-angel-dust sound..."
"...This rough-hewn snapshot of a local underground label combines live performance footage, staged vignettes, offstage antics, and found video to cobble together a pseudo-narrative that achieves engagement despite its trigger-happy schizophrenia. As a visual promotion, the disc echoes the early video work of Devo, utilizing odd, out-of-context, and just-plain-disturbing imagery to make up for its low-budget pedigree..."
"...The hornet fury of "TV Eye" stinging "I Wanna Be Your Dog" almost out-swells the other extra: 50 tripod minutes of Iggy & the Ashetons unplugged and in-store, NYC. De-evolution in yellow jumpsuit form might resemble 55 minutes of Devo Live (Rhino), reunited and outdoors in Southern California, 1996..."
"...Midnight, Caucus Patio This art-fuct Philly quintet maneuvers their sleek roadster onto Devo-Kraftwerk's Autobahn, going 0 to 240 in 73 seconds, not exactly a record, but the average length of bursts they call songs on their sophomore platter, We Are the Lazer Viking (Ace Fu). Edward B..."
"..."My fashion idols are Elvis Costello and the better dressed poor guys in Pretty in Pink," wrote one. Another said, "I want something a little retro and conceptual somewhere between Devo and the Strokes, or Talking Heads and Blondie." This would not be difficult..."
"...Leading off the eclectic Birdman Records showcase Thursday night, PFFR (pronounced "PFR") brought the full weight of their sample-heavy computer punk perversion to bear on an initially perplexed but ultimately impressed crowd. With just a girl, a boy, a computer, and a guitar, they pushed and shoved their way around potentially bad performance-art landmines to deliver a legitimate punk rock spectacle in the confrontational tradition of early Devo..."
"...Pesky quartet Bedbug kicks off the Tight Spot portion, readying Kiss You on the Lips, the follow-up to 2001's Pavement-ish Happiest of Hours. Subset kicks the daylights out of Death Cab for Cutie with a tart power pop mix found on last year's Dueling Devotions that resonates with the suburban kids as well as the club junkies..."
"...The Rawk Show runs March 10-21 at Gallery Lombardi (910 W. Third) featuring art and photography by stars of the music scene, including the B-52's, Devo, Concrete Blonde, Jayne County, Gwar, the Big Boys, and many more..."
"...That said, Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam holds its own against, say, Roger Corman alum Jim Wynorski's worst work by sheer virtue of its over-the-top, take-no-prisoners badness. Where else can you see the great pyramids of Egypt doubling for an alien world, production values rivaling those of Devo's seminal "Whip It" video, and more than a little fundamentalist Islamic undertone?..."
"...Die-hard Chi-fans will appreciate three tracks from '92's unreleased Stone of Sisyphus, in which Chicago attempted to recapture their early ambition with fair-to-middling success. Ditto for the DVD, which features a four-song performance from '72 and a Devo-like promotional film for '79's execrable Chicago 13..."
"...TRANSFORMER LOOTBAG: Madison, Wis.'s Transformer Lootbag sounds like a dangerously unbalanced Ferris wheel translated into pop music. The dexterous trio's proclivity for rapid-fire, herky-jerk dynamics conjures visions of Fugazi coupled with Akron-era Devo..."
"...The Pricks are hardly too upscale to refrain from writing a song about the "fat parade of ho's" that is your average Tijuana donkey show. Musically, Initial Public Offering is rudimentary but effective, a jerky (imagine that), mechanical boogie that chains the Stooges and Devo together in the Buzzcocks' basement..."
"...By itself, the Oblong Boys' Pizzazarama Universe, the first recorded distillation of the arcane genre of zolo music, is a head-scratcher. At first it sounds like contrived nonsense, but the Oblong Boys are dead-serious about zolo, explained on the Zolo Synthesis (www.oit.pdx.edu/~psu14927/zolo.html): "Surreal tales of frolic and whimsy script the bright beyond mortal assimilation of the boingy guitars, wobbly keyboards, polka dot percussions, hiccupping falsettos, jerky/staccato beats, and lopsided rhythms." You couldn't ask for a better description of the Oblong Boys' music, a successful distillation of the idiosyncratic and absurd sides of such zolo artists as XTC, Gentle Giant, the Residents, and especially Devo..."
"...That changed midway through Sea Change opener, "The Golden Age," when a rattling drum solo came out of nowhere and the lights revealed the Lips backing Beck behind a sheer black screen. Steven Drozd's pedal steel electrified delta stomp "Lord Only Knows" and "Tropicalia," while a vocoder worked a Devo-like robot funk on "Get Real Paid." Despite the yo-yo effect of the sold-out house (at least downstairs) -- standing for rockers and sitting for singer-songwriter fare -- it was the multifaceted Sea Change arrangements that shone, the Lips expounding on the eerie drones that give the album its vivid color..."
"...Even before the Eighties retro movement hit in earnest, it seemed that the label was going for some sort of record as to how many different CDs they could put out with "Video Killed the Radio Star." Fortunately, in many cases, their tastes have been excellent, especially in their extensive collection of single-disc New Wave compilations. Hidden gems were given equal sparkle with old workhorses like Devo's "Whip It" and the Eighties dance culture was well represented even though its hits usually were not big radio chartbusters..."
"...AMOA Hires Devo Director..."
"...CHOMSKY: The Eighties flashbacks might be a little less intense if one of the voices in Chomsky didn't sound so damn much like that guy from the Outfield. Truth is, the longer you listen the less you expect the band to step onstage wearing Devo radiation suits; Onward Quirky Soldiers, Chomsky's 2001 effort, has almost as much nifty Brit-pop tendencies as it does New Wavey retro leanings..."
"...If ever you're at a loss for a unique gift, venture no further than this trove of retro treasures. Thousands of gems, from Devo Ts ($19) to hula girls, are crammed into this petite store..."
"..."It's like Rollerball, the James Caan movie, but with broomsticks," Murphy said. Devo Carpenter, a children's programming technician in East Austin, said that the chess matches, which were popular among the readers of the book, weren't as impressive in the movie..."
"...After solidifying North Texas under a tight, New Wave regime, Chomsky heads down to the capital, armed with the potent ammo of Onward Quirky Soldiers. Unlike Hannibal, there's no need for elephant-like gimmicks, although quirky generals from the past like XTC and Devo come to mind..."